Past Feature Pics

SBD Captain and First Mate

The Winona Steamboat Days Captain and First Mate were selected as part of the Annual Kiddie Parade held Friday at Lake Park, organized by Winona Park Rec with a performance by Bob and the Beachcombers sponsored by Winona National Bank.  Winona Health provided apples to all the parade goers. Five duos were selected by drawing to ride on the Winona Steamboat Days float to via for the title of Winona Steamboat Days Captain and Mate.  Duos were  Maya Straussburge and Penelope Bloedorn, Kaia Van Tol and Sabina Wright, Landon Bolduan and Madison Bieber, Silas Glynn and Gew Kanz, Sabela and Elias Ferndez Greene.   Selected by drawing for Captain was Landon Bolduan and selected as First Mate was Madison Bieber.    Landon and Madison will ride on the Winona Steamboat Day Float in the Grande Parade Sunday, June 18.    Each contestant received a certificate from Mac Donald’s and Zestos. Kiddie Parade Float winners are:  First place – Groovin’ with Scooby from the Play Ground and Batters Box; Second place was Greased Lightning from Ridgeway community school and Third place was Groovin’ with Water.   

SMU-First Generation Initiative

For students like Carla Guillen (of Minneapolis), a scholarship means more than an opportunity to attend college, it means a lifetime of opportunities—including the ability to make her childhood dreams of becoming a veterinarian come true. More than $100,000 was recently raised for the Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota First Generation Initiative (FGI)—an innovative program that ensures academic success for high-need, high-potential first-generation students. Guillen—a sophomore double majoring in biology: pre-veterinary science and Spanish—is one of 40 FGI Scholars enrolled at Saint Mary’s for the next academic year.
The FGI Initiative has two parts, a four-year summer college preparation program for middle- and high-schoolers called Countdown to College (C2C), and the FGI Scholars program, which provides programming and scholarship support for students who come to Saint Mary’s Winona Campus from partnering Lasallian and Jesuit high schools. Saint Mary’s recently raised $100,000 via the university’s fifth annual FGI S.O.A.R. (Support, Opportunity, Accountability, and Responsibility) Breakfast, held at Saint Mary’s Twin Cities Campus in Minneapolis.

Commonweal Theatre

The Commonweal Theatre Company presents Steel Magnolias, June 23rd—October 23. For more than 30 years, Steel Magnolias has been delighting audiences with a story that truly celebrates the gift of friendship. With its mix of quick Southern humor, quirky personalities and touching sentimentality, you’ll fall in love with the ladies of Truvy’s Beauty Salon. Discounted tickets are available for previews, June 23rd—30th ahead of the gala opening night performance on July 1st. Reservations can be made by phoning the theatre box office at (800) 657-7025 or tickets may also be reserved and purchased online at


Winona State University Professor of Sociology Craig Upright was selected as this year’s Professor of the Year Award by the WSU Student Senate on behalf of the student body. During each Student Senate spring supplemental election, WSU students are asked to nominate candidates for the Professor of the Year award. The professors who receive the most nominations are then selected to appear on the spring general election ballot. Upright received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics and English legislature from St. Olaf College. After graduating, he opened a coffee shop in St. Paul, Minn.

4-H Key Awards

Abigail George (Left), daughter of Doug and Patty George of Mondovi, and Deanna Wiersgalla, daughter of Gary and Cara Lee Wiersgalla of Fountain City were selected as the Buffalo County Wisconsin 4-H Key Award winners for 2017. The prestigious Key Award, one of the highest awards a 4-H member can receive, honors only a select group of 4-H participants across the state annually. The youth receiving this award are ones who have demonstrated consistent growth in their 4-H involvement
, developed and applied their leadership skills, and actively participated in the functions of their club and their community.

Hope Lutheran -Stoltman

Darryle Stoltman
, Hope Lutheran Senior,  takes 1st in Conference for Females.
Hope Lutheran High School's Darryle Stoltman took first place in the spring trap shooting conference. She is pictured below at the state tournament!


Winona National Bank is pleased to announce the promotion of Amanda Ambrose to Branch Lead Teller. In her new role, Ambrose will provide training and coaching to tellers and serve clients at the Winona National Bank West Office (1491 West Broadway) and East Office (840 Mankato Avenue). She has been with the Bank since July 2014 as a teller at the Downtown Office (204 Main Street). “es in Winona and enjoys running local 5K road races. She has volunteered her time in local elementary school classrooms, teaching the students about bills, coins, and saving.

