Past Feature Pics

Ready Set School Donation

Winona Senior High School Student Council held their second annual Color Run fundraiser on September 17 and raised $430! All proceeds were donated to Ready Set School to help Winona County k-12 kids get the supplies they need for school.
Pictured front row (L-R): Student Council Advisor Adrien Everest, Ready Set School Director Jessi Darst, and the Winona Senior High School Student Council.

4-H Volunteer of the Year

Michelle Hovey of Lookout Legends 4-H Club in Gilmanton was awarded the 4-H Volunteer of the Year Award by her daughter, Rachel Hovey, on November 12, 2017 at the Buffalo County 4-H Leaders Association meeting. The Volunteer of the Year Award typically recognizes a 4-H Leader who has gone “above and beyond” their 4-H responsibilities, has performed an excellent job as a 4-H leader on the club or county level, and provides outstanding support, guidance, and leadership to 4-H members. Michelle Hovey is a most deserving 4-H volunteer. Hovey accepted leadership for the Lookout Legends 4-H club many years ago and has worked since that time to build the club membership by encouraging local Gilmanton elementary to become involved in an organization dear to her heart. Under Hovey’s leadership Lookout Legends’ 4-H programming emphasized service-learning, leadership development and 4-H project work. The club has raised funds for many local efforts and used 4-H skills to create projects that accompanied those dollars. Without Hovey’s volunteer hours and dedication, the club would not be the successful one it is today. Hovey recently transitioned club leadership yet plans to remain a dedicated volunteer to 4-H in Buffalo County.

Winona Health-Hospice

November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, which serves as a time to share information about hospice that may help community members. Hospice is not a place but is high-quality care that enables patients and families to focus on living as fully as possible despite a life-limiting illness. Hospice care is designed to:


·         Ensure that patients and families find dignity, respect, and love during life’s most difficult journey.


·         Provide pain management, symptom control, psychosocial support, and spiritual care to patients and their families when a cure is not possible.


·         Combine the highest level of quality medical care with the emotional and spiritual support that families need most when facing a serious illness or the end of life.


Videos and stories from families showing the many ways hospice and palliative care make special moments possible can be found at www.momentsoflife.orgWinona Health Hospice Services provides care in homes and in long-term care residences within a 25-mile radius of Winona. More information about hospice and advance care planning is available from Winona Health Winona Area Hospice Services. Call 507.457.4468.


Research has shown that Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) can have a lifelong impact for individuals. ACEs change brain development, impair cognitive and social emotional skills and puts individuals at higher risk for chronic disease, mental illness and substance abuse.
Many entities across the state are learning about the ACE Study and beginning to understand its implications for policy and practice. Last summer thirty Winona area individuals participated in a two-day training cohort sponsored by ACE Interface, MN Communities Caring for Children (MCCC) a.k.a. Prevent Child Abuse MN (PCAMN), Winona ACES Initiatives committee and the Winona County Family Services Collaborative. Staff from Winona Area Public Schools, Corrections, Hiawatha Valley Mental health center, Winona health, Winona State University, Senior Friendship center, Head Start, Restorative Justice, CARE, Family and Children Center and Hiawatha Valley Education District. (See photo)
Participants in the training gain an understanding of the key concepts of the ACEs and Resilience curriculum; facilitate community conversations as presenters of the content, and model community change through deep dialogue with cohort and community members. 
The trained facilitators are available for presentation to area organizations, businesses and schools. To schedule a presentation go to ACE's presentation request form or contact Winona Community Education at 507-494-0900 or Margaret Schild at

Winona Health-A Drink with the Docs

Winona Health is inviting men, shaven or unshaven, to a special men-only event to get helpful information related to men’s health. Beard or no beard, all men are invited to A Drink with the Docs, Thursday, November 30, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. in the Back Room at Betty Jo Byoloski’s, 66 Center Street in Winona. Get answers to frequently asked questions about men’s health issues at this casual, men-only event. Winona Health General Surgeon Matthew Broghammer (pictured), Family Medicine physician Nicholas Modjeski, and Emergency Medicine physician Brett Whyte will share helpful information, answer your questions and share answers to some of the questions they hear every day. Relax, laugh and enjoy free appetizers, root beer and other soft drinks. Betty Jo’s also has other beverages available for purchase.A Drink with the Docs began in 2016 after Winona Health’s Facilities team challenged each other and their Winona Health coworkers to a friendly facial hair growing competition. They also thought it would be a good time to raise awareness of men’s health issues and the importance of focusing on their health.

