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home : opinion : editorial May 24, 2016

6/4/2014 2:22:00 PM
Cheers and Jeers

As the June edition of Cheers and Jeers goes to press, folks are raving about the "near-perfect" weather conditions the region has received lately.
Temperatures have been comfortable, skies are mostly sunny and it seems that ample doses of rain have arrived just when things were starting to get a bit dry. After the rough winter and chilly spring we've endured, none of us should feel guilty about enjoying superb conditions.
So, against the backdrop of some well-deserved "make-up weather," we bring you the latest edition of Cheers and Jeers.
Jeers go out to area residents who insist on cranking their music in otherwise quiet neighborhoods at all hours of the night.
As comfortable evening temperatures move in, we're seeing more evening outdoor parties and camp fires. At the same time, more residents like to open their windows to let cool air into their homes.
The parties and campfires are fine, so long as people keep the music down. Folks should also keep in mind that certain voices tend to carry more than others. Loud talking and laughter can be just as annoying to neighbors as loud music.
In the past few weeks, the Windom Police Department has been called to neighborhoods multiple times regarding complaints about disturbing the peace. In many cases, residents are very understanding and respectful of their neighbors concerns. We just wish the calls wouldn't need to be made in the first place.
Cheers go out to the Windom Area High School girls golf team and all of the area track athletes and golfers who earned trips to the Minnesota State High School tournaments this spring.
It's a bit unfortunate that spring high school tournaments occur after school has been let out for the year. However, given our weather situation, it is the only option for spring sports.
We applaud these area athletes for the hard work that has allowed them to reach the pinnacle of high school sports. Being a spring sports participant is not always easy. These students often struggle to find early outdoor practice opportunities and many times compete in tough conditions.
But they've all learned a few things about perseverance and the ability to compete regardless of the obstacles. Hats off to all of these fine athletes.
Cheers go out to the Windom Riverfest Committee on its decision to move the vast majority of its events to the Cottonwood Lake area.
While this week's Citizen Online poll suggests that the public is not completely sold on this change, we hope people will at least approach the new Riverfest experience with an open mind.
We understand that folks appreciate tradition and that accepting change doesn't always come easy. However, let's not forget that there are some benefits to having Saturday's Riverfest events at Tegels Park:
• People can park their cars near the Community Center and then simply walk to events at Tegels Park and the Windom Recreation Area. Unlike previous Riverfest celebrations, it won't be necessary to drive from one event to the other.
• The setting at Tegels Park promises to be exciting, with the volleyball games, music stage, fishing contest, turtle races, bean bag toss and much more.
• If it's warm, folks will welcome the cooler lakeside temperatures that Cottonwood Lake offers.
• The grassy areas and playground offer plenty of room for youngsters to run and roam during a busy Riverfest weekend.
Cheers go out to the Toro Company and its employees for planting 100 trees at the Windom Recreation Area this past week.
Windom residents are tremendously fortunate to have a company like Toro operating a plant in this community. The Toro Company has treated our town extremely well over the years and continues to make its mark as a first-class corporate citizen.
If you get a chance, take a drive past the Windom Recreation Area located along 16th Street and Lakeview Avenue, or, better yet, stroll through the park on one of its many walking trails. You will see that the trees were extremely well-placed and it will be easy to imagine the beautiful setting that will emerge in about 10 years, as the trees continue to grow.
What a tremendous gift to our community. Thank you, Toro!
Jeers go out to the fishermen and boaters who simply fail to follow the state's invasive species laws.
These laws are in place to protect our lakes and our fish.
If you own a boat, the law states that you must clean all visible aquatic plants, zebra mussels and other invasive species from watercraft, trailers and other water-related equipment before leaving shoreland, or a public access. People are also required to drain their watercraft and keep plugs out.
Thirdly, unwanted bait is to be thrown in the trash. It is illegal to release live bait into a lake or stream, or to transport fish from one lake to another.
Cheers go out to the Windom Housing and Redevelopment Authority and the Windom Economic Development Authority for their decision to jointly fund a new housing study for our community.
The 75-page study is loaded with quality information about our community and has provided valuable information about our housing needs for the future. Moreover, we have learned that communities with updated housing studies stand a far better chance at landing key development projects than those with outdated community housing information.
- Rahn Larson

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