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Rep. Erin Murphy (DFL-64A), former Majority Leader in the Minnesota House of Representatives and DFL candidate for governor, was in New York Mills on Monday to meet with organizers of the new child care cooperative for area residents. The roundtable included: Mark Hanson, Economic Development Director for New York Mills; Lynda Everson, Human Resources Director for Brunswick Boat Group; Betsy Roder, City Council member for New York Mills and Executive Director for New York Mills Cultural Center;
The Perham school board met Wednesday, items on the agenda included the election of officers, approval of the 2018 PACC capital requests and a construction site walk through of the new high school. The current members were elected to their same positions: Sue Von Ruden, Chairperson; Cyndy Huber, Vice Chairperson; Arnie Thompson, Clerk; and Sue Huebsch, Treasurer.
The Rock-A-Boosters 4H Club was recently awarded First Place Club in East Otter Tail County. Members include: Denise Loerzel, Britney Loerzel, Brady Larson, Shanna Hendrickson, Ella Hendrickson, Ashton Hendrickson, Karen Garentz, Jaden Garentz, Annette Garentz, Nathaniel Bakken, Lily Bakken, Kerry Bakken, Joshua Bakken, Francesca Bakken, Shelly Arvidson, Douglas Arvidson, Charles Arvidson and Keegan Amos.
Does the power of positive thinking actually have any power at all? Sitting down and listening to Mari Elliot of Richville talk about how it helped her deal with her husband's brain tumor, might turn even the most skeptical person into a believer. "When my husbands health was failing, focusing on the positive things around me kept me from being overwhelmed," Elliot said, adding that she put into practice an initiative called "3 Good Things".
Sarah and David Ogroske of Perham thought they would have a Christmas baby, but little Arya Ann Ogroske must have been too warm and cozy in her mama’s belly to be bothered to be born on her original due date of December 28. Maybe it had something to do with those subzero temps with windchill we were having. The Ogroskes had family members visiting from out of town for the holidays who were hoping to help welcome the new bundle of joy when she came home.
Plopped down in the Superior National Forest, map (the foldable kind) and compass (old-fashioned type) in hand and told to get from where you’re standing to the red dot on the map: Do you think you could do it? Eighth graders from Prairie Wind Middle School gave it a try recently while at Laurentian Environmental Center. That was one of many activities during the four days they spent at the center where the focus was on thinking outside the box and team building.
When Kim Nelson learned her grandson had autism, her world to come to standstill. Like many parents and grandparents, she had a lot of questions and was frantic to find answers and to help. Flooded with emotions, but determined to help her grandson, Nelson set out on a mission to learn all she could about the autism spectrum, and that mission started what would be the groundwork for Empowering Kids Perham.
Some only need The Bridge community pantry to put food on the table until that first paycheck arrives. For others, they might not eat at all if The Bridge didn't exist. Either way, Executive Director John Leikness and the volunteers at the pantry are glad to be there and provide help where help is needed.
Perham’s Feeding Backpack Program helps about 200 children a week, providing them with meals on the weekends, but without community support, they may run short on supplies before the end of the school year. That’s why Mary Nordbeck would like to get the word out about the program to encourage people to donate and volunteer to help put together the bags of food and distribute them.
For 23 years The Giving Tree has helped local families in need, and this year it will make sure 167 children in our area have something under their tree Christmas morning. Sponsored by the Perham Ministerial Association and the Perham Chamber of Commerce, Steve Sheets will tell you the Giving Tree is a community project that he and his wife, Lisa, have been happy to be a part for every one of those 23 years. "There are a lot of kids and families in need in our community," Sheets said. "The community has been very generous over the years, and every request gets filled."