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Light up the night

A giant inflatable Santa is the newest addition to Elliot Kangas Christmas lights collection. Now 11-years-old, the New York Mills sixth grade student has been growing his Christmas light display at his rural NY Mills home through a three year period. As a hobby of sorts, Kangas has been asking for lights and decorations for birthday and Christmas presents since he was 9-years-old.

The interest began after Kangas watched the ABC reality TV show, The Great Christmas Light Fight, as well as seeing local displays in Perham and Wadena that are set to music. With his December birthday just days away, Kangas asked his parents Ken and Jesse Kangas for Christmas lights.  

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Mursu Dairy wins 10K in video contest

$20,000. That’s the prize money that stemmed from a last minute scheduling conflict.

Bartlett Productions rented video equipment to film a business that uses technology for a contest through AT&T. They intended to meet with the Minnesota DNR to share the story of how technology helps the DNR remove aquatic invasive species from lakes. When the plan with the DNR fell through and the video machine rental couldn’t be switched, Bartlett Productions owner Andrew Bartlett started scrambling for a new business to highlight. Following a recommendation of a friend, Bartlett called Tom and Tammy Mursu and asked if the New York Mills robotic dairy farm would be willing to be featured in a small business video contest.  

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Dispatch tallest cornstalk contest

Larry Selander (pictured) took first place in the first-ever New York Mills Dispatch tallest cornstalk contest. Selander’s cornstalk measured 12’11”, which was just one inch taller than Jeremy Mursu who took second place with a height of 12’10”. Finishing in third place was Matt Koehler with a height of 11’8”. For his first place finish, Selander will receive a free one year subscription to the Dispatch.  

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Ottertail set to dazzle on Saturday

Ottertail will usher in the Christmas season with a bang on Saturday with the annual OtterDazzle celebration. The day will begin with the Ottertail Lions pancake breakfast and end with one of the biggest fireworks shows of the year.  

Ottertail Business and Community Association President Ron Grobeck said this year’s OtterDazzle will once again feature fun activities for people of all ages.  

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Brunswick donates AED

Brunswick, New York Mills Operation donated an automated external defibrillator machine, or AED, to the NY Mills Fire Department. Valued at $1,500, the AED is one of two that the department purchased this year to replace machines that would be out of service at year end.  Last week, Vice President of Operations Brian Hines (center, holding the AED) presented the AED to firefighters Brent Steinbach, Nic Pederson, Jedd Wallgren, Jordan Uselman and Matt Geiser.  

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Weekend storm results in accidents but few injuries

The sheriff’s office, on Monday, Nov. 21, reported several weekend accidents in Otter Tail County but very few injuries due to severe winter weather.

“Several vehicles ended up in ditches, especially on Friday afternoon, but we were fortunate to have only a few injuries,” said Sheriff Office Administrative Lt. Keith Van Dyke.  

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