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 Communitiesprogram, 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.