A past that we honor;
A present that we give meaning;
A future that we build together.
May 9: Saturday; MCHA Monthly Meeting & Open Book Shelf;
May 16: Minnesota City Day (163 years); 8:30-12:00 a.m.; Various times and venues (See enclosed schedule).
May 16: Garvin Brook Disaster Relief Fund Belgian Waffle Breakfast; 8:30-11:30 a.m.; St. Paul’s Church Hall; 132 Anderson Street.
May 28: Thursday, Minnesota City Community Readers & Open Book Shelf; 6:30 p.m.; Former Minnesota City School Building; selection: The Glass Castle by Walls,
If you receive this letter in paper “hardcopy” and would like to receive it electronically, please call 689-2440.
Historic First Baptist Church Engages Restoration Project|
(right) Jurowski Co. employees work on
First Baptist Church
Monday, April 20, will be entered as an historic date in the books of the First Baptist Church of Minnesota City. The deterioration of the foundation of the buildinghas been marked and carefully observed as church proprietors (First Baptist Ladies Aid)
have sought artisans for the repair work. R.J. Jurowski Construction, Whitehall, WI began the work on Monday, April 20. All Minnesota Citians should recognize the significance of the maintenance of this historic structure, the first church in Winona County, which now houses the archives of MCHA. The historic church is a fitting repository for area historical records. First Baptist Ladies are to be applauded for determination and persistence in execution of this project.
First Evangelical Lutheran Church
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Minnesota City Day (continued from page 1)
First Baptist Church Open House
St. Paul’s Catholic Church Shares History With Archival Materials
Garvin Brook Disaster Relief Fund (GBDRF) sponsors Belgian Waffle Breakfast to benefit Minnesota City First Responders and GBDRF Causes
Cotton to Genealogical Research? A Session for You.
Maus, Peace Resource Center Coordinator, Travels to Japan|
Tanya Maus, has recently traveled to Hiroshima, Japan to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the World Friendship Center. Maus is the Coordinator of the Peace Resource Center of Wilmington College, Ohio. Wilmington, renowned as a Quaker Peace activist institution, works for global peace. The World Friendship Center was founded by Barbara Reynolds who also founded the Wilmington College in 1975. Maus was a presenter at the Hiroshima event and will later tour the Kyoto Museum for World Peace. Maus, the daughter of Edwin and Judy Maus received her PhD in history from the University of Chicago. Maus has written extensively on varied Japanese topics.
In May – John Burroughs
…When such delights greet eye and ear,
Then strike thy tasks and come away:
It is the joy-month of the year,
And onward sweeps the tide of May.
When farmhouse doors stand open wide
When grapevines crimson in the shoot,
…When purple finches sing and soar,
When joys like these salute the sense,
Open Book Shelf Invites Visitors on May 16|
The open book shelf at the former Minnesota City School, 115 Iowa Street will be open from 9:00 a.m. until 11:30 on Minnesota Day, May 16. Started
in December of 2013, the Book Shelf has attracted contributions from a number of readers. The Book Shelf is open concurrent with any other events held in the building, usually MCHA meetings on 2nd Saturdays, and Minnesota City Community Readers meetings on the 4th Thursdays. Visitors on May 16 are invited to take with them numbers of books that could be distributed at locations where they can be read—healthcare facilities, homebound persons, jail, etc. Readers are asked to spread the word about this availability of books. Just come into the front door; books available in the first room on the right.
All books are “giveaway.” No money, no cards, no due dates, no names, nor returns. Take books for yourself or your friends. If you have books for giveaway , you may bring them on May 16.
The April l Winona Post included the announcement of a Mary Singer painting exhibit at the Acoustic Café, 77 Lafayette Street in Winona. A collection of Singer’s paintings often includes scenes of the Mississippi River north of Minnesota City, views possible from the land owned by her son Jay. A mural of Singer’s remains on one wall of the former Minnesota City School Building. Originally painted with Riverway Charter School students, the mural was vandalized, and then repaired by Singer. Post material indicates that Mary will be at the Acoustic the last weekend in April for the Bluff Country Studio Art Tour.
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MCHA Expresses Sympathy
• to the family and friends of Joseph "Joe" W. Brown, 46, Minnesota City, who died on April 13, 2015 at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in Lacrosse, Wi.
• Rollingstone Township for the contribution of $300.00 which was applied to the purchase of a new laptop computer for Association use.
• Melanie Butenhoff, winner in the Hands Are Not For Hitting Art Contest, an event of Winona Child Prevention Council activities in April as part of Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention month. Melanie, Jefferson Elementary STEM School student, produced the Most Creative art work in the primary grades. Winners received gifts from Winona National Bank. Melanie lives in Stockton Valley with her parents Mike and Vanessa Butenhoff and her brother Brandon. She has performed in the MCHA Christmas skits at the December Caroling event in 2013 and 2014.
• Peter Horton, Minnesota City, Cotter High School History teacher who was named a finalist for Teacher of the Year award by the Minnesota Independent School Forum. Horton has taught in Winona Schools for 42 years (Winona Post, April 22).
• Elizabeth Oness, Minnesota City, WSU English Professor, who has won the Brighthorse Prize for her last novel Leaving Milan, her first novel set in the Upper Midwest. Oness teaches composition, literature and fiction writing at WSU and is the marketing director for Sutton Hoo Press. (WSU Currents: Spring, 2015).
Check Out The Website:
Continue to check the website periodically. New information is constantly being added. Remind family and friends and former Minnesota City residents to check it out! Thank you to Marv O’Grady for keeping the website updated.
• to attend meetings of MCHA. These meetings are held at 140 Mill Street.
Minnesota City Day Notes …