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The Mighty Midget to remain

By Staff | Oct 14, 2009

There was a good turnout at the Estherville Lincoln Central Community School District board meeting Monday night. Many present pressed the board to reconsider its decision to not allow a Midget mascot in the high-school and middle-school gym walls, and the board agreed. EDN photo by Michael Tidemann

The Mighty Midget won another battle Monday night when the Estherville Lincoln Central Community School District Board of Education allowed the Midget Man to remain in the high-school gym and another to go up in the junior-high gym.

Seven members of the ELC Booster Club Board of Directors, or about half the board members, appealed to the board to rescind its decision at a previous meeting to not allow placing the Midget mascot on the gym wall. The Boosters had also appealed that decision earlier in a letter to the board.

In the letter, the Boosters noted the amount of painting and other work they had done in the gym and that for two years the Boosters had planned on placing the Midget mascots on the walls of both gyms.

“We would respectfully request that we be allowed to rehang our ‘Midget Man’ in the peak of the high school gym and in our middle school gym,” the letter requested.

Nancy Johnson, Boosters president, reiterated that request at Monday night’s board meeting.

In making the request, Johnson said the Midget logo had been with the school for 83 years and the mascot since 1975. “We would like to put our name and our image back in the gym,” Johnson said. “We would like to finish the project as decided by the Booster Club and athletic department two years ago.”

Morgan Schichtl, student council vice president, said no students that she approached were against the Midget mascot.

In reviewing the board’s earlier decision, board member Duane Schnell said he thought assistant principal Brian DeJong was asking the board whether it wanted to choose from either the letters ELC or the mascot.

Superintendent Dick Magnuson suggested the Booster Club be allowed to display the mascot in an appropriate way and the mascot be easily removable for cleaning.

“I’ve never heard any controversy about the Midget name ever,” said Theresa Christensen, Boosters Club board member.

After consideration, the board agreed to allow the Booster Club to display the Midget mascots in both gyms.