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Friday, September 23, 2022

Jackson County Sheriff’s Office reported on Wednesday the 21st at 10:45am Deputies overheard radio traffic around the state of multiple “swatting” calls to schools alleging an active shooter within the school.  Upon hearing of these, deputies notified all schools at Jackson County Central Schools (JCC) , Heron Lake-Okabena, and Minnesota West Community Technical College of the prank calls.  At least 15 of these calls were made around the state.


Mt Lake Police Department reported they had 15 calls the week of September 12th to the 18th. Officers dealt with a dog bite call, several welfare checks, an unlawful deposit of garbage within city limits, burning trash calls, parking complaints, a damage to property on the 13th the window of the warming house at the ice skating rink was broken and they took a report of a possible assault at the Mt Lake City Park involving children. On the 14th officers received a concern regarding possible threats regarding a civil problem. On the 17th officers assisted DNR with a fishing license violation and on the 18th assisted MN State Patrol with a no-injury accident on Highway 60 and County Road 27E.


Eleven Minnesota organizations will be able to increase awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, promote early diagnosis and connect caregivers to resources, thanks to grants from the Minnesota Board on Aging.

The Board on Aging is granting nearly $750,000 to 11 organizations across Minnesota. Amongst the 11 organizations is A.C.E. of Southwest Minnesota, Slayton. They will receive $57,000 for a series of dementia education events, early identification screenings with area health care providers, caregiving support activities, and health and wellness education offerings in Cottonwood, Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Nobles, Redwood and Rock counties.

According to Kari Benson, executive director of Minnesota Board on Aging, “These funds support not only people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, but their family and friends, who play such a critical role in caregiving,” Benson went on to say, “Alzheimer’s alone impacts some 100,000 Minnesotans over age 65—a number that will grow 20 percent by 2025.”


Windom City Council met on the 20th. The Council had a proclamation recognizing the Good Samaritan Society for their 100-year Anniversary. The Public Hearing was held with no comments the USDA Grant was approved with the conditions, obligations of funds and budget.  $65,000 from USDA and $60,000 for the city to purchase a replacement boat, 6-wheeler and a first response truck. According to City Council Member Jenny Quade, the Preliminary 2023 Budget Levy Resolution discussed.  Levy’s were compared to other location towns and talk about increase in costs for supplies, equipment, etc.   Council approved moving forward with the 8% amount. An extensive discussion was held on the future look of the City Wide Clean up. The Citywide Ad Hoc Committee reported on their findings/concerns from previous years. One major change is the recycler for appliance and electronics will no longer be coming to Windom for curb side pick-up. Appliances and electronics will need to be recycled with he County or other ways for city members. Quade reported that overall, the Ad Hoc Committee is looking at re-shaping city wide clean up and there were lot of things to consider with this possible change so the council will consider this and look at possibly taking a vote at our next Council meeting on how city-wide clean-up will look for 2023.


Oh… the memories that are popping in my head… There JUST HAD TO BE THIS DAY… It is National Great American Pot Pie Day… I am not sure if any of you can relate or not. Yes, I look back and laugh now, but it wasn’t funny at the time, you know… Maybe you remember…Money was super tight, and Swanson Pot Pies came Five for a dollar… Oh the early days of marriage. We had pot pies with a different kind of potato every night thinking that changed what our main course was. We ate a LOT of pot pies in the early days of settling in as a newly married couple without a lot of money. It took probably 20 years after that “Year of the Pot Pie” to even consider making or eating another pot pie. We survived… We are better people for the struggles we faced… We are more appreciative of the finer cuisines in life now. (You know hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken etc.) But truth be told…After 35 plus years when we are feeling a little cocky, I pull out a pot pie and ask… Would you like mashed, hashed, baked, or fried potatoes tonight?