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More things to Cheer and to Jeer

By Staff | Aug 23, 2020

Time once again to hand out some Cheers as well as a couple of Jeers where they are needed and deserved. So sit back, relax and get ready, because here we go.

Jeers go to this whole COVID-19 and coronavirus pandemic thing which has caused such a disruption in so many people’s lives.

The latest things to be affected were the cut down versions of Kernel Days in Wells and Fun Fest in Winnebago.

The groups trying to put on just a bare bones version of their annual town summer celebrations faced scrutiny from the Minnesota Attorney General’s office and decided it would be better to just cancel the two events.

I guess we do have to add a Cheer to the two celebration committees for opting on the side of shutting down and trying to keep everyone safe. But still, it is a sad deal.

It does beg the question, however, as to how the community of Windom was able to have their annual RiverFest summer celebration last weekend. It is generally in June and this year was postponed to August. It had a full weekend of activities, from a parade and fireworks, to food stands, a queen contest, kayak races, etc.

To be honest they did get a phone call from the State Department of Labor, State Department of Health and Attorney General’s office just hours before the start of the events last Friday. A citizen had called the state offices with a concern about holding the events. But the group in charge explained how they were handling things and proceeded anyway despite the concerns.

Wells and Winnebago also had concerned citizens contact the state offices with concerns for safety, and decided to cancel their planned events.

Cheers to the city of Wells for being chosen for the prestigious honor of being named a City of Excellence by the League of Minnesota Cities. Wells was chosen in the category of cities under 5,000 population.

They were specifically chosen for their city-wide LED light conversion and energy saving project. Congrats to all those involved in that endeavor.

Cheers goes out to all the city councils, economic development authorities and the County Board and the County EDA for working so hard to disburse a couple of million dollars in CARES Act money to where they hope it will do the most good. We applaud their efforts to try and help local businesses just as much as they can with this sudden windfall of money. We hope this can have a positive impact on our communities during a year that has been hard on many folks.

And speaking of working hard, Cheers go out to the school boards and administrations at Blue Earth Area and United South Central for doing everything they can to have school as normal as possible this year, and to do all in their power to keep students and teachers as safe as possible.

Both school’s staff spent countless hours creating learning plans which would follow state guidelines. And they had to prepare for three separate scenarios. Only time will tell if all their hard work pays off and there can be a safe and productive school year. We sure hope there can be.

Cheers to the Faribault County Relay for Life committee and their efforts in holding at least a small version of the annual fundraising event. While it was nowhere near the big impressive event of years past, it did give local residents a chance to donate to a worthy cause and honor those who have faced a battle with cancer.

Just like the fair board and so many other groups, they promise a bigger and better-than-ever event next summer.

Jeers to those folks who just can’t slow down when they are driving.

It is getting to be a dangerous situation as people race through the roundabouts, speed down residential streets and hardly even slow down at stop signs.

Please slow down. Whatever you are speeding to get to, it will still be there when you arrive. And, you have a better chance of arriving safely if you take it a little slower.

Cheers go to all those brave and civic-minded folks who filed to run on the ballot for local public offices. While it looked like there were not going to be many names to choose from come Nov. 3, or in some cases no names to choose from, a lot of people signed up and filed at the last moment.

For instance, there had been no one who filed for the three open school board slots at both BEA and USC for quite a while, but then it ended with five and six people filing respectively.

And while some offices remained open with no one filing, many others did get at least one person to toss their hat in the ring. So, cheers to them.

So there you have it. Except for one last Cheer going out to all of you, our valued readers, subscribers and advertisers. Thanks for your support, especially in these very strange and stressful times.

Thanks for reading us.