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City council approves ROLA grass drags at airport

The city council approved at last week's meeting a request by the Regional One Lungers Association to use the airport for snowmobile grass drags August 8.

The council approved the request on the condition R.O.L.A mows the site in preparation for the event.

Jeff Lausten and Kevin Dreyer, representing R.O.L.A. at the council meeting, made the request to use the city-owned property.

The R.O.L.A. grass drags have previously been held just south of town. According to Lausten, the airport site is much smoother for running the drags and will provide better exposure on Highway 10.

Last year the event drew about 700 people.

Lausten told the council they need a distance of about 1,000 feet to run the grass drags - 500 feet for the race and another 500 feet for shutdown.

When asked how long the airport was, Al Holtberg, City Utilities Director, informed the council the runway measures 1,500 feet end to end.

The council voted unanimously to approve use of the airport for the R.O.L.A. grass drags.

Police department report

The PD answered 112 calls for service in May. Chief Jason Hoaby reports this total is up from the 100 calls per month the department averages.

Some of the more notable calls include:

05/03-took a report of a possible terrorist threats. The report was determined to be far less serious after the officer investigated the complaint.

05/03-assisted the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office with a domestic disturbance in Deer Creek.

05/05-mediated a dispute between neighbors.

05/13-removed an unwanted person from a business in town; he was arrested on unrelated warrants.

05/15-took a report of criminal damage to property; someone had smashed the temporary mailboxes overnight.

05/18-took a report of possible child abuse; after further investigation the report was found to be unfounded.

05/18-assisted the Perham PD with arresting a man with a gun.

05/22-received a complaint regarding the accumulation of garbage at a residence in town; the owners quickly cleaned up the mess.

05/23-responded to a residence in town to remove an unwanted person who had passed out on the property owner's bed.

05/28-took reports from unhappy high school seniors; their vehicles had been covered in toilet paper while they were gone on a field trip.

05/28-a juvenile male was issued a citation after driving an ATV through the baseball field and Smith Park.

Liquor store report

Kim Hoban, Mills Liquor Store Manager, reported increased sales in May. Year to date, the liquor store is up close to $20,000 over this time last year. Last year at this time the liquor store was showing a loss of $10,731.44. This year, the business shows a profit of $9,128.05.

The city council approved at its meeting last week two new hires - Colman Silbernagel and Cory Vorderbruggen.

The council also approved, upon Hoban's request, hiring temporary help for the 125th Celebration.

Hoban reported she plans on scheduling karaoke once a month.