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(10/29/2014)
Photo by Amelia Wedemeyer

. Winona artist Howard Tomashek recently created four owl sculptures for the Houston Nature Center. His impressive stainless steel works of art are welded using a plasma t ... 

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Legal questions linger on truck limit rule (10/29/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- Does Buffalo County's proposal to restrict development along Highway 35 run afoul of state law or is the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) making empty threats? The county is testin ... 

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Deal would outsource work, funding to SWCD (10/29/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- Winona County will not be giving extra funding to the Winona County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) this year, and interest in the county absorbing SWCD staff seems to have receded, but th ... 

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Council discusses Main Street parking (10/29/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- Now that Winonans have gotten a chance to experience the new parallel parking and the reduced number of traffic lanes on Main Street between Fourth Street and Levee Park, do they like it? Al Thurley w ... 

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Cultivating Winona's history (10/28/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- There is a stretch of land on Garvin Heights Road that starts at the base of a hill and snakes its way toward Saint Mary’s University (SMU), covering farmland that has been in the same family for deca ... 

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Student allegedly shot BB gun at W-K (10/29/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- On Monday a student allegedly brought a BB gun to Washington-Kosciusko Elementary School (W-K). At 8:04 p.m. the Winona Police Department (WPD) received a report that a fourth-grade male student broug ... 

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Finding beauty in grief (10/29/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- The thought of dealing with grief can itself be unbearable, because you know that pain is inevitable. While no one is immune to grief, dealing with the grieving process can be a lonely experience due  ... 

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Plans for building at Wilkie site surface (10/28/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- Former council vote prohibits building

What kind of structure should the city of Winona build at the former Wilkie site in Levee Park? At its latest meeting, the Levee Park Committee discussed the  ... 

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A forgotten cemetery (10/28/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- Thanks to a crew of historic preservationists and a couple of chainsaws, Rachel Ukkestad may finally be able to bury her husband. Overgrown is an understatement for the condition of the cemetery where ... 

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JimmyJams brings comic book heroes (10/28/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- For 20 years JimmyJams on East Third Street has served as the neighborhood comic book store for Winona’s loyal band of comic lovers, who have helped the store from its fledgling beginning to its estab ... 

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Pelowski, Drazkowski, challengers debate (10/28/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- Candidates for the Minnesota House of Representatives showed their colors at a recent League of Women Voters Forum in Winona.

Winona State Unversity (WSU) student Lynae Hahn is challenging incumbent ... 

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WAPS Board discusses loss of students (10/20/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- While current enrollment at Winona Area Public Schools (WAPS) is higher than once projected, WAPS continues to see a decline in the number of students since the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year. ... 

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Photos from the other side of the tracks (10/28/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- The train tracks that cut through Winona divide the city in ways that, in recent years, have caused the rerouting of morning commutes, transformed shortcuts into winding diversions and collectively in ... 

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Winona County budget deficit dissolves (10/28/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- Winona County's 2015 budget woes are resolved, more or less. Two months ago county staff projected a $3.4 million deficit in the 2015 budget, the equivalent of a more than 20 precent increase in  ... 

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Author visits St. Stan's (10/08/2014)
Photo by Amelia Wedemeyer

. St. Stan’s third grader River Repinski and children’s book author Katie Mcky partake in an activity. On Friday, McKy engaged students in a presentation that finished the  ... 

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Students transform Kryszko (10/08/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- The new addition and renovated space in Winona State University (WSU) Kryzsko Commons is abuzz with students milling about; some are studying diligently in the re-done Baldwin Lounge, while others rel ... 

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Marek takes Miami (10/20/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- The last time we saw Winona native Sarah Jane Sutton, the central character of the web series “Off-Awful,” she was navigating the unpredictable world of off-Broadway acting. In three new episodes, Sut ... 

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MWMF launches year-round music (10/28/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- For five years Mid West Music Fest (MWMF) has been a weekend in April. It is quite the weekend, but a few jam-packed days have circumscribed the musical phenomenon. Now MWMF has branched out in a big  ... 

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Will truck limits stymie Buffalo sand (10/08/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- A new ordinance proposed in Buffalo County, Wis., would limit the number of heavy trucks that may travel to and from any new facility on Highway 35. Only 50 truck trips, or 25 truckloads, per day woul ... 

