2020 Wellness – Riverbend Liquor Pet Supply Drive

Enjoy Coors Light sale during May and support Cottonwood County Animal Rescue. 

Donations being collected at Riverbend Liquor during May.  All donations will go to Cottonwood County Animal Rescue

Show the Cashier your donation and earn 2020 Wellness Participation Credit toward $500 incentive payment!



Email Comments/Questions to:  Windom.wellness@windommn.com

Email Scam Alert

Good Morning –

Several people have received emails stating they were from Mayor Jones at citycouncil75@gmail.com asking that staff help him by purchasing gift cards.  The text below is what is in the body of the email. THIS IS A SCAM.

Hello Steve, I need you to help me purchase some gift cards at the store for secret surprise gifts for some of the council members and Staff today, let me know if you can do that right away and also let you know the denominations because there is a sharp deadline for this request.

Please do not respond to the email.  I am forwarding the email to Windomnet and letting Windom PD know.  Please share with any other employees that are using City computers.

Thank you.

Steve Nasby, City Administrator




REMINDER TODAY!!! 2020 Wellness – Convene Presentation-WEBINAR

This training event has been changed to a live webinar with only one session.  Please plan to attend for 2020 wellness participation credit!

Here are the details and how to access the webinar:

Topic: From Boomers to Z: How to Work Effectively Across Generations

Date: Thursday, April 23rd

Time: 9:30 am – 10:15 am


Log into the webinar here.

Add the event to your calendar.


Live Presentation-Council Chamber

From Boomers to Z: How to Work Effectively Across Generations

For the first time in modern U.S. history there are significant members of 4 different generations in the workplace: Baby Boomers, Generation X, Millennials, and Generation Z.
Differences in work styles, expectations and preferences have a big impact on how well we work together…or not.  In this fast paced, interactive training you will learn why each generation approaches work and life the way that they do, and tips for adapting and working well together.

Date: Thursday April 23rd (2 sessions offered – attend 1)

 All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Email Comments/Questions to:  Windom.wellness@windommn.com or ask a Wellness Committee member.

Committee: Cheryl Lillegaard, Dawn Aamot, Nancy Sajban, Dana Wallace, Drew Hage, Chelsie Carlson



Consumer Confidence Report

Windom 2020 Drinking Water Report

This report contains important information about your drinking water. Have someone translate it for you, or speak with someone who understands it.

Información importante.  Si no la entiende, haga que alguien se la traduzca ahora.

Making Safe Drinking Water

Your drinking water comes from a groundwater source: eight wells ranging from 87 to 142 feet deep, that draw water from the Quaternary Buried Unconfined, Quaternary Buried Artesian and Quaternary Water Table aquifers.

Windom works hard to provide you with safe and reliable drinking water that meets federal and state water quality requirements. The purpose of this report is to provide you with information on your drinking water and how to protect our precious water resources.

Contact Ryan Anderson, Water/Wastewater Superintendent, at 507-831-6138 or ryan.anderson@windommn.com if you have questions about Windom’s drinking water. You can also ask for information about how you can take part in decisions that may affect water quality.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency sets safe drinking water standards. These standards limit the amounts of specific contaminants allowed in drinking water. This ensures that tap water is safe to drink for most people. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulates the amount of certain contaminants in bottled water. Bottled water must provide the same public health protection as public tap water.

Drinking water, including bottled water, may reasonably be expected to contain at least small amounts of some contaminants. The presence of contaminants does not necessarily indicate that water poses a health risk. More information about contaminants and potential health effects can be obtained by calling the Environmental Protection Agency’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1‑800‑426‑4791.

Windom Monitoring Results

This report contains our monitoring results from January 1 to December 31, 2020.

We work with the Minnesota Department of Health to test drinking water for more than 100 contaminants. It is not unusual to detect contaminants in small amounts. No water supply is ever completely free of contaminants. Drinking water standards protect Minnesotans from substances that may be harmful to their health.

