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Not to be confused with Windom Township, in Mower County, the city of Windom is the county seat of Cottonwood County, Minnesota, although it is situated in the southern part of the county.

Windom is mostly surrounded by Great Bend Township, although a portion of the city, on the east, is bordered by Lakeside Township. The main routes through the city are US Highway 71, Minnesota State Highways 60 and 62, and County Roads 13 and 25. Nearby cities include Bingham Lake (4.9 miles northeast) and Wilder (5.6 miles southwest).

The Des Moines River makes up much of the city's western border, then flowing across the southern part of the city. Just above Island Park, the river widens to form a body of water like a lake, although it is not named as such. Cottonwood Lake and Warren Lake abut the city on the northeast. Other nearby lakes include Wolf Lake, Parso Lake, Summit Lake, Clear Lake, Fish Lake, Bingham Lake, and String Lake.

Parks in the city include Abby Park, Dynamite Park, Island Park, Jen's Park, Kastle Kingdom Park, Mayflower Park, Tegels Park, and Witt Park. The Windom Country Club is in northwestern Windom. Built in 1975 and upgraded in 1996, the Windom Ice Arena is a multi-purpose facility offering year-round recreation.

In 2000, the city of Windom received approval of the voters to upgrade its city-owned cable network to a fiber-to-the-home system, which covers about two thousand homes and three hundred businesses within the city.

Today, the city's historic courthouse square is a focal point for the Windom's downtown retail businesses. The city enjoys a diverse economy that includes agriculture, medical, technology, and adult care facilities.

Windom is located on the Coteau des Prairies, a ridge that extends from South Dakota to Iowa, separating Cottonwood County into two watersheds.

The town was platted in 1871, after which about a dozen lots were sold for $100 each on the first day. Within about a month, the community had several businesses, including two bakeries, two dry goods stores, a general store, a grocery store, a hardware store, a hotel, a meat market, a print shop, and a saloon, as well as a post office, which opened in 1871. Samuel M. Espey was the first postmaster.

Windom was incorporated as a village in 1875 and reincorporated in 1884. The village was named for William Windom, who served as a US Representative, a US Senator, and US Secretary of the Treasury under President Garfield, and again under President Harrison. The village became a city in the 1970s when the Minnesota Legislature made cities of all incorporated municipalities within the state.

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