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New York Mills - the home of Lund Boats - will host its annual Lund Mania events on Friday, July 6 this year. New activities added to the schedule stay true to Lund Mania's boat and fishing theme.
For the last 22 years, Perham business owner Steve Richter has had an explosive pastime. As a certified pyrotechnic shooter, he's been the guy behind the scenes at city fireworks displays. The first fireworks show Richter helped with was in 1990 at the all school reunion in New York Mills. Since then, he's helped with at least five shows a year, all around the area. In 1996, the state of Minnesota passed a law requiring that fireworks fuses be lit only by certified technicians.
Moll's Berry Farm south of Ottertail is now open for picking. This hasn't been the best berry season due to extreme spring weather, according to owner Robert Moll. Though the berries are somewhat limited, there were many happy customers walking away with full buckets of strawberries last week. Picking season is expected to be shorter than usual this year, and the fields will be reassessed on a day-to-day basis. For more information, call Moll's at 367-3305.
Three-year-old Mikayla Mattson is learning to walk - and loving it. Amy and Todd Mattson, of Perham, adopted Mikayla from Haiti when she was 10 months old. Within a month of her move here, the young girl began a long journey of occupational and physical therapy to help develop her muscles, which are weak from cerebral palsy. She's been making strides in her walking abilities lately, thanks to a new treadmill-like machine at Perham Health. Called Lite Gait, the machine has a carrying seat that Mikayla gets strapped into.
Perham teachers and staff have started training in on their new iPads. They recently completed the first of a series of five day-long training sessions that will continue through the summer.
After paying almost $2,000 in unexpected license fees, Legried Community Swimming Pool in New York Mills opened last week, a couple of days behind schedule. After an inspection from the Minnesota Department of Health, it was discovered the city pool was not properly licensed, and had not been for at least the last two years. Mayor Larry Hodgson said during the regular city council meeting last week that the pool has been open for many years, and this was the first time the city had to purchase a license. The board approved paying the bill of nearly $2,000.
Nine fun-filled days of summer began last weekend with the 2012 Perham Turtle Fest. Though rain halted some of Saturday's activities, the Radio Controlled Fun Fly went off with numbers well above usual turnout. Including the dozen members in the Perham Scream'in Eagles RC Club, this year's show pulled in 42 registered pilots from all over Minnesota.
Eight-year-old Paige Johnson heads to the Twin Cities this week for her 17th round of chemotherapy. She's been making the trip to the Minneapolis Children's Hospital every Friday as doctors try to shrink the desmoid tumor in her neck to make it more operable. After this week, she will have nine more weekly visits before they switch to every other week.
John Reger has been awarded a special plaque for his 50 years of service to the New York Mills School District. Teachers and staff presented the long-time bus driver with the award during a recent staff recognition day, giving him a standing ovation. "I have a great supervisor," Reger told the teachers, referring to Bob Theisen, who has been Reger's supervisor for the last 25 years. In a follow-up interview, Reger shared some of his memories of driving bus. He said a lot of things have changed since his first route - Bluffton run.
Perham's annual turtle races kicked off last week with 141 participating racers, more than doubling last year's first race total of 60. The international races attracted people from as far away as Germany, though many locals enjoyed the event, too. The grand champion of the first race of 2012 was two-year-old Kason O'Brien of Norfolk, Neb.