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Lifelong New York Mills resident Winnie Porkkonen stands in front of a painting of her parents' old house. Winnie's cousin created the painting that now hangs in her living room at Heritage Apartments.

A lifetime in New York Mills for 85-year-old Winnie

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From a minnow trapper to a potato peeler, with a host of jobs in between, 85-year-old Winnie Porkkonen has left her mark throughout the New York Mills community.

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She has lived in Otter Tail County her entire life, a life marked by tragedy, but illuminated with her resolute desire to think positive and make the best of what life throws at her.

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