This photo taken in 1908 shows Jefferson Street in Minneota looking south.

From the Mascot Files: 100, 75, 50 or 25 Years Ago

100 Years Ago
(July 29, 1921)

Library in need of
acquiring new books
Mrs. T.D. Seals, who is acting as librarian at the local library, said that the library is being well patronized considering the fact that most of the books in the library are so old and have been in use for so many years that they are practically worn out. There are many good books in the library, but most of them are 15 years old and those who are interested have read and re-read them. A library that does not grow is a dead one. What the Minneota library needs is one thousand dollars put into new books.

Several locals join for
outing at Ten Mile Lake
A party of merry Minneotans left for a fortnight's outing at Ten Mile Lake last Sunday. The group consisted of Peter Jokull, Clarence Bang, Leslie Dahl, Peter Geiwitz, Marguerite McCarthy, Mabelle Ferguson, Sigfinna Johnson, Margaret Eastman and Frieda Amundson. The party was chaperoned by Mrs. Hannah Bang.

75 Years Ago
(August 2, 1946)

Hail damages crops
south of Minneota
Hail, which was accompanies by heavy rain and high winds, hit an area eight miles southwest of Minneota last Sunday afternoon and reports reaching here indicate that the damage was between 40 and 100 percent. The storm area is reported as being along Highway 19, covering an area about five mile long and two miles wide.

Minneotans injured in
So. St. Paul accident
Peder Muhl and Frank DeSmet were injured when Muhl's semi-trailer truck overturned in South St. Paul on Monday as he swerved to avoid hitting another vehicle that ignored a stop sign. Thirteen head of cattle, which Muhl was hauling to market for Edward DeSmet, were unhurt in the crash and peacefully gathered in a nearby meadow. Frank, a passenger in the truck, was bruised and cut in the accident and was taken to the hospital where he stayed for two days. Peder was cut and bruised about the head, returned to his home the same day. The truck was almost a total loss. The cattle were loaded into another truck and hauled to market.

Rainfall total here in
July was 4.07 inches
Rainfall in Minneota totaled 4.07 inches during the month of July, according to Rene VanVooren, who takes readings off a rain gauge for the Hydro-Climactic Unit of the U.S. Weather Bureau.

Carpenters busy making
improvements to school
Workmen have been busy at the public school the past few weeks making improvements that will add another classroom, provide better showers and dressing room facilities for athletes, and added storage room for athletic equipment. Also, more than 300 desks and some floors have been sanded and sealed.

50 Years Ago
(July 29, 1971)

Elm disease again
found in trees here
Mrs. Kenneth Nomeland, village clerk-treasurer, reported this week that three cases of Dutch Elm disease again have been found in Minneota recently. Trees found to have the disease were in the area of the Wendell Anderson residence on East Lyon Street, in the vicinity of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, further east on Lyon, and the area of Attorney Lester R. Christianson's office on East Second Street. Several other trees, Mrs. Nomeland reported, are suspected of having the disease.

Two Ghent businesses
to hold Grand Opening
Kor's Korner Kafe and M-G-T Cooperative Oil Co. service station, both of Ghent, have set Friday of this week at the day for their Grand Openings. The cafe is owned by Jans and Barb Kor. Both businesses began operations a few months ago. Free coffee and cookies are to be served and there will be free gifts, including "Free kisses for the first 50 ladies" at the service station.

Fourth local youths
attend State FFA camp
Four youths from Minneota, Larry Buysse, Paul Fixen, James Myhre and Duane Olevson, are attending a five-day camp at Britt, Minn., for state and district FFA officers and chapter presidents for their representatives. The FFAers will participate in workshops to study the latest techniques of youth leadership and citizenship and to develop plans on statewide FFA programs.

25 Years Ago
(July 31, 1996)

Ghent readies for
B-A weekend of fun
The citizens of Ghent have been preparing for Belgian-American Days festivities for a long time and are hoping many people will join them in celebrating the annual event. Rolle Bolle is the main attraction of the planned weekend, with this sport drawing people from across the country. The softball tournament also draws a large number of participants and viewers. The "Miss Tootsie" contest is a fun time where males and females compete for best looking and most talented. There will also be a flea market and craft show, Whopper meal, pedal tractor pull, carnival, kiddie parade, Grande Parade, pie-eating contest, Queen coronation, street dance, and more.

Minneota Manor to
host Family Night
The Minneota Manor will be hosting a Family Fun Night on Thursday, Aug. 1, and they invite everyone to come and get involved. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. and consists of golf cart rides, pony rides, pet show, hots dogs and pop, golf putting contest, coin toss and more. The event is designed to bring children in to play games with the residents of the Manor.

Bloodmobile falls short
of summer goal here
The Minneota Bloodmobile was held on July 25. There were 100 people presenting with 12 deferred for a total of 85 usable pints. The goal was for 100 pints. There was one first-timer giving blood, Allyson Breyfogle. Gallon donors were Bryan Anderson, 1 gallon; Patricia Yeo, Danny Larson, Judy Strandmark, Helen Coequyt, 2 gallons; Arnold Bot, 6 gallons.

Bill Holm Variety Show
features old, new music
The Bill Holm Variety Show set for Sept. 7 has a few new additions. The first addition is Jane Christianson as the guest conductor for the Community Choir. She is a music instructor in the Marshall Elementary program. The Community Choir will have a varied program of music, from old favorite religious numbers to current favorites. The Community Jazz Band will also perform.

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