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Florists turn a shade of red, white and pink

Though you may have to look hard to find it, on Main Street in New York Mills there is a hint of spring. About half way down the block on the west hand side of the street local florist Tessa Braukmann is celebrating her 15th Valentine’s Day at Designs by Tes,

Specializing in floral arrangements, candy bouquets, blooming plants, gifts, chocolates, plush stuffed bears, balloons, cards and much more.  

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Bluffton FD receives new fire truck

The Bluffton City Council discussed its nuisance ordinance at its regularly scheduled meeting last week. Handling nuisances may not be as easy as a simple letter and then sheriff involvement as previously thought.

Mayor Tim Pavek was told the city will need to have teeth in place behind their letter.  It was discussed that the best option at this point might be to bring in an attorney for the city to detailed steps that must be taken.  

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NYM family celebrate 20th year at Gathering Grounds

It was April 10, 1998 when the Gathering Grounds Coffee Shoppe first opened its doors for business. Lynn Johnson and her daughter Kari Roberts, both long-time New York Mills residents, have been working together ever since.

“We really have been so fortunate to have such good and faithful customers over the years,” said Johnson as she recalls the years of consistent business from area residents. The two have much to report as they celebrate the last 20 years of serving coffee and their famous lunch menu on First Avenue in Perham.  

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Deer Creek UMC consolidates with Wadena UMC

“A bright future” is what lay speaker Kathy Techam sees for the Joyful Spirit United Methodist Church. The former Deer Creek United Methodist and Wadena United Methodist Churches have consolidated and chosen their new name, Joyful Spirit United Methodist Church.

Currently services are held the first, third and fifth Sundays of the month at the church in Wadena, and the second and fourth Sundays at the church in Deer Creek. Both church buildings are for sale however, and eventually the congregation plans to find or build a neutral site at which to worship.  

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Wegscheids share bond at work, home

Gary and Melissa Wegscheid said they had always thought about owning their own business together, but they didn’t really have a plan and weren’t sure exactly what they wanted to do.  Then the opportunity to buy Gibb’s Auto Sales came along, and everything just sort of fell into place for them.  

At first, Melissa said it was a bit of “learning as you go,” but it helped that Gary had already worked at Gibb’s for several years.  And with experienced sales people also in place, they were mostly ready to hit the ground running.  

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Initiative highlights positive moments in a day

They say that good things come in small packages. While that may be true, it may also be said that good things come in a variety of packages. Good ones.

This week a package arrived at the office with a list of three good things, a new community initiative launched by a team of organizations including Perham Health in January.  

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