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Governor Mark Dayton Wednesday announced the appointments Pamela A. W. King and Carmaine M. Sturino (Pictured) as District Court Judges in Minnesota's Third Judicial District.
King will be replacing the Honorable Robert Birnbaum, and will be chambered at Rochester in Olmsted County. Sturino will be replacing the Honorable James A. Fabian, and will be chambered at Caledonia in Houston County. Sturino serves as an Assistant Public Defender in the Third Judicial District, where she represents the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council for Public Defense and maintains a caseload consisting primarily of juvenile and adult cases.
Previously, Sturino was a solo practitioner and an Assistant Winona County Attorney. She is the Secretary of the Winona County Bar Association, a member of the Juvenile Justice Coalition, and a former adjunct professor at Winona State University, St. Mary's University, and the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse.

Mall Playground

There's some new activities at the Winona Mall for both kids and adults looking for exercise with the opening of a new playground and batting cages. Spokesperson Laura Slavey says the 8,000 square foot Playground is for children one to 12 years old and provides a variety of parent-supervised activities for the kids. The Playground is open 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and the cost is $7 per child per day or $15 a month. Slavey says the Batters Box provides batting cages for both baseball and softball at different speeds to practice batting techniques and it's open evenings and weekends. The Batters Box is staffed when open. Both activities are located on the west side of the main mall.    

WSU Conversation Partners

Winona State University’s English Language Center will host Conversation Partners at 5 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 9, Oct. 7 and Nov. 4, in the Haake Hall Conference Room. Students and community members are invited to participate in informal conversation to help international students improve their English skills. Community members, other students and international students in turn learn about each other. Speaking instructors plan current topics to discuss, but the flow of the conversation is up to the participants. Conversation tables will be mixed up every once in a while.Snacks will also be provided.For more information contact Katie Subra via email at or by phone at 507-457-5442.

SMU-Stanley Cup

The President and CEO of the Chicago Blackhawks will be making a return visit to the St. Mary's University campus next month. On Thursday, Sept. 10th, John McDonough, will return to his alma mater, for a leadership session with students on the Winona Campus. He's also bringing with him the Stanley Cup, which will be available for public viewing. Thanks to a 2-0 Game 6, Cup-clinching victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on June 15th, the Blackhawks became the sixth franchise in National Hockey League history to win three Stanley Cups in a six-year span. McDonough, a 1975 alumnus and a successful and well-respected leader in the sports world, will share his story-and the Cup-with the Saint Mary's and Winona communities. The public is invited to view the Cup between 2:15-3:45 p.m, September 10th. But due to time constraints, a limited number of public attendees will have an opportunity to have their photos taken with the Stanley Cup. Only those with wristbands will have the opportunity for an up-close photo.