Local Headline News

September 21, 2022

Monday Night at approximately 8pm the Windom Fire Department and Ambulance were dispatched to 2375 Cottonwood Lake Drive. According to Windom Fire Chief, Ben Derickson, when the Fire Department arrived on scene, a detached garage was fully engulfed. Chief Derickson stated, they were on scene for approximately two hours. The fire was knocked out within 15 to 20 minutes and Firefighters dealt with pop-ups, clean-up and hot spots for the remainder of time. There were no injuries reported.


Windom Police Department reported there was dispatched to 3rd Ave and 12th Street on the 17th at approximately 9:30pm for juveniles knocking and ringing doorbells and running away. An officer arrived in the area and located two individuals that fit the description of the culprits. The officer spoke to the 12- and 13-year-old male juveniles and they were told to go home. On the 18th around Noon, an officer was dispatched to the Lutheran Church of Our Saviors for damage to property. Upon arrival the officer was shown a trailer with the window that had the screen broken out on the east side of the building on the fire escape. This remains under investigation.


Windom Area School Board will hold a special closed session meeting TODAY at 4pm in the Elementary Conference Room.


Red Rock Central School District Board of Education will be meeting TONIGHT at 5pm in Lamberton.


Federated Rural Electric, Jackson, recently presented a donation totaling $7,500 to four local fire departments — Heron Lake, Jackson, Welcome and Granada.

Federated’s General Manager Scott Reimer explained, “Federated donated $2,500, then secured matching funds from CoBank’s Sharing Success Program and Basin Electric Cooperative,” Reimer went onto say, “Cooperatives are concerned about their local communities; we saw this as a way to help each fire department with costly equipment needs. We started with two towns where we have buildings and will rotate this donation the following years until we’ve helped each fire department in our service area.” CoBank is one entity that provides Federated long-term financing for line construction projects, while Basin Electric is one of Federated’s wholesale power providers.

The Jackson Fire Department ordered a 100-foot aerial ladder fire truck this year for $1.3 million dollars, which is the first ladder truck which can be shared through mutual aid with neighboring departments

The Welcome Fire Department Relief Association will purchase an extrication tool. A Genesis battery-operated push/pull ram; it can be used to extricate people in auto accidents by moving the whole dash off their lap or move a piece of farm equipment during an entanglement.

Heron Lake Fire Department will buy four sets of bunker gear. The turnout gear includes pants/bibs, coats and suspenders.

The Granada Fire Department will buy four two-way radios. These radios are worn by firefighters as they walk into a fire so they can communicate with each other. they also tie into the county’s system to communicate with others during mutual aid.

Federated is a Touchstone Energy cooperative serving 6,800 members in Jackson and Martin Counties.


Lakefield’s 6th Annual Oktoberfest is happening this Saturday September 24th at North City Park from 11 to 8. The Community of Lakefield invites you to enjoy Live Polka Music, Vendors and a Craft Fair, Authentic German Food, a Beer Garden featuring both German and Domestic Beers at the Shelter House Area. Come participate or watch the Hammer Pounding and Stein Holding Compertitions starting at 3pm. There is Fun for the whole family. Lakefield’s 6th Annual Oktoberfest will proceed rain or shine! For more information email [email protected]


As the Season starts to change it is time to start thinking about the Salvation Army Red Kettle Bucket Drive. The Salvation Army is looking for an individual or a group to Volunteer to coordinate the Red Kettle Dive for the 2022 Giving Season. You will have a good Army of Supporters. If you are interested and want more information, please call the Salvation Army Southwest MN Field Representative, Kim Schwich at 507-258-3923.