Area briefs: Anderson Center welcomes children's author series

MSC-SE welcomes two new deans; St. Elizabeth's in Wabasha joins Gundersen heath care network.

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RED WING — The Anderson Center in Red Wing will present the 21st annual Minnesota Children's Book Festival, an online video offering of readings and presentations of books by eight of Minnesota's children's and young adult authors and illustrators.

The festival runs Sept. 12-19 through the Anderson Center's website, , YouTube channel and Facebook page. This series of online children’s book videos is happening in conjunction with free, physically distanced family activities at Tower View from noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 19. In addition to on-site scavenger hunts, a Children’s Book Festival family activity booklet will expand on themes and topics covered in the author presentations, while encouraging outdoor movement and exploration. All ages are welcome. Masks for ages 5 years and up are encouraged.

Featured authors and illustrators are Daniel Bernstrom, V.T. Bidania, H.M. Bouwman, Cori Doerrfeld, Bao Phi, Caren Stelson, Lauren Stringer and Kao Kalia Yang. Each of the picture books and chapter books showcased in this year’s festival present various narratives of resilience that families can enjoy together. Purchasing titles online through The Anderson Center page on Bookshop supports both independent bookstores and the organization through .

Gundersen Health adds Wabasha's St. Elizabeth's as health care option

WABASHA — Gundersen Health Systems has added a new partner with St. Elizabeth's Hospital and Clinics becoming its first Minnesota hospital and sixth critical access hospital.


Previously known as Saint Elizabeth's Medical Center, the Wabasha-based hospital transitioned to Gundersen from Ascension. Saint Elizabeth's Medical Center was originally established by the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother, who began their ministry more than 125 years ago.

Gundersen St. Elizabeth’s has a hospital in Wabasha and primary care clinics in Wabasha and Alma, Wis., as well as emergency room, pharmacy and two long-term care facilities and assisted living apartments. St. Elizabeth's also adds comprehensive outreach prevention and wellness services to the Gundersen family in the Wabasha area.

“This new affiliation combines assets and skills in a way that deepens the excellent care the Wabasha area has come to expect," said Scott Rathgaber, MD, CEO, Gundersen Health System. "We are fortunate to have this opportunity to partner with the great people at St. Elizabeth’s."

Tom Crowley, CEO, Saint Elizabeth’s Medical Center, who will transition to a senior consultant role to lead Saint Elizabeth’s Community Development Foundation, said, "Our alignment with Gundersen Health System brings new resources to our organization and the strength of a regional network of health services that is committed to growing local care close to home."

Gundersen has experience investing in rural healthcare with five Critical Access Hospitals and associated clinics. They are Gundersen Boscobel; Gundersen Moundview; Gundersen Palmer Lutheran; Gundersen St. Joseph’s; and Gundersen Tri-County.

Two new deans welcomed at Minnesota State College-Southeast

WINONA — Heather Conley has been named the new Dean of Academic Innovation, and Ann Deiman-Thornton has been named the new Dean of Faculty and Operations for Minnesota State College-Southeast.

"We are extremely fortunate to have these two deans joining MSC-Southeast,” said MSC-SE Interim President Larry Lundblad. “They bring the talent and breadth of experience that the college needs at this time to quickly expand existing programs and to create new opportunities for students.”


At her previous post as assistant dean at Montana Technological University, Conley was responsible for two-year health and career and technical programs, and was director of grants development at Kirkwood Community College in Iowa. She holds a master’s degree and a doctorate in geography from the University of Iowa.

Prior to joining MSC-SE, Deiman-Thornton was the education director at the Minnesota Department of Corrections-Stillwater facility where she oversaw all educational programming. She also coordinated all post-secondary partnerships for the DOC. Previously, Deiman-Thornton served as dean of liberal arts at Inver Hills Community College and was dean of faculty at the Minnesota School of Business. She is currently earning her Doctor of Education in Leadership from Saint Mary's University and holds a Master of Arts in English from the University of St. Thomas.

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