Mass flu-shot clinics coming

For the first time in decades, local schools are being asked to play a part in a mass vaccination program for the H1N1 influenza.Tentative plans for flu shot clinics in schools next week are being made by Cottonwood-Jackson Community Health Service, according to an announcement by C-JCHS administrator Pat Stewart.Those plans pivot on the arrival of the public health agency’s […]

New 4-H coordinator by Christmas

Jackson County will have a new 4-H program coordinator before Christmas.That’s the word from Brittany Koch, Jackson County 4-H administrative assistant and a member of the committee charged with selecting a replacement for former coordinator Andrea Ruesch, who resigned last month.Koch said the application deadline for the position was Friday, Oct. 30.”We have several awesome, highly qualified people that have […]

Another shift but no broad county pay adjustments

Jackson County Commissioners approved another personnel shift for a department but held off from tackling an all-staff compensation plan that would adjust the wages of the lowest-paid county employees upwards to better compete with the going market rates.Commissioner David Henkels, who had expressed an opinion on the compensation plan to his peers, had to miss Tuesday’s meeting at the Jackson […]

Budget cuts threaten drug rehab

On the verge of celebrating Jackson County’s first graduate of a tri-county drug rehabilitation program, fellow participants recently stood before the county commissioners fighting to save financial support for its future.”I’ve met many of the people before and after and I can tell you they’re different people,” said acting county attorney Sherry Haley.One of those people was Jennifer Holm.”She was […]

Library’s future: Reallocate or renovate?

The Jackson City Council last week took the first steps toward repairing, upgrading and possibly adding onto the city’s public library building.Council members authorized the library board to solicit estimates from architectural firms for a needs assessment and analysis. The end result of the process put into motion at last Tuesday night’s council meeting is a list of services each […]

Holiday campaign already under way

Though Thanksgiving is still two weeks away, Jackson merchants are already in the midst of a coordinated two-month-long shop-local holiday campaign designed to both benefit buyers and bolster business.Organized and coordinated by the Create, Plan and Promote Committee, a division of the Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce, the campaign is a unified and event-driven holiday shopping promotion, said Marilyn Reese, […]

Features of the week

More in-depth coverage of local news is available only in this week’s print or electronic copy of the Jackson County Pilot, including:A featured story on a Jackson native whose hobby has turned into a full-time food venture, and his debut sampling event recently in town.Get your copy of this week’s issue at newsstands throughout the county or start a print […]

City Planning: Nov. 9 minutes

PLANNING COMMISSIONNovember 9, 2009 The City of Jackson Planning Commission met in regular session in the Jackson City Hall at 5:15 P.M. on November 9, 2009, with the following persons present: Roger Lovell, Burton Joul, Robert Dorschner, Tom Ambrose, and Zoning Administrator Steve Walker. Absent: Randy Ringquist, John Hepp, and Chad Petersen. (A quorum of the Commission was present.)The November […]

One hurt in Wednesday wreck

One person was injured in a one-vehicle accident southwest of Okabena late Wednesday night.The Heron Lake Ambulance Service was paged to a location a half-mile east of Highway 60 on County Road 20 at around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday. Dispatch reported a female victim was complaining of head and neck injuries sustained in the accident.The female was transported to the Worthington […]

This is Winter Weather Awareness Week

Residents of Jackson County have already had a taste of snow-covered lawns, icy roads and the frigid chill of winter, and that experience may serve as an effective reminder to get prepared for the winter weather to come.On top of that, the National Weather Service, Minnesota Department of Public Safety and others have selected this week to emphasize the importance […]