Local Headline News

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

The MREA Educator of the Year has been announced. Congratulations to Jacob Johnson, the Eagle Path Manufacturing Teacher in the CTE Center at the Middle/High School, who is also the Activities Director and a Bus Driver.


Cottonwood County Sheriff’s office reported on the 19th just before 3am Deputies were dispatched to a domestic disturbance in Jeffers. The reporting party stated that her boyfriend was drunk, breaking things and acting crazy. Upon further investigation, the male party was arrested for domestic assault and booked into the Cottonwood County Jail. Then at approximately 6pm Deputies responded to a single vehicle rollover near the intersection of County Road 6 and County Road 11. A 2008 Chevy Impala driven by a female from Lamberton, was traveling northbound on Co Rd 6 when she swerved to avoid a deer, Vehicle 1 the vehicle lost control and rolled into the east ditch. The female was transported to the Westbrook Hospital via ambulance.


Windom Police Department reported on the 19th at approximately 6:35 pm a Female from Windom had reported to an officer that her car had been egged. She had been at the American Lutheran Church in the 900 Block of Prospect Avenue and drove to Godfather’s Pizza. She had not noticed the damage prior to going to the church but noticed the damage later walking back to her vehicle at Godfather’s Pizza. No estimate of damage was stated. On the 20th at 9:39am Officers handled a no injury two vehicle accident at the intersection of 4th Ave and 14th Street. Driver may have been obstructed due to sun, a tree, and a parked vehicle on 4th Ave.


The Murray County Board of Commissioners will meet this morning at 8:30 am in the Murray County Government Center. If you would like to call in and listen or join via zoom you can find further information on the Murray County Home Page.

You may listen to the meeting by calling 312-626-6799 (Passcode: 402764) Meeting ID: 915 6931 9831 or view the meeting live via zoom  https://murraycountymn.com/


There will be a Special Windom City Council Meeting Tonight at 5pm in the Windom City Council Chambers. The agenda will cover an EDA Hiring Recommendation.


Windom Area Schools have Parent/Teacher Conferences starting TONIGHT!!! Conferences start from 3:30-8:30pm tonight and on Wednesday conferences are from 8am-3:30pm. Elementary students have been scheduled every 20 minutes with their teacher. If you are unsure of the time your child’s conference, please call the office at 831-6925.  Middle and High School Student parents are asked to check your e-mail to signup for a time to meet with each of your child’s teachers. Don’t miss the opportunity to touch base with your child’s teacher and help build that partnership to success.


The Federated Rural Electric Trust out of Jackson, distributed in their 56th round of funding:  to 31 local organizations equaling $32,228 through Operation Round Up. These donations are made possible due to monthly contributions by participating Federated members. The Trust Board also set aside funding for nine $700 high school scholarships for Federated members in 2023.  A full listing of recipients is available on KDOM ‘s website under Local Headline News. The Trust Board will meet again in the spring to determine the next round of funding. The deadline for submitting applications is February 10th.


Heron Lake/Okabena Elementary Phy. Ed. classes $200 Toward roller skate rental costs in PE classes

Heron Lake/Okabena Elementary Occupational Therapy $238 Buy crash pad & body stretching bag for motor skills control

Jackson County Central Agriculture Department $382 Ceramic knife sets and oven mitts/pot holders in food’s kitchens

City of Jackson Park Board $400 Replace two older, worn-out dog waste receptacles on trails

Fairmont Girls Basketball Assn. $500 Toward six basketballs for 4th to 8th graders teams

Heron Lake/Okabena High School Agriculture Department $500 For two activity tables in classroom for hands-on activities

Jackson County Central Riverside Elementary Special Education $500 Four sets of books special education students

Family Services Network, Jackson $500 Buy snowpants for area youth

Reinbows, Inc, Windom $500 Buy 3 drills, chargers & cases to teach carpentry skills

Jackson County Central/ Lakefield tennis courts $554 Replaced two old nets for PE classes & community use

Jackson County Sheriff Office $579 Buy CPR mannequins, jail AED defibrillator & replaceable pads

Jackson County Sheriff Office $550 Buy body opponent bag for defensive tactics training for jailers

Lakefield Fire Rescue $600 Toward grain bin rescue auger

Dunnell Lake Fremont Fire Department $600 Toward grain bin rescue auger & battery-powered drill

Jackson County Central First Grade $605 Set of decodable text books to become better readers

Granada/Huntly/East Chain (GHEC) Elementary $683 Mindful moment classroom supplies & materials for anxiety relief

Jackson County Central Riverside Elementary $700 Sensory room supplies to help cope with emotions & behaviors

BIO Girls, Jackson-Lakefield $888 Four scholarships for mentoring program, guides & supplies

Caregiver Response Effort & Service $900 Handbooks for volunteer training, regional training & brochures

Team, Fairmont

Jackson County Central Agriculture Department $1,000 3 battery operated jib saws, drill bits, safety glasses & ear plugs

East Chain Activity Center $1,000 Upgrade to LED bulbs in the big gym

Heron Lake/Okabena School pool $1,000 Toward log roller for fun in the pool & replace pool stairs

Heron Lake/Okabena Robotics Teams $1,000 Toward robotic parts, batteries and motors for two teams

Alpha Fire Department $1,000 Toward cordless headset for pump operator to radio traffic at fire

Lakefield Ambulance Service $1,250 Buy three new pagers (2 for new members; replace 1 old one)

Heron Lake/Okabena High School Industrial Tech $1,500 Toward a new band saw

Sherburn Fire Department $1,500 Buy two hand-held thermal imaging cameras to find fire victims

Jackson Ambulance Service $1,500 Toward new hand-held radio replacing broken one

Round Lake Fire Department $1,500 Two wetsuits for ice water rescue & inflatable flotation device

Business, Arts & Recreation Ctr, Windom$1,500 Toward keyless entry door lock system for safety & security

Jackson County Library system $1,799 Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) for Lakefield Library

9-  $700 scholarships $6,300 For Federated members with graduating high school senior

Total $32,228

The Trust Board received 46 applications totaling $73,832 in this 56th round of funding.

About 76 percent of Federated Rural Electric members participate in Operation Round Up. They allow their electric bills to be rounded up to the nearest dollar. For example, a bill of $55.75 is rounded up to $56. The extra cents go to a special trust fund, which is administered by an independent Trust Board that consists of seven Federated members. Since the first round of funding in 1995, nearly $868,000 has been awarded to local organizations and as high school scholarships.

“Operation Round Up is a way for members to help members,” said Stuart Smart, Federated’s Trust Board Chairman. “Just a few cents a month, when added with other members’ cents, can really add up and do some good in our communities. On average, a member’s Round Up contributions amount to approximately $6 a year, which is tax-deductible.”

The Trust Board’s policy outlines project categories eligible for funding:

  • community service (emphasis on public safety, health care and enhancement of cultural environment),
  • community leadership programs,
  • education and youth projects (social problems and wellness/athletics),
  • environmental projects (recycling, environmental education and environmental ag research),
  • emergency energy assistance funds to organizations for distribution and
  • disaster relief.

Interested organizations may go to www.federatedrea.coop to download the application form and information, e-mail info@federatedrea.coop for an application or call 507-847-3520; ask for Andrea.

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