Local Headline News

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Cottonwood County Sheriff’s Office reported  they received a call on June 18th about a theft that had occurred in Jeffers between family members. Case was forwarded to the County Attorney’s Office for possible charges.

June 19th at approximately 3:45pm Cottonwood County Deputies, Windom Police Department and State Patrol responded to Bingham Lake for a disturbance between a 58-year-old male and his wife. The parties were separated for the evening and no charges will be filed.

On June 20th at approximately 9:20 am Deputies provided traffic control for a vehicle accident on County Road 2 Bingham Lake there were no injuries. At approximately 4pm Cottonwood County Deputies assisted Windom Police with a vehicle accident with injuries on Highway 60 by Dollar General. At approximately 4:20pm handled a 2 vehicle accident in the HyVee Parking Lot, minor damages to both vehicles no injuries were reported but a 44 year old male from Iowa was issued a citation for No Minnesota Drivers License and No proof of insurance. At approximately 4:25pm Deputies responded to another accident in the parking lot of Schwalbach Ace Hardware. Minor damage to both vehicles, no injuries reported.


We kicked off our FILL THE RADIO FOOD DRIVE yesterday. It was so much fun seeing and talking to everyone that stopped by. WE WANT TO SEE more of you in ACTION!!!! We are asking businesses, individuals, organizations, EVERYONE to dig a little and come up with either non-perishable or monetary donations for the Food Pantry. Let’s fill the Radio this week. Come drop off your donation and get registered for a KDOM Prize Pack!!! We know you care and we care too!!! Help us Be the Difference in our Community. Look for the BIG YELLOW Radio at the KDOM Studios… You really can’t MISS US!!! We will be taking donations through Friday.  If you donate $50 or more you get a t-shirt if you bring more than 25 pounds of food you get a free t-shirt.


Motorists traveling on Highways 15/60 near Madelia will encounter traffic changes starting Tuesday, June 21, weather permitting, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

With the traffic changes, the contractor can move to the second phase of construction. Traffic changes include:

  • Hwy 60 will remain open with two-way traffic in the westbound lanes.
  • Highway 15 will be closed at County Road 58. Traffic will be detoured onto County Road 58, south to County Road 9, and then onto Highway 60/15 for either Highway 60/15 west or Highway 60 east.
  • All ramps at the Highway 60/Highway 15 north interchange will be closed.
  • County Road 3 interchange eastbound off-ramp will be closed. The on-ramp for eastbound Highway 60 will remain closed.
  • There will be an all-way stop condition at the bottom of the County Road 9 eastbound off and on ramps.
  • The eastbound ramps at the Highway 15 south intersection will remain closed.

Motorists are encouraged to visit the project website for detour maps and additional information.

Construction on Hwy 15/60 is part of a two-year project that started in mid-April 2022. The eastbound lanes are under construction until November 2022, and the westbound lanes will be under construction in 2023.

The project includes resurfacing seven miles of Hwy 15/60 from the Hwy 15/60 interchange south of Madelia to the Hwy 15/60 interchange north of Madelia. The project also includes lighting, drainage repairs, updating guardrail and rehabbing several bridges.


Mountain Lake City Council will be meeting TODAY at 6:30pm at Mountain Lake City Hall.


The Jackson County Board of Commissioners will hold a special work session meeting on Thursday June 23rd at 9am in the Jackson County Courthouse County Board Room located at 405 Fourth Street for the purpose of reviewing & discussing uses for Jackson County’s Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) provided through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).


Don’t forget Local Celebrations happening this week are:

St James Railroad Days  continues through the 26th

Springfield Riverside Days Starts Wednesday June 22nd through 26th

Lamberton 150th Anniversary Celebration starts Thursday June 23rd through the 26th

Westbrook Fun Day’s Starts on Friday June 24th through the 26th.

And Blue Heron Days in Heron Lake will be on Saturday, June 25th.


On a personal note…

It has been a great time talking and seeing so many people in the Windom, Fulda, Lakeview and Mt Lake Areas these past two weeks! I am just amazed at what a local hometown celebrations can bring. Visiting the Cities and maybe traveling to other States to experience their geography has it’s place for educational purposes and for the experience. BUT no one will EVER convince me that participating and supporting your local hometown culture isn’t one of THE BEST and REFRESHING experiences of a lifetime. Creating those memories and seeing friendly faces and eating all the amazing foods. Local Businesses showing off their commitment to our hometowns just makes me smile. Whether it is Turtle Races, BINGO, Sunday in the Park, Dunk Tanks, Carnavils, what I am going to call the Button Raffle- love everything about it… Parades, tractor pulls, Pancake Feeds, Worship in the Parks, Street Dances, Beer Gardens, Medallion Hunts, Fireworks, the list just goes on and on… I LOVE IT ALL… BUT what I love most about small town celebrations is the community coming together for fun. Nothing more nothing less. Just a wonderful opportunity to get out and see your neighbors, meet new friends, and eat really really good food