Local News Headlines – Friday, October 4th

THE MONTHLY WEATHER STATISTICS HAVE BEEN REPORTED FOR THE CITY OF WINDOM IN SEPTEMBER.   TOTAL RAINFALL FOR THE MONTH CAME TO 5.11” WITH MEASUREABLE PRECIP ON 10 DAYS.   FOR THE YEAR TO DATE, WINDOM HAS RECEIVED 33.8” OF TOTAL PRECIPITATION – ABOUT 4” LESS THAN THE SAME TIME LAST YEAR.  THE HIGH TEMPERATURE FOR SEPTEMBER WAS 90-DEGREES ON THE 18TH.  THE AVERAGE DAILY HIGH TEMP WAS 76.6 DEGREES.  THE LOW TEMPERATURE WAS 45 DEGREES ON SEPTEMBER 28TH, WITH AN AVERAGE DAILY LOW READING OF 57.4 DEGREES.   
 
THE WINDOM COMMUNITY CENTER IS PREPARING FOR A CELEBRATION OF ITS 20TH ANNIVERSARY.   THE OPEN HOUSE WILL BE HELD ON THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10TH FROM 5:30 UNTIL 8:00PM.  ACTIVITIES WILL INCLUDE BLOW-UP TOYS FOR CHILDREN, ADULT-SIZE GAMES, FINGER FOODS, MUSIC WITH A D-J, A BEER-TASTING EVENT, AND A CASH BAR.  MEMBERS OF THE WINDOM FIRE DEPARTMENT AND POLICE DEPARTMENT WILL BE PRESENT WITH INFORMATIONAL BOOTHS.   THE WINDOM COMMUNITY CENTER OPENED IN 1999.  THE FACILITY HOSTS A VARIETY OF SMALL AND LARGE-GROUP EVENTS DURING THE YEAR.   
 
THE FEDERATED RURAL ELECTRIC ASSOCIATION HAS PRESENTED DONATIONS TO TWO LOCAL HISTORICAL SOCIETIES.  THE JACKSON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY AND THE MARTIN COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY WILL EACH RECEIVE A DONATION OF $7,500.  FEDERATED R-E-A IS DONATING $2,500 TO EACH GROUP.  MATCHING FUNDS ARE BEING PROVIDED BY TWO ORGANIZATIONS – THE ‘CO-BANK’ PROGRAM AND THE BASIN ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE.   THE JACKSON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY IS WORKING ON A FUND-RAISING CAMPAIGN TO BUILD AN ADDITION ONTO THEIR CURRENT SITE IN LAKEFIELD.   
 
THE WINDOM CITY COUNCIL MET THIS WEEK.     SHELBY MEDINA FROM WINDOM AREA HEALTH GAVE A PRESENTATION, RECAPPING ACTIVITY DURING THE LAST THREE YEARS.  THE NET FINANCIAL POSITION HAS INCREASED FROM $17.8-MILLION TO $19.1-MILLION.  TOTAL ASSETS ARE NOW AT $33.5-MILLION.  A NUMBER OF NEW SERVICES HAVE BEEN ADDED, INCLUDING TOTAL JOINT REPLACEMENT SURGERY, THE WOUND CARE CENTER, NEW OUTREACH PROGRAMS, THE BE WELL FITNESS PATH, AND THE MEDICAL CAREERS CLASS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH WINDOM AREA HIGH SCHOOL.  WINDOM AREA HEALTH IS REVIEWING OPTIONS FOR MORE SERVICES TO BE ADDED IN THE FUTURE.   
 
THE “HAUNTED SGHOUL HOUSE” IS BEING HELD AT BARC IN WINDOM IN OCTOBER.    THIS YEAR’S THEME IS “DEVIL’S HOLE PENTITENTIARY,” USING A HAUNTED JAIL SETTING.  GUIDED TOURS WILL BE OFFERED ON FRIDAYS AND SATURDAYS STARTING OCTOBER 11TH AND 12TH.  THERE WILL BE FOUR TOURS EACH NIGHT, WITH A LIMIT OF 50 PEOPLE FOR EACH TOUR.  TOURS WILL BEGIN AT THE SUN BOWL AND MOVE TO BARC.  TICKETS ARE $10 IN ADVANCE AND $15 AT THE DOOR.  T-SHIRTS ARE AVAILABLE FOR SALE.  TICKET STUBS MAY BE USED FOR DISCOUNTS AT PARTICIPATING BUSINESSES.   
 
NEXT WEEK IS NATIONAL FIRE PREVENTION WEEK.   THE THEME IS “NOT EVERY HERO WEARS A CAPE.  PLAN AND PRACTICE YOUR ESCAPE.”  THE WINDOM VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT WILL BE HAVING ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENTS COME TO THE EMERGENCY SERVICE FACILITY FOR TOURS.  THEY WILL VISIT SOME PRE-SCHOOL CLASSES IN PERSON.  ON WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 9TH, THE FIRE DEPARTMENT WILL HOLD A CITY-WIDE FIRE DRILL.  FAMILIES SHOULD PRACTICE THEIR ESCAPE PLANS, AND HAVE A PLACE TO MEET OUTSIDE THE HOUSE.  ON SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13TH, THE FIRE DEPARTMENT WILL HAVE AN OPEN HOUSE AND PANCAKE FEED AT THE EMERGENCY SERVICES FACILITY. 
 
FULDA HIGH SCHOOL IS HOLDING ITS HOMECOMING NEXT WEEK.  CORONATION WILL TAKE PLACE AT 10:30 MONDAY MORNING IN THE HIGH SCHOOL GYM.  THE QUEEN CANDIDATES ARE CHALYN DIERKS, KELSEY FUERSTENBERG, KHLOE GEHL AND CASSIDY HOLINKA.  THE KING CANDIDATES ARE ISAAC CHEPA, JOE FISCHER, MASON KUNNERTH AND TYLER MADISON.  HOMECOMING ACTIVITIES WILL CONTINUE DURING THE WEEK WITH DAILY DRESS-UP THEMES AND EVENTS.  THE HOMECOMING FOOTBALL GAME NEXT FRIDAY WILL SEE HERON LAKE-OKABENA/FULDA FACING MT LAKE AREA WITH THE GAME PLAYED IN FULDA.  THERE WILL BE A DANCE AFTER THE GAME.