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January 18, 2021


11/18/2020 10:05:00 AM
Mask-up, people
I may sound like a 1960s high school teacher scolding his pupils, but I mean it when I say, "Mask-up, people!"
If you haven't figured it out already, the situation is getting dire, when it comes to COVID-19 in Windom, Cottonwood County, the state and the Upper Midwest.
If you've at all questioned whether or not you really need to wear a mask in indoor - and now, even outdoor - public spaces, the latest numbers should tell you masks are needed.
I was one of those who questioned whether all this masking was necessary, or if it even did any good. When Gov. Walz asked us to start wearing masks, I did so out of respect for the office. I didn't fear getting the virus as much as giving it to someone else, another reason I donned the mask.
But it's now gone far beyond that. I still don't know if wearing a mask will stop the spread of this novel coronavirus, but I know it will certainly hinder it. Moreover, we have no other line of protection against contracting or spreading it.
For those who have made it a political issue - that this is just another avenue for government to control our way of life - dismiss those thoughts now. And don't say that my True Blue Democrat colors are shining through.
Against my better judgment (which these days I have little), I'm exposing my political leanings, as if you probably haven't figured them out already. I largely vote Republican, not always entirely, but heavily. So, yes, I voted for Donald Trump for president. If that upsets you and makes you think less of me, so be it.
I voted for Trump for reasons other than his handling of the coronavirus, which I believe he has completely bungled. He is dead wrong on his approach to the pandemic. He should have been following health experts' lead and requiring people to wear masks from the start and I truly believe it would have reduced deaths and cases.
Make no mistake, it would not have eliminated it. But masks, at this point, are our only protection.
For those who say they'll get it and then be over it, you don't know that. You could be one of the minority who contracts the virus, has complications and needs hospitalization, or worse, dies.
With the rapid rise in cases in the Upper Midwest, my fear is that we are going to run out of hospital beds and there will be no more places to treat people. Our healthcare system is being over-run with COVID-19 cases. I have a daughter who is a nurse at Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls and she can attest to the fact that the hospital there is swollen with COVID-19 patients.
All she asks is for people to wear a mask. Again, wearing a mask may not stop the spread, but it will definitely curb it.
If you can't wear a mask because of a health issue, fine. But if you're able to wear a mask and simply refuse to do so because it's your right, I ask you to please reconsider your choice.
Step up and mask up. I'll get off my soap box now.
Island Park - top turf
OK, I'm totally switching gears here, but this is information I just had to share.
Former Windom Activities Director Dane Nielsen stopped me last week to share some conversations he had with football coaches from Redwood Valley, Luverne and Blue Earth, all teams that played games at Island Park this fall.
He said - without exception - coaches from all three schools said the football field at Island Park was the nicest turf they had played on anywhere.
The man hours and care that have gone into restoring Island Park to its past glory is noticed. Such comments as these should validate the work that's been done there.
Great job, gentlemen!








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