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Every Child's Dream

Coldwell Banker River Valley Realtors have pledged $5000 to the “Every Child’s Dream – Winona” project, in addition, the agents of the Winona office have donated a portion of their commission from each of their real estate sales. Pictured above is Ryan Olson, broker manager, delivering a check for $2280 to Jack Krage, chair of the Lions’ project and agent of Coldwell Banker. This check was the second installment of the office pledge combined with the agent’s contribution.   “Every Child’s Dream- Winona” is a fundraising effort of the 3 Winona Lion’s Clubs in which their aim is to construct an all-inclusive playground near the bandshell in Lake Park. The Lions are grateful for the support shown by the Winona real estate office and encourage other businesses to join us in this campaign. Winona has 27 parks with 14 playgrounds yet none of these play areas address the needs of the physically or developmentally challenged individuals.
Donations can be made to: Winona Community Foundation, c/o Jack Krage, 104 East 4th, Winona, MN 55987

Benevolence & Blues

Where can you join friends and family to listen to music by Costello & Hipps, enjoy a delicious barbecue rib dinner and hear a few heart-warming stories of benevolence?

It all happens on Friday, January 26 at this year’s Winona Health Foundation Benevolence & Blues. Benevolence & Blues will be at Visions Event Center at Signatures, 22852 County Road 17 in Winona. The evening begins at 6 p.m. with music by Costello & Hipps, hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar, followed by dinner at 6:30. Brief, heart-warming stories of kindness and compassion along with more musical entertainment round out the evening. Tickets are $40 per person. Reservations will be accepted through Monday, January 22. RSVP by sending a check payable to the Winona Health Foundation, to: Winona Health Foundation, 855 Mankato Ave., Winona, MN 55987.

Please include the names of those attending. If you have questions, call 507.474.3328.

Lanesboro Arts-FRFF

LANESBORO ARTS is proud to host three short documentary film events presented and curated by the Frozen River Film Festival and the Iraqi-American Reconciliation Project at the St. Mane Theatre in scenic Lanesboro on Saturday, February 3, 2018. “Iraqi Voices” will be shown at 1p.m., “Jeff’s World” begins at 4p.m., while the “Adventure Film Set” will start at 7:30 p.m. A Cross-Cultural Storytelling Workshop will also take place at 10:30 a.m. in the Upper Level Studio Space of the St. Mane Theatre.  These screenings will kick off the 2018 Frozen River Film Festival, taking place in Winona, MN February 7 -11. Film-goers are invited to attend the opening reception for the 4th annual Emerging Artist Exhibition also happening Feb. 3, from 5 p.m. to 7p.m., at the Lanesboro Arts Gallery.  Tickets for each screening event are $7/$5 LA member (FRFF 2018 Donor Premiere and Big Muddy Passes will also be honored) and are available online at, at Lanesboro Arts Gallery, by calling 507-467-2446, and at the St. Mane Theatre box office one hour prior to each screening on February 3. The Frozen River Film Festival offers documentary films and programming that engage, educate and activate our community to become involved in the world.

Pictured: Tater Litterer & his sisters dance with fire in “Keiki Fire and Light,” part of the Adventure Film Set. Photo by Pioneer Public TV

Commonweal Theatre-Pimsler Dance

The Commonweal Theatre is pleased to host Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater (SPDT) in residence in Lanesboro, January 21-28 through the support of an Arts Tour grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. The residency will engage community members at the Commonweal Theatre, Lanesboro Public Schools, and Chosen Valley Care Center in SPDT’s nationally recognized Arts & Healthcare and Arts & Education programs. SPDT will conclude its residency with public performances at the Commonweal Theatre on Friday, January 26th and Saturday, January 27th at 7:30 p.m. SPDT will perform three critically acclaimed works: At it Again, Bohemian Grove, and Tales from the Book of Longing (pictured)

Tickets are $20 and they can be purchased along with more information at

BreastFest La Crosse

Krings-Merchants Bank

Marcus Krings has been promoted to Credit Card Manager, according to Sue Hovell, Senior Vice President and Director of Retail Banking Performance for Merchants Bank. Krings has been in banking for more than 11 years, including experience in customer service supervision. He has been with Merchants since 2012, starting in the Electronic Banking area. He joined the Credit Card department in 2016. Krings said Merchants offers a credit card security app, and the department makes it a point to contact people if there is suspected fraud on a credit card. Another area of emphasis is merchant processing, which helps businesses process card transactions. Krings is from Winona and is a graduate of Winona Senior High School and Winona State University. He succeeds Deb Kemp, who recently retired. 

John Paulson Big Band Concert

John Paulson Big Band Concert
Sunday | January 21 | 3:00-4:45pm
Vivian R. Fusillo Main Stage Theatre | Performing Arts Center

Winona State University .The Winona State University music department is hosting a free John Paulson Big Band concert. The 18-piece group includes some of the best jazz players and teachers in the region. They are unique in that they perform only original big band jazz composed and arranged by musical director John Paulson. The music is an exciting mix of contemporary blues, Latin, ballads, funk and swing with plenty of solo space for the players.


