Patrick Marek

Winona Post Owner/Publisher
507-452-1262 ext. 110

Patrick has lead the Winona Post sales team since 1994. During that period the Post has set the standard for advertising and exceptional service for businesses in the Winona area. He has a journalism degree from Saint Mary's University in Winona, and has won several statewide awards for his columns. He is currently the Post's Minnesota Vikings columnist, and recently was issued credentials from the Vikings, giving the Post access to all team activities. Patrick and the Post's sales team are very active in the Winona business and volunteer community. Marek is past president of the Winona Rotary Club, and currently is a director on the Winona County Historical Society and YMCA boards and a member of the GRSF Development Committee. Marek enjoys performing in theater productions and has been featured in numerous local theater performances. Patrick and his wife Maureen have five children. Patrick purchased the Winona Post from Frances Edstrom in 2014.

Kim Farkas

Winona Post Senior Account Executive
507-452-1262 ext. 111

Kim first joined the Winona Post in 1999, and returned in 2011 as Senior Account Executive. Kim specializes in creating market strategies, relationship building, and crafting cutting-edge advertising campaigns. Originally from Milwaukee, Wis., Kim lives in La Crosse, where she enjoys skiing, reading books about travel, and biographies. An insatiable traveler, Kim has been to Africa, Bosnia, Croatia, Switzerland, the Caribbean, and Mexico. Kim has worked in marketing for more than 28 years.


Wendy Pongratz

Winona Post Inside Sales
507-452-1262 ext. 114

Wendy started at the Winona Post in October 2016 as Sarah Squires' assistant, then moved into sales in April 2017. Wendy’s department works closely with employers to attract quality employees through job advertising, also rentals and real estate ads. Wendy grew up in Mankato, Minn., then moved to Minneapolis where she lived for many years. Wanting to move back to a smaller community, she and her husband Dave came to Winona in 2009. Wendy and Dave, along with their dogs Merle and Brutus, then bought a house in Wis., in 2011, and enjoy having Merrick State Park as their back yard. Wendy loves to cook, read and be outside but her favorite thing to do is get out on the river with Dave and the dogs and spend a lazy afternoon in the sun!  

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