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Through the eyes of his son (10/13/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- Ansel Adams photography coming to Winona

The beauty of the American West is immortalized in the landscape photography of Ansel Adams, who was one of the most influential American photographers, a ... 

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A walk through wartime Winona (10/08/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- The colors of Woodlawn Cemetery are alive with the saturated hues of rust, bronze and gold, confirming the presence of autumn. As the weather rapidly changes, there is something both beautiful and hau ... 

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After DWI, Walski,WPD part ways (10/13/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- Ryan Walski is no longer a Winona Police officer. The former officer was convicted of fourth-degree driving while impaired (DWI) this summer, and shortly thereafter, his more than 13-year career with  ... 

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Levee Park project report received (10/08/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- The Winona City Council got the report back from its latest Levee Park consultant. Based on a daylong planning session with local leaders in August, experienced riverfront consultants from SmithGroup  ... 

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School Board candidates debate (10/08/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- The three candidates vying for the two at-large member seats on the Winona Area Public Schools (WAPS) Board answered questions pertaining to a wide variety of subjects, including the idea of a new, la ... 

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More students take advanced classes (10/20/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- For some high school students, whether or not to take an advanced placement (AP) course is a decision that does not rest solely on their shoulders. Instead, this choice may be hindered or encouraged b ... 

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Tri-Mac land up for grabs (10/08/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- A new hotel, restaurant, apartments, more condominium units, and/or commercial storefronts — the list of what might replace the former Tri-Mac lumber building in downtown Winona is still broad, but ch ... 

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Final inspection: Olson fired (10/08/2014)
by Sarah Squires

and Chris Rogers

The city of Winona recently terminated Greg Olson from his job as a building inspector. Olson, who is a Winona County Commissioner and was the president of a city ... 

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Sand dust under limit; debate continues (10/13/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- Should Winonans be worried about frac sand dust? Last week, the Winona City Council heard from state air quality experts on the progress of silica dust monitoring at the roof of the Winona YMCA: all o ... 

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Got a scary story? (10/01/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- The tingle down your spine when you approach the dank basement stairs that lead to a black abyss. That feeling you get when you are home alone, but there are sounds of footsteps in the attic. The eeri ... 

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Cemetery Walk brings back wartime memories (10/13/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- . Gwen Hirsch showed around a group of local students at the Winona County Historical Society’s Woodlawn Cemetery walk on Wednesday. Area students learned about life during wartime in Winona.  ... 

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Independence sand mine halted (10/08/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- A silica sand mine allegedly operating without a permit in Independence, Wis., was ordered to cease mining activity by Trempealeau County officials on Monday. According to one Trempealeau County offic ... 

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Sailing the Arctic (10/01/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- Taff Roberts had a cold summer. The Welsh-born Winonan sailed north of Newfoundland, north of Hudson Bay, and north of the Arctic Circle into a land of frigid gales and icebergs, polar bears and seal  ... 

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Saved by a seatbelt (10/13/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- It was in the early morning hours of a Sunday in April 2013 when 16-year-old Matt Appel received a ticket from officer Josh Murphy of the Winona Police Department for not wearing his seatbelt. Less th ... 

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St. Charles loan request denied (10/01/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- The city of St. Charles got a definite 'no' from the Winona County Board last week. After receiving input from county staff that the city's request for a $1 million loan with discounted ... 

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Winona Health drive benefits mental health (10/01/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- It is all around, but no one talks about it. According to the National Institute for Mental Health, nearly one in five Americans suffers from some kind of mental illness. More than half of those peopl ... 

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Book celebrates Winona architecture (10/20/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- The William Windom/Abner Hodgins House (Windom/Hodgins House) sits at 275 Harriet Street, a hard to miss home with classic Victorian characteristics, including long windows and elaborate detailing thr ... 

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Hop on the tour bike (10/20/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- If it rains next week, Mike Munson will have a tarp to pull over his guitar as it rattles down Highway 61. Hopefully his CDs will be safe and dry inside a pannier. The Winona bluesman is joining up wi ... 

