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Noel Stromme retired from Bongards' Creameries last week after 30 years of making cheese. Stromme began in 1982 with Land O' Lakes and continued with Bongards' after Land O' Lakes closed down in 2002. Stromme worked on the line packaging cheese, and in the warehouse palletizing.
Linda Salo has taken her hobby of antiquing to a whole new level. She has recently opened a store called LuLu's Picks, located in the same building as Signs Plus and Norton's Printing on South Main in New York Mills. In an interview at her shop last week, Salo said the name of the store came from a long-time nickname she's had. The business suits Salo, allowing her to utilize her love of decorating while addressing her pet peeve of useful stuff getting thrown away. She loves scrounging around at auctions and garage sales, finding merchandise she can give new life to.
Perham seventh grader Nickolas Listrom visited Senator Al Franken's office in St.
Two years ago this week, a tornado rampaged through the New York Mills area, leaving a trail of destruction in its path. Brad and Bridget Weller's house, along County Highway 56, was one that got hit the worst.
The world's largest Ronald McDonald House Ride just keeps getting bigger. A record 1,507 motorcycles paraded through New York Mills Saturday afternoon for the town's 11th annual ride. That total is up from last year's previous record of 1,320 bikers. The pop tab donations also set a record this year, with 1,600 gallons collected. That's up from last year's 1,250. As of Monday morning, donations were at more than $131,000, and that number was expected to go up as the total was still being tallied.
Lingering in the turtle pits at the Perham Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, 30 turtles awaited the opportunity to race in the year's first weekly races. Turtle races started this week and will continue every Wednesday throughout the summer in the courtyard of the Perham Chamber building in downtown Perham. Registration begins at 10 a.m. and the first turtles race at 10:30 a.m. Racers are invited to bring their own turtles or borrow one from the turtle pit.
Thru Him Photography has moved from downtown Perham to the south side of town on Highway 78, right next to Marlo Motors. The new "more homey" location offers improved natural light, owners Kim Jordahl and Kristen McMartin said in an interview last week. With big windows in the studio and plenty of new backgrounds and props to choose from, the duo's new location has increased their photography potential. The new location also makes it easier for the business to host community events like chamber mixers and senior block parties, Jordahl and McMartin said.
Eleven longtime educators retired from the Perham School District this year, taking with them a combined 325 total years of experience. At a staff recognition day Friday at the high school, Superintendent Mitch Anderson told the retirees, "Your positions will be filled, but you will never be replaced." During the ceremony, fellow teachers gave due recognition for all the retirees' years of service with songs, videos and stories in their honor.
New York Mills High School was recognized by the Minnesota Department of Education as a Reward School, meaning it was among the top 15 percent of highest performing Title 1 schools, according to the state's new Multiple Measurement Ratings system. In data released in May, the high school earned an MMR proficiency rating of 80.4 percent. Using data from the 2010-11 school year, the MMR results were based off of four different categories - proficiency, growth, progress in closing achievement gaps and graduation rate.
Six homes and cabins along Devil's Lake near Perham have become unlivable in the past year as water levels inch upward. Though down slightly from last spring, the lake is still three to four feet above normal high water levels. Torrential rains like the area saw this past Memorial Day weekend, which dropped an estimated five inches, only add to the problem. Some homes, with water lapping around the foundations, are waiting to be condemned as mold spreads up the walls.