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Welcome to the new year, a new decade, and once again congratulations on surviving the scare that was Y2K in 2000. That hysteria still strikes me as funny, even 10 years later. Now, here we are one week into 2010 and I imagine around 89 percent of the country has already betrayed their New Year's resolutions. I'm not one to make formal resolutions. I know what I need to do and generally don't find it necessary to announce what I would like to accomplish in the coming year. Mainly, because I am weak-willed and have the resolve of a 3-year-old. Therefore, my resolutions don't stick.
The cold, wet fall pushed this season's corn harvest back well into the winter, and what's still standing in snow-covered fields is likely to stay until spring. The corn farmers were able to harvest came rolling into the Leaf River Ag bins in New York Mills in November and kept the new dryer humming through Christmas. Doug Weller runs the plant, and with steam rising continuously from the dryer, gravity boxes lined up as farmers looked to get their corn moisture-tested in late November and December.
With the heart of flu season for this area upon us, Otter Tail Public Health is reaching out to vaccinate as many people in this part of the county as possible. Public health nurses were at New York Mills Public School last week to administer both H1N1 and seasonal flu shots to students, staff, and members of the community. Nurses administered 270 H1N1 vaccinations through both shots and the nasal mist in NY Mills, along with an unspecified number of seasonal flu shots, according to Diane Thorson, OTC Public Health Director. A vaccination clinic is also being conducted at the county health
The New York Mills School Board on Monday set the 2009-10 levy at a total decrease of 10.17 percent over last year. The board certified the 2009 levy, payable in 2010, at the "maximum" amount of $683,288.60.
An assisted living facility in New York Mills has new owners and is set to re-open Jan. 11. New York Mills natives Missy and Brent Steinbach own and operate Home Sweet Home at 412 Hummingbird Lane in the North Fork addition. The facility originally opened about five years ago under the name of the Nelson Home. Brent and Missy look forward to the opportunity to serve the community with the assisted living facility, and both bring experience in care-giving to the business. Missy is currently an Occupational Therapy Assistant at the nursing home in Staples.
New York Mills residents could run into a lengthy detour around the South Main railroad crossing during a scheduled street reconstruction project next summer. With the Otter Tail County Highway 67 project slated to begin in 2010, engineers recently met with railroad officials to discuss the crossing on South Main/67. The initial assessment indicates travel to the south side of town could create inconveniences as the crossing could possibly be shut down for one full year. The street reconstruction rehabilitation is a joint project between the county and the city, but to complete the project
New York Mills High School is one of 28 Minnesota schools among the nation's best, this according to information released by U.S. News & World Report. The magazine included NYM High School in the Bronze Medal Category. Other area schools named were Battle Lake, Rothsay and Underwood. Todd Cameron, Superintendent of Schools in New York Mills, made the announcement to staff on Dec. 21, congratulating the school for receiving the honor.
The first-time homebuyer credit extension is one of the many temporary tax breaks Congress created to stimulate the economy.
Teri Bauck is leaving the classroom to take on a new teaching role as the K-3 Reading First Literacy Coach in New York Mills. This new position is for one year and is made possible through a state grant the school district received. Bauck, who has been a 2nd grade teacher in Mills for 15 years, plans on working with elementary teachers in grades K-3 to improve literacy at the primary grades. "We're going to establish best practices and find out what is best to use in their classrooms, and determine the most effective strategies," Bauck said. The purpose of the Reading First Literacy Coach
New York Mills 3rd graders now have an important educational tool in their hands. Ryan McQuiston of the Wadena Elks showed up at NY Mills Elementary on Monday to give each 3rd grader (48 total) his or her own dictionary. This is the first year the Elks provided dictionaries and McQuiston told the students he hopes the Elks can continue the gesture each year. He said the dictionary is designed for 3rd graders and the Elks donated a total of 264 to students in Mills, Wadena, Sebeka, Verndale, and Bertha. "Reading is very, very important.