Jordan and Courtney Kalbarczyk, of Rushford, welcomed a son, Wylder James Kalbarczyk, on October, 26, 2021. Maternal grandparents are Jeff and Mariann Metz, of Rushford. Paternal grandparents are Kenneth and Dixie Kalbarczyk, of Sparta, Wis.

Winona Sunset Lions Club will be serving Clark’s award winning secret recipe on Thursday, December 9, 2021, from 4:30-7 p.m. at the Elk’s Club, Highway 61, in Goodview. Takeout only, tickets on sale at the door $10 for adults and $5 for children.

Joy E. Stier, 86, of Winona, passed away Wednesday, November 24, 2021, at Benedictine – St. Anne Campus in Winona.

Robert John Schultz, 95, of Winona, passed away on Tuesday, November 23, 2021, at Lake Winona Manor.

Neil Seitz, 67, achieved freedom from a long illness on November 17, 2021. He passed away peacefully with his wife by his side at his home at Valley View Hot Springs in Moffat, Colo. 

Kay Koch (née Sines) passed away surrounded by family on November 25, 2021, at the age of 84 in Winona.

Thora R. Lombard, 86, of Rushford, died on Saturday, November 27, 2021, at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Rushford.

Jean (née Robertson) Kendall, 89, died at Lake Winona Manor on Saturday 20 November 2021, of post-COVID complications amidst a long but graceful journey with Alzheimer’s disease. 

John Edward Huntbatch, 48, of Ely, Minn., passed away at Ely Bloomenson Community Hospital on Friday, November 19, 2021, from complications related to COVID-19. He was born on January 13, 1973, in St. Louis Park, Minn., to Gary and Kay (Hall) Huntbatch. He lived most of his childhood in Wino…

Delores Jean Harris-Cieminski, daughter of Gilbert “Bud” and Ruth Harris was born August 22, 1955, in La Crosse, Wis.

Charles Rexford Briska, 76, of Careywood, Idaho, and formerly of Winona, passed away on Friday, November 12, 2021, in Careywood.

Karroll Edward Bublitz, 78, of Winona, passed away on Thursday, November 25, 2021, at his home, surrounded by his family.

Katelyn Ketchum was recognized as the Winona 4-H Youth Representative for the month of November. She is the daughter of Mike and Mary Ketchum, a member of the Silo Happy Hustlers 4-H Club and a senior at Lewiston Altura High School. 

Hiawatha Valley Mental Health Center will now offer pharmacy services to its clients through a partnership with Genoa Healthcare. Over the last several months, Genoa has been constructing a small pharmacy within Hiawatha Valley Mental Health Center’s Winona Clinic. Construction on the space …

Due to continued high COVID-19 cases in our area the Winona County Historical Society (WCHS) is postponing the Christmas House Tour and Family Christmas Festival another year. The Winona County Christmas Gift Buckets were a huge hit last year, selling out within a week.

The community is invited to an open house at the Winona Public Library on December 9 between 4 and 6 p.m. to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Youth Services Department and the unveiling of the long-awaited teen mural project. 

Santa is coming to Goodview this Saturday, December 4. Grab the family and join us for the 20th Annual Goodview Holiday Lighted parade starting at 5:30 p.m. The parade will begin at the corner of Sixth Street and 44th Avenue and make its way to the Elk's Lodge in Goodview. The Goodview Activ…

Merchants Bank kicked off the 33rd annual 10 Days of Giving food drive on Monday morning. The drive runs December 1-10 and benefits the food shelf programs operated by Winona Volunteer Services (WVS). Through the first 32 years, more than 4 million pounds of food have been collected. Co-chai…

Dick Kowles, distinguished professor emeritus of biology from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota in Winona, gave his 23rd presentation on genetics to the Winona Learning Club on November 22. His topic was "Almost Eight Billion People In the World and Everyone is Unique."

The Minnesota Department of Commerce has been awarded $106 million in federal funds for Minnesota’s Energy Assistance Program for the 2021-2022 season, which will help more Minnesotans than ever. 

