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40 years later: state champion team  returns to New York Mills

If you were to ask someone three ways to describe New York Mills in the  late 1970s and early 1980s, chances are your response would include Lund Boats, Finland and NY Mills girls basketball. And for good reason. When a company builds one of the better fishing boats around, in the heart of a Finnish community, a small town becomes intertwined with one another. But boats and Finland weren’t the only two things dominating NY Mills in the late 1970s as the town was captivated with the girls basketball team that took the state by storm.

Located in a tiny community in the heart of Otter Tail County, the NY Mills girls basketball team was all the buzz in 1977. The team was on a mission to advance to the state basketball tournament and eventually turned NY Mills into a ghost town for three days in the spring of 1977. It was the first of three consecutive state championships for the Eagles who dominated girls basketball in the region for much of the late 1970s.  

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Reger turns in bus keys after 55 years

Fifty-five years shifting gears and fueling up. Fifty-five years of routine maintenance checks and driver’s picking up students. Fifty-five years—that’s a long time to do just about anything.

As hard as it may be to believe that is how long local New York Mills resident John Reger drove school bus for district 553 and decades of the district’s students.  

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Christmas at Cupkies

Some begin their Christmas decorating and shopping before Thanksgiving has even begun, but now that Thanksgiving is over, it truly is time to focus on the next holiday. Whether you are looking for the perfect live Christmas tree for your living room, a gift for family or friends or a fun family activity this winter, Cupkie Christmas Village has you covered.

Breanna Zepper, gift shop manager of Cupkie Christmas Village, said that their business has been open since 1999 to help bring families together during the holiday season. She explained that a trip to Cupkie Christmas Village has become a tradition for many families over the years.  

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Santa to visit Bluffton, DC this weekend

Attention area children—time is running out to share your Christmas wish list with none other than Santa Claus.

On Friday night the Bluffton Community Center will come alive with Christmas spirit for the annual Bluffton Santa Day. Children of all ages can stop by from 6-8 p.m. to share their Christmas wish list and receive a bag of treats in return.  

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Roman makes an impact at NYM art center

To see all of Pearl Roman’s items on display at the New York Mills Senior Arts and Crafts Shop, you really just have to take a tour of the store. Her work appears on at least one shelf or rack in almost every aisle.

Roman sews pillows, towels, table runners, potholders, aprons and doll clothes. She also makes dog jackets, TV remote control holders, and her bestseller: microwave potato bags.  

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NYM moves forward with roof repairs

The annual ‘truth in taxation’ hearing was held this past Monday at the New York Mills High School Media Center. That meeting was followed by a meeting to have a public forum for questions and comment regarding the upcoming Long-Term Maintenance Funds project to repair an aging roof as well as the tax abatement bonding that will affect tax payers and allow the school district to resurface an aging parking lot.

The regular school board meeting followed those sessions.  

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