Get Ready for the 40th Annual Riverboat Days!

The 40th Annual Riverboat Days is upon us! Mark your calendars for July 27 and 28, 2018. Look for annual favorites like the Duck Derby, live music, and Grand Parade, as well as some old favorites like the Car Show, Boat Parade, and Craft Fair.

There are so many ways to get involved in Riverboat Days! Volunteer for a shift at the Beer Tent or Kids’ Resort Area. Dust off your singing voice and register for Wabasha Sings. Sign-up as a sponsor to help make the 40th Annual one to remember. Decorate your boat for the Boat Parade on Friday night. Register your classic car in the Car Show. Sign-up to sell merchandise during the Craft Fair. Gather a team to participate in the Sand Volleyball Tournament. The opportunities are endless! Click HERE to see the full listing of events and see what else you can get involved in.

This year is going to epic! Celebrate the 40th Annual Riverboat Days in style. Purchase a T-Shirt from the Wabasha-Kellogg Area Chamber of Commerce & CVB to commemorate the occasion. Shirts are $15 each and are available in multiple sizes and colors. Contact the Chamber of Commerce at (651) 565-4158 to order yours today! Look for can coolies during Riverboat Days to keep your beverages cold, too!

We are very excited to have two great bands playing during the festival. Meet us Under the Bridge Friday night to hear Section 8 play from 7:00pm-10:00pm, sponsored by the River Junction Arts Council. Get your dancing shoes ready for Saturday night as Next 2 Nothing plays Saturday from 8:30pm-12:30am. There is no cover charge, so come on over and enjoy the music! Riverboat Days would not be complete without the annual Duck Derby. For just $5 you can pick out a duck and see if it has what it takes to win the race and a chance to win $100, 200, or even $500!!  Purchase your ducks at the Chamber of Commerce or various businesses around town. Join us on the waterfront by the National Eagle Center after the parade on Saturday to see who the lucky ducks are!

We can’t wait to see you there!

Wabasha Designated as a Minnesota Main Street Community

Wabasha, Minnesota- Wabasha joins the ranks of the Red Wing, Winona, Faribault, New Ulm, Owatonna, Shakopee, Willmar, Mankato and Northfield by becoming the tenth designated Main Street Community in the state. Following an application submitted in early March the Minnesota Main Street team from the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota visited Wabasha to understand past downtown revitalization efforts from the Heritage Preservation Commission, Port Authority and City of Wabasha and review future plans for the Main Street District improvement.

Anyone interested in learning more or getting involved is invited to attend the Wabasha Main Street Recognition Ceremony and Heritage Preservation Commission Awards Night at the Wabasha Public Library on Tuesday June 5 th at 5:00 PM. It is your chance to learn more about the Wabasha Main Street Program and Wabasha Heritage Preservation Commission as they recognize efforts of historic preservation and reinvestments in our Nationally Registered Historic District and Main Street.

Wabasha Main Street, a non-profit organization is helping the new downtown revitalization efforts using the National Trust’s Main Street Four Point Approach: improving physical appearance and atmosphere of the downtown commercial district, increasing marketing and events that promote the district and local businesses, expanding economic base, and building collaborative partnerships and resources.

“This is a positive distinction for Wabasha,” said Mary Flicek, Wabasha Main Street Volunteer Coordinator, “it builds upon past efforts of the downtown community while injecting new energy and action into completing revitalization projects identified by the City and Wabasha citizens in our Comprehensive Plan. In addition to the past activities of the City and HPC such as historic signage on the riverfront and historic walking tour brochures, Wabasha Main Street has several new activities that are being planned in the Main Street District said Flicek. These include design resources for historic façade renovations, district maps and Shop Small Saturday events to encourage entrepreneurship and seasonal streetscaping in the downtown district.”

Every year, the Minnesota Main Street program collects reinvestment numbers from each local Main Street community. In 2017, for every $1 spent to run a local Main Street program in Minnesota, $23.77 was reinvested back in to the community. From 2010 to 2017, local Minnesota Main Street communities recorded $61.4 million in public and private financial reinvestment, 147 net new businesses, 772 net new jobs, and 549 property improvements.

About: Minnesota Main Street is a program of the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota and is recognized as the official statewide Main Street America Coordinating Program in Minnesota. Minnesota Main Street provides participating local Main Street organizations with the training, tools, information, and networking they need to be successful in their downtown revitalization efforts. The Minnesota Main Street Program has been financed in part with funds provided by the State of Minnesota from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the Minnesota Historical Society.

Wabasha Main Street is financed in part with funds provided by the City of Wabasha. For more information please contact Mary Flicek at [email protected]

Saint Elizabeth’s Welcomes New Providers

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Saint Elizabeth’s Community Clinic is eager to welcome Mindy Wise, LICSW, to its team of providers. Serving as a licensed clinical social worker, Mindy will work collaboratively with her primary care colleagues to provide an extension of services that promotes a holistic approach to care.

