Regional report

ST. CHARLES: Hometown hero and other honors bestowed

St. Charles honored 11 individuals as well as the entire fire, police, public works and ambulance crew last month to honor people for community service, hometown hero and years of service.

Awards were:

  • Hometown hero to Chad Myers for bravery during a Sept. 15 fire; he was a member of the St. Charles Police Department and is now a Winona County deputy.
  • Bev Todd and Terry Grubbs for their work on the Planning & Zoning Commission.
  • Nick Prudoehl and DeAnne Begin received community service awards for work with the library board.
  • Head Librarian Sharon Grossardt was honored for 25 years of service to the town.
  • Dan Pearson, Greg Gall, Nancy Heim, Michelle Splittstoesser, and Greg Backes received a community service award for restarting the chamber of commerce.
  • The entire St. Charles police, ambulance, fire and public works crews were honored for all the work they did during the August flood and September fire.

LANESBORO: Dinner on the Bluff to focus on sustainable future
A program on investing for a sustainable future will be offered Jan. 19 at Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center northwest of Lanesboro.

One out of each $10 is invested with the intent to make money and work toward a sustainable future, according to the center.


Georgette Frazer, an investment advisory representative with First Affirmative Financial Network will offer advice on how to do the investing. The talk is part of a Dinner on the Bluff program that includes dinner and the talk. Cost is $18.

Dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. with the talk at 7 p.m.

To register, call 1-888-800-9558.

WINONA: ‘Speed dating’ to match food growers, preparers

A chance for local farmers to market their produce to restaurants, cafes, food services, institutions and distributors will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday at the Blue Heron Coffee House in downtown Winona.

This "speed dating" for farmers and chefs is one of three such events in the state. The planners are still looking for more chefs and others to attend.

The event is being held because many restaurants and food services are looking for locally-grown produce but don’t know where to find it. Farmers often don’t know where to go to sell their produce.

The event will be loosely based on traditional speed dating in buyers and sellers will have five minutes to connect one-on-one.


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