Local News Headlines – Wednesday, January 15th

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. 
 
THE MT LAKE CITY COUNCIL RECENTLY APPROVED A SEPARATION AGREEMENT WITH THE CITY STREET SUPERINTENDENT.   LAST THURSDAY, A SPECIAL MEETING OF THE MT LAKE CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD TO CONSIDER A PERSONNEL ISSUE.  FOLLOWING A CLOSED SESSION, A SEPARATION AGREEMENT WAS PREPARED BETWEEN THE CITY OF MT LAKE AND STREET SUPERINTENDENT RICK OELTJENBRUNS.  THE AGREEMENT WAS REVIEWED BY A LABOR UNION REPRESENTATIVE AND THE CITY COUNCIL.   THERE WERE NO ADDITIONAL COMMENTS OR QUESTIONS.  THE COUNCIL VOTED UNANIMOUSLY TO APPROVE A SEPARATION AGREEMENT BETWEEN RICK OELTJENBRUNS AND THE CITY OF MT LAKE. 
 
THE WINDOM SCHOOL BOARD HELD A REGULAR MEETING THIS WEEK.   ELECTION OF OFFICERS WAS HELD, WITH ALL OFFICERS BEING RE-ELECTED.  BOARD SALARIES WERE SET WITH A 3% INCREASE IN THE ANNUAL STIPEND.  A NUMBER OF OTHER ORGANIZATIONAL ITEMS WERE HANDLED.   PUBLIC HEARINGS WERE HELD ON TWO APPLICATIONS FOR RESIDENTIAL HOUSING TAX ABATEMENTS.  FOLLOWING THE HEARINGS, THE BOARD APPROVED ABATEMENTS FOR NEW HOMES BEING BUILT BY DUSTIN THOM AND ORVILLE WOJAHN.  A NUMBER OF DONATIONS TO THE SCHOOL DISTRICT WERE ACCEPTED.  ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS WERE PRESENTED.  THE HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL HIGHLIGHTED SOME UPCOMING EVENTS. 
                                                          
LET’S CHECK MORE OF THE SPECIAL EVENTS TAKING PLACE IN JANUARY.   THIS THURSDAY, THE MT LAKE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WILL BE HOLDING A SPELLING BEE.  THE WINDOM CHORDHUSTLERS CHORUS WILL HOST THE ANNUAL “YOUTH IN HARMONY” WORKSHOP AND CONCERT THIS SATURDAY.   THE COTTONWOOD COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY WILL HOLD AN OPENING RECEPTION ON SUNDAY FOR A NEW EXHIBIT, FEATURING THE ANNUAL PHOTO SHOW.  THE PRAIRIE WIND FOLK MUSIC ASSOCIATION WILL PRESENT A FREE CONCERT WITH MUSICIAN PHYLLIS TANNER-FRYE ON SUNDAY AT THE ‘BARC’ LIBRARY.  MONDAY IS THE MARTIN LUTHER KING, Junior HOLIDAY.  THE WINDOM AND MT LAKE SCHOOL DISTRICTS WILL BE HOLDING STAFF DEVELOPMENT DAYS.   
                                                              
A NUMBER OF PEOPLE HAVE BEEN APPOINTED OR RE-APPOINTED TO VARIOUS WINDOM CITY BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS.   THE APPOINTMENTS WERE MADE BY WINDOM MAYOR DOMINIC JONES AND APPROVED BY THE WINDOM CITY COUNCIL AT ITS LAST MEETING.   MEMBERS WERE APPOINTED OR RE-APPOINTED TO THE LIBRARY BOARD, THE HOUSING AND REDEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY, THE COMMUNITY CENTER COMMISSION, THE PARK AND RECREATION COMMISSION, THE TELE-COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION, THE UTILITY COMMISSION AND THE TREE COMMISSION.   SEVERAL POSITIONS ON THOSE BOARDS REMAIN OPEN.  POTENTIAL CANDIDATES SHOULD CONTACT THE MAYOR OR A CITY COUNCIL MEMBER.