Miller Classic

The Ben & Adith Miller Classic will be Monday, August 14, at Cedar Valley Golf Course. The annual golf outing , now in its 27 year, is a fundraiser for the Ben & Adith Patient Care Fund, a special fund through the Winona Health Foundation that provides financial assistance to help individuals in need pay for medical care.           In addition to the 18-hole Main Event, the full day of activities includes a free public golf exhibition, and the Green Monster Challenge, a 9-hole scramble during the afternoon. Troy Merritt is an American professional golfer who has played on the PGA Tour and the Tour. Born in Osage, Iowa, Merritt played college golf at Winona State University through his sophomore year then transferred to Boise State University. Merritt turned professional in 2008 and his first win on the Nationwide Tour came in September 2009 at the Mexico Open. In December 2009, Merritt became only the third golfer to medal at the PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament by leading after every round, and won by one stroke over veteran Jeff Maggert with a score of 22-under-par. Merritt will give a demonstration at Cedar Valley Golf Course, free and open to community members, Monday, August 14 at 10 a.m.


Registration for the 18-hole Main Event and the Green Monster Challenge is open through Monday, July 31. Space for all events is limited, and golfers will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis. In fiscal year 2016, 333 people received $750,813 in financial assistance for medical expenses through the Winona Health Foundation’s Ben & Adith Miller Patient Care Fund. For more information about the Ben & Adith Miller Classic or the Patient Care Fund, contact the Winona Health Foundation at 507.457.4394 or email Emily Hoff at


SBD Donation

This past Wednesday evening the Winona Steamboat Days Committee celebrated the 2017 Steamboat Days Harbormasters Steve and Mary Baumgart.  Past Harbormasters, friends and family attended.  As part of the celebration the Steamboat Days Committee and Past Harbormasters also honored Len Cross, a Past Harbormaster, with a donation of $250.00 to the Winona Area Humane Society in memory of Len who passed away in May.   Len was an avid supporter and volunteer of the Winona Area Humane Society.

Pictured are Past Harbormasters Kathy Hovel and Tom Slaggie presenting the gift to Winona Area Humane Society representatives Kelly and Suzie.

MMAM New Exhibit Reception

The Minnesota Marine Art Museum (MMAM) in Winona, MN will be exhibiting the 17th National Exhibition of the American Society of Marine Artists (ASMA) beginning June 23rd and running through September 24, 2017. The 17th National Exhibition of the American Society of Marine Artists showcases almost 120 paintings, sculptures, prints and scrimshaw by the Society’s members and Fellows. This special two-gallery juried exhibition explores a wide variety of subject including seascapes, maritime history, harbor scenes, aquatic life, coasts and inland waterways. The Minnesota Marine Art Museum is one of five Museum’s to feature this traveling exhibition between 2016 and 2018 and is the only opportunity view it in the Midwest. A special opening reception and sneak-peek will be held at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum on Thursday, June 22 from 5:00-7:00 PM with several of the exhibition’s featured artists on hand. The opening reception will include passed hors d’oeurves, a cash bar and live music. The reception is free for members and students and $10 for all others.

Photo credit: A Spanking Breeze on a Starboard Tack by David Bareford


SBD Medallion Hunt

The Winona Steamboat Days Medallion Hunt sponsored by Altra Federal Credit Union and KG 95.3 was found this morning in front of the Acoustic Café, the former Silver Dollar Saloon, by Perry Knopick along with his son Peter and friend John.  They won $50 for finding the Medallion and $50 for wearing a Steamboat Days button.  They had a battle of clues answers with the next person to arrive at  the location Amy Czaplewski.  The person that could answer the most clue locations won $95.30 from KG 95.3 and Altra Federal Credit Union.
Harbormaster Mary Baumgart,  Perry Knopick, Peter Knopick, John, Harbormaster Steve Baumgart and Steamboat Days Past President Mike Mohan.     


Mitchell Stalsberg became the 11th Winona State baseball player in school history to be drafted on Wednesday when the Detroit Tigers selected him in the 23rd round. He is the first player drafted since Tony Mueller 2011. Stalsberg is the fifth highest drafted player in school history and the first to be selected by the Detroit Tigers.
Stalsberg was one of the best pitchers in the NCAA at striking batters out this season. He finished 2017 with 86 strikeouts in 58.1 innings. His 13.27 strikeouts per nine innings was the fourth best in NCAA Division II last season. Stalsberg had two shutouts and three complete games. He was named NSIC All-Conference this season.

WNB Gift Packages

Winona National Bank is pleased to announce the winners of its gift package drawings. The drawings were part of Winona National’s 8th Annual Community Open House that took place May 22-27.

Winners included:
Mel Bailey – Dog Lovers package
Bob Blank – Rest & Relax package
Rick Northrop – Outdoor Fun package
Annie Block – Luggage package
Diane McCready – Wagon Ride package

WSU Outdoor Education & Recreation Center