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TEC Trip Winner

Heidi Stetzer, of La Crescent, has won an all-expenses paid trip to Washington D.C., courtesy of Tri-County Electric Cooperative (TEC). As the winner of TEC's Youth Tour Contest, Stetzer will represent the cooperative June 13-18 in Washington D.C. She is a junior at La Crescent High School and the daughter of Cynthia  and Daniel Stetzer. This year marks the 51st anniversary of electric cooperatives sending high school students to Washington. While meeting nationally known political figures and visiting historical sites in and around the Capitol, students learn about electric cooperatives on a local, state and national level. In June, Stetzer will join about 1,500 other high school students sponsored by other electric cooperatives across 43 states.

WSHS Dare to Dream

The Foundation for Winona Area Public Schools announces Pete Weess’s WSHS Environmental Science “Healthy Lake Winona Project” as its spring 2015 “Dare to Dream” $5000 grant winner.

Pictured is (left), WSHS Principal Ryan Jensen and (right), WSHS Science Teacher Pete Weess.

Family Programs-MMAM

Great art museums like the Minnesota Marine Art Museum (MMAM) are nonprofit, educational organizations supported and owned by the community. For families in the Winona community and region, the MMAM offers programs year round. During May, the MMAM will offer its popular Toddler Tuesday program on Tuesday, May 12th from 10:30am–Noon. This program engages toddlers (ages 1-5) and parents in a variety of simple art projects, play and artistic exploration. Toddler Tuesdays at the MMAM take place on the second Tuesday of the month, and cost only $2 per child. Parents and Museum members are free. Participating families can drop in and leave as desired. For families with kids ages 6 and up, the MMAM will offer a session of its free and popular Art-Venture program. On Saturday, May 9th from 1-2:30pm, we will look at a few artworks in the MMAM galleries for inspiration, and then we will pull out the art supplies and practice our skills. A parent is welcome to participate too. Because space is limited to 20 kids, registration is required by calling (507) 474-6626. This program is free thanks to support from Mid West Music Fest. For information about these family programs, as well as the upcoming Winona Arts Camp (August 10-14) and the MMAM Family Fest (June 27), visit

Cotter Graduates

A total of $334,800 in four-year renewable college scholarships will be awarded to 64 members of the Cotter graduating class of 2015. The scholarships are available through an endowment fund generously provided by the Hiawatha Education Foundation to be used for education-related expenses at American colleges and universities for the next four years following high school graduation from Cotter High School.  All Cotter graduates are eligible for a four- year renewable scholarship, based on academic achievement and participation in school activities. More than $10.4 million in scholarships have been awarded by the Hiawatha Education Foundation since 1990.

Pictured: Cotter President Sr. Judy Schafer presenting scholarship letter to senior student Kaitlyn Carlson


It is May and that means a new exhibit of student art in the District Office of the Winona Area Public Schools. Please enjoy cookies and lemonade while strolling through the WAPS District Office to enjoy the new exhibit of art from WAPS students in Grades 1-12. Such a sight to see!

The Art Opening is:

Tuesday, May 12
4:30-6:00 pm
WAPS District Office
903 Gilmore Avenue (WSHS Campus)

Pictured: work by Arianna Jacobs- WMS

SMU Page Theatre

The Performance Center at Saint Mary’s University is pleased to announce its 2015-2016 Page Series. From the forests of Québec to down-home Texas gospel, the 29th season of the Page Series will present music, theatre, dance, and family programming from around the continent. The season begins Oct. 14 with TIMBER! (pictured), a production of Québec’s Cirque Alfonse, and continues with performances by chamber ensemble eighth blackbird; theatre/dance duo Sossy Mechanics in Trick Boxing; Irish-American folk band Solas; and Texas gospel group The Jones Family Singers. The season also includes three performances geared toward family and school audiences: Enchantment Theatre Company’s Peter Rabbit™ Tales; The Okee Dokee Brothers; and Theatre IV’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

Information about the 2015-2016 performances, artists, and tickets is available at Subscription packages of three or more shows go on sale May 12 and may be purchased online at; by telephone at 507-457-1715; or in person at the box office, 700 Terrace Heights, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets to individual performances will be available beginning Aug. 18.

Cotter Check Presentation

Thanks to an outpouring of support from Cotter students, families and friends, the Catholic Charities Campaign through the Lenten season raised $1,493.39. Campus Ministry students coordinated the campaign, assembling collection jars, collecting money, mai

MMAM Exhibit

The Minnesota Marine Art Museum (MMAM) in Winona is proud to announce a large, 2-gallery exhibition by one of America’s most beloved artists – Winslow Homer (1836-1910). The exhibition, titled The Wood Engravings of Winslow Homer, will be exhibited from April 10th to August 7th, 2015. The exhibition highlights Homer’s engravings which include his portrayals of the American Civil War, as well as his landscapes, seascapes and inspirations from daily life. Complementing these prints are two significant paintings by Homer that are from the collections of the MMAM, including an oil painting and a watercolor.  This exhibition is organized and traveled by Blair-Murrah Exhibitions, Sibley, MO. It is brought to MMAM audiences thanks to generous support from Merchants National Bank, Winona, MN.

Western President Writing Awards

Nine students in the Communication Skills course at Western Technical College were recipients of the President’s Writing Award.  Recipients of this award include: 
Alysha Scott, of La Crosse, First Place Poetry and First Place Research Essay Alyssa Betz, of Caledonia, Minn., Second Place (tie) Poetry Bao Xiong, of La Crosse, Second Place (tie) Poetry  Gralyn Stiehl, of Onalaska,
First Place Fiction Chandra Crane, of La Crosse,
Second Place Fiction Ashley Havlik, of Sparta,
First Place Analytical Essay Morgan Pederson, of La Crosse,
First Place Creative Nonfiction Grace Riness, of Coon Valley, Second Place Creative Nonfiction Lynthia Madison, of Mauston, Honorable Mention Creative Nonfiction
The President's Writing Award was created to honor excellence in student writing across five genres: poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, research, and analytical writing.
Submissions were read by a local panel of instructors and writers. They were judged according to the following standards: artful treatment of subject matter; quality of insight, voice, and style; cohesiveness; originality; and overall aesthetic, emotional, or intellectual effect.