MVC-Family Bat Fest

The Crawford Country Community Fund has awarded $1,000 to Mississippi Valley Conservancy for its upcoming Family Bat Fest at Kickapoo Caverns in Wauzeka, WI. The event will he held on July 21, 2018. The Crawford County Community Fund, a component of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, was established in 2008 as a permanent endowment for the benefit of the County. The Fund’s mission is to support economic development in the County. Once per year, a portion of the Fund’s earnings are returned to area communities in the form of grants for projects consistent with the Fund’s mission. Family Bat Fest will bring families from all over the Midwest to participate in an evening of hikes, cave tours, educational stations and speakers. Advance registration for Family Bat Fest is required. To receive details and updates, sign up to receive email updates from the Conservancy. Kickapoo Caverns is an 83 acre Conservancy-protected property located west of Wauzeka, in Crawford County. The property offers a unique opportunity for environmental education and the promotion of eco-tourism for Crawford County. The Kickapoo Caverns is home to one of Wisconsin’s top five hibernating bat populations and is one of the most spectacular caves in the Midwest. To protect the bat populations, the caverns are open only for education events and scientific research during limited times of the year when bats are not in hibernation.

Boy Scout Troop 13-Eagle Scouts

Boy Scout Troop 13, sponsored by St. Mary’s Parish in Winona, MN, would like to congratulate six scouts that achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in 2017.

They are (from L to R): Connor Walechka, Trent Beasley, Justin Franz, David French, Jacob French, and Jacob McMahon.

MMAM Exhibits

The Minnesota Marine Art Museum (MMAM) in Winona, Minnesota will be opening two exhibitions in January with local connections.  Mary Solberg’s Water Portraits opens January 7 and runs through May 20, 2018. Opening January 12 and running through April 15, 2018 is Leo & Marilyn Smith: Retrospective. A public opening reception celebrating both exhibitions will be held on January 25 from 5:00-7:00 PM. Mary Solberg is a Minneapolis based, La Crosse native painter whose bold, iconic figurative work is influenced by religious imagery, the great master artists, vintage postcards, and circus sideshow banners.  She paints people and animals living or dead, real or imagined, to venerate them on a more personal level. Solberg’s mixed media paintings incorporate metal leaf, beeswax, acrylic, texture, gems, glitter and oil to create a portrait, which celebrates the sacredness in all of us. A new work, created for MMAM’s permanent collection through a grant awarded by the Southeast Minnesota Arts Council, will be unveiled at the January 25th opening reception. A free Gallery Walk and Talk with the artist will be held on Saturday, January 20 from 1:00-2:00 PM. Winona’s Leo and Marilyn Smith are best known for their colorful and whimsical sculptures of the people, flora, fauna, and history of the upper Mississippi River region.  Retrospective will feature works from MMAM’s collection as well as new works from the artist. Leo will lead a free Gallery Walk and Talk on February 3 from 2:00-3:00 PM. 

For more information visit

Photo credit: Mary Solberg, Après Swim (2016) Mixed Media


FRFF-Vendor Fair

Frozen River Film Festival – Vendor Fair

The Frozen River Film Festival is now accepting reservations for vendors to participate in the vendor fair during the film festival.

Two options are available:

  • $20 - vendor table for all day Sunday, February 11, 2018
  • $25 - vendor table for all day Sunday plus Saturday evening (set up at 7pm to reach the evening film goers)

Please contact Daniel Munson at with questions or table reservation requests.

State of Craft Beer-Winona Public Library

Author, Matt Janzen’s book, The State of Craft Beer, is about the craft beer industry in the state of Wisconsin. The book journeys across the state using authentic images and stories to highlight the people and places responsible for craft beer in Wisconsin.  The Winona Public Library will host Janzen at Island City Brewery on Monday, January 29th at 7PM.  Janzen will talk about his craft brewing adventures around the state of Wisconsin.  This event is free and open to the public.

Winona Symphony Orchestra

The Winona Symphony Orchestra has been awarded a $10,000 Arts and Cultural
Heritage grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council for its 2018 Children’s Concert for Winona area 3rd and 4th graders. Thanks to this generous grant, two free performances of the 2018 Children’s Concert will be presented on the morning of Tuesday, February 13 at Winona State University’s Harriet Johnson Auditorium. Area schoolchildren have been invited.
The concert will feature music settings of two Dr. Seuss stories, “Gertrude McFuzz” and “Green Eggs and Ham.” The music was written by American composer Robert Kapilow. Under the direction of Dr. Donald Lovejoy, WSO performers will include nine instrumentalists and three vocalists (including Gertrude and Sam).

The WSO also offers free admission to K-12 students for its Spring Concert on Saturday, March 24, 2018, at 7:30 pm. The March concert will feature Godfrey Ridout’s Tafelmusik, Aaron  opland’s Appalachian Spring, and Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2 in in D Major. For the Spring Concert, high school students will be admitted free with a school ID; elementary and middle school students get in free when accompanied by a paying adult. For more information about the Winona Symphony Orchestra visit