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MSCS Donors Honored

On Monday, September 18, 2017, Minnesota State College Southeast dedicated a plaque in the college’s Winona campus welding lab in honor of Winona residents Don and Donna Peterson. Through the years, Don Peterson’s appreciation for practical education has motivated him to be extremely generous with Minnesota State College Southeast. Don has given countless hours of service to MSC Southeast Foundation, funded student scholarships, and donated equipment and supplies from his business, Mississippi Welders Supply. His wife, Donna Peterson, is also a lifelong supporter of education. She taught home economics for many years and continued pursuing her love of education by substitute teaching and volunteering for numerous organizations. College president Dr. Dorothy Duran, Dean of Trade and Technology Travis Thul, and welding program lead instructor Casey Mann shared remarks before the plaque was unveiled. Don Peterson also addressed the group, which included friends, family, college supporters, instructors, students, and staff members as well as welding industry professionals.

America's Farmers Grow Communties Donation

Buffalo County farmer Dan Senn has won the opportunity to direct a $2,500 dollar donation from theAmerica’s Farmers Grow Communities program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, to the Buffalo County 4-H Club – Hill & Hollow Helping Hands 4-H Club. Hill & Hollow Helping Hands 4-H Club will use the funds to develop a service-learning project that will develop the skills of its members and give back to the rural Fountain City community. The Grow Communities program’s purpose is to make a positive impact in farm communities by partnering with farmers to support the causes that are important to them in their communities. Each year, farmers enter for a chance to win a $2,500 donation that they direct to a local nonprofit. Since the program began in 2010, farmers have directed more than $26 million in donations across a broad cross-section of organizations that reflect the makeup and character of rural America, including food banks, emergency response organizations, schools, youth agriculture programs and many others.

MSC-Boy Scouts

For the third year running, Minnesota State College Southeast will host the Boy Scouts of America Sugar Loaf District Merit Badge Fair. This year’s Merit Badge Fair takes place on September 30, 2017 at MSC Southeast, Winona campus, 1250 Homer Road, Winona.  Registration begins at 7:30, and the day begins with a Flag Ceremony by the Order of the Arrow at 8:00 am. The day-long Boy Scout Merit Badge Fair is an opportunity for Boy Scouts to work on merit badges, as they further their goal of achieving the Eagle Scout award.  Scouts from all around southeastern Minnesota will participate in the event.
For further information, go to  or contact David Echlelard

WSO Fall Concert

The Winona Symphony Orchestra presents a Fall Concert, Saturday, Oct. 7, 7:30 p.m.,
at the Harriet Johnson Auditorium, Somsen Hall, Winona State University campus, 175 West Mark Street, Winona, Minn. The Symphony’s exciting 2017-2018 season marks 110 years since its establishment by founder Carl Ruggles in 1908. The Fall Concert offers a pre-concert talk at 7:00 p.m. led by Music Director Dr. Donald Lovejoy. The concert takes the audience on a journey through the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. Frederick the Great’s Symphony No. 4 in A Major provides a historic look into the 1700s. Italian opera composer Giuseppe Verdi created Symphony for Strings in E Minor in 1873. This rare composition is the only surviving chamber music work by Verdi. John Rutter’s 1979 composition, Suite Antique, will feature strings, harpsichord, and solo flutist Dr. Rachel Haug Root. Dr. Haug Root holds a BA from Luther College and a DMA and an MM in flute performance from Ohio State University. She is a Flute Gallery Manager with Schmitt Music and has performed professionally playing flute and piccolo with Central Ohio Symphony, La Crosse Symphony Orchestra, Mankato Symphony Orchestra, and the McConnell Arts Center Chamber Orchestra. Additionally, Dr. Haug Root has toured with ensembles throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan. Tickets for the Fall Concert are $15 for adults and $6 for college students. The Symphony offers free admission to high school students with a student I.D., and elementary and middle school students receive free admission when accompanied by a paying adult. Advance tickets are available at Hardt’s Music & Audio (115East Third Street, Winona) or online at Tickets are also available at the door.

Season passes for both the Fall and Spring Concerts are available for $25 for adults and $10 for college students. The Symphony’s Spring Concert is Saturday, March 24, 2018 featuring works by Beethoven, Copland, and Ridout.

Winona Art Walk and Tour

The 2017 Winona Art Walk and Tour will be held on Saturday, November 18, from 10am-4pm. The application process is now open with an entry deadline of September 29. If you would like to participate, please visit: to learn more.

Winona Health-NCQA

Winona Health’s Medical Staff Services team has earned the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Accreditation in Credentialing and Recredentialing.

NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving healthcare quality. Earning NCQA Accreditation involves a rigorous evaluation and review of an organization’s credentialing and re-credentialing processes for medical staff, including an on-site review of processes and detailed records. Credentialing is the process of evaluating the qualifications and practice history of a medical professional. NCQA requirements include using primary source verification to check board certification, education and training and other factors that may have an impact on patient care. Winona Health Medical Staff Services team includes Cathy Fangman, Joy Boldt, and Stacy Schultz.

