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Paranormal New York Mills

Ghosts happen. Even right here in New York Mills. Even if people don’t talk about them anymore.

“Often times people think that there used to be all these crazy stories about monsters and ghosts and miracles, and we don’t tell those stories anymore because we don’t believe in them. But I’m convinced that people have just as many unexplained experiences, and just as many bazaar stories today, but we’re much less likely to talk about them openly,” said Ryan Stout, the pastor at St. Peter’s Church in NY Mills. “This is a town that has stories, and they cover the full spectrum of weird phenomena.”  

Stout said that in his eight years in NY Mills, he has heard about interactions with ghosts, UFOs, werewolves, elves, demons, as well as a old phenomenon called hagging. Although he couldn’t offer particular details because of confidentiality, Stout said the stories are not coming from “crazy” people.

“All of these people telling these stories are perfectly sober, respectable members of the community, who hold down jobs and are good neighbors and probably wouldn’t tell these stories to anyone, except someone who has a reputation for weird stories, which I suppose I do,” said Stout.  

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NY Mills Council reduces one assessment after written objection

Two New York Mills property owners gave written objections to the city council just minutes before last week’s public hearing ended. Dave Delaney and Matt Sweere objected because they felt their special assessments were too high.

After some discussion, the council agreed on an assessment reduction for Delaney and temporarily pulled Sweere’s property from the list of properties being assessed. In connection to the 2015-16 street project, 104 properties received special assessments to help pay for the $3.3 million project. The public hearing was the last required step the city had to take prior to certifying assessments to property taxes.  

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Nelson fills shoes of retiring reverend

Last summer, the First Congregational United Church of Christ officially welcomed Sheri Nelson as their reverend. Although it was official in May, Nelson has been behind the pulpit at the New York Mills church since December. She was working as an intern alongside Muriel Hachfeld, who is now retired.

The Wadena mother of two left her job as a pharmacy technician at Thrifty White after 18 years and headed to seminary school. Hoping to complete her training next year, Nelson continues to drive to the United Theology Seminary in New Brighten, Minn. on a weekly basis. On the weekends though, she’s back in NY Mills sharing her message to her small congregation of 79 members.  

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Renovation costs too high for daycare center

The possibility of a $1.8 million price tag to renovate the lower level of the Otter Tail County building in New York Mills caused county officials to reconsider the long-discussed daycare center.

NY Mills Economic Developer Mark Hanson brought the bad news to the NY Mills Economic Development Authority during last week’s meeting. Hanson said the costs were way higher than anyone expected, making the project impractical.

Suggested renovations to the building included everything from changing a portion of the parking lot into an outdoor play area to new plumbing in order to bring bathrooms to each room. The plans also include adding windows, replacing wiring, adding a fire suppression system, painting walls, replacing ceiling tiles, adding doors and patching floors.  The preliminary cost estimate plan came from BHH Partners.

In a follow-up interview, Otter Tail County Director of Tourism and Economic Development Nick Leonard said, “Unfortunately, for various reasons, redevelopment of that space for childcare simply wasn’t a financially feasible model.”  

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Ottertail City begins designing road project

The Ottertail City Council will move forward with the design phase of a road project in the city.

During its regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday night, the city council heard a preliminary engineering report from Bob Schlieman of Apex Engineering about the a road project that encompasses portions of Elm Avenue, Lake Avenue and Second Street. The report also included a paving project along a portion of Hilltop Road. The preliminary report was one of the first steps necessary to give the council the estimated cost and overall scope of the project as a whole.

After looking at the preliminary report, one concern Schlieman had about the Elm Avenue, Lake Avenue and Second Street portion of the project was a deficiency in drainage.

“Right now the drainage kind of goes wherever it wants to go,” said Schlieman.  

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Halloween area events center around children

Round up a costume because Halloween festivities start this Saturday afternoon with the annual Halloween Party at the Cultural Center and moonlight bowling at Mills Lanes. Activities will continue on Monday (Halloween) when many elementary children will end their school day with classroom parties, before sharing an evening with family and friends trick-or-treating around town. Besides houses throughout the community, make sure to check out the Trunk-or-Treat option in the county building, and swing into the First Untied Congregational Church of Christ to warm up with hot cocoa, treats and games.

Halloween parties
This Saturday, the Cultural Center will once again host Halloween craft day for children 10 and under. An adult should be with all children under 8. From 3-5 p.m., children and parents are invited to the center for free crafts and games. This is an opportunity to wear a costume even before the big day.  

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New coffee shop designed by NY Mills business

A new coffee shop in Perham is taking a mixture of modern touches and a small town feel to a whole new level. Located on Market Street, or near Dean’s Country Market in Perham, the Nest is an one-of-a-kind building that will open later this month.

“We wanted something completely different than what was out here,” said Erica Martin, Marketing Director for Goose Group Inc., about the other buildings located near Nest.

The unique design of Nest came after owners and staff visited a number of coffee shops throughout the state. The overall design of Nest was based, in part, from a coffee shop the group found in Dinkytown by the University of Minnesota. After sharing their vision for the building, the design was developed by Sarah Carlson, of Theisen Design Studio in New York Mills.  

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