Learn more by visiting the Minnesota Department of Health’s webpage Basics of Monitoring and testing of Drinking Water in Minnesota (https://www.health.state.mn.us/communities/environment/water/factsheet/sampling.html).

How to Read the Water Quality Data Tables

The tables below show the contaminants we found last year or the most recent time we sampled for that contaminant. They also show the levels of those contaminants and the Environmental Protection Agency’s limits. Substances that we tested for but did not find are not included in the tables.

We sample for some contaminants less than once a year because their levels in water are not expected to change from year to year. If we found any of these contaminants the last time we sampled for them, we included them in the tables below with the detection date.

We may have done additional monitoring for contaminants that are not included in the Safe Drinking Water Act. To request a copy of these results, call the Minnesota Department of Health at 651-201-4700 or 1-800-818-9318 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Some contaminants are monitored regularly throughout the year, and rolling (or moving) annual averages are used to manage compliance.  Because of this averaging, there are times where the Range of Detected Test Results for the calendar year is lower than the Highest Average or Highest Single Test Result, because it occurred in the previous calendar year.


  • AL (Action Level): The concentration of a contaminant which, if exceeded, triggers treatment or other requirements which a water system must follow.
  • EPA: Environmental Protection Agency
  • MCL (Maximum contaminant level): The highest level of a contaminant that is allowed in drinking water. MCLs are set as close to the MCLGs as feasible using the best available treatment technology.
  • MCLG (Maximum contaminant level goal): The level of a contaminant in drinking water below which there is no known or expected risk to health. MCLGs allow for a margin of safety.
  • MRDL (Maximum residual disinfectant level): The highest level of a disinfectant allowed in drinking water. There is convincing evidence that addition of a disinfectant is necessary for control of microbial contaminants.
  • MRDLG (Maximum residual disinfectant level goal): The level of a drinking water disinfectant below which there is no known or expected risk to health. MRDLGs do not reflect the benefits of the use of disinfectants to control microbial contaminants.
  • N/A (Not applicable): Does not apply.
  • ppb (parts per billion): One part per billion in water is like one drop in one billion drops of water, or about one drop in a swimming pool. ppb is the same as micrograms per liter (μg/l).
  • ppm (parts per million): One part per million is like one drop in one million drops of water, or about one cup in a swimming pool. ppm is the same as milligrams per liter (mg/l).
  • PWSID: Public water system identification.

Monitoring Results – Regulated Substances

LEAD AND COPPER – Tested at customer taps.

Contaminant (Date, if sampled in previous year)

EPA’s Ideal Goal (MCLG)

EPA’s Action Level

90% of Results Were Less Than

Number of Homes with High Levels


Typical Sources


0 ppb

90% of homes less than 15 ppb

2.1 ppb

0 out of 20


Corrosion of household plumbing.


0 ppm

90% of homes less than 1.3 ppm

1.09 ppm

1 out of 20


Corrosion of household plumbing.

INORGANIC & ORGANIC CONTAMINANTS – Tested in drinking water.

Contaminant (Date, if sampled in previous year)

EPA’s Ideal Goal (MCLG)

EPA’s Limit (MCL)

Highest Average or Highest Single Test Result

Range of Detected Test Results


Typical Sources


10 ppm

10.4 ppm

0.48 ppm



Runoff from fertilizer use; Leaching from septic tanks, sewage; Erosion of natural deposits.

Barium (01/10/19)

2 ppm

2 ppm

0.21 ppm



Discharge of drilling wastes; Discharge from metal refineries; Erosion of natural deposit.


Substance (Date, if sampled in previous year)

EPA’s Ideal Goal (MCLG or MRDLG)

EPA’s Limit (MCL or MRDL)

Highest Average or Highest Single Test Result

Range of Detected Test Results


Typical Sources

Total Trihalomethanes (TTHMs)


80 ppb

45.2 ppb



By-product of drinking water disinfection.

Total Haloacetic Acids (HAA)


60 ppb

28 ppb



By-product of drinking water disinfection.

