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One of the strengths of visual arts is the way it can communicate complexity, says Kate Hawkes, UWL assistant professor of art. Hawkes latest series of 12, large-scale photographic works captures the complex, overwhelming and disabling emotions that arise as people ponder the planet’s precarious environmental future. Her series of works, “Anthropocene,” literally means the present era during which humans are actively altering the global ecosystem. The art will be on display Feb. 8 - March 2 at the Paul Watkins Gallery at Winona State University. An opening reception will be from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb 10. The series was also featured in an exhibit Oct. 16-Nov. 24, 2015, at Gallery 19 in Chicago.  The series was inspired by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report released in 2014, which Hawkes felt changed the public dialogue surrounding climate change from prevention to adaptation or mitigation. The works combine layers of photographed, massed-produced, disposable goods such as candy and cheap trinkets. The images create an alternate sense of space, depth and reality.  Some items are clear and others are blurred. Some things resemble other things. This visual confusion is a metaphor for the emotional, conceptual and ethical confusion and turmoil surrounding climate change, she says. Hawkes received a CLS small grant Spring 2015 for materials for “Anthropocene.”  She also received a Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council (SEMAC) 2015 Individual Artist Grant to exhibit in Winona.
Visit Kathleen Hawkes Artist Website.

4-H Shooting Sports

The goal when he set out was not to end up at nationals this year, but with determination he earned it – one of only thirty-six spots on the Wisconsin 4-H Shooting Sports Team that will compete at Nationals. Reece Fernholz, son of Michele Loesel and Donnie Huth and Greg and Amy Fernholz, will participate in the 2016 4-H Shooting Sports National Championships held June 26 - July 1, 2016 at Heartland Public Shooting Park in Grand Island, Nebraska. Reece is a member of Buffalo County 4-H and Glencoe Hustlers 4-H Club and is currently a sophomore at Arcadia High School. In order to qualify for the National team, Reece Fernholz participated in five competitive 4-H shooting sports events as a Buffalo County 4-H member. On May 16, 2015 Fernholz shot at the Chippewa County Northwest Invitational in Bloomer, Wisconsin in trap and wildlife ecology. He finished seventh and eighth respectively in the intermediate division. At the Pierce County Western Gateway Shoot in River Falls, Wisconsin on June 13, 2015, Reece finished second place in trap and fifth in wildlife ecology. At the third competition on July 11, 2015 at the Shawano County 4-H All Star Summer Shootout in Shawano, Reece advanced to the senior division due to his age. At that shoot, he finished second in trap, third in wildlife ecology, second in hunt and cover youth/youth trap, and first in hunt and cover youth/adult trap. At the first annual Triple Crown Summer Blast in Abbotsford, Wisconsin, Reece finished second out of seventeen in trap, twelfth in wildlife ecology, and fourth in skeet, an event that Reece had never competed in before. Reece ended his season by placing in every event on August 15, 2015 at the Eau Claire County 4-H Shooting Sports Invitational. He finished fourth in trap, sixth in wildlife ecology, fifth in skeet, sixth in five stand, first in hunt and cover youth/youth trap with fellow Buffalo County 4-H member Collin Weltzien, and second in hunt and cover youth/adult trap with his stepfather, Donnie Huth.

SMU Page Series

Saint Mary’s University Page Series will present “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea on Tuesday, Feb. 16, at 6:30 p.m. at the Page Theatre. A production of Theatre IV, the touring division of Virginia Repertory Theatre, “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” is a one-hour musical adaptation of Jules Verne’s 19th century classic. This riveting adventure beneath the high seas is the perfect way to captivate minds, support science and geography learning, and introduce young readers to one of the most popular landmarks of world literature. Join Captain Nemo, Professor Elaine Aronnax, and harpooner Ned Land as they explore world geography and aquatic life from coral reefs to the Arctic Circle. The Page Series will partner with the Winona Public Library and Minnesota Marine Art Museum for a free after-school gathering on Thursday, Feb. 11, at 3:30 p.m. Students will explore works related to Verne’s novel and create their own dioramas of underwater landscapes. This gathering is free, and no registration is required. Attendees will also have the chance to win free tickets to the Feb. 16 performance. Both the play and diorama activity are recommended for children in grades two through seven. Tickets to the play are $14 for adults and $6 for students and senior citizens. More information and tickets are available at or by calling 507-457-1715 (noon to 6 p.m., weekdays). 

