Ole Pappy

I am in awe of local residents

Two groups of community people have made a lasting impression on me.

They are the Minneota City Maintenance Crew and the group of folks who decided Minneota badly needed a restaurant and they did something about it.

First ... the guys who remove the snow.

I can’t speak for city maintenance crews in small towns across Minnesota — but I know about the guys in Minneota who are just about the best they could be.

This has been an AWFUL winter in terms of snow, cold, wind and pure frustration. It’s been awhile since cabin fever has struck so severely and most residents have gone to wishing they were somewhere else.

But the Minneota City Maintenance Crew has gone above and beyond the call of duty in an effort to keep our streets free and clear after each and every snowfall.

And in many cases, they work in horrible conditions. I’m not going to use their names in case I forget somebody — but I want you guys to know you’ve done a great job.

Police Chief Bill Bolt has also been helping out by trying to get the cars off the streets so the plowing can be done. And that hasn’t been easy since many citations have been written.

It’s hard to believe how fast and how well this crew frees our streets and roads and gets us operating again.

Thank You City Crew!

You have done a tremendous job under very trying conditions.

Second ... The City Hall Bar & Grill crew!

I’m almost giddy thinking about Friday’s opening of Minneota’s new dining facility ... The City Hall Bar and Grill. A group of folks decided Minneota shouldn’t be without a place to eat after CJ’s Bar and Grill closed a couple of years ago.

So they did something about it. They rallied the community, did their homework, collected money, used their own tools, renovated the community bar and now they’ve built a restaurant.

One of the assets that made this go was the people directly involved ... like a carpenter, electrician, plumbing and heating man and a helpful hardware man (and many others).

Many others poured their hearts and souls into this project (and their money) — and by this weekend we’ll be eating meals in our new restaurant. AMAZING.

It goes to show what a little determination, know-how and old-fashioned drive can accomplish.

Again, there are too many to name and I don’t want to forget anyone — but you know who you are.

CONGRATULATIONS! And ... Thank You Very Much!

This is just what we needed!

Enjoy Minneota!


Signs we’ve seen! (These were contributed)

In an office: Toilet out of order — please use floor below.

In a Laundromat: Automatic washing machines — please remove all your clothes when the light goes out.

In a department store: Bargain basement upstairs!

In an office: Would the person who took the step ladder yesterday bring it back or further steps will be taken.

Outside a second-hand shop: We exchange anything — bikes, washing machines, etc.

Why not bring your wife along and get a wonderful bargain?

Notice in health food shop window: Closed due to illness.

Seen during a conference: For anyone who has children and doesn’t know it, there is a day care on the first floor.

Notice in a farmer's field: The farmer allows walkers to cross the field for free, but the bull charges.

On a repair shop door: We can repair anything. (Please knock hard on the door — the bell doesn’t work).


As my Ole Pappy used to say, “Every bad situation will have something positive. Even a dead clock shows the correct time twice a day.”

Ole Pappy was a master of the positive. And it rubbed off.

Thanks Ole Pappy!

Byron Higgin

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