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Winter weather doesn’t stop local mail carriers

Driving down the road can seem a simple enough task. With a vast and wide infrastructure, the United States of America is a place where folks can get from point A to point B and even points C and D with relative ease.  

Add in the bitter cold days, heavy snow and blowing snow of January and February here in the heart of central Minnesota and things can start to get a little bit more interesting as far as the delivery of mail and packages are concerned.  

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Ottertail council explores options for insurance

The Ottertail City Council met for their monthly meeting on the evening of Thursday, Feb. 15. A variety of topics were discussed by the council, including a few staff personnel policy updates.

Elaine Hanson, Clerk-Treasurer, presented to the council options for the city employee’s health insurance. After some discussion, it was decided to hold off on the decision until a few questions are answered, including if these new plans will cover the staff’s current preferred doctors and facilities. Hanson will look further into these options and bring answers to next month’s meeting.  

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New shelter discussed at Sculpture Park

The New York Mills City Council worked through a busy agenda last Monday night. Among the items on the agenda were the annual report from the New York Mills Public Library, an extensive Public Works report, a public hearing on the possibility of installing a new Civil Alert Siren System at Smith Park.

The meeting began with the annual NY Mills library report from Librarian Julie Adams. The overall traffic of over 20,000 people at the library in 2017 was down slightly from last year, while total circulation of books, over 25,000 units, was the highest ever recorded for the local library system. This was a real positive item on the report as items overall were down from last year. This meant that books were a higher overall percentage of items check out in 2017.  

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Otter Tail County adopts watershed plan

The county board of commissioners, on Feb. 13, followed the recommendation of the county public works committee by adopting ”One Watershed, One Plan.”

County board members will work closely with Brad Mergens, manager for the West Otter Tail Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) office based in Fergus Falls, and Darren Newville, manager for the East Otter Tail SWCD office based in Perham.  

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New York Mills High School students test knowledge against other schools in region

There is a saying that goes something like this, “you know what you know when you know it.” For the New York Mills Knowledge Bowl squad the more they know, the better they can compete.

This year’s set of teams is in the full swing of their competitive season. This year’s team is well rounded and diverse.  

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Bettcher sent to prison for 28th DWI conviction

Danny Lee Bettcher, age 65 of New York Mills, was sentenced to 4 1/2 years in prison after he was arrested and charged with his 28th DWI in September. Bettcher pleaded guilty to felony drunken driving in Otter Tail County District Court just two weeks ago. He will receive credit for time served and was sentenced to St. Cloud state prison.

In court on February 5, a charge of first-degree driving while intoxicated was dismissed, but he was convicted on a charge of first-degree refusal to submit to DWI testing. Upon release from prison he faces a long list of restrictions and will be on supervised release for up to five years.  

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VFW, auxiliary present Certificates of Appreciation

VFW Post 3289 Sr. Vice Commander, Jerry Anderson, and Auxiliary President, Amanda Weller, recently presented the New York Mills School Bus Drivers treats and a Certificate of Appreciation for providing safe transportation to and from school for the youth of the New York Mills area community.  

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