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Freshwater Education District's annual special needs prom was held at the New York Mills City Hall last Friday. More than 150 individuals, from school age all the way to 70, enjoyed this opportunity to dance and socialize. Event coordinator Marlette Anderson-Otto said parents have told her this event is looked forward to even more than Christmas. Prom-goers enjoyed free soda from the NY Mills Lions and a meal from Eagles Café.
Sharp number two pencils may not be a necessary component for standardized testing in Minnesota anymore. At least not if the state successfully completes its shift to online versions of the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment tests. This year there have been a lot of changes to the state's testing system.
Thirty Perham teen girls participated in "Dream On: The Revolve Tour for Girls Only" in Omaha, Neb. on April 21. "I loved it," said Alyssa Graphenteen. And the rest of the girls quickly agreed. Some of the girls shared their experience in an interview at the Perham High School last week. This non-denominational Women of Faith event offered inspiration through songs, drama and speeches with encouraging messages to build girls' self esteem and faith.
Serving as a visual reminder to teens of the dangers of driving while intoxicated or distracted, Otter Tail County's Office of Traffic Safety helped the community of New York Mills put together a mock crash last week.
Friday morning, New York Mills School Superintendent Todd Cameron received a verbal agreement from Judith Brockway for the elementary school principal position. The hire is not yet final. Cameron stated in an email that the contract was in the mail, waiting for a signature. Also, the school board will have to approve the hire at its May 21 meeting. Brockway has a Masters of Education in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in reading and language arts from the University of Nevada.
Three final candidates for the New York Mills Elementary Principal position were given a second interview at a school board meeting Monday night. The three were chosen from six interviewed last week. Superintendent Todd Cameron asked the candidates a series of questions about their career development, discipline philosophies, and experience with curriculum, assessment and instruction.
At the Youthbuild job site north of the elementary school in Perham on Monday, a group of teenagers from Perham High School and the Alternative Learning Center were pulling rafters together on their second house of the season. By the third rafter, the team of 16 had a decent system in place, and the rafters started going up fast. Brady Erickson, a senior, was chosen as foreman of the Youthbuild class this year. He was quick to direct his classmates, hollering out names and orders.
"Why my mom?" This is the question Samantha Lange, a senior at Perham High School, asked Pastor Carl Noble as she tried to cope with her mom's cancer diagnosis last November. "Why not her?" was the pastor's response - and it marked a turning point for her. "It really opened my eyes," Samantha said as she shared her story in an interview last week. "My mom is funny, outgoing, loves to be around family and friends. She's a hard worker and good spirited. All qualities I admire," Samantha said.
A recent audit revealed increased savings and lower debt for the city of New York Mills. Brian Stavenger of Eide Bailly presented the findings at the April city council meeting. He said the selling of airport land really helped the city's numbers last year. According to the executive summary report, unreserved funds increased 11 percent from 2010 - to 68.8 percent in 2011. Stavenger said this increase brings the city's reserves above what the Minnesota Office of the State Auditor recommends - that at year-end, local governments should maintain 35 to 50 percent of undetermined funds.
Nestled inside the United Community Insurance building next to Lakes Café, a new boutique called P.S. I Love You opened its doors last week in Perham. A family operation co-owned by mother Roxanne Harthan and daughter Laura Host, P.S. I Love You offers a variety of merchandise from eight different vendors, with more vendors in the works. A myriad of items line the walls and shelves of this little shop, offering something for everyone.