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home : opinion : editorial July 23, 2016

4/2/2014 1:24:00 PM
Cheers and Jeers

As we begin the April edition of Cheers and Jeers, we are not quite sure what to make of the weather.
On one hand, we saw March come in like a lion and go out like a lamb - barely. After a gorgeous Sunday and a mostly mild Monday, the Windom area narrowly escaped blizzard-like conditions. Instead, we found April 1 weather that was still pretty cold and wet for this time of year.
What does it mean when April comes in like a lion? Could this be winter's last hurrah? Or, does it mean the spring of 2014 will be every bit as miserable as the winter we just endured?
As we ponder that question, let's get on with the latest edition of Cheers and Jeers.
Jeers go out to the youth pastor in the Twin Cities area who was charged with trying to solicit nude photos from girls ages 13 to 15.
Monday's Star Tribune story reported that the suspect was accused of using social media during his attempts. This story and those like it are popping up too often.
We are hopeful that as these stories come out, parents around the state take the opportunity to discuss them with their children. In this most recent case, the suspect told investigators he attempted to connect with girls by posing as a 15-year-old girl.
This is one of many tricks low life predators and others use online. The key, each time, is to convince the prey that the person at the keyboard is someone else, someone trustworthy.
Obviously, the Courts need to deal with perpetrators harshly. Perhaps even heavier penalties are in order.
At the same time, it is imperative that parents warn their children about Internet scams and solicitation. Failure to do so - or failure to monitor kids' Internet use ­- is like failing to warn youngsters about strangers offering car rides.
Cheers go out to Windom Police Officer Donna Marcy who is among this year's select few Faces of Hope honorees from the five-county area.
Like the others, Donna was recognized for her work to support the victims of domestic and sexual violence. Marcy, who is a Windom resident, will be honored along with the others at the banquet of the Southwest Crisis Center, Saturday night in Worthington.
Others being honored at the event include: David and Sally Anne Benson of Nobles County, Luann Bosma of Pipestone County, Barb Spaeth of Jackson County and Connie Wieneke from Rock County.
In addition to her local work for the police department, Marcy serves as an investigator for an organization called Internet Crimes Against Children. Her work has been successful in finding and arresting suspects of Internet crimes.
Here is what Jenny Quade of the Minnesota Department of Corrections said about Marcy: "She is in a field predominately male, yet can hold her own in any situation. Donna shows a desire to serve the public, protecting the safety of all people and hold criminals accountable for their actions."
Windom Police Chief Scott Peterson, who nominated Marcy for the award, added: "(Donna) shows a passion for helping others, especially victims of crime. Officer Marcy is aggressive and passionate in her efforts to arrest violators of Minnesota's Domestic Violence Statute. Her work after the arrest is always very thorough and detailed so the prosecutor has a good case to work with. These are just some of the attributes that make her worthy of the award."
We tip our hat to Donna for receiving this award and for obviously going above and beyond the call of duty. She is very deserving of this honor and the regional recognition is long overdue.
Jeers go out to the national cable TV companies that continually push the envelope when it comes to Internet fees.
This week, Windom residents learned that the community stands to lose multiple cable TV channels if the city's national cable TV cooperative fails to reach an agreement with media giant Viacom. The list of channels that face extinction, locally, includes: Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, VH-1, MTV, TV Land, TeenNick, Nick Jr, CMT, CMT Pure Country, VH-1, VH-1 Classic Rock, M-TV 2, and Spike.
Why? Windomnet General Manager Dan Olsen says it's because Viacom has refused to back down from its original demand of a rate increase that is 44 times the rate of inflation.
There are probably channels on that list that many of us would hate to lose. However, we applaud the national cooperative for taking a stand.
As ugly as this mess has become for cable TV providers, here is the really bad news: Windomnet still needs to coplete agreements for five more cable TV contracts in 2014.
Cheers go out to Glen Francis of Windom for purchasing the Towlerton Motors property at the north junction of Highways 60 and 71. That property is about to become home for Ag Builders and GDF Enterprises, two businesses owned by Francis and located at the northeast edge of Windom.
All along, we were hopeful that the property would someday be used for a commercial business. Francis has already begun making plans to give the entire facility a face-lift - inside and out.
He is optimistic that the site will greatly benefit his business, in terms of exposure and growth. Any time a local business can expand and grow, it is good news for our community.
We applaud Glen for showing faith in the community by making this substantial investment.
- Rahn Larson

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