Bound together by the waters of the Mississippi River and the Hiawatha Valley, Minnesota State College Southeast is set in one of the nature's beauty spots of the Upper Midwest. The links between the two cities traverse several centuries as the areas were connected by paths the local Native American tribes used for travel between the respective locations. Its location provides opportunity for convenient access to a metropolitan area as well the security and hospitality of small cities. The college enjoys a regional reputation for the quality of its graduates and programs.
The Red Wing Community
The Native American chiefs of the local Mdewakanton tribe were given the name "Red Wing" because of their tribe's use of a dyed swan's wing as their symbol. Hence the city of Red Wing is named in their honor. The city is located at the headwaters of Lake Pepin on the Mississippi River. Bluffs and sport, recreation, and leisure. The city of 15,000 is only 50 miles from the metropolitan area of Minneapolis/St. Paul, which provides additional resources for activities.
The Winona Community
Winona is set on the Mississippi River with the backdrop of beautiful high bluffs and the countryside. It has a rich heritage dating back to the Indian mound builders, Father Louis Hennepin, and the lumber industry. Today's city of 26,000 supports a variety of businesses that center around plastics, technology, and farming. Its three institutions of higher learning bring a flavor all its own and add to the educational experiences available. Activities are plentiful for the adventuresome as well as the sedate. The conservative nature of the city helps bring a steadiness to the region.