Local Headline News

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

The Windom Fire Department was called out to HyLife last night at approximately 9pm. According to Windom Fire Chief Ben Derickson, the fire was contained to the roof on the Southeast side of one of the newer additions on the Highway side of the building. Fire Fighters and first responders were on scene for approximately 2 hours.  Derickson went on to say they will continue their investigation as to the cause of the fire at this time. There were no injuries and rough damage to the equipment on the roof and to the roof itself. Windom Ambulance, Police Department and Cottonwood County Sheriffs Office were also on scene.


KDOM wants to do a shout out to Culligan Water- Windom, and welcome them as they celebrate their Grand Opening TODAY! Stop down to 195 13th Street and welcome Culligan to the neighborhood. They are serving up refreshments, door prizes, and will have their show room all ready for browsing. Come meet the owner Rich Johnson of Fairmont and see what great specials and services Culligan has to offer. Grand Opening Open House from 11:00- 1 with a ribbon cutting at 10:45am.


Windom Police Department reported on the 12th at 7:43am at the intersection of 17th Street and the Catholic Church a 2010 Mercury Milan driven by a 17-year-old Windom Female hit a parked 2022 Chevy Silverado. No injuries were reported.

On the 11th at approximately 9:39am Windom Officers received a report from a Windom Resident of some property damage to a residence and vehicle in the 800 block of Des Moines Dr.  The owner reported that his 2016 Ford Flex with an unknown driver struck the base of his garage at the residence leaving a damaged garage door and light damage to the vehicle.


Jackson County Sheriff’s Office reported on the 10th at 1:09am deputies were called to the Jackson Medical Center Emergency Room for a report of an unruly patient.  After deputies spoke with the individual, he punched a deputy striking him in the face.  The male, age 37 from Lake Crystal, was arrested for 4th Degree Assault of a Peace Officer.  He was transported to the jail and is awaiting an Initial Court Appearance. At 5:27am The Jackson Fire Department and deputies responded to a small oven fire at the Jackson Hi-Rise.  Crews were on scene for about 20 minutes.  There was no damage to the apartment. At 9pm a Jackson County Deputy responded to a report of a garden tiller dumper in a ditch in Kimball Township and at 11:53pm Deputies responded to a domestic disturbance in Jackson.  After investigating, a 26-year-old male from Jackson was arrested for Domestic Assault.  He was transported to the jail and is awaiting an Initial Court Appearance.


The Jackson County Ducks Unlimited Annual Dinner is going to take place on Thursday September 15th at the Jackson Golf Club located at 951 US-71. Doors open at 5:30pm and Dinner will be served by the Hi-Lo Club at 7pm. There will be Raffles and a Silent Auction. You can purchase tickets at the door or you can call Fred at 507-822-43-38. Cost for the evening is $40 for a Single which includes dinner and DU membership. $60 for Couples this includes two dinners and a DU membership. $20 for a Greenwing which includes dinner and a DU Greenwing membership. Or $300 for a Sponsorship which includes two dinners, a DU membership, a Sponsor Gift and more. If you need more information, you can call Fred Diemer at 507-822-43-38. The Jackson County Ducks Unlimited Organization hopes to see you on the 15th.


Good news for Pheasant Hunters. According to the MN DNR annual roadside pheasant survey, pheasant numbers in Minnesota increased 18% from 2021 and has exceeded the 10-year average by a similar amount. Tim Lyons, DNR Upland Game Research Scientist stated, “the weather really cooperated this year in terms of producing favorable nesting conditions for pheasants.” Weather and habitat are the main influences on Minnesota’s pheasant population trends. Weather causes annual fluctuations in pheasant numbers, while habitat drives long-term population trends.

Monitoring pheasant population trends is part of the DNR’s annual roadside wildlife survey, which began in 1955. Wildlife managers and conservation officers in the farmland regions conduct the survey during the first half of August. This year’s survey consisted of 166 routes that were 25 miles in length, with 147 routes located in the pheasant range.

Observers drive each route early in the morning and record the number of farmland wildlife game species they see. The data provide an index of species abundance and are used to monitor annual fluctuations and long-term population trends of pheasants, gray (Hungarian) partridge, eastern cottontail rabbits, white-tailed jackrabbits, mourning doves, Sandhill cranes, and white-tailed deer.

Pheasant hunting season opens on Saturday October 15th and bird numbers are expected to be strong.


The Windom Area Chamber of Commerce will be holding their 1st Annual Member Appreciation and Informational Meeting this Wednesday, September 14th at the Windom Community Center. Meet and Greet Board Members and Staff during happy hour from 5-6pm. An informational meeting starts at 6pm where you can hear about the past fiscal year and plans for the 2022-23 year and the benefits of Chamber membership.