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Cheers & Jeers

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Michaela Spear

Michaela Spear, a Houston High School senior, is also graduating May 13 with an associate degree from Minnesota State College Southeast.

CHEER: Congratulations to the Class of ‘21 graduating from colleges throughout the region. You’ve made it. And you did it through a pandemic and a most challenging time for everyone, on or off campus. Congratulations too to your families who believed in you and supported you. Good luck in your next steps.

CHEER: To Winona County Public Health and the Winona Fire Department for offering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at the Lake Park Drive-In Music and Movies May 29, and at other events this summer. To have the city and county team up to help get people vaccinated, contact Ben Klinger at

JEER: To the federal change, already, that will send $700 million less in COVID-19 dollars to Wisconsin than was originally projected for the most recent stimulus package. The decision sparked reaction from Gov. Tony Evers and U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Madison, who asked U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen to reconsider the lower allocation, which would be split between two payments separated by a 12-month span. The Democrats called the reduced allocation “problematic” for the state as it looks to rebuild from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

JEER: To aggressive anti-mask demonstrations, whether at school board meetings, in stores, on planes or elsewhere in the community. Of late locally, anti-mask parents showed up to berate the Holmen and G.E.T. school boards over their mask policies in the schools. Likely, these were the same people protesting lockdowns and demanding the schools open. Now their extreme partisan views are driving their demonstrations that make no sense considering schools are where coronavirus cases are increasing. Administrators are doing their best to keep schools open. Follow the rules, and stay away if you don’t want to follow them. You have the choice.

CHEER: To Michaela Spear, on her graduation at the same time from Houston High School and Minnesota State College Southeast. She has already completed a two-year Associate of Applied Science degree. “She has what it takes to succeed: determination, perseverance, dedication and confidence,” said her instructor and adviser Ramona Coron. “I am incredibly proud of Michaela and all she has accomplished while earning her degree from MSC Southeast.”


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