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Fish Refuge Flooding


The Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge, Winona District is urging boaters to take precautions on this Memorial Day weekend. Boaters should be vigilant as flood waters will have significantly changed conditions at traditional access, camping, and day-use sites. Excessive current, turbid water, and submerged and floating hazards should be expected in the river this weekend.
Boaters should also be prepared to locate alternative boat ramps to access the Mississippi River between Wabasha, MN and Trempealeau, WI as ramps may be closed due to flooding.  Landings are closed when water levels submerse the ramp and/or dock, cover any portion that is asphalt, or obscure the concrete curbing from view. Refuge personnel are constantly evaluating river conditions to determine when refuge boat ramps can be opened.
Currently, the following boat landings are closed and not expected to open for the holiday weekend: Peterson Lake and Halfmoon located near Kellogg, MN and access road to Halfmoon; Verchota and McNally on the Prairie Island Dike near Minnesota City, MN; Mertes’ Slough on Hwy 54/43 near Winona, MN; and Indian, Beef, and Pontoon Slough landings on Hwy 25 (Nelson Dike) between Wabasha, MN and Nelson, WI.
Questions regarding the availability of boat ramps can be addressed by calling the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge at 507-454-7351.

Jefferson STEM Zoo

On Tuesday, May 16th the kindergarten students at Jefferson STEM school presented their Kindergarten Zoo at their final PEAK (Parents Educating All Kids) night if the year. As part of their Project Based Learning the students researched an animal, wrote about and presented their information, built the animals habitat, and built their animals with the Lego Learn2Learn kits. We are all so proud of the amazing work the kindergarten students presented to the families. 

Winona Health-Lumi

General Surgeon Crystal Lumi, MD, joined the Winona Health medical staff. Dr. Lumi has been serving as a visiting physician in Wisconsin and Minnesota. She said, that being a visiting physician provides a lot of flexibility, but she was ready to settle in somewhere. “I chose Winona Health because I love the people here. I’ve been a visiting physician at many hospitals in Wisconsin and Minnesota. This is the friendliest place I’ve ever worked. Everyone is welcoming and they are happy to be here--and the focus is always on providing the best care for our patients.” Dr. Lumi is certified by the American Board of Surgery. She earned her medical degree at the University of Minnesota –Minneapolis and completed her residency in General Surgery at the Marshfield Clinic-St. Joseph Hospital Program in Marshfield, Wis. In addition, she completed a Fellowship in Bariatric and Minimally Invasive Surgery at the University of Minnesota. Her main surgical interests are surgical oncology, particularly breast cancer and rare tumors, as well as finding the least invasive treatment. Dr. Lumi’s professional memberships include the American College of Surgeons; American Society of Breast Surgeons; American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery; Association of Women Surgeons; the American Medical Association; and International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity. In her free time, Dr. Lumi enjoys playing the piano, flute and harp; gardening, biking, rollerblading and cooking.


To learn more about General Surgery at Winona Health, visit or call Winona Health at 507.457.7770.

Miller Classic

The Ben & Adith Miller Classic will be Monday, August 14, at Cedar Valley Golf Course. The annual golf outing , now in its 27 year, is a fundraiser for the Ben & Adith Patient Care Fund, a special fund through the Winona Health Foundation that provides financial assistance to help individuals in need pay for medical care.           In addition to the 18-hole Main Event, the full day of activities includes a free public golf exhibition, and the Green Monster Challenge, a 9-hole scramble during the afternoon. Troy Merritt is an American professional golfer who has played on the PGA Tour and the Tour. Born in Osage, Iowa, Merritt played college golf at Winona State University through his sophomore year then transferred to Boise State University. Merritt turned professional in 2008 and his first win on the Nationwide Tour came in September 2009 at the Mexico Open. In December 2009, Merritt became only the third golfer to medal at the PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament by leading after every round, and won by one stroke over veteran Jeff Maggert with a score of 22-under-par. Merritt will give a demonstration at Cedar Valley Golf Course, free and open to community members, Monday, August 14 at 10 a.m.


