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This photo, taken last Wednesday, shows what little was left of the Al Krueger Field Grandstand after members of an Amish community came and removed most of the wood and other materials in recent weeks. Merle Meece, Perham's Public Works director, said a temporary backstop is to be installed starting this week. The field will be playable through the summer, with temporary bleachers up until the new grandstand is complete.
The city of New York Mills will be lowering its gas rate base by $1 beginning on February bills. Natural gas rates have been falling nationwide, as the national supply is higher than the demand, due to technology making mining gas more efficient. "Rates are at a ten year low," said City Clerk Darla Berry. Because of low rates, NY Mills decided to lock in a third of its gas use for one year, and a third of its gas rate for two years.
New York Mills Kindergarten classes are enjoying the return of gingerbread girls and boys that they created in December and mailed out to family and friends all over the country. Upon the gingerbread men's return, many souvenirs, pictures, and journals accompanied them, thanks to their helpful hosts. As the gingerbread arrived back in the classroom, the teachers used many aspects of the project to direct their teaching. For example, a map on the bulletin board emphasizes where the gingerbread men have been.
The New York Mills School Age Childcare (SACC) program is helping 10 more families this year. Daycare provider Irene Sandback said she takes this as a sign of economic growth, as people are finding jobs and seeking daycare. Sandback gave a yearly report to the school board at Monday night's regular meeting. She said she continues to offer a safe place before and after school for children enrolled in junior kindergarten through sixth grade. A Monday through Thursday summer program is also offered. In the last year, 97 families have used SACC, with a total of 143 children.
Despite the changing ice conditions, New York Mills held its first-ever free skating class recently. Fundamentals of Skating was offered to elementary age students throughout the month, with more than 20 kids attending. Volunteer instructor, Sara O'day, used to take her daughter to Wadena for an instructional skating course, but this year decided to start her own skating class in NY Mills. A variety of activities were offered to help kids at every skill level.
Sport a wacky hairdo, take a lucky shot at the baseball toss or basketball shoot, and explore the princess parlor or pirate's den. Opportunities like this don't come to New York Mills often, so now is the time to take advantage of the fun. Everyone is invited for a fun filled night at the NY Mills Community Carnival on Friday, Nov. 18 from 4 to 7 p.m. The NY Mills School sports center and commons area will display a wide array of game booths for young and old to enjoy. Tickets are needed to par-ticipate in the games, which will be sold at the door.
The technology referendum results were accepted at Monday night's special school board meeting in New York Mills. In all, there were 607 total votes; 362 yes votes and 245 no votes. Even though the funds from the levy will not be generated until next year, the school board told Superintendent Todd Cameron that the improvements should begin immediately. The question now is where they should start. A technology committee will begin to meet again to narrow down the priorities on the technology wish list.
An unsafe level of copper has been found in two out of 10 tested houses in New York Mills last month, according to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). Every year and a half, in compliance with MDH rules, 10 homes in NY Mills are tested for lead and copper. In every test prior, lead and copper levels have been within safety guidelines. When copper levels are measured at 1.300 milligrams per liter, action is recommended. The water tested in the two homes exceeded that, with 1.420 milligrams of copper per liter.
First the flag spoke. As a symbol of our country and everything we stand for, the flag stood alone in the spotlight on stage as her history was read. Veteran songs were performed by the band and choir, a small flag presentation was held, and a wide array of speeches filled the morning in the New York Mills Veterans Day programs held at the school. During the flag presentation, representatives from each branch of the service carried a small flag forward while the band played. On behalf of the Marines, Terry Frost and his daughter, Annika, carried a flag forward.
Thirty-two quilters from Otter Tail County Quilts of Valor head off to Texas on Saturday to de-liver more than 1,000 handmade quilts to injured soldiers based in Fort Hood and Fort Sam Houston. How the trips began In years past, the quilts were shipped to various forts around the United States. One day last January, a captain from Fort Knox, Ky., called Jenny Caughey, a member of the local Quilts of Valor chapter, to thank her and her group for the recent shipment of quilts. Then he made a second request. He asked that next time they make a donation, they hand deliver the quilts.