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There is no Night Shift for Pilgrim GNP tonight Thursday July 20 due to the road conditions in Arcadia.  Day shift for Pilgrim GNP for Friday July 21 is scheduled as planned unless notified.

Fountain City Lions Club Festival


Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota has appointed an alumnus of its Philanthropy and Development program—Cheryl Pray—as its executive director. Pray joined the university on Monday, July 10. Pray brings to this position more than 20 years of experience in philanthropy and nonprofit management, including leadership positions with numerous prominent organizations. She has served as associate dean of Alumni, Development, and Marketing at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing; she oversaw a $5 billion conservation campaign across 32 countries at The Nature Conservancy; and she developed a philanthropic program at Challenger Center to honor the men and women tragically lost during the Challenger and Columbia space missions. Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations Audrey Kintzi said she is excited to bring Pray to her team. “She’s brings to her work a wealth of knowledge about development and philanthropy and a true passion to share best practice and academic excellence with our students,” Kintzi said. Prior to obtaining her M.A. from Saint Mary’s, Pray earned a B.A. from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She is also a sign language interpreter. 

Winona Football Fundraiser

WAPS-Secondary Administrators

Winona Area Public Schools is pleased to announce the appointment of two new secondary administrators for the 2017-2018 school year.
Andrew Kappel has accepted the Winona Area Learning Center Assistant Principal position. Mr. Kappel received his principal licensure form Concordia University and is currently an instructional coach at John Adams Middle School in Rochester. Prior to his position as an instructional coach, Mr. Kappel was a global studies teacher at John Adams.Before entering  field of education, Mr. Kappel owned and operated his own business which he started when he was in college.
Dr. Chai Lee has accepted the Winona Senior High School Assistant Principal position. Dr. Lee is a graduate of the Winona Senior High, Winona State University and received his doctorate from St. Mary’s University. Dr. Lee has been an assistant principal at the elementary and secondary levels in the the Minneapolis, Inver Grove Heights and Woodbury schools as well as an ELL specialist and AVID Director.

Mr. Kappel and Dr. Chai Lee will both start their new positions effective August 1st, 2017.

4-H Duluth Trip

4-H youth leaders from Buffalo and Pierce counties engaged in discovery in Duluth, Wisconsin July 10-12. The educational travel experience encouraged youth to be independent, test their resilience and discover new places and foods. A foundation of the middle school travel experience is learning about the culture of Duluth, both past and present. Youth toured the Fairlawn Mansion, which was once a children’s home, and the S.S. Meteor the last whaleship in Lake Superior. The young people were encouraged to consider the impacts of culture and consider what it might have been like to be a part of the orphanage and the ship’s crew a century ago. In another part of the travel experience, 4-H youth leaders developed a deeper appreciation for native life by learning how the staple is cultivated and harvested and trying some local wild rice before traveling through Tribal lands. Youth also heard from historians on a Segway tour of the historic downtown and practiced identifying native trees and plants while whitewater rafting down the rapids of the St. Louis River. Youth that participated from Buffalo County were Hunter Guenther and Alan George. Adults advisers from Buffalo County were Donn Moe and Annie Lisowski. The experience is awarded to 4-H members who submit a resume, complete an interview process. The Buffalo County 4-H Leaders Association sponsors half the cost of each participant’s travel.



Winona National Bank is pleased to announce the promotion of Mary Polus to Vice President and Operations/IT Manager. In her new role, Polus is responsible for the Bank’s operations functions, core system applications, and information security. She has 23 years of experience at Winona National Bank, including two years as Retail Banking Manager, 16 years in various Marketing roles, and prior to that that she worked in both Operations and Administration.  Polus lives in Winona with her husband, Hugh. She has served many community organizations, including the Board of Directors for both the Winona County Historical Society and Ready Set School.


SMU Basketball Honors

The Saint Mary's University of Minnesota men's basketball team boasted four players-Chad Schlosser (Stillwater), Aaron Romportl (Stillwater, Minn.), Wylie Ferron (Waconia, Minn.), and Liam Gorman (Orland Park, Ill.)-on the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) 2016-17 Honors Court, it was announced Tuesday, July 18th.

Winona Noon Lions Picnic

The Winona Noon Lions hosted their annual picnic honoring the staff and clients of the Winona ORC and DAC. Approximately 175 people were served a picnic lunch, consisting of sloppy joes, potato chips, beans, fruit salad, pop and an ice cream treat. The purpose of this annual event is to give thanks for the contributions of these individuals who work in various positions throughout the community. The Noon Lions look forward to this occasion each year, as do the workers of the DAC and ORC. The Lions call this event the DAC/ORC Picnic while the workers call it the Lions Picnic.

Pictured are two very long term Lions: Keith Inman (left) and Bob Doerer (right) who have a combined 90 years of Lion service. The Noon Lions are very proud of their continuous dedication and service. For years they have served pop to the picnic goers and are kept quite busy during the event.


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)

Ready Set School Donation

Ready Set School has received a donation from the St. Charles Lions club. Club officials were on hand to present a check for $500 to Ready Set School.

The funds are used to supply vouchers to Winona County students in kindergarten through 12th grade to assist them in buying supplies for the coming school year.

