Wednesday, June 26, 2002

 

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4-h Kids Prepare for fair

Winona Native to Unveil New CD at Entertainment Spots

Winona Native to unveil new CD at entertainment Spots

Winona man killed in La Crosse high speed chase

Blair women killed in rollover accident

Jail inmate suing county for injury

Living Proof tour in Lewiston

Bunke family reunion

Habitai seeking families

D.A.R.E. pool party

forth of July ice cream social at Old Main, Galesville

Old Village Hall to open July 4

4-H Kids Prepare for Fair

4-H organizers to celebrate 100 years

by Christina Eberhard

Brent Connor, 13, leads his 1,100 pound steer, Ears, firmly and assertively by his halter, commanding him to walk.
"Come on," he urges, using an authoritative voice. With some luck, Ears may go on to win a ribbon at next week's Winona County Fair, or may even advance to the state fair.
Although Brent is a city boy who lives in Winona, he leases his steer and a heifer with sister, Kelly, 10, from the farm of Steve and Becky Verthien, Altura.
"Every day, I walk him, wash him and clean his stall," said Brent, a 4-H member for four years. "I like showing the animals. It's exciting when they do good."
Other young 4-H members across Winona County like Brent and Kelly are currently busy grooming and training their animals for the fair, scheduled for July 3 to 7 at the fairgrounds in St. Charles. This year's fair marks the 100th anniversary of 4-H in Winona County.
"The competition is pretty fierce," said Brian Connor, Brent and Kelly's father, with about 225 dairy cows and steers competing this year.
Kelly describes her heifer, Jade, as "stubborn. Sometimes she doesn't want to walk."
As Brian demonstrates, leading Jade, the calf jerks away and bucks.
"But by the time the fair comes, she could be the most docile one," said Brian. "That's happened before."
For the past two weeks, Brent, Kelly and Brian have come to the farm every day for two to three hours to train the animals, which will be judged upon showmanship, cleanliness and trimming. All those hours of preparation culminate in what turns out to be just a few minutes of presentation before the judges.
"It takes about fifteen minutes for the first round for all animals in the category," said Brian.
After four years of competing, Brent is accustomed to fair judging and has honed his skills.
"Brent has done well in the past and taken pointers that will hopefully benefit him this year," said Brian.
Blue ribbons aside, the experience of 4-H is unmatchable, believes Brian.
"The kids take a lot of pride in their projects and you see that. They enjoy it and learn so much. You can read about it in books, but until you work with these animals you don't really know what it's like," he said.
While Brent's ultimate goal is to bring his steer to the state fair and meet other 4-Hers from around Minnesota, he says he doesn't mind the daily trips to the farm, even though it's hard work.
"It's pretty fun out here. Otherwise if you're home, you're on the computer or watching TV," said Brent.
Working with one animal for so many weeks, attachment is inevitable.
"They're like pets away from home," explained Brent.
"Once these animals get to know you, they will come up to you and want to be petted. That's how tame they are," said Brian.
The Connors first became involved with 4-H four years ago when they learned of the newly-formed Winona River City 4H Club from their neighbor, Ann Lubinski, key leader.
Ann's daughters, Maggie, 14, and Jordan, 12, will compete with seven dairy steers they purchased from funds raised through the 4-H auction and two mini-lops rabbits. The Lubinskis' steers also live at the Verthien farm.
"We go there every day, sometimes twice a day," said Maggie, who won at the state fair last year with a dairy steer. "Taking care of the animals keeps us busy. It's a lot of hard work but a lot of fun."
Maggie's steer is James, weighing in at 1,198 pounds. Her two-year-old rabbits, raised at home in Winona, are named Snicker and Skipper.
"Meeting new people," is Maggie's favorite part of her involvement in 4-H. She also cites "getting away from all the noise in the city," as a good reason to visit her animals.
Jordan, who is eligible for state fair competition for the first time this year as she enters seventh grade, said she enjoys going to the state fair to "see a lot of people from around Minnesota."
Her red steer, Rusty, and one-horned steer, Dalton, will compete, as will a calf named Sadie.
Jordan's only regret about 4-H, she says, is "I wish I would have joined 4-H earlier."
The girls' mother, Ann, said 4-H provides quality family time and teaches kids self-confidence.
"It's the time you spend together as a family," she said. "It's a time we can talk without interruptions. Families don't have that much anymore. You learn from each other. And they learn leadership skills. The older kids help out the younger kids. I think they've become better citizens by being involved in community projects. When I see them up there showing their animals, it makes me proud."
Even though these kids don't live on a farm, their enthusiasm for the animals is apparent.
"I think the farm families are surprised at how eager and willing they are to do things like shovel manure," said Ann.
Whether they live on a farm or in the city, 4-H kids will come together the first week of July to compete, laugh, talk and get to know each other as they share their animals with the community.
Both the Connors and Lubinskis said their participation in 4-H would not be possible without the generosity of the Verthien family, to whom they extend a heartfelt thanks.
In honor of the 100th anniversary of 4-H, special centennial 4-H displays will be shown in the center of the fair's 4-H building, said Janet Beyer, 4-H program extension educator. A guest book for current and past 4-H members to sign will be available, and alumni 4-H members may pick up a centennial ribbon.


