Local Headline News

Thursday, January 13, 2022

The Windom Schools are implementing a new schedule due to CoVid, Infuenza  and RSV issues. Superintendent Wayne Wormstadt stated:

The school district has been battling staff illnesses on top of our season illnesses with students since Christmas break has ended.  We are seeing Covid, Influenza, RSV and a host of other items.  This week we have had everyday 10-15+% of staff out.  At these levels of absence we cannot function effectively in the education of your students.

Womstadt, set a plan to get a 10 day break for students in classrooms in hopes of getting everyone healthy.  This plan has the least amount of disruption to regularly scheduled school days.

  • Friday, January 14th School closed due to health concerns
  • Monday, January 17th Staff development day No students and No – Distance Learning (as scheduled)
  • Tuesday – Thursday January 18-20 Pre-K through Grades 12 we will go to Distance Learning
  • Friday – Teacher work day for end of semester No Students (as scheduled)

The District will not be providing daycare or adventure club during this time.

The School will run evening activities as scheduled.  The School District asks that any students that ARE sick to NOT attend.

According to Wormstadt, this schedule is the least disruptive schedule tied to our current calendar.  This creates the least amount of impact to our scheduled days for students.

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Des Moines Valley Health & Human Services Board Meeting will be held TODAY h at 9am at the Jackson County Government East Cafeteria. The meeting will also be available through “GoToWebinar” program.

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Business to Business Lunch and Learn will be held January 26th from 11:30am-12:45pm at the Springfield Area Community Center. This event is hosted by the Springfield Chamber of Commerce. Presentation will be from Avera Medical Group Optometry. Lunch will be catered by Springfield Market. The Springfield Chamber is asking that you Please RSVP by Friday, January 14th to spfdchamber@newulmtel.net or by calling 507-723-3508 with names of those attending.

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Windom Assistant Chief of Police, Cory Hillesheim reported

On January 9th in the early evening hours, Officers were called to the Central part of town to take a report of Harassment and Damage to property.  After investigation, a 30-year-old male from Butterfield was charged with the following:  Stalking, Harassment, and Damage to property.

On January 10th at approximately 5:49 pm, Officers were called to the East Hill for suspicious activity.  After investigation, the report was unfounded.

On January 11th at 11:39 am, Officers were called to the 1700 block of 17th Street for a report of damage to property.  The matter is still under investigation.

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The Windom Planning Commission held its first meeting of the year on Tuesday January 11th.

Brett Mattson was elected Chairman and Jared Baloun was elected Vice Chairman for 2022

The Commissioners reviewed a zoning application for a minor subdivision of property located at 1945 Fourth Avenue. Property owners, Wayne and Deborah Mau, are proposing to divide the lot and create a new lot on the north side of the property. After review of the application and survey showing the proposed division, the Planning Commission recommended City Council approval of the minor subdivision.

The Planning Commission reviewed proposed land use code updates concerning wind energy conversion systems and small wireless facilities. The Commission also began its review of the fencing and off-street parking sections.

The Planning Commission rescheduled its next meeting to Thursday, February 3rd, at 7:00 p.m. due to a scheduling conflict on February 8th.

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It sounds like the lack of snow in our listening area is about to come to an end. Starting tonight we will be in a Winter Storm Watch thru all day Friday. Cottonwood County Emergency Management is predicting anywhere from 5-11 inches of snow. Jessica Krick, your Independent Insurance Agent from Krick Insurance Agency in Windom, has tips on how to reduce the risk of injury while shoveling snow. It is your responsibility to clear your sidewalk, driveway, and various other paths and with that in mind, most of us just grab a shovel and go… BUT what most people don’t know there are ways to be effective and safe that will reduce the risk of injury. According to Krick, you should stretch your body before heading out to shovel, make sure you are hydrated, believe it or not even in the cold, you will sweat. You should dress warmly by layering MAKE SURE you have a HAT, Gloves and Boots. A hat will capture your warmth, Gloves protect your hands and fingers, so frostbite doesn’t happen and Boots help provide good traction and prevent slipping.

Krick stated that she read an article put out by The Foremost Creative Team a Farmers Union Company- There are some great pointers on the proper ways to remove snow.

  1. Push don’t lift!Snow can be surprisingly heavy, especially when wet. If you only have a few inches of snow on the ground, pushing instead of lifting it will relieve strain on your back, shoulders, and neck.
  2. Do notthrow snow over your back
  1. Squat by bending your knees rather than your back.
  2. Remove the snow by layer. Rather than scooping one foot of snow, skim the top few inches and toss in front of you, then continue to skim until you can push the last few inches to the end of your driveway/sidewalk/etc.

Krick encourages everyone to be safe and take steps to staying healthy and safe.

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Business to Business Lunch and Learn will be held January 26th from 11:30am-12:45pm at the Springfield Area Community Center. This event is hosted by the Springfield Chamber of Commerce. Presentation will be from Avera Medical Group Optometry. Lunch will be catered by Springfield Market. The Springfield Chamber is asking that you Please RSVP by Friday, January 14th to spfdchamber@newulmtel.net or by calling 507-723-3508 with names of those attending.

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On a Personal Note: Have you been witness to the absolutely breathtaking sunsets this week? Take a moment if you haven’t- take a moment to breathe in the fresh air and soak in the bold but soothing colors painted in the skies for our pleasure. IF that doesn’t soothe your soul, I honestly don’t know what will.