Pioneer Club, Wabasha
Pioneer Club, Wabasha
Pioneer Club, Wabasha
July 10, 2017 through end of road construction in October, 2017. Take 30% off in stock concrete statues and silhouettes.
Speakers: Emily Durand and Mary Flicek
You can find us on Main Street West & Allegheny Avenue next to Hill’s Hardware on Wednesdays from 3-7 pm and Saturdays from 9-noon May 24 through October 18. Product available will include a variety of fresh local fruits and vegetables, eggs, meats, baked goods, canned goods, flowers, locally produced craft items and more! Wabasha Farmers Market accepts EBT/SNAP/DEBIT and CREDIT cards. Stop by our information booth for more details! New vendors are always welcome.
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Saint Elizabeth’s Medical Center is pleased to welcome Edward Riley, MD, orthopaedic surgeon and chair of Orthopaedics at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, Wisconsin, to its medical staff.Fullscreen Mode
Visit the Wabasha Public Library for many services and materials.
When you step off the porch and into this cafe in tiny Kellogg, Minnesota, you’ll feel like you’ve just stepped into your favorite relative’s kitchen. Their no-frills burgers, breakfasts, and desserts are comfort foods that will make you feel right at home. Address: 320 East Belvidere Avenue, Kellogg MN.
Ron Kurth’s 26 passenger, air conditioned, limousine style, trolley bus is available for comfortable trips. Owner Ron Kurth, of Elgin, was sure a trolley bus would be a fun way to accommodate the area for weddings, wine tours, parties, beautiful site seeing tours and more.
Ron was owner of Kurth Bus Service in Elgin and Plainview for 32 years. His school buses served the school children of that area and transported about 1,000 children daily. Ron knew the bus business inside and out.
Being no stranger to safe transportation Ron just couldn’t get buses out of his head. Last summer, after observing a trolley bus on Elgin’s Main Street, as light came on. He came up with an idea that wasn’t already furnished in the area, a comfortable trolley bus.
He looked on eBay and placed an incredibility low offer on a trolley bus in Pennsylvania. After flying out and inspecting it, he had it hauled back home. The trolley, on a school bus chassis, was reconstructed at Jim’s Truck and trailer in Winona. Shea Design, of Viola, did the striking graphics. My May it was ready to roll.
Ron is hoping to offer comfortable service within 50 mile radius of Elgin. He requires a 3 hour minimum reservation but gives reduced rates after 3 hours. Transportation includes unlimited miles, pick ups and drop offs. The trolley has built-in ice coolers for beverages, cup holders and a wine rack. There is a state-of-the-art sound system, microphone and 2 CD monitors. Passengers can plug in their smart phone so their own music is available to them. The padded, leather, interior seats face the center aisle to accommodate conversations. Trips are smoke free.
The name, Wapasha Trolley Company, was chosen because Ron wanted to relate to the area. He did some research and couldn’t overlook the name of 7 Chief Wapashas who helped white settlers farm in the beautiful, scenic, fertile area.
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The National Eagle Center is one of more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to military personnel and their families this summer in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and the Department of Defense.
The National Eagle Center announced the launch of Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel including National Guard and Reserve and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2016. The program also provides families an opportunity to enjoy the nation’s cultural heritage and learn more about their new communities after a military move. The complete list of participating museums is available at arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.
“The bald eagle is our national symbol and holds special meaning for those who serve our nation in the military”, said Rolf Thompson, Executive Director at the National Eagle Center. “We understand that there is incredible value in sharing that symbol with the families of those who serve and we are excited to participate in this program.”
“The Blue Star Museums program is a fun, free activity for military families to enjoy during the summer months,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “The program is also a great way for service member families to connect to their new communities, and it can provide a meaningful way for families to reconnect after deployment. The Blue Star Museums program is also a perfect way for the arts community to say ‘thank you’ to our service members and their families for the sacrifices they make on our behalf, every day.”
