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More than a shack

Each winter in Minnesota, when the ice nears the 12-inch mark, little fish house communities pop up on area lakes. Rush Lake, located south of New York Mills, is home to several of these communities.

While there are still a handful of hearty fishermen that sit out in the open on overturned five-gallon buckets, most area fishermen enjoy the winter sport in a shelter of some sort. As it turns out, these shelters vary widely.  

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Ottertail adopts policy to assess

The Ottertail City Council has formally adopted an assessment policy for the city.

After discussing the concept of a formalized assessment policy for a number of months, the council approved the new policy with some minor revisions during a special city council meeting on Jan. 9. The policy comes in advance of several street and alley projects that could begin in the near future in the community.  

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Elected NYM council, mayor take oath

Before tackling a long agenda, new city council member Latham Hetland joined re-elected councilor Betsy Roder and mayor Julie Gerber in taking the oath of office.

On the agenda at last week’s New York Mills city council meeting was an updated version of the preliminary engineering report for Miller Street. This report shows a lower assessment rate per foot than originally expected. This is primarily because the cost of the project would be spread out among more property owners. The original plan only fixed the eastern segment of Miller Street, however after hearing public comments, the council extended the plan to all of Miller Street.  

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Break ins reported at area ice houses

Sheriff deputies reported a break in and theft at a fish house on the northeast side of Rush Lake, southeast of Perham. The incident was reported on Jan. 6.

“A padlock-type harp was pried off the door to the fish house,” said County Sheriff Administrative Lt. Keith Van Dyke.  

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NY Mills hosts STEM after school

A group of New York Mills Elementary students that are participating in the after school 4-H group built catapults and trebuchets during the Wednesday meeting. In six sessions held on early out Wednesdays, students learn about various aspects of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) with hands-on projects. Pictured is Megan Spiczka,  Samantha Pederson,  Conrad Koll and Bryce Vandermay.  

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Weller earns second DC trip

New York Mills senior Heather Weller has been selected to make a second trip to Washington D.C. this winter.

Last week, Minnesota Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken announced the names of the two Minnesota students who will serve as the delegates at the 55th annual United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) that will be held March 4-11 in Washington, D.C.  

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