County announces new effort to control Oriental bittersweet in Winona area neighborhoods


Winona County invites you to attend Root Beer & Bittersweet, a series of community events that will be held throughout the fall aimed at educating residents on the threat Oriental bittersweet poses to landowners in Winona and area townships. The social events will be held weekly throughout September and October, and are open to all residents of Winona County, with a special focus on members of targeted valley neighborhoods.

The weekly socials will be informal, lasting for about an hour, and will be hosted by a community member in each neighborhood. Root beer floats will be provided, along with a short demonstration of how to distinguish the invasive Oriental bittersweet vine from native American bittersweet, and the most effective method for eradicating the vine. When left unchecked, Oriental bittersweet can take over forested hillsides, making them impassable to anyone on the hunt for whitetails or morels.

The first of the events will be a bigger affair, and will be held on Saturday, September 15, from 9 a.m. to noon at the residence of Marianne and Harro Hohenner, 57 Lois Lane, in the TreeTops neighborhood. Food and beverages will be provided, with demonstrations beginning on the hour. Other events will take place in the following weeks in Gilmore Valley, Pleasant Valley, Valley Oaks, Homer Valley and more.

Residents interested in attending Root Beer & Bittersweet Social this Saturday are encouraged to register in advance via email at or by phone at 507-457-6321.


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