City of Milaca hosts field day

Attendees of the Milaca Field day check out murals that are painted in the skylight at the Milaca Public Library. Times photo by Tyler Ohmann

Attendees of the Milaca Field day check out murals that are painted in the skylight at the Milaca Public Library. Times photo by Tyler Ohmann

Approximately 20 people assembled at the Milaca City Hall last Saturday morning to participate in a field day.
Those in attendance were there to learn about Milaca and what community leaders have done to try to improve the town. There were representatives from all around the area, including Onamia, Princeton and Holdingford.
The event was held in conjunction with the Initiative Foundation and the Healthy Community Program, which Milaca is a part of.
Mayor Pete Pedersen introduced the day and those in the audience.
“We welcome you to the city,” Pedersen said.
Dan Frank of the Initiative Foundation likened the event to an agricultural field day, where producers get together to discuss and consider techniques for increasing farming production.
“As you look at Milaca today, there has been a lot of good things in the last five, six, seven years,” Frank said.
At the initial Healthy Community Program meeting, 150 attended and agreed to participate in projects to help the image of Milaca.
Since then, some projects the community, which has since created the Rum River Community Foundation, has worked on include benches, flower pots and flags. They also created a walkway and in the future hope to restore the band shell in Recreation Park.
“The walkways, the jazzing up of downtown is a great start,” said City Council Member Dave Dillan. “But we have a lot of big plans.”
A Milaca Arts Council representative presented on the council’s history and progress, as it began about the same time as Healthy Community Program. The MAC since has found a building, which it shares with the senior citizens, and has organized dozens of musical events and art shows, among other things.
“We are pretty proud of what we’ve done,” said Mimi Peterson, director of the MAC.
Another major project included in the revitalization of Milaca was an ad campaign to attract more volunteers, called “Got time?”
After the presentations, the group toured the Milaca library, the Milaca Museum and then loaded onto buses to get tours of new industries in town, the various parks and to show the improvements that have been and will be done.
The day ended at 1 p.m. with a meal at the golf course.

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