That breeze you feel, as we begin the February edition of Cheers and Jeers, is the entire state of Minnesota finally exhaling. The 2018 Super Bowl is finally over. There was no blizzard, no major hiccups. All went fairly smoothly for a rare week in the spotlight for the state of Minnesota. We tip our hat to Minnesota's Super Bowl Host Committee and all of the Crew 52 volunteers and other staff, some of whom are from our area (Joel Alvstad wrote about a few in last week's Citizen). The Super Bowl was not only a boon to our state from an economic and PR standpoint, it delivered benefits all over the state, including a new walking path at Windom Area Hospital. All in all, it was a "super" experience for Minnesota! Cheers go out to the Windom American Legion, which took the initiative to set up a breakfast to help celebrate a visit by National Legion Commander Denise Rohan.
Obviously, having someone of such national prominence visit Windom is a rare opportunity. Our Legion, led by Commander Fred Meyer, seized the opportunity by holding a breakfast for Legion members yesterday at Jack Slade's Steak House.
Rohan, the first female commander in the history of the American Legion, was elected to the post in August, during the 99th national convention of America's largest veterans organization. She gave a short informational talk on the American Legion following breakfast. Her theme as national commander is "Family First."
Jeers go out to the Philadelphia Eagles organization, security staff and a number of Eagles fans who allowed boorish behavior to define the Eagle fan base during the NFC Championship game in Philadelphia.
By now, many Minnesotans have seen videos and reports of Philadelphia fans hurling beer cans and other objects at purple-clad Minnesota players and fans as they entered the stadium. There were also countless reports of our fans receiving a steady dose of insults, profanity and vulgar behavior during and after the game. Minnesotans tend to be a forgiving lot. However, we heard countless people say they have soured on Philadelphia.
We like to think that Minnesota fans are above that sort of behavior. And, we trust our security staff would not allow such disgusting actions to occur here.
Cheers go out to the Windom Economic Development Authority for its effort to land a Small Cities Development Program grant.
If the application is approved, Windom residents could share more than $410,000 in grant funds beginning in the fall. Eligible residents could receive up to $25,000 each for remodeling projects.
Windom's east side is the target area for the grant application. The program focuses on things such as health and safety.
Cheers go out to Mt. Lake, county and MnDOT officials for tackling one of the most dangerous intersections in Cottonwood County-the intersection of Highway 60 and County Road 1 at Mt. Lake.
That intersection has accounted for multiple serious accidents. It is not clear how the issue will be solved, but if it saves just one life, it will be more than worth the effort.