Nordic Ski Center

Appropriately, some attendees arrived to the dedication of the Brother Jerome Rademacher Nordic Ski Center on skis. Still other winter enthusiasts waxed their skis fervently in the back room as a crowd gathered. It was exactly the scene that would have made Brother Jerome most proud. A veil was lifted Feb. 4 to uncover a permanent plaque that now graces the ski center, located in the basement of Brother Leopold Hall. The plaque contains a list of generous benefactors who have helped to enhance the trail system and construct the ski center, many of whom gathered Thursday in celebration. The ski center contains a warming house, waxing room, utility room, storage space and restroom/changing areas. The communal space is useful, as well as inviting. Brother William called the ski center construction a true community collaboration “in a part of the world that people only get to read about in a books.” Audrey Kintzi, vice president for development and alumni relations, called the bluffs a “jewel of the campus and the community” as she thanked the passion of those who have given their time, talent, and treasure to build the great environmental resource. The plaque also honors the facility’s namesake who was remembered by attendees Thursday for his love of the outdoors and the trails, as well as his ability to craft innovative homemade grooming machinery. The 1958 alumnus dedicated his career to education in many forms. Brother Jerome spent the majority of his 40-year tenure in the Physics Department. An avid outdoorsman, he was known for his leadership
outside the classroom as well. 

PHOTO CAPTION:  Brother William Mann, president of Saint Mary's University, center right, and Brother John Grover, FSC ’65, one of the trail creators, center left, are joined by long-time members of the Winona Nordic Ski Club including, from left: Brad Skillicorn, Gerry Cichanowski, Mike Cichanowski, and Bruce Johnson. 

WSHS Triple A Awards

The Winona Senior High School Triple A Award ceremony was held on Thursday, February 4, 2016 during an all-school assembly.  The Triple A Award is a prestigious program through the MN State High School League, in place since 1988.  Schools throughout the state nominate seniors who exhibit achievement in the areas of academics, arts and athletics to be considered for the honor of being their school’s award winner. Winners from each school are eligible to be considered at the regional and possibly the state level for continued recognition.
Winona Senior High School finalists were announced by teacher, Mr. Ross Herdina-Freeman and were presented with a finalist Triple A pin by Mr. Casey Indra, WAPS Activities Director. 

The finalists are:  Kristen Carrie, daughter of George & Mary Carrie; Caitlin Domeyer, daughter of Michael & Andrea Allred;  Peter Florness, son of Daniel & Jennie Florness;  Hallee Hoeppner, daughter of Gary Hoeppner  & Maria Beyerstedt;  Brenna Meyer, daughter of Gary & Becky Meyer; Kale Milek, son of John & Shelley Milek; Nathan Muschamp, son of Dean & Jennifer Muschamp;  Hanna  O’Neill ,daughter of Kelley O’Neill & Cynthia Wolf;  Connor Polodna, son of Mark & Carol Polodna; and  Jacob Williams, son of Michael and Nicole Williams.  These seniors are very successful and well-rounded students all deserving of their finalist status. Congratulations to the 2016 WSHS Triple A Award winners, Hallee Hoeppner and Nathan Muschamp. They represent the best of the best and we wish them continued success as their applications are forwarded on for regional award consideration.
Front row left to right:
Kristen Carrie, Caitlin Domeyer, Hanna O'Neill, Brenna Meyer, Hallee Hoeppner

Back row left to right:
Connor Polodna, Jacob Williams, Kale Milek, Peter Florness, Nathan Muschamp

