Local News Headlines – Wednesday, March 25th

THE HY VEE GROCERY STORE IN WINDOM HAS ANNOUNCED MORE CHANGES DUE TO THE COVID-19 VIRUS OUTBREAK.  HY VEE IS RESERVING ONE HOUR OF SHOPPING TIME EACH DAY FOR CUSTOMERS WHO ARE AT A HIGHER RISK, INCLUDING PEOPLE OVER 60, PEOPLE WITH UNDERLYING HEALTH CONDITIONS, OR PREGNANT WOMEN.  THEY WILL BE ABLE TO SHOP FROM 7:00 TO 8:00AM SEVEN DAYS A WEEK.  REGULAR STORE HOURS ARE NOW FROM 8:00AM TO 8:00PM, ALLOWING EMPLOYEES TIME TO CLEAN AND SANITIZE THE STORE AND RESTOCK ITEMS.  ALL DINING AREAS ARE CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC.  THE KITCHEN WILL PREPARE MEALS FOR TAKE-OUT ONLY.   
 
THE WINDOM E-D-A HELD A SPECIAL MEETING ON FRIDAY.   A BUSINESS IS INTERESTED IN PURCHASING THE EAST 40-ACRE SECTION OF THE PHASE II ADDITION TO THE NORTH WINDOM INDUSTRIAL PARK.   THE E-D-A WENT INTO CLOSED SESSION.  AFTER RETURNING TO OPEN SESSION, THE E-D-A CONFIRMED THAT A SALE PRICE HAS BEEN SET FOR THE PARCEL AND THERE IS A CONCENSUS TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THE SALE ONCE DETAILS ARE FINALIZED.  THE PROCEEDS OF THE SALE COULD BE USED TO HELP DEVELOP NEW HOUSING OPTIONS OR FOR DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS ON THE EAST HIGHWAY 60 CORRIDOR.  THE E-D-A WILL WORK WITH MINN-DOT TO DEVELOP AN ACCESS ROAD FOR THE EAST HIGHWAY 60 DEVELOPMENT AREA.   
 
THE WINDOM SCHOOL DISTRICT HAS ANNOUNCED THE POLICY IT WILL FOLLOW IF DISTANCE LEARNING IS REQUIRED FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD.  FOR ELEMENTARY STUDENTS, PRINTED MATERIALS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR DRIVE-THROUGH PICKUP TODAY FROM 1:00 TO 5:30 AND THURSDAY FROM 7:30AM TO 4:00PM.  WAIT IN YOUR CAR AND A STAFF MEMBER WILL BRING YOU A PACKET OF MATERIAL.  A DAILY LEARNING PLAN WILL BE SHARED WITH FAMILIES THROUGH A DAILY E-MAIL ON THE STUDENTS’ I-PADS.  STUDENTS WILL USE APPS TO TURN IN THEIR WORK.  TEACHERS MAY BE CONTACTED BY E-MAIL OR BY USING ‘GOOGLE MEET.’  FAMILIES WHO DO NOT HAVE INTERNET ACCESS OR E-MAIL SHOULD CALL THE SCHOOL OFFICE.   
 
WINDOM AREA HEALTH IS CONTINUING TO ADJUST ITS PROCEDURES TO DEAL WITH THE COVID-19 VIRUS OUTBREAK.   AT THIS TIME, PATIENTS AND VISITORS MAY ENTER ONLY THROUGH THE MAIN ENTRANCE AND THE EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT.  EVENINGS AND WEEKENDS, ALL PATIENTS AND VISITORS WILL ENTER THROUGH THE EMERGENCY ENTRANCE.  EVERYONE WILL BE SCREENED AND THEIR TEMPERATURE WILL BE TAKEN.  VISITING HOURS ARE RESTRICTED TO 8:00AM TO 6:00PM MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY AND 7:00AM TO NOON SATURDAY AND SUNDAY.  ONLY ONE FAMILY MEMBER OR CAREGIVER MAY VISIT A PATIENT.  THE WELLNESS CENTER AND CAFETERIA ARE CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC. 
 
THE WINDOM SCHOOL BOARD HELD A WORK-SESSION THIS WEEK.    THE MEETING WAS CONDUCTED THROUGH A ZOOM VIDEO CONFERENCE.  THE BOARD APPROVED PAYMENT OF JUST OVER $1.6-MILLION IN CONTRACTORS’ BILLS FOR WORK ON BUILDING PROJECTS.  A CHANGE ORDER WAS APPROVED TO ADD FIRE-RATED WINDOW FRAMES FOR THE CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION PROJECT AT THE HIGH SCHOOL.  BIDS WERE APPROVED TO PURCHASE FURNITURE FOR THE NEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL.  THE TOTAL COST CAME TO JUST OVER $502-THOUSAND.  THE BOARD RECOGNIZED THE WINFAIR ELEMENTARY KITCHEN STAFF FOR RECEIVING A FOOD SAFETY EXCELLENCE AWARD. 
 
THE MT LAKE CITY COUNCIL WILL HOLD A SPECIAL MEETING AT NOON THURSDAY.    THE MEETING IS BEING HELD THROUGH A CONFERENCE CALL DUE TO THE COVID-19 VIRUS OUTBREAK.  THE COUNCIL AND CITY STAFF WILL REVIEW A PROPOSED “CONTINUITY OF OPERATIONS” PLAN FOR THE CITY OF MT LAKE.  THE PLAN WOULD BE USED IN THE EVENT THAT THE GOVERNOR ISSUES A ‘SHELTER IN PLACE’ ORDER.   THE MT LAKE CITY COUNCIL WILL ALSO DISCUSS A TEMPORARY SICK-LEAVE POLICY FOR CITY EMPLOYEES.