From the Mascot Files: 75, 50, and 25 years ago
75 Years Ago-October 8, 1943
Local man dies
Einar Olafson of Minneota, died Monday, October 4, at his home here. He was 88 years old at the time of his death. Funeral services were held at St. Paul’s Lutheran church, Thursday, October 7, Rev. G. Guttormsson officiated. Interment was in St. Paul’s cemetery. Survivors include three children; Ola (Mrs. Henry Hessel) of Elbow Lake; Peter of Minneota, and Soffia (Mrs. E. F. Hagerty) of Spencer, Iowa. He is also survived by four grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and a foster son, Marvin Anderson.
Funeral rites were held on Thursday, Sept. 23 at St. Eloi Catholic church in Ghent for Mrs. Leonie Van Keulen who died Saturday, Sept. 18 Rev. Pilger officiated at the services and Rev. H. J. Boerboom of Osseo delivered the sermon. She was 62 years of age at the time of her death.
50 Years Ago-October 10, 1968
Queen of Viking Homecoming
Mary Rokeh was crowned queen of the Minneota high school homecoming last Tursday evening by Bruce Ahlaschlager of the Viking squad doing the crowning while Bill Pennings, another grid player, hands her a bouquet of roses.
Porter girl writes of her IFYE experience
Anita Syltie, Porter, IFYE delegate from Lincoln county and the United States to Thialand, is now in that country.
Firemen called for float fire
The Minneota fire fighters were called to the school last Friday afternoon when, just as the Minneota high school’s homecoming parade was about to begin, the float of the junior class caught fire. The float, with the message, “Send “Em Home a Wailin’” went up in flames but no one was hurt. The parade then went on through town - minus the junior’s efforts.
WCCO to feature High School Band
The Minneota high school band will be featured as band of the week on “Prep Parade” this Thursday at 8:00 p.m. over WCCO radio.
Proclaim October as Co-op month
Gov. Harold LeVander has officially proclaimed October as Co-op Month. The governor urged all Minnesotans “to recognize the economic and democratic values of co-operatives - values which help bring the rewards of our free enterprise system to all rural and urban residents - values which truly make co-operatives “community builders”.
25 Years Ago-October 6, 1993
Historical Society Members tour Minneota
The Executive Council of the Minnesota Historical Society made a “surprise” visit to Minneota last Saturday morning, as part of their bus tour of historical sites in Southwestern Minnesota. The group was specifically interested in sites or buildings in which State funding was provided through grants for restoration. The group was particularly interested in St. Paul’s Lutheran (formerly Icelandic) Church, which is a designated historical site, and the Big Store building in downtown Minneota, in which grant monies were endowed for restoration.
Westerheim 4-H’ers take part in exchange program
These Westerheim 4-H Club members, Eric Laleman, Paul Nuytten, Nicolle Coequyt and Jessica Nuytten, recently took part in an exchange program, visiting Indiana with host families.
The Man Without a Face with Mel Gibson Striking Distance with Bruce Willis & Sarah Jessica Parker
Kayla Ahern place 1st in State 4-H consumer judging event
A local consumer judging team, comprised of Kayla Ahern of Taunton and Shannon and Tara Tanghe of Tracy, earned themselves some real recognition at the State event held at the University of Minnesota. Not only did they participate, they walked away with first place in the Intermediate Division.