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Winona Health Milestones

Each year, Winona Health celebrates staff reaching service milestones. This year, 118 employees celebrated service milestones ranging from five to 45 years.  Staff members celebrating 45 years are Andrew Edin, MD, Internal Medicine physician; Nola Skappel, therapeutic recreation coordinator; Nancy Scovil, nutrition specialist; and Sherry Hill, licensed practical nurse. Winona Health chief human resources officer, Kathy Wade, who joined Winona Health in March, said, “It is an honor and privilege to work with the loyal and dedicated staff here at Winona Health. We recognize each of these individuals for their unique contribution in making a difference in the lives of others. Their experiences and stories shared represent who we are as a Winona Health family and the dedication to providing care to the greater community.”                       

Photo: More than 100 Winona Health staff celebrated service milestones ranging from five to 45 years. Celebrating 45 years (l-r): Sherry Hill, LPN; Nola Skappel, Therapeutic Recreation Coordinator; Andrew Edin, MD; Nancy Scovil, Nutrition Specialist.

Buffalo County Farm Safety

Sixteen students from Buffalo County attended the 2015 Farm Tractor and Machinery Safety Certification Class.  The class was offered by the University of Wisconsin-Extension, Buffalo County Office, and taught by Carl Duley, Buffalo County Extension Agricultural Agent.  The class is designed to enhance the safety, knowledge and skills of youth operating farm tractors and other farm machinery.  The class is not intended to teach students to be expert tractor drivers.  It gives them a basic knowledge of safe operation of farm tractors and machinery.
Youth are required to attend 24 hours of instruction, pass a basic skills driving test and successfully complete a written exam.  The 2015 class was held at the Modena Town Hall with the driving test being held at Lindstrom Equipment in Modena.  Youth that participated in the Tractor Safety class are: Brendin Larson, Ben Foust, James Gibbons, Johnathon Pavelski, Wyatt Maukstad, Wyatt Lehnartz, Logan Uschan, Kadin Todd, Noah Ehlenfeldt, Austin George, Derek Falkner, Ted Johnson, Lance Larson, Gabriel Mann, Casey Denk and Aaron Johnston.


Winona Health Summer Picnics

Residents of Winona Health’s assisted living communities recently welcomed family to their annual summer picnics. Senior Living at Watkins celebrated with close to 200 in attendance. Karaoke, The Winona Clown Club, and a picnic style dinner were some of the many things enjoyed by residents and family.   Adith Miller Manor and Roger Metz Manor memory care communities had close to 90 guests who enjoyed a picnic style dinner outside in their courtyard with musical entertainment by Ron Haugen.  For more information about Winona Health senior living options, visit; click on Services then Senior Services.

MMAM Exhibit

The Minnesota Marine Art Museum (MMAM) in Winona is proud to announce a major traveling exhibition, titled Ocean Soul, featuring works by National Geographic photographer Brian Skerry. The exhibition will take place July 24th to October 11th, 2015 and is the third in the MMAM’s 2015 Underwater Photography Series. Over the last 30 years, Skerry has spent more than 10,000 hours underwater creating a remarkable body of work capturing the beauty, mystery, and fragility of our world’s oceanic ecosystem. Since 1998, he has been a photographer for National Geographic, and he has also shot for Sports Illustrated, US News, BBC Wildlife, Smithsonian Magazine and more. Ocean Soul is produced and traveled by National Geographic. The exhibition is generously sponsored by Winona National Bank, and Minnesota Public Radio has contributed in-kind Media Sponsorship.    

Whitewater State Park Wild Parsnip

On Saturday, June 27, the weather was warm and the humidity was high and 24 volunteers donned long sleeved shirts and rubber gloves and spread out though Whitewater State Park.  As in the past, the 3rd Annual Wild Parsnip Pull at Whitewater State Park was a huge success.  In less than three hours and under the leadership of event organizer, Steve Poole, the 24 volunteers meticulously counted and pulled 9,206 parsnips from campsites, along the entrance road, on the trails beside the river, and on the trail leading to the swimming beach. 
Wild parsnip is an exotic invasive species that can cause severe blistering when bare skin comes in contact with the oils of the plant.  During the event last Saturday, pulling was easy because of recent rains but the Parsnip Predator was needed at times for the bigger ones (such as the over 8 ft. one Steve, the Campground Host, pulled).  State Park personnel loaded up the very large piles of parsnip and hauled them away for disposal.

MMAM Exhibit

The Minnesota Marine Art Museum (MMAM) in Winona is home to one of the most famous paintings in the world. On display in the MMAM’s newly expanded American Wing is “Washington Crossing the Delaware,” painted by German-American artist Emanuel Leutze. The painting is one of two in existence – the larger is on exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Painted in 1851 and inspired by the American Revolutionary War, Leutze’s masterpiece catapulted the artist’s career during his lifetime, and has captivated eyes, hearts and minds ever since. In celebration of this painting, the MMAM will host a free program by Dr. Les Crocker, a retired Professor of Art History at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse. The program, titled, “Emanuel Leutze and American Freedom,” will take place on Wednesday, July 8th, from 6-7pm. See the painting with new eyes, and learn why Crocker states, “This isn’t just a painting. It is a historical document that expresses some very strong ideas and ideals.” This program is free thanks to support from the Ernest and Sally Micek family in memory of W.B. “Bill” Gautsch.

BK 5K Youth Fund

The BK 5K Youth Fund has provided financial support to Winona youth programs totaling $156,582 in the 2015 funding cycle.  The Fund was established with the Fastenal sponsored BK 5K Road Race as a means to support Winona area youth and to create an ongoing way to honor Bob Kierlin, founder of Fastenal and a lifelong supporter of youth programs.  Starting in 2006 with 7 grants totaling over $22,000, the cumulative awards given to date total $1,016,717. A large number of grants were evaluated, and organizations receiving funding include Winona Senior High School, Cotter High School, Hope Lutheran High School, Washington-Kosciusko Elementary School, Jefferson STEM Elementary School, Ridgeway Community School, WAPS Early Childhood Family Education, Winona Family YMCA, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boy Scout Troop 13, Winona Lions Clubs, and Junior Achievement.

A total of 18 grants were funded to meet needs such as academic programs, fine arts programs, science and engineering education, mathematics programs, marching band uniforms, business education, educational technology, portable pediatric treadmills for physical therapy, imaginative and portable preschool playground equipment, and playground equipment accessible to physically/developmentally challenged youth.