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September 24, 2020

8/12/2020 3:09:00 PM
Cheers and Jeers

As this August edition of Cheers & Jeers hits newsstands, there is no shortage of good news in our communities.
Area crops look outstanding, the weather has been comfortable and countless area residents have taken full advantage of one of Minnesota's best treasures: the great outdoors. If you are not part of that group, we urge you to seize the opportunity. There is still plenty of time.
Some of this state's most wonderful months are around the corner.
Cheers go out to the administration, staff and school board for the Windom School District for all the excellent work that has gone into planning the 2020 school year.
Trying to please everyone is impossible during this pandemic. However, we feel our school leaders have made solid decisions that will allow students to attend class every day while the district's buildings operate at 50% capacity.
This effort to provide in-person learning is not an inexpensive undertaking. It will cause the Windom School District to dip into its reserves for roughly $500,000. However, it is the correct move, in terms of addressing health concerns while meeting state requirements.
While this solution is far from ideal, we hope residents cut our school leaders a little slack. This is not an easy process for anyone.
Cheers go out to Hutchinson-based Hjerpe Construction the general contractor for Windom's 2020 citywide street project.
At last week's Windom City Council meeting, Mayor Dominic Jones said he has received several reports from residents who were happy with the work and communication provided by the contractor and subcontractors. That is unusual for street projects.
Granted, crews have benefitted from mild weather. At the same time, residents notice when workers pay close attention to little things - such as offering advance warning of upcoming inconveniences, using caution around private property, cleaning up sites at day's end, making sure nearby residents can maneuver (as much as possible) during the project, and watching for children, pedestrians and motorists. This year's construction crews have passed these tests with flying colors.
Jeers go out to the Minnesota Department of Education for taking so long to provide a plan for the '20-21 school year.
Yes, we understand this has been a trying year for all facets of state government. Our state's leaders are in the unenviable position of being guaranteed criticism regardless of their decisions.
However, by waiting so long to provide our districts a set of guidelines, state leaders have stolen the one thing schools cannot afford to lose in this situation - time. As a result, administrations, faculty and parents are scrambling to play catch-up.
State leaders had a tough job, but it simply had to be done sooner.
Cheers go out to everyone who helped make this a wonderful summer baseball season at Island Park - from the volunteer grounds crew, the concession operators, press box crew, umpires, coaches and, of course, players.
In a year when so many things have been limited or curtailed, Island Park served as a wonderful escape, a few hours for folks to feel like it was 2019 again. The same was true at the Windom Recreation Area, which received tremendous contributions from the same types of hard-working groups.
We are so fortunate to live in a community like Windom, where facilities, participation and support are top shelf in every way.
- Rahn Larson

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