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Program offers WSHS credit make-up (08/06/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- As August, the last of the summer months, arrives, Winona Area Public Schools (WAPS) educators begin the task of preparing to meet the needs of all students as well as figuring out ways to help those  ... 

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Post Office hours cut (08/06/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- Post offices in Rollingstone and Minnesota City were visited last Thursday by representatives from the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) to help explain the upcoming reductions to open office hours.

The ten ... 

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Winona considers security cameras (08/06/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- Angry voices and broken bottles bouncing off a brick street, a knife driven between a man's ribs, an embarrassing slip on the ice — it may all soon be on live video at the Winona police station.  ... 

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Sonnet contest grows (08/06/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- In renaissance Europe, "if you wanted to get the girl, you had to be able to write sonnets," explained Great River Shakespeare Festival (GRSF) Artistic Director Doug Scholz-Carlson. "Th ... 

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Gathering brings us together (08/06/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- For one weekend in September, Winona will return to its Dakota roots for three days filled with Native American history, linguistics, food, lacrosse games, dancing and celebrations. “[The Great Dakota ... 

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WAPS Board to discuss teacher evaluations (08/06/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- Winona Area Public Schools (WAPS) are aiming to improve student achievement through new, thorough teacher evaluations, which are on track to be implemented this fall, according to WAPS Director of Lea ... 

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New frac rules tested (08/06/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- It has been a month of firsts for frac sand regulation in Minnesota. Within days of each other, two state laws regulating silica sand have come into play for the first time ever. In the last two weeks ... 

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Baby Boomer Shindig August 9 (08/06/2014)
Q & A with organizer Steve Cooker

Q: Everybody sure has fun at these Baby Boomer Shindigs at the Black Horse, don’t they?

Cooker: Yes. People come in from coast to coast. Some plan their vacations ... 

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Algae suspected in dog poisonings at Latsch (08/05/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- Two dogs were poisoned by what is believed to be blue-green algae at Latsch Island recently. Hershey, a chocolate lab, was comatose when she arrived at the veterinary clinic last Wednesday and narrowl ... 

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Filing starts for some local boards, councils (08/05/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- The filing period for several nearby counties, cities, townships and school districts opened this past Tuesday, July 29, and will close on Tuesday, August 12. The general election will be held on Tues ... 

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Compromise struck on county leadership (08/05/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- After nearly three months of debate, the Winona County Board is expected to finalize the job description for the next county administrator on Tuesday. Disagreement over how county government should be ... 

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Comp Plan group not swayed (08/05/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- The Winona County Comprehensive Planning Committee is sticking to its guns. At its Monday meeting, the group responded to critiques of its draft plan by the Winona County Soil and Water Conservation D ... 

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Mentoring year-round (08/05/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- The sounds coming from Central School’s second floor vary from week to week in the summer months. This past Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday — the weekdays when Miller Mentoring’s summer program is in  ... 

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Petition may freeze sand barge permit (08/05/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- A CD Corporation request for a amendment to a city permit that governs its frac sand shipping operation has sparked a legal debate that could catapult the issue into the hands of state regulators in S ... 

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Stockton man accused of assault with gun (08/05/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- Traffic was rerouted in Stockton for some time on Wednesday after the Winona County Sheriff’s Office, with the assistance of the Minnesota State Patrol, Winona Police Department, Goodview Police Depar ... 

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Agencies critique Comp Plan draft (07/28/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- Familiar clashes between property rights advocates and environmental protection supporters may flare up again as Winona County prepares its next Comprehensive Plan. On Monday, the Comprehensive Plan C ... 

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Buffalo County eyes zoning turnover problem (07/28/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- After most of its zoning staff resigned this month, Buffalo County will consider suspending all conditional use permit (CUP) applications due to a lack of staff; however, there is some question as to  ... 

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Taste of Winona August 9 (07/28/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- The Taste of Winona, one of the biggest fundraisers for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the 7 Rivers Region–Winona office (BBBS), will be back Saturday, August 9, for its 11th year. “It’s a great even ... 

