From the Mascot Files

100 Years Ago
(Jan. 13, 1922)

Dr. Sanderson attends
State Advisory meeting
Dr. E.T. Sanderson was in St. Paul last week attending a meeting of the State Advisory Commission of which he is a member. An attempt will be made to secure some federal aid with which to build tuberculosis hospitals. The plan is to place one hospital in Walker, Minn, where the state hospital is now. The federal aid is being extended because of the fact that there are so many of the service men who have developed tuberculosis, which the government has to take care of. Dr. Sanderson said that the district Minneota is in comprised three states and has about 2,000 cases of tubercular service men.

Catholic Church Ladies
host card party for 128
The young ladies of the Catholic Church here gave a card party in the basement of the church Tuesday evening. There were 32 tables in use with four players at each table. Besides this, there many spectators. People who were there tell us that this was the best of a series of very enjoyable card parties given under the auspices of the young ladies. Visitors from Ghent and Marshall were in attendance. Refreshments were served and the company all had a good time.

75 Years Ago
(Jan. 17, 1947)

Tillemans elected
President of MBA
Harry W. Tillemans was unanimously elected president of the Minneota Businessmen's Association at a meeting of that organization held at the public school lunchroom Tuesday evening. Other new officers elected at the meeting were Jonas E. Askdal, vice president, and Virgil Ufkin, secretary/treasurer. Tillemans, who was vice president of the MBA last year, succeeds Leo Buysse to the presidency.

Over 600 attend
Porter Grain Show
Over 600 people and 130 exhibits made the first annual Porter Corn and Grain Show one of the outstanding events of 1947, according to County Agent Graham Fuller. The Porter community, including town and country folks, as well as local seed corn distributors, backed the show. Door prizes and free lunch closed the two-day show. County agents from both Yellow Medicine and Lincoln counties worked with the Porter group in preparing for an carrying on the show.

March of Dimes band
concert set for Jan. 30
A program by the Minneota High School band being sponsored by the Minneota Businessmen's Association to raise funds locally for the national fight against infantile paralysis, will be broadcast over radio station KMHL at Marshall on Thursday, Jan. 30. The radio station will carry this concert over the air for one hour between 8 and 9 p.m. Rolf Logan, director of the band, said he is preparing a concert to appeal to all music lovers in this community.

50 Years Ago
(Jan. 13, 1972)

25 hogs killed in
fire at Wambekes
A fire of undetermined origin Tuesday evening destroyed a 12 x 24 wooden farrowing building containing seven sows and 18 small pigs on the Joseph Wambeke farm located one mile west of Minneota. The fire was first noticed about 9 p.m. and Minneota firemen were called to the farm. They managed to save a wooden feed shed nearby which was being threatened by the flames. The blaze was being fanned by a strong wind.

Wambeke re-elected
as Fire Chief here
James Wambeke was re-elected Fire Chief of the Minneota Volunteer Fire Department when that organization held its annual election of officers last Thursday evening. Re-elected as Assistant Fire Chief was Arthur Flemming. Richard Johnson was elected the other Assistant Fire Chief to replace Herbert Magnuson, who is retiring after holding that post for 10 years.

Gunderson lands lunker
walleye from Battle Lake
George Gunderson of Minneota hooked a 12-pound, 4-ounce walleye ice fishing at East Battle Lake last Friday. Gunderson said he had a little trouble in landing the huge walleye and had to have the help of Ray Gossen of Taunton, who he also fishing nearby. A few days before, Gossen had taken a 7-pound and a 10-pound walleye from the exact same hole.

25 Years Ago
(Jan. 15, 1997)

Wild winds slow
down area activity
School was scheduled to start on time Thursday morning and buses went out to pick up the students. But the winds picked up in South Dakota and moved across the lands. Administrators, knowing the storm would soon hit here, dismissed school at 8:30 a.m. and all the students were taken back to their homes. Within a matter of minutes, visibility became poor and snow was being driven sideways. Many people ended up stranded in places other than their homes. The winds continued into Friday, making the three inches of snow mountainous.

CJ's busy during
winter storm here
Ron and Bobbi Jo Kimpe purchased CJ's Bar & Grill in November and had been renovating the place recently. They were finally ready to open when a major blizzard hit here on Thursday. The Kimpes decided to open anyway and they were soon swamped with many customers. The place was full capacity through Saturday and the demand was much higher than anticipated. After running low of food, the Kimpes cleaned out the local grocer of supplies and then drove to Marshall on Saturday and brought back a van load of supplies. They still ran out of food that evening.

Horned owl finds new
home at grade school
John Thooft of Ghent found Great Horned Owl frozen to death in his back yard. He called local authorities about the protected species and after filing paper work that took nearly a month, he had the owl mounted at Joe Petersen's Taxidermy and donated it to the elementary school for the students to enjoy.

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