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4-H Member of the Month

Cody Prigge was recognized as the Winona Sunrisers Kiwanis Club’s “4-H Member of the Month” representative for the month of October.  Cody is a graduate of Lewiston Altura High School.  He is the son of Terry and Jana Prigge from Winona, MN and is a member of Valley View Volunteers 4-H Club.
Cody has held the leadership role of club Treasurer. Cody has concentrated most of his project work in dairy steers and goats.  Cody shared that “Some advantages from 4-H are that it teaches you to be responsible and help others.  Some opportunities that 4-H offers is that I have been able to get to the state fair and was able to see what that experience is all about.”  When asked what 4-H has to offer other youth Cody stated: “I have made friends from Rushford, St. Charles, and Winona because I’ve met them through 4-H.”

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.

Big Head Carp

Please join us for a free science program presented by Dr. Emy Monroe of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Whitney Genetics Laboratory on Sat. November 1st from 10:30am – 11:30am at the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge Visitor Center. Dr. Monroe’s presentation is titled, “Using a Tiny Genetic Signal to Prevent a Huge Problem in the Great Lakes and Mississippi River Ecosystems. eDNA and the Search for Bighead and Silver Carp.”  Environmental DNA (eDNA) is a surveillance tool used to monitor for the genetic presence of an aquatic species. Currently, eDNA is used to monitor for the genetic presence of Bighead carp and Silver carp, two species of Asian carp. By sampling waters that could potentially be invaded by these species, the detection of their DNA can indicate the potential presence of the fish itself.

For more information, contact the La Crosse District Office at (608) 779-2399 or visit the facility, located at N5727 County Road Z, Onalaska, WI. Visitor center hours are Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

UW-L Comedian

Journalist-turned-comedian Chloe Hilliard will perform at UW-La Crosse. She’ll take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, in Valhalla in Cartwright Center-Gunning Addition. Admission is free. Hilliard has written for The Village Voice, Essence, Vibe, King and The Source before turning to comedy. She is known for her ability to find humor in everything and recently appeared on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing.” She continues to write and edit for several sources.Hilliard’s performance is part of the Campus Activities Board Series. For more about Hilliard visit: For more information about the show visit: or call 608.785.8873

GRSF Award

Winona's Great River Shakespeare Festival has received a special award. The Rochester Arts and Cultural Trust has presented the festival with its Outstanding Greater Rochester Arts Award. The Award recognizes an individual or organization located outside Rochester, but within the 11-county southeastern Minnesota region, which has contributed to the artistic and cultural future of southeastern Minnesota.
Photo Credit: Dawn Sanborn, Photographer. From Left to Right: GRSF Artistic Director Doug Scholz-Carlson, GRSF Managing Director Lee Gundersheimer, Ardee Awards Emcee Tom Overlie, 2014 Miss Ardee Elizabeth Olive


WAPS-Payroll Deduction Grants

The Foundation for Winona Area Public Schools is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s Payroll Deduction grants.  Each year, dedicated teachers give back to their school by not only providing quality education, but many of them give back personal money to the Foundation through Payroll Deduction.  On an annual basis, the Foundation grants two $250 Payroll Deduction grants to teachers who will be able to use the money to benefit students by purchasing something for their classroom that will enrich learning opportunities for their students. This year’s winners are Molli Kook and Janet Moeller. Congratulations and thank you for all you do for the Winona Area Public Schools.

Walz-Farm Award

The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) is proud to award Congressman Tim Walz the 2014 “Friend of Farm Bureau” award. This is the second time he has received the award.
The “Friend of Farm Bureau” award is given to individuals who have supported Farm Bureau issues, as demonstrated by their voting records. The voting records were based on issues selected by the American Farm Bureau Federation Board of Directors. Members of the Minnesota delegation who received the 2014 “Friend of Farm Bureau” award are Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken and Representatives Tim Walz, John Kline, Erik Paulsen and Collin Peterson.