Past Feature Pics

100 Gummy Book Worm Challenge

The kindergarten team at Jefferson is excited to share our results of our 100 Gummy Book Worm Challenge.  Our students have been reading at home for homework with a goal of reading 100 books by the 100th day of school.  Today is our 100th Day of school.  Our students have far exceeded our expectations.  Our 62 students have read 11,200 books at home!  Huge congratulations to the students and their families for this commitment.  We have two students that have read over 500 books each!  We spent time today celebrating their achievement with a kindergarten party.  The students all had an ice cream treat followed by a dance party.  In the end we awarded their book "backpack tags."  In total we awarded 112 tags to 51 students.  Each student also received 1 gummy worm after reading every 10 books.  We have passed out a lot of gummy worms this year! Thank you to Foundation for Winona Area Public Schools for helping us to build excitement for reading with our students.  I know that we will be handing out more award tags and gummy worms through the end of the year.  

Hazelton Honored

At the Winona County Board Meeting on Feb. 14, Sheriff Ganrude presented Deputy John Hazelton with a plaque to recognize his tireless efforts at providing Alice (Active Shooter) training to school staff, county employees, businesses and law enforcement officers. John is a 15 year veteran of the Sheriff’s office. He was a night shift SGT. He has been  the Sheriff’s office’s Firearams Instructor, PPCT/Defensive Tactics Instructor and Use of Force Instructor. John recently resigned as the Emergency Response Team’s TEAM LEADER. 

Falcons of the Driftless

"Falcons of the Driftless" with Abbey Krumrie

Hiawatha Valley Audubon Society

Senior Friendship Center, 251 Main Street, Winona

Wednesday, March 1, 2017, @ 7:15 PM 

This month we're lucky to have four presenters—raptor educator and caregiver Abbey Krumrie along with three live falcons! This will be a great "all ages" opportunity to learn about these amazing native birds. Children are welcome, and don't forget your camera! How fast can a falcon fly? What makes them different from an owl or an eagle? What does it take to become a falconer? Bring your questions and curiosity about raptors to this Hiawatha Valley Audubon Society program at 7:15 PM on Wednesday, March 1st, at the Senior Friendship Center, 251 Main Street in Winona.

·      Program starts promptly at 7:15 PM and runs 45-60 minutes, followed by a brief business meeting, coffee and treats.

·      All HVAS programs are free and open to the public, and new members are always welcome!


Annual Chili Cookoff-WNB

On a beautiful weekend, through sales and donations, a total of $5,000.35 was raised for Ready Set School at the 23rd Annual Chili Cookoff, sponsored by Winona National Bank on Saturday, February 11. A large crowd enjoyed 23 varieties of chili donated by: Betty Jo’s, Beno’s Cheese & Deli, Blooming Ground Coffee House, Bluff Country Co-op, Brewski’s Pub & Eatery, Bub’s Brewing Company, Chartwell’s at WSU, Ground Round, Jefferson’s Pub & Grill, Kwik Trip Store #746 Homer Road, Lewiston-Altura Intermediate School, North End Pub & Grill, Riverway Learning Community, Signatures Restaurant, Steak Shop Catering, Steak Shop Catering at Cotter Schools, Sugar Loaf Senior Living, Winona Area Public Schools, Winona Daily News, and Winona Health Catering.

The results were as follows:
Mild category: 1st place – Betty Jo’s
2nd place – Steak Shop Catering at Cotter Schools
3rd place – Winona Daily News
Spicy category: 1st place – Riverway Learning Community
2nd place – Sugar Loaf Senior Living
3rd place – Beno’s Cheese & Deli

Public votes were compiled for the Public Tasters’ Choice Award, which was awarded to Betty Jo’s for its mild chili. (Pictured)


Richter Elected

Jack Richter, President & CEO of Winona National Bank, has been elected Director of Independent Community Bankers of Minnesota (ICBM) District 1. He will serve a three-year term ending in December 2019. ICBM is an association of independently owned banks in Minnesota. Directors are elected by member banks within each of 10 districts. District 1 is comprised of members in the counties of Dodge, Fillmore, Goodhue, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Rice, Steele, Wabasha, and Winona. Winona National Bank is a Winona-based community bank, serving southeastern Minnesota since 1874. In addition to his duties in leading the Bank, Richter currently serves the Winona Area Industrial Development Association Board, Winona State University College of Business Advisory Board, Live Well Winona Board, and the Winona Area Chamber of Commerce Public Policy Committee

Sandcork-1,000 Points

Josiah Sandcork scored 43, shoots 85% from the field but Lutheran High School comes up short vs Glenville-Emmons 75-85 Monday Feb. 13. Sandcork reaches 1,000 points in his career!! Congrats Josiah! 


Dorian Vocal Festival

This year, 4 students from the Winona Senior High School Choir participated in Luther College’s 67th annual Dorian Vocal Festival. The festival took place January 14-16.

Before the attending the festival, these students met with Alexandra Johnson, the director of Winona Senior High School Choirs, to help prepare them for this exciting and rigorous experience. This exceptional festival allows students to sing with a 1200 member festival choir, with students from almost 300 different high schools. All four of the WSHS Choir students sang in the 1200 member choir, and 2 students, Lexi DeLano and Maddie Copeman, sang in the 100 student select chamber choir. The select choir is based on director nominations as well as recommendations based off of past experience singing in honor choirs and other state level ensembles.

Minnesota State College Southeast

2016 was a big year for Minnesota State College Southeast. We changed our mission and are now a technical and community college. And you probably already know, we changed our name! Looking forward to a great 2017!

Sunrisers-Winona 4-H

Melonie Harris was recognized as the Kiwanis Sunrisers of Winona 4-H Youth Representative for the Month of January. Melonie is a junior at Winona Senior High school. She is the daughter of Judy & Greg Denzer of Winona, MN and is a member of Winona River City 4-H Club. Melonie has held the leadership role of secretary of her club. Through 4-H Melonie has been involved with her community by participating in Souper Thursdays, making pillow cases for veterans, highway clean up and decorating cookies for important people in our community. Melonie has brought a wide variety of projects to the fair including her horse Buttermilk and a calf. She learned the more hours you spend working with your animal the better they show at the fair. One of her outstanding accomplishments has been getting out of her comfort zone and doing things she has never thought about trying. Melonie shared, “I am currently the vice president of the Winona FFA chapter. Both 4-H and FFA have taught me to be a better leader and to stand up for what is right and for what I believe in. 4-H has given me the opportunity to meet some really amazing people that I would have never gotten to know. Our club alone is like having another family as we always help each other out when we need it.” 

Breast Fest Donation

Breast Fest, an annual music festival held to benefit local people being treated for breast cancer at Winona Health, raised $10,000 to be distributed through the Winona Health Foundation. The organizers started the event in 2013 with the intent to do something to help local people who may need assistance paying for miscellaneous expenses that come along with dealing with a serious illness. They simply wanted to make life a little easier for people in our community who are dealing with breast cancer and show them that more people than they know care about them. Sandy Gruszynski, cancer care coordinator at Winona Health, said, “This gift from the Breast Fest organizers makes a big difference to individuals and families dealing with a breast cancer diagnosis. What’s especially touching is that it’s from community members, for community members, and it’s another example of what makes Winona a wonderful community.”