“I did not want to miss an opportunity to become part of something new and to help create what can be,” she shared. “I have been a proponent and advocate for a position such as this in our community for a long time. I just wasn’t expecting that I would be the one filling it.”

Optimal health is founded on a three- legged stool – wellness of body, mind and spirit. They are interconnected, and when all three aspects of health are functioning well – all is well. When they are not, breakdowns occur that often require the help of medical professionals. In the primary care setting, resources are readily available to care for physical health. Yet, there is often a mental health component that also needs attention to foster healing.

This is where Mindy comes in. She will develop a team approach to integrating behavioral health into Saint Elizabeth’s primary care practice. “There is positive energy and a strong commitment to build a comprehensive and coordinated blend of holistic care,” Mindy stressed. “I am excited to add my clinical skills and background to the scope of care to ensure we are attending to the whole of our patients.”

While it is a work in progress, Mindy’s vision is to function in tandem with team members.

Referrals will be made to her when providers believe patients can benefit from individualized behavioral therapy. According to Mindy, about 60% of patients accessing primary care are also experiencing psychosocial symptoms. Oftentimes, these are not chronic mental health conditions, rather they may be caused by situational events that result in anxiety, grief, and depression. Short-term therapy and medication management may help to restore that leg of their overall health.

For patients with chronic and more severe mental health diagnoses, Mindy with work with other area providers and resources to make the connections necessary to provide appropriate care.

Mindy Wise is a stranger to few. She has lived and worked in the Wabasha area for many years. As a hospice social worker and case manager, her focus for the past 17 years has been to support patients as they approach the end of their life. While she thoroughly enjoyed her position, and found great value and personal reward in serving patients and families during this tender time, she is looking forward to a new challenge.

“I can’t deny that I am a little nervous,” she confesses. “Change never feels good. I have great respect for Saint Elizabeth’s and have always been a strong supporter. Becoming a member of this growing primary care team excites me and offers great potential. To apply my skills and expertise in a new way motivated me to leave my comfort zone.”

Mindy joins Saint Elizabeth’s Community Clinic on June 4. Referrals for her services will initially be made through the primary care providers.

For more information, contact:
Jenny Schlagenhaft
Director of Community Relations
[email protected]

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A rural farm boy at heart, Matthew Wagner considers his new affiliation with Saint Elizabeth’s Community Clinic to be a return to his roots. He is the newest provider to join the growing primary care practice that opened last July in Wabasha.

Matt is a certified family nurse practitioner. After serving in this capacity at Olmsted Medical Center since 2015, he looks forward to joining Saint Elizabeth’s team and caring for community members in our service area. His scope of practice includes care across the lifespan, from infants to the elderly, and has special interests in cardiology, internal medicine, mental health, diabetes management, and women’s health.

His career began as a certified nursing assistant in a rural Kansas nursing home. He remembers those early days fondly.

“It was my dad who actually encouraged me to consider nursing,” Matt shared. “I knew I wanted to do something in healthcare. It didn’t take me long to realize that this is my vocation.” He earned his bachelor’s degree in nursing from Valparaiso University in Indiana. He later obtained his master’s of nursing in family practice from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. His early nursing experience was acquired in the department of cardiovascular surgery heart/lung transplant at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester. He also gained experience in internal medicine at Mayo Clinic prior to joining Olmsted Medical Center in outpatient cardiology in 2012. Upon certification as a family nurse practitioner, in 2015, he joined the Department of Family Medicine at Olmsted Medical Center, where he expected to stay well into his future.

That plan changed, when out of the blue Matt received a call from a former colleague in internal medicine, John Cierzan, MD. Dr. Cierzan joined Saint Elizabeth’s medical staff in January and extended an invitation to Matt to consider the same.

“I wasn’t looking for a new job,” confessed Matt, “but I never leave a potential opportunity on the table either. So, when John called with an offer I would find hard to refuse, I just had to listen. My tour and interviews with providers and staff at Saint Elizabeth’s reminded me of home. For a smaller community hospital, Saint Elizabeth’s has much to offer. I was quite impressed with the scope of care and the broad range of services. It’s extraordinary for a community of this size. I look forward to establishing a family practice that cares for children, grandparents, and everyone in between. Developing an intergenerational connection with my patients is important in forming relationships and providing a strong continuum of care.”

Both Matt and his wife are children of Lutheran pastors. According to Matt, the faith-based philosophy of care resonated with him. “It is very appealing to be part of a team of caregivers who is mission driven and values based. There is a place for spirituality in health care and I am excited to embrace a holistic approach to care.”

Matt is married to Megan, who is a pediatric nurse at Mayo Clinic. They have three young children, Anna, James, and Charlie, and live in Rochester. They have made frequent visits to Wabasha and are considering an eventual move to the area. Matt enjoys fly fishing, golfing, running, and looks forward to downhill skiing at Coffee Mill.

Matt will begin seeing patients on June 4 at Saint Elizabeth’s Community Clinic. Call 651-565-5600 for an appointment.

