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One sweet home

Lilja Pakkala was all smiles Friday afternoon after her mom Laura Pakkala helped her construct a gingerbread house in the kindergarten classroom at the New York Mills Elementary School. Constructing gingerbread houses is a long-standing tradition for the kindergarten classrooms, as the grand finale for the extended geography “ginger unit.”  read entire story. . . .

‘I love to read month’ begins

New York Mills Elementary students will be celebrating “I love to read month” throughout February. Sixth grade teacher Laurine Braukmann presented the schedule of events to the school board during its regularly scheduled meeting last week.
On Monday, students kicked off the month with a bag of gummy “bookworms” to enjoy while they read.  In honor of the month, all elementary students completed a similar art project to be displayed throughout the month.
Special activities will be held on Fridays, including reading in the auditorium, book buddy day, and pajamas and popcorn day. Every day students will drop everything and read (DEAR) for 15 minuts at random moments throughout the month.

In other news:
–The strategic planning with Terry Quist will take place from Feb. 5-6 at the school. Two school board members, along with more than 20 people from the community, will spend Friday evening and Saturday looking at past and current needs of the district. The hope is through this community process, the school board will be given between 5-7 goals.  read entire story. . . .

Final event of library program

In the final event of the New York Mills Library Community Reads program, 15 participants learned about genealogy research resources available in the area. Peg Werner, Director of Viking Library System, offered helpful hints on getting started in genealogy research. Mary Pfeffer, from EOT History Museum, presented an overview of the resources the history museum has for those interested in digging into their family research. Throughout the month of January, the library offered a variety of events intended to bring the community into the library and the library into the community. The events were sponsored by the Friends of the Library.  read entire story. . . .

Krejci fills empty seat on council

The Deer Creek City Council filled one vacant seat, but learned another one may be opening in the near future.
During its regularly scheduled meeting last Monday night, the Deer Creek City Council appointed Kris Krejci to the city council. She was one of two people who expressed an interest in filling the vacant seat left by Brenda Lee, who resigned from the council last month after moving outside the city limits. Krejci had applied for an open council position in 2014 when Mary Lee Weaver moved to a different community. That time, the council appointed Bob Wierma to the position.
On Monday night, councilman Danny Hendershot said appointing Krejci would be a way to bring a different perspective to the council than the four current members, who are all male.
“What I want to see is a female to show us a different perspective,” he said. In recent years, the council has always had one female council member or a mayor, up until Lee resigned her position in December.
Though they liked Krejci, Councilman Jim Hill and Mayor Tom Svarvari said they liked the experience Joe Brown could bring to the council in terms of water and sewer infrastructure. However, Hendershot said passing over Krejci once again for the position could discourage other people in the community from coming forward to serve on the council.
“We need fresh blood,” said Hendershot. “I want to encourage people to apply for this job.”  read entire story. . . .

Three from BPA head to state

The New York Mills High School Business Professional of America team will send three students to State Level Conference in Minneapolis on March 12. Heather Weller will compete in Personal Financial Management and Prepared Speech. Brady Bauck and Henry Keskitalo will compete on Video Production team. Keskitalo will also compete in Java Programming.  read entire story. . . .