Since March 2020, here at the Cultural Center, we have shifted our community lens to include public health and have done our best to be a model for COVID safety.  We have been consistently following COVID guidelines including masks, distancing, handwashing, sanitizing, limiting visitors, and encouraging anyone who is not feeling well to stay home.

Here is a link to our Preparedness Plan: COVID Preparedness Plan NYMRCC

As COVID numbers have risen sharply in Otter Tail County this fall, we have continued our rigorous safety guidelines here at the Cultural Center. Perham Health CEO Chuck Hofius shared on 11/5/20 that Otter Tail County is “in the surge” with the next 6-8 weeks expected to be the worst for our region. PLEASE follow CDC and MDH guidelines: wear a mask, distance, wash your hands, and stay home if you have sypmtoms or have been exposed to COVID-19, in order to keep yourself and those who are most vulnerable among us safe & healthy.

We will continue following COVID safety guidelines at the Cultural Center.  We have articulated a 3-pronged approach to programming, with all events being either virtual, outdoor, or adapted in-person.  As the weather gets colder and COVID numbers increase, we will focus more on virtual options.  Know that safety is our top priority.

If you have any questions about this or anything else related to the Cultural Center, please call us at 218-385-3339 or email Executive Director Betsy Roder at or Programs Director Cheryl Bannes at

Thank you all for your continued support of the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center. We will get through this better together!