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New York Mills School Board members are addressing concerns of alleged serial meetings and possible decisions made in the past without full board knowledge. These issues came to light in a meeting in early February, when board members Chuck Jacobson and Jill Carlson questioned board chair Rachel Grieger regarding a letter given in October to Superintendent Todd Cameron without the knowledge of the whole board. Grieger denied the letter at first, but acknowledged it when Cameron produced the document.
Two horses are dead, and two others reportedly near death, in an animal neglect case on a farm seven miles southwest of Vergas. The Otter Tail County Sheriff's Department received a call about the animals Sunday morning. As many as 10 horses at the site need rescuing, though that number is still unconfirmed, according to the sheriff's department. Those animals are reportedly still alive, but neglected. The sheriff's department is working on the case with the Minnesota Humane Society.
New York Mills City Council members have unanimously approved the appointment of Josh Hoaby to fill the late Bill Warner's seat. By law, the city council could appoint any qualified citizen to fulfill the duties of councilor for the rest of Warner's term, since less than two years remained. If more than two years of the term had been left, a special election would have been necessary. A number of people approached councilors in the last month, expressing interest in the seat. The council chose Hoaby by looking strictly at voting totals from the November election.
Six residents representing each of Perham Living's houses were crowned as Valentine Royalty last week in a ceremony sponsored by the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, local Court St. Rita. The royalty were chosen by residents, staff and family. Entertainment and refreshments were provided. Kindergarten students from St. Henry's Area School presented the crowns on heart-shaped pillows. Dollena "Dolly" Nundahl was the queen from Prairie Knoll. Born on Oct.
The number of things a person can get with a library card has steadily increased in Perham over the last 90 years, as the local library has been offering more and more services to its members. With an estimated 35,000 items available for checkout, the Perham Area Public Library has both expected and unexpected benefits. As one would expect, the library offers a plentiful selection of books to its readers.
The new Raven Food Ministry at Northwoods Assembly of God Church in Perham has been handing out an estimated $3,000 worth of food every week to families in need. The ministry is just six weeks old and serves an av-erage of 75 people a week. "It went so much bigger and faster than anticipated," Northwoods minister Dirk Currier said in an interview. The mission of Raven Food Ministry isn't to replace the efforts of the Perham Food Shelf, but rather to assist the food shelf by offering perishable items like produce and bread every Tuesday evening.
Heart of the Lakes Elementary School students raised more than $6,100 for the American Heart Association in a Jump Rope for Heart event last Friday, and as a reward earned $300 in equipment for the school gym. Jump Rope for Heart is a way for kids across the nation to learn about the importance of a healthy heart, while raising funds for heart research. Students had been working up to Friday's big event for more than a month.
Thanks to funds raised through Heart of the Lakes Elementary School's com-munity carnival last year, this year's students have had an opportunity to dig a little deeper into the world of art. The carnival-funded artist in residency program has been bringing retired Perham teacher Marlene Johnson to HOTL for one week a month, providing 70 minutes of art instruction in every class-room. "It's a full, full, full 70 minutes," Johnson said in a phone interview. Using other artists as examples, Johnson's lessons include: art history, developing basic skills and techniques, and experimenting with
The New York Mills School District's search for a new superintendent came to an unsettling halt Monday night after some questions arose over the previous school board's handling of superintendent Todd Cameron's contract. At a workshop Monday, school board members Jill Carlson and Chuck Jacobson asked current board chair, Rachel Grieger, about a letter they had just recently learned had been given to Cameron last fall. It came to light that, last October, Cameron was given a letter telling him the district decided the third year of his contract would not be ful-filled. Grieger initially deni
A westbound train smashed into an empty semi-trailer in Perham on Monday afternoon. There were no injuries, but the stopped train blocked passage through downtown for more than three hours dur-ing an investigation, frustrating travelers. The semi driver, Edward Hodge, of Missouri, was leaving Barrel O' Fun and heading south when he crossed the railroad tracks at 6th Ave. NW and his trailer unexpectedly unlatched from the truck, falling onto the tracks. According to the Perham Police Department, Hodge tried to back up to hook the trailer, but gave up when he spotted the train.