|12/5/2019 9:18:00 AM|
Cheers and Jeers
Fresh off our first real storm of winter, area motorists are back in tune with the finer points of winter driving as we bring you the December edition of Cheers and Jeers.
Veteran Minnesota drivers are well-versed on the habits of good winter drivers - particularly slowing to a crawl when approaching curves and intersections. At times, we forget there is a whole new crop of newly licensed drivers and southern transplants. Our advice: Watch out for rookie winter drivers. They may be sliding into a corner, or intersection, near you.
Jeers go out to Mother Nature for the poor treatment of area farmers throughout the 2019 growing season.
It was bad enough that late-spring snow and rain delayed both corn and soybean planting, in some cases leaving producers little choice but to idle their fields. Then, over summer, we received winds so heavy that it toppled corn stalks to the ground, either snapping them off, or bending them over so far that the only way to harvest corn was to run the combine in only one direction.
Fall arrived with enough rain and snow to push the harvest behind schedule. In some places, the delay was so severe, farmers were unable to complete their corn harvest.
According to Cody Mielke, an agronomist at Country Pride Services Cooperative, roughly 5% of the county's corn crop was left unharvested after last week's snow. Mielke added that this year's corn yields ranged, on average, from 120 to 150 bushels per acre and soybeans were in the 40- to 50-bushel range, both substantially below a typical crop yield.
We are due for a much better crop year in 2020.
Cheers go out to the folks who make donations to the county's annual Christmas gift collection program, the Christmas Cheer Box.
Cheer Box collection sites will accept donations through Monday at sites in Windom, Mt. Lake, Jeffers and Storden. The Citizen site stays open through Dec. 12. The program, sponsored by Windom Women of Today and the Mt. Lake Police Department, accepts new unwrapped toys, hats, mittens, clothing, books or other items appropriate for youth 18 years and younger.
Cheers go out to the Windom Area Chamber of Commerce on delivering yet another outstanding Gala.
Year after year, the Chamber delivers quality entertainment, great food and a chance for workers and business people to relax and socialize with one another. As usual, the event recognized deserving award winners who will be featured in the Citizen over the next few months.
Cheers go out to the state champion Mt. Lake Wolverines football team.
The Wolverines captured the title with a thrilling 22-14 victory over Hancock at U.S. Bank Stadium on Saturday. After the game, Coach Tim Kirk said, "These kids have been absolutely everything a coach could want."
Throughout the 2019 season, the Wolverines were champions in every sense of the word.
- Rahn Larson