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Peerless Chain sold for $80 million (07/28/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- Japanese KITO Corporation signed an agreement to buy Peerless Industrial Group, including Winona's Peerless Chain, for $80 million last Wednesday. The Japanese corporation owns leading North Amer ... 

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GRSF apprentices take the stage (07/28/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- For the 10 Great River Shakespeare Festival (GRSF) acting apprentices, the weeks leading up to the end of the festival mark the beginning of their entrance into the spotlight as full-fledged actors af ... 

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Kovesci, Moen challenge Valentine (07/28/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- All three candidates for the Winona County Board District Two seat laid out their positions on the 2013 zoning ordinance amendments, frac sand, employee morale, and financial priorities at a League of ... 

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Sheriff candidates debate crime, prevention (07/28/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- Three of the six candidates for Winona County Sheriff were present Wednesday night to answer voter-submitted questions at the sheriff forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters–Winona and the Women ... 

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Cotter, WACS, receive anonymous, multi-million dollar gift (07/28/2014)
Gift will benefit

students through tuition assistance

The administrators of Cotter Schools and Winona Area Catholic Schools (WACS) announced today that Cotter Schools and WACS have received unsol ... 

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Eastwood Bank to be acquired by Bremer (07/28/2014)
Bremer Financial Corporation, holding company of Bremer Bank, announced recently that it has agreed to acquire Eastwood Bank in Rochester. Eastwood has over $675 million in assets, 13 bank locations a ... 

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Man in serious condition following Lewiston assault (07/28/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- A fight that started at a Lewiston apartment building ended with one man in the hospital in serious condition and another in the Winona County Jail.

Jacob Michael Loveless, 32, of Houston, was charg ... 

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Reward offered for information in Brown death (07/28/2014)
The Winona Area Crime Stoppers are asking the community for its help to determine what happened to Glenn Brown, who was found dead in the backyard of a residence in Rollingstone on March 16, 2014. Acc ... 

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Woman killed after fall from bridge (07/28/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- by AMELIA WEDEMEYER

A Winona woman who fell from the interstate bridge early Friday morning was pronounced dead at the scene. At 7:56 a.m. on Friday, July 25, Winona Police received a call from som ... 

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Bridge groundbreaking ceremony (07/21/2014)
Photo by Chris Rogers

. From left to right, Winona Chamber of Commerce President Della Schmidt, Mn/DOT District Six Engineer Jeff Vlaminck, Ames Construction Vice President Jerry Volz, and Mn/DOT Pr ... 

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WAPS hires new WSHS principal, activities director (07/21/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- Winona Area Public Schools (WAPS) will welcome both a new Winona Senior High School (WSHS) principal and a new activities director to the district on Monday. The WAPS Board approved the recommendation ... 

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4th Ward City Council candidates debate (07/21/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- Winona City Council candidates Ken Jackson and George Borzyskowski discussed Winona's needs and its contentious issues at the League of Women Voters (LWV) forum Tuesday. Jackson is one of two can ... 

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Centenarians remember John Latsch (07/21/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- It was the late 1920s in Winona and teenage Marion Cunningham and her girlfriends had hiked from her home near Cathedral School all the way up to Garvin Heights, where they enjoyed the expansive view  ... 

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Sheriff candidates square off at forum (07/21/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- Four Winona County Sheriff candidates and one candidate representative were on hand to voice their opinions on a variety of issues on Wednesday at the Lewiston Country Club. Candidates Rob Averbeck, K ... 

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Discrimination or dishonesty? (07/21/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- Winona County will be challenged in court over its termination of former county administrator Duane Hebert; it is only a matter of time. That was the message from Hebert's attorney, Erick Kardaal ... 

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Chamber announces pedestrian safety campaign (07/16/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- Volunteers in bright shirts will soon be marching across Winona crosswalks with banners and posting cautionary flyers in bar restrooms. The Winona Area Chamber of Commerce aired plans to host a public ... 