This is a free event open to all men. Space is limited and last year’s event filled up, so please RSVP for A Drink with the Docs by Monday, November 27. RSVP online at or call 507.457.4161.

Winona Health-USO Salute to the Troops

The Winona Health Volunteers invite you to be a part of their “USO Salute to the Troops” show. Come to meet the director, Jim Vrchota, and learn about the show at an open casting call on Tuesday, December 5 at the American Legion, 302 Sarnia Street, Winona from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.  Auditions will be held on December 12 and 13 at the American Legion from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Four performances will be held April 12 through 14. “USO Salute to the Troops” takes audiences back to the days of Bob Hope’s USO variety shows, with singing, dancing and comedy skits. Actors and singers are needed to play Bob Hope, the Andrews Sisters, Frank Sinatra, Lucille Ball and a wide variety of roles made famous in USO shows from World War II, Korea and Vietnam. The show is a fundraiser for the Winona Health Volunteers, who will use the proceeds for healthcare scholarships and other projects to benefit the patients and residents of Winona Health.


For more information about the show or the Winona Health Volunteers, contact Volunteer Services at 507.474.3328 or email

CF-C Cinderella

C-FC School presents Cinderella - The Prince is Giving a Ball

Shows times:
Friday, Dec. 8th - 7 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 9th - 7 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 10th - 1 p.m.

Dinner & A Show on Saturday, Dec. 9th - Serving starts at 5p.m. Tickets available at the door or in advance from many fine arts students as well as at the banks in Bluff Siding, Fountain City, Waumandee and Cochrane or at the C-FC PTO Craft Fair on Saturday, Dec. 2nd

Adults - $8
Students/Seniors - $6
Dinner & Show - $16


Congratulations to Aurora Magnuson, a freshman at WSHS, who has been named AVID Scholar of the Quarter. This award goes to a student who shows excellence in academics, leadership, and individual determination to succeed. According to AVID Elective teacher Shannon Helgeson, "Aurora is a fine young person who has really evolved into a very good student in her first year at the high school. She is a ready leader in the AVID classroom, and dreams of going to Harvard University someday."

Coulee Humane Society Fundraiser

The Coulee Region Humane Society will partner with Cabin Coffee for an all-day drive thru special event. Cabin Coffee, located at 2843 Darling Court in La Crosse, will donate 10 percent of every purchase that is made through the store's drive thru when a customer brings a dog along for the ride. Customers can order anything off the Cabin Coffee menu and the event will take place all day. Participating customers will also have the opportunity to win a $25 gift card to Pet Me Scratch Me.All proceeds will be donated to the humane society and used largely for the shelter's emergency medical fund. The nonprofit organization has taken in dozens of dogs and cats in need of critical veterinary care this year, including dental extractions, leg amputations and exploratory surgeries. 

Lanesboro Christmas Tour

With the holiday season right around the corner, Lanesboro area innkeepers are preparing for the 2017 Christmas Inn Tour set for Dec. 3. The tour this year will feature eight area inns, all festively decorated for the holidays. The tour will feature local artists and musicians, holiday foods and a focus on giving back and celebrating the Lanesboro community in three ways.First, $5 of each ticket sales will go to support Scott Dixon and his family with medical expenses from colon cancer. Scott and his wife, Stela Burdt, are both longtime resident ensembles of the Commonweal Theatre and active in the Lanesboro community. Information on their family’s cancer journey is at
Second, the inns have developed an ornament depicting the 150th anniversary of the Lanesboro Dam. The ornament, produced by the Deneen Pottery company in St. Paul, sells for $10 and is available at each of the inns. Established in 1868, the dam will be renovated in 2018 and is a treasured icon of the Lanesboro community.
Third, Lanesboro Area Art Trail artists will be at each inn during the tour, showcasing locally made art.  In addition, at the Habberstad House B&B, Lanesboro artist Joan Finnegan will be unveiling new paintings inspired by The Point, a black oak sand barrens prairie, which was recently acquired by Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center. The Point is the most diverse, remote and fascinating piece of property left in the Root River Watershed, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Finnegan is donating her paintings to Eagle Bluff as part of a campaign to support, preserve and sustain land management efforts of the Point.



