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Child Abuse Awareness Walk

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The AVID program is getting ready to kick off beginning with the 2017-2018 school year at Winona Senior High School. AVID - Advancement Via Individual Determination - is a nationally-recognized college readiness program that focuses on students in the academic middle who have the will to succeed, but not necessarily all of the tools.  The flagship group at the high school includes about 20 incoming ninth-grade students who were selected for the program through an application and interview process. Many of these participants will be first-generation college students. While not all students will be direct members of the AVID program, the intention is that all students will benefit from AVID strategies and techniques. At this time there are seven WSHS teachers directly trained in the AVID program, representing math, science, social studies, language arts, and world language.  There are five key areas of focus in the AVID program: Writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization, and reading. The development of these critical skill areas is the heart of the AVID philosophy, and is intended to help students learn at increasingly complex levels both in the classroom and beyond.  AVID, which was founded in 1980, is currently used in 6000 schools in 16 countries, and is considered one of the premiere college-readiness programs. It was implemented in the Winona Middle School in the 2016-2017 school year.

Spring has Sprung-W-K

Spring is here and baby chicks are hatching at W-K Elementary! W-K kindergarten teachers Mrs. Kulzer and Mrs. Allington have fostered a love for learning through play this year in the kindergarten playroom. This room has a changing dramatic play theme each month and April’s theme is farming. Winona State University Physics department along with student teachers, Abigial Grenon and Ashley Sim provided the playroom with an incubator, 41 chicken eggs, instructions and emotional support for how to hatch the eggs. The students incorporated math skills of counting back from 20 as the eggs are incubated for 20 days. This week they focused all about eggs and what hatches from them. They received a big surprise at 10:15 a.m. on April 12, as Baby Herky had hatched! W-K students K-4 have been eagerly anticipating the hatching and are EGG-CITED to watch Baby Herky and wait for the others to hatch. Once all baby chicks are hatched, they will be re-homed to the Moore Family Farm.

Winona County ASAP Workshop

Wine & Gyn

Winona Health’s Physical Therapists focused on women’s health are hosting Wine & Gyn, a special event for women, Tuesday, May 9 from 7 to 8 p.m. at Blooming Grounds, 50 E. 3rd Street in Winona. Invite your girlfriends to a fun and informative evening out. Join Winona Health Physical Therapists who have special expertise in preventive and treatment options for women before, during, and after pregnancy. Learn about the "crabby bladder" and how you can live free again— bring your questions. You'll also learn from the frequently asked questions our experts hear from women. This is a fun, informative, relaxed event. Attendees may even learn something new from each other! Presenters are Kristi Raadt, DPT (left), and Cindy Teske, PT (right). Raadt has a doctoral degree in physical therapy and is a certified clinical instructor. She has a special interest in orthopedics, women’s health, and pediatrics. Teske, a physical therapist and certified clinical instructor, is certified in manual lymphatic therapy, strain and counter strain, and functional dry needling. She has a special interest in chronic pain and women’s health. Enjoy free appetizers. Wine available for purchase from Blooming Grounds. Admission to this special event is free, but seating is limited, so RSVP is required by Friday, May 5. To RSVP for this event, visit or call 507.457.4161.  This event is part of Winona Health’s Spirit of Women programming. Spirit membership is free and there are several benefits. 

Groth-Miller Service Community Tribute

Steve Groth received the 2016 Ben & Adith Miller Community Service Tribute at a dinner held in his honor on Wednesday, April 19. The Community Service Tribute is awarded to a person or group whose generosity has led to the betterment of the Winona area. In her nomination of Groth, Jodi Dansingburg, principal of the Ridgeway Community School, wrote “if you were to ask anyone who lives in or near the village of Ridgeway Minnesota who is the top volunteer in their community there is little doubt in my mind that they would respond, “Well that’s easy, Steve “Pug” Groth”.  A native of Ridgeway, Minnesota Steve has contributed to all aspects of the community for his entire adult life including public safety responsibilities such as the Ridgeway Volunteer Fire Department (32 years) and First Responders (15 years).  As the volunteer coordinator for all four of Ridgeway Community School’s major renovation projects, Dansingburg wrote that Groth put in ‘hundreds and hundreds of hours of volunteer time’ working on demolition and construction projects in addition to providing volunteer maintenance services at the school. A member of the Ridgeway Community Association Board member since 2007, Steve has also served as president and member of the Ridgeway Athletic Committee (25 years), a volunteer umpire for little league baseball Umpire (16 years), and coordinated and facilitated numerous community fundraising or health and wellness events. Accepting the award, Groth said he was ‘surprised and humbled’ to receive such an honor and said that his community service is a ‘group effort’.
Hugh and Vera Miller and RTP Company generously gave $25,000 to the Winona Health Foundation’s Ben & Adith Miller Patient Care Fund in Groth’s honor. This is the 29th consecutive year that the Miller family has sponsored the Ben & Adith Miller Community Service Tribute to benefit the Patient Care Fund.

