Local News Headlines – Friday, March 22

MORE AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVES ARE BEING HELD IN THE AREA.   ALL BLOOD TYPES ARE NEEDED.   TODAY, A RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE WILL BE HELD AT JACKSON COUNTY CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL FROM 8:30 UNTIL 1:30.   ALSO TODAY, THERE WILL BE A BLOOD DRIVE AT RED ROCK CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL IN LAMBERTON, WITH HOURS FROM 8:00 UNTIL 2:00.   DONORS SHOULD BE AT LEAST 17-YEARS-OLD, OR 16 WITH PARENTAL PERMISSION.  DONORS SHOULD WEIGH AT LEAST 110 POUNDS AND BE IN GOOD GENERAL HEALTH.   
 
A REGULAR MEETING OF THE JEFFERS CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD LAST WEEK.   A REPRESENTATIVE FROM AMBOY TOWNSHIP DISCUSSED A PROPOSAL TO EXTEND A STREET; THE COUNCIL INDICATED SUPPORT FOR THE IDEA.  THE COUNCIL APPROVED A WARRANTY DEED WITH THE RED ROCK RURAL WATER SYSTEM.  A FUND TRANSFER WAS APPROVED FROM THE GENERAL FUND TO THE SEWER FUND.  THE COUNCIL APPROVED TOBACCO, LIQUOR AND CIGARETTE LICENSES FOR THE SLIPPER INN, AND APPROVED A CHARITABLE GAMBLING PERMIT.   
 
A REGULAR MEETING OF THE WESTBROOK-WALNUT GROVE SCHOOL BOARD WAS HELD THIS WEEK.  AN OPENING WAS POSTED FOR A 5TH AND 6TH-GRADE TEACHER.  THE BOARD APPROVED A PLAN TO EXTEND THE SCHOOL DAY BY 30 MINUTES A DAY, FROM MARCH 11TH THROUGH THE 29TH, TO MAKE UP TIME LOST DUE TO BAD WEATHER.  NEW CONTRACTS FOR SERVICES WERE APPROVED WITH THE SOUTHWEST-WEST CENTRAL SERVICE COOPERATIVE.   
 
THE HERON LAKE-OKABENA SCHOOL BOARD MET THIS WEEK.   THE SCHOOL CALENDAR WAS ADJUSTED TO MAKE UP TIME LOST DUE TO BAD WEATHER.  TWO ADDITIONAL DAYS WERE ADDED TO THE END OF THE SCHOOL YEAR.  A NEW THREE-YEAR CONTRACT WAS APPROVED WITH SUPERINTENDENT PAUL BANG.  NEW CONTRACTS FOR SERVICES WERE APPROVED WITH THE SOUTHWEST-WEST CENTRAL SERVICE COOPERATIVE.  THE COST WILL GO UP SLIGHTLY.  AN AUTISM CONSULTANT WAS HIRED.  THE BOARD APPROVED A FUND-RAISER FOR THE SENIOR CLASS TRIP.      
 
THE TOTALS HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED FOR THE 2018 WINDOM UNITED DRIVE.    THE DRIVE BROUGHT IN A TOTAL OF JUST OVER 16-THOUSAND-800-DOLLARS IN DONATIONS.  AFTER EXPENSES, THE UNITED DRIVE WILL BE DISBURSING JUST OVER 14-THOUSAND-400-DOLLARS TO 36 DIFFERENT GROUPS AND ORGANIZATIONS.  AMONG THE HIGHER AMOUNTS, THE WINDOM SHARING CENTER AND ‘BARC’ WILL EACH RECEIVE JUST OVER 1-THOUSAND-DOLLARS.  COTTONWOOD COUNTY 4-H, MEALS WITH WHEELS, AND THE YOUTH HOCKEY ASSOCIATION WILL RECEIVE MORE THAN 900-DOLLARS.  
                                                                 
THE FEDERATED RURAL ELECTRIC ASSOCIATION HAS ANNOUNCED THE GRAND PRIZE WINNER IN ITS YOUTH TOUR CONTEST.   LYDIA STEINHAUS OF FAIRMONT WILL RECEIVE A FREE TRIP TO WASHINGTON, D-C THIS SUMMER.  STEINHAUS IS A JUNIOR AT MARTIN LUTHER HIGH SCHOOL IN NORTHRUP.  2ND PLACE, WITH A $150 CASH PRIZE, WENT TO AMBER RUTHENBECK OF OKABENA, A SOPHOMORE AT HERON LAKE-OKABENA HIGH SCHOOL.  3RD PLACE, WITH A $100 CASH PRIZE, WENT TO EMILY STAUTER OF WELCOME, A SOPHOMORE AT GRANADA-HUNTLEY-EAST CHAIN HIGH SCHOOL.  
 
THE COMMUNITY BLOOD BANK WILL HOST A BLOOD DRIVE MONDAY AT WINDOM AREA HEALTH.  DONATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED ON MONDAY FROM 10:00 UNTIL 1:00, AND 2:30 UNTIL 5:00PM.  DONORS MUST BE 17, OR 16 WITH PARENTAL PERMISSION.  DONORS MUST WEIGH AT LEAST 110 POUNDS AND BE IN GOOD GENERAL HEALTH.  YOU WILL NEED TO SHOW IDENTIFICATION AT CHECK-IN.  THE COMMUNITY BLOOD BANK, BASED IN SIOUX FALLS, IS THE SOLE SUPPLIER OF BLOOD AND BLOOD PRODUCTS FOR WINDOM AREA HEALTH AND OTHER LOCAL MEDICAL FACILITIES.