Local News Headlines – Tuesday, September 10th

THE COTTONWOOD COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS WILL HOLD A WORK-SESSION AT 9:00 THIS MORNING IN THE BOARD ROOM AT THE COUNTY COURTHOUSE IN WINDOM.   BOARD MEMBERS WILL BE DISCUSSING A PROPOSED 2020 COUNTY BUDGET.  A FINAL COUNTY BUDGET WILL BE ADOPTED AND THE FINAL 2020 PROPERTY TAX LEVY WILL BE CERTIFIED IN DECEMBER.   
 
WINDOM-NET HAS RELEASED MORE INFORMATION ON A RECENT INTERRUPTION OF VIDEO SERVICE.  LAST WEDNESDAY, WINDOM-NET WAS WORKING WITH ITS VIDEO TRANSPORT VENDOR ON A CHANNEL CHANGE, MOVING K-S-T-C TV FROM CHANNEL 45 TO CHANNEL 30.  THERE WAS AN ISSUE WITH THE EQUIPMENT BEING USED BY A 3RD-PARTY VENDOR.  THAT RESULTED IN A LOSS OF THE FEED THAT PROVIDES THE TWIN CITIES T-V CHANNELS.   THE CHANNELS WERE NOT AVAILABLE FOR ABOUT FOUR HOURS.   THE MANAGER OF THE VIDEO TRANSPORT SERVICE CALLED WINDOM-NET TO APOLOGIZE FOR THE OUTAGE. 
 
THE WINDOM SCHOOL DISTRICT WILL HOST AN APPEARANCE BY A MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER THIS WEEK.  JACK ZIMMERMAN WILL BE SPEAKING TO THE MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS AT 2:15 WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON IN THE NEW GYM.  THIS EVENT IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.  IF YOU ARE ATTENDING, USE THE NEW GYM LOBBY ENTRANCE AND SITE IN THE FIRST SECTION OF BLEACHERS ON EITHER SIDE OF THE GYM.  JACK ZIMMERMAN WAS SERVING WITH THE U-S ARMY WHEN HE STEPPED ON AN I-E-D AND SUSTAINED SEVERE INJURIES.  HE NOW SHARES HIS STORY WITH OTHERS WHILE DISCUSSING HOW HE DEALT WITH ADVERSITY AND FOUND A NEW DIRECTION FOR HIS LIFE.   
 
THE COTTONWOOD COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MET LAST WEEK.    CERTIFICATES OF RECOGNITION WERE PRESENTED TO LEANN JOHNSON AND ASHLEY SOLETA FOR THEIR EFFORTS TO RESTORE THE STONE HOUSE AT PAT’S GROVE PARK.  THE BOARD SET SEASONAL CAMPING RATES FOR 2020 AT TALCOT LAKE PARK.  THEY APPROVED THE PURCHASE OF A NEW ROAD SWEEPER UNIT.  THE BOARD APPROVED A LIST OF HEALTH INSURANCE PLANS THAT WILL BE OFFERED TO COUNTY EMPLOYEES IN 2020.  THE BOARD DISCUSSED SOME 2020 DEPARTMENTAL BUDGETS.   
 
THE DES MOINES VALLEY HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES AGENCY WILL HOLD A BOARD MEETING AT 9:00 WEDNESDAY MORNING AT THE LAW ENFORCEMENT CENTER IN WINDOM.   THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR WILL HAVE A REPORT ON MANAGED CARE PROCUREMENT.  THE PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT WILL REVIEW AN AGREEMENT BETWEEN WINDOM AREA HEALTH AND THE STATEWIDE HEALTH IMPROVEMENT PLAN.   THE FISCAL DEPARTMENT WILL PRESENT A PRELIMINARY 2020 BUDGET REPORT.  THE BOARD WILL REVIEW HEALTH INSURANCE PLANS.