Local Headline News

Thursday, September 22, 2022

Windom Police Department reported on the 20th at approximately 3:45pm an Officer responded to the 300 Block of Buckwheat Ave to take a report of damage to property. A 2013 Chevy Cruze had scratch marks along the length of the passenger’s side that was waist high and possibly on the trunk. The reporting party noticed the scratches on the 20th but though it might have occurred during the weekend while working at Super America. At 5:11pm an officer responded to the 1700 Block of Maple Park Circle for a disturbance. A female resident of Windom stated that a relative had pushed her. After investigation, the female claimed she was not interested in pressing charges. Officers stood by and the parties were separated.


Mt Lake City Council met on the 19th the Council listened to several community members during the public comment section of the meeting. The council awarded the lowest bid for the Mountain Lake Boardwalk Replacement to MN Boardwalks LLC, total price of $203,700. The City Attorney gave the Council an update regarding civil processes on various properties, public nuisances, current processes, court procedures, agreements, and plans. City Administrator Michael Muller gave the third and final reading on the Moratorium and Annexation. The Council discussed and approved Ordinance 4-22 Moratorium and at this time the Mt Lake City Council had no interest in creating an annexation policy for properties outside city limits who request City Water or Sewer.


The Cottonwood County Board of Commissioners met on the 20th. The Board agreed to adopt the Resolution Calling for a Public Hearing on Proposed Tax Abatement for new Residential Project at 1923 Bud Road. The Commissioners approved to purchase an Armor Radio for DVHHS-Public Health and set the preliminary levy for 2023 with a 4.5% increase from 2022 as per state levy limit requirements.

The Cottonwood County Ditch Authority accepted the Final Order to Divide Judicial Ditch 10 as presented.


USDA Rural Development has funding available for very low- and low-income individuals and families seeking to purchase or repair a home in a rural area.

The Direct Home Loan program offers financing to qualified very-low and low-income applicants that are unable to qualify for traditional financing. No down payment is required, and the interest rate could be as low as one percent with a subsidy. Applicants must meet income and credit guidelines and demonstrate repayment ability. The program is available in rural communities of generally 35,000 people or less.

The maximum loan amount is $40,000 at a one percent interest rate, repayable for a 20-year term and can be used to improve or modernize homes and do essential repairs. Grants of up to $10,000 are available to homeowners 62 and older and must be used to remove health or safety hazards, such as fixing a leaking roof, installing indoor plumbing, or replacing a furnace.

Time is limited to receive funds for the current fiscal year. Contact a USDA Rural Development Housing Specialist in your area today, to see if you qualify.


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USDA Rural Development loans and grants provide assistance that supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community services such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas. For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov/mn.