Past Feature Pics

SMU Jazz

On the heels of last spring’s exciting exploration of Cuban jazz, Saint Mary’s University’s Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo 1 will venture further south with a concert of music inspired by sounds of Brazilian jazz. Come to the hottest spot in Winona 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 23, in Saint Mary’s Page Theatre.  Joined by guest soloist Dan Driesen on guitar, the ensembles will journey into music ranging from the lush harmonies of the bossa nova to the scintillating sounds of the samba—a symbol of the Brazilian Carnival. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors and are available at the Saint Mary’s Box Office, 507-457-1715, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday or online at


The Winona Senior High School Orchestra enjoyed their 4 day experience in New York City. The orchestra members, teacher Cindy Johnson, and chaperons left WSHS on April 8. While in NYC they enjoyed seeing "Aladdin" at the New Amsterdam Theater, a city tour, a subway ride, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center, a tour of Radio City Music Hall, the Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island and the 911 Memorial & Museum.  Meals were enjoyed at Rockefeller Center, Bubba Gumps and Bucca Di Beppo.  Students returned to WSHS around 11 am on Monday, April 13.  A great time was had by all. The orchestra thanks all who supported their many efforts to raise funds for this memorable trip together. 


MMAM Exhibit

The exhibition, titled The Wood Engravings of Winslow Homer, will be exhibited from April 10th to August 7th, 2015 at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum. The exhibition highlights Homer’s engravings which include his portrayals of the American Civil War, as well as his landscapes, seascapes and inspirations from daily life. Complementing these prints are two significant paintings by Homer that are from the collections of the MMAM, including an oil painting and a watercolor. Winslow Homer is considered by many to be one of America’s greatest marine painters. He was also a prolific printmaker whose work was often included in publications of the day like Harper’s Weekly. These popular prints were a way that many people would access art, and they had profound influence on people’s understanding of the world. Today, they are as historically enlightening and artistically inspiring as they were during Homer’s lifetime. This exhibition is organized and traveled by Blair-Murrah Exhibitions, Sibley, MO. It is brought to MMAM audiences thanks to generous support from Merchants National Bank, Winona, MN.   

Pins for Paws

Cotter Speech Champ

Five members of the Cotter Speech Team -- Aidan Beckman (Great Speeches), Noah French (Prose), Hunter Ramadan (Humorous), Henry Reilly (Extemporaneous Reading) and Gabe Tullis (Creative Expression) -- competed at the State Meet in Lakeville last week.

And, after three qualifying rounds, Sophomore Aidan Beckman advanced to the final competition and was named Class A Great Speeches State Champion.

UW-L Art Exhibit

Eleven UW-La Crosse graduating seniors will showcase their best work in the annual spring Senior Exhibition.  The exhibition opened with a reception April 17, in the University Art Gallery, on the first floor of the Center for the Arts. The show runs through Friday, May 8. The reception and show are free.  Each spring, seniors in the capstone art course are asked to present a small body of work of their personal growth as an artist that signifies a specific area of interest. This year, the works include two and three-dimensional work featuring painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, ceramics, sculpture, jewelry/metalsmithing, mixed design, media works and more.

The exhibit is supported by the UW-L College of Liberal Studies and Student Association.  Regular gallery hours are noon-8 p.m. Mondays-Thursday, noon-5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and during events in Toland Theater. The gallery is also open
by appointment.
Alecia Kruser "Lakshmi"



Mary Cappel is a dedicated physical education teacher at Jefferson Elementary STEM School.  Mary is always securing grants to innovate in her PE classes and is a champion of encouraging classroom teachers to include opportunities for students to move and hydrate to improve learning.  Cappel received a 3 year training for the new Presidential Youth Fitness Program (PYFP) and FitnessGram assessment tool. This replaced the old President’s Council on Physical Fitness test that many of us remember from our school experiences.  This school year is year two of her training grant.  During a training webinar, the question was posed regarding help to spread the PYFP message at the SHAPE (School Health and Physical Education) American National Convenntion in Seattle WA in March.   With help from the WAPS Staff Development Committee, Mary received the necessary funding to attend the conference and notified Jane Wargo at PYFP that she was going to attend the conference and would love to meet with her.   Mary Cappel spoke to an audience of 4000 attendees on the training and implementation of PYFP at Jefferson Elementary STEM School.  It was a humbling, but rewarding experience.

TEC Trip Winner

Heidi Stetzer, of La Crescent, has won an all-expenses paid trip to Washington D.C., courtesy of Tri-County Electric Cooperative (TEC). As the winner of TEC's Youth Tour Contest, Stetzer will represent the cooperative June 13-18 in Washington D.C. She is a junior at La Crescent High School and the daughter of Cynthia  and Daniel Stetzer. This year marks the 51st anniversary of electric cooperatives sending high school students to Washington. While meeting nationally known political figures and visiting historical sites in and around the Capitol, students learn about electric cooperatives on a local, state and national level. In June, Stetzer will join about 1,500 other high school students sponsored by other electric cooperatives across 43 states.

Cotter Vocalists

Congratulations to the Cotter vocalists for their outstanding music performances on April 9, 2015 at the Minnesota State High School League Solo-Ensemble Music Contest, hosted by Lake City High School.  32 (out of 42) Cotter choral soloists or ensembles received superior ratings, which is the highest rating. Ratings are based on tone quality, intonation, rhythm, articulation, diction, balance, appearance and choice of literature.  In addition, the Show Choir received a superior rating. Of special note are the choral events that were selected as “Best In Site”.  This award is given to the best performance in that particular contest site. Each contest ‘site’ has a mix of all the schools participating.   Cotter singers were awarded with four “Best in Site” awards.  “Best in Site” award winners include Molly Corcoran Sanders – mezzo-soprano solo, Ben Matzke- tenor solo, Aaron Kyun – tenor solo, and Corey Beyer and Matthew Masyga – vocal duet. Five schools participated in this music contest.   Schools included were Lake City, Plainview-Elgin-Millville, Wabasha-Kellogg, Cannon Falls, and Cotter.  Congratulations to all the Cotter musicians.

Pictured L to R:  Molly Corcoran Sanders, Ben Matzke, Aaron Kyun, Matthew Masyga, Corey Beyer.