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Western Bank of Cass Lake Donates Books to Local Students


Students at Northern Dreams Gymnastics were greeted on Wednesday with books and a reading from a local author. Author D.R. Winter from International Falls read “Snackster Sam’s Big Adventure,” a book and program designed to help kids make better decisions on which snacks (and foods) are best for their bodies in a new and engaging way. Western Bank of Cass Lake donated a book to each student, as part of the Minnesota Bankers Community Impact Week initiative.

“Western Bank thinks healthy life choices include exercise, good eating habits and wise use of finances. Choosing good snacks includes delayed gratification, planning for the long haul and exercising will power. All similar considerations in saving and spending money,” stated the bank’s president, Larry Refsland. “We were excited to about the opportunity to work together with D.R. Winter and Northern Dreams Gymnastics to help the students learn about eating healthy in a fun way.”
 
Students had the opportunity to take a picture with a large cut-out of the Snackster-Sam character and get a signed book by D.R.Winter.

Northern Dreams Gymnastics has quickly grown since moving into the current location at 207 2nd St NW in Cass Lake and now serves approximately 100 students in gymnastics and karate classes. The students not only learn skills, but are encouraged to make healthy choices part of their lifestyle. Northern Dreams owner, Erin Reyes, has extensive background in nutrition and was pleased to host the Snackster Sam event. She said "It is important for kids to learn to lead a healthy, active lifestyle as well as introducing nutritional eating habits. The two go hand in hand. It was so great for the kids to be able to sit down, read Snackster Sam, and have a fun discussion about their food choices."

WNB Hot Dog Lunch Raises $526.60 for Main Street Program


Winona National Bank raised $526.60 for the Winona Main Street Program after selling its famous $1 hot dog lunch at the Touch-A-Truck and Play Streets event on Saturday, May 13.

Touch-A-Truck and Play Streets was a free event where families could explore parked trucks in parking lots and participate in activities in the streets. An estimated 2,000 people visited Downtown Winona during the event.

 The Winona Main Street Program is committed to Historic Downtown Winona being the heart of our community and region – a vibrant hub of commerce, entertainment, recreation, and recreational life. Visit http://www.winonachamber.com/page/2559 for more information.

Minnesota Bankers Community Impact Week!

Thank you to the banks that participated in this campaign, giving your time, energy and financial resources to build stronger communities. View the photo gallery!

23rd Annual Chili Cookoff Raises $5,000.35 for Ready Set School

On a beautiful weekend, through sales and donations, a total of $5,000.35 was raised for Ready Set School at the 23rd Annual Chili Cookoff, sponsored by Winona National Bank on Saturday, February 11. A large crowd enjoyed 23 varieties of chili donated by local Winona businesses.

Ready Set School was created to ensure that all Winona County children have the basic and necessary school supplies to better succeed in school. Up to 35% of children in the county may come from families that lack the financial resources to provide supplies to their kids. Ready Set School is there to help those children.

 
 
 

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