From left are Barbara Grimshaw, Michael Seraphine, Winona Human Rights Commission Chair Jacob Grippen, Kateri Seraphine, and Judy Fehn. Seated is Michael Grimshaw. Photo by Mary Farrell
At the Winona City Council meeting on Monday, June 3, John Borman‘s work on human rights issues was honored as members of his family were presented with the 2019 John Latsch Human Rights Award. Human Rights Commission Chair Jacob Grippen spoke about Borman’s work and how he “had made the conscious decision to move to Winona specifically.” He then presented Borman’s sister, Judy Fehn, with the plaque, which will be given to Borman’s son Mac Nelson. Fehn was very appreciative of her brother receiving the honor, and for all the kinds words and notes that had been sent since his death in April. Also in attendance were two more of John’s eight siblings, Barbara Grimshaw and her husband, Michael, and Kateri Seraphine and her husband, Michael. Grippen said, “It was a privilege to present this well-deserved award to members of John’s family. John was a Vietnam War veteran, a lawyer, and a person that cared deeply for human rights here in Winona County and around the world.” Borman was also a member of the Winona Human Rights Commission for several years and helped with the creation of the Winona-Dakota Unity Alliance.