Registration for the 18-hole Main Event and the Green Monster Challenge is open through Monday, July 31. Space for all events is limited, and golfers will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis. In fiscal year 2016, 333 people received $750,813 in financial assistance for medical expenses through the Winona Health Foundation’s Ben & Adith Miller Patient Care Fund. For more information about the Ben & Adith Miller Classic or the Patient Care Fund, contact the Winona Health Foundation at 507.457.4394 or email Emily Hoff at



Winona National Bank raised $526.60 for the Winona Main Street Program after selling its famous $1 hot dog lunch at the Touch-A-Truck and Play Streets event on Saturday,
May 13th. Touch-A-Truck and Play Streets was a free event where families could explore parked trucks in parking lots and participate in activities in the streets. An estimated 2,000 people visited Downtown Winona during the event. The Winona Main Street Program is committed to Historic Downtown Winona being the heart of our community and region – a vibrant hub of commerce, entertainment, recreation, and recreational life.

Ben Knuesel of Winona National Bank presents Emily Kurash of the Main Street Program with a check for $526.60. The donation was made possible by lunch sales from the May 13 Touch-A-Truck and Play Streets event.

Trinona Volunteers Needed

Trinona still looking for volunteers for June 10th and 11th! Sign up here...

Gopher Road Trip-Winona

Mondays event at the Elks Lodge for the 1st stop of the 2017 Gopher Road Trip was awesome! Gophers head coaches and staff chatted with the packed crowd and fun was had by all. Check out more pictures on

Left to right: Mark Coyle - Director of Athletics, Don Lucia - Men's Hockey, Wendy Davis - Rowing, P.J. Fleck - Football, Jenny Hansen - Women's Gymnastics, Brandon Eggum - Wrestling, Mike Burns - Men's Gymnastics, Kelly Kremer - Men's & Women's Swimming and Diving, Richard Pitino - Men's Basketball

Winona Health-Reardon

Board-certified Obstetrician/Gynecologist Eileen Reardon, MD, joined Winona Health’s Women’s Health Center. “I was looking for a place to relocate from Colorado to be closer to my mother who lives in Hudson, Wisconsin,” said Dr. Reardon. “I chose Winona Health because it felt like home, and I really liked the staff here. I also love water, college towns and smaller communities.” An experienced physician, Dr. Reardon has been caring for women for more than 15 years. She earned her medical degree at the University of Colorado School of Medicine Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora and completed her Obstetrics and Gynecology Internship and Residency at Regions/Ramsey Medical Center-University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. She conducted her Senior Medical Student Research Project at Harvard University Medical School in Boston. In her free time, Dr. Reardon enjoys swimming, playing golf, hiking, biking, spending time with her family and caring for her pets. 

Dr. Reardon joins Women’s Health Center providers including Troy Shelton, MD; TinaMarie Strecker, CNM; Tara Suffrins, CNP; and board-certified visiting physicians Cynthia Bradley, MD; and Kenneth Crabb, MD. To schedule an appointment in the Women’s Health Center at Winona Health, call 507.457.7701.

Hope Lutheran Seniors

Hope Lutheran Government Class Heads to Washington DC

As the school year is coming to an end, the senior government class will be taking their annual trip to Washington, D.C. The class, along with teacher Mrs. Shannon Bautch, will be leaving in the early morning of May 17 to catch their flight and will return May 24. Some sites they plan to visit are the White House, National Archives Museum, National Zoo, the Pentagon, and several other memorials and monuments. 
Pictured L-R Darryle Stoltman, Emily Burfeind, Haley Chadbourn, Alex Ludford, Abby James, Allison Lee, Olivia Klug
Kneeling: Hunter Zenk, Ryan Bautch, Hunter Russeau

Lanesboro Arts

Lanesboro Arts invites emerging artists in all media from Minnesota and the five boroughs of New York City to apply for the Lanesboro Artist Residency Program, generously supported by the Jerome Foundation. Applications are due at noon on July 31, 2017 for residencies taking place in 2018. The Lanesboro Artist Residency Program provides an opportunity for emerging artists to create new work and explore new ideas while utilizing an entire rural community and its myriad of assets as a catalytic vehicle for engagement and artistic experimentation.  Through 2-week and 4-week residencies, the program offers emerging artists lodging, studio space, project/community facilitation, a weekly stipend of $1,000, and the time and space to focus solely on their art.  As a component of each residency, artists spend time providing opportunities for learning, dialog and enrichment within the community. Lanesboro Arts is seeking emerging artists interested in place-based work, or work that is inspired by and made for the community of Lanesboro. We are seeking artists whose work is inherently innovative and visionary, has a track record of success and shows significant potential for growth, is informed by place and community, centers on public engagement and is accessible to people with diverse backgrounds. Particularly, artist projects should activate communities during creation, post-production, and ideally, both.

