Windom, Minnesota

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Windom, Minnesota
City
Location of Windom, Minnesota
Coordinates: 43°52′6″N 95°7′7″W / 43.86833°N 95.11861°W / 43.86833; -95.11861Coordinates: 43°52′6″N 95°7′7″W / 43.86833°N 95.11861°W / 43.86833; -95.11861
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Cottonwood
Platted 1871
Incorporated 1875
Government
 • Type Mayor – Council
 • Mayor Kirby Kruse
Area
 • Total 3.7 sq mi (9.7 km2)
 • Land 3.6 sq mi (9.2 km2)
 • Water 0.2 sq mi (0.5 km2)
Elevation 1,362 ft (415 m)
Population (2010)[1]
 • Total 4,646
 • Density 1,263.6/sq mi (487.9/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 56101, 56118
Area code(s) 507
FIPS code 27-70798[2]
GNIS feature ID 0654245[3]

Windom is a city in Cottonwood County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 4,646 at the 2010 census.[1] It is the county seat of Cottonwood County.[4]

Windom is a small farming town. It also has many parks including one with a disc golf course. The Des Moines River flows through Windom and some people canoe there.

History[change | edit source]

The city was named for William Windom, who was a United States Senator from Minnesota from 1881–1883, and was United States Secretary of the Treasury under presidents James Garfield, Chester Arthur and Benjamin Harrison.[5]

Geography[change | edit source]

Windom is located at 43°51′59″N 95°07′01″W / 43.86639°N 95.11694°W / 43.86639; -95.11694 (43.866346, -95.116937).[3] It is 1,362 feet (415 m) above sea level. The United States Census Bureau says that the city has a total area of 3.7 square miles (9.7 km²). 3.5 square miles (9.2 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.5 km²) of it (5.08%) is water.

Politics[change | edit source]

Windom is located in Minnesota's 1st congressional district, represented by Mankato educator Tim Walz, a Democrat. At the state level, Windom is located in Senate District 22, represented by Republican Doug Magnus, and in House District 22B, represented by Republican Rod Hamilton.

Transportation[change | edit source]

U.S. Highway 71, Minnesota Highway 60, and Minnesota Highway 62 are three of the main routes in the city.

Industry[change | edit source]

Windom is home to one of 8 Toro manufacturing facilities.[6] It is also the home to Big Game Treestands.[7]

Communications[change | edit source]

The local paper is the Cottonwood County Citizen.[2] The local radio station is KDOM Radio.[3]

Education[change | edit source]

Windom is home to three schools: Windom Area Middle/High School, Winfair Elementary School, and Red Rock Ridge ALC. It is also home to two preschools: Busy Bees and Sunshine School.

Windom Area Middle/High School[change | edit source]

Windom Area Middle/High School is home to students grade 4-12 due to renovations in 2003.[8] There are roughly 300 students attending the high school (grades 9-12) and 350 attending the middle school (grades 4-10).[8] The school is led by Principal Eric Hanson and Superintendent Wayne Wormstadt.[9]

Extracurriculars[change | edit source]

Sports[change | edit source]
  • Football home of Top Minnesota recruits Michael Rivera and Tent Bever
  • Volleyball - State Champions in 2008, State Runner up in 2007 2013 section 2A champs
  • Cross Country - Boys and Girls- John Curley and Emily Turner, State Participants, 2010 (800 meter dash winner 7th grade John Turner)
  • Basketball- Boys and Girls Hoops that Like to throw Alley-oops. Stepping stone to Intermural glory.
  • Gymnastics-voted all state academics 12 years running
  • Wrestling-Jared Peterson and Drake Borsgard-State Participants
  • Golf - State Runner-up in 2008 Led by newcomer Nathan Luhchains.
  • Lacrosse established in 2008 coached by Johnathan Smith who has a 21-46 career record star players have been Sean Mcgire, Phillip Symens, and Nolan Jones.
  • Tennis only all state player in school history Brendon Chester
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Entertainment[change | edit source]

Riverfest[change | edit source]

Windom holds an annual summer festival called Riverfest during the second weekend of June. A pageant corresponds to this celebration which crowns a Miss Riverfest, a First Runner-Up, Miss Photogenic, Miss Congeniality and a Little Miss Riverfest. Other activities in this weekend celebration include: fireworks, Vickie Schendel 5K Walk/Run, tennis tourney, fishing tourney, turtle races, kiddie tractor pull, street dance, grand parade, and many more.

Winter-River-Fest[change | edit source]

In February 2011 Windom started a new festival dubbed "Winter-River-Fest." Activities included a chili feed, open fires, dodge ball, snow sculpting, and the Darn Cold Croquet Contest.[10]

Notable natives[change | edit source]

References[change | edit source]

  • Brown, John A. History of Cottonwood and Watonwan Counties, Minnesota: Their People, Industries, and Institutions. B.F. Bowen & Co.: Indianapolis, 1916.

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