Local News Headlines – Tuesday, January 14th

A MT LAKE RESIDENT HAS WON $1-MILLION FROM THE STATE LOTTERY.     ON DECEMBER 18TH, JOHN ENGSTROM OF MT LAKE PURCHASED A ‘POWERBALL’ TICKET AT A CONVENIENCE STORE IN MANKATO.  ENGSTROM FORGOT ABOUT THE TICKET UNTIL CHRISTMAS EVE, WHEN HE DISCOVERED THE TICKET IN HIS COAT POCKET WHILE DOING LAUNDRY.  HE CHECKED THE NUMBERS AND FOUND THAT THE TICKET HAD MATCHED THE FIRST FIVE NUMBERS, GIVING ENGSTROM A $1-MILLION PRIZE.   THERE ARE NINE DIFFERENT WAYS TO WIN ON POWERBALL, DEPENDING ON HOW MANY NUMBERS ARE MATCHED.  TO WIN THE GRAND PRIZE, A TICKET MUST MATCH THE FIRST FIVE NUMBERS AND THE ‘POWERBALL’ NUMBER. 
                                                                   
A SUPER-REGIONAL JUNIOR-HIGH KNOWLEDGE BOWL MEET WAS HELD THURSDAY AT SOUTHWEST MINNESOTA STATE UNIVERSITY IN MARSHALL.  THERE WERE 42 TEAMS FROM 28 SCHOOL DISTRICTS.  1ST PLACE WENT TO A TEAM FROM GLENCOE-SILVER LAKE.  MONTEVIDEO WAS 2ND, WITH JACKSON COUNTY CENTRAL 3RD AND LAKEVIEW 4TH.  TEAMS FROM CEDAR MOUNTAIN AND WESTBROOK-WALNUT GROVE TIED FOR 5TH PLACE.  A TEAM FROM THE MT LAKE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL TIED FOR 7TH PLACE.  OTHER TEAMS IN THE MEET WERE FROM FULDA, MT LAKE PUBLIC SCHOOL AND WINDOM.    THIS IS THE FINAL MEET OF THE SEASON FOR JUNIOR-HIGH KNOWLEDGE BOWL TEAMS. 
 
WINDOM AREA HEALTH IS PRESENTING A PROGRAM DEALING WITH DIET TRENDS AND ALTERNATIVES.  THERE WILL BE TWO SESSIONS – ONE IN WINDOM AND ONE IN MT LAKE.  THE WINDOM SESSION WILL BE HELD THIS FRIDAY AT NOON IN THE LARGE CONFERENCE ROOM AT WINDOM AREA HEALTH.  THE MT LAKE SESSION WILL BE HELD ON THURSDAY, JANUARY 31ST AT NOON AT THE CENTER POINT CHURCH.   TWO REGISTERED DIETICIANS WILL DISCUSS THE PROS AND CONS OF VARIOUS DIET TRENDS.  THEY WILL ALSO DISCUSS HOW PEOPLE SHOULD CHOOSE A DIET THAT MEETS THEIR HEALTH NEEDS.  TO SIGN UP FOR EITHER SESSION, CALL EMILY TODAY AT WINDOM AREA HEALTH AT 831-0625.  
 
THE CITY OF WINDOM IS REMINDING RESIDENTS TO KEEP THEIR SIDEWALKS CLEAR DURING THE WINTER.   UNDER A CITY ORDINANCE, PROPERTY OWNERS ARE REQUIRED TO REMOVE ALL SNOW AND ICE FROM ANY PUBLIC SIDEWALK ABUTTING THEIR PROPERTY WITHIN 12 HOURS AFTER THE STORM HAS ENDED.  IF SIDEWALKS ARE NOT CLEARED, THE CITY HAS THE RIGHT TO DO THE WORK THEMSELVES, AND THE COST OF SNOW REMOVAL WILL BE CHARGED BACK TO THE PROPERTY OWNER.  IN A RELATED NOT, IT IS A VIOLATION OF A CITY ORDINANCE TO DEPOSIT SNOW ONTO A CITY STREET OR DUMP SNOW ONTO ANY OTHER CITY-OWNED PROPERTY.    
 
 ANOTHER EFFORT IS BEING MADE TO ORGANIZE A WINDOM COMMUNITY FOUNDATION.    A MEETING WILL BE HELD AT ‘BARC’ IN WINDOM THIS WEDNESDAY AT 5:30PM.  ALL LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS ARE INVITED TO SEND A REPRESENTATIVE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE PROPOSAL.  A COMMUNITY FOUNDATION WOULD BE ESTABLISHED AS A NON-PROFIT ENTITY, MAKING IT ELIGIBLE TO SOLICIT DONATIONS AND PROVIDE GRANTS TO ASSIST COMMUNITY PROJECT.  A BOARD OF DIRECTORS WOULD BE ELECTED TO OVERSEE FUND-RAISING EFFORTS AND DETERMINE HOW THE FUNDS WILL BE USED.  AN OUTSIDE GROUP WILL BE PROVIDING LEGAL AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE.   
 
THE COTTONWOOD COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY HAS ANNOUNCED THE WINNERS FOR THE 2019 “FESTIVAL OF TREES.”  THIS YEAR’S WINNER WAS THE TREE SUBMITTED BY THE WINDOM COTTON QUILTERS.   THE THEME WAS “Stockings Hung with Care.”  2ND PLACE WENT TO THE TREE FROM THE 1ST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, “The Gift of Giving.”  AND THE 3RD-PLACE WINNER WAS THE TREE FROM THE WINDOM SERVICE CLUB, “Nature’s Christmas.”  THERE WERE 13 TREES ON DISPLAY DURING DECEMBER IN THE REMICK GALLERY AT THE HISTORICAL MUSEUM IN WINDOM.  PEOPLE VIEWING THE EXHIBIT VOTED FOR THEIR FAVORITE TREE.  THE WINNERS RECEIVE WINDOM CHAMBER BUCKS.