Hope Lutheran High School CHOIR/BAND  will perform, Sunday November 19 at Silo at 8:15am and 10:30am. Join us for worship at Immanuel-Silo Lutheran Church and School. Silo is located 2 miles north of Lewiston. The Hope Choir and band will participate in worship. A presentation on Hope LHS will be given during the bible study hour  starting at 9:30am. 

Great American Smokeout-Winona Health

The American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout is Thursday, November 16. To support those who wish to participate in the Great American Smokeout, Winona Health’s Cardiac Rehabilitation department is offering free materials available for pick up in the hospital and clinic lobbies Monday through Friday, November 13 through 17 while supplies last. Winona Health is located at 855 Mankato Avenue.

Winona Health offers free, four-week smoking cessation programs three times each year. The next program begins Thursday, January 4, 2018. Sprain encourages smokers to use the Great American Smokeout to at least set a goal for cutting down on tobacco use, then sign up for the free program to help you quit for good. For more information about Winona Health’s free smoking cessation program, call 507.474.3324.

Winter Farmer's Market

Black Cat Friday

The Coulee Region Humane Society will offer fee-waived adoption rates for all black felines available for adoption every Friday throughout the month of November. The event, dubbed “Every Friday is Black Friday,” will waive the adoption fees for all black-colored cats and kittens. Cats of these colors are oftentimes overlooked due to superstitions and other
misconceptions. Check out their website for more info!

4-H Alumni of the Year

The 2017 Buffalo County 4-H Alumni Award was awarded in Mondovi on Sunday, November 5, 2017 by Lucky 16 4-H club members. Tom Taylor, a local electrician and 4-H volunteer leader in Buffalo County, was selected as the honorary alumni for 2017. The 4-H Alumni Award traditionally recognizes a 4-H alumnus or current volunteer that has made an educational impact on the lives of 4-H members. This award is also awarded to outstanding 4-H volunteers, leaders, or community members who are dedicated to the Buffalo County 4-H program. Tom Taylor was honored by Buffalo County 4-H for his ongoing commitment to youth of Buffalo County, especially as an integral part of the ongoing renovations at the Buffalo County Fair and the Buffalo County 4-H Food Stand. Tom Taylor has donated his time to physically install upgraded electricity at the fairgrounds for several years. In addition, Tom Taylor and his wife, Jen Taylor, have recently accepted leadership for the Lucky 16 4-H club and continue the work of the previous leaders to strengthen the club and youth 4-H experiences. The 4-H Alumni Award is a long-standing tradition of recognition in Buffalo County and is sponsored by the Buffalo County 4-H Leaders Association. 4-H youth and adults are proud to add Tom Taylor to our ranks of recognized 4-H alumni.

Tom Taylor (center) is shown with Lucky 16 4-H club members who surprised Taylor with the 4-H alumni award at their meeting on November 5


Fantasy of Trees-Winona Health

The Winona Health Volunteers will hold its 17th annual Fantasy of Trees beginning Monday, November 6, at Winona Health on the clinic first and second floors, 859 Mankato Avenue, Winona. Trees have been generously decorated and donated by Winona-area businesses and individuals. This year, all trees will be available to win with purchase of a raffle ticket(s). Participants can purchase raffle tickets and place the ticket(s) into the entry box next to the tree or trees of their choice for a chance to win. There is no limit on the number of raffle ticket(s) you may purchase and you do not need to be present to win. Raffle tickets are $1 each and will be for sale beginning on Monday, November 6 in clinic lobby at Winona Health. Winners will be drawn at noon on Friday, November 17. The trees will be on display during regular clinic hours beginning November 6 through the end of the fundraiser on Friday, November 17.
Raffle tickets will be sold:
Monday-Friday, November 6-10; 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
                Monday-Thursday, November 13-16; 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday, November 17; 8 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Raffle drawing at noon on Friday, November 17, 2017
Proceeds from the trees will go towards healthcare scholarships, Roger Metz and Adith Miller Manor Gardens, and purchasing new elevated patient chairs for the Internal Medicine Department.For more information, please call Winona Health’s Volunteer Services office at 507.474.3328, or