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Large Ensemble Performances at Winona State

February 20 and 27
Performing Arts Center | Winona State University

Winona State Music Department will be hosting two large-ensemble concerts this month. The Symphonic Wind Ensemble will put on a performance on Tuesday, February 20 at 7:30pm in the Vivian Fusillo Theatre—attendance is free of charge. The WSU Choirs will perform on Tuesday, February 27 at 7:30pm in the Vivian Fusillo Theatre—tickets will be $10 for adults and free to students with an ID, WSU faculty and staff, and senior citizens.

Bluff County Co-op Little Free Library

Stuck in a cooking rut? Need culinary inspiration or just want to try out new recipes? Winona’s newest “little free library,” located in Bluff Country Co-op’s seating area, has been stocked with more than 100 cookbooks for community members to take for free. The library is set up in the same manner as the little free libraries all over town. “Community members can take a cookbook their interested in or leave one they no longer need,” said Marketing Manager Melissa Gordon. The inaugural lot of cookbooks came mostly from a collection owned by WSU professor emiritus Emilio De Grazia. De Grazia has been collecting cookbooks and books on cooking since high school and looked to make his collection smaller when the Blue Heron bookstore closed. Bluff Country Co-op bought them with the goal of establishing a free cookbook library to provide the community with free cooking resources. “We’ve been offering free cooking classes to the community for years now, and this seemed like a natural addition to that program,” said Gordon. For more information on the Co-op’s free classes, visit their Facebook page or website.


WSU Film Studies

Tim Burton's Frankenweenie (2008)
Part of Frankenfilms!, a free film series presented by WSU Film Studies students
Sunday | February 25 | 3:00pm 
Miller Auditorium | Stark Hall 103

Frankenweenie features the distinctive hand-sculpted stop-motion technique Burton has perfected in films like Corpse Bride and The Nightmare before Christmas in a loving homage to both Frankenstein films and to Burton’s own boyhood. The film is rated PG and appropriate for ages nine and up, according to CommonSense Media.

MWMF-Historical Society

Winona Arts Center-John Denver Tribute

Tribute To The Music of John Denver by Layne Yost

Saturday | February 24 | 7:00-9:30pm
Winona Arts Center | 228 E 5th St

The Winona Arts center presents a concert by Layne Yost dedicated to the music of John Denver. Yost’s “Tribute to the Music of John Denver” is a faithful tribute that pays homage to the music and the man. Layne’s got a John Denver voice, all sweet and pure. Yost, accompanied by Jon Shimoda, and Carol McDowall capture the simple soul of Denver’s music through guitar, upright bass and fiddle arrangements.

Tickets $15 in advance at Hardt's Music, Common Market, $18 at the door.

Matzke-All-State Choir

Congratulations to Ben Matzke for being selected to participate in the Minnesota Music Educators Association (MMEA) All-State Choir for the 2017-2018 school year. The MMEA all-state choir camp was held in August, and the All-State Choirs will soon reconvene for another appearance and concert at the Minnesota Music Educator’s Association State Convention. This encore concert will take place at Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, MN on Saturday, February 24, 2018. Ben is senior at Cotter High School and is involved in Concert Choir, Show Choir, and Timeless (a select men’s ensemble). Ben is a featured soloist at Cotter who has the prestigious honor of being in the MMEA All-State Choir for the past two years. Other choral accolades include Three Rivers All-Conference Choir for four years, University of UW-Eau Claire Honors Choir three years, Winona State University Honors Choir for two years, and Dorian Choir Festival for two years.  He has additional honors that include all superior ratings on his MSHSL Music contest solo work, and ensembles.  He was also awarded “Best in Site” at music contest with his solo work, and was a semi-finalist soloist at the Dorian Choir Festival at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. Ben is the son of Dean and Katy Matzke. He tentatively plans to attend Viterbo University in the fall of 2018.  

WNB Chilli Cook-off

On a beautiful weekend, through sales and donations, a total of $4,842.30 was raised for Ready Set School at the 24th Annual Chili Cookoff, sponsored by Winona National Bank on Saturday, February 10. A large crowd enjoyed 17 varieties of chili donated by: Betty Jo Byoloski’s, Bluff Country Co-op, Bub’s Brewing Company, Ground Round, Jefferson’s Pub & Grill, Kwik Trip Store #746, Riverway Learning Community, Signatures Restaurant, Steak Shop Catering, Sugar Loaf Senior Living, Winona Health Catering, and the Winona Senior High School. Chili was judged by a panel of celebrity judges, and the winners were:

Mild category: 1st place – Steak Shop Catering
2nd place – Winona Health Catering
3rd place – Ground Round
Spicy category: 1st place – Ground Round
2nd place – Sugarloaf Senior Living
3rd place – Steak Shop Catering @ Cotter Schools

Public votes were compiled for the Public Tasters’ Choice Award, which was awarded to Ground Round for its spicy chili. (Pictured)

Cotter-Locks of Compassion

Join us in our Locks of Compassion Lenten project. The Locks of Compassion Initiative, created by Catholic Charities of Southern Minnesota, embraces compassion for all. It has helped promote awareness and support for refugee children and families served. 

Cotter students, staff and the entire Winona community is encouraged to purchase a padlock, decorate it, and lock it onto the chain link fence located in the Cotter High School building.

Interested in supporting this effort?  Mail in your donation and we will decorate a lock for you! Or call 507.453.5000, ext. 5116 for further information.