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February 21, 2018

2/14/2018 9:07:00 AM
More than just sports
"It's just sports."
How often have we heard that line over the years? People often say that America is too caught up with sports, too fixated on it.
In some cases, they are probably right.
However, there are also a boatload of ways sports is a big positive, not only for the participants, but society in general. A few weeks ago, we saw that locally with the Take Down Cancer event involving the Windom-Mt. Lake Cobra wrestling team and its fans.
The event, which was held Jan. 25, was a triangular meet in Windom involving the Cobras, Minneota and Adrian. Leaders from the Cobra wrestling program set up a plan for that night to offer a tailgate event, sponsored by Hardee's and Schwalbach Hardware, and also selling Take Down Cancer T-shirts. All proceeds were designated for two cancer-related charities: the Randy Shaver Foundation and also an assistance program for local cancer patients offered through Windom Area Hospital.
All told, the event raised $500 for the Randy Shaver Foundation and $1,000 for the local cancer patient fund.
"We wanted to do something local, for the people that are going through treatment," said Vicki Borsgard, one of the Cobra parents. "We heard that Windom Area Hospital does gas cards for people who go through treatment. When we set this up, they were down to their last two gas cards.
"I know it gets expensive for these people, just the travel. Some are going in for treatment and radiation daily."
Borsgard noted that the support from wrestling fans of all three teams was amazing.
"The Adrian team bought all of their kids T-shirts and made a nice donation, too," Borsgard said.
I realize we see this sort of support in volleyball, basketball and other sports as well. So, really this is one more example of athletes, parents and other fans setting all of that aside for a moment and thinking about those who are facing some very difficult times right now.
In a world where all too often there are forces pulling us apart, I've got to say it is heartwarming to see people pulling together for a common cause. I tip my hat to everyone who made the Take Down Cancer event a big success.
City charter
The Windom city council is assembling a charter commission once again.
We had a charter commission a few years ago, but it was disbanded. Earlier this year, the council had further discussions regarding the merits of a charter city vs. a statutory city.
As the discussion evolved, it was decided that the charter commission should be brought back. Several of the former charter commission members were contacted and did, indeed, agree to serve again.
Meanwhile, the council also has learned that Councilman Rod Byam has changed his mind on the issue. Byam once told the council he would like to at least explore the idea of switching Windom to a statutory city.
Last week, Byam told the council he reviewed Windom's charter and now sees things differently.
"I believe a charter city serves our purposes best," Byam said. "We have more control in a charter city than we would in a statutory city.
"My recommendation would be to stay with the charter and keep working with the charter committee."

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