Local News headlines – Friday, Feb 8

THE WINDOM CITY COUNCIL MET THIS WEEK.   THE COUNCIL CALLED FOR NEW BIDS ON THE AIRPORT HANGAR PROJECT.   A RESOLUTION WAS APPROVED IN SUPPORT OF A STATE REDEVELOPMENT GRANT APPLICATION.   RYAN HILLESHEIM WAS HIRED AS A PART-TIME POLICE OFFICER.  HE WILL MOVE TO FULL-TIME STATUS IN MARCH.  THERE WAS AN UPDATE ON EFFORTS TO HIRE A NEW DIRECTOR FOR THE COMMUNITY CENTER.   5 PEOPLE WERE INTERVIEWED.  A JOB OFFER WAS EXTENDED TO THE TOP CANDIDATE, WHO ASKED FOR TIME TO CONSIDER THE OFFER. 
 
THE CANDIDATES HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED FOR THE “WINTERFEST” CELEBRATION AT WINDOM AREA HIGH SCHOOL.   THE KING CANDIDATES ARE TIM INGRAM, ETHAN MATHIS, OSMAR ROMAN PARADA, CARTER SQUIRES, JOSE CERDA AND BRANDYN SANOW.   THE QUEEN CANDIDATES ARE SYDNEY PAULSON, ELLIE WALLINGA, MADISON WILLARD, ABBY ELNESS, KATRINA LA CANNE AND MAURISSA ISAACS.  CORONATION WILL BE AT 10:00 MONDAY MORNING.  THERE WILL BE DAILY DRESS-UP THEMES AND ACTIVITIES NEXT WEEK.  A DANCE WILL BE HELD NEXT FRIDAY EVENING.   
 
THE MURRAY COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS HELD A REGULAR MEETING LAST MONTH.   FURTHER DISCUSSION WAS HELD ON WHETHER THE COUNTY SHOULD HIRE A NEW COUNTY COORDINATOR OR MOVE TO A FULL-TIME ADMINISTRATOR.  THE BOARD AGREED TO HOLD A WORKSHOP WITH THE ASSOCIATION OF MINNESOTA COUNTIES THIS FRIDAY.   THE BOARD ALSO APPROVED A CONTRACT WITH A CONSULTING FIRM TO PROVIDE TRANSITION SERVICES DURING THE SEARCH PROCESS.  A TRI-COUNTY RECYCLING CONTRACT WAS DISCONTINUED.  
 
A SENIOR-HIGH KNOWLEDGE BOWL MEET WAS HELD MONDAY IN JACKSON.   THERE WERE 23 TEAMS FROM 9 AREA SCHOOLS.  A TEAM FROM WORTHINGTON WON THE MEET, WITH MURRAY COUNTY CENTRAL 2ND AND JACKSON COUNTY CENTRAL 3RD.  WINDOM HAD ONE TEAM IN THE MEET, FINISHING IN 6TH PLACE.  MT LAKE PUBLIC SCHOOL HAD TEAMS FINISH IN 7TH PLACE AND 14TH PLACE.  ANOTHER SENIOR-HIGH KNOWLEDGE BOWL MEET WILL BE HELD NEXT MONDAY IN SLAYTON. 
 
A REGULAR MEETING OF THE FULDA CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD THIS WEEK.   THERE WAS A REPORT FROM THE FIRE DEPARTMENT RELIEF ASSOCIATION.  THE ANNUAL PENSION PAYMENTS WERE ADJUSTED.  THE FULDA E-D-A HAD AN UPDATE ON THE WOOD DUCK ADDITION.  THE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTED ON ITS ELECTION OF OFFICERS.  DAVE BAUMHOEFNER WAS RE-ELECTED AS FIRE CHIEF.  THE S-E-H ENGINEERING FIRM HAD AN UPDATE ON THE PROPOSED INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECT.  A CHARITABLE GAMBLING PERMIT WAS APPROVED FOR THE HERITAGE SOCIETY.   
  
THE PRAIRIE WIND FOLK MUSIC AND BLUEGRASS ASSOCIATION IS PRESENTING A FREE CONCERT AT 3:00 SATURDAY AFTERNOON IN THE ‘BARC’ LIBRARY IN WINDOM.    THE SHOW WILL FEATURE THE “UNSUNG SONGWRITERS.”  FOUR MUSICIANS WILL BE PERFORMING.  THEY WILL EACH DISCUSS SOME OF THE SONGS THEY HAVE WRITTEN AND PLAY SEVERAL SELECTIONS.  THE PERFORMERS ARE DAVID STODDARD, MATT FOCKLER, BRUCE BOLDT AND DICK KIMMEL.  THE SHOW IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.  THE SERIES IS SUPPORTED BY A NUMBER OF BUSINESS SPONSORS. 
 
THE WESTBROOK-WALNUT GROVE SCHOOL BOARD MET THIS WEEK.  ELECTION OF OFFICERS WAS HELD, WITH MAYDRA MAAS ELECTED AS CHAIRPERSON.   LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS FROM COTTONWOOD COUNTY GAVE A PRESENTATION ON ACTIVE SHOOTER TRAINING PROGRAMS.  THE BOARD ACCEPTED A RESIGNATION FROM LEO THEISEN, WHO WILL BE RETIRING AS A TEACHER.   A DISCUSSION WAS HELD ON CAPITAL REPAIR PROJECTS.  THE BOARD APPROVED SOME FUND TRANSFERS.  A HALF-TIME TEACHER WAS HIRED FOR THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS PROGRAM.   
 
A FUND-RAISING EVENT WILL BE HELD AT ‘BARC’ IN WINDOM THIS SUNDAY.   BARC AND THE WINDOM LIONS CLUB WILL HOLD AN OMELET, BISCUITS AND GRAVY BRUNCH.  SERVING WILL BE IN THE WEST GYM AT BARC ON SUNDAY FROM 8:30 UNTIL 12:30.  COST IS $10 FOR ANYONE 11-OR-OLDER; CHILDREN 10-AND-YOUNGER WILL EAT FOR $5.  PROCEEDS FROM THE EVENT WILL BE DIVIDED BETWEEN THE LIONS CLUB AND THE BARC ORGANIZATION.