Past Feature Pics

4-H Kiwanis Sunrisers

Justin Johnson was recognized this past Wednesday morning as the Kiwanis Sunrisers of Winona 4-H Youth Representative for the Month of June.  Justin recently graduated from Winona Senior High School.  He is the son of Terry and Linda Johnson from Winona, MN and is a member of Wilson fireflies 4-H Club. Justin has explored multiple project areas but his most passionate have been shop, including both metal and wood, sheep and shooting sports (trap shooting).  Winona Sunrisers Kiwanis Club honors one outstanding Winona County 4-H member during its breakfast meeting the fourth Wednesday of each month.  The club meets on a weekly basis every Wednesday morning at 7:00 a.m. at the Winona Family Restaurant in Winona

Googins Recognized

Sarah Googins, a Winona citizen, is being recognized by the Winona Fire Department and Winona Area Ambulance Service for performing life saving CPR on a heart attack victim in March of this year.  Pictured from left to right Winona Area Ambulance service Alesha and Charlie, Sarah Googins, Winona Fire Department Captain Lisowski, Mike Allred and Captain Kohner.

Free Lunches-WAPS

Winona Area Public Schools elected to become a new sponsor of the Summer Food Service Program, administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service.  The district recognized the need for free summer meals when many areas qualified for the program based income eligibility of households living within the Winona School District.
Free lunch is being served to children 18 and younger on weekdays from June 8 to August 28 (except July 2 &3) at the Winona Middle School and Maplewood Community Center from 11:30 to 12:30.  Breakfast is also served at the Winona Middle School from 7:30 to 8:30 each morning.  The program has been open one week and is averaging 300 meals per day. 
The Maplewood Community Center has joined the Winona Library to promote “Reading to the Rhythm” literacy program at the Maplewood meal site.  There are several families who stop in after going the park, swimming lessons, or other events around the community.  Summer Key Kids camps, open gym, sports camps and other activities being held at the Winona Middle School bring many children to the Middle School site to eat breakfast and lunch free during the summer. 


Buffalo County Farm Safety

Sixteen students from Buffalo County attended the 2015 Farm Tractor and Machinery Safety Certification Class.  The class was offered by the University of Wisconsin-Extension, Buffalo County Office, and taught by Carl Duley, Buffalo County Extension Agricultural Agent.  The class is designed to enhance the safety, knowledge and skills of youth operating farm tractors and other farm machinery.  The class is not intended to teach students to be expert tractor drivers.  It gives them a basic knowledge of safe operation of farm tractors and machinery.
Youth are required to attend 24 hours of instruction, pass a basic skills driving test and successfully complete a written exam.  The 2015 class was held at the Modena Town Hall with the driving test being held at Lindstrom Equipment in Modena.  Youth that participated in the Tractor Safety class are: Brendin Larson, Ben Foust, James Gibbons, Johnathon Pavelski, Wyatt Maukstad, Wyatt Lehnartz, Logan Uschan, Kadin Todd, Noah Ehlenfeldt, Austin George, Derek Falkner, Ted Johnson, Lance Larson, Gabriel Mann, Casey Denk and Aaron Johnston.


Winona Health Milestones

Each year, Winona Health celebrates staff reaching service milestones. This year, 118 employees celebrated service milestones ranging from five to 45 years.  Staff members celebrating 45 years are Andrew Edin, MD, Internal Medicine physician; Nola Skappel, therapeutic recreation coordinator; Nancy Scovil, nutrition specialist; and Sherry Hill, licensed practical nurse. Winona Health chief human resources officer, Kathy Wade, who joined Winona Health in March, said, “It is an honor and privilege to work with the loyal and dedicated staff here at Winona Health. We recognize each of these individuals for their unique contribution in making a difference in the lives of others. Their experiences and stories shared represent who we are as a Winona Health family and the dedication to providing care to the greater community.”                       

Photo: More than 100 Winona Health staff celebrated service milestones ranging from five to 45 years. Celebrating 45 years (l-r): Sherry Hill, LPN; Nola Skappel, Therapeutic Recreation Coordinator; Andrew Edin, MD; Nancy Scovil, Nutrition Specialist.

Whitewater State Park Wild Parsnip

On Saturday, June 27, the weather was warm and the humidity was high and 24 volunteers donned long sleeved shirts and rubber gloves and spread out though Whitewater State Park.  As in the past, the 3rd Annual Wild Parsnip Pull at Whitewater State Park was a huge success.  In less than three hours and under the leadership of event organizer, Steve Poole, the 24 volunteers meticulously counted and pulled 9,206 parsnips from campsites, along the entrance road, on the trails beside the river, and on the trail leading to the swimming beach. 
Wild parsnip is an exotic invasive species that can cause severe blistering when bare skin comes in contact with the oils of the plant.  During the event last Saturday, pulling was easy because of recent rains but the Parsnip Predator was needed at times for the bigger ones (such as the over 8 ft. one Steve, the Campground Host, pulled).  State Park personnel loaded up the very large piles of parsnip and hauled them away for disposal.