The application deadline for the 2018 Lanesboro Artist Residency is July 31, 2017 at 12:00pm. Complete program guidelines are available at Eligible artists must submit their application through the online webform on the Lanesboro Arts website. Jury review will take place in August and applicants will be notified by September 15, 2017 at the latest as to the status of their application. Selected artists residents and runners-up will be notified by September 29, 2017. Contact Program Director Adam Wiltgen for more information: 507-467-2446

WSU Spanish Books

As a former bilingual classroom teacher, Winona State University Professor Mary Hudgens Henderson knows that sometimes finding materials to support classroom learning in Spanish can be hard. This semester, Hudgens Henderson designed a project for her Intermediate Spanish classes at WSU to write Spanish children’s books for Winona Area Public Schools’ Spanish Language Immersion Program (SLIP).  “Many Spanish-language programs have difficulty getting books in Spanish for their students to read,” said Hudgens Henderson.  “For this project, I wanted to have students create an authentic product that could be used in a community of Spanish-speakers.”  For the project, Intermediate Spanish students wrote fiction and nonfiction children's books designed for either kindergarten, first-grade or second-grade reading levels. The students practiced and reviewed a range of grammar structures in preparation for writing the books, then went through a step by step process, from book proposal to storyboard to drafting. The result of the process is a complete, illustrated and bound copy of each book.

SBD Button

The Winona Steamboat Days Festival Association unveiled the 2017 Button Design and announced its designer at Winona Senior High School Wednesday afternoon. This year’s design winner is Jayla Millen, 9th grade student at Winona Sr. High. This year the contest was open to only high school students grades 9 – 12. As the Design Winner, Jayla will received a plaque with her winning design, a ride in the Kiddie Parade and Steamboat Days Grande Parade, personalized button to wear during steamboat days, t-shirt with her design on it, 2 glasses with her design, and carnival armbands for her family. Steamboat Days will also award prizes for Second Pace to Gracie Sholes, 8th grade student at Bluffview Montessori and Third Place to Micaiah Andrew Kesler , Senior at WSHS .

Steamboat Days buttons will be available for sale at most Winona convenience stores, retailers, restaurants, Midtown Foods and HyVee by May 19th. With your advance button purchase of $5.00 you can register to win many great prizes donated by a variety of area merchants including a new picnic table from Anova. Your Steamboat Days button purchase helps provide FREE events and activities for the festival such as the Grande Parade and the Fireworks Show! Winona Steamboat Days is June 14– 18, 2017. For more information on events, locations and times go to !

History on the River

The Winona County Historical Society’s History on the River educational cruises are back for an­other season! Join WCHS out on the river on either the Cal Fremling or Winona Tour Boat this season, both leaving from the Winoan Levee. Cruises are on Thursday evenings starting June 15 and going through September, and are 90 minutes long with a program and sightseeing time. A rotating variety of refreshments are included with each cruise as well. Tickets are sold in advance at the History Center or by calling 507.454.2723 ext. 0. Tickets are $27 for non-members and $22 for WCHS members. Save with our pick 3 option, and go on your choice of any 3 History on the River cruises for $75 for non-members or $60 for our members. Tickets will go on sale for the 2017 season on May 8 for our members and then for the general public on May 12 at 9 a.m. Stop in the History Center or call 507.454.2723 ext. 0 to charge by phone. Boarding begins 15 minutes prior to the listed departure time. Please note the changing departure times as we near the end of the season when the sun sets earlier. Parking is available near the Levee off Johnson St. and Walnut St. as well as on Cal Fremling Drive. Watch for con­struction at the levee this summer, but you will have access to the levee docks. The Cal Fremling (CF) is docked near Johnson St., and the Winona Tour Boat (WTB) is near Walnut Street.

Learn more about the Winona County Historical Society and its programing at or call 507-454-2723.