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Winona Native to Unveil New CD at Entertainment Sports

by Christina Eberhard

A 20-year-old Winona woman made her second appearance in Winona District Court Friday facing one felony count of drug possession. An omnibus hearing was set.
Heather Rossin was also charged with third degree DWI, open bottle, possession of drug paraphernalia and speeding when she was stopped by an officer on April 28, 2001.
According to a criminal complaint, Rossin failed field sobriety tests administered at the scene. Behind the driver's seat, officers found a brass pipe smelling of burnt marijuana and an open can of beer. Three white pills, determined to be a schedule III controlled substance by the Minnesota Bureau of Crime Apprehension, were found in the vehicle's center console, the complaint states.
Charged with one fifth degree felony count of a controlled substance violation, Rossin faces up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. She was released on her own recognizance. Her omnibus hearing was set for Aug 8.

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Winona man killed in La Crosse high speed chase

Claude Grant Pettus, 19, Winona, was killed Friday when his motorcycle struck a vehicle at an uncontrolled intersection on the north side of La Crosse following a high speed chase with police.
According to La Crosse police reports, Pettus allegedly committed several traffic violations near West Avenue and La Crosse Street. An officer pursued the motorcycle until it collided with the car at Campbell Street and Loomis Street, resulting in a fire. Police later determined the motorcycle to be stolen from Winona.
Pettus' identity was not known until Sunday morning when confirmed using photographs contributed by his sister, according to a statement issued by Lt. Robert Berndt.
Investigation of the accident is underway by La Crosse police and the Wisconsin State Patrol

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Blair women killed in rollover accident

 

A 21-year-old Blair, Wis., woman was killed Monday in a rollover accident on U.S. Highway 53 at Torpen Road in the Town of Hale.
Rachel Nordby was identified as the driver of the vehicle by the Trempealeau County Sheriff's Department. The sheriff's report indicates Nordby was ejected from the vehicle after her 1994 Geo Tracker first struck a northbound guard rail, rolled and skidded, striking the southbound guard rail on Highway 53. The accident occurred at 2:50 a.m.
Nordby was pronounced dead at the scene by the Trempealeau County coroner. The accident is still under investigation.

