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'Down Memory Lane' looks back at Mills

Those looking to reminisce old times in New York Mills have a good opportunity this weekend with the "Down Memory Lane" program to be held at 2:30 p.m. at the school auditorium.

The program begins with the V.F.W. Color Guard, National Anthem, and prayer, followed by singing and an address by Mayor Larry Hodgson. Put together by Rachel Eklund and her helpers, "Down Memory Lane" will feature various presentations and speakers talking about New York Mills over the years.

Dean Simpson is scheduled to talk about his grocery store and the old Fritz Grocery, where he used to be a meat cutter and later purchased the business, which grew into the present Dean's Country Market.

Larry Selander and his band will play old-time music. The Miss NY Mills Pageant princesses will also participate in the program.

Local baseball legend Russ Jacobson will assemble a group of old ball players from the area to talk baseball. Bill and Delaine Meyers will give a presentation on the history of their farm, located north of Mills.

Eklund said she also has the Perala Bros. slated to participate in the program, along with old auctioneers from the Mills area.

Following the program, 125th anniversary cake, coffee and punch will be served. Eklund is still finalizing the program, so look for a few surprise activities, including something called "Meet the Mystery Person," in which people will introduce themselves to others and mingle until the mystery person is revealed.

Along with the "Down Memory Lane" program, there will be various historic displays in the activity center at the school. Old photos depicting such New York Mills landmarks as the creamery, Lund Boats, the old telephone office, Vaughn Chevrolet, Karvonen & Son Funeral Home, Farmers & Merchants State Bank, Parta Printers, and more will be on display.

And in the spirit of the old Dairy Bar, ice cream cones will be sold for a nickle, courtesy of the NYM Civic & Commerce Association.

These historic business displays showcasing New York Mills are open on Friday, 1-4 p.m., with New Horizons serving coffee at that time. Saturday, the displays will open with the breakfast at the school and run through the day.

The NYM Garden Club is sponsoring a floral display booth at the school Friday and Saturday. Prizes will be given to the top three displays in each category as voted by the public.

Local quilters will also be set up during the "Down Memory Lane" activities.

Main Street vendors

Downtown Mills will be full of activity Saturday with food vendors set up on Main. Visitors will get a chance to register at the cultural center, grab something to eat, get old-time photographs taken and check out the Classic Car Show on Main.

Hrbek to fish in Lund tournament

Lund Mania organizers is looking for volunteers to sign up as spotters for the July 3 fishing tournament on Otter Tail Lake.

Spotters are needed to ride with teams competing in the tournament and verify fish measurements.

The spotter's job is to ride in the boat with the competitors, and when a fish is caught, oversee the documentation. The fishermen take a photo and measure the fish. The spotter verifies the length.

The tournament is from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday. All spotters have to do is sit in the boat and verify any fish caught. This may be the chance to fish with pros Ted Takasaki or Al Linder, or Minnesota Twin great Kent Hrbek. Spotters will receive two free meals, a couple of beers, a shirt and the chance to win a model boat and a heated rainsuit.

Call Al Berube at 385-2300, ext. 103 for more information and to sign up as a spotter.

Spotters will be drawn for placement during a rules meeting Thursday, 7 p.m., at New York Mills City Hall. Spotters must be in attendance.

Spotters are not allowed to bring GPS units in the boat.

Qualifications of a good spotter:

- Enjoy spending 7 hours in a boat regardless of weather conditions.

- Able to spend 7 hours on the water in a boat without the ability to go to shore.

- Good physical condition.

- Honest.

The top 10 teams to finish on July 3 will pull their boats in the New York Mills Parade. At the end of the parade the winning team will be announced in front of Central Park.

Spotters will have the honor of driving the trucks that pull the top 10 boats in the parade.