Ericksrud Family Wrestling Room to be unveiled at NYM School

By Chad Koenen


Wrestling is to New York Mills like peanut butter is to jelly and cream is to coffee. They just seem to go together and continue to be an integral part of everyday life. 

In order to pay respect to NY Mills’ rich wrestling history the NY Mills School Board officially named the wrestling room after the Rich Ericksrud family. 

During its regularly scheduled meeting last week, the school board approved naming the wrestling room as the Ericksrud Family Wrestling Room. The project to name the wrestling room after the Ericksrud family was spearheaded by Doug Salo, who credited the long-time coach with having a lasting impact on both students and wrestlers in the region.

A long-time teacher, counselor and coach at NY Mills School, Ericksrud has had a lasting impact on the community through his passion with civic involvement and the school. 

Ericksrud was the head wrestling coach for a number of years at NY Mills School. During his time atop the program he amassed a record of 163-61-5. He has the 195th most wins of any head coach in the history of Minnesota and has a career winning percentage of 71.17 percent. 

In addition to the naming rights in recognition of the Ericksrud family, there will be a scholarship established in honor of the Ericksrud family. 

In other news

• Approved the new logo/branding guidelines for NY Mills School and extracurricular activities. 

• Accepted the following donations: $2,400 from the NY Mills Lions Club to the JO softball program, $7,595 from the Eagle Booster Club to the basketball programs and $720 from the VFW Post 3289 for Bandwagon. 

• Approved an interim budget for the 2023-24 school year. General fund revenue is projected to be $10,140,661 and expenses to be $10,355,463; food service revenue is projected to be $605,250, expenses to be $778,920; community service revenue is projected to be $278,565, expenses to be $335,990 and debt service revenue is projected to be $1,587,835, expenses to be $1,311,500. 

• Approved the following appointments: Jenna Stodgell as elementary teacher, Grace Christiansen as paraprofessional, Nicole Balbach as paraprofessional, Mike Bauck as high school business teacher, as well as the yearbook and BPA Advisor.

• Approved the following resignations: Barb Kangas as kitchen help, JJ Weller as girls basketball assistant coach, Suzann Everson as high school business teacher and Hailey Windels as junior high volleyball coach.

• Denied a motion by a 4-3 margin, with Wendy Hetland, Kristina Ehnert and Teresa Pederson voting in dissent, to hire Adam Tervola-Hultberg as general music and vocal music teacher. Derek Braukmann, Derek Geiser, Brian Schermerhorn and Amy Mursu voted against the proposed hiring.