The U.S. Coast Guard has tested Winona State University's new floating classroom.
The boat passed the test at the SkipperLiner Marine in La Crosse Thursday. The Coast Guard placed 450-pound barrels of water throughout the vessel to simulate passengers.
WSU President Scott Olson called it a wonderful addition to the university.
The unconventional classroom was inspired by Dr. Calvin Fremling, a Winona State professor, scientist, author, and river enthusiast. Fremling died in 2010 at the age of 80. The boat is named in his honor, reflecting his curiosity of the Mississippi River with its interactive classroom.
The 60-foot Cal Fremling will be christened on June 6th at Levee Park in Winona during a public celebration from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. It is scheduled to arrive at the levee at 3:00 p.m.