Local News Headlines – Thursday, January 31

A MEMBER OF THE ADMINISTRATION AT THE WINDOM SCHOOL DISTRICT IS A CANDIDATE FOR ANOTHER JOB.    DR. MELISSA RADEKE IS ONE OF FOUR PEOPLE BEING CONSIDERED FOR SUPERINTENDENT OF THE NEW LONDON-SPICER SCHOOL DISTRICT.   THE CURRENT SUPERINTENDENT IS RETIRING AT THE END OF THE YEAR.   APPLICATIONS WERE RECEIVED FROM 22 CANDIDATES, AND FOUR FINALISTS WERE CHOSEN.  MELISSA RADEKE CURRENTLY SERVES AS DIRECTOR OF TEACHING AND LEARNING AT WINDOM, AND THE 4TH THROUGH 6TH-GRADE PRINCIPAL.   THE FOUR FINALISTS WILL BE INTERVIEWED ON THURSDAY. 
 
THE BUSINESS, ARTS AND RECREATION CENTER IN WINDOM IS CELEBRATING ITS 17TH ANNIVERSARY.   AN OPEN HOUSE WILL BE HELD SATURDAY.  AT 10:00, THERE WILL BE A MEMORIAL TRIBUTE TO THE LATE BOB LINDAMAN.  THAT WILL BE FOLLOWED BY A CELEBRATION OF BARC’S HISTORY; THE OPENING OF A NEW ART EXHIBIT IN THE LIBRARY GALLERY; TOURS OF THE BUILDING; AND A MEAL WILL BE SERVED WITH A FREE-WILL DONATION ACCEPTED.  ‘BARC’ IS LOCATED IN THE FORMER WINDOM HIGH SCHOOL AND AREA CENTRAL SCHOOL BUILDING.  OVER 14-THOUSAND PEOPLE ATTEND EVENTS IN THE BUILDING IN A TYPICAL YEAR.   
 
THE WINDOM CITY TELE-COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION MET THIS WEEK.  KENT KELLY WAS ELECTED AS PRESIDENT.  THERE WAS AN UPDATE ON THE EXPANSION OF SERVICE ALONG COUNTY ROAD 25.  2 CUSTOMERS ARE NOW RECEIVING SERVICE, AND ANOTHER 8 CUSTOMERS ALONG THE ROUTE HAVE INDICATED THEY WANT TO RECEIVE SERVICE WHEN WEATHER PERMITS.  THERE WAS AN UPDATE ON THE ISSUES WITH THE TWIN CITIES T-V CHANNELS.  WINDOM-NET IS WORKING WITH THE COMPANY THAT MAINTAINS AN INTERNET TRANSPORT CIRCUIT BETWEEN WINDOM AND MINNEAPOLIS.   
 
A WORK-SESSION WAS HELD THIS WEEK FOR THE WINDOM SCHOOL BOARD.  FURTHER DISCUSSION WAS HELD ON THE PRAIRIE MEADOWS SUB-DIVISION.  THE BOARD INDICATED IT INTENDS TO RESCIND ITS DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT WITH THE WINDOM E-D-A.  THE DISTRICT MAY HAVE TO REIMBURSE THE E-D-A FOR SOME OF THE COSTS INCURRED IN SETTING UP THE SUB-DIVISION.  SOME BUDGET ISSUES WERE REVIEWED, INCLUDING SUPPORT FOR TEACHER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS; STAFFING NEEDS; KINDERGARTEN SECTIONS, AND THE NEED FOR MORE HELP IN THE MAINTENANCE AND CUSTODIAL STAFF.   
     
THE 2019 STATE V-E-X ROBOTICS TOURNAMENT WILL BE HELD THIS FRIDAY AND SATURDAY IN ST. CLOUD.   WINDOM AREA MIDDLE-HIGH SCHOOL WILL HAVE TWO TEAMS PARTICIPATING – THE “BUTTERFINGERS” AND THE “IRON EAGLES.”  IN ROBOTICS, STUDENTS BUILD AND PROGRAM ROBOTS TO PLAY A GAME AGAINST OTHER TEAMS.  THIS YEAR’S GAME IS “TURNING POINT.”  10 TEAMS FROM THE STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS WILL QUALIFY FOR THE WORLD ROBOTICS TOURNAMENT.   TEAMS WILL HAVE THE FIRST ROUND OF QUALIFYING MATCHES ON FRIDAY.  SATURDAY WILL CONTINUE WITH QUALIFICATION ROUNDS, SKILLS CHALLENGES, ELIMINATION BRACKETS AND AWARDS CEREMONIES.