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Jail inmate suing county for injury

by Christina Eberhard

A personal injury lawsuit filed June 5 by a Winona County Jail inmate seeks in excess of $50,000 after he allegedly fell out of bed in his cell while intoxicated.
Jean Judge, the inmate, filed suit against Sheriff Dave Brand and Winona County for "severe and permanent injury" sustained on Dec. 16, 2000, when a deputy placed him in the top bunk of his cell. According to the court complaint, an intoxilizer test administered to Judge just prior to the fall from his bunk indicated his blood alcohol level to be at 0.21.
Judge is seeking compensation for "pain and suffering, lost wages, medical and chiropractic expense," as well as future compensation and other damages.
According to documents filed by Judge's attorney, Ross Phelps, La Crescent, "the defendants breached their duty to the plaintiff and failed to protect the plaintiff while he was incarcerated," when they "delayed unreasonably in obtaining medical attention for the plaintiff thereby aggravating his injuries."
The county was served with papers Monday. Roger L. Rowlette, Minneapolis, attorney for the county, has 20 days to respond to the allegations.
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Living Proof tour in Lewiston

Phil and Pam Morgan Living Proof tour will present a concert of southern gospel music on Sunday, July 21, 7:30pm at St Paul's UCC/ELCA in Lewiston, Mn. This free concert is sponsored by the Lewiston Ministerial Association. St Paul's church is located at 100 Fremont Street in Lewiston. For further informatin contact Sue at 507-523-3117 or Pastor Roy at 507-523-2643.

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Bunke family reunion

The annual "Bunke Family Reunion" will be held at Creekside Park in Rushford at noon on Sunday July 14, 2002 .

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Habitat seeking families

Habitat for Humanity -- Winona County is planning an upcoming build in Winona, and is currently looking for a potential homeowner family to partner with. Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, ecumenical, grassroots, Christian organization, dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. Habitat partners with homeowner families, the members of the local community, and volunteers to build simple, decent, affordable houses. The houses are sold to those in need at no profit, through no-interest loans.
To qualify for a Habitat home, families must currently live in substandard housing, be unable to obtain a conventional loan from a bank, have the resources to pay a monthly mortgage and be willing to partner with Habitat for Humanity. Before moving into a Habitat home, families must contribute 300 hours of "sweat-equity" to the building of the home and must make a modest down payment.
Anyone who is interested is urged to apply. Applications are available from the Habitat for Humanity -- Winona County office, by writing to PO Box 1183, Winona, MN 55987, or by calling (507) 457-0003. More information is available by e-mail: info@habitatwinona.org or visit our website at www.habitatwinona.org


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D.A.R.E. pool party

All 5th grade D.A.R.E. Graduates from 2002 are invited to the Winona Aquatic Center for the 2002 D.A.R.E. POOL PARTY. The event will be on Saturday, June 29, from 7PM until 9PM. This event is free for the graduates, and will include games and munchies.
Rain make-up date is set for Sunday, June 30, 7PM to 9PM.

 

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Fourth of July ice cream social at Old Main, Galesville

The Garden of Eden Preservation Society is having an ice cream social at the Historic Old Main Building on the former Gale College Campus, from 12:30 to 3:30 on the afternoon of July 4th. The public is invited to explore the old stone building, one of Wisconsin's very first incorporated Universities, to have an ice cream cone, popcorn, or pop and learn about the restoration project which is now underway.
A croquet game will be set up on the expansive lawn, and musical entertainment will be provided. According to the society's Vice President Wade Britzius "this will be a wonderful opportunity to soak up the old-fashioned flavor of an ice cream social, and learn more about the transformation of the building into the Old Main Historical and Community Arts Center. We invite people to stop in after they've had their chicken dinner provided by the Galesville Lions Club down at Reception Park."
Old Main is located on Galesville's West end at 20869 S. 12th Street.

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Old Village Hall to open July 4

Buffalo City - Cochrane Area Historical Society is pleased to annouce the Grand Opening of the Old Village Hall on July 4th. The Village Hall is now located at Goose Lake Park in Cochrane between the pool and the VFW.
Restoration is nearly complete. Many articles of the past will be on display. Stop and visit us during the 4th of July celebration. A member of the Society will be on hand to assist or answer any questions.

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