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Franciscan auxiliary to sell geraniums for nursing scholarships

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Franciscan Healthcare Auxiliary members spent much of Tuesday prepping thousands of pots with tens of thousands of petals to peddle at their 36th annual geranium sale kicking off at three Mayo sites today.

The event, with proceeds going to scholarships for nursing students at Viterbo University and Western Technical College in La Crosse, usually sells 3,500 to 4,000 geraniums, said Carey Kroner, who co-chairs the sale with Joanne Degenhardt.

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Prices range from $4.50 for 4½-inch potted geraniums to $50 for geranium trees, which Kroner said are popular for Mother’s Day gifts.

Eugene and Lori Bauer’s Longhorn Valley Greenhouse and Cattle Co. in La Crescent supplies the geraniums, including daily deliveries, with Kroner saying, “They do a super job.”

The sale is taking place at the following sites and times:

  • Garage building of Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare at 11th and Ferry streets — 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. today-Friday.
  • Mayo-Franciscan’s Onalaska Clinic at 191 Theater Road — 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday.
  • Holmen Clinic at 1303 Main St. S. — 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today
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