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After an extensive search and interview process, Winona Area Public Schools welcomes Mrs. Darcy Lindquist as the new Assistant Principal of Winona Middle School. She replaces Anne Graner, who left her position in June. Darcy started her career in education at Arcadia Public Schools as a high school social studies teacher and has most recently been working in the Stewartville Public Schools as the Associate Principal at Stewartville High School. Darcy graduated with both a Masters in Educational Leadership as well as a Masters in K-12 School Counseling from Winona State University.  She is currently finishing up her Educational Specialist Licensure in Leadership from Winona State University.  Darcy and her family currently live in Stockton, and she is eager to start in her new position.
She will be recommended for hire at the school board meeting on August 4.


PRIDE Award-Monson

Winona National Bank is pleased to announce Julie Monson, Business Banking Specialist, as the recipient of its second quarter Community PRIDE Award. Awarded quarterly by the Bank's Public Relations Committee, Community PRIDE Awards recognize WNB employees for exceptional volunteer service to programs, organizations, and initiatives that contribute to the strength and vitality of the communities served. Monson has served the Winona Rivertown Lions Club for 26 years and currently serves as president, her fourth time in that role. She was honored by the Club in 2015 for slating 25 years of perfect attendance and has also received the Hellen Keller and Lion of the Year awards. Monson also transports Home Delivered Meals for Winona Volunteer Services, and she volunteers for Cathedral Fest and serving communion at Cathedral of the Sacred Heart & St. Casimir Parish.  As a Community PRIDE Award recipient, Monson received $100 to donate to the non-profit of her choice, which she chose to donate to Every Child's Dream.


4-h Horse Show

The 2016 Buffalo County Fair and 4-H Horse Show was conducted on Saturday, July 23 at the Midnight Riders Arena in Mondovi. The Buffalo County 4-H Horse Show, led by volunteer 4-H leaders Kelli Krzyszton, Linda Fetting and Mary Norby, is not only an opportunity for exhibitors to sharpen their riding and horse training skills but life skills as well. Throughout the 4-H Horse project the youth develop life skills such as goal setting, self-discipline, leadership, problem solving skills, prioritization and teamwork. The Horse Show exhibitors and families would like to give a special thanks to the Midnight Riders for providing their facilities as well as acknowledge all of the volunteers who helped create an amazing show. While the morning classes were not impacted by the rising heat, the 4-H Horse Show was cancelled midway through the afternoon classes due to severe thunderstorms and the creation of a soft and slippery arena. As a result, only the Halter, Showmanship and English Riding events were judged. The remaining events will not be rescheduled. 

Pictured: Kira Lee of Hilltop Climbers 4-H receives the Grand Champion Trophy in Showmanship and Kaleb Krzyszton of BBC 4-H Club is awarded the Reserve Ribbon. 

Miller Award

The Association of Minnesota Public Educational Radio Stations (Ampers), the nation’s largest
association of its kind, is presenting Senator Jeremy (R-Winona) with a leadership award on Monday, July 25th at 2:00p.m. Ampers’ Chief Executive Officer Joel Glaser will present Senator Miller with the award at Ampers station KQAL-FM which is located on the Winona State University campus. Ampers’ Treasurer and KQAL General Manager Doug Westerman will also help to present the award which recognizes Senator Miller for his outstanding support and commitment to community radio in Minnesota.

K9 Certification

Winona County Sheriff's Deputy Adam Carlson and K9 Cleo attended their 2016 United States Police Canine Association Region 12 PD1 (Patrol) certification in Brooklyn Park in late June. The certification consists of many aspects of patrol work to include; Obedience, Agility, Article Search, Suspect Search, Criminal Apprehension and Criminal Apprehension with gunfire. A total of 88 K9/handler teams attended the certification from Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota. Along with earning their certification Deputy Carlson and K9 Cleo took the honor of the 4th highest score overall, 1st place in the team event which consists of the cumulative score as a team of 5 dogs and the 1st place score in Apprehension and Apprehension with gunfire.  Deputy Carlson and K9 Cleo were also awarded a medallion for excellent service in their narcotics detection work on the street when a large amount of narcotics were seized from a vehicle in 2015.


Ranger Ed-Paddle

You are invited to join a team of experts for a fun-filled and informative day of prairies and paddling. David Schmidt, Southeast Minnesota Conservation Coordinator for The Nature Conservancy and Joel Dunnette, instructor for the MN Master Naturalist program, will lead a prairie walk at Weaver Dunes Scientific and Natural Area, a Nature Conservancy property, beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 30. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Refuge Ranger Ed Lagace will then lead a paddling tour of Weaver Bottoms beginning at 12:30 p.m.  Both family-friendly events are free and open to the public. You can participate in either or both events but registration is required for the paddling tour. To participate in the prairie walk, meet at the Weaver Dunes office located at 60042 County Road 84, Kellogg, MN.  The GPS coordinates for Weaver Dunes are 44°15`04.06"N 91°56`28.43"W. A brief introduction will be provided followed by a leisurely walk through the prairie learning about the unique plants and animals that call Weaver Dunes home. Participants should dress appropriately for the weather, bring water, insect repellant, and have footwear appropriate for hiking on sandy soils. The walk will conclude by 11:30 a.m. The paddle through the backwaters of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge will launch from the Halfmoon Boat Landing located at 12067 622nd Street which is off from County Road 84 just north of Weaver Dunes. The GPS coordinates for the Halfmoon Landing are 44°15`53.03"N 91°54`28.83"W. Participants should dress for the weather, bring water and snacks, and prepare for up to two hours on the water. Those who participate in both events should also bring a lunch. Pre-registration for the paddle is required by 4:00 p.m. Thursday, July 28 by calling or emailing Ranger Ed Lagace at 507-494-6236 or  The Refuge will provide canoes, paddles and PFDs for your use, or you can bring your own equipment. 

WNB-Pool Party

Winona National Bank and the City of Winona Parks & Recreation held a Pool Party Concert on July 15 at the Bob Welch Aquatic Center, featuring Rip Roaring Entertainment as well as the famous $1 hot dog lunch. Sales totaled $800.01 which was donated to Ready Set School.
The Aquatic Center was open with free admission until 6:00 p.m. Throughout the day, 1,045 people visited the facility. Ready Set School works to ensure that all Winona County children, grades K-12, have the basic and necessary school supplies and clothing for school. 100% of the money raised by Ready Set School goes directly to the qualifying students in the form of vouchers, which can be used at area stores for school supplies. For more information, please visit

Photo caption: Ben Knuesel of Winona National Bank (left) presents Blake Koebke, Ready Set School Board Member, with a check for $800.01. The donation was made possible by sales from the July 15 Pool Party Concert sponsored by Winona National Bank and Winona Parks & Recreation.