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Connie Vandermay/FOCUS Four-year-old Jay Mindermann climbed up on Santa's knee Saturday afternoon to tell him what he wanted for Christmas. More than 100 kids lined up excitedly for their chance to visit with Santa.

8 days of Christmas in NYM

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Eight days of Christmas in New York Mills helped raise almost $3,000 for Santa Anonymous.

The 14th annual Christmas Tree Festival, put on by the Civic and Commerce Association of NY Mills, was in full swing last week. A variety of activities took place in the evenings at City Hall. Free will donations for Santa Anonymous were taken at the door.

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Activities included cookie decorating, a nativity scene, and musical performances by a Trinity Bells group and the high school Jazz Band. Saturday was a buzz of activities with Santa Day, final silent auction opportunities, a vendor blender, and the community Christmas party.

The 4H quilt raffle by the Heinola Hustlers raised $500, and the winner was Shanna Hendrickson.

The NY Mills Elementary School teachers' tree won the people's choice award by a landslide. Tina Schmeidt's tree of Breast Cancer Awareness won second place. Third place was the Lumber Depot's 'I Spy' tree.

Lund Boats' tree sold for the highest bid at the silent auction, for $700, though it was worth much more than that with more than 200 Rapala lures, rods, reels, Lund clothes, and a tackle box.

"If it wouldn't have been for the volunteers, this wouldn't have happened," the head of the Tree Festival committee, Dolly Tumberg, said. "In a small community everybody has to help everybody."

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