The first newspaper in Winona, Minnesota, debuted on September 20, 1854. The Argus was thereafter published every Wednesday until September 3, 1857. The most recent weekly publication was begun 117 years later.
In 1971, John and Frances Edstrom started a shopping guide during the Christmas season. It seemed to go so well that they decided to become a regular publication, delivered in Winona and Goodview every Wednesday. The publication, The Winona Shopper, was comprised of advertising, with very little news. It was free circulation.
The circulation grew to match the circulation of the paid daily in town, and topped out at 24,000 against their 22,000, and remains at 24,000. We installed presses in 1977 and continue to run web jobs for ourselves and others.
Our desire to incorporate more news in the Winona Shopper led to the publication beginning in 1978 of a weekend newspaper called the Saturday Morning Post, which was delivered to Winona and Goodview. The Winona Shopper continued to be delivered to a circulation area approximately in a 30-mile radius around Winona proper, in both Minnesota and Wisconsin.
In 1982, the Saturday Morning Post and the Winona Shopper merged, and was delivered on Wednesdays to the entire circulation area. It remained a tabloid-size publication until 1985, when it became broadsheet. The Winona Shopper and Post expanded to two issues a week in 1991, and today remains a biweekly community newspaper called the Winona Post.
In 2014, longtime Post employee Patrick Marek purchased the Winona Post from Frances, who retired but continues to write award-winning columns. Marek took the position of Publisher/Owner, continuing the long tradition of journalistic excellence established by the Edstroms.
Today the Winona Post is the premier news source in the Winona area. We enjoy an audited 96% receivership rating, and an 89% readership rating, far more than any other news and advertising medium.
Proud to be the Winona area's award-winning community newspaper!