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Friends, family, mourn Winona man murdered in Calif. (07/16/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- Isaac Zafft was scheduled to return home to Winona on Tuesday, July 15, after spending several months traveling and working across the country. The 2005 graduate of Winona Senior High School (WSHS) wa ... 

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Setting the stage at GRSF (07/16/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- In the opening scene of the second half of the Great River Shakespeare Festival (GRSF) production of “The Merry Wives of Windsor,” two characters appear onstage in a crafted canoe. As they paddle by y ... 

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Council makes exception to 30% rule permanent (07/16/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- Exceptions to the 30 percent rule for homeowners trying to sell their houses are now a permanent part of Winona City Code. The City Council voted unanimously last week to permanently establish excepti ... 

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Brave bull riders wow the crowds (07/16/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- The Great Frontier Bull Riding rodeo begins at seven in the evening, when there is still a good two hours of soft light remaining. Not the harsh, bright kind that exists in the mid-afternoon, where pe ... 

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West takes the helm at WAPS (07/16/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- New Winona Area Public Schools (WAPS) Superintendent Dr. Stephen West has only been on the job for a little over two weeks, but he is already settling into the Winona area community. West, who most re ... 

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Mn/DOT on the verge of seizing businesses (07/16/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- The Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT) is ready to take the rest of the land it needs for the Winona bridge project with legal force. Mn/DOT already began eminent domain proceedings again ... 

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City to study millions in traffic upgrades (07/16/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- From sewers to roundabouts, seven major studies of potential city infrastructure improvements are underway, about to commence, or being considered by city staff. If all of the projects being studied a ... 

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County Fair fun (07/16/2014)
Photo by Kim Schneider

. This year’s Winona County Fair brought out eager adults, children and farm animals.  ... 

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Blazing a trail (07/16/2014)
Photo by Chris Rogers

. Winona Area Mountain Bikers (WAMB) members Susan White and Paul Appicelli helped blaze a new section of trails in the Richard J. Dorer State Forest last weekend. WAMB hosted  ... 

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Hebert accuses county of discrimination (07/16/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- Former Winona County Administrator Duane Hebert announced on Friday that he will file a claim against Winona County with the Minnesota Department of Human Rights, charging the county with violating an ... 

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Child abuse/neglect cases spike again (07/16/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- Child abuse and/or neglect reports in Winona County

2013: 786

2012: 664

2011: 929

2010: 573

2009: 141

When young children say that their parents hit them or have suspicious bruises, adults a ... 

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Board to receive achievement reports (07/16/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- Thursday’s Winona Area Public Schools (WAPS) Board meeting will usher in the beginning of several changes in the district, including the introduction of new WAPS Superintendent Stephen West. “I think  ... 

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Comp plan to be presented Thursday (07/16/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- The document that will guide the use and development of rural lands across Winona County for the next decade or more is nearing completion. Public comments on a newly released preliminary draft are du ... 

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Wabasha County Deputy struck by vehicle (07/16/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- Over the weekend a Wabasha County Deputy sustained a concussion as well as bruised ribs and a shoulder injury after he was struck and then dragged by a pickup truck.

On Saturday, July 12, at approxi ... 

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Essay contest connects Latsch and local youth (07/09/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- Winona summers would be a lot less fun if it were not for John Latsch. Whether you like to fish, paddle, hike, camp, go to the pool, motorboat, mountain bike, or play baseball or golf, Winonans have o ... 

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Cytec appeal denied (07/09/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- In a 5-2 vote the Winona City Council affirmed a variance for Cytec Engineered Materials' new flammable storage room. Adjacent home owners had appealed the variance to the council, and, at the Mo ... 

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Alec Brown hits the NBA (07/09/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- For Winona native Alec Brown and the rest of the college graduating class of 2014, the months following the spring walk across the stage into adulthood have been filled with finding a full-time job. U ... 

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Who will hold the reins in Winona County? (07/09/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- A tiny phrase sparked a big debate at the Winona County Board's Tuesday meeting. During a discussion of the County Administrator job description on Tuesday, commissioners remained split in an on- ... 

