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Warrior Waddle

Winona State University’s Women’s Track and Field team was awarded more than $15,000 in scholarships through proceeds from the eighth annual Warrior Waddle 5K. Over the last eight years, the Warrior Waddle 5K has raised more than $100,000 for WSU Women’s Track and Field Scholarships. “Our sponsors, volunteers, participants and every individual who helps put teams together help us create such a successful event,” said Kathy Hovell, one of the organizers of the Warrior Waddle. “We are so thankful for their help, contributions and dedication every year.” The ninth annual Warrior Waddle 5K is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 15. Registration will be available later this spring.

For more information contact the WSU Alumni Office at 507-457-5027.

4-H Key Awards

Rachel Hovey, daughter of Michelle and John Hovey of Gilmanton, and Megan Reinhardt, daughter of Lois and Paul Reinhardt of Nelson were selected as the Buffalo County Wisconsin 4-H Key Award winners for 2015.  The prestigious Key Award, one of the highest awards a 4-H member can receive, honors only a select group of 4-H participants across the state annually.  The youth receiving this award are ones who have demonstrated consistent growth in their 4-H involvement, developed and applied their leadership skills, and actively participated in the functions of their club and their community. Hovey is a member of the Lookout Legends 4-H Club and will graduate from Gilmanton High School in May. In her time as a Vice President of the Buffalo County 4-H Youth Leaders Council, Hovey has worked with many young people in her local 4-H club to strengthen learning through service experiences. Rachel has also taught over a hundred young people in Buffalo County about sustainable agriculture as a state-selected Ag Innovator Experience youth leader. Additionally, Hovey is committed to youth development and integrates her 4-H learning experiences into her multiple roles in her school, community and throughout Buffalo County. Reinhardt is a 4-H youth leader in the Cheerful Workers 4-H club. She will graduate from Alma Area High School this spring. Reinhardt has been an active member in her 4-H foods and clothing projects, serving as a role model and teacher for younger members especially at the Buffalo County Fair. Megan is also a dedicated servant leader in her community and in the long standing role as President of her club has spearheaded several impactful service-learning initiatives. 

Annie Lisowski, 4-H Youth Development Educator on behalf of the Buffalo County 4-H Leaders Association, presented Rachel Hovey and Megan Reinhardt with the award on January 24, 2016 at the 4-H Leaders Association meeting at the Buffalo County Courthouse in Alma. Key Award recipients are high school students with at least three years of experience in 4-H and one year as a youth leader. The Wisconsin Farm Bureau and Rural Mutual Insurance Company, sponsor the Wisconsin Key Award program.  They have sponsored these awards for over 25 years, helping 4-H to honor some of Wisconsin's finest youth.

4-H Shooting Sports

The goal when he set out was not to end up at nationals this year, but with determination he earned it – one of only thirty-six spots on the Wisconsin 4-H Shooting Sports Team that will compete at Nationals. Reece Fernholz, son of Michele Loesel and Donnie Huth and Greg and Amy Fernholz, will participate in the 2016 4-H Shooting Sports National Championships held June 26 - July 1, 2016 at Heartland Public Shooting Park in Grand Island, Nebraska. Reece is a member of Buffalo County 4-H and Glencoe Hustlers 4-H Club and is currently a sophomore at Arcadia High School. In order to qualify for the National team, Reece Fernholz participated in five competitive 4-H shooting sports events as a Buffalo County 4-H member. On May 16, 2015 Fernholz shot at the Chippewa County Northwest Invitational in Bloomer, Wisconsin in trap and wildlife ecology. He finished seventh and eighth respectively in the intermediate division. At the Pierce County Western Gateway Shoot in River Falls, Wisconsin on June 13, 2015, Reece finished second place in trap and fifth in wildlife ecology. At the third competition on July 11, 2015 at the Shawano County 4-H All Star Summer Shootout in Shawano, Reece advanced to the senior division due to his age. At that shoot, he finished second in trap, third in wildlife ecology, second in hunt and cover youth/youth trap, and first in hunt and cover youth/adult trap. At the first annual Triple Crown Summer Blast in Abbotsford, Wisconsin, Reece finished second out of seventeen in trap, twelfth in wildlife ecology, and fourth in skeet, an event that Reece had never competed in before. Reece ended his season by placing in every event on August 15, 2015 at the Eau Claire County 4-H Shooting Sports Invitational. He finished fourth in trap, sixth in wildlife ecology, fifth in skeet, sixth in five stand, first in hunt and cover youth/youth trap with fellow Buffalo County 4-H member Collin Weltzien, and second in hunt and cover youth/adult trap with his stepfather, Donnie Huth.


