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August 13, 2020

7/1/2020 3:29:00 PM
Cheers and Jeers

Our county is midway through the strangest summer in memory as we bring you the July edition of Cheers & Jeers.
At first glance, one might drive through our county and see relatively little change from previous years. People have been out fishing, baling hay, gardening and walking their dogs, all things one might see on any given June day.
Look closer and you will see masks, social distancing and smaller crowds that are hallmarks of this pandemic summer.
Cheers go out to Emilee Xayanourom who was elected to the Minnesota FFA state officer team.
The 2020 graduate of Mt. Lake Public High School spent the past year serving as a region president and now is state FFA vice president. She is the third straight Region VI president to be named state vice president.
She has already met once with the state officer team and will again later this summer.
Emilee's rise to state vice president began her junior year when she was elected the Mt. Lake FFA chapter's historian. In addition to serving as an FFA officer, Xayanourom has been involved in several facets of FFA, including Mt. Lake's ag sales team, parliamentary procedure team, nursery and landscape team and taking part in FFA camps.
Cheers go out to Windom city leaders who wisely took advantage of the state's Credit Enhancement Program when it issued debt for the 2020 street project.
As Mayor Dominic Jones recently pointed out, the city split the project financing into two pieces to take advantage of the Credit Enhancement Program. That, in turn, cut the city's interest on its $4.2 million bond by about .35%, which saved the city's taxpayers $172,000 in interest.
Jones said in upcoming months two more of Windom's bonds become eligible for refinancing and are projected to save another $272,851. Too often, good decisions like these fly under the radar.
Jeers go out to the local motorists who seem to think signalling their turns is optional.
We have seen countless such incidents in recent weeks. Not only is it extremely frustrating for other motorists, it is dangerous.
On most cars, the blinker switch is just inches away from the steering wheel and remarkably easily to operate. A 5-year old could master it.
Unfortunately, too many of our local motorists are driving like 4-year-olds.
Cheers go out to Mike and Betty Adrian of rural Mt. Lake for taking the big leap and spearheading an A&W restaurant in Mt. Lake.
As city officials broke ground on the project a week ago, Adrian said, "Our reason for doing it is that we want to be part of bringing people back in this way."
We only wish more area residents would have that kind of attitude and the courage to act on it.
- Rahn Larson

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