“Blue Star Museums has grown into a nationally recognized program that service members and their families look forward to each year,” said Blue Star Families Chief Executive Officer Kathy Roth-Douquet. “It helps bring our local military and civilian communities together, and offers families fun and enriching activities in their home towns. We are thrilled with the continued growth of the program and the unparalleled opportunities it offers.”
This year, more than 2,000 (and counting) museums in all 50 states are taking part in the initiative. This year’s Blue Star Museums represent not just fine arts museums, but also science museums, history museums, nature centers, and dozens of children’s museums.
Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America. The program runs from Memorial Day, May 30, 2016 through Labor Day, September 5, 2016.
The free admission program is available to any bearer of a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card, which includes active duty U.S. military – Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, as well as members of the National Guard and Reserve, U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps – and up to five family members.
Blue Star Families is a national, nonprofit network of military spouses, children, parents and friends, as well as service members, veterans and civilians, dedicated to supporting, connecting and empowering military families. Visit bluestarfam.org for more information.
The National Eagle Center is a nonprofit educational center on the banks of the Mississippi River in Wabasha, MN. The National Eagle Center fosters environmental stewardship through educational programs and exhibits, up-close encounters with non-releasable bald and golden eagles, and opportunities to view eagles in the wild. For more information and upcoming programming, visit nationaleaglecenter.org.
If the little store (that is so much more) is a little buffed up, there is a good reason. Because of its big heart, The Common Closet Thrift Store was voted the BEST THRIFT STORE IN MINNESOTA through a poll sponsored by WCCO TV’s Best of Minnesota!!
The newest trophy, added to Wabasha’s illustrious and growing list of tributes, is being celebrated by its dedicated staff, volunteers, and customers, and offers one more luring incentive to stop in and shop local!
Natalie Nyhus, WCCO’s Best of Minnesota anchor and reporter, dropped in for her first visit to Wabasha last Wednesday to confirm herself that this honor is well deserved. She, along with photo journalist Joe, received a warm Wabasha greeting from many thrifty supporters who had spruced up the store for its TV debut.
One of the first to sing its praises was loyal customer Michelle Babcock, who described Wabasha as a cross between Huckleberry Finn and Norman Rockwell. “I came here to support the community,” said Michelle. “How can you not find a thrill when you find a darling skirt for four dollars, and that goes right back to the community?”
“It is real thrill,” cheered Jeani Wodele, board chair of Wabasha Area Community Resource Center (WACRC), the non-profit organization that founded The Common Closet six years ago. “The recognition affirms our strong presence and support in our community. Our store may be small, but it making a difference in our community.”
The store offers benefits for many-a venue for repurposing donated apparel, furnishings and goods and quality products at affordable prices for all. Most importantly, a large percentage of store sales are paid forward to help fulfill the mission of WACRC-to supply or provide information for acquiring life’s basic needs, including, clothing, food, shelter, socialization, and a safe and healthy environment. This goal is realized by offering direct assistance to individuals in need, and funding and grants to collaborating Wabasha-Kellogg schools, organizations, and agencies that align with WACRC’s purpose and mission. So, far, Common Closet sales have funded scholarships, farmers’ market food vouchers, homework coaching, activities fees, swimming lessons, backpack program, and many other resources and programs that help low-income children, families, and seniors.
WCCO’s visit not only spotlighted the treasure trove of good deals that line the store’s shelves and racks, it highlighted the greater good that profits those need it most. During Natalie’s visit, board member Carol Scott and store manager Jennie Lynch presented Colleen Hansen from Three Rivers Community Action with a $5,000 grant to provide emergency assistance to residents of Wabasha-Kellogg who are facing hardships and need a leg up to move on.
“The honor of being the best thrift shop in Minnesota is shared with our tremendous team of volunteers who donate countless hours to our cause,” adds Jennie. “We are the best because they are the best!”
Natalie’s Best of Minnesota feature aired on WCCO’s news broadcast at 10:00 pm on Thursday and 8:00 am on Saturday. It also can be accessed on WCCO’s website.
If you can’t get enough, check out The Common Closet Facebook page for more photos.
Ref: Wabasha County Herald, Wednesday, May 25, 2016