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
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
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
Please help with Red Cross donation
From: Winona County Red Cross
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.
A TIME TO HELP
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.
RED CROSS RESPONSE
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
YOUR GIFT MAKES A DIFFERENCE
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 www.redcross.org.
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.