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Pro at prose

In her second consecutive run at state speech, Leah Roberts placed third in the prose category, making her a true pro at prose.
The New York Mills High School sophomore presented her version of “Thin” by Joan Bauer, which is about a young lady who is consumed with being thin.
Roberts added some challenge to her routine this year, putting in pantomime actions throughout her speech. At the community speech night at the Cultural Center last month, Roberts actions were believable and made her performance stronger: she weighed herself over and over again on an imaginary scale, looked critically at herself in a mirror and even jogged on a treadmill.
“I’ve never done pantomiming stuff before,” said Roberts, in a brief interview prior to her state trip. She said she began preparing for this year’s season at speech camp in Perham last summer, where she learned how to develop pantomimes.
Roberts, the daughter of Mike and Kari Roberts, continued on to the state speech meet after placing first in the prose category at the Section 6A Speech meet in Underwood, Minn. As a team, NY Mills earned seventh out of 15 teams.  Although Roberts was the only NY Mills student to move on to state (only the top three in each category advance), many NY Mills students did very well, only missing the state mark by a few points.  read entire story. . . .

BREAKING NEWS: Bluffton rollover

A Bluffton man was injured during a rollover incident on Highway 10, west of New York Mills, on Tuesday morning.
Right before 8 a.m. on April 21, John C. Anderson, age 59, received non-life threatening injuries when his 2007 Dodge Ram Truck went off the road due to icy conditions.
Heading west on Highway 10, the pickup hit ice while crossing the bridge near Country Road 53. The pickup slid off the road and proceeded to roll down the hill on the north side.
The Minnesota State Patrol responded, assisted by NY Mills and Perham Police, Perham Fire, Perham Ambulance and the Otter Tail County Sheriff.

NYM high school teacher wins educator award

A New York Mills High School teacher and student teacher won an educational excellence award last week.  Kasey Wacker teaches part-time English in the mornings and spends her afternoons in Heidi Dressor’s English classroom as a student teacher.
In her final semester at Minnesota State University-Moorhead, Wacker’s college advisor nominated her for the Stan Hooper Student Award for Educational Excellence. This award is given to a handful of exceptional student teachers across the state by the Minnesota Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. This year, five people received this award.
Last Tuesday, Dressor and Wacker attended a conference in the Twin Cities, where Wacker accepted her award. The two NY Mills teachers were also able to attend a conference with keynote presenter Dr. Yvette Jackson. During this presentation, Wacker “affirmed my belief in student voice. I hope to provide my students with the tools that will help them realize that their voice matters,” said Wacker, in an email following the award ceremony.  
Wacker was nominated for this prestigious award by her college advisor Robert Kohler, who wrote a nomination letter.
“In my 25 years of working with students teachers, Kasey is the one of the best I have worked with. In all areas regarding scholarship, leadership, integrity and passion for teaching, and enthusiasm for learning is outstanding,” the nomination letter state. “Her knowledge depth of the material she teaches is excellent she is well-prepared each day. Her class is full of energy and her lessons connect all students.  Kasey is one special teacher and has the ability to connect her   students for learning.”  read entire story. . . .

NYM City adopts conservation water schedule just in time for Earth Day

Conserving water will now financially benefit New York Mills city water users. Last week, the council approved a water conservation rate schedule, just in time for Earth Day.
City Clerk Darla Berry said the upcoming street and utility projects in NY Mills, pushed the city to adopt the conservation water rate schedule sooner rather than later. In order to qualify for state funding for utility projects, a city must utilize a water conservation schedule for its water billing.
In essence, the Minnesota DNR requires cities to base the water rate on usage, in which the more water one uses, the higher rate per gallon one will pay. Thus individuals and businesses that conserve water will be rewarded with a lesser rate.  This is different than the city’s old practice in which individuals and business with high water usage were charged at a lesser rate.
The old utility schedule charged $4.47 per 1,000 gallons for the first 10,000 gallons, dropping to $4.01 per 1,000 gallons after that.
Beginning with the May billing (for April water usage), the newly adopted water conservation rate will charge $4.47 per 1,000 gallons for the first 4,000 gallons, $4.69 per 1,000 gallons from 4,001 to 10,000 gallons, and $4.92 per 1,000 gallons above 10,000.  read entire story. . . .

Wasvick joins Karvonen Funeral Home

Sabrina Wasvick has always wanted to help people. It is that desire to help others, especially in a person’s most trying times, that has led her down the long journey of becoming a licensed funeral director.
“I wanted to help others in their time of need,” said Wasvick.
One year after beginning an internship at Belmont Funeral Home and Karvonen Funeral Home, Wasvick has found a home with the family-owned funeral homes. At the completion of her internship, Wasvick was hired as a new funeral director at the Henning and New York Mills funeral homes. Wasvick and her husband Nathan will live in Belmont Funeral Home in Henning and is excited about the opportunity to call the community home.
“I liked the community, it was welcoming,” she said.
After receiving her degree online from Des Moines Area Community College in Iowa, Wasvick was in need of a one-year internship to get her funeral director license. A native of Breckenridge, Minn., Wasvick joined Belmont Funeral Home and Karvonen Funeral Home last April and has been with the funeral homes ever since.  read entire story. . . .

Mills Liquor forensic audit leaves questions

The forensic audit of Mills Liquors has been completed, yet few answers were provided.
“It doesn’t tell us anything we didn’t know,” said City Clerk Darla Berry, at the New York Mills City Council meeting last week. “They didn’t really dig into things.”
For the cost of a little more than $5,000, financial advising firm Eide Bailly spent one day in NY Mills examining documentation from a three-month time period from September 2014 to November 2014. In order to verify sales, the firm compared figures on point of sales reports, daily summary reports to credit card reports, bank statements and the liquor store’s general ledger depicting revenues.
In comparing these reports, financial totals did not match up exactly. For example, the daily summary report didn’t match the amount of money that was actually collected in credit cards or deposited in a bank account. However, the difference was less than $1,350, which “appears to be reasonable due to potential timing issues,” the report stated. Thus, in comparing the reports collected from a three-month time period, Eide Bailly could not find clear discrepancies.
During the examination, Eide Bailly learned about the following concerns, however they could not find explanations behind the issues:
–The former liquor store manager was mixing her personal food truck business with the liquor store.
–There were issues with the petty cash fund.  read entire story. . . .

New pumper truck for NYMFD

The New York Mills Fire Department received its new pumper truck last week, which will replace the 1985 Pumper. The cost of the fire truck was $278,115, half of which was paid for by the city and half from townships. The city sets money aside toward a new fire trucks for a period of years. The city council agreed to sell the old pumper truck, which is expect to bring in around $15,000.

Left: The new truck has an electronic monitor (on front) that can be controlled from inside the cab or outside the cab. It will pump water while the truck is in motion up to 10 miles per hour. The old pumper truck required a tub.  read entire story. . . .