SMU Concert

Saint Mary’s University’s Page Series welcomes Irish-American folk band Solas Thursday, Feb. 18, at 7:30 p.m. at the Page Theatre. Hailed by National Public Radio’s The Thistle and Shamrock as “Irish America’s most influential band,” Solas has been entertaining audiences since 1996. Through fresh and unexpected arrangements of age-old tunes, compelling and topical originals and covers, and unparalleled musicianship, Solas continues to define the path for the Celtic music world and drive the genre forward. Their 20th anniversary “All These Years” tour celebrates their remarkable past while demonstrating why the group continues to be one of the most popular and exciting Celtic groups of the past two decades. The New York Times has lauded Solas for their “unbridled vitality,” and the Boston Globe declared them to be “the finest Celtic ensemble this country has ever produced.” Founding members Seamus Eagan (flute, tenor banjo, mandolin, whistles, guitars, bodhran) and Winifred Horan (violins, vocals) anchor the tour. They are joined by Eamon McElholm (guitars, keyboards, vocals), Mick McAuley (button accordion, vocals), and their newest member, Moira Smiley (vocals, banjo). In addition to the concert, Horan will also lead a workshop with the Winona Fiddlers during Solas’ time in Winona. The classically trained Horan has previously performed with Cherish the Ladies and has taught violin and fiddle extensively, most recently at the New England Conservatory of Music. Tickets for the Page Series performance are $27 for adults, and $24 for students and senior citizens. For more information or to order, visit, call 507-457-1715, or visit the Performance Center Box Office (noon-6 p.m., weekdays).

Salute to Service

Winhawk Girls Basketball's Salute to Service: On Saturday, February 6 the WSHS girls basketball team hosted members of the community that are, or have been, in service to our country and our community through their military service or work as firefighters, law enforcement, EMT/paramedic work, dive/rescue and more. Honored guests took to the court at WSHS joined by members of the Winhawk team for a tribute moment.
Back Row:  Casey Indra (AD);  Nic Wiseman, National Guard; Aaron Lacher, Firefighter. Andre Klonecki, Army Reserve and Iraq War Veteran; Pete Weess; U.S. Navy (retired); Josh Squires, Winona Police and U.S. Marine Corps (retired); Jim Flim, U.S. Army (retired); Vietnam Veteran. Dick Will, U.S. Navy (retired); Paul Appicelli, Winona Dive and Rescue Team and U.S. Army (retired); Tim Nibbelink - MN State Trooper.
Front Row:  Jay Rasmussen, Winona Police Officer; Scott Bestul, Winona Police (retired);  Bob Bollant, U.S. Army (retired); John Goplen, U.S. Army (retired)- Desert Storm Veteran. Gary Hoeppner; Winona Police Officer (retired); Anita Sobotta, Winona Police Officer; Lowell Lovelace, U.S. Navy (retired).
Not Pictured: Trish Zeinert - U.S. Air Force (retired)

SMU Cardinal Plunge

Brave souls and warm hearts are invited to join Saint Mary’s University for the seventh annual “Cardinal Plunge” noon to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, at the Lake Lodge Recreation Center, in coordination with the Winter Carnival Goose Bump Jump. This year, Cardinal Plunge participants will again be freezin’ for a reason. Proceeds will be given to the Sean and Coral Logan family of Stockton. Sean and Coral’s infant daughter Makiah was diagnosed with heart condition called coarctation of the aorta shortly after she was born on Dec. 4, and she underwent open-heart surgery at less than 1 week old. Although the surgery was successful, Makiah now requires a second surgery, as well as regular monitoring. Funds will be used to help the family with medical and travel expenses to Mayo in Rochester. Coral works in the Development and Alumni Relations Office of Saint Mary’s.The cost to plunge is $20 ($15 for the Saint Mary’s community). Registration runs from 11:30 a.m. to noon, and a silent auction will be held inside the lodge between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. This event is sponsored by the Saint Mary’s Future Alumni Committee. Pre-register online at For more information, contact Alex Bilski at 507-457-6675 or Kalee Petron at
Donations can be mailed to Saint Mary’s University, 700 Terrace Heights #21, Winona, MN 55987. Checks can be made out to Saint Mary’s and designated as for the Cardinal Plunge.