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Benevolence & Blues

The Winona Health Foundation invites community members to the annual ‘Benevolence & Blues’ Friday, January 27 at Visions Event Center at Signatures, 22852 County Road 17 in Winona. “Benevolence and Blues has become our annual event to celebrate generosity, blues music and delicious barbeque,” said Betsy Midthun, Winona Health vice president of Community Engagement. “It’s really an uplifting event.” “It’s a come-as-you’re-comfortable event,” says Midthun. “We encourage people to wear their favorite blues—whether it’s blue jeans, a blue dress, blue scrubs or blue suede shoes.” Enjoy BBQ pork ribs, fried catfish fingers with tartar and hush puppies, cooked green beans with bacon and onions, sweet potato fingerlings, baked macaroni and cheese, cheddar biscuits, coleslaw, bread and butter pickles, and sweet biscuit strawberry shortcake with whipped cream. Entertainment includes music by the Burke Band, featuring a special appearance by Kathleen Lanik, vice president of Quality and Safety at Winona Health. Tickets are $35 per person or $25 per person if you reserve a table for eight. The evening begins with hors d’oeuvres, blues music and a cash bar followed by short stories of generosity and more musical entertainment to round out the evening.  Reservations will be accepted through Friday, January 20. RSVP by sending a check payable to the Winona Health Foundation, to: Winona Health Foundation, 855 Mankato Ave., Winona, MN 55987. Please include the names of those attending. If you have questions, call 507.457.4394.


Trautlein-Winona Health

Laura Trautlein, a certified physician assistant (PA-C), joined the Winona Health staff and now sees patients in the Internal Medicine department. “My husband and I love this area. I heard about this opportunity and I chose Winona Health because from the minute I walked in the door I felt at home. Everyone was friendly and welcoming.” Trautlein earned her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Physician Assistant Program, North Chicago, Ill., and her Bachelor of Science in General Biology with a minor in Nutrition from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. She is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) and is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. Trautlein said she is looking forward to talking with and getting to know her patients. “I think they’ll find I’m friendly, a good listener, and most important, I can help them figure out and manage any health issues they may have.” In her free time, Trautlein loves to read and spend time outside hiking and snowboarding.


To schedule an appointment with Laura Trautlein, PA-C, call 507.457.7622.


Cotter Band Students

Congratulations to Cotter band students Matt Besek, Rob Besek, Megan Zenke, Gabe Welch, Viva Graff, Ellie Macal, Hannah Graff, Lexi Hadaway, and Aubrey Williams for being selected to participate in this year’s 6th -8th grade and 9th-10th grade Southeastern Minnesota Band Director's Association Honor Bands.  The concert was held on Saturday, January 14, at Kasson-Mantorville High School. Two massed bands worked with guest clinicians to prepare music for their concert.  These students had three rehearsals and small group sectionals, and then came together to put on a fantastic concert having only known each other one day! Guest conductors included Betsy McCann from the University of Minnesota, and Dr. Catharine Bushman from St. Cloud State. 

Pictured L to R: Matt Besek, Rob Besek, Megan Zenke, Gabe Welch, Viva Graff, Ellie Macal, Hannah Graff, Lexi Hadaway, and Aubrey Williams. 

WSU-Dr. Romeyn

Winona State University Department of Athletics and the Health, Exercise, and Rehabilitative Sciences Department recognized Dr. Richard L. Romeyn for his 25 plus years of service as Team Physician and Medical Director for the Athletic Training Education Program. Dr. Romeyn was recognized at the WSU football game on Nov. 5. He was recognized for his quality care he provided the athletes and many hours that he spent educating the athletic training students. “Dr. Romeyn has been a huge force in the success of our Athletic Training program,” said Shellie Nelson, WSU Athletic Training professor. Dr. Romeyn “believed in creating a quality medical team that included Athletic Trainers. He knew that for him to provide the care he wanted to, he needed to surround himself with talented Athletic Trainers,” Nelson said. 

Dr. Romeyn first started working with WSU athletes in 1990 as the Team Physician. He has spent numerous hours on the sidelines, seeing patients, and educating athletes, coaches and parents about injuries. During the halftime presentation, the Athletic Training staff and faculty presented a framed picture of Dr. Romeyn to hang in the WSU Athletic Training Facility to honor his commitment to WSU athletics and education.


Solomon's Song

Winona Police Woman Visits St. Mary?s Preschoolers

AM preschool students were treated to a visit from Officer Bridget Klinger from the Winona Police Department on Friday, January 13th.  She told students what she does on the job with great emphasis on helping people.  She showed us her equipment that is with her all the time.  She read us the fun book, "Officer Buckle and Gloria."  

Cotter-Mock Trial Team

In its first year ever, the success of Cotter High School's Mock Trial team is anything but make believe. The team, consisting of twelve students in grades 9-12 is coached by Cotter teacher, Mr. Evan Howard. Mr. Howard, a veteran of mock trial has already lead the team to a 10th place finish in the St. Paul Trials competition against 35 other schools. As impressive as this may be, many people have not heard of mock trial or what it takes to prepare a team for competition. Mock Trial is run by the Minnesota Bar Association as a way to introduce students to the workings of the American legal system. Students are graded on a scale of 0-10 by all judges based on their portrayal of either a lawyer or a witness. The cumulative of these scores are then added together and compared to scores of other teams. Judges will also rate the top four witnesses and attorneys in each trial, who then receive special awards. The team's first competition was held on Saturday, January 7th at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. Along with the 10th place finish, three Cotter members were awarded for their performance in their trials. Cotter seniors Aidan Beckman, plaintiff attorney, and Samantha Knight, defense attorney, were awarded "Outstanding Attorney" awards. Freshman, Viva Graff, defense witness, was also awarded an "Outstanding Witness" award.



Artaria String Quartet-Winona Public Library

The Artaria String Quartet, based out of St. Paul, will perform a free public concert at the Winona Public Library on Tuesday, January 24th at 6PM.  Strings in Motion, a WAPS Orchestra Booster Club, and the Artaria String Quartet received a Minnesota State Arts Grant to bring the group to Winona three times as well as work with students.  This will be Artaria’s second time in Winona. Presented by the Minnesota State Arts Board.

Frie-Winona Health

Katie Frie, CNP, a certified adult and geriatric nurse practitioner, has returned to Winona Health and is seeing adults in the Family Medicine department. Frie originally joined Winona Health in October 2011. She left Winona Health in 2016 when an opportunity arose to try a different type of healthcare role in a specialty setting. “I chose to come back to Winona Health because I missed the interaction of providing direct patient care. It’s an honor to serve as the go-to person for health-related issues and to help people take charge of their health,” said Frie. “The relationships that you can build with patients and coworkers in a smaller organization is something that is really very special.” Frie has several years of experience as a certified nurse practitioner and, prior to that, as a registered nurse. She received her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is a member of the International Nursing Honors Society of Sigma Theta Tau. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Winona State University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. She is board certified in Adult and Geriatric Health as an Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioner. To schedule an appointment with Katie Frie in the Family Medicine Department at Winona Health, call 507.457.7648.


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