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Dunrud named as coach of the year

When a team advances to a state tournament, area communities take notice. When that same school has advanced to five consecutive state tournaments, and won a state softball championship without a senior on the team, the entire state takes notice. That was the case with the 2017 New York Mills softball team that captured the school’s first team state championship in 38 years. The Eagles wrapped up the season with a record of 25-2 and defeated the defending state champions in a back-and-forth Class A title game in June.

Last weekend the accolades for the 2017 softball team continued to roll in as Head Coach Bryan Dunrud was named as the Class A softball coach of the year. The awards banquet was held in conjunction with the state softball hall of fame induction ceremony on Saturday at the Sheraton West Hotel in Minneapolis, Minn.  

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Pumpkin Festival set for Saturday in Ottertail

Linus may still need to search for the “Great Pumpkin,” but there will be more than a handful of pumpkins ready for the picking at the annual Pumpkin Festival in Ottertail.

Hosted by the Williams Company Store, Saturday’s event will feature a number of new activities including a kiddie parade, costume contest and the ugliest pumpkin contest. Even Bigfoot will make an appearance and will be willing to take a selfie with anyone who dares to come near him on Saturday.  

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City approves change in Miller St. completion

The final completion date for an expansive street and drainage improvements project on Miller Street will be delayed one week after the city council approved a change order last week.

During its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday night, the New York Mills City Council approved a request from Hough, Inc. to push back the substantial completion date on the Miller Street project to Oct. 22. This is seven days later than the original contract time of Oct. 15.  

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Sunday liquor sale reports across the board

It has been more than three months since Sunday liquor store sales became legal in Minnesota. Locally, at least, the extra day of alcohol sales have been positive for those who have decided to open on Sundays.

Tyler Curry, of Ottertail Liquors, said being open on Sundays has been nothing but positive for the liquor store. Not only has it provided customers with more flexibility in purchasing alcohol on the weekends, but it has also brought in new people into the popular resort town this summer.  

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NYM Fire Department visits students

Members of the New York Mills Fire Department visited kindergarten students at school on Thursday, and gave a special tour to the first grade class of the fire hall on Friday, as part of Fire Prevention Week last week. The local fire department showed students how some of their equipment is used on a fire call and went over fire prevention and safety tips. First grade students at NY Mills were able to tour the fire hall on Friday afternoon and got an up-close look at a fire truck. Pictured: Jeffrey Schwantes gets some help down from the fire truck from local fire fighter Nick Roder during Thursday’s visit at the school.  

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License tab renewal fee to increase in 2018

Starting Jan. 1, 2018, the county wheelage tax of $10 on vehicle license tab renewals will increase to $20 per license tab.

State law allowed for Otter Tail County and other counties in Minnesota to enact fees of $10 per license tab for calendar years 2016 and 2017 and to raise the fee to $20 in 2018.  

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Elementary volleyball team honored  during Eagles’ game against Bears

The New York Mills 2017 elementary volleyball season recently came to a close. The students in grades 3rd-6th worked on their fundemental skills and learned from the varsity, junior varsity and C-squad players this fall. The elementary volleyball team members were honored prior to the start of the Eagles’ final regular season home game on Oct. 9 against Staples-Motley.  

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