Pictured are:
Joe & Donna Speltz
Joe & Pat Schlichenmeyer
Bill Spitzer
Judy Kruempel
John Gregoire
Ron Ganrude

Mark Roubinek is handing Ready Set School board member Gretchen Hoffman a check from the Lions Club for $500.

Trempealeau County Fair

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. 

Winona Sweet Stroll

Have a little stroll in Downtown Winona on Thursday, July 20th from 4-8PM and stop by the Winona Public Library during the Winona Main Street Program’s 5th Annual Sweet Stroll. This year join the Winona Public Library for a little outdoor fun!  The evening’s activities include the accordion stylings of Tom Dukich from 4-6 PM and acoustic rock performed by Greg Taylor from 6-8 PM.  Cupcakes and refreshments will be on hand for passerby’s. Plus, this year stop in the library during the week of the Sweet Stroll (July 17-July 22nd) and receive an entry form for every five items that you check out.  Entry forms are turned in for an opportunity to win a gift basket from the participating Sweet Stroll businesses.


Winona State University has appointed Ronald Strege as Director of the Warrior Success Center, effective July 17. Strege will provide leadership for student success and retention. As director, he will lead the Advising, Career, Tutoring and Access Services areas in continuing the mission of providing free and accessible services and resources for students to succeed. Strege assumes the role from Barb Oertel, who recently retired after 33 years of service to WSU. Strege has over 25 years of management and student advocacy experience. He most recently served as the Director for Diversity and College Access and Assistant to the Chief Diversity Officer at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point. Strege has a master’s degree in counselor education from Western Illinois University, and a bachelor’s degree in speech communication, public relations from the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Sale

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is offering a 1,760-square foot building for sale at 57604 Hwy 61, which is adjacent to the Weaver Boat Landing.  The building consists of three garage stalls, small living quarters and bathroom facilities for a former campground.  The original building was constructed in 1960 with renovations in 2003 and 2004.  All property offered for sale is for off-site removal. A bid deposit of 20% must be submitted with all bids.  The bid deposit should be made payable to USFWS.  No removal of property will be permitted until full payment is made by the successful bidder.  Full payment is due within 15 days of bid opening and all property must be removed by September 15, 2017.
Bid opening will be Friday, July 28, 2017 at 10:30 AM.  Bids must be received prior to bid opening at the refuge office at 51 East 4th Street, Room 203, Winona, MN 55987. Bidders are encouraged to personally inspect the property before submitting a bid.  To schedule an appointment to inspect the property or for more information contact Curt McMurl or Mary Stefanski at 507-454-7351.

Pelowski-Capital Restoration

Rep. Gene Pelowski Jr. will be hosting a multimedia presentation on the restoration of the Minnesota State Capitol. The presentation combines the work of House of Representative photographers Tom Olmscheid and Andrew Von Bank, the Minnesota Historical Society and Representative Pelowski's Journal. The presentation will be given to the Winona Learning Community on July 13, 2017 at 10am in the Wanek Room of the Winona County Historical Society. This event is free and open to the public.

Buffalo County 4-H

Buffalo County 4-H members were just a few of the hundreds of 4-H youth who attended the 97th annual Wisconsin 4-H & Youth Conference at the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus June 26 – 29.  Lindsey Berg, Amy Losinski, Morgan Guenther and Hannah Noll joined over 500 other young people representing UW-Extension’s 4-H Youth Development program in celebrating the 97th anniversary of the youth program in Wisconsin at the conference. The adult 4-H leader volunteers advising the county delegation were Jennifer Losinski and Angela Berg of Glencoe Hustlers 4-H club.  The annual four-day conference gives youth a chance to learn about a variety of 4-H and other youth programs, experience hands-on learning in a university campus atmosphere, strengthen life skills such as communication and leadership, gain knowledge to share back home, and exchange ideas and form friendships with youth from around the state. 

Hidden in Plain Sight

Parents and guardians have a rare opportunity to learn how to spot potential signs of substance experimentation and misuse at the Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention (ASAP) Hidden in Plain Sight exhibit. The Hidden in Plain Sight exhibit will be open to parents and guardians Tuesday, July 18, 2017, 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. in the Resource Library on the clinic first floor at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Ave., Winona.  ASAP offers this free exhibit to help parents and guardians learn about the warning signs of substance use. Adults can walk through this mock teen bedroom with a checklist to identify more than a dozen household items that may indicate substance misuse. The exhibit is open to parents and guardians only. Partners include the Winona County Drug Court and Winona Police Department. To learn more or ask questions, email Phil Huerta at or call 507-474-2727. 

4-H Area Animal Science Days

On June 22, youth from across Wisconsin participated in the Wisconsin 4-H Area Animal Science Days. The educational event is for dairy and livestock youth to practice hands-on evaluating live animals in the show ring and providing oral reasons about their conformation. A part of the experience each year is learning more about the animal industry and applying skills learned. Josh Axness, Arcadia Plant Production Manager, and Crystal Ganz, Arcadia Field Service Representive, from Pilgrim’s Pride, Home of Gold’n Plump and Bare Chicken shared their expertise in the field. Axness spoke about how richly diverse workforce at the plant aids in processing thousands of chickens each day. Ganz presented to youth on how the live side of the industry works – illustrating how a chicken gets from family farms to family plates across the nation. Buffalo County 4-H youth that participated in the event were Paige Danzinger, Alyssa Danzinger and Alexis Danzinger.

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


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

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