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home : opinion : letters to the editor August 20, 2017

9/4/2013 1:39:00 PM
Windom has greater needs than a new arena

Windom has greater needs than a new arena
Whoa. Whoa. Somehow I feel the priorities in Windom are somewhat out of line.
I know the kids and parents enjoy hockey. I know people like to eat. I know meeting rooms seem to enhance buildings. I understand all these things.
I also know that I feel there are some greater needs in Windom. The first in my mind is a new fire station. Any new fire trucks must be retooled so they will go through the doors of the station. There is absolutely no wiggle room in that building. It is outdated.
The next thing is a year around swimming pool. You can swim all your life, but you will not be playing hockey when you are older.
Now to the arena. We had a good fair this year. So we dump a good building which needs fixing and build by the school?
Do you remember a couple of years ago when the water came down that hill in "a gully washer?" How high off the ground would you have to build an arena?
Who would own this building? This would be a huge indebtedness for any entity to carry.
How many additional workers would be needed? I well remember, the problems when we built the present arena. Thank you, Mr. Frederickson, for separating the school from the plans.
I do not think kids are great for sit-down meals when they come to play. They really seem to like "fast food." Buses are often observed outside McDonald's, Hardee's, and Dairy Queen. They do not like to sit down and wait for a waitress.
There are plenty of places to exercise. The hospital has an excellent exercise facility with a trainer. There is a private exercise business on the east edge of Windom. That would seem sufficient.
I have not said anything about hockey. I absolutely have nothing against a hockey arena in Windom, but let us put the priorities in order.
    - Lucille Lewis Nelson

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