Wednesday, June 26, 2002


Play ball at Wilson Town Hall

From: Dick Gallien

The Winona Farm

Most town board meetings are like today's sandlot ball games--no one shows up, except 3 or 4 duffers sitting on a bench.
Red flags along East Burns Valley Road rumored there might be a May sandlot game at the Wilson Town Hall. Many showed up. The County Engineer said he really didn't want to play, couldn't get in shape to play this summer, maybe next year, but only if his big league game plan was followed.
Attendees were told they would be notified about a possible June game, but they weren't and fewer showed up. Winona Excavating's Dave said he was in top shape and could start playing immediately for the Township, that he could cover more ground faster and more gracefully than the County Engineer, but must start before July 4th. Attendees mumbled, some calculated, some went home, one duffer recorded that everyone preferred to sit out this season and wait to see if the County Engineer would play next year, another wished that the press had been there, no one seemed in charge.
Jimmy Carter should attend the next meeting and see that impartial facts and total costs are given that will help attendees decide whether they prefer to play fast pitch or slow pitch this season or ever. Jimmy can oversee the casting of secret ballots and make sure that one of the duffers doesn't stuff the box, so everyone will know what the majority prefers.
Well-flushed Winona County was ready to spend $640,000 to turn l.4 miles of Winona's last country road into a superhighway, when suddenly they offered the money and road to Wilson Township, which can rebuild almost twice that distance while retaining its country road atmosphere.
Come to the Wilson Town Hall Monday, July 8th at 7:00 P.M. to see whether the town board takes "the bird in hand and bull by the horns" and plays a smooth country game this summer or throws in the towel for more years of big brothers patching and promising one segment of a super highway to nowhere--someday, maybe, if the money is still there.

Winona featured on TV

From: David La Porte

I thought your readers might be interested in the TV program that we produced chronicling this year's Nature Valley Grand Prix and Great River Energy Bicycle Festival. The program includes extensive coverage of the Winona road race. It's set to air this weekend.
FOX SPORTS NET (used to be MSC)
12:30 p.m., Saturday, June 29
1:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 3
It will air on OLN in early August.
The program was produced by Kent Gordis, the leading producer of bicycle race coverage in the US. Kent has won five national Emmys. His list of credits includes cycling coverage at the Sydney Olympics and cross country ski coverage at the Salt Lake City Olympics, both for NBC.

Loved Polish Institute

From: Elaine Leach

My Mother and I visited the Polish Cultural Institute on Thursday. It is a marvelous place--and a treasure for Winona and Minnesota and Poland.

Please help with Red Cross donation

From: Winona County Red Cross
Dorothy Ruppert,
Executive Director

Every disaster comes down to a single horrible moment for one person. The Disaster Relief Fund of the American Red Cross enables us to provide timely and direct assistance to victims of natural and man-made disasters, including the recent flooding in Minnesota and North Dakota.
Fierce rains bombarded the small town of Roseau, Minnesota and parts of North Dakota this week, and within just a few days the entire town was under water. The flooding has exceeded all others on record for the area. President Bush has declared the Roseau County, which is located just a few miles south of the Canadian border, a federal disaster area.
As the water recedes, the damage is revealing itself in the form of caved-in storm sewers, holes in the roads, collapsed sidewalks, fuel-oil spills, and furniture sitting at street intersections. Nearly every building in the town of 2,700 has been damaged by the overflowing Roseau River, which crested at a record 23.5 feet. Ninety five percent of residents were reported to be in need of temporary housing.
"Most of the town is really devastated," said Don Reeder, spokesperson for the Red Cross in St. Paul.
The cost of Red Cross response in Minnesota Northwestern Minnesota is currently near one million dollars. The Disaster Relief Fund allows the Red Cross to provide food, shelter, clothing, and mental health counseling as well as other basic relief services that will assist and lead to recovery. Because of the Disaster Relief Fund, the Red Cross has been able to respond immediately to the needs of the people of Minnesota and North Dakota.
The Red Cross has opened four shelters and seven service centers in and around Roseau including areas in North Dakota and has sent emergency rescue vehicles into the area to deliver hot meals and cold drinks to those displaced from their homes. Flooded roads have made disaster relief in the area especially difficult and have even prevented some victims from reaching shelters.
Volunteers from across the region have stepped in to help, however, and are prepared to assist the Red Cross in bringing relief to the entire town if necessary. Already the Red Cross has served more than 11,000 meals and snacks and delivered more than 1,500 clean-up kits. Trained mental health counselors also are on hand to provide comfort and support to all those affected by this traumatic event.
The Red Cross promises to be there for people whenever and wherever disaster strikes. However, because we are not a government agency, we depend on the voluntary contributions of the American people to help us do our work. The Disaster Relief Fund enables us to administer vital services to the victims of the Minnesota and North Dakota floods and thousands of other disasters across the United States each year. It allows the Red Cross to respond immediately to disaster victims, even for those disasters that do not generate enough public attention to cover the cost of the services provided.
All Red Cross disaster assistance is free, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people. You can help the victims of the Minnesota and North Dakota floods and thousands of other disasters across the country each year by making a financial gift to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, which enables the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, counseling, and other assistance to those in need. Call 1-800-HELP NOW or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish). Contributions to the Disaster Relief Fund may be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter at 1660 Kraemer Drive, Winona, MN 55987 or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013. Internet users can make secure online contributions by visiting

Concert was great at library

From: Sally Ann Mogren
Winona Public Library

One of the patrons informed me that they heard an announcement that the Concert in the Park was being rescheduled for Friday, June 28. That will not be happening because we did have it on Friday, June 21.
We changed the location to the Library due to the rain and improvised. The band was great, the food was delicious and the turnout was better than expected due to the rain.

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