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January 15, 2019

Feeling nostalgic about turning back the clock
There's just something about a game in Comfrey that gives me a feeling of nostalgia.
Comfrey's gym is actually one of the newer facilities in the area, as it was built after the 1998 tornado.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019
Let the countdown begin!
That's right everybody, we here at iCitizen are already counting down to 2020 - more specifically Jan. 14, 2020. Reason being is that the very popular Windows 7 operating system runs out of extended support on this day.
Wednesday, January 9, 2019
We are at our best when we work together toward a common goal
During the last four years, I have enjoyed the great privilege of serving on the Windom City Council.
As new servant leaders are sworn into local boards and commissions and the city council swears in its two new members, it seems appropriate to take a moment to look back so as to better guide our future course.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019
War years tidbits from Irene
If you didn't get a chance to read the story about Irene Hultquist's early Christmas present (page 6), do so. You'll be glad you did.
Her story is history and she shared a few other tidbits that didn't make it into the story, but were ideal for this space.

Wednesday, January 9, 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 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
Shallow hibernators awoke during December warm-up
Winter has returned after a welcome warm-up in mid-December that lasted a couple of weeks. During that warm stretch some of our area hibernators that don't sleep so deep came out.
I first recognized it by my sense of smell one evening. Leaving for a basketball game in Worthington, the strong odor of skunk essence hit me as I stepped out the backdoor. Then, as I traveled Hwy. 60 southwest, I again picked up natures worst smell in the vicinity of Heron Lake as it easily entered the vent system of my Ford Explorer.
The skunks were out that night.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

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