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Dight vies for Miss Minnesota USA (07/09/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- This November, Winona native Kristin Dight will compete in the Miss Minnesota USA beauty pageant. It will mark the first time that Dight, who is 19 but will be turning 20 on July 14, will compete in a ... 

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Local candidate forums scheduled (07/09/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- Next Tuesday, July 15, marks the first of four upcoming primary election forums hosted by the Winona chapter of the League of Women Voters (LWV). Free and open to the public, the forums are a chance f ... 

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Owner of injured dog sought (07/09/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- The Winona County Sheriff’s Department and the Winona Veterinary Hospital are currently looking for the owner of a boarder collie/husky mix that was found along Highway 61 in Minneiska on Sunday. The  ... 

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Police investigate death of camper (07/09/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- On Friday, July 4, the body of a deceased 57-year-old Rochester woman was found inside a car at a Great River Bluffs State Park campsite. At 4:49 p.m., Winona County Sheriff’s deputies were called to  ... 

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Six arrested in prostitution sting (07/09/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- On Thursday, July 3, the Winona County Sheriff’s Department, Winona Police Department, St. Charles Police Department, Goodview Police Department and the Southeast Minnesota Narcotics Task Force launch ... 

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Council waits seven months for pedestrian study (07/07/2014)
The July 29 deadline for adding new items to the city of Winona's Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) is fast approaching, but the City Council has not received requested information on options for pe ... 

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Go behind the scenes at MMAM (07/07/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- With four upcoming exhibitions for 2014 and a 4,000-square-foot addition set to open in early fall, the Minnesota Marine Art Museum (MMAM) is currently looking for volunteer greeters and gallery atten ... 

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How do city staff handle council requests? (07/07/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- What happens when Winona City Council members ask staff to develop proposals? How can council members raise items for discussion and consideration by the full council? The Winona County Board has a sp ... 

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Jacob jousts with environmental group (07/07/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- County Board member and property rights advocate Steve Jacob and citizen environmentalists clashed again last Tuesday, and Jacob turned to his fellow Winona County Board members for advice on how and  ... 

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County Fair begins (07/07/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- The 2014 Winona County Fair (WCF) is set to be a throwback, of sorts. For its 156th year, the WCF will introduce the Rural Heritage Museum, a collaboration with the Winona County Historical Society th ... 

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Hearing on neighbors’ Cytec permit appeal Monday (07/07/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- Neighbors have challenged a recent variance that gave Cytec Engineered Materials permission to store flammable liquids near a residential zone. At Monday’s Winona City Council meeting, neighbors will  ... 

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WRC Tour of Gardens a colorful escape! (07/07/2014)
The Women’s Resource Center (WRC) will host a Tour of Gardens on July 12 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Step into a new garden world at each location, and enjoy music from a variety of local musicians.

Tour  ... 

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Marek buys Winona Post (07/02/2014)
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 assu ... 

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Downtown fire recovery continues (07/02/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- Nine and a half months after a catastrophic fire destroyed three downtown Winona buildings and seriously damaged others, one of the last businesses to rebound is open for business again, external repa ... 

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GRSF offers first 5k (07/02/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- In the Great River Shakespeare Festival (GRSF) production of “The Merry Wives of Windsor,” Sir John Falstaff is the quintessential Shakespearean comedic character. Funny and fat, Falstaff is celebrate ... 

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Mysteries of the universe explored (07/02/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- While some college professors spend their precious summers content with family or basking in the solitude of a small town, Father Paul Nienaber, associate professor of physics at Saint Mary’s Universi ... 

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County slowly enforces buffer rule (07/02/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- It is a rare occurrence — water trickled through an intermittent stream on Glen Groth’s farm last week. Every spring, the Winona County Farm Bureau president lifts up his tractor implements 50 feet be ... 

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Winona region copes with high water, again (07/02/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- There will be two causes for celebration on Friday. If predictions hold true, the Mississippi River in Winona will fall from moderate to minor flood stage (below 15 feet) in time for Fourth of July fi ... 

