This photo taken by the Marshall Daily Messenger on Sept. 5, 1957 shows the assembly room at St. Eloi’s School in Ghent.

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

100 Years Ago
(September 16, 1921)

Everywhere he went
the rain followed
Frank Lott of Harrisburg, Ill., arrived on Wednesday for a visit with his brother, H.C. Lott. Frank had come from North Dakota where he had been for 10 days, all of which time he says it rained. On his way to Minneota, he first stopped a day and a half in Minneapolis, all of which time in rained. Then he came on to Minneota and it was still raining. Mr. Lott is of the opinion that he has struck a wet territory.

Boulton earns several
prizes at State Fair
J.A. Boulton took some of his Chester White hogs to the State Fair and made quite a record for his herd by pulling down several prizes. His Porter Giant took second prize in a contest where seven were entered, including the grand champion of Iowa. Petroleum Giant Jr. took third. Porter Giant Jr. took fifth in a class of 13.

Only one gallon
of gas per hour
Nels Dovre and Ernest Rye returned from the State Fair last Saturday. They went by way of Northfield. Nels made a good record from Minneota to Northfield. The distance by automobile road is 202 miles and Nels drove it in seven hours and used just one gallon of gas per hour.

75 Years Ago
(Sept. 20, 1946)

Taunton church get
new floor covering
Asphalt tile covering will be laid in Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church in the early part of October, Rev. John Pawelski said this week. Also, new kneeler cushions will be installed. The entire project will cost $2,200. This major improvement will be sponsored and financed by Altar and Rosary society, an organization that has done so much to beautify the church in Taunton.

New veterinarian opens
office in Mootz building
Dr. A.W. Pennings, a veterinarian, announces that he is opening an office here in the Mootz building. Dr. and Mrs. Pennings moved here this week from Iowa and will make their home in the residence which they recently purchased from Elmer Christianson. Dr. Pennings receive his degree as Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Iowa State College in 1943 and then spent three years as a captain in the Army Veterinary Corps.

Legion Auxiliary officers
are installed at Ghent
Election and installation of officers of the newly organized American Legion Auxiliary at Ghent took place on Monday. Mrs. Mattson of Olivia, the District Legion Auxiliary chairman, was in charge of the installation. The following officers were installed: President, Mrs. Quirin Duthoy; First Vice President, Mrs. Phonse Bot; Second Vice President, Mrs. Robert Berghs; Secretary, Miss Dorothy Dierckx; Treasurer, Mrs. Bob DeRoode; Sergeant-at-Arms, Mrs. Will Bot; Chaplain, Mrs. Charles Blake.

50 Years Ago
(Sept. 16, 1971)

Village to raise fee
for garbage service
Minneotans will be expecting to pay more for garbage pickup, according to action taken by the village council at a special meeting held last Thursday evening, but they will not receive bills for the additional charge until January. The fee is going to be $5 per quarter, up $3.50 from the charge which is now being listed as a "dumpground" fee. The raise in fee covers the quarter from Oct. 1, 1971 to Jan. 1, 1972.

Bill Ufkin named
Merit semifinalist
Principal Gerald Olson has announced that one student at Minneota High School has been named a semifinalist in the 1971-72 National Merit Scholarship Program. The student is William Ufkin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Ufkin of this village. The semifinalists were the highest scorers in their states on the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which was given last February. There are approximately 15,000 semifinalists in the United States.

Cable TV outlined
for this community
Members of the Minneota Businessmen's Association heard cable television for this community outlined rather thoroughly at their meeting at the public grade school Tuesday evening. The discussion of the television cable took considerable time and several matters of questions were talked about. The discussion was led by Mobile Home Television, which is just completing the phase of a similar project in Cottonwood. Subsequent charges would amount to $5 per home or business per month.

25 Years Ago
(Sept. 18, 1996)

City reports filing
for council positions
The official filing for City Council positions closed last week, and community members took the responsibility seriously. Many stepped to file for positions on the council, with elections taking place in November. Filing for mayor was Joanne Myrvik and Eric J. Bot. Filing for the two-year council term were Joe Johnson, Phil Nuy, Nancy Reisdorfer and James Wohnoutka. Filing for the four-year council term were Thomas Esping, Jerry Bottelberghe and Kevin Guttormsson.

Students to present
"The Pajama Game"
The Minneota High School Fine Arts Department has held auditions and are now preparing for the upcoming presentation of "The Pajama Game". High School teacher Chris Shuckhart is the director for this humorous work, with a pit orchestra to be organized by John Voit. The play will be presented on Nov. 8 and 10 for the general public.

Local 4-Hers do
well at State Fair
With many area youth participating in competition at the Minnesota State Fair, the following were locals who earned prizes. For the General Encampment category, Katie Boulton earned Red in Home Environment, Greg Drietz earned Blue for Shooting Sports, Kelly Noyes received an Award of Merit for Fashion Revue, Sarah Noyes received an Award of Merit for Creative Arts, and Vicki Wallens earned Blue for Cats. In the Livestock Encampment category, Chrissi Boulton earned Red for Beef, Kelli Coover earned Red 3rd for Swine Showmanship, and Mark Pesek earned Red for Beef.

Vikings stopped by
RTR at home, 14-6
Minneota entered the game against Russell-Tyler-Ruthton Friday night with a 2-0 record, while the Knights were winless in their two games. But the Knights came away with a 14-6 upset win in Minneota. The Vikings trailed 14-0 in the fourth quarter when they scored their lone touchdown on a run by Scott Fier. The extra point kick was blocked.

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