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February 25, 2018

1/31/2018 9:12:00 AM
She will be missed!
Windom was rocked with sad news last week with the passing of Pat Fisher.
I know it hit my wife, Donna, and I hard as I know it did many of you. Pat was a beautiful lady, and not only on the outside. She was kind, caring and always eager to offer an encouraging word or just that trademark smile.
Of course, her greatest talent was at the piano. She tickled the ivories like no one I had ever met and played for our wedding 29 years ago.
In my younger days, Pat accompanied me when I occasionally sang a solo for special music during Sunday morning worship at Windom Evangelical Free Church. If it was a song she could tell I was straining to reach the upper register, she would always say, "I can take that down a half step or a step if that would be a little more comfortable for you."
Without missing a beat, or even making a mark on the music, she transposed the song to my range. That is ability I had a hard time fathoming, especially when I have a difficult time adding two double-digit numbers in my head.
While offering my condolences to the family at her visitation Monday night, we talked about that very skill.
Most importantly, Pat had a personal relationship with Jesus and today our loss is unquestionably heaven's gain!
Interesting results
If you filled out a school survey, and even if you didn't, you'll find some very interesting results regarding the steps the Windom school board should take in addressing its facility needs and issues.
Sue Peterson of School Perceptions in Slinger, Wis., the company that conducted the survey, presented the information Monday night.
There was much to digest, but it was all interesting. You can see the full results on the school's website. We've got a link, "Windom Schools," on the lower left side of our Citizen home page at www.windomnews.com.
One graph that I found especially interesting was the one that asked residents how they like to receive information regarding Windom Public Schools.
While 64 percent of non-staff parents appreciate receiving their information by e-mail, a whopping 67 percent of non-staff non-parents go to the Cottonwood County Citizen for their school information. In addition, 47 percent of non-staff parents like to receive their school information from the Citizen as well.
"I've got to tell you, we haven't seen a 67 percent in a survey response rate from non-parents in a long time," Peterson said at Monday's special board meeting. "That's a high response rate from your general community as far as looking to a newspaper."
We thank you for your support of the Citizen and want to continue to be your source for the latest school news.
What a zoo!
I'll be the first to say that I always enjoy the Super Bowl, perhaps not so much for the game, but just to spend it with friends and munching on delicious Super Bowl fare.
What I've said for many years also holds true: I have no time for the pre-game - the eight hours of pre-game.
So, you can probably guess my opinion of the hoopla that's going on in the Twin Cities this week.
Yep, yuccckkk!
I'm so thankful to be living here in Windom and nowhere close to the Twin Cities. While some live for all the activity going on up there this week, I have no desire to take part in any of it.
If anyone thinks they need to bring back the World's Fair or World Expo, they've already done it - it's Super Bowl Week wherever it's being held.
While I commend those who have been involved in creating a winter football wonderland in the frozen north - you have done an incredible job - it's hard for me to believe that all this hype is needed for one football game.
For me, it's not.

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