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Study finds eagles poisoned by lead exposure (07/02/2014)
by KIMBERLY SCHNEIDER

The nation's eagles are dying from lead poisoning, according to a study of the bald eagle population conducted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service including the Upper M ... 

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Galesville drug arrest (07/02/2014)
After a lengthy investigation involving the Trempealeau County Sheriff’s Office along with other agencies, Dejahlee M. Edwards, 25, of Galesville, Wis., was arrested on June 26, 2014, on four counts o ... 

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No fireworks allowed in refuge (07/02/2014)
The Fourth of July is just around the corner. If you are heading to the Mississippi River for a boating or camping trip, just a reminder — no fireworks are allowed on the Upper Mississippi River Nati ... 

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No serious injuries in town of Hale accident (07/02/2014)
The Trempealeau County Sheriff’s Department received a call at approximately 8:45 p.m. June 28 reporting an accident on County Road E and Holmen Road in the Town of Hale, Trempealeau County. A vehicle ... 

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Three charged in alleged scam (07/02/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- On Monday, June 30, the Winona County Attorney’s office filed charges against three people for the exploitation of a Winona man. Deborah Pearl Clegg, 60, of Dayton, Minn., was charged with four counts ... 

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Fluffy falcon chicks welcomed in Wabasha (06/30/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- It was a surprise to everyone standing on the Michael Duane Clickner Memorial Bridge in Wabasha Wednesday morning when they found three healthy peregrine falcon chicks squawking inside the tray statio ... 

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Winona County roads 'slipping' into disrepair? (06/30/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- Winona County roads are getting worse. Repairs and repaving projects have not kept up with cracks and potholes, County Engineer Dave Kramer said. A new state-led study involving a van mounted with las ... 

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Become part of the playwriting process (06/30/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- As Winona prepares for another exciting season of the Great River Shakespeare Festival to celebrate the timeless works of The Bard himself, the theater community will also welcome playwrights hoping t ... 

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Dahl navigates relocation shuffle (06/30/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- The Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT) bought the site of the Dahl Chevrolet Buick GMC dealership, which was owned by Jack Walz, for $2.6 million last week. Meanwhile, the Dahl family say ... 

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Record farm sale: $9K an acre (06/30/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- Earlier this month, a cropland sale west of Lewiston set a new record price for Winona County agricultural land. On June 10, Eugene and Phyllis Speltz, of Eyota, purchased 150 acres, nearly all of it  ... 

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Young talent in GRSF (06/30/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- How fun? Local sixth-grade students Julien Ponsolle and Colleen Halleck and their fellow young actors in Great River Shakespeare Festival's (GRSF) "The Merry Wives of Windsor" are calle ... 

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Teens flee police at drinking party (06/30/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- On Friday, June 20, at 10:10 p.m., Winona County Sheriff’s Department received a call regarding excess traffic near a dead end road that leads to property owned by the Minnesota Department of Natural  ... 

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Death investigations move forward (06/30/2014)
By Sarah Squires -- Two recent Winona County deaths are one step closer to resolution, after Sheriff’s Department officials sent an investigative report to the Winona County Attorney’s office for review in one case, and  ... 

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Men arrested for soliciting underage prostitutes (06/30/2014)
On Thursday, June 26, at 2:14 p.m., the Winona County Sheriff’s Department, the Winona Police Department and the Southeast Minnesota Narcotics Task Force arrested Dennis Harold Jandt, 66, of La Crosse ... 

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GRSF is alive with music (06/25/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- In midst of the midsummer excitement about the Great River Shakespeare Festival (GRSF), Winonans will also have the chance to enjoy world-class music performances for no charge during Concerts on the  ... 

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WAPS to spend $2.1 million in reserves next year (06/25/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- Winona Area Public Schools (WAPS) will continue the trend of spending down its reserve accounts next year, with a preliminary budget drawing $2.1 million from accounts that have fallen below the board ... 

