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‘The Kaleva’ comes to life in  ninth annual puppet pageant

You could say that anticipations for this year’s puppet pageant are a bit raised. This year marks the New York Mills Cultural Center event’s ninth year and while familiar masks, stilts and characters like the Dame of Pojhola return, a new kind of excitement is in the air.

In her seventh year as pageant director, longtime artist and puppeteer Anne Sawyer has again set to work to provide a fresh twist to the Finnish epic poem ‘the Kalevala’ utilizing old names to create an intriguing and relevant storyline. According to Sawyer, who lives in Minneapolis, Minn., this year’s adventure sends the noble Vainamoinen on a journey to discover new kinds of strength. Along the way, dragons appear on the scene sending our hero in an eager quest for the sage advice of a Golden Goose King.  

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Corn feed to be held at NYM VFW Friday

As August again speeds along at break neck speeds towards the start of the upcoming school year, and area residents prepare for the dog days of Minnesota’s road construction season, what could be better to revive the spirits than a meal of sweet seasoned corn on the cob?

This Friday, Aug. 18 New York Mills area residents are invited to come and join the New York Mills Civic & Commerce members at the New York Mills VFW from 5-7 p.m. for some of that delectably free homegrown Minnesota corn. The “come and get it until its gone” festivities will again include live music and a bouncy house for the children.  

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Whistle Stop Bed and Breakfast sounds horn for 25th year

What began as a small bed and breakfast near the railroad tracks in New York Mills, has evolved into one of the more popular destinations for residents from across the country. Twenty-five years after opening their doors for the first time, Jann and the late Roger Lee have turned the Whistle Stop Bed and Breakfast into a unique destination for young and old.

Since opening their doors to guests in 1993, Jann Lee said she has not only enjoyed the relationships she has built with guests over the years, but now she is finding that some of the first guests at the Whistle Stop Bed and Breakfast have adult children of their own.  

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Four to compete for Bluffton,  Little Miss Bluffton crowns

All roads lead to Bluffton this weekend for the fifth annual Bluffton Hometown Days celebration.

The activities will get underway on Thursday night with the annual Bluffton and Little Miss Bluffton pageant. Four teens and four youth will be competing for the two crowns. The pageants will be held at the Bluffton Community Center at 7 p.m.  

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NYM council hears update on road projects

The New York Mills city council met to review current business on August 8.

A number of issues were reviewed including moving forward on resolutions regarding the upcoming road construction projects on Centennial Drive (CSAH 84) and Miller Street.  

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Minnesota newspapers leave front pages blank

This week, more than 200 newspapers across the State of Minnesota will publish no news on their front pages. This “Whiteout” is taking place during Minnesota Newspaper Week, August 13-19, a part of the Minnesota Newspaper Association’s yearlong celebration of its 150th Anniversary. The Whiteout reminds Minnesotans of the important role that newspapers play, writing the first draft of history and telling the stories of their communities.

“In many communities across the State of Minnesota, the newspaper is the main source of local news,” said MNA Executive Director Lisa Hills. “Newspaper journalists across the state attend city council and school board meetings, they cover town festivals and local sports teams, and they arrive on the scene to document history during natural disasters and other community challenges. We know newspapers play an important role.”  

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