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February 22, 2019

Apps and features in Windows 10
Do you have any apps (programs) on your computer that you no longer use, but you don't know how to uninstall them? Do you want to change different program defaults so that certain items open up in a particular program? Both of these things and more can be done from the Apps section of the settings menu.
Thursday, February 21, 2019
Minnesota winters and the impact on Community Transit
Throughout Southwest Minnesota there is a common conversation emerging.
It starts something like, "I am so fed up with winter!" And, it is often followed by a belligerent, "I'm moving to Florida!"
While a few people may make good on the declaration to relocate, the reality is, most of us will take a deep breath and deal with anything winter has left to give us. This can be especially challenging for anyone who cannot drive.
However, Community Transit of United Community Action Partnership does everything possible to make sure people can get around and stay safe in winter weather.
Winter shutdown factors
The decision to shut down Community Transit service is never taken lightly because transportation is important in every facet of life.
However, at times it is necessary to temporarily stop service in the interest of passenger and driver safety. In those times, a number of things have to occur at Community Transit.
Drivers begin to let the dispatch office know that roads are slippery, becoming drifted or that travel is difficult. Staff in the office document those conditions and look for existing travel or weather advisories.
If it looks like there is considerable safety risk, a service limitation or shut down will be announced to local media. Service for the next day is only limited or cancelled when weather predictions are severe.
Once a shutdown is announced, staff strive to have buses off the road in two hours or less.
The staff stops taking new travel requests or performing outgoing trips and begins focusing on getting people home.
Drivers who live out-of-town are given the opportunity to leave, and their trips are moved to other buses. The phones, which normally ring continuously, become a flurry of outgoing calls. Dispatch staff look through each bus schedule to make sure every passenger who has gone somewhere earlier in the day has the opportunity to get home.
More questions?
Anyone with questions about how their trips will be affected during a service shutdown or who wants to know more about transportation in their community is encouraged to call the dispatch office at 507-847-2632.
This winter may be a difficult one for travel, but Community Transit takes the mission of connecting people and communities seriously. There are times when unsafe travel conditions will dictate service limitations, but the decision is not made flippantly, and passengers remain the priority.
Let's just hope there aren't any snowstorms in April this year. If there are, look me up the next time you're in Florida!
Shelly Pflaum is the access coordinator for Community Transit.

Thursday, February 21, 2019
Creative names for school
Winfair Elementary Principal Jamie Frank shared that the Core Planning Community had a somewhat difficult task whittling the name of Windom's new elementary school down to just a handful of possibilities.
On the other hand, she also said it was a fun process.
Why? When you see some of the submissions, you'll understand.

Thursday, February 21, 2019
Can we pause the campaign?
A few days ago, I heard a guy ask, "Is there any way we can push the 'pause button' on the presidential campaign?"
Don't we all wish it were that simple.

Thursday, February 21, 2019
Jackrabbit hunts, mink farms, fur gloves
Fueled by the many named snowstorms since mid-January, nostalgia descended on me. This time the reminiscing surrounded mainly the large population of jackrabbits that occupied southwest Minnesota in the 1950s.
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Making Windows 10 yours
Most, if not all, Windows 10 machines come equipped with the standard background picture and color scheme. While this is just fine for most people, there are some who would like to have a special picture, or color scheme on their computer that really appeals to them.
Wednesday, February 13, 2019

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