Total Chlorine

4.0 ppm

4.0 ppm

1.32 ppm

0.55 – 1.88 ppm


Water additive used to control microbes.

Total HAA refers to HAA5

OTHER SUBSTANCES – Tested in drinking water.

Substance (Date, if sampled in previous year)

EPA’s Ideal Goal (MCLG)

EPA’s Limit (MCL)

Highest Average or Highest Single Test Result

Range of Detected Test Results


Typical Sources


4.0 ppm

4.0 ppm

0.76 ppm

0.73 – 0.78 ppm


Erosion of natural deposits; Water additive to promote strong teeth.

Potential Health Effects and Corrective Actions (If Applicable)

Fluoride:   Fluoride is nature’s cavity fighter, with small amounts present naturally in many drinking water sources. There is an overwhelming weight of credible, peer-reviewed, scientific evidence that fluoridation reduces tooth decay and cavities in children and adults, even when there is availability of fluoride from other sources, such as fluoride toothpaste and mouth rinses. Since studies show that optimal fluoride levels in drinking water benefit public health, municipal community water systems adjust the level of fluoride in the water to an optimal concentration between 0.5 to 0.9 parts per million (ppm) to protect your teeth. Fluoride levels below 2.0 ppm are not expected to increase the risk of a cosmetic condition known as enamel fluorosis.



Some People Are More Vulnerable to Contaminants in Drinking Water

Some people may be more vulnerable to contaminants in drinking water than the general population. Immuno-compromised persons such as persons with cancer undergoing chemotherapy, persons who have undergone organ transplants, people with HIV/AIDS or other immune system disorders, some elderly, and infants can be particularly at risk from infections. The developing fetus and therefore pregnant women may also be more vulnerable to contaminants in drinking water. These people or their caregivers should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers. EPA/Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines on appropriate means to lessen the risk of infection by Cryptosporidium and other microbial contaminants are available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1‑800‑426‑4791.

Learn More about Your Drinking Water

Drinking Water Sources

Minnesota’s primary drinking water sources are groundwater and surface water. Groundwater is the water found in aquifers beneath the surface of the land. Groundwater supplies 75 percent of Minnesota’s drinking water. Surface water is the water in lakes, rivers, and streams above the surface of the land. Surface water supplies 25 percent of Minnesota’s drinking water.

Contaminants can get in drinking water sources from the natural environment and from people’s daily activities. There are five main types of contaminants in drinking water sources.

  • Microbial contaminants, such as viruses, bacteria, and parasites. Sources include sewage treatment plants, septic systems, agricultural livestock operations, pets, and wildlife.
  • Inorganic contaminants include salts and metals from natural sources (e.g. rock and soil), oil and gas production, mining and farming operations, urban stormwater runoff, and wastewater discharges.
  • Pesticides and herbicides are chemicals used to reduce or kill unwanted plants and pests. Sources include agriculture, urban stormwater runoff, and commercial and residential properties.
  • Organic chemical contaminants include synthetic and volatile organic compounds. Sources include industrial processes and petroleum production, gas stations, urban stormwater runoff, and septic systems.
  • Radioactive contaminants such as radium, thorium, and uranium isotopes come from natural sources (e.g. radon gas from soils and rock), mining operations, and oil and gas production.

The Minnesota Department of Health provides information about your drinking water source(s) in a source water assessment, including:

  • How Windom is protecting your drinking water source(s);
  • Nearby threats to your drinking water sources;
  • How easily water and pollution can move from the surface of the land into drinking water sources, based on natural geology and the way wells are constructed.

Find your source water assessment at Source Water Assessments (https://www.health.state.mn.us/communities/environment/water/swp/swa) or call 651-201-4700 or 1-800-818-9318 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Lead in Drinking Water

You may be in contact with lead through paint, water, dust, soil, food, hobbies, or your job. Coming in contact with lead can cause serious health problems for everyone. There is no safe level of lead. Babies, children under six years, and pregnant women are at the highest risk.

Lead is rarely in a drinking water source, but it can get in your drinking water as it passes through lead service lines and your household plumbing system. Windom is responsible for providing high quality drinking water, but it cannot control the plumbing materials used in private buildings.

