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First Saint Mary’s, now Winona State land multi-million-dollar gifts

Brad Williams

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Two universities in Winona have received multi-million dollar gifts in recent days. 

First, St. Mary’s University got its largest gift ever, $5 million from the estate of Lucille Stiever. 

Now, Winona State has received a similar donation from a Class of 1950 graduate. 

Maynard ‘Mo’ Weber, who died two years ago, has given $5 million to WSU for scholarships and other programs. 

Weber was the son of noted painter Max Weber, and $1.5 million of the gift will pay for a gallery where his father’s works will be shown.  

Half of Weber’s gift will go toward the university’s Art and Design program, helping to fund existing art scholarships, and a million-dollar baseball scholarship also will be established. 

Mo Weber was a baseball manager and coach during his time as a student at Winona State.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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