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NYM Lions raise over $11,000 at annual auction

Dave Delaney points to a bidder while auctioneer Tim Erp, right, looks for another bid on a lamp during the annual New York Mills Lions Auction held Saturday in the City Hall Ballroom.

Hunting, fishing, and sunset pontoon cruises were again the big-ticket items at the annual New York Mills Lions Auction held Saturday.

The auction raised $11,365 this year, down from last year's highest total ever of $15,635. Attendance appeared to be up this year but the number of large items up for auction was down.

All auction items are donated by Lions members each year to raise money, which is turned around and pumped back into the community through various projects.

Again, there were pickled eggs, quilts, dog food (organic and the traditional variety) apple trees, grass seed, and potted plants.

The highest grossing item this year was a fishing trip for six to Bad Medicine Lake, donated by Doug Harthan and Ken Peltier, which brought $960.

Some of the other big-ticket items included a fishing guide service ($475), waterfowl hunt ($475), and muzzle loader deer hunt ($350).

Al Berube and Dean Simpson donated a sunset pontoon cruise on Big Pine Lake, which sold for $475. Skilled carpenter Tom Becker donated eight hours of labor, adding $420 to the total.

Some of the more interesting items sold this year included a popcorn maker donated by Dave Delaney, and a unique and oddly interesting lamp made from a boat motor. That item was donated by Tim Erp, who handled the auctioneer duties Saturday night.