Local Headline News

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Mt Lake Police Department had 16 calls in the past week. Officers responded to Burglary Alarms that turned out false, helped two separate disabled vehicles, assisted other agencies with Warrant Arrests. On the 6th, at 6:57pm an officer investigated stop arm violation charges are pending for a 27-year-old female from Mt Lake. With school back in session, it is important to remember that it is against the law to proceed forward if a school bus has flashing red lights or if the stop arm is extended. This is for the safety of all children loading or unloading busses. On the 9th an officer handled several parking violations in front of Mt Lake Public School due to new parking rules.


Jackson County Sherriff’s office reported on the 11th, a minor one-vehicle accident in Jackson with no injuries Deputies took a report of theft at a Jackson Business and a Deputy assisted the Windom Ambulance with a medical in Christinia Township.  On the 12th a 26-year-old male from Jackson was arrested on a Probation Violation and A deputy received a report of a mail scam in which the local resident was told they had won some money.  A fake check was included for $1,700.  The instructions were to cash it and keep $400 but return the remaining $1,300.


The Windom Fire Department was called out to HyLife Monday night at approximately 9pm for a roof fire. According to Windom Fire Chief Ben Derickson, Fire Fighters and first responders were on scene for approximately 2 hours, the fire was contained to the roof.  Derickson stated there were no injuries but rough damage to the roof. Windom Ambulance, Police Department and Cottonwood County Sheriff’s Office were also on scene. This remains under investigation.


The St Francis Xavier Catholic Church Bazaar Fall Festival is happening Sunday. Starting at 8am the Heavenly Bake Shop and White Elephant Shop will be open. Turkey Dinner with all the fixings is from 11am-1pm. Advanced tickets are $12 available at the Church office or available at the door for $13. Carry-Out dinners are available starting at 10:30am. The Raffle drawing and BINGO begins following dinner. There will also be a Farmers Market and Lots of Kid Games. BINGO cards are $1 each or 3 for $2. There will be 15 games played with a payout of $5 or possible choice of a pie. Don’t miss this fun day at St Francis Xavier Catholic Church located at 532 17th St Windom.


The weather is changing and DVHHS is looking for Coats, Gloves, Mittens, Snow Pants and Boots for the Annual Cottonwood County Coats for Kids Drive. Please consider donating your gently used and clean winter clothing to help a child in need. Donations will be taken until September 19th. Drop off locations include Runnings, Windom Area Health, Windom Baptist Church, Windom Dollar General, First United Methodist Church, Lutheran Church of Our Savior, BARC, First Presbyterian Church and The Gathering Church in Bingham Lake. Distribution for Windom will be on Saturday, September 24th at BARC from 10 to One. Distribution in Mountain Lake is scheduled for October 4th.  If you would like more information call Luke at 507-847-6390.


Windom Area Health, Police Department, EMS and Fire Department are joining forces  to help improve the overall blood supply at Windom Area Health during the annual Heroes Behind the Badges blood drive event. The friendly competition blood drive will be held on Monday, September 19th from 9am-Noon and 1:30pm to 4:30 pm at Windom Area Health with donor registration located inside the lobby. Donors can log onto www.cbblifeblood.org  to schedule an appointment or call 605-331-3222. All who donate will receive a certificate for a D.Q. gift card and an All American blood donor t-shirt. Donors must be 17 years old or 16 with a signed parent consent form found on the registration site. You must weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good general health. A valid identification is required at the time of registration. With policies associated in addressing COVID-19, only donors with appointments will be accepted at this blood drive event.

Executive Director of Community Blood Bank, Ken Versteeg stated “We are reaching a point where we cannot keep up with the demand for blood. There has been a sharp decline in overall donations due to the newest strain of COVID reducing the number of donors that are eligible to give, he went onto say, local volunteers are the only way we will improve the overall blood supply for local patients. Community Blood Bank has been the sole blood provider to Windom Area Health for over 25 years.  Come use your super powers and join the heroes Behind the Badge Blood Drive Monday, September 19th.