This photo of a group of Lyon County farmers going to market in South St. Paul was taken on May 4, 1947. Left to right: Max Alberts of Marshall, Gerald Nuytten of Minneota, Cyriel Gossen of Ghent, Herman Verschelde of Minneota, and Arvil Peterson of Marshall.

From the Mascot files

100 Years Ago
May 19, 1922

Most teachers not
expected to return
With possibly one or two exceptions, not a single teacher of the Minneota schools will return next year. The whole faculty was given an opportunity to return but almost all of them indicated that they want a change.

Rev. Steinert to attend
annual Synod meeting
Rev. Theo Steinert and Mrs. Youngmark of Clarkfield were in Minneota on Tuesday morning on their way to St. Peter where they attended the annual meeting of the Minnesota Conference of the Augustana Synod. Rev Steinert told the Mascot that he expected this meeting of the conference to be one of much importance as there were many subjects of interest to be taken up, especially the subject of the building program for Gustavus Adolphus College.

75 Years Ago
May 23, 1947

Woman injured when
car crashes into bus
Mrs. Otto Coil, who lives four miles south of Minneota, was seriously injured Wednesday morning when the car in which she was driving crashed into the rear of a Minneota school bus loaded with children going to school. Claron Roberg was driving the school bus at the time of the accident. None of the children in the bus were hurt, but Mrs. Coil's five-year-old daughter, riding in the car with her, was badly bruised and received some minor cuts. Mrs. Coil's right forearm was broke, her right knee was badly injured, two of her teeth were knocked out, she was cut above both knees and the forehead, and suffered a severe concussion in the accident. The accident occurred two miles south of Minneota when the school bus stopped near the Finnegan farm.

Mrs. VanOverbeke hurt
in automobile accident
Mrs. Gustaf VanOverbeke suffered cuts on her forehead and sustained bruises when the automobile she was driving went into the ditch and rolled over around noon on Thursday. The accident occurred a mile and a half north of Minneota. Mrs. VanOverbeke lost control of the car when it hit some ruts in the road and the vehicle went into the ditch, struck a bank and turned over.

Auto crashes into
front of Carl's Cafe
An automobile driven by Alphonse Dhaene went out of control early Wednesday morning and crashed backwards into Carl's Cafe. damaging the front of the building. Mr. Dhaene backed his automobile away from the curb in front of the Municipal Liquor Store at about 6 a.m. after making a purchase at the Roundup and the car went out of control, making a circle in the street and coming to a stop when it hit the cafe building. He was not injured. The windows south of the entrance in the cafe building were broken and the sill damaged.

Free ice cream cones
for kids at dairy store
Joe Gislason, who plans on opening a dairy store here this week, isn't sure yet whether he will be able to sell much merchandise when he opens Saturday, but he has assured the Mascot that he's going to give free ice cream cones to children. Gislason and Edward Janssen, who is set to be the manager of the store, have been waiting all week for a new counter which was to be delivered last week but has not arrived yet. The men say they will be able to sell ice cream and pop until the counter arrives.

50 Years Ago
May 18, 1972

Eidsvold couple
married 72 years
Mr. and Mrs. H.K. Helgeson, who have lived on the same farm where they were married in Eidsvold Township May 16, 1900, marked their wedding anniversary quietly this week with members of the immediate family. The farm is located about five miles northwest of Minneota. Though the Helgesons are in excellent health, they said Monday that they would prefer no pictures were taken and that they would like to celebrate the day quietly and at home. The Helgesons had 12 children. Mr. Helgeson is 97 years old while Mrs. Helgeson is 93.

Town mail delivery
not available here
Postmaster Joseph Dero said Tuesday morning of this week that city delivery of mail in Minneota was not available at this time because of the town's population (it must be at least 2,500) and other Postal Service regulations. Dero investigated the matter, even going so far as to consult postal authorities in district headquarters at Willmar. after petitions which sought the service were circulated in Minneota. Dero said, however, the rural curb mail service was available here if 50 percent of the people of an area of the town signed up for it.

Five to graduate
with highest honors
Five member of the high school class of 1972 have demonstrated academic excellence in attaining averages of 94 and above during their high school careers. Named to the honor are: Dennis Fox, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Fox; Kevin Schwartz, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Schwartz; Diane Fier, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Erwin Fier; Larry Buysse, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Buysse; and William Ufkin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Ufkin.

Board incumbents are
returned to positions
Veteran school board members K.P. Kompelien and Donald Rye were returned to positions on the board of education here Tuesday evening when 175 voters cast ballots in the annual school election. The voting was as follows: Mr. Rye, 129 votes; Mr. Kompelien, 105; and Vincent E. Bot, 96. James
Wambeke received two write-in votes.

25 Years Ago
May 21, 1997

St. Ed's kids donate
to Salvation Army
Students at St. Edward's Catholic School donated $325 to the Salvation Army "Operation We Care" sponsored by TCF National Bank. The funds were raised by members of the school's Student Council. The funds will be matched by TCF. The money will be used to help schools in the Grand Forks area with flood relief after the devastation the floods did on schools there.

Gislason completes
required pool course
Lyall Gislason, the swimming pool manager here, recently traveled to Burnsville where he was required to complete training to become a Certified Pool Operator. Gislason said the two-day training session required those attending to go over a book filled with rules to be learned, safety standards to be met and a test to pass. Sanitation rules have become the most important ones the state is enforcing. Without these standards in place, the pool could be shut down at any time.

GMT names new
officers for 1997-98
The Ghent-Minneota-Taunton (GMT) Women of Today installed new officers at their meeting on May at CJ's Bar & Grill in Minneota. Officers for the 97-98 years are: President, Kathy Jirele; Vice President, Linda Pedersen; State Delegate, Barb Okrina; Secretary, Barb Hennen; Treasurer, Diane Myhre; Membership Chairwoman, Kristen Trusty.

This Day in History
(May 19)
1536 - Anne Boleyn, the second wife of England’s King Henry VIII, is beheaded after being convicted of adultery.

1943 - In his second wartime address to the U.S. Congress, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill pledges his country’s full support in the fight against Japan; that evening, Churchill meets with President Franklin D. Roosevelt at the White House, where the two leaders agree on May 1, 1944 as the date for the D-Day invasion of France (the operation would end up being launched over a month later).

1994 - Former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis dies at age 64.

2001 - Apple opens its first retail stores in Tysons Corner, Va., and Glendale, Calif.

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