Photo: recipient of the Ben & Adith Miller Community Service Tribute, with Hugh Miller. 

Hope Lutheran Production

Fine Arts Commission

A wonderful cross section of poetry fans, students and members of the Fine Arts
Commission ushered in the returning Poet Laureate and the new Associate Poet Laureate recently at a reception and poetry reading generously sponsored by the Blue Heron Coffeehouse. Lee Gundersheimer, Arts and Culture Coordinator for the City, and Crystal Hegge, chair of The Fine Arts Commission welcomed Ken McCullough who is returning to the position of Poet Laureate. After reading a work of his on the subject of fear, Ken spoke of how the Associate position was created to further the educational mission of the Winona Poet Laureate by allowing for early career poets to have a chance to fearlessly work alongside and glean experience from more established artists. McCullough then announced the City and the Fine Arts Commission where excited to proclaim former St. Mary’s student Nicholle Ramsey Winona’s first Associate Poet Laureate. Nicholle then read two of her poems and spoke of being thrilled to help bring new voices to the burgeoning poetry scene in Winona.

(Left to Right) Lee Gundersheimer, Arts and Culture Coordinator; Nicholle Ramsey, Associate Poet Laureate; Crystal Hegge, Fine Arts Commission Chair; Ken McCullough, Poet Laureate

County Teen Court

On April 5, the Buffalo/Pepin County Teen Court held a panelist training at the Buffalo County Courthouse in Alma. Panelists serve as peer ‘judges’ who hold juvenile first-time offenders accountable for their actions by issuing fair and innovative sanctions. The following individuals attended the training and were welcomed as new panelists: Alex McMahon (Durand), Danielle Klein (Alma), Abby Gaulke (Mondovi), Emma Brecka (Alma), Maya Jungwirth (Durand), Gabby Redfern (Gilmanton), Trista Lay (Gilmanton), Alyssa Kosidowski (Alma), Bella Schmidtknecht (C-FC) and Emily Strom (C-FC). The training focused on a brief overview of Teen Court, restorative justice, and effective questioning. Current panelists Madison Tennant (C-FC), Deanna Wiersgalla (C-FC), Haleigh Klopp (Gilmanton), Kenzie Lieffering (Durand), Bryttany Wener (Pepin), Christopher Bocksell (Pepin) also attended the training to conduct mock trials and coach incoming panelists. The training was coordinated by UW-Extension Youth Development Educators, Annie Lisowski and Marie Ritscher.

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Buffalo/Pepin County Circuit Court Judge Jamie Duvall meets with ten new Teen Court panelists trained on April 5, 2017. New members include: Alex McMahon, Danielle Klein, Abby Gaulke, Emma Brecka, Maya Jungwirth, Gabby Redfern, Trista Lay, Alyssa Kosidowski, Bella Schmidtknecht and Emily Strom

COMPASS Bowling Winners

Congratulations to Cody Gaines and Brittani Burt, 2017 Winter Project COMPASS champion bowling trophy winners!  Cody and Brittani were both excited to receive their trophy for their wonderful bowling abilities. On Tuesday evenings at Westgate bowl the Project COMPASS bowling group rolls the lanes at Westgate Bowl’s handicapped accessible alley where bumpers and ramps are available.  A special thank you to Westgate Bowl for the use of their excellent facility and to Stephanie Kanthack, owner of First Place Trophies, for donating the fantastically restored trophies. WAPS Project COMPASS program promotes life enrichment for people with and without disabilities through personal growth, the arts, education, health and wellness, and recreational/life skills opportunities.  For more information on bowling or any Project COMPASS program contact Linda Jacobs at (507) 494-0904 or

SMU Page Theatre

Blow, Gabriel, blow! The Saint Mary’s jazz ensembles will perform their spring concert alongside trumpeter Adam Meckler at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 30, at the Page Theatre.

