City could — and should — fix junior high auditorium


From: Don Evanson

Minnesota City


I wish that I could do it, and I would do it at the “drop of the hat,” if I could.

There appears to be enough wealth in Winona — and to do it without taxpayer subsidy — to do both: buy up the block bounded by Fourth, Fifth, Washington, and Johnson streets, maybe with, or without, acquiring the “air rights” over the Erickson gas station parcel, to build a parking ramp, and to acquire and renovate the former Winona Junior High School auditorium.

That said, I am not historic preservation aficionado, especially when influenced by the “too heavy-hand of government,” but the auditorium is of historical significance to Winona — so many Winonans have participated in performances there, with its great acoustics and seating, and it could be beautifully renovated, into a wonderful auditorium that would contribute to the ongoing revitalization of the center of my Winona hometown.


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