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Worth every penny

At face value, the savings check is only worth a fraction of a penny.
But one look at the story behind the 98-year-old savings check, and its value jumps far above one-fifth of a cent.
In the process of remodeling his New York Mills home, Rick McPherson found a savings check for one-fifth cent, still in an envelope postmarked 1916. McPherson was tearing out his daughter’s bedroom window trim in the 100-year-old home on South Main  read entire story. . . .

One deer per hunter this season

Hunters around New York Mills can only bag one deer this year, thanks to new deer harvest regulations.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources designed a conservative 2014 deer season in an attempt to rebuild deer numbers across much of the state, according to a press release that was released last week. For the first time in 20 years, only one deer can be harvested in 95 percent of the state.
For New York Mills hunters both north and south of the Highway 10 line (areas 240 and 241), hunters will be able to shoot one deer, either a doe or a buck. Bonus permits are not available this year. This is the case for a wide swath through central and southeastern Minnesota.
Other areas of Minnesota will fall under a lottery system. In 69 of the 128 deer permit areas in the state, hunters must be chosen in a lottery to shoot an antlerless deer. Those not selected can still shoot a buck. In 14 areas of the state only bucks can be hunted. Bonus permits allowing hunters to shoot more than one deer may only be used in seven permit areas and for some special hunts.
Last year, the deer harvest came in at a 15-year low. Last year’s DNR records show 172,781 deer were harvested across the state. In comparison, in nine of the past 15 years, harvest numbers topped 200,000 deer. During the past decade, the DNR allowed an intensive harvest as high deer populations allowed for it. However, recent DNR studies show that deer population is falling.
“Many hunters voiced concerns  read entire story. . . .

Theft spree from boats in NY Mills

Fishing equipment seems to be the target for a spree of thefts in New York Mills.
Since July 18, the NY Mills Police Department has taken several reports of thefts of fishing equipment, said Chief James Gritz.  
The thefts have been from boats that have been parked in yards within the city limits.  read entire story. . . .

F&M picnic for 300

Farmers & Merchants State Bank celebrated with more than 300 customers last Friday during its annual Customer Appreciation Picnic.
The picnic began in 2006 as a way to thank customers for the continued support and trust they have shown the bank over the years and it went so well that it has continued every year since then.  
“We truly appreciate our customers.  They allow us to help and serve them, which in turn allows us to support the entire community,” said Vice President Nick Roder.
The menu hasn’t changed much in nine years:  Locally made burgers, brats, buns and potato salad have appeased the appetites of the crowd every year and the items have received wonderful reviews.
“One person mentioned that she purchased brats from the Locker Plant after tasting them at the picnic last year,” said Customer Service Officer Amy Wallgren, “which we love because it’s a concrete example of how a community can support each other.”
The bank plans for the annual event to be around for many years to come.  
Farmers and Merchants State Bank is locally owned and has provided financial services to the New York Mills area since 1916.  
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Small ride, big dreams

Three wishes will be granted, and possibly four, thanks to efforts from the Dreams for Kids group this past weekend in New York Mills.
“It was a beautiful day for a ride,” said Dreams for Kids spokesperson Wanda Smith. “Attendance was down, but we raised the same amount of money.”
In it’s ninth annual ride, Dreams for Kids continues to raise money on behalf of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. All money raised helps area children achieve their wishes.
Smith said this year 17-year-old Benjamin from NY Mills, 6-year-old Ruth Ann from NY Mills and 6-year old Jett from Perham will all receive money to help pay for their dreams. Benjamin wants to restore a car, Ruth Ann is planning a trip with her family to Florida and Jett plans a trip to California.
The average wish costs $6,500 and for the last couple of years, the group has raised enough during the ride to cover four local wishes. Donations are still being counted, but at press time Smith said they have enough for three wishes, but were getting close to four. After the money comes in, a fourth child will be chosen if possible.
This years wish receivers made appearances at the Dreams for Kids event at the NY Mills VFW Saturday night. Jett even took the stage and danced alongside the band. All-in-all the event was deemed a success, said Smith.
The grand prize Honda Scooter went to Michelle Sazama of Perham. Second place of a freezer with a half of hog went to a United Community Bank employee, and third place of a picnic table and grill went to Jesse Flath of NY Mills.
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