Minneapolis jazz trumpeter Adam Meckler, who leads his own big band, will bring his dynamic sound to the Page Theatre. The performance will highlight works played and written by jazz trumpet greats from Louis Armstrong and Miles Davis to Meckler’s own contemporary compositions. For more information, contact director of jazz studies A. Eric Heukeshoven at 507-457-7292 or Tickets to the April 30 performance are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors and are available by calling the Saint Mary’s box office, 507-457-1715, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, or online at Tickets at the door are available by cash or check only.

4-H Food Revue

4-H members from Winona County participated in the annual 4-H Food Revue on Saturday, March 25, 2017. 4-Her’s put together a menu of a favorite meal they enjoy making. They prepare that item and put together a healthy menu to go with their favorite meal as well as an attractive table setting that is displayed with their menu. The opportunity to show off their food and table setting has been a favorite judging event for youth for many years giving them the opportunity to talk to a judge and have others taste the food they made.

Pictured: Grades 3- 5

1st Place – Lydia Warmkagathje

2nd Place – Claire Rupprecht

MiEnergy Coop Award

MiEnergy Cooperative was one of 11 electric cooperatives awarded the Cooperative Purpose Award by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA). The award is given for outstanding contributions to improving the quality of life and purpose of the cooperatives in their communities. In 2013, Southern Minnesota Energy Cooperative (SMEC) was formed by 12 electric distribution cooperatives to be the single point of contact for the purchase of Alliant Energy’s Minnesota electric service territory. SMEC engaged their local communities and business leaders through a grassroots campaign to educate them on the cooperative advantage. In 2015, the acquisition was finalized and SMEC welcomed more than 43,000 new members into the cooperative community. The award was presented at NRECA’s 75th Annual Meeting in San Diego on March 1 with more than 5,500 representatives from electric co-ops across the nation in attendance.

SMEC members in attendance to receive the award pictured L-R: Ron Horman, Redwood Electric Cooperative, Clements, Minn.; Elaine Garry, People’s Energy Cooperative, Oronoco, Minn.; Mike Heidemann, Brown County Rural Electrical Association, Sleepy Eye, Minn.; Brian Krambeer, MiEnergy Cooperative, Rushford, Minn.; Wade Hensel, BENCO Electric Cooperative, Mankato, Minn.; Tim McCarthy, Sioux Valley Energy, Colman, S.D.; Syd Briggs, Steele-Waseca Cooperative Electric, Owatonna, Minn.; Scott Reimer, Federated Rural Electric; and Adam Troblay, Nobles Cooperative Electric, Worthington, Minn.

HyVee & Leighton Broadcasting Donation

Thank you, Winona! You made it possible for HyVee and Leighton
Broadcasting to give a check to the Winona Fire Department for
$8,132 from last week's fundraising with rib sales and Gabe
Glidden from KG 95.3 up in a scissors lift for 52 hours!
Plus -- The Sons of The American Legion donated $1,000 today
or a grand total of $9,132!! Thank you to everyone who worked
or donated to help save lives here in Winona!

WSU Concert-Grammer

Winona State University Programing Activities Committee (UPAC) will host Andy Grammer as the headlining act for the 2017 Spring Concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 28 in McCown Gymnasium. Andy Grammer is an American pop recording artist. Grammer debuted his first official album in 2011. The self-titled album, Andy Grammer, contained hit singles “Keep Your Head Up” and “Fine By Me.” Grammer’s most recent album, Magazines or Novels, was released in Jan. of 2014. The album contained such hits as “Back Home” and “Honey, I’m Good,” which reached number 9 on the Billboard Hot 100. A deluxe edition of the album was reissued later that year with the popular song; “Good to Be Alive (Hallelujah).” Grammer’s most recent single “Fresh Eyes” reached number 59 on the Billboard Hot 100 and is the first single for his upcoming third studio album. Tickets cost $20 for WSU students and $30 for WSU employees and general public. Tickets are currently on sale exclusively to WSU Students with a valid student ID in the UPAC Office in the lower level hyphen of Kryzsko Commons. Starting on March 25, tickets will be available to the general public. Tickets may be purchased online or in the UPAC Office from 9 to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Any remaining tickets on the day of the concert will be sold for $30 regardless of WSU student status. There is no limit to how many tickets can be purchased. However, refunds and exchanges on tickets are not permitted. For more information about the concert, visit or email UPAC directly at