Live Well Winona-Lego Building Contest

Live Well Winona and Family & Children’s Center, two family oriented non-profits, will host a Lego® Building Contest on Saturday, October 7th. The event will take place from 9:00am – 2:00pm at The Playground in the Winona Mall. Contest divisions include youth ages 4-6, youth ages 7-9, youth ages 10-13, and a family division. Prizes will be awarded after each division contest.  The cost is $25 per youth, with $5 off two or more registrations, and $30 for the Family division. All proceeds benefit Family & Children’s Center and Live Well Winona.

Register online today at as there are limited spaces available.

Buffalo County 4-H Leaders

On September 17, 2017 the Buffalo County 4-H Leaders Association adopted new bylaws that developed a true youth-adult partnership. Youth and adult leaders in Buffalo County 4-H are now officially meeting jointly. The Buffalo County 4-H Youth Leaders Council was dissolved in an effort to work together and better recognize youth voice. As a result of the action, youth and adult officers were elected for the first time.

The inaugural officer team includes: (back) Austin George, Friends of Buffalo County 4-H Representative; Patty George, Vice President; Michele Loesel, Treasurer; Cara Lee Wiersgalla, President; Kaleb Kryzszton, Vice President; Stephanie Foust, Secretary; (front) Barbara Dittrich, Treasurer; Naomi Fogel, President; Sofia Sandberg and Julia Moats, Co-Secretaries.

Miller-Hero of the Food Industry

The Minnesota Grocers Association announced Senator Jeremy Miller (R-Winona) as a 2017 Hero of the Food Industry.  Miller received the honor for his leadership in advancing the food industry’s priorities during the 2017 Minnesota Legislative Session.  "Senator Miller displayed outstanding leadership in advocating for common sense policies that create job growth and spur economic activity.  He truly is a champion of a free marketplace, not placing undue burdens on local business, and helping our neighbors keep their shopping baskets full," said Jamie Pfuhl, President of the Minnesota Grocers Association. "This award is a testament to his vision, strong leadership, and support of the industry from farm to fork."


Miller was presented the award at Hy-Vee Food Store in Winona by store manager Dan Welsh before touring the store to further understand the complex nature of the industry and the many challenges faced to remain viable in today’s competitive marketplace.

Picture: Mike Karbo, Vice President, Minnesota Grocers Association, Hy-Vee Food Store manager Dan Welsh, Senator Jeremy Miller (R – Winona), Jamie Pfuhl, President, Minnesota Grocers Association.


Rupert-Winona Health Free Talk

Sensory Integration is the ability to process information from the world around us. In typical development, this happens without having to think about it, but some children have difficulty. This can lead to a variety of challenging behaviors from intense negative reactions to certain things such as sensitivity to loud noises or needing to continuously move. What’s “normal,” and what may indicate a need for help?  Winona Health Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist Loucresie Rupert, MD, along with Occupational Therapists Kyann Brown and Emily Breunig will share information about how sensory processing can affect a child’s behavior and what can be done to help them at a Free Health Talk: Is this “normal?” Helping Children with Sensory Conditions, Monday, October 2, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Playground in the Winona Mall, 1213 Gilmore Avenue, Winona, Minn.


The program is free. RSVP is requested by Thursday, September 28. To RSVP online, visit or call 507.457.4161.


Hope Lutheran Team Building

Hope Lutheran High School begins school year with Team Building and Outdoor Education.  Hope Lutheran High School began their 2017-2018 school year with two all-school field trips.  The entire 9-12 student body spent the first day of school together at Whitewater State Park where the students and faculty engaged in a variety of team building and outdoor education activities.  A couple of highlights included the photo scavenger hunt, hiking, swimming,  and the all school volleyball game. A second field trip to Heimfarm, home of retired Hope LHS teacher Roger Heimgartner  and his wife Brenda was an exceptional experience in hands on learning and outdoor fun.  Mr. Heimgartner led lessons on gardening, natural resources and each student built their own homemade fire starter.  A homemade slip and slide capped off the day . Students planned and prepared the outdoor lunch of brats, hamburgers and hotdogs. 

Hope Students Brandon Mullen, Josiah Sandcork and Dalton Russeau construct fire starter sticks on an outdoor education field trip.

St. Charles Ready Set School

Merchants Bank in St Charles presented Ready Set School with a great big check for $717.05 from their annual Hot Dog Lunch on Friday August 25th! What a successful event!  All funds donated to RSS are used to help Winona County K-12 students get the supplies they need for the classroom.

Pictured: Merchants Bank Commercial & Ag Banker Blake Koebke and Ready Set School Director Jessi Darst.

Ready Set School Donation

Way to go Goodson team members! A company-wide collection was held to help Ready Set School equip local students for the new school year. All donated supplies go to Winona County K-12 students and classrooms in need of assistance.

Pictured (L-R): RSS Director Jessi Darst; Goodson team members Diane Bagniewski, Diane Frick, Veronica Cavazos, Beverly Kohner, Nick Biesanz and Carlos Cavazos. In front are RSS Ambassadors Liam and Sunny Darst.

Local Hurricane Relief Effort