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MMAM unveils newest addition (10/01/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- In the new Richard and Jane Manoogian Gallery at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum (MMAM), each of the breathtaking landscape and seascape paintings is bathed in a soft light that highlights the masterf ... 

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Will Winona Diocese go broke? (10/08/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- The Diocese of Winona (DOW) expects to go bankrupt as a result of child sexual abuse allegations against its priests, according to documents released by a law firm suing the diocese in a civil child s ... 

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WSU embraces First-Gen Warriors (10/16/2014)
by Kim Schneider

For many students, the college application process is daunting and confusing. However, for students whose parents haven’t been through the process themselves, applying for college  ... 

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County admits mine mistake (10/20/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- Trempealeau County, Wis., regulators goofed when they cracked down on the Guza mine in rural Independence for operating without a permit, but they allege they did find what appear to be significant vi ... 

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Truck limits divide county (10/20/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- Does Buffalo County, Wis., want scenic beauty or business? It may be a false choice, but tourism versus industry has been a common matchup in public policy debates for decades in the beautiful and ind ... 

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Helping hungry students (10/01/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- The pangs of hunger usually begin to gnaw at the stomachs of Winona Area Public Schools (WAPS) students right before lunchtime, making classroom dismissal to the cafeteria a much awaited event. Throug ... 

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Kupietz block to be transformed (10/20/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- Peter Shortridge, one of the owners of the 111 Riverfront Building in downtown Winona, has big plans for the 100 block of East Second Street. The firm purchased the former Kupietz Feed building earlie ... 

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Sheriff candidates talk media relations (10/13/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- The relationship between the Winona County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) and the press was highlighted at a sheriff’s forum held by Winona State University’s (WSU) Society for Collegiate Journalists this pa ... 

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TdM play recalls Winona in the '20s (10/01/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- In the winter of 1922, a fire raged through Old Main, also known at the time as Winona State Teachers College (WSTC), destroying the building and introducing a mystery that is nearly a century old. Wh ... 

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Wis. towns consider annexation suit (10/20/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- Should two Trempealeau County, Wis., townships take a stand against cities' annexation of rural frac sand mines or work out a deal? Seeking city annexation to avoid county permit denials or restr ... 

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CUP changes OK'd; city enforcement debated (10/20/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- On Monday, significant changes to the city of Winona's conditional use permit (CUP) process were unanimously recommended to the City Council by the Planning Commission. The main thrust of the pro ... 

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Daley Farms hopes to grow (10/08/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- It may dwarf most dairies in the county, boast advanced technologies, and hold piles of silage that rival Lewiston city blocks in size, but the Daley Farms is still a family business. In a glamorous r ... 

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Diocese settles; new rules adopted (10/20/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- By the end of March 2015, the Diocese of Winona (DOW) will seek a signed statement from all priests in the diocese swearing that they have not abused children and do not know of any instances of child ... 

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Live@the Levee draws musical crowd (10/20/2014)
Photo by Sarah Squires

. Last weekend's Live@the Levee event featured accomplished musicians and family events, drawing hundreds to the city's riverfront. The Mid West Music Fest sponsored  ... 

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Questions linger on bridge upgrades (10/01/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- After almost a year of providing local input on bridge design details, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT) Winona bridge project Visual Quality Committee (VQC) held its final meeting l ... 

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Winona County sets 0% tax levy (10/01/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- After some procedural confusion and plenty of debate, the Winona County Board voted 3-2 during a special meeting on Monday not to raise the 2015 property tax levy. Expressing concern about the affect  ... 

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Commission to discuss CUP changes Monday (10/13/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- On Monday the Winona Planning Commission will hold a public hearing before deciding whether to recommend various significant changes to the city’s process for handling conditional use permits (CUPs).  ... 

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Newell found guilty of sex assault, home invasion (10/28/2014)
On Thursday a Winona County jury found Ramone Lamont Newell guilty of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, third-degree criminal sexual conduct and first-degree burglary. After a nearly two-week tria ... 

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ECFE celebrates 36 years in Winona
Write-ins likely winners in Lewiston
Council candidates debate
Reward offered for Watkins painting
Bolduan accused of molesting teen
Buffalo County crash causes power outage
Former professor faces felony child porn charges
Goodview snow removal
Warrior Waddle full results
WH to offer walk-in flu shots

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