In this 1927 photo, Gunner Bjornson, seated, was associated with the Minneota Mascot as editor and/or publisher from 1895 to 1944. His sons were also editors of the newspaper at one time or another. Left to right: Hjalmar, Valdimar and Bjorn. When Hjalmer left the Mascot in 1931, Val took over as editor. When Val left in 1939, Bjorn took over as editor. The paper was sold to Ragnar Guttormsson in 1944.

From the Mascot files

100 Years Ago
(Jan. 6, 1922)

Students return to
college after vacation
The following students, who have been spending the holiday vacation at home here, returned this week to resume their studies at the institutions of learning: Peter Berg and Charles Nicholson, University of Minnesota; Miss Stella Edwards, North High School; Miss Bernice Finnegan, St. Mary's College in St. Paul; Peter Stone, Miss Oddny Askdal and Miss Ida Rye, Mankato Normal School; Edward Holland, Pillsbury Academy in Owatonna; Knute Swennes, Elroy Kjorness, Clarence Myhre and Miss Barbara Kile, St, Olaf College in Northfield; and Miss Lucille Deen, Carleton College in Northfield.

Young people host
New Year's parties
The young people of the village have been having some very pleasant New Year's parties this week. Miss Lucille Deen entertained at the home of her parents, Miss Ella Anderson and Miss Mildred Anderson entertained at the home of Mr. and Mrs. A.E. Lee, and Miss Dora Holm hosted a party at the home of A.B. Gislason. Those who attended these functions all reported a very enjoyable time.

75 Years Ago
(Jan. 10, 1947)

Theatre opens Friday
under new management
Medard Debbaut, the new owner of the Joy Theatre, said that a new sound system, new projector machines and new lighting were installed this past week. Also, painters would complete their work in time for opening Friday evening. For the opening evening, Debbaut will have a double feature on the screen, "Girls of the Big House" and "Gunning for Vengeance", and then on Sunday and Monday evenings he will show a late technicolor film. Debbaut had expected to install new seats, but they are not available at the present time, but expects to get them in the near future.

Council members sworn
in Monday, take office
Kenneth P. Kompelien, elected recorder at the last election, and Al Kiley, re-elected trustee, were sworn in as members of the Village Council at the year's first meeting on Monday. Also taking the oath of office were A.E. DeSutter, re-elected treasurer, and Oliver Amundson, re-elected assessor. Julius Locy and Swen Kvanbeck, declared elected Justice of the Peace at the December election were not present at the meeting and so far have not qualified for the offices.

Legion building fund
gets more donations
The American Legion building fund grew by $345 during the week by donations from persons in the community. The following made contributions the past week: Cyril Lootens, $10; Reynold Johnson, $10; Will Reiss, $25; Olaf Dovre, $50; and Cargill Elevator, $250.

50 Years Ago
(Jan. 6, 1972)

TV cable franchise
granted by council
A non-exclusive franchise to operate a television cable in this village was granted to Minneota Community Antenna Television at a special meeting of the council held late Tuesday afternoon. The owner of the firm that will install the television cable in this village is Jerome DeSutter of Windom, a son of Mrs. Marie DeSutter, a former resident of Minneota. The action taken by the council this week brings to an end a matter that had been under consideration for several months.

Veterans Rally to
be held on Jan. 24
Two officers of the Minneota American Legion post, Commander Gary Buysse and Vice Commander Wendell Larson, announced this week that second Veterans Rally would be held in the Legion building on Jan. 24. Featured during the evening will be a dinner, entertainment and dancing. Commander Buysse said that last year's rally had been a real success.

Tri-County Crop
Show Jan. 25-26
The Lyon County Crop Improvement Association board met last week to plan the Tri-County Crop Show for Jan. 25-26 at the Minneota Legion building. The group included directors Norman Anderson of Cottonwood and Orville Hennen of Ghent; Chairman Ludwig Huso of Minneota; and Vice Chairman Kenneth Olson of Cottonwood. The event will feature two days of educational programs, plus a crop show exhibit.

25 Years Ago
(Jan. 8, 1997)

Dr. Schulte celebrates
25th dental anniversary
Dr. Bob Schulte celebrated his 25th anniversary in the field of dentistry in Minneota on Jan. 7. Many people of the community came together to help him celebrate and to show their appreciation for his lengthy service here. Dr. Bob graduated from the University of Minnesota Dental School in 1971 and moved to Minneota as an associate with his father, John, who was also a dentist here for many years.

New City Council
holds first meeting
The three newly elected members of the Minneota City Council held their first meeting of their terms on Monday evening. The new members of the Council are: Mayor Joanne Myrvik and Councilpersons Jim Wohnoutka and Kevin Guttormsson. The new members join previously elected Dave Meiners and Jerry Bottelberghe to round out the City Council. The meeting's agenda consisted of routine items, with the exception of a city street project and a lengthy discussion about the incentive fund which concerns the former Minneota ambulance squad.

Minneota has around
48-50 inches of snow
It is estimated that Minneota and the surrounding area has received 48-50 inches of snow so far this winter, including the six inches we recently got this past weekend. That total amount is the average snowfall here for an entire winter.

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