Faces of Winona

4-H Community Servant Award

Penny Pronschinske, of rural Waumandee, and of Glencoe Hustlers 4-H club was awarded the third annual Buffalo County 4-H Community Servant Award by Cara Lee Wiersgalla of Golden Hornets 4-H on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at the Buffalo County Fair Association meeting at the Alma Courthouse. The award recognizes an individual with exemplary service to 4-H and the community through an ongoing commitment to community service and to making a positive impact on the community. Pronschinske was nominated for this salute to excellence for her undying contribution to community members and youth across Buffalo County, especially with her efforts at the Buffalo County Fair. For several years Penny Pronschinske has been a Fair Board Director, chair of the meat animal auction committee, the coordinator for weigh-ins, the swine superintendent at the Buffalo County Fair. Last year, Penny worked to develop a Friends of the Fair group that raised significant funds for fairground improvements. She also chaired the first ever Buffalo County Fair 5K run/walk in 2017. Pronschinske is also an active volunteer in the Glencoe Hustlers 4-H club and is active with her children’s sports, church and school activities. Penny Pronschinske truly embodies what it means to be a community servant through 4-H and the larger community. 

Penny Pronschinske was awarded the 4-H Community Servant award by Cara Lee Wiersgalla at the annual meeting of the Buffalo County Fair Association.

Habitat-Bremer Trust

Habitat for Humanity Winona-Fillmore Counties and the City of Winona are excited to announce that Otto Bremer Trust has awarded them a generous grant of $60,000. Funding will support critical home repair for homeowners with limited income through A Brush With Kindness and City referrals. A Brush With Kindness is a program that helps low-income homeowners with exterior home repair. Typical projects include painting, siding and soffit replacement and repair, roof repair, accessibility modifications like wheelchair ramps, yard cleanup, and more. Homeowners pay back the cost of materials with interest-free loans. Through loan repayment, they pay it forward.A Brush With Kindness improves the safety and appearance of aging homes, and renews pride in place for homeowners. It revitalizes neighborhoods and inspires neighbors to maintain their properties better. Critical home repair services will be accepted on a case-by-case basis, available beginning in the spring of 2018 and as long as funding lasts. Interested homeowners are encouraged to complete an application now. They are available online at www.habitatwinona.org/abwk , in the Winona ReStore, at the Habitat office, and at City Hall.

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