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Diocese releases abuse details (06/25/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- For the first time ever — as best as church officials could tell — an American diocese voluntarily released the details of reports of child sexual abuse by its priests and a Winona bishop publicly sta ... 

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Shakespeare, Kent collide (06/25/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- Winona's past, its present, and the work of the best-loved writer in the English language and of one of the foremost illustrators of all time are all intersecting today. Prints of famed artist an ... 

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Houston sand mine appeal denied (06/25/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- Opponents unsuccessfully sought to block the renewal of a permit for a Houston County sand mine that has been in operation for more than two decades with a court order on Monday. A judge denied their  ... 

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Board balks at $250K field upgrade (06/25/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- WAPS Board members were shocked to learn the high cost of the only bid the district received for the replacement of the press box at Paul Giel Field and improvements to comply with the Americans with  ... 

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Pickup and classic car collide (06/25/2014)
On June 19, at 12:48 p.m., the Trempealeau County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a two-vehicle crash with injuries on State Trunk Highway 35/54 in Centerville, Wis. An eastbound 1998 Chevrolet S10 p ... 

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Traffic stop in Buffalo County nets drugs, paraphernalia (06/25/2014)
On June 21, a Buffalo County Sheriff’s Deputy initiated a traffic stop of a passenger van at the intersection of State Trunk Highway 35 and Silver Street in the town of Buffalo. The van did not have a ... 

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Landowners brace for power lines (06/23/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- The power lines are coming. This month, crews will begin foundation work near Alma and Centerville, Wis., on 105- to 175-foot-tall towers that will carry 345 kilovolts of electricity across the Missis ... 

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Wilson development begins (06/23/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- For years, Winona area business leaders have turned their gaze longingly to the interchange of Highway 43 and Interstate I-90 and imagined the potential for industry and commerce to grow where corn an ... 

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Parents say WAPS has bullying, violence problem (06/23/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- A trio of parents delivered impassioned speeches to the Winona Area Public School (WAPS) Board last week, accusing the district of mishandling school assaults, bullying, and racial and other discrimin ... 

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'Super-Gav' saves the day (06/23/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- Despite the heavy rain on Thursday morning, there was no shortage of support and enthusiasm for four-year-old Gavin Quimby — who might be known better to some Winonans by the name of his alter ego “Su ... 

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Hebert, County Board at odds (06/23/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- Legal tensions are ratcheting up between Winona County officials and former county administrator Duane Hebert. A planned "name-clearing public hearing" for Hebert was cancelled late last wee ... 

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Winona Youth Soccer wins again (06/23/2014)
Photo by Amelia Wedemeyer

. Michael Speltz takes the ball down the field for the Winona Youth Soccer Association’s U17 Boys team. The Winona boys beat Faribault 9-0 and currently have a record of 7 ... 

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Nominate a veteran for ‘Veterans’ Voices’ award (06/23/2014)
Thirteen years ago, nearly 3,000 people lost their lives in the September 11 attacks on this country. Thousands of Minnesotans joined the armed forces to help fight the war on terror overseas as well  ... 

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Winona’s highest-paid staff member faces rare review (06/18/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- If Winona City Manager Judy Bodway has another formal performance review, she may set a record. Last week, Bodway had her first performance review in 20 months. The review was Bodway’s second and only ... 

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County 'vindicated' in sand mine appeal (06/18/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- In a ruling issued Monday, Minnesota Court of Appeals judges upheld the Winona County Board's decision to permit the county's first rural frac sand mine. The 19-acre Nisbit mine has sparked  ... 

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Hebert demands 'name-clearing public hearing' (06/18/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- Last week, former Winona County Administrator Duane Hebert demanded a "name-clearing public hearing" before the County Board to address his alleged misconduct that spurred the County Board t ... 

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A peek behind the curtain at GRSF (06/18/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- Somehow in the oppressive heat of mid-June, the basement of the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts is cool and airy, with a decent amount of room to move about. The space down below is politely clutt ... 

