Local News Headlines – Fri, Oct 20

A JUNIOR-HIGH KNOWLEDGE BOWL MEET WAS HELD MONDAY IN MT LAKE.   THERE WERE 14 TEAMS FROM 7 AREA SCHOOLS.  THE MT LAKE “EMERALD” TEAM WON THE MEET, WITH JACKSON COUNTY CENTRAL 2ND, MT LAKE CHRISTIAN 3RD, CEDAR MT 4TH AND A TEAM FROM WINDOM IN 5TH PLACE.  WINDOM’S OTHER TEAMS FINISHED IN 9TH, 11TH AND 13TH PLACE.  THE MT LAKE “JADE” TEAM FINISHED IN 7TH PLACE.  THE NEXT JUNIOR-HIGH KNOWLEDGE BOWL MEET WILL BE HELD MONDAY IN SLAYTON. 
A CONCERT – FEATURING THE WORK OF A NORWEGIAN COMPOSER – WILL BE HELD IN WINDOM THIS WEEKEND.  THE SONS OF NORWAY STAVANGER LODGE IS SPONSORING THE PROGRAM ON SUNDAY AT 2:00 AT THE AMERICAN LUTHERAN CHURCH IN WINDOM.  THE EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.  DR. MICHAEL JORGENSON OF GUSTAVUS COLLEGE, AND HIS WIFE BONNIE, WILL BE PERFORMING WORKS COMPOSED BY THEODORA CORMONTON.  CORMONTON WAS A NORWEGIAN IMMIGRANT WHO LIVED IN SW MINNESOTA. 
THE COTTONWOOD COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MET THIS WEEK.    THE BOARD VOTED TO APPROVE AN APPLICATION FOR A HOUSING TAX ABATEMENT.  THEY SUPPORTED AN APPLICATION TO THE LOCAL ROAD IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM GRANT.  THE BOARD VOTED TO ALLOW THE SALE OF A TAX-FORFEITED PROPERTY TO THE WINDOM H-R-A FOR USE AS LOW-INCOME RENTAL HOUSING.  TERESA DETERMAN-SCHWARTZ WA HIRED AS THE NEW OFFICE MANAGER FOR THE COUNTY EXTENSION OFFICE AND VETERANS’ SERVICE OFFICE.  A NATURAL RESOURCES BLOCK-GRANT AGREEMENT WAS APPROVED.
A MEETING OF THE HERON LAKE-OKABENA SCHOOL BOARD WAS HELD THIS WEEK.    A FUND-TRANSFER WAS APPROVED TO THE DEBT REDEMPTION FUND.  COACHING ASSIGNMENTS WERE APPROVED FOR WINTER SPORTS AND SPRING SPORTS.  SEVERAL VOLUNTEER COACHES AND ACTIVITY ADVISORS WERE APPROVED.  THE BOARD HEARD ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS, INCLUDING AN UPDATE ON CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE TEACHERS’ UNION.   FOUR OPEN-ENROLLMENT APPLICATIONS WERE APPROVED. 
                                      
A MUSICAL SERVICE WILL BE HELD SUNDAY IN WINDOM.    THE LUTHERAN CHURCH OF OUR SAVIOR IS HOSTING THE LUTHER HYMN FESTIVAL SERVICE AT 4:00 SUNDAY AFTERNOON AT THE WINDOM COMMUNITY CENTER.  A PRACTICE SESSION FOR THE MASS CHOIR WILL BE HELD AT 2:00.  THIS IS A CELEBRATION OF THE 500TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE PROTESTANT REFORMATION.  A FREE-WILL OFFERING WILL BE ACCEPTED ON BEHALF OF THE LUTHERAN HERITAGE FOUNDATION.  LIGHT REFRESHMENTS WILL BE SERVED FOLLOWING THE PROGRAM.   
THE CITY OF JEFFERS IS EXPLORING OPTIONS FOR FUTURE WATER SERVICE.  A PUBLIC MEETING WAS HELD MONDAY TO REVIEW THE ISSUES.  THE CITY’S WATER TREATMENT PLANT IS HAVING PROBLEMS WITH ITS FILTER SYSTEM.  REPAIRS COULD COST UP TO 150-THOUSAND-DOLLARS, BUT IF THE ENTIRE SYSTEM HAS TO BE REPLACED, THE COST COULD RUN AS HIGH AS 800-THOUSAND-DOLLARS.  ONE OPTION WOULD BE FOR JEFFERS TO HOOK UP TO THE RED ROCK RURAL WATER SYSTEM.  THE COST OF THE HOOK-UP WOULD BE ROUGHLY 125-THOUSAND-DOLLARS.   A DECISION WILL BE MADE AT A FUTURE MEETING OF THE JEFFERS CITY COUNCIL.