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NY Mills doctor starts Cup of Coffee Clinic

Three months ago Dr. MaryLee Legried changed courses. After practicing medicine for 20 years in a clinic setting, she started a private practice out of her home north of New York Mills.
So far, Dr. Legried has relied solely on word of mouth and social media to promote a Cup of Coffee Clinic. That seems to be the ticket though, as just a few months in to her private practice the University of Minnesota alum already has more than 75 patients.
“My biggest problem is the fax machine,” said Legried, indicating the large black machine in the corner of her office/examination room.
Once she decided to open a private practice, everything seemed to fall into place. Even the portion of her home she blocked off for business purposes seemed perfect. The entryway and patient waiting room is large enough for a couple of chairs, a table and a coffee bar. Down a short hallway is a former bedroom with an adjoining bathroom, which easily became the exam room. Even the entrance was ideal for a clinic. Since she built her house to accommodate her own possible needs as she ages, the front entrance on the house has both a set of stairs and a ramp.
All it took to make Cup of Coffee Clinic is furniture, a few coffee themed decorations, lab equipment and the bulky fax machine. In a few short weeks, Dr. Legried became a nurse, lab tech, receptionist and billing specialist, on top of her duties as the doctor.
“It’s pretty cool that I can do that much lab work,” said Dr. Legried, who wasn’t planning on doing much lab work initially.
In fact, before she started her practice, Dr. Legried set up an arrangement with Perham Health to do the lab work, EKG’s, X-rays and any other necessary tests and procedures patients may need. In short, Dr. Legried is an ordering referring doctor. Although she utilizes Perham Health on many occasions, thanks to a selection of lab equipment in her closet, she can take a comprehensive metabolic panel, hemoglobin tests, diabetes test and more.  read entire story. . . .

Marketing tactic turns into NYM tradition

What started as a marketing scheme for a winery, quickly became one of the favorite fall traditions in New York Mills. Now marking its 15th year, Uncle Ray’s Pumpkin Day is set for Saturday, Oct. 1 at the Sonneberg farm and S&S Winery north of New York Mills.  
Each year, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., children and parents are invited to walk the 2.5 acre pumpkin patch and choose their favorite gourd. The single day pumpkin patch has always been free, hosted by family of volunteers.
“My Uncle Ray Sonnenberg and I started the pumpkin day event in 2001 as a marketing effort to gain exposure to what was then a fledgling wine operation,” said Brian Sillanpaa. The pumpkins share space with a large grape vinery, which grows fruit for S&S Winery. Though it started as a marketing event, from day one the event was much more than that.
“From the start it became clear that the event was more of a social gathering for friends and neighbors and had less to do about wine making,” said Sillanpaa in an interview last week.
Back at the beginning, Uncle Ray would sit and watch the children choose their pumpkins.
“He would often point out that the smaller the child, the bigger the pumpkin, which can create a little work for mom anddad trying to get it loaded,” said Sillanpaa.  read entire story. . . .

The Barn opens Oct. 1

After months of work in the Sculpture Park, the city of New York Mills’ new Barn shelter is finally completed. On Saturday, Oct. 1, The Barn will host a grand opening celebration. The event will be held on the 20th anniversary year of the Sculpture Park in NY Mills.
The event will be held from 3-8 p.m. and barn tours, community art activities, garden planting, pop-up-museum, refreshments, a bonfire and a barn dance with live music.
The community art activities that day include “Barn Quilt” squares, a Heritage Garden and a Collaborative Community Sculpture and Pop-Up Museum. There are several ways for community members to get involved with these activities, which are part of a Creative Action Network project supported by West Central Initiative, Springboard for the Arts, Bigger Associates and the Bush Foundation.
Attendees are encouraged to take part in painting two 4’x4’ wooden Barn Quilt squares during the celebration. A local artist is designing the squares and will be on hand to assist community members in painting. The wooden squares will later be attached to the south end of The Barn, and will hopefully become part of the Central Minnesota Barn Quilt Trail.
The Cultural Center is inviting local contributions of plants, flowers or shrubs that can be split and planted at the Sculpture Park as part of the new Heritage Garden. People will also be asked to share their stories about the plants, which will be documented.  read entire story. . . .

Online auction brings in more than EDA loan

Without a quorum, official decisions will have to wait until next month’s New York Mills Economic Development Authority meeting. However, members in attendance–Amy Sobieski, Ken Hendrickx and Blaine Novak–heard updates about the action on the equipment that was formerly owned by Sugar Creek Woodworking.
Cameron Wedde of Onward Online Auction presented the EDA with a $32,495 check, which was the remainder of the funds of the EDA’s online auction following expenses. The total amount raised on selling the equipment was $41,605. There was $9,109 in expenses, which included commission, advertising and equipment handling fees. The balance on the loan connected to the woodworking equipment was around $31,000.
“We were very happy with it. It exceeded our expectations,” said Wedde, adding that there were 98 bidders, five of which were from out of state.
Mike Wedde, Cameron’s father, told the council that the large, sensitive equipment had to be handled with care. Knowing this, Onward Online Auction contacted the manufacturers of the equipment to learn the safest way to move the machinery. It ended up being an important factor, because during the bidding process, several bidders asked the auction company specifically how the equipment was moved.

In other news:
–City Clerk Darla Berry reported three people approached the city in the past month about purchasing lots in the Country View addition. However, no sales have been finalized at this point.
–Discussion continued with Economic Developer Mark Hanson about the loan fund guidelines the EDA hopes to put in place. Hanson will add the comments from the EDA and bring them back to next month’s meeting for approval.
–The next EDA meeting will be Oct. 19 at 8:30 a.m. in the city hall chambers.  read entire story. . . .

NYM FFA Chapter places at State Fair

Several members of the New York Mills FFA Chapter attended the Minnesota State Fair in August. They showed both cattle and sheep, bringing home a number of awards. Results from the state fair include: Beef Herdsmanship Award was won by Emilee and Jenna White, Zach Milligan and Caroline Mann. Grand Champion Any Other Breed and Champion Charolais was won by Emilee White. Champion Any Other Breed Cow/Calf was won by Jenna White. Premier Sheep Herdsmanship was won by Gabe and Mikayla Geiser, Brooke Hendrickx (pictured) and Emma Bartels. Supreme Champion Ewe was won by Gabe Geiser. Other participants included Peter and Paul Hendrickx showing dairy cows.  read entire story. . . .