30 June 2011

community meetings.

Next week is the beginning of good things for Windom.  It is time to start hearing what you, the community of Windom, would like to see the city council work on.  This is your chance to tell us what would make Windom an even better place to live.  I know you all have ideas, so bring them to the meeting.  You don't have to come to both, we are just trying to make it possible for as many people to come by offering to different times.  If you can't make either one, you can leave your ideas on Finding Windom's facebook page.  The city council is asking for your help, so let's help...

The community meetings are scheduled for Wednesday, July 6 from 6 - 8 pm AND Monday, July 11 from  4 - 6 pm at the Community Center.

See you there!

23 June 2011

next question.

What do people feel are the issues and challenges that the City is facing?

Check us out on Facebook or leave a comment on my blog, but just give us some feedback!

Watch for further details about community meetings coming up soon.  This will be the community's chance to talk about Windom, give feedback and ideas for the City to accomplish, change, edit, continue, you know, all the things that make this town a great place to live.  This is our town--let's make it what we want it to be!

Right now, we would love to hear from you via Social Media--what a wonderful tool.

20 June 2011

start talking.

Okay, it is time to start talking.  Let's talk about Windom.  Yup, my favorite subject.  Finding Windom is partnering with the Windom city council and Dave (a guide man for strategic planning hired by the city council) and we are going to help the city council make goals, achievable goals, to make the quality of life that much better in Windom.  Here is the deal: I want to hear from you about what you would like to see the city council work on.  Everything from streets, parks to downtown...now is your chance to be heard.  Do it anonymously, do it bravely, whatever you like, just voice your ideas to help Finding Windom help the city council.

Finding Windom will be using blogspot and Facebook to gather thoughts and ideas, so start thinking and start writing.  We are also going to be hosting a city wide meeting for the community to come together and talk more about goals for the city council and Windom.  Watch for further details about time and place.

Let's start talking!  This is the first step to making great things happen.

What would you like to see happen in Windom?

14 June 2011

riverfest, where did you go?

It's hard to believe Riverfest is over already.  It came and went so fast, I didn't even have time to update the blog because time passes so quickly! I enjoyed the weekend, the weather was perfect and the crowd downtown was big--I wish every Saturday our downtown was as busy as it is on Riverfest Saturday. 

Thanks to all those people who work so hard to keep the tradition of Riverfest alive--you are much appreciated.

Here's to another great Riverfest and I can't wait for next year's...

09 June 2011


It never ceases to amaze me how many people there are passionate about rural Minnesota and its life.  I encourage you to read other stories on this site as well from young people trying to keep rural alive.

Check it out: 

07 June 2011

getting personal.

On Sunday afternoon, Henrik and I loitered on the Cottonwood County Courthouse lawn--right next to the No Loitering sign too--don't tell anyone.  It was a beautiful summer day, a slight breeze and we were under the gracious shade of a big maple with life running through its every branch and leaves stretching to the perfect blue sky--it's hard to believe we live in a material world when we have moments like that.  Across the street, we looked upon the future home of River City Eatery.  I watched my dad and husband, Henrik watched his grandpa and dad, give their time and attention to the building that will someday make new memories in Windom--how lucky I am to have family that believes in me, that believe in Windom. Henrik and I slowly started to watch River City Eatery become something real under that crystal blue sky and beaming Sunday sun. 

I couldn't help but think about Henrik watching all of this.  He pointed his tiny, pudgy fingers at his men carefully placing the River City Eatery sign atop the awning, he looked at me with those eyes of innocence, squinting from the bright sun, and boldly nodded his head in delight.  His blonde curls blew in the breeze.  What a peanut.  I started to think about how River City Eatery will be his life as well as mine.  How this is what he will know of me and of Windom. He will never know what graced those walls before River City, he will only know stories and someday he will have memories of his own to share about River City Eatery.  This makes me almost as happy as sitting there with him under that powerful and generous maple on the courthouse lawn.  Oh, what a perfect place to loiter.

01 June 2011

river city eatery.

Okay, I'm going to give it to you straight...

Today was my last day as a secretary for Windom Area Schools because I have decided to follow my ultimate dream...I'm opening River City Eatery.  I know, I'm excited too. 

Besides being closer to family, this is why I wanted to move back to Windom...to open the kind of place that inspires merrymaking, good times, entertainment, celebration, "where the locals go," to tell stories, make stories, to get to know people, what they want, how they like it and make sure they get it, you know, that community get together...the 3rd place that every community needs and deserves. 

Really, I don't know where to start with this post because there is so much to fill you in on and I will, I promise.  I'll keep you posted on all the construction, the menu, what to expect and, well, as much as I can until you can experience River City Eatery for yourself. I hope you are as excited as I am. 

I guess this is a big reason as to why my posts have been few and far between these days...I've been busy working on getting to the point where I can put this dream not only in words on my blog, but for it to become a reality on the downtown square in Windom, Minnesota.  But it is real folks...wow, let me say it again because it gives me goose bumps...River City Eatery is real and it is coming your way Summer 2011.  

Cheers, Windom, good times are here again!

**more to come on River City Eatery.  Yup, you read it right, an eatery right here in river city.