This students and teacher of the Lyon County Country School, Sub-district 1, pose for a photo while standing outside the school in 1911.

From the Mascot files

100 Years Ago
(Jan. 27, 1922)

Dovres attend Jersey
hog sale in Benson
Knute and Nels Dovre drove to Benson last Tuesday and attended a sale of Duroc Jersey hogs. They said they were surprised to see the lively spirit of the bidders and to note the high prices paid. The highest paid for a single sow was $170 and a few others went close to that figure. Most of the sales were to North Dakota buyers.

Monseth ups donation
to Russian Relief Fund
L.F. Monseth had donated three dollars to the Russian Relief Fund, but after considering it for some time, decided the next day to increase his contribution to five dollars. He felt we are not suffering here in any way when we compare our conditions with those of the starving people of Russia. Every dollar given to them will help save a life.

Lyon County dominates
state Grain Growers Assn.
Of Minnesota's 1,000 members of the U.S. Grain Growers Association, nearly half come from Lyon County. That is because of the hard work put in by Ben Borson of Minneota who has been traveling around to get farms to sign up with the association. Borson is one of the most successful men in the state.

75 Years Ago
(Jan. 31, 1947)

MGT returns $23,000
to stockholders, patrons
Minnineota, Ghent and Taunton Cooperative (MGT) stockholders, about 200 total, met in annual session Thursday afternoon and heard the best financial report in the company's history. A total of $23,738.06 in interest on stock and rebates to patrons was paid to stockholders and patrons, by far the largest dividend since the company was organized in 1926. Interest on stock, six percent, amounted to $1,110, and $22,628.60 was returned as rebates to patrons.

Hospital booster
committee members named this week
Members of the Minneota Businessmen's Association hospital committee and the hospital booster committee announced Thursday morning that residents of the surrounding townships and the villages of Ghent and Taunton had been appointed to serve with the local groups in making plans to raise funds for a hospital here. Booster committee members were selected for Minneota, Nordland, Eidsvold, Limestone, Island Lake, Burton, Grandview, Westerheim, Swede Prairie, Alta Vista, Taunton and Ghent.

Blizzard hits area,
most roads blocked
A high strong wind hit this community on Thursday morning driving the light snow, which fell earlier in the week, into big drifts blocking most roads in this community. By noon the wind had diminished somewhat, and the sun was shining brightly. The state highway department was warning motorists in the southern part of the state to stay off the highways because of poor visibility and drifting snow.

Legion organized in
Taunton; donors listed
Firms and individuals of Taunton, and some from Minneota, made generous cash contributions to the newly founded American Legion Post 604 at Taunton. The following made donations: Taunton Liquor Store, $30; Taunton Farmers Elevator, $25; Byrnes Store, $15; John Bertens and Walter Eischens, $10 each; Otto Christensen, Dr. E.J. Kerr, Alphonse Depestel, Herman Esping, Andrew Lozinski, Rene DeVlaeminck, Jerry Ross, Gabe Swedzinski and Harry Traen, $5 each; Anton Kuchera and Charles Koch, $2 each; Nils Anderson and S.D. Warren, $1 each; Charles Tuchek, one ton of coal,

50 Years Ago
(Jan. 27, 1972)

Worst blizzard rolls
into area on Monday
The worst blizzard of the current winter season roared into this area from the northwest Monday afternoon and the blowing snow slowed traffic to a standstill, caused schools to close at 12:45 p.m., and forced cancellation of the first day of the Minneota Crop Show. The Tuesday portion of the crop show was cancelled, too, because a number of speakers for the day's program live in the Twin Cities and were unable to leave there.

Golf club's stockholders
vote to sell 1.7 acres
Stockholders of Countryside Golf Club, meeting last Thursday evening, voted to sell 1.7 acres of the property which they own east of town to Minneota Community Antenna Television. The price was $2,000 and the land will be used as a site for television cable tower to be built soon that will stand about 200 feet high. The vote by the golf club's stockholders was nearly unanimous.

Porter hosting party
for March of Dimes
The 36th annual Porter March of Dimes party will be held at the Porter Hall on Jan. 28, beginning at 7:30 p.m. with a free movie. An auction will start at 8 p.m., with the services of the auctioneers being donated as in previous years. A dance will follow the auction. The Porter March of Dimes party has collected more money per capita than any other town its size in the United States.

Porter Crop Show
draws large crowd
The Porter Crop Show last Thursday drew the largest crowd in recent years, according to Extension Agents Dave Johnson and Arnold Claassen, who reported that around 175 people were present.

25 Years Ago
(Jan. 29, 1997)

Snow removal cost
city over $21,000
Minneota City Clerk Betty Thomsen put together the cost to the city of snow removal so far this winter and the grand total is over $21,000. That cost is from Nov. 14 until Jan. 12 and includes labor, equipment, snowblower and gas and oil. Not to go unnoticed is the hard work and long hours of the city workers.

SMAHC awards grants
to five regional schools
The Southwest Minnesota Arts and Humanities Council's Board of Directors voted to award a McKnight/SMAHC Arts in Rural Education Grants to the following schools in southwestern Minnesota: Lakeview Middle School in Wood Lakee, $600 for a field trip to attend "The Hobbitt" at the Children's Theatre in Minneapolis; Russell-Tyler-Ruthton Elementary in Ruthton, $600 to defray costs of attending "Cinderella at SDSU; Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City Jr.-Sr. High in Grove City, $600 to fund a European choir tour; Lake Benton Public School, $287 to defray costs of the "Cinderella" production at SDSU; and Minneota Public School, $649 to help fund a residency program with visual artist James R. Dahl.

Students plan annual
Sno-Ball festivities
The students at Minneota High School are gearing up for the annual Sno-Ball festivities the week of Feb. 3-8. The students have chosen their candidates for royalty from the top four grades at the high school. Coronation will take place at 2:30 p.m. on Feb. 3. A dance has been planned for Saturday, Feb. 8, beginning at 9:30 p.m. Monday is "Dress up Day", Tuesday is "Workout Clothes Day", Wednesday is "Favorite TV Character Day", Thursday is "Pajama Day", and Friday is "Blue and Gold Day".

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