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WSU-Solar Eclipse

Want a chance to view the solar eclipse safely? Winona State University's Geoscience Department will host a solar eclipse viewing event from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, August 21st on WSU's Main Campus. The entire Winona Community is invited to view the eclipse safely using a number of techniques such as telescopes with solar filters, eclipse glasses and pinhole cameras. Telescopes, viewing devices and information will be set up in two locations on campus: on the lawn in front of Phelps Hall and between Kryzsko Commons and Minne Hall.  The eclipse will start at 11:45 a.m. local time when the Moon's disk first makes contact with the Sun's disk. The maximum eclipse, as seen from Winona, will occur at 1:09 p.m. when the Moon's disk covers approximately 85 percent of the Sun. The eclipse will end when the Moon's disk moves off the Sun's disk by 2:31 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.


Goodview Days

MCA Open House

Oriental Bittersweet

Did you notice humans in orange vests roaming the hills and valleys lately and wonder what they were doing? Crews from Conservation Corps Minnesota (CCM) will be working throughout the month of August to eradicate invasive Oriental Bittersweet from our woodlots and forests. Not to be confused with our native “good guy” American Bittersweet, the fast-growing invasive Oriental Bittersweet can quickly overtake entire hillsides, strangling trees and making woodlands impassable for hiking and hunting. Winona County is working closely with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) and the Corps in an attempt to control the infestation of this aggressive plant which has taken hold in Wilson and Homer Townships, and in developments on the outskirts of the City of Winona. Although it is the responsibility of property owners to remove invasives like Oriental Bittersweet along with noxious weeds on their property, sometimes extra help in hot spots is available from Conservation Corps Minnesota. Do-it-yourselfers should pull or dig up plants being careful in fall not to spread the seeds.

If you do find Oriental Bittersweet, alert the MDA via or by calling 888.545-6684 or the Winona County Sustainability Planning staff at 507-457-6468.

WSU Game Day Experience

Winona State University invites the community to help kick off the new Warrior Game Day Experience from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31, near the intersection of Johnson and Mark streets. The Warrior Game Day Experience invites all students, employees, alumni and members of the WSU and Winona communities to help cheer on the Warrior football team before it takes on Bemidji State at 6 p.m. on Maxwell Field at Altra Federal Credit Union Stadium. The family-friendly event will include inflatables for all ages, a Junior Warrior Zone with games and activities for children, local food trucks, picnic areas, live music, student club exhibits, and local Winona business partners. The Warrior Walk will begin at 4:55 p.m., with Wazoo leading. The Warrior Game Day Experience will be held prior to each home football game during the 2017 season. Mark your calendar for the remaining 2017 Warrior Game Day Experience opportunities: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16; 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30; noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21; and 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9.

MMAM Exhibit

Mississippi River Photo Shootout:September 1-December 23, 2017 
A juried exhibition of outstanding contemporary photographs interpreting, documenting, and celebrating the Mississippi River and life along it, from it's Minnesota headwaters to the Gulf of Mexico. Subjects include riverscapes, recreation, commerce, wildlife, weather conditions and natural phenomena. This exhibition is part of MMAM's ongoing Mississippi River Exhibition Series. 

Artwork from MMAM, Bob Firth: Morning Stretch


During the 2015-2016 school year, Winona State University students voted overwhelmingly in favor of a “Green Fee” to help continue the sustainability mission of the university. Each semester, WSU students contribute just under $5 each to fund projects with a sustainability focus that are submitted for approval and executed by WSU organizations and groups. The fee also partially funds the university’s new sustainability director position, for which Nathan Engstrom was hired this summer. The approach of the green fee is to empower WSU students and employees to envision and develop ways for the community to be more sustainability-minded, in big ways and in small, said Jeanne Franz, professor of chemistry at WSU. The initial round of green fee projects includes the WSU SEED garden, an initiative to provide free reusable water bottles to all incoming students starting in fall 2017, and the installation of outdoor recycling bins across the campuses. The WSU SEED Garden will grow plants like sunflowers, beans and tomatoes and will be available for widespread campus use. Organizers Jonathon Mauser, assistant professor of chemistry at WSU, and Jackson Ramsland, public health major, are also hopeful that the garden will provide opportunities for learning across the disciplines—from statistics to teaching to biology.


