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Jim Putnam is named to Winnebago Hall of Fame

By Staff | Jul 5, 2020

Jim Putnam is this year’s entry into the Winnebago Hall of Fame. Putnam was announced as the recipient during Winnebago’s Economic Development Authority (EDA) meeting on Wednesday, July 1.

His nomination form notes Putnam has been very active in efforts to reclaim the waters of Lura Lake and mentions his efforts have led to hundreds of young people having the opportunity to have hands on nature lessons in a beautify setting and help impact their appreciation of nature.

Putnam’s generosity is also highlighted on the nomination form which states he is known for sharing his garden produce and is willing to lend a helping hand wherever it is needed.

The EDA also approved two commercial exterior building grants during their meeting.

The first grant was awarded to Ron’s Plumbing, HVAC and Electric for a new sign and exterior lighting.

Amos Boeck, the owner of Ron’s Plumbing, HVAC and Electric, was at the meeting and told the EDA members about his plans.

“The lighting we will install will be matched to blend in with what the town already has,” Boeck explained.

The grant is for $1,296 and was approved by a unanimous vote.

The second grant was awarded to Blue Earth Valley Eye Clinic.

Owner Brent Johnson told the EDA members he is going to replace the awnings on his business.

“I installed them 11 years ago and they have faded from brown to green,” Johnson. “The material is also starting to degrade.”

The total amount of the grant awarded to the Blue Earth Valley Eye Clinic was $2,403.

Winnebago EDA specialist Annie Leibel also had some news on grants the city had applied for.

“We have received notification our Paint the Town grant was approved,” Leibel said. “A mural will be painted on the Knaack Building and I will be contacting Naseem Shahrivar so she can get started.”

The grant requires the city to purchase the paint from Ace Hardware in St. Peter but all other supplies will be purchased at Roerig Hardware, if possible, according to Leibel.

“The other grant we received was a CenterPoint Energy grant,” Leibel shared. “The amount is for $2,500 and will be used to help cover the cost of purchasing two 12-lead EKG machines.”

Leibel also gave an update on the succession planning program.

“We are looking at altering the program so we condense the meetings down to two days with longer sessions,” Leibel. “This seems to appeal more to people than meeting for 10 weeks in a row with shorter meetings.”