Cottonwood County, MN

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County declines request to assist with RRC vote

At Tuesday’s meeting, Cottonwood County Commissioners discussed a request from the Red Rock Central School Board to assist with a proposed building referendum vote in November. Auditor/Treasurer Donna Torkelson stated the district had designated the high school building in Lamberton as the sole polling place for the election. Because the...
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Bid approved for County Road 7 project

A major construction project on Cottonwood County Road 7 is scheduled to begin next month, after Cottonwood County Commissioners approved the bid for the project at Tuesday afternoon’s meeting. The board approved the bid of $4,870.759.64 submitted from Central Specialties, Inc. of Alexandria for the project, which will cover the...
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Windom, MNWorthington Daily Globe

Windom approves body-worn cameras for police

WINDOM — Officers of the Windom Police Department began wearing body cameras Wednesday following unanimous approval of a new policy Tuesday night by the Windom City Council. A public hearing hosted Tuesday night to present the new policy met with no comments, and Windom Police Chief Scott Peterson told council members that he’d heard no verbal or written feedback — positive or negative — from the community. Peterson also referenced a poll posted on the police department’s Facebook page that indicated strong support for the use of body cameras among officers.
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Motorcycle driver arrested after ‘low-speed chase’

A routine traffic stop of a motorcycle near Perkins Creek Apartments on June 9 turned out to be anything but routine for Cottonwood County deputies. According to a deputy’s report, there was a signal to the driver to stop, but he refused to pull over. Instead, a rare “low-speed chase” ensued. Eventually, the motorcycle driver tried to get away by laying down the motorcycle near the Community Center and fleeing on foot. However, police arrested the 41-year-old Windom man on charges of third-degree fleeing an officer in a motor vehicle and driving after cancellation.
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Price to increase for Citizen newspapers

For the first time in more than a decade, the price of a Cottonwood County Citizen newspaper will increase. Starting with the July 7 edition, a copy of the Citizen will cost $1.50, rather than $1.25. The price of the Citizen’s sister newspaper, the Mt. Lake-Butterfield Observer/Advocate, will also go from $1.25 to $1.50 on July 7.
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Mt. Lake High School to host ag education intern

Lindsey Brockberg of Mt. Lake High School is hosting Tiara Malakowsky as an Agricultural Education Intern. The internship is part of a State Teach Ag Results program initiative, coordinated by the Minnesota Agricultural Education Leadership Council. Originally from Hartland, Malakowsky is studying agricultural education at the University of Minnesota-Crookston. During...
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Four champions named in Riverfest turtle races

After a one-year hiatus, the Riverfest Turtle Races returned, this year to Tegels Park and sponsored by the Cottonwood Soil & Water Conservation District and the Cottonwood County Environmental Office. The new sponsors offered a little different twist to the Turtle Races. Rather than one overall champion, there were four...
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Commissioners to meet Tuesday afternoon

The Cottonwood County Board of Commissioners will hold a meeting Tuesday, beginning at 4:30 p.m., at the Law Enforcement Center in Windom. On the agenda, the board will hear the annual report on the county’s ACE program. The board will hear bids on the County Road 7 project and will...
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Council appoints new member

A new face appeared at the Windom City Council table Tuesday night. At the start of Tuesday’s meeting, the council appointed Lisa Farag to the city’s Ward 2 council seat. The seat has been vacant since Jackie Schmidt left the council earlier this month (due to moving out of the city limits).
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Big Rebuilding Together grant to benefit Windom area

Rebuilding Together Minnesota, the affiliate of the leading national nonprofit organization Rebuilding Together, has received a $125,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Rebuilding Together Twin Cities/Minnesota and its new office based in Windom, executes needed home upgrades including accessibility ramps, fall prevention updates, roof repairs,...
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Final clue announced in Windomnet Medallion Hunt

It’s the final day to find the medallion in the annual Windomnet Medallion Hunt during Riverfest week. Clue No. 5 was released at 9 a.m., this morning. It is: “I saw the rain coming and started to cry. So, I took shelter under a roof to keep me dry!”. Clue...
Minnesota StateWorthington Daily Globe

Minnesota dairies honored for superior cow care

ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has recognized 96 of the state’s dairy farms for superior herd management skills by achieving an average somatic cell count of under 100,000. Somatic cell count is a key indicator of milk quality. A lower count is better for cheese production and...
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Hy-Vee Cookout set for tonight at Tegels Park

Folks looking for a good meal before tonight’s fireworks only need to look as far as the Tegels Park shelter area. This is a major fundraiser for Riverfest and features a hamburger, brat, or hot dog, chips and a beverage, all for a family-friendly price. Hy-Vee, as a sponsor of...
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City bug spraying underway

Windom Street Superintendent Brian Cooley has announced that starting this month his staff will spray the entire city for flying insects two nights each week. Cooley told the city council he held off on spray treatments because of the cool, wet weather. However, crews began spraying the community last weekend.
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Disruptive activity draws suspicion, then arrest

Sometimes it’s a good idea not to draw attention to yourself. That was the case for an area man who caught the attention of an area resident and later the Windom Police Department. According to the report, at 11:15 p.m. last Monday night, police received a report that a man was jumping in front of traffic in the 900 block of Second Avenue.
Nobles County, MNWorthington Daily Globe

MDH reports two area deaths from COVID-19

REGIONAL — Two area residents were among eight new COVID-19-related deaths to be reported by the Minnesota Department of Health in its Friday morning update. A Nobles County resident between the ages of 85-89 and a Cottonwood County resident between the ages of 75-79 were recorded during the latest 24-hour period, which ended at 4 p.m. Thursday. No other information is provided by MDH.
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Partial River Road overhaul planned

River Road is expected to receive a significant overhaul in the area of 11th Street, thanks to Windom City Council action that occurred Tuesday. The council approved the use of more than $81,000 in FEMA funds to patch a 480-square-foot section of the street that was impacted by frost boils and heaves resulting from flood-related issues of the past.
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4-H program thrives during pandemic

At Tuesday’s Cottonwood County Commissioners meeting, Cottonwood County 4-H Coordinator Crystal Reith updated the board on programming that has been offered over the past year. Due to the COVID pandemic, much of the 4-H programming has been done virtually. However, Reith said that many clubs and individuals have participated in...
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Deadline extended for Ward 2 council seat

It appears a Ward 2 Windom city council seat will remain vacant for at least another week. At last week’s Windom City Council meeting, Mayor Dominic Jones said he had decided to give local residents a little more time to apply for the vacancy. Anyone interested in applying is asked...
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Cottonwood County will see change in annual salary increases

Cottonwood County employees will see a change in when annual salary increases take effect, following action at this week's Commissioners meeting. The board approved a memorandum of agreement with three unions and non-union employees. The agreement allows for salary increases to take effect for the first pay period of a new year, even if some of the hours worked fall before the start of the new year. The first county pay period of 2022 is paid on Jan. 7 for work done from Dec. 20, 2021 to Jan. 2, 2022.