One of the strengths of visual arts is the way it can communicate complexity, says Kate Hawkes, UWL assistant professor of art. Hawkes latest series of 12, large-scale photographic works captures the complex, overwhelming and disabling emotions that arise as people ponder the planet’s precarious environmental future. Her series of works, “Anthropocene,” literally means the present era during which humans are actively altering the global ecosystem. The art will be on display Feb. 8 - March 2 at the Paul Watkins Gallery at Winona State University. An opening reception will be from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb 10. The series was also featured in an exhibit Oct. 16-Nov. 24, 2015, at Gallery 19 in Chicago.  The series was inspired by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report released in 2014, which Hawkes felt changed the public dialogue surrounding climate change from prevention to adaptation or mitigation. The works combine layers of photographed, massed-produced, disposable goods such as candy and cheap trinkets. The images create an alternate sense of space, depth and reality.  Some items are clear and others are blurred. Some things resemble other things. This visual confusion is a metaphor for the emotional, conceptual and ethical confusion and turmoil surrounding climate change, she says. Hawkes received a CLS small grant Spring 2015 for materials for “Anthropocene.”  She also received a Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council (SEMAC) 2015 Individual Artist Grant to exhibit in Winona.
Visit Kathleen Hawkes Artist Website.

SMU Page Series

Saint Mary’s University Page Series will present “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea on Tuesday, Feb. 16, at 6:30 p.m. at the Page Theatre. A production of Theatre IV, the touring division of Virginia Repertory Theatre, “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” is a one-hour musical adaptation of Jules Verne’s 19th century classic. This riveting adventure beneath the high seas is the perfect way to captivate minds, support science and geography learning, and introduce young readers to one of the most popular landmarks of world literature. Join Captain Nemo, Professor Elaine Aronnax, and harpooner Ned Land as they explore world geography and aquatic life from coral reefs to the Arctic Circle. The Page Series will partner with the Winona Public Library and Minnesota Marine Art Museum for a free after-school gathering on Thursday, Feb. 11, at 3:30 p.m. Students will explore works related to Verne’s novel and create their own dioramas of underwater landscapes. This gathering is free, and no registration is required. Attendees will also have the chance to win free tickets to the Feb. 16 performance. Both the play and diorama activity are recommended for children in grades two through seven. Tickets to the play are $14 for adults and $6 for students and senior citizens. More information and tickets are available at or by calling 507-457-1715 (noon to 6 p.m., weekdays). 

WSHS Listening Team

The Winona Senior High School Music Listening Team for Eden Simon DeBroux, Oscar Hedin and Pippa Armstrong took 2nd place at the regional competition on Friday, January 22, 2016. Each team member is a junior at WSHS and all are orchestra students.  They have advanced to the State Final Competition on Friday, Feb. 5, 2016  to be held at Augsburg College in Minneapolis. The top 2 teams from each region advance to the State Finals. There was a tie for 2nd place at our region but our WSHS team prevailed in the tie breaker round, identifying a "mystery" piece of music as being written by J. S. Bach and from the Baroque era.  The Music Listening Contest is a very demanding activity to prepare for and participate in. It gives participants a wide range of music genres to identify.  For more information about the contest and to see the list of regional winners  log on to
Good luck TEAM WSHS!
Photo L-R:
Eden Simon DeBroux, Oscar Hedin and Pippa Armstrong.