Local News Headlines – Friday, July 31

AS WE CONTINUE TO DEAL WITH THE COVID-19 VIRUS, THERE ARE STILL QUESTIONS ABOUT TESTING.    THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH HAS RECOMMENDED THAT TESTING BE DONE BASED ON A SET OF PRIORITIES.  PEOPLE AT THE HIGHEST NEED FOR TESTING INCLUDE PATIENTS WHO ARE ALREADY HOSPITALIZED; HEALTH-CARE PERSONNEL, 1ST RESPONDERS AND LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS; ANYONE LIVING OR WORKING IN A CONGREGATE SETTING LIKE A LONG-TERM CARE OR ASSISTED LIVING FACILITY; ANYONE LIVING IN A HOUSEHOLD WITH A HIGHER-RISK INDIVIDUAL; PEOPLE 65-OR-OLDER; INDIVIDUALS WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS; AND PREGNANT WOMEN.  CHECK WITH YOUR PERSONAL PHYSICIAN OR CLINIC IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS.   
 
THE WINDOM AMBULANCE DEPARTMENT IS RECRUITING CANDIDATES FOR E-M-T TRAINING.   SEVERAL CURRENT MEMBERS ARE EXPECTED TO RETIRE SOON.  TO MAINTAIN AN ADEQUATE STAFF, THE AMBULANCE DEPARTMENT IS LOOKING FOR PEOPLE WHO WOULD BE INTERESTED IN TAKING A CLASS THIS FALL TO BE TRAINED AS AN EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN.  THE CLASS BEGINS SEPTEMBER 15TH.  THERE WOULD BE ON-LINE SESSIONS AND A FEW HANDS-ON SKILL SESSIONS ON SATURDAYS.  AT THE END OF THE CLASS, CANDIDATES WOULD NEED TO PASS A TEST TO BECOME CERTIFIED AS AN E-M-T.  APPLICATION FORMS ARE AVAILABLE THROUGH THE CITY OF WINDOM.  A BACKGROUND CHECK AND DRIVERS’ LICENSE CHECK ARE REQUIRED. 
 
THE JEFFERS CITY COUNCIL HELD A REGULAR MEETING LAST WEEK.  THE COUNCIL DISCUSSED VIOLATIONS OF CITY ORDINANCES.  LETTERS WILL BE SENT TO RESIDENTS WITH VIOLATIONS.  A BUILDING PERMIT APPLICATION WAS REVIEWED AND APPROVED.  THE BOARD CALLED FOR ASSESSMENTS TO BE RE-ASSESSED TO PARCELS THAT ARE UP FOR AUCTION.  IT WAS REPORTED THAT A DOG HAS BITTEN TWO PEOPLE.  THE ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER WILL BEGIN THE PROCESS TO HAVE THE DOG DECLARED AS A DANGEROUS DOG UNDER THE CITY ORDINANCE.  ELECTION JUDGES WERE APPOINTED FOR THE AUGUST 11TH PRIMARY ELECTION AND THE NOVEMBER 3RD GENERAL ELECTION.  THE OFFICIAL POLLING PLACE WAS DESIGNATED AND POLLING HOURS WERE SET.   
 
THE COTTONWOOD COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY IS HOLDING AN OPENING RECEPTION FOR A NEW EXHIBIT IN THE REMICK GALLERY AT THE COUNTY MUSEUM IN WINDOM.  THE NEW SHOW IS TITLED “KNIT LOUD, KNIT OFTEN,” FEATURING WORKS BY JANE LEVERENZ.  AN OPENING RECEPTION WILL BE HELD THIS SUNDAY FROM 2:00 TO 4:00PM.  ADMISSION IS FREE AND LIGHT REFRESHMENTS WILL BE SERVED.  THE SHOW FEATURES OVER 50 HAND-MADE KNITTED ITEMS MADE BY WINDOM NATIVE JANE LEVERENZ.  SHE HAS KNITTED A WIDE VARIETY OF ITEMS FROM SWEATERS, SOCKS, HATS, MITTENS, SHAWLS, SCARVES, AFGHANS AND EVEN A MERMAID TAIL.   THE EXHIBIT WILL BE ON DISPLAY THROUGH OCTOBER 24TH.   
 
MORE AMERICAN BLOOD DRIVES ARE BEING HELD IN THE AREA.   ALL BLOOD TYPES ARE NEEDED.  EXTRA SAFETY PRECAUTIONS ARE BEING TAKEN.  ALL PERSONNEL AND DONORS WILL WEAR MASKS.  YOU MUST HAVE AN APPOINTMENT TO DONATE BLOOD.  CALL 1-800-733-2767 OR GO ONLINE TO www.redcrossblood.org.  ON MONDAY, THERE WILL BE A RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE AT THE MT LAKE COMMUNITY CENTER FROM 2:00 UNTIL 6:00PM.  ALSO ON MONDAY, A BLOOD DRIVE IS BEING HELD AT SPRINGFIELD HIGH SCHOOL FROM 10:00 UNTIL 4:00PM.  YOU WILL NEED TO SHOW IDENTIFICATION AT CHECK-IN.  DONORS SHOULD BE IN GOOD GENERAL HEALTH.