Local News Headlines – Thursday, June 14

THE DES MOINES VALLEY HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES AGENCY WILL HOLD A BOARD MEETING AT 9:00 THURSDAY MORNING IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM AT THE LAW ENFORCEMENT CENTER IN WINDOM.     THERE WILL BE PROGRAM REPORTS FROM THE CENTER FOR COMMUNITY HEALTH IMPROVEMENT, THE SOCIAL SERVICE SUPERVISOR, AND A CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY COUNSELOR.  THE PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT WILL REPORT ON ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR A COMMUNITY WELLNESS GRANT.
THE 2018 FULDA WOOD DUCK FESTIVAL IS BEING HELD THIS WEEK.  THERE WILL BE A SWIM MEET AT THE POOL THIS AFTERNOON.  SUPPER WILL BE SERVED IN THE PARK AT 5:00; THIS IS A FUND-RAISER FOR THE HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL PROGRAM.  THE CARNIVAL,WITH ‘MIDWEST RIDES,’ WILL BE OPEN FROM 5:00 UNTIL 9:00PM.  THERE WILL BE A CONCERT BY THE FULDA AREA BIG BAND IN THE CITY PARK AT 6:00 TONIGHT.
THE LAKEFIELD SUMMERFEST IS TAKING PLACE THIS WEEK.    THE THEME IS “LIVING THE SWEET LIFE.”  A COMMUNITY PICNIC WILL BE HELD AT NORTH CITY PRAK AT 5:00PM.  THERE WILL BE LIVE MUSIC IN THE PARK AT 5:00 WITH “FISHING FOR OLIVES.”  LION’S CLUB BINGO WILL BE PLAYED IN THE PARK AT 7:00.  THE LAKEFIELD POOL WILL BE OPEN FOR A LATE SWIM FROM 9:00 TO 10:30.  ON FRIDAY, THE LAKEFIELD LIBRARY WILL HAVE A LUNCH AND CRAFT PROGRAM AT NOON. 
THE ST. JAMES ‘RAILROAD DAYS’ CELEBRATION WILL BE HELD THIS MONTH.   TODAY IS THE KICKOFF OF THE SCAVENGER HUNT.  CLUES WILL BE POSTED ON THE RAILROAD DAYS FACEBOOK PAGE.  NEXT TUESDAY, THERE WILL BE A BEER TASTING AND SILENT AUCTION AT THE SOUTH FORK GOLF CLUB.  ADVANCE TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE PIONEER BANK FOR $10.  MOST RAILROAD DAYS EVENTS WILL RUN FROM JUNE 21ST TO THE 24TH
THE 2018 MT LAKE POW-WOW GETS UNDERWAY THIS WEEK.    THE MISS MT LAKE PAGEANT WILL BE HELD THIS FRIDAY.  EVENTS ON SATURDAY WILL INCLUDE A TRACTOR-CADE, THE MAYOR’S BIKE RIDE, AND ALUMNI BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL GAMES.   ON SUNDAY, EVENTS WILL INCLUDE A COMMUNITY WORSHIP SERVICE, 3-ON-3 BASKETBALL, THE MT LAKE ROAD RACE, KIDDIE PARADE, ANTIQUE CAR & TRACTOR PARADE, THE MINISTERIAL ASSOCIATION PROGRAM, AND A YOUTH OUTREACH PROGRAM.  MORE EVENTS WILL BE HELD NEXT MONDAY AND TUESDAY. 
THE WINDOM ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY HELD A BOARD MEETING THIS WEEK.    THERE WAS AN UPDATE FROM THE AVERA MEDICAL CLINIC.  THE E-D-A IS WORKING WITH THE CLINIC TO HELP IDENTIFY PROPERTIES THAT MIGHT BE AVAILABLE ALONG HIGHWAY 60 FOR A NEW CLINIC BUILDING.   THEY DISCUSSED AN INCREASE IN THE RENTAL RATES FOR THE RIVER BLUFF TOWNHOMES.  A CLOSED SESSION WAS HELD FOR LAND NEGOTIATIONS.   A DEVELOPER IS INTERESTED IN POSSIBLY BUILDING 2 OR 3 ‘SPEC’ HOMES IN THE CITY. 
A MEETING OF THE JACKSON COUNTY BOARD WAS HELD LAST WEEK.   THE BOARD APPROVED A CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT FOR DALE ACKERMAN TO DEVELOP A MOTORIZED OFF-ROAD FAMILY RECREATION PARK IN HUNTER TOWNSHIP FOR MOTO-CROSS EVENTS.  AN AGREEMENT WAS APPROVED FOR THE OPERATION OF ELECTRONIC FISH BARRIERS AS PART OF THE AQUATIC INVASIVE SPECIES PROGRAM.  SOME AMENDMENTS WERE APPROVED TO THE COUNTY’S COMPREHENSIVE LOCAL WATER MANAGEMENT PLAN. 
THE WINDOM SCHOOL BOARD HANDLED A NUMBER OF ITEMS DURING THIS WEEK’S MEETING.   IN PERSONNEL BUSINESS, THE BOARD ACCEPTED SEVERAL RESIGNATIONS AND RETIREMENT NOTICES.  THEY HIRED A NEW SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER, A SPECIAL ED PARA-PROFESSIONAL, AND HIRED AN INSTRUCTIONAL COACH.  TENURE WAS APPROVED FOR SIX TEACHER.  A NUMBER OF DONATIONS TO THE SCHOOL DISTRICTS WERE ACCEPTED.  THE ANNUAL Q-COMP PLAN UPDATE AND ANNUAL REPORT WAS PRESENTED AND APPROVED.