Mary Polus, Vice President and Operations/IT Manager at Winona National Bank, was awarded a diploma on August 11, 2017, at commencement exercises during the 73nd annual session of the prestigious Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The School, sponsored by state bankers associations from across the central United States, as well as the University of Wisconsin-Madison, was established in 1945 to provide bankers with an opportunity for advanced study and research in banking, economics, and leadership. Instruction at the Graduate School of Banking takes place during two-week resident sessions for three consecutive summers, along with comprehensive study between summer resident sessions. The curriculum focuses on the management of strategic issues faced by banking executives and financial services industry professionals.

Goodview Gallup

Guided Canoe Paddle


Winona State University planted another dimension of learning when it launched the Sustainable, Edible, Education Discovery (SEED) garden in spring 2017. Funded by the university’s new Green Fee,  the garden is intended to give WSU students more access to locally-grown food and provide donations to local organizations and WSU’s new on-campus food shelf, the Warrior Cupboard. In addition to building community, the garden is also intended to support educational initiatives like elementary education students learning how to plant gardens at their own schools to math and statistics students using the garden to study variables on plant growth. The project is accepting donations of tools (old or new), gloves, seed packets, old buckets or containers, wheelbarrows, soil and other gardening supplies. Volunteers are also needed.

For more information contact Ramsland at, Mauser at or visit the WSU SEED Garden Facebook page at

Ready Set School Donation

Scott Banicki, Senior Warden for Winona Masonic Lodge #18 presented Ready Set School board secretary Jenny Baertsch with a generous donation check for $2,000. All funds received by Ready Set School help support Winona County kids in grades K-12.



Winona State University announces the appointment of Nathan Engstrom to the position of Campus Sustainability Director. In this position, Engstrom will plan and promote positive, campus-wide sustainable practices and development. Engstrom will be responsible for implementing the University Sustainability Policy for both the Winona and Rochester campuses. Sustainability initiatives will involve collaboration with facilities, dining services, academic departments, purchasing, advancement, Student Senate and administration regarding planning and budgeting for responsible resource use.

SMU Website

It's a new school year, and the Saint Mary's University of Minnesota Athletic Department is kicking off the 2017-18 season in style-with a brand new website!


Gorka-Big River Theatre

Beloved folk artist John Gorka has an upcoming show on Friday, August 25th in Alma at the Big River Theatre. John is touring for his new/old album, Before Beginning: The Unreleased I Know - Nashville, 1985, out now on Red House Records. Before Beginning: The Unreleased I Know - Nashville, 1985 contains never-before-heard studio versions of material that would later appear on Gorka’s Red House debut, I Know.  Only 25 at the time of these recordings, Gorka had traveled to Nashville, TN to record with producer Jim Rooney (Nanci Griffith, John Prine) at Cowboy Jack Clements’ studio. The sessions featured a full band as well as guest vocals from fellow artists Lucy Kaplansky and Shawn Colvin, also members of the NYC “Fast Folk” scene.

Friday August 25, 2017 at 8 pm
Big River Theatre
121 South Main Street; Alma, WI 54610 
(608) 685-4002; Tickets: $15-$20

Winona HIMS Concert

Lynx Bus Trips-WSU

Winona State University will host bus trips Friday, Aug. 18, and Friday, Sept. 1, to attend the Minnesota Lynx games at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Later this fall, Lynx Head Coach Cheryl Reeve will speak as part of WSU’s Lyceum Series on the value of women’s leadership in athletics and overcoming adversity to reach your goals. Mark your calendar for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14, on the WSU campus.

Buses to the Lynx games will leave at 3:30 p.m. from the Kryzsko parking lot and return approximately at 11:30 p.m. Game time is 7 p.m. Game tickets are $20 and available for purchase online at There will be 104 tickets available for purchase per game. Busses are provided free of charge by the University Programing Activities Committee (UPAC). This event is open to the Winona community.


