The MARSHALL DAILY MESSENGER reported in its Nov. 14, 1933, issue: BALATON FIVE PEOPLE LOCKED IN VAULT ONE SLUGGED IN HEAD "Three unmasked armed bandits raided the Farmers and Merchants State Bank of Balaton and escaped with 'not over $1,200' in loot. The robbers, according to Glen Wilhelm, assistant cashier, who was in the bank with Miss Bertha Loveland, also an assistant cashier, were very quiet, speaking 'not more than half-a-dozen words. Wilhelm said the men apparently were old hands at bank robbing.'
"Three customers came into the bank while the holdup was in progress. They were H.H. Nash, who was struck by one of the bandits on the head when he did not raise his hands fast enough; Anton Hommerberg, a local merchant; and Emil Wendland, a farmer. All three were taken to the rear of the bank and forced to lie on the floor. After taking the available cash, the three bandits forced the two bank employees and three customers into the vault and fled. It was thought they headed south.
"The robbery was carried out so quietly and efficiently that townspeople were unaware that a robbery was taking place. Identification of the robbers' car was difficult for that reason. It was thought to be a chocolate-colored Pontiac sedan. The man who guarded the door and met the customers as they came in was described as being 5 feet 7 inches in height, heavyset and with a dark complexion.
"Superintendent Passolt of the state bureau of Criminal Apprehension was immediately notified and he sent operatives to the vicinity.
"Sheriff George Rankin was notified of the Balaton bank robbery about 9:30 this morning and went there at once. The bandits, he was told, wore overalls."
The MARSHALL DAILY MESSENGER report on Monday, April 8, 1935: ROBBERS BLOW UP SAFE AT COTTONWOOD
"Safecrackers blew open the Cottonwood post office safe sometime late Saturday night or early Sunday morning and escaped with between $10 and $11, mostly in stamps.
"The robbers drilled a hole below the safe dial, poured in a 'soup' thought to be nitroglycerine, covered with same with mail sacks and set it off. No one heard the explosion
"Sheriff George Rankin went to Cottonwood immediately upon receipt of the news of the crime."
August of 1923, MINNEOTA, A CENTENNIAL HISTORY 1881-1981, by Ralph A. Larson: BIG STORE BURGLARY WAS TOWN'S BIGGEST "Minneota's robbery of the century took place early one Thursday in August of 1923. The burglars, who were never apprehended, gained entrance to the building through the rear window of the office. They had tried the rear door, but were unable to pry it open.
"An estimated $2,500 worth of goods were stolen, including 60 men's suits, a number of good hats, and many silk dresses. The firm carried no burglary insurance. The burglary was discovered by Charley Peterson when he reported for work. Many declared that the presence of a night watchman would have prevented such an occurrence."
The MARSHALL MESSENGER reported on Saturday, April 15, 1961: KMHL THIEF MAY BE AN EGGHEAD
"A thief with an apparent like for classical music and distaste for Elvis Presley and his rock 'n roll contemporaries broke into KMHL last Wednesday night and walked off with $200 worth of records.
"According to Lyon County Sheriff Roland Rans, the thief (or thieves) took some 55 records which ranged from the semi classical works of Eugene Ormandy to the conservative New York Philharmonic orchestra. A few current hits were taken.
"Entry into the radio station located east of the city on Highway 19 was gained sometime between 12:15 a.m. and 6 p.m.
"The thieves entered the building by breaking a window to the back door.
"The case is currently under investigation."
Wednesday, June 26, 1968, MARSHALL MESSENGER by Jerry Chapman: MASKED MAN HOLDS UP HOTEL
'I said turn around!'
"Standing in the doorway of the motel office where he had come to answer the doorbell at 11:40 p.m. Sunday, Luttmers couldn't believe his eyes. Then he spied the bulge in the masked man's coat pocket. Realizing it was not joke, he turned around.
'Start walking toward the back door!'
"Luttmers covered the 10 feet, opened the door and stepped into the motel's linen storage room quickly following, the burglar ordered Luttmers to put his hands behind his back.
As he was being tied up with pink cleaning rags, Luttmers noted that the man was well-dressed, all in black, and that the mask which hid his face was Hallonweenlike with fur around the edges.
"Quickly the masked man tied Luttmers' hands and feet and left the Southwest State college student on the floor. His last remark was a sharp warning to keep quiet.
He then proceeded to burglarize the motel office of a considerable amount of cash and checks. All of the checks were stamped, 'for deposit only.'
"Luttmers didn't hear the intruder leave, but when all was quiet he hobbled out to the desk.
"At first he tried to dial with his nose. It didn't work. Then he turned around and tried to dial behind his back. Still no luck. Finally, he found a pencil, put it in his mouth, and dialed room 12. Soon after a motel guest was untying him and police were called."