Pet groomer opens shop in downtown NY Mills
Country Paws & Claws, a pet grooming business, opened on Main Avenue in New York Mills last week.
Denise Loerzel moved her operation from her home in Richville to the once empty downtown shop next to the chiropractor. Loerzel provides services from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. five days a week. While she prefers appointments, she tries to accommodate walk-ins.
Grooming is necessary for the health of the animal, said Loerzel, in an interview last week. She offers full-service grooming for all parts of the animal, including cleaning the ears and brushing teeth.
“It’s more of hygiene issue,” said Loerzel, adding that the sound of toenails clicking on the floor is an indication that a groomer appointment is necessary.
While most of Loerzel’s customer base are dogs and cats, she has had the occasional request for rabbits. In fact, Loerzel’s grooming career began with cattle as her daughters, who are now graduated, were heavily involved in the Perham FFA chapter and needed groomed cattle for shows. read entire story. . . .
School kitchen sees changes
Julie Peterson is stirring in changes to the menu at the New York Mills School.
As the new Food Service Supervisor, Peterson is serving more fruits and vegetables, as well as making homemade or partially homemade entrees. She also switched the soy-burgers to an all beef burger, and squeezes in the occasional treat.
Although the federal food guidelines limit too many changes, Peterson is doing what she can to please a wide-range of appetites.
“I love to feed people,” she said, in an interview last week.
Students and staff seem to like the new variety. Last Thursday, for example, there was homemade coleslaw and potato salad, salad greens, tomato slices, cucumbers, grapes, bananas and canned mandarin oranges. Plus the main entrée of grilled chicken breast on a whole wheat bun.
“I’m trying to bring in more fresh fruits and vegetables. Expose kids to things they haven’t tried,” said Peterson. In the past month, the kitchen has served plums, apricots, pears, baby spinach, different types of green lettuce, dried cranberries, and strawberry spinach salad.
Peterson said variety is important because fruits and vegetables are the only foods that can be offered in an unlimited amount according to federal guidelines. More options mean students will more likely find enough to eat.
Peterson’s other goal in the NY Mills kitchen is to serve only high quality protein. For example, the most recent cheeseburger day, 617 all-beef patties were served, instead of the partial soy burgers formerly on the menu. read entire story. . . .
Storybook Christmas kicks off on Friday
An old fashion storybook Christmas will be held in New York Mills starting the day after Thanksgiving.
The 18th annual Christmas Tree Festival kicks off at 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 27. Throughout the week, the NY Mills City Hall Ballroom will be open for community members to walk through and vote for their favorite of 30 displays, many of which will be available for purchase through the auction.
“More than anything, I am looking forward to see all the beautiful displays and how the community always works together to put on such events,” said Stephanie VonRuden, event coordinator. “Most of the displays are shrouded in mystery, but there is sure to be many pleasant surprises. We have such a creative community the displays range from a playhouse for children to birch decorative crosses.”
As always, the goal of the tree festival is to encourage family fun, while raising money for Santa Anonymous so “everyone can have a Merry Christmas,” said VonRuden. Last year the tree festival raised $2,700 for Santa Anonymous, through free-will donations, as well as displays that were silent auctioned.
Each year, the festival committee chooses a theme. This year’s theme is “‘A Storybook Christmas’ because so many components of this year’s festival remind us of something you would read in a children’s story book.”
New events this year include a dance recital and a horse-drawn sleigh ride.
Day-by-day schedule of the tree festival includes:
Friday, Nov. 27, 5-8 p.m. Everyone is invited to grab their first peek at this year’s displays, do some shopping at the Senior Arts and Crafts Gift Shop, as well as take part in the annual children’s cookie decorating. Auntie Lisa’s Bake Shoppe will provide cookies and frosting for children to decorate from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 28, 12-5 p.m. The tree festival will be open for viewing. Enjoy hot apple cider and cookies while walking through this year’s displays and voting for favorites. Some displays are for sale, through a silent auction. All proceeds go to Santa Anonymous. Each year, one display receives a people’s choice award.
Monday, Nov. 30, 12-9 p.m. Besides tree viewing, the NY Mills Tiny Kix and Wee Petites with Just for Kix dance group will perform at 6 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 1, 12-8 p.m. Brand new this year, families can enjoy an old fashion horse drawn sleigh ride starting at 4 p.m. Lester Bain of Verndale is having his team of horses pull a sleigh or wagon depending on the snow situation. read entire story. . . .
Vehicle chase near NYM ends arrest
A 17-minute vehicle chase, ending at 1:10 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 17, resulted in the arrest of 24-year-old Bryan Mark Ternus of Perham.
“The incident took place in rural New York Mills,” said Sheriff Lt. Barry Fitzgibbons during a press briefing Tuesday morning. “The suspect was apprehended and charged with theft of a motor vehicle.”
Later, in county court, Ternus also was charged with fleeing from law enforcement in a motor vehicle, criminal damage to property, third degree burglary, fifth degree possession of a controlled substance, DWI and careless driving.
“Law enforcement answered a call about prowler, and an attempt was made to stop a vehicle matching the suspect vehicle,” said Fitzgibbons. “The driver took and the 17-minute pursuit followed.”
Hit and run takes place
northeast of NY Mills
A two-vehicle accident northeast of New York Mills, near the intersection of Highways 8 and 19, resulted in a hit and run.
“One driver, in a white car, illegally left the scene of the accident,” said Sheriff Lt. Barry Fitzgibbons.
The other driver, operating a burgundy Chevrolet Impala, stayed at the scene until law enforcement arrived. There were no reported injuries.
Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s office at (218) 998-8555. read entire story. . . .
Hanson to concentrate efforts on economy, not tourism
Mark Hanson of West Central Alliance will continue his work for the New York Mills Economic Development Authority.
In a phone interview last week, Hanson said he will be moving forward with the original agreement to spend two hours per week working on economic development on behalf of the City of NY Mills. He said the EDA made it clear during its recent meeting that Hanson’s time should not be spent on the Otter Tail County Tourism campaign or the Find Your Inner Otter project.
Hanson would not go into specific details of projects he is working on because of confidentiality reasons, but he did say he has been in contact with county officials on finding a use for empty space in the basement of the Otter Tail County Building, located on the corner of North Main Avenue and Gilman Street. Some ideas that have been discussed include a day care or an exercise facility.
Hanson said his contract with the NY Mills EDA goes through April, adding that it’s a possibly that the contract will be renewed. Hanson can be reached at (218) 837-5950. Messages for Hanson can also be left with the city office.
In other news:
–The EDA also recommended that Jason Schik fills the empty seat on the EDA. Though the EDA can recommend individuals to the position, the city council must approve the appointment to make it official. This is expected to happen at the December city council meeting. Schik served on the EDA when he was on the city council. He owns Schik Engineering, a business in NY Mills. read entire story. . . .