Read below to learn how you can protect yourself from lead in drinking water.

  1. Let the water run for 30-60 seconds before using it for drinking or cooking if the water has not been turned on in over six hours. If you have a lead service line, you may need to let the water run longer. A service line is the underground pipe that brings water from the main water pipe under the street to your home.
    • You can find out if you have a lead service line by contacting your public water system, or you can check by following the steps at: https://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/06/24/npr-find-lead-pipes-in-your-home
    • The only way to know if lead has been reduced by letting it run is to check with a test. If letting the water run does not reduce lead, consider other options to reduce your exposure.
  2. Use cold water for drinking, making food, and making baby formula. Hot water releases more lead from pipes than cold water.
  3. Test your water. In most cases, letting the water run and using cold water for drinking and cooking should keep lead levels low in your drinking water. If you are still concerned about lead, arrange with a laboratory to test your tap water. Testing your water is important if young children or pregnant women drink your tap water.
  4. Treat your water if a test shows your water has high levels of lead after you let the water run.

Learn more:




Life Insurance Benefit – Free for Full-Time Employees

NCPERS – Group Life Insurance Plan – Updated Resources

This coverage is paid by the City for all full-time employees.  More information about the plan and coverage is provided online (see overview video and brochure).



Further – Flexible Spending Account Changes

To: All employees

From: City of Windom

Date: 4/16/2020

Subject: Update to spending account eligibility list

Recently, the IRS expanded the eligible expenses list due to the passing of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. You can find the updated list of expenses at https://learn.hellofurther.com/Individuals/Spending_Your_Account/Eligible_Expenses

Health spending accounts (HSAs) and Flexible spending accounts (FSAs) can now be used to purchase over-the-counter (OTC) medical products and feminine hygiene products without a prescription from a physician. This update is a permanent change to the eligible expenses list and includes retroactive purchases dating back to January 1st, 2020.

Some of the new eligible expenses include:

  • Tampons, pads and liners
  • Cold, cough, and flu medicine
  • Allergy and sinus medicine
  • Pain relievers
  • Digestive aids and laxatives
  • Baby rash ointments and creams

IMPORTANT, the system that allows medical spending account debit cards to work, is dependent on a national network. Until the network is fully up to date with the new eligible expenses, you should:

  • Save all of your receipts
  • Manually submit for reimbursement from your account
  • FSA account holders still need to substantiate the transaction with documentation to get reimbursed


To learn how to access your account online visit: https://learn.hellofurther.com/Individuals/Getting_Started/Registering_Online

If you have additional questions, please contact a Further customer service representative.

Further                         P.O. Box 64193                       Member Service       + 800 – 859 – 2144               hellofurther.com

                                        St. Paul, MN 55164                 Sales Support            + 855 – 363 – 2583               info@hellofurther.com


Dr On Demand – Free Visits 04/14/2020-06/14/2020

Doctor on Demand – Extended Opportunity

The Minnesota Healthcare Consortium and Blue Cross Blue Shield is extending this same opportunity for another period of time, however, with a slightly different member experience.

Same Opportunity / Different Process

  • This opportunity includes all types of Doctor on Demand visits including mental health. The visit does not need to be COVID-19 related.
  • No member cost for all Doctor on Demand visits for members participating in the Minnesota Healthcare Consortium Health Insurance Pool that is offered through your local service cooperative.
  • This extended opportunity is effective 4/14/20 through 6/14/20.

What is changing?

For this 60-day extension, the member is charged their cost share at the time of the visit on a credit card with a refund to their credit card at a later date.


Member Cost Share Refund

·     Member pays their cost share at the time of their visit via a credit card.

·     The member will receive a refund back on their credit card.

·     Typically, a reimbursement will be received within 30 days from when the claim finalized.

·     COVID Legislation Applies. If member has a COVID related claim that meets legislative requirements for no member cost share, Dr. On Demand will refund the cost share amount to their credit card.