On Tuesday, July 1, Winona Post Inc. was sold by Frances Edstrom, Publisher, to Patrick Marek, a 28-year Post employee who was Vice President of Sales and Marketing prior to the sale and who will assume the duties of publisher.
. Longtime Post employee Patrick Marek recently purchased the Winona Post, founded by Frances Edstrom and the late John Edstrom.
John and Frances Edstrom started the Winona Shopper in 1971 solely as an advertising vehicle. In 1974, they added another publication, the Saturday Morning Post, which gave Post employees and freelance writers a platform for feature stories, columns, and some hard news. By 1982, based on the popularity of the Post and their desire to interact with the greater Winona community through the written word, the Post and Shopper merged to form a free community newspaper with a circulation of around 24,000.
The news department was established to cover news of the area, and the opinion page became a vehicle for the lively exchange of thoughts through editorials, columns, and letters. The paper was recognized as a legal newspaper by the state of Minnesota in the following year.
In 1989, the Post began to be published twice a week, and in 1991, the name of the newspaper was shortened to the Winona Post. The Winona Post has come a long way from a mom and pop business in 1971, and 43 years later employs over 20 full-time people, another 20 in the mailroom, plus 104 foot carriers and 26 rural route drivers, independent contractors who bring the paper to readers twice a week.
John Edstrom died in 2012 at the age of 65. Since then, Frances has been at the helm. She says she has great faith that Marek will continue publishing the quality newspaper that readers in the greater Winona area have come to expect.
"Patrick has been with the Post for many years, with a brief hiatus to manage KWNO radio. His knowledge of the Winona area market is second to none, and the fact that he has grown with the Post over all these years convinces me that the transition from Frances Edstrom to Patrick Marek will be seamless, and readers will continue to receive the quality news, opinion, and advertising that they have been getting since 1971," said Edstrom.
“The support we have received from the community has been wonderful,” continued Edstrom. “I thank all the people who have made such a success of the Winona Post — our employees, our advertisers, and our readers. I am sure they will continue to support the Winona Post under the able leadership of Patrick, and the intelligent and accomplished work of the staff at the Post.”
Marek said, “I am proud and humbled to have this opportunity to take the reins of one of the finest community newspapers in the nation. I have a strong respect for the Edstroms' legacy of journalistic integrity and community service. With the efforts of the Post’s talented team of employees, and the support of the Winona area, that tradition of quality reporting and effective advertising will continue far into the future.”