Past Feature Pics

MMAM-Public Debut

In 2013, the Minnesota Marine Art Museum (MMAM) in Winona transformed, catapulted by multiple charitable donations, including the generous gift that created the Stephen and Barbara Slaggie Family Gallery. Along with this expansion and thanks to its collecting partners, the Museum unveiled numerous masterpieces centering on the theme of water.
This year, the MMAM continues its evolution in dramatic fashion. On Sunday, September 7, the MMAM unveiled 8 new masterpieces to a crowd of Museum supporters. Many of the new masterpieces will be on view in the new Richard and Jane Manoogian Gallery, which will debut to the public on Sunday, September 28. The Richard and Jane Manoogian Gallery will be the largest expansion in the history of Winona’s celebrated Museum, adding 5,000 square feet of exhibition space for its growing collections. The gallery is made possible thanks to generosity from the Richard and Jane Manoogian Foundation, Taylor, MI.

Image 1: Martin Johnson Heade, View from Fern-Tree Walk, Jamaica, 1887 (Detail). Private Collection.

Winona Health Family Practice

Winona Health Family Medicine, currently located on the second floor of the Parkview Office Building at 825 Mankato in Winona, is moving to a new home. Beginning Monday, October 6, The Family Medicine physicians and staff will see patients on the second floor of the Winona Health clinic at 859 Mankato Avenue. Family Medicine physicians, Wayne Kelly, MD, Thomas Retzinger, MD, Rebecca Lossen, MD, and William Davis, MD, along with their nurses and office staff, will move to the new site, so patients will see the same friendly, familiar faces in a new location.  Also beginning in early October, all Primary Care departments in the Winona Clinic (Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, and Pediatrics) will expand provider appointment hours to Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., with valet parking available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. To schedule an appointment with your Family Medicine provider, patients may continue to call 507.454.5050, or call 507.457.7648.

Photo: Winona Health Family Medicine is moving!  Rebecca Lossen, MD; William Davis, MD; Wayne Kelly, MD; and Thomas Retzinger, MD; will begin seeing patients in the second floor of the Winona Health clinic on Monday, October 6.

Rockets to the Rescue

Youth in Mrs. Wendy Baures’ sixth grade science classes at Cochrane-Fountain City Schools designed and built aerodynamic crafts designed to deliver a payload of food to natural disaster victims and respond to a fictional scenario: A natural disaster has left people without food on a remote, isolated Pacific island, and the youth have been asked to build a rocket that can be launched from the mainland, travel over the ocean and deliver high-energy food to the population. The lesson was conducted in conjunction with Buffalo County University of Wisconsin-Extension and 4-H National Youth Science Day, which is an interactive learning experience that gets youth excited about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Sixth graders’ rockets were launched September 16 on the Cochrane-Fountain City School playground. Students’ designs were creative and effective.



State Representative Gene Pelowski of Winona has received the Elected Official of the Year Award from the Association of Minnesota Emergency Managers (AMEM). Pelowski was given the award at AMEM's Annual Conference Awards Banquet on September 16th. Pelowski received the award for his leadership in successfully moving the creation of the Disaster Assistance Contingency Account through this year's legislative session. The new law helps local governments with infrastructure repairs when disaster strikes. The $3 million account allows disaster aid to start without the need of a special session.

UW-L-Dynamic Duo

The slam poets Dynamic Duo pair will perform as part of the university’s Campus Activities Board’s Series. The pair will perform at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, in The Cellar, Cartwright Center.  Panama Soweto and Ken Arkind are a high-energy pair of slam poets who blend complex voice work, comedy and emotionally-charged poetry into their performances. Whether it’s through the nostalgia of playing “Street Fighter” or their take on politics and racism, their combination of pop culture and social issues sparks both laughter and reflection about important contemporary issues.They were a part of the National Poetry Slam Championship team in 2006 and have been the nation’s most booked poetry slam group for four years. They have been featured in the documentaries SPIT! and Slamplanet, and have performed at more than 70 university campuses nationwide.Dynamic Duo’s performance is part of the Campus Activities Board Series. Admission is free. For more about the pair, visit For more information about their visit see or call 608.785.8873.

UW-L Marching Bands

High School band students from throughout the region are expected to take the field at UW-La Crosse Saturday, Sept. 20. They’ll join the UW-L Screaming Eagles Marching Band for its 4th annual High School Band Day. Around 300 musicians will join collegiate counterparts on Roger Harring Field for special pre-game and halftime performances. The seven high schools participating include: Bangor, Dodgeville, Holmen, La Crescent, Prairie du Chien, Tomah and Wabasha-Kellogg. The high school students will arrive on campus at 2 p.m. to rehearse with the Screaming Eagles, preparing music and dance movements for the pre-game and halftime shows. Following rehearsal, they will eat dinner, suit-up and “step-off” as they march from the Center for the Arts to Veterans Memorial Field Sports Complex. The UW-L Eagles will be playing the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor from Texas. Game time is 6 p.m.