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The state's largest small business group in terms of entities, the National Federation of Independent Business Minnesota, with 13,000 members statewide, has announced that State Senator Jeremy Miller of Winona has been awarded the prestigious NFIB Guardian of Small Business Award. NFIB gives out the award at both the federal and state level to recognize legislators who have been supportive of small business on critical issues. To receive the award legislators had to demonstrate a supportive voting record for small business during the 2013-14 sessions of the Minnesota legislature. Lawmakers in the Senate were scored on seven important votes for small business. Miller is currently in his fifth legislative session at the state capitol.

Children's Museum of La Crosse

The Children’s Museum of La Crosse presents Frozen Fun Saturday, February 14, 8:30-10:00 a.m. For more information contact Christina Knudsen 608-784-2652 x226 or

Concordia Language Village

On Friday, December 5th thirty-six Winona middle school and senior High students journeyed north to outside of Bemidji, Minnesota where they left behind the English-speaking world and were immersed in either  German or Spanish language and culture.  
While at the Concordia Language Village for either German (Waldsee) or Spanish (Lago del bosque) all the Winona students took advantage of this unique opportunity to apply the language they have already learned in the classroom in a real life environment and were able to greatly enhance their ability to understand and speak either German or Spanish.  Both villages are designed to appear as such a village would in Germany or Spain so the immersion experience is complete right down to the details.  The Winona Area Public Schools Foundation generously contributes every year to make this trip affordable for all the students. The theme at Lago del bosque was Spanish in the USA.  Attending from Winona were Yousef Almatrok, Michael Anderson, Lauren Callahan, Hope Feller, Tori Feyen, Melissa Hermann, Haylee Miskowic, Armon Parsi, Eden Simon DeBroux and Griffin Wolner with their teachers Terri Spartz and Anne Simon.  At Waldsee the students learned about fairy tales in the German language.  The following students were at the German village; Brandunn Lorenz, MaKenna Scharmach, Kayla Michaelson, Ana Clara Silva Barbosa, Cameron Hawley, Dicey Spring, Janessa Burch, Tasha Lewis, Nini Dao, Evan Ferstl, Jessica Fliflet, Trinity Hugunin, Zachary Schmit, Jonah Woodward, Pearl Papenfuss, Kiri Sannerud, Lydia Gruhlke, Faith Feller, Brooke Kline, Lilly Beyer, Kristen Carrie, Emily Johnson, Nolan Maxwell, Sylvia Penrod, Tyffanie Denzer and Matthew Grover with their teacher Ruthanne Weispfenning and parent chaperones Mark Schmit and Kim Penrod.

Visual Arts

The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts Visual Arts Division invites students in grades 4-7 to participate in drawing workshops from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 9, March 9, and April 13.  Drawing is a great skill for students to learn observation, memory, and dexterity. Young artists will explore still life imaginative works, portraiture, and Japanese brush painting during these once-a-month workshops with local artist Julie Johnston. New students are welcome, and those who have participated previously will be challenged with new themes and works. The price for all three workshops is $35 and includes all supplies. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Music Listening Contest

The Minnesota High School Music Listening Contest regional contest took place on Friday, January 24, 2014  in nine different regional sites throughout the state. Nearly 140 teams participated in the contest this year, representing 45 different schools, home schools and private music studios.  The top two scoring schools from each regional contest advance to the state competition held at Augsburg College in Minneapolis on Friday, February 6, 2015. Winona Senior High sent 3 teams to the Region 2 contest held at WSU. The team of Eden Simon DeBroux, Pippa Armstrong, and Oscar Hedin placed 2nd and advance to the state competition. They are shown in the photo with their coach, WSHS Orchestra teacher, Cindy Johnson. 

This statewide contest connects high school students with classical music and enhances their ability to identify composers, periods and styles. In the fall, teachers or coaches recruit three students to form a team. Team members receive a study guide and repertoire compact discs that contain all the musical selections they will need to compete effectively. All teams participate in regional competitions. Participation in the Music Listening Contest is open to any interested WSHS students.
Photo: (left to right):  Eden Simon DeBroux, Pippa Armstrong, Oscar Hedin and Cindy Johnson

UW-L Concert

Kat McDowell will bring her music to UW-La Crosse. She will perform for 1-2-3 Thursdays at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, in The Cellar in Cartwright Center. Born in Japan and raised in New Zealand, McDowell headed back to her native country to pursue a passion for music. She became No. 1 on Japan’s vinyl charts and sold out in two days. She is currently touring the U.S.
1-2-3 Thursdays are part of the Campus Activities Board Series. For more information about the program visit or call the Cartwright Information Counter at 608.785.8877.