This photograph was taken on May 17, 1951 by the former Locy Studio in Minneota and features the First Communion at St. Edward’s Church. See if you recognize any of the faces in the photo. Contributed by Lyon County Historical Museum

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

100 Years Ago
(August 19, 1921)

Benson contemplating
land investing in Canada
George Benson and his mother, Mrs. Hall Benson, of Minneota started out last Monday for Glenboro, Manitoba by automobile. George Benson has expressed an interest in investing in some land in Manitoba, provided he can find something that suits him. They also plan to visit friends in Canada.

McGinn named new
Minneota Postmaster
Mrs. Margaret A. McGinn is now postmaster of Minneota after having been appointed the position recently. Her nomination was sent to the United States Senate by President Warren G. Harding the first of the month, and on the 11th, the Senate confirmed the appointment.

75 Years Ago
(August 23, 1946)

Farm lady injured
when car rolls in ditch
Mrs. Jules DeKaiser was seriously cut about the left side of the face and on one arm, received a fractured rib near the spine and bruises when the car she was riding in with her husband and daughter, Elaine, rolled into a ditch on the west edge of Minneota last Saturday evening. The accident occurred about 11:30 p.m. when the DeKaiser family was returning home one mile west of town. Mr. DeKaiser, who was driving the vehicle, failed to make the curve and rolled into the ditch. Mr. DeKaiser and his daughter were only slightly bruised and received small cuts about their head.

Polio threat may force
schools to open later
Whether or not the date for opening schools here would be postponed until Sept. 16, as recommended by the state commissioner of education, has not yet been decided by school officials. Schools here were scheduled to open on Tuesday, Sept. 3, but because of the polio epidemic, which has already caused cancellation of a majority of the county fairs in this state.

Applications for terminal
leave pay to be sent soon
Walter Johnson, Commander of Minneota's American Legion Post, said this week he had received information from Washington that application papers for terminal leave pay have been mailed and would be here in the very near future. Four Minneotans, Edward Amundson, Joseph Moorse, K.P Kompelien and P.H. Geiwitz have volunteered to assist veterans of World War II in filling out the applications.

50 Years Ago
(August 19, 1971)

Public school teaching
staff now complete
Contracts for the teaching staff at the Minneota Public School have been approved by the school board at its August meeting Thursday night. Perry Vining of Brookings, SD, will teach speech; Mrs. Duane Aden of Marshall will serve as half-time kindergarten teacher; Mrs. Esther Heinze of Madison will teach remedial reading; and Mrs. Selmer Smith of Minneota will teach elementary physical education.

4-H exhibits pouring
in for Lyon County fair
Lyon County 4-H entries have been pouring into the extension office at a steady pace for two weeks, Ray Newell, extension agent, reported this week. To date, there are 144 swine, 60 beef, 72 dairy, 61 horses and 55 sheep. Final counts are not available on all projects, but it appears that there will be increases in total exhibits and exhibitors over last year.

Village Council orders
nursing home bond sale
Minneota's Village Council passed a resolution at its monthly meeting on Monday ordering the sale of $750,000 in bonds with the money being used for the erection of an 87-bed nursing home here. The bond sale is to be held Aug. 24. Bid proposals on construction of the nursing home are to be opened at a meeting of council members to be held this week.

25 Years Ago
(August 21, 1996)

Bug Days has 17
queen candidates
Seventeen candidates are a part of this year's Boxelder Bug Days queen coronation ceremonies. This year's candidates are: Kayla Ahern, Samantha Carlson, Dawn DeBaere, Amanda Drown, Kim Fier, Sara Gorecki, Shannon Haugen, Minday Hovland, Jessica Jackson, Marcy Jeremiason, Laura Johnson, Beth Miller, Kristi Myhre, Jenny Schwartz, Nicole Stiklestad, Jennifer Thostenson, and Shawna VanHecke. The day of judging is Aug. 28 and the coronation will take place at 7 p.m. on Sept. 7 outside the American Legion.

Bot is Commodities
Contest chairperson
The Commodities Contest has gotten off to a late start this year because of a lack of a committee chairperson. But this past week it was Alice Bot coming to the rescue. She has made contacts with local businesses for their sponsorships of the commodity of their choice. There are a lot of excellent categories to enter, ranging from garden and field produce and baked goods to crafts and handiwork items. There is also a lot of cash to give away.

Medallion hunt planned
for Boxelder Bug Days
In connection with the upcoming Boxelder Bug Days celebration, a Medallion Hunt will once again be held. Olaf, the new name of the handsome black and red bug, will take cover on Aug. 26, and will try to elude local hunters. This hunt began last year, with a trio of young men finding the medallion on the first day of competition. Organizers Loralee Miller and Darlene Muhl, in connection with the Minneota Chamber of Commerce, will try to hide the bug a little further this year. The bug will be hidden on Aug. 25 and clues will be posted on Monday morning. The person finding the bug will win $50 in Minneota Bucks.

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