Local News Headlines – Thursday, November 7th

THE WINDOM CITY COUNCIL MET THIS WEEK.   THEY REVIEWED A FEASIBILITY REPORT ON THE 2020 STREET PROJECT.  AT THIS TIME, THE PROJECT HAS AN ESTIMATED COST OF JUST OVER $5.1-MILLION IF ALL ALTERNATES ARE INCLUDED.  A PUBLIC HEARING ON THE PROJECT WAS SCHEDULED FOR DECEMBER 17TH.  THE COUNCIL APPROVED AN INCREASE IN THE ANNUAL BENEFIT FOR THE FIREFIGHTERS’ RELIEF ASSOCIATION.  ETHAN JACOBS WAS HIRED AS A MAINTENANCE PERSON AT THE COMMUNITY CENTER.  WATER-WASTEWATER SUPERINTENDENT MIKE HAUGEN SUBMITTED HIS NOTICE OF RETIREMENT.  A BUDGET WORKSHOP WAS SCHEDULED FOR NOVEMBER 19TH.   
 
THREE AREA SCHOOL DISTRICTS HELD ELECTIONS ON TUESDAY.  THE JACKSON COUNTY CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT APPROVED A BUILDING REFERENDUM WITH 60% VOTING YES.  THE MEASURE CALLS FOR A $35-MILLION BOND FOR A NEW MIDDLE-SCHOOL BUILDING IN LAKEFIELD.   THE WORTHINGTON SCHOOL DISTRICT APPROVED THREE BALLOT QUESTIONS BY NARROW MARGINS.  THE DISTRICT WILL ISSUE $34-MILLION IN BONDS TO BUILD A NEW INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL, AND WILL RE-FINANCE $14-MILLION IN DEBT TO MAKE THE PROJECT ELIGIBLE FOR THE STATE AG TO SCHOOL TAX CREDIT.   THE MT LAKE SCHOOL DISTRICT HAD A SCHOOL BOARD ELECTION, WITH ALL FOUR INCUMBENTS BEING RE-ELECTED. 
 
A HOLIDAY WINE-TASTING EVENT IS BEING HELD AT THE WINDOM COMMUNITY CENTER THIS FRIDAY FROM 6:00 TO 8:00PM, HOSTED BY RIVER BEND LIQUOR.  TICKETS ARE $15 EACH, AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR.  PEOPLE WILL BE ABLE TO SAMPLE NUMEROUS WINES PROVIDED BY MULTIPLE VENDORS.  A LIMITED NUMBER OF PEOPLE WILL RECEIVE A KEEPSAKE WINE GLASS AS A DOOR PRIZE.  PALATE CLEANSERS WILL BE PROVIDED BY “CAKES AND CATERING,” INCLUDING CRACKERS, PINWHEELS AND CAPRESE SKEWERS.  THIS IS A COME-AND-GO EVENT.  PEOPLE MAY STAY FOR A SHORT TIME OR AS LONG AS THEY LIKE.  
 
THE MONTHLY WEATHER STATISTICS HAVE BEEN REPORTED FOR THE CITY OF WINDOM IN OCTOBER.  TOTAL PRECIPITATION FOR THE MONTH CAME TO 5.47.”  THERE WAS A TRACE OF SNOW ON ONE DAY, BUT NO MEASUREABLE SNOWFALL.  FOR THE YEAR TO DATE, WINDOM HAS NOW RECEIVED 39.31” OF TOTAL PRECIPITATION – ABOUT AN INCH LESS THAN LAST YEAR.  THE HIGH TEMPERATURE FOR OCTOBER WAS 88-DEGREES ON THE 1ST DAY OF THE MONTH.  THE AVERAGE DAILY HIGH READING WAS 55.4-DEGREES.   THE LOW TEMPERATURE FOR THE MONTH WAS 16-DEGREES ON THE 31ST.  THE AVERAGE DAILY LOW READING WAS 37.5-DEGREES.   
 
THIS IS WINTER HAZARD AWARENESS WEEK IN MINNESOTA.   TODAY’S TOPIC IS INDOOR WINTER SAFETY.  CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING CAN HAPPEN AT ANY TIME OF THE YEAR, BUT THE RISK IS GREATER DURING THE WINTER WHEN DOORS AND WINDOWS ARE CLOSED AND HEATING SYSTEMS ARE BEING USED.   ALL HOMES SHOULD HAVE CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING.  HOMES SHOULD ALSO BE TESTED FOR RADON – A NATURALLY-OCCURRING GAS THAT CAN BUILD UP ON BASEMENTS.  THERE ARE ALSO CONCERNS ABOUT MOLD DURING THE WINTER.  MOLD GROWTH CAN LEAD TO HEALTH PROBLEMS.