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Hungry otters, wagon rides and a wolf howling contest are just some of the activities planned for this year’s Spring Fun Fest at Oxbow Park and Zollman Zoo.

The celebration runs from noon to 3 p.m. May 19. Visitors can enjoy a horse-drawn wagon ride while learning about the park’s history. Some of the park’s critters will also be getting some special treats, with an otter feeding scheduled at 12:30 p.m. and a bear feeding at 2 p.m.

Zoo-goers can also compete in a wolf-howling contest at 2:30 p.m. and build a bird house with the Byron Lion’s Club. There will also be a silent auction with all the proceeds benefiting the Friends of Oxbow’s efforts to build a new wild cat exhibit.


Pine Island

Local seniors are looking for input on what residents would like to see in a new senior center.

The Pine Island Senior Citizens are hoping to build their own senior center. The group currently meets in the City Hall, which often can not accommodate all the seniors’ activities, said Leila Ruegg, the group’s treasurer. The organization has been eyeing property across the street from City Hall as a possible location. Resident Verne West also bequeathed the group $21,000, which would help go toward the center’s cost, Ruegg said.

The group has drafted a survey for residents age 50 and older to find out what type of space they would like to see included in the center. The survey can be picked up at several local businesses including Bruce’s Food Pride and the Pine Island Bank. They also are available at the city library and city hall. The surveys can be dropped off at city hall.


LaCrescent is looking for volunteers and ideas to build a community center next to the elementary school.

LaCrescent Superintendent David Krenz said the district, city and Boys & Girls Club has a committee looking at how it can build that center. It would have an indoor pool, gym, weight room, cardio workout area and meeting rooms. Right now, most people have to cross the Mississippi River to La Crosse, Wis., for many of those facilities. "We are trying to create our own identity," he said.

While there is no timetable, the committee is facing some urgent needs - the elementary gym is in bad shape and the community’s outdoors pool also needs replacing.


If built, the center would be used by the school but have enough gym space so it would be open to others during the day, he said.

Anyone with ideas is asked to call Krenz at (507) 895-4484.


An annual Victorian Tea will be at noon and 2 p.m. May 12 at Watkins Manor in Winona.

The tea is put on by Winona Health Auxiliary and is for mothers, daughters, granddaughters, friends, as well as fathers and sons.

There will be food both for adults and children; musical entertainment will be provided.

Cost is $12 per person and you must buy tickets in advance. They are on sale at Glady Miller Gift Shop at Community Memorial Hospital. Proceedings go to health care education scholarships and an overhead patient lift system.



A special commemoration of the 216th anniversary of the Polish Constitution and commemoration of the Feast of Mary, patron saint of Poland, will begin at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, 624 E. Fourth St., Winona.

In addition, Msgr. Roy Literski will be inducted into the Polish Hall of Fame in Winona. He has been a pastor in several cities in the Winona Catholic Diocese, including Rochester and Winona.

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