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Teaching by example, NYM man cuts carbon

Last week, Dana Brooks took his new vehicle for a spin for the first time. His five-seater can reach speeds up to 15 mph, if the horse can get moving at a decent gallop.
Since an Amish community started on the outskirts of town in recent years, it’s no longer unusual to spot horse and buggy transportation around New York Mills. Unlike the black Amish buggies though, Brooks’ stagecoach is brown and seats five. It has a couch for the backseat, two bucket seats in the front, windows and rear-view mirrors.  
“This is my vehicle, even in the winter. It’s heated, has a stereo and lights.” Right now everything runs off DC batteries and LP fuel, said Brooks, in an interview last week, but he hopes to add some solar panels in the near future.
Brooks purchased the horse from some Amish a few months ago and has since been building the stagecoach that’s been zipping around town. Utilizing lightweight material and recycled parts, Brooks designed and built the 250-pound buggy.  read entire story. . . .

EOT Wranglers riding to win

Notice the horses at the end of the recent New York Mills Summer Celebration Parade? How about the performances at the Perham Rodeo and last weekends East Otter Tail County Fair? Those horses are ridden by members of the East Otter Tail Wranglers 4-H group. Of the nearly 50 4-H participants, only a handful are from NY Mills.
“There is only about four or five of us and a couple from Bluffton, the rest are all Perham and Detroit Lakes,” said Makayla Brauch, oldest of the NY Mills participants. Besides Brauch, the NY Mills students include Danielle Engebretson, Sarah Larson, Hannah Larson and Kadence Brauch.
Since she was 3-years-old, Brauch has been riding horses. She started riding competitively around the age of 10.  Now a New York Mills High School junior, Brauch along with the other members of the EOT Wranglers have six regular horse shows a year, as well as 15 other events they attend.
At the competitive level, Brauch really enjoys “games, which is barrel racing, jumping, figure eight, pole leaping,” she said. She and many of the people in 4-H compete both western style and English style.  read entire story. . . .

Railway work closes Hwy. 106

This past Monday, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway began a three-week railroad project, which closed State Highway 106.
Highway 106 is east of New York Mills connecting Highway 10 to the City of Deer Creek. BNSF will work on both the tracks and the railroad crossing.
Motorists will detour east on Highway 10, then on Otter Tail County Road 75 and finally west on Highway 29.
For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.org or dial 5-1-1.  read entire story. . . .

Serving at the region level

Recent New York Mills graduate Logan Milligan and senior Brooke Hendrickx have both reached the regional levels in the FFA, which is a tribute to the NY Mills FFA chapter’s dedication to the organization.
“It’s getting your chapter recognized,” said Milligan, of how regions positively affect the local level. “Maybe NY Mills (wasn’t always) a chapter that is on the map, so its nice to get a little bit of recognition. For not only yourself, but for the region and chapter as well.”
Milligan recently retired after serving two years at the region level. Hendrickx is in her first year at regions.
“What we do is help to bridge the gap between the state association and the chapters. They’re (the state officers) busy throughout the year. It’s hard for them to get through the whole entire state to every chapter,” said Milligan, of the purpose behind region officers. The region team takes the message from the state level and distributes it to the eight regions throughout the state.
Hendrickx agreed, “What I do at the region level is make those connections for chapters. They may not know me or anyone else on the region team, but I get them more engaged in FFA, more engaged in agriculture, more passionate.”
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