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January 15, 2019


Things to think about in 2019
Each January on this page, we start out by reflecting on the past year and finish with a peek at the new year.
Although our annual "year ahead" editorial is a week away, I thought I'd share a few extra items this week.
Tidying up
Windom
Windom has long been considered among the region's tidiest communities, but there's no doubt we are slipping.
Last summer, weeds sprouted in Windom's public places, near the Square, parks and highways. Many key private and public buildings needed paint and care.
These things are definitely noticed by visitors. As a community, we need to tidy up in 2019.
Street repairs
For at least 30 years, Windom's street upgrade system has been to schedule major street projects so that new bonds kick in right after old ones expire.
It's like a street leasing program. Unfortunately, this system simply does not keep up with rising costs.
Our council needs to take a hard look at a new plan that keeps pace with Windom's street repair and replacement needs.
Planning, communication
This week's guest columnist, retiring councilman Bryan Joyce will be missed by the council.
From the start, Bryan pushed the council and staff to plan and communicate more consistently. As a result, public input eventually became a priority. We are a better city when we are all engaged.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019
The 2019 Fearless Forecast
My search for the Fearless Forecaster again took me around the world, but amazingly ended at Tegels Park in Windom.
As I trudged through the snow along Cottonwood Lake, I caught a whiff of a Cuban cigar.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019






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