Chemist Dr. Bruce Bender will give a presentation, “The Chemical History of Candle,” Thursday night, Dec. 9, at 7:30 p.m. at Old Main in Galesville as a tribute to the famed 19th century chemist, Michael Faraday. Faraday, of London, England, who lived from 1791 to 1867, grew up with an impov…

Cotter Schools’ very own boys’ hockey team is ready to hit the ice in preparation for its first varsity season in over 40 years. Cotter, a private Catholic school serving 900 K-12 students has educated generations of area students for more than a century. Now it is venturing into the sport o…

The Winona Steamboat Days Festival Association will celebrate its 75th Annual event in 2022. The organization is excited to invite all Winona School District 861 students to participate in the 75th Annual Steamboat Days Button Design Contest.  

Throughout the winter, the naturalists at the National Eagle Center in Wabasha will be leading field trips and personalized habitat tours for bird watchers interested in seeing eagles, golden eagles, tundra swans, and additional waterfowl up close. The National Eagle Center facility will rem…

The Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge Winona offices recently recognized Lori Packer, of Winona, as the 2021 Volunteer of the Year. Lori volunteered her time to shovel snow from walkways and kiosk areas at refuge boat landings last winter. This fall, she spent nearly …

With a deadly open-water season nearly in the rearview mirror, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds everyone that lakes and ponds throughout the state have started to freeze – and that where ice hasn’t formed, the water is dangerously cold. It’s up to all people to cho…

On Nov. 16 the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) publicly released school district report cards. The report cards are based on spring statewide assessment data. Students in grades third to eighth take the Forward Exam for English, language arts and mathematics, and science in …

The Foundation for Winona Area Public Schools is pleased to announce Karen Whitney-Thrune (right) and Tim Gleason (left) as this year’s payroll deduction grant winners. Each year the Foundation for WAPS chooses two, $250 grant winners from a pool of Winona Area Public Schools staff members w…

The board of directors of the Treasure Trove Giving Circle is excited to announce the recent award of over $7,000 in grants to the Cochrane-Fountain City School District. The grants, which support educational enhancements or enrichments that are not otherwise funded through normal funding so…

With changing demographics bringing new cultures and vibrancy to places across Minnesota, the city of Winona has become home to one of the leading organizations helping build an equitable and prosperous future for all community members. As diversity continues to grow in towns and cities both…

After each Winona Steamboat Days, the committee sets aside dollars to donate back in to the Winona Community.  

Jeremy Graves, Steamboat Days president 2022, presents Maynard Johnson, Steamboat Days president 2020 and 2021, with a Plaque of Appreciation for his dedication to Steamboat Days through the summer of 2020 and creating safe and fun events for the 2021 Steamboat Days. 

Join Hope Lutheran High School for worship and a Christmas concert on Wednesday, December 15, starting at 5:30 p.m. at St. Martin's Lutheran Church. 

Jean R. Kendall, 89, of Winona, passed away on Saturday, November 20, 2021, at Lake Winona Manor. Arrangements are pending, and a complete obituary will follow. Watkowski-Mulyck Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Dorothy J. Theis, 96, of Winona, passed away on Wednesday, November 17, 2021, at Benedictine - St. Anne in Winona.

Carol Ann Roberts, 73, of Strum, Wis., died peacefully at home with her family by her side from Alzheimer’s/dementia under the wonderful care of St. Croix Hospice on Friday, November 19, 2021. A funeral service for Carol will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, November 23, 2021, at Edison Funera…

The Foundation for Winona Area Public Schools started the Dare to Dream project as a way to encourage and support the creative spirit within the district. The goal is to provide an opportunity to apply for a grant for up to $5,000 to fund completely a new innovative program that will support…

Ashley Furniture Industries awarded more than $144,000 to enhance robotics education at local schools located near Ashley’s advanced manufacturing facilities throughout the country. Funds were awarded to schools based on their overall strategy for incorporating robotics into K-12 classroom c…

The Winona Area Chamber of Commerce announced the winners of their 2021 Business Awards at their monthly Network Nite hosted by Merchants Bank on November 11. The Winona Area Chamber of Commerce gives out three business awards every year to business who excel in different areas; the categori…

Cochrane-Fountain City High School (C-FC) students were able to gather with area military veterans and their families on November 11 for a Veterans Day program at the school. Highlighting the day was an address to those assembled from U.S. Army veteran and Buffalo County Deputy Veterans Serv…

Duane J. Streng, 86, of Minnesota City, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by family and caregivers Thursday, November 11, 2021.

Joan Ann Schmidt, 80, of North Mankato, Minn., passed away Saturday, November 13, 2021. 

Carmen Jean Prigge, 68, of Lewiston, died peacefully surrounded by her family at home on November 15, 2021.