From: Jerry Miller
Bay State Milling Company planted roots in Winona on March 4, 1899, when it purchased the idle L.C. Porter Mill on the banks of the Mississippi River.
Throughout the years, Bay State has grown into one of the premier milling companies in the U.S. All through its history, Bay State has been an excellent community member supplying good jobs, paying property tax, and contributing to the many arts and cultural events that make Winona a great place to live.
In order to remain a strong, vibrant company and compete in today’s environment, Bay State must once again expand. Part of the expansion includes the former Finn and Sawyers and Godfather’s restaurants. Up to June 2017 that property was zoned M-2. In June 2017, the zone was changed to mixed use because a restaurant is not permitted in a M-2 industrial zone. The restaurant is now gone; Bay State owns the building and is asking that the zone be changed back to M-2 so it can proceed with its needed expansion.
I am respectfully asking the Winona City Council and Planning Commission to allow Bay State’s history to continue to grow in Winona and grant their request.