Local News Headlines – Wednesday, February 12th

THE COTTONWOOD COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MET LAST WEEK.  THE BOARD APPROVED A 2020 EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT GRANT.  BEKAH SAFFERT WAS APPOINTED AS THE 2020 CAMP HOST AT TALCOT PARK.  THE BOARD APPROVED THE PURCHASE OF A NEW PICKUP TRUCK FOR THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT.  A LIQUOR LICENSE WAS RENEWED FOR THE MT LAKE GOLF COURSE.  THE BOARD AGREED TO PROVIDE UP TO $1,000 IN EXPENSES TO ASSIST WITH THE 2020 FEDERAL CENSUS.  SEVERAL PERSONNEL MATTERS WERE HANDLED.  AN OPENING WAS POSTED FOR AN I-T TECHNICIAN.  THE BOARD REVIEWED A CLAIM FOR DAMAGES TO A MOTOR VEHICLE.  THEY VOTED TO DENY THE REQUEST.   
 
THE WINDOM SCHOOL BOARD HELD A REGULAR MEETING THIS WEEK.   THE BOARD APPROVED A REVISED BUDGET FOR THE 2020 FISCAL YEAR.  THE BUDGET WAS ADJUSTED TO REFLECT HIGHER ENROLLMENT, WITH A FULL-TIME EQUIVALENT OF 1,121 STUDENTS.   THE NEW BUDGET SHOWS ROUGHLY 200-THOUSAND-DOLLARS IN ADDITIONAL INCOME, INCREASING THE DISTRICT FUND BALANCE.   THE BOARD APPROVED THE ADDITION OF SEVERAL NON-TEACHING POSITIONS, INCLUDING A NEW OFFICE POSITION AND NEW CUSTODIAL POSITIONS.  A CALENDAR WAS APPROVED FOR THE 2020-21 SCHOOL YEAR.  THE FIRST DAY OF CLASS WILL BE ON SEPTEMBER 14TH TO ALLOW MORE TIME TO COMPLETE SUMMER CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS. 
 
A SENIOR-HIGH KNOWLEDGE BOWL MEET WAS HELD MONDAY IN SLAYTON.   THERE WERE 30 TEAMS FROM 12 AREA SCHOOLS.   A TEAM FROM ADRIAN TOOK 1ST PLACE, WITH MURRAY COUNTY CENTRAL 2ND AND JACKSON COUNTY CENTRAL 3RD.  A TEAM FROM WINDOM TOOK 4TH PLACE WITH 33 POINTS.   MT LAKE HAD TWO TEAMS IN THE MEET, FINISHING IN 6TH AND 7TH PLACE.  TEAMS FROM RED ROCK CENTRAL FINISHED IN 11TH AND 12TH PLACE.  WINDOM HAD A SECOND TEAM IN THE MEET, FINISHING IN 18TH PLACE.   THERE WERE ALSO TEAMS FROM FULDA AND WESTBROOK-WALNUT GROVE.   ANOTHER SENIOR-HIGH KNOWLEDGE BOWL MEET WILL BE HELD NEXT MONDAY IN FULDA.   
 
THE MURRAY COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY WILL HOLD ANOTHER ‘LUNCHBOX LECTURE’ PROGRAM THIS WEEK.   THE EVENT WILL BE HELD AT NOON THURSDAY AT THE 4-H BUILDING ON THE COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS IN SLAYTON.  THERE IS A $3 COST TO ATTEND, BUT THE PROGRAM IS FREE FOR MEMBERS OF THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY.  PEOPLE MAY BRING THEIR OWN LUNCH.  COFFEE, TEA AND COCOA WILL BE AVAILABLE.  THIS MONTH’S LECTURE WILL BE PRESENTED BY JANET TIMMERMAN.  THE TITLE IS “ARDENT SPIRITS – THE WOMEN’S CHRISTIAN TEMPERANCE UNION.”  THE W-C-T-U WAS ONE OF THE ORGANIZATIONS THAT LED THE EFFORT TO BAN THE SALE OF ALCOHOL, LEADING TO THE PASSAGE OF PROHIBITION NI THE 1920’S.   
 
THE DES MOINES VALLEY HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES AGENCY WILL HOLD A BOARD MEETING AT 9:00 THURSDAY MORNING IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM AT THE COTTONWOOD COUNTY LAW ENFORCEMENT CENTER IN WINDOM.    THE BOARD WILL HEAR A REPORT FROM THE DIRECTOR OF THE SOUTHWESTERN MENTAL HEALTH CENTER.  THEY WILL REVIEW A PROPOSAL DEALING WITH A NEW CONTRACT FOR CUSTODIAL SERVICES.  THE BOARD MAY APPROVE THE PURCHASE OF TWO NEW VANS TO REPLACE OLDER VEHICLES.  THE BOARD WILL CONSIDER APPROVING A CHANGE OF STATUS FOR AN EMPLOYEE WHO HAS COMPLETED THEIR PROBATIONARY PERIOD.