History on the River

The Winona County Historical Society’s History on the River educational cruises are back for an­other season! Join WCHS out on the river on either the Cal Fremling or Winona Tour Boat this season, both leaving from the Winoan Levee. Cruises are on Thursday evenings going through September, and are 90 minutes long with a program and sightseeing time. A rotating variety of refreshments are included with each cruise as well.  Tickets are sold in advance at the History Center or by calling 507.454.2723 ext. 0. Tickets are $27 for non-members and $22 for WCHS members. Save with our pick 3 option, and go on your choice of any 3 History on the River cruises for $75 for non-members or $60 for our members. Stop in the History Center or call 507.454.2723 ext. 0 to charge by phone. Boarding begins 15 minutes prior to the listed departure time. Please note the changing departure times as we near the end of the season when the sun sets earlier. Parking is available near the Levee off Johnson St. and Walnut St. as well as on Cal Fremling Drive. Watch for con­struction at the levee this summer, but you will have access to the levee docks. The Cal Fremling (CF) is docked near Johnson St., and the Winona Tour Boat (WTB) is near Walnut Street.


10, 7:00 – A Look at the Levee: Past, Present, and Future with Keith Nelson, CF

Winona’s Public Works Director will tell us about Winona’s le­vee, and the process of keeping the river out of Winona.

17, 7:00 - Jazz on the River with Les Fields and the Turkey River All-Stars, CF

Jazz literally played a major role in the history of the river and its recreational pastimes. These guys will play tunes to take you back to those raucous river days.

24, 6:30 – Winona Port Operations with Dan Nisbit, CF

Join the President of CD Corp on a river view tour of Winona’s industrial port.

31, 6:30 - Winona’s Boathouse Heritage, WTB

Get up close and learn more about Winona’s unique and inter­esting houseboat heritage. We will explore the various communi­ties along our stretch of the Mississippi.


Winona Public Library-Exhibit

Artist, Lisa Truax, has created abstract ceramic sculptures inspired by outdoor landscapes.  Her works uses local and recycled materials as well as the transformative power of the kiln. The exhibit will be on display in the Winona Public Library’s Bell Art Room from August 2nd to August 30th.  Additionally, Truax will give a talk on her unique works of art on Thursday, August 17th at 6PM in the Library’s Bell Art Room. Lisa Truax is originally from Wisconsin, now living in Winona.  She teaches at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and has a studio in Pickwick.

Know your Neighbor

It's today and the weather will be perfect for this FREE community event, join us!

Lynx Coach-WSU

The Winona State University Lyceum Series 2017-18 will host Minnesota Lynx Head Coach Cheryl Reeve at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14, on the WSU campus. Reeve completed her seventh season as Lynx head coach in 2016, leading the Lynx to a 28-6 record and their sixth consecutive postseason appearance. Since taking over as Lynx head coach, Reeve owns a career 168-70 record, the most coaching wins in franchise history. Reeve will speak on the value of women's leadership in athletics and overcoming adversity to reach your goals. In honor of Reeve's Lyceum presentation, WSU's UPAC is sponsoring free bus trips to MN Lynx games on Aug. 18 and Sept. 1. For more information, visit the ticket website.

Picture: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images)

Visit Winona-Coloring Book

Visit Winona has partnered with area artists to create a Winona coloring book that is hot off of the presses this week and headed for store shelves around the city. The project features 16 landmark businesses, locations, and events, each rendered by an artist into a black and white sketch ready to be filled in with imaginative color. Artists for the coloring book include Toni Ambrosen, Julia Crozier, and Julie Johnston, each a well-known presence in Winona's art community. Among the pages to be colored are Bloedow Bakery, Great River Shakespeare Festival, Saint Mary's University, Winona State University, MN State SE Technical College, Mid West Music Fest, the Winona Public Library, Princess Wenonah, and more, each sketched with the unique style of the artist assigned to that page. Winona Coloring Books are just $5 each at local retailers including the Visit Winona Visitor Center on Huff Street.