Local News Headlines – Friday, January 11

THE MURRAY COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS HELD A REGULAR MEETING LAST WEEK.    ORGANIZATIONAL BUSINESS INCLUDED SETTING SOLID WASTE ASSESSMENTS, 9-1-1 SIGN ASSESSMENTS, THE BEAVER CONTROL FEE AND THE POCKET GOPHER BOUNTY.  2019 TOBACCO LICENSES WERE APPROVED.  A NEW CONTRACT WAS APPROVED WITH A FIRM THAT PROVIDES SOFTWARE SERVICES FOR THE LAND RECORDS OFFICE.  A RETAINER WAS APPROVED FOR LEGAL SERVICES.  AN AGREEMENT WAS APPROVED WITH THE SW REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION, TO ASSIST IN UPDATING LAND-USE ORDINANCES.    
 
THE AMERICAN LUTHERAN CHURCH IN WINDOM IS HOSTING ITS ANNUAL LUTEFISK SUPPER THIS WEEKEND.    SERVING WILL TAKE PLACE FROM 5:00 TO 7:00 SATURDAY EVENING AT THE CHURCH ON PROSPECT AVENUE.  ADVANCE TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE THROUGH THE CHURCH OFFICE AT 831-1794.  A LIMITED NUMBER OF TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR ON SATURDAY.  THE MENU WILL INCLUDE LUTEFISK, LEFSE, MEATBALLS, RICE PUDDING AND VEGETABLES, ALONG WITH A BEVERAGE.  THERE WILL BE A ‘SECONDS’ TABLE.  TICKETS ARE $15 FOR ADULTS; CHILDREN 12-AND-UNDER WILL EAT FOR $5.    
 
A REGULAR MEETING OF THE WESTBROOK CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD THIS WEEK.    THE COUNCIL ADOPTED A SCHEDULE OF FEES FOR CITY SERVICES AND ADMINISTRATIVE FINES.  PART-TIME EMPLOYEES WERE GIVEN A RAISE OF 20-CENTS AN HOUR.  A 3% COST-OF-LIVING INCREASE WAS APPROVED.  A NUMBER OF OFFICIAL APPOINTMENTS AND DESIGNATIONS WERE APPROVED.   THE COUNCIL ACCEPTED A DONATION OF 10-THOUSAND-DOLLARS FROM THE FIRE RELIEF ASSOCIATION.  AN EXEMPT GAMBLING PERMIT WAS APPROVED FOR THE WESTBROOK LION’S CLUB.   
 
THE PRAIRIE ARTS CONTINUUM IS HOLDING AUDITIONS FOR ITS NEXT PRODUCTION.    PAC WILL BE STAGING THE PLAY “Take Your Medicine” IN MARCH AT THE ‘BARC’ AUDITORIUM IN WINDOM.  AUDITIONS WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE ‘BARC’ LIBRARY ON MONDAY AND TUESDAY FROM 7:00 TO 8:30 EACH NIGHT.  THE SHOW INCLUDES SPEAKING PARTS FOR EIGHT WOMEN AND FOUR MEN.  SOME EXTRAS WILL BE NEEDED TO APPEAR ONSTAGE IN NON-SPEAKING ROLES.  THE COMEDY IS SET IN A SMALL HOSPITAL, WHERE A COLLEGE TEACHER IS MISTAKEN FOR A MEDICAL DOCTOR.   
 
THE JACKSON COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS HELD A REGULAR MEETING THIS WEEK.   ELECTION OF OFFICERS WAS HELD.  THE BOARD HANDLED A NUMBER OF ORGANIZATIONAL ITEMS.  THEY APPROVED THE PURCHASE OF A NEW TANDEM-AXLE TRUCK WITH SNOW-PLOWING EQUIPMENT.  A NEW FORMAT WAS ADOPTED FOR PERFORMANCE APPRAISALS OF SUPERVISORY AND NON-SUPERVISORY EMPLOYEES.  ANDY GEIGER WAS RE-APPOINTED AS THE COUNTY AG INSPECTOR.  LICENSES WERE APPROVED FOR SOLID WASTE HAULERS AND RECYCLERS.   
 
THE PRAIRIE WIND FOLK MUSIC AND BLUEGRASS ASSOCIATION WILL PRESENT A FREE CONCERT IN WINDOM THIS WEEKEND.   MUSICIANS SARAH MORRIS AND NIGEL EGG WILL BE PERFORMING AT 3:00 SATURDAY AFTERNOON AT THE ‘BARC’ LIBRARY.  THE CONCERT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.  SARAH MORRIS IS A NATIVE OF MINNEAPOLIS.  HER MUSIC BLENDS FOLK, ROCK AND COUNTRY INFLUENCES.   NIGEL EGG GREW UP IN ENGLAND.  HE PLAYS ORIGINAL FOLK, BLUES AND ROOTS MUSIC.  THEY HAVE EACH RELEASED SEVERAL ALBUMS OF THEIR MUSIC.   
 
THE WINNERS HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED FOR THE “FESTIVAL OF TREES” AT THE COTTONWOOD COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM IN WINDOM.     14 TREES WERE ON DISPLAY IN DECEMBER IN THE REMICK GALLERY.  PEOPLE ATTENDING THE EXHIBIT COULD VOTE FOR THEIR FAVORITE TREE.  THE WINNER WAS THE TREE FROM THE WINDOM COTTON QUILTERS.   2ND PLACE WENT TO THE ENTRY FROM THE 1ST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH.   IN 3RD PLACE WAS THE TREE FROM THE WINDOM SERVICE CLUB.   EACH OF THE TOP 3 GROUPS RECEIVED WINDOM CHAMBER BUCKS.