29 February 2012

happy birthday mr. robert remick.

Up until recently, the name Robert Remick was just that to me-a name. I’ve heard it once or twice around Windom. I’ve seen the name on a few signs, and I’ve read the name in a few programs. But I really want to know, who is Mr. Robert Remick and why is that name so familiar? The first thing that comes to mind when I hear the name Bob Remick is the Remick Gallery at the Cottonwood County Historical Society. This gallery blesses our community with culture, art and the celebration of both and Mr. Remick made it happen, along with a countless number of things around our community.

Before this post begins to sound like an elementary report on some random historical figure, I want to stop telling you about his numerous accomplishments as a local artist and numerous contributions to our community of Windom and surrounding area, and I’d rather tell you that he was a very generous and very real person who had a vision for our community and made it happen.

This past fall, I had the honor of being introduced to some people who knew him best and are also on the board of the Remick Foundation. Through this very giving foundation, Mr. Remick and his wife have funded numerous, and I mean numerous projects around the community of Windom and surrounding counties. Knowing what an impact this man has made on my community, I was quickly and genuinely interested in knowing more about him. I asked them to share stories of him with me. I just love stories. I tell you, if I could just spend a day with Mr. Robert Remick, I sure would!

Just recently a scrapbook of his accomplishments as a local artist showed up at River City Eatery from one of the gals I met this past fall, and I couldn’t have been more excited to borrow and open this book. Inside are pictures of his artwork, newspaper clippings, and pictures of him, even some of his sketches. I can see the stroke of his pen over the paper. I could feel thought and imagination running through the ink. It is all so real. He was real in those pictures and he was a member of our community.

It is amazing to think that this man continues to help our community progress, even after his passing. What a blessing he has been to this community. We should be celebrating you, Mr. Robert Remick, thank you a million times over.

Robert Remick: February 29th,1903-July 12th, 1998 and forever.

20 February 2012

Welcome to downtown Windom!

I am happy to announce the  No Loitering signs on the courthouse square are gone!!  I couldn't be more excited.  It's feels more welcoming already.  So please, stay, relax, enjoy downtown Windom.  This is a big accomplishment for Windom. It's a step in the right direction and the direction is  forward!

16 February 2012


There are many things happening in this crazy city these days, despite the lack of posts from yours truly. Many changes coming our way as well. Business Caffeine is going on round 2 next week. Our local business owners are gathering to talk about things like promoting each other and downtown Windom. There is so much potential for our downtown and unveiling that potential starts without local businesses. I couldn't be more excited to chat with all my business owner peers about things we can do downtown, especially as spring and summer start to show their faces. Next, Windom is once again looking for a new EDA Director. I pray the committee finds someone who knows Windom and is is willing to invest heart, mind and soul to this beautiful city. I hope they see its potential beyond a manufacturing company, and see a city capable of providing jobs for knowledge workers and the creative class. May they see beyond buildings that are yet to be built, but instead see the potential and character in the ones still standing whispering history, stories, memories and community. And how easy it would be to keep this history alive. I feel like I have posted this all before only a short year ago...interesting how things work. And finally another change among our Chamber of Commerce. Windom is now looking for a new Chamber Director. These two positions are two of the most important positions in our community. Positions promoting Windom and all it's potential. My prayers are withbthose who must make a very important decision for our community-make us proud, make this community proud by filling these positions with optimism, hope, and passion. We must make it easy for the world to find Windom on a map of a million cities and these two positions are key roles in making that happen. With all these crazy changes happening in Windom, one thing remains the same...my love for this crazy place I call home. Happy times,