For more information, contact:
Jenny Schlagenhaft
Director of Community Relations
[email protected]

Fire in the Shire in Alma on June 9th

Visit Alma, Wisconsin on Saturday, June 9th for Castlerock Museum’s third annual Fire in the Shire event, a citywide celebration of all things medieval. Join us for what promises to be an exciting day full of colorful exhibits, demonstrations, food, shopping and family fun.

The event starts at 9am with a Meet and Greet with coffee and donuts at the Alma Hotel followed by a knightly parade at 10am led by an armored horse that will wind its way up to the Castle. The parade starts by the Alma Hotel, heads up Elm Street which turns into Orange Street, and then down 2nd Street to the museum.

Kazimir the Hungry will kick things off at the Castle with sword swallowing and fire breathing at 10:15am. The museum opens at 10:30am and there will be ongoing demonstrations of medieval trade crafts along with displays by the Milchiean Hoplites and A Life Medieval.

For many visitors, the highlight will be the fighting demonstrations at the Castle. The Wisconsin Historical Fencing Association will demo the longsword at 10:40am and 1:50pm. The SCA Shire of Shattered Oak will do rapier and armored combat demos at 11:40am and 2:30pm. The Hokkyokusei Kendo Club will show off Japanese swordsmanship at 1:10pm. Clann Tartan will do a non-firing matchlock demo at 12:30pm and a pike demo at 3:20pm. Kazimir the Hungry will be back at 4pm followed by the General Hardware Border Morris Dancers at 4:20pm. The museum closes at 5pm.

The NorthEnd Pub & Grill will provide concessions. Admission wristbands are $6 for adults and $4 for students. Children four and under are free. Visitors in ancient, medieval, or renaissance era dress pay half price. Weapons must remain sheathed and peace-tied. Costumes can be bought at Art & Soul.

Visitors interested in searching for the fabled “Holy Grail” in the shops of the shire can enter a drawing to win the treasured artifact along with $100 Alma Dollars. The drawing will be held at the Castle at 4:15pm. Participating shops include the Burlington Quilt Shop, Pier 4 Café, Fire & Ice, Art & Soul, Red Ram Saloon, Alma Leather, bluebird, Wings Over Alma, Water Lily Gifts, Bill’s Talk of the Town, Alma Blooms, Alma General Store, 3G Gallery, Etta’s Place, Spasha Salon, Stump Town Gallery, The Shanty, Junk Market/Siam Traditions, Napa River City Parts, and Alma Art Adventures.

There will be plenty of merry making with the Lasa Anahata Tribal Belly Dancers, Fairly Light Muse, General Hardware Border Morris Dancers, and Midwest Renaissance Actors Guild traveling between the various shops on Main Street.

Activities at the City Lot, across from the Lock and Dam, will include archery for kids at 11am, additional performances by Kazimir the Hungry at 12 and 2pm, and the Uptown-on-the Lakes Morris Dancers at 1 and 3pm.

The Brothers Dymm will show off their comedy swordplay at the Big River Theater at 12:30 and 2:30pm. Constant State of Confusion will be juggling at the 3G Gallery at 1:30 and 3:30pm. There will also be face painting and hair braiding at Wings Over Alma from 1-4pm, a fortune teller at the Blue Bird, and a medieval healer at the Stump Town Gallery.

There will be plenty of food with a Shire Shoes sandwich at Pier 4 Café, Renaissance Ram Burgers at the Red Ram Saloon, Middle Earth Pork Wings at Bill’s Talk of the Town, and a King’s Platter at the Alma Hotel. Fire and Ice will have Maid Marian Muffins, a Robin Hood Roast, and a free Ice Cream for children in costume.

The musical group Bardmageddon will play at the Fire & Ice Gardens at 11:30am and the Empire Room Patio at 4pm. Patina will be at the Alma Hotel. The festivities will wrap up with a Masquerade Ball and performance by the Wabasha Winds at the Empire Room from 5 to 7pm.

The event is cosponsored by the Hotel de Ville. Check out the museum’s Facebook page or for a complete list of the day’s activities. For event questions, contact the museum at 608-685-4231.

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Kazimir the Hungry will be swallowing swords and eating and breathing fire!

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A longsword demo by the Wisconsin Historical Fencing Association.

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Bardmageddon is just one of several musical groups performing.

Bending River Cove offer cozy escapes in the bluffs above Lake Pepin

Tiny Houses on the Lake – Luxury Camping

Bending River Cove is a “cozy escape” situated on the bluffs above Lake Pepin. We offer Luxury Glamping at its finest. Our resort is open year round and we have one cottage and six tiny homes. These our outfitted with all the comforts of home with breathtaking views of the Mississippi. Our team consists of master craftsman Mike Burke who has designed our tiny houses to give you everything you need for a comfortable stay. Mike has a long history in the community of re purposing beautiful hardwoods into something usable. Our tiny homes are crafted with local materials he has acquired over the years that brings texture and color into a modern feel with an “old story”. Our tiny homes our outfitted by Denay Kelly, Co-owner, with handmade decor from our local artisans. Her desire to support our local communities will be evident in each home that you stay in.

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