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April 24, 2019

Ducks return north for the Ducks Unlimited Banquet
Well, that headline is not meant to imply that the ducks are returning north to attend Windom's annual spring fundraiser. The ducks, of course, don't even know that Ducks Unlimited exists, although they should, because their very future survival depends greatly on Ducks Unlimited.
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
MIAC should not dump St. Thomas
Whenever there is a sports team that has become something of a dynasty, beating that dynasty is something special.
Look at the great teams in history that have built dynasties. The Yankees. The Bulls. The Patriots.
For a team to knock off those championship-caliber teams in their prime takes perfection.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Turning off, unplugging, then turning back on
We've written in the past that when having issues with your computer or any other device the first thing you should always try is to turn it off and back on again. With the power outages a couple weeks ago many people have been having issues with many of their devices that were plugged in and turned on at the time. While turning it off and back on again usually works, sometimes you even have to unplug the device and plug it back in for it to operate correctly.
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
On farms and ranches, every day is Earth Day
At USDA, we celebrate Earth Day 2019 by offering a big thank you to farmers and ranchers here in Minnesota for all they do.
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Windom grad honored
Jason Mix, a 1996 graduate of Windom Area High School, was recently recognized as the quarterly Principal Advocate Champion by the National Association of Secondary School Principals Policy & Advocacy Center.
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Tax base, streets, and a pool
Recently, I heard someone say the Cemstone housing development isn't important to Windom.
People are entitled to their opinion.
A second later, the same person said, "The city council should focus on fixing streets and updating the pool."
The lone solution, without a stronger tax base, is to raise taxes - dramatically. In fact, Windom is at a crossroads regarding streets and the 50-year-old pool - expect nothing to change unless one of two things happen:
• Windom residents fork out huge tax increases.
• Windom sees a dramatic increase in tax base.
The streets
For years, the city's system for improving streets has been to simply replace street improvement bonds as they expire. That's why we see a major street project every three years.
The problem is, as street-building costs keep rising, this system simply cannot stay ahead of deteriorating streets. It is purely a financial problem.
Until Windom pours more money into street projects, motorists will continue to face frustrations with potholes and embarrassingly substandard streets.
The pool
Bring up the aging swimming pool to council members and you receive a pause or sigh.
They know the pool situation is not good. But the best long-term fix is a referendum.
How do we simultaneously pass a pool referendum and raise taxes to fix streets? How would our home and business taxes look if that were to occur?
Tax base
This brings us back to Cemstone and our tax base.
We can all cavalierly say we can blow off a $5 million apartment developer and the Cemstone housing development isn't needed. But in doing so, we invite higher taxes and ignore the pleas of Windom's top employers which have literally begged for housing solutions.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

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