Sometimes the interesting news stories pour in from so many directions, it gives a columnist "idea overload." Rather than try to pick one topic, I decided to resurrect my long lost "Notes on the News" segment. So, here's my take on a few stories that hit Minnesota newspapers recently. Marshall High School hockey team reaches State High School Hockey Tournament. For all of you Citizen readers who were not aware of this, the Windom Area Eagles boys hockey team beat Marshall 5-4 earlier this year. It was one of many nice wins for the team. A tip of the hat goes out to Coach Jon Ammerman, his assistants and his players on a nice season. Minnesota bill aims to ease state health rules on community chili cook-offs. I don't know when the Minnesota Department of Health earned its reputation as a killjoy, but I'm glad our lawmakers are coming to the rescue. If we cannot easily hold a community chili cook-off then what kind of society have we become? Seriously. I've always thought a Windom chili cook-off would be a great local event. I can promise you my wife's chili would be in the hunt for the championship. Percy Harvin traded to the Seattle Seahawks. We will miss the impact of this Vikings wide receiver - perhaps one of the most dynamic offensive players in the game - but he certainly wasn't my favorite player. I had the feeling "Yay, Me!" was his favorite phrase. Once he got hurt, it seemed like Percy could care less about his teammates. During the Vikings recent playoff push, where was Percy? He was in Florida, "rehabbing his injured ankle." That says all you need to know about him. Cottonwood County offers to help struggling local theater. Nice move. The county ought to become more involved in local and regional economic development.