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January 15, 2021

12/2/2020 10:40:00 AM
Cheers and Jeers

As the December edition of Cheers & Jeers arrives, just a few more weeks remain in the most awful year of our lifetime.
There's one more strange episode remaining as we carefully maneuver the Christmas season and celebrate Christ's birth in a meaningful way without further fueling the pandemic.
Cheers go out to Windom Area Schools food service staff for a pair of recent recognitions.
First, Donna Pankonin, lunch room manager at the ELC-Windom and Red Rock Ridge ALC, was recognized for excellence in food safety practices and procedures, following an observation in March by Brown-Nicollet Community Health.
In addition, a recent health inspection of the Windom Area Schools food services showed no corrections or deficiencies.
"This is a rarity," Superintendent Wayne Wormstadt said recently. "I have now been part of 17 (inspections) - and let me be clear, the superintendent does not do the work - and this is the first time in 17 years I think that a zero deficiency has been issued. There's always something to be found. This is pretty impressive when you consider they're running three kitchens and the number of things that could take place that could be deficient - all the way down to a spatula."
Jeers go out to the hospital patients who cannot seem to understand that America's doctors and nurses deserve the utmost respect and support.
In recent weeks, we've heard stories of hospital staff around the state who received rude, boorish treatment and even worse. According to a story in the Nov. 27 Mankato Free Press, a patient allegedly threatened and spit on a nurse at a Mankato hospital.
That patient has been charged with felony terroristic threats and gross misdemeanor and misdemeanor counts of assault. According to the report, the patient reportedly told a nurse he knew where she and her family live and would hurt them. He then allegedly spit on the nurse's back.
If the reports are true, this suspect ought to be punished as severely as possible under the law. As a society, we need to send a clear message that this type of behavior will not be tolerated.
Cheers go out to Kristi Maricle who was recently named Windom's 2020-21 Teacher of the Year.
"Kristi is a dedicated teacher who strives for perfection," said Crystal Fast, a fellow fourth grade teacher. "I have met very few teachers who put so much effort into lesson planning. She does this for her students; to make sure that she is doing the absolute best for them. Kristi is beyond organized. This year she moved to fourth grade and has been a force of nature. She is always willing to help others and shares all ideas. She is a true team player."
Maricle is also co-president of Windom's teacher's union.
Cheers go out to the Windom Area Chamber of Commerce for launching a fun and exciting new Christmas lighting contest.
This is one of the most lucrative contests Windom has seen in years. Prizes totalling $1,750 go to residential winners. Commercial winners will receive up to $1,000.
It is obvious this event has sparked heavy decorating efforts around town. We're confident the beautiful lights will boost the spirits for countless residents.
- Rahn Larson

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