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Council pulls plug on floodgate (06/18/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- Some members of the Levee Park Committee were emotional as they left the Winona City Council meeting Monday night. Floodgates in Levee Park were dead on arrival. Moving forward with other parts of the ... 

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Mn/DOT to host bridge outreach meeting June 19 (06/18/2014)
The Minnesota Department of Transportation will hold a public outreach meeting Thursday, June 19, to review the Winona bridge project-related community goals collected from the March 27 community meet ... 

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Festival season brings the best to Winona (06/16/2014)
by Kimberly Schneider

The Minnesota Beethoven Festival sold a record number of subscriptions during its eighth season, said Caroline Kirk, Festival Marketing and PR Director.

“The interest and sup ... 

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A sound of music, a flurry of emotion (06/16/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- Although it is easy to forget, music is one of the most significant ways a person can connect with his feelings. From the way a person’s ears perk up to the sound of her favorite song being played, to ... 

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No adults in ISS room at middle school (06/16/2014)
by Amelia Wedemeyer

and Chris Rogers

For the last year, Winona Middle School (WMS) students who were removed from class have been put in a room together, unsupervised. The adult in the room was e ... 

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Where did the money come from? (06/16/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- News that Winona County staff planned to move $25,800 in budget items, add a new staff position, and set the county up for over $200,000 in annual spending without informing the County Board or seekin ... 

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Levee Park plans head to council (06/16/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- For 50 years, Winonans have dreamed of beautifying the downtown riverfront and lamented the Levee and “concrete park” that separates the heart of the island city from the Great River. None of the nume ... 

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Rescue workers recover body of drowned Stockton man (06/11/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- On Saturday, May 7, at 3:00 p.m., deputies recovered the body of Robert Lester Duncanson, 88, of Stockton, after his canoe capsized while he was fishing near the Prairie Island spillway on the Mississ ... 

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Log rollers make a splash (06/11/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- Winona lifeguard Lachen Esters backpedals like she is facing the wrong way on a treadmill. As she gets carried away or falls behind, she wobbles, leaning out forward over her feet or sitting back on h ... 

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Another Arcadia sand annexation request (06/11/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- For the second time in two months, representatives of a frac sand company appeared before citizens and city leaders in Arcadia, Wis., to seek annexation for a proposed facility. This second company, A ... 

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A healing journey (06/11/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- Three young men drifted down the river, sunburnt, their beards growing and their hearts soaring. Then an unmistakable sound: the thunder of artillery practice at a nearby fort. Two of the men looked a ... 

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WAPS slashes grant writer (06/11/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- At the Winona Area Public Schools (WAPS) Board meeting last Thursday, superintendent Scott Hannon announced the district’s budget plan to eliminate the position of grant writer. “[We want to] reduce s ... 

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Teachers to face evaluations next school year (06/11/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- Minnesota school districts will be required to perform teacher evaluations next year, with 35 percent of the performance review to be tied to student achievement and growth.

According to the Minnesot ... 

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Building Winona: Carlson to retire after 60 years (06/09/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- In his small office on Fifth Street with its side entrance and simple blue trim, Winona architect and engineer Jim Carlson is busy with projects. “I’m currently working on a concrete plant for Indepen ... 

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Clown Club gears up for parade season (06/09/2014)
By Sarah Squires -- Seated around a long table in the basement of the Odd Fellows building on West Fifth Street, Stumpy, Tutti Fruitti 2, Stripes, Sparkles, Scooter, Rosie For Now, Peppermint Polly, Peek A Boo, Marigold, ... 

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Hannon pitches new school to county group (06/09/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- On Friday, Winona Area Public Schools (WAPS) superintendent Scott Hannon presented information about the district’s current school facilities to the Winona County Land Records Committee, where he spok ... 

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County leaders debate tighter elected control (06/09/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- Who will hold the reins for Winona County government and how tight or loose will they be? Is the county in sore need of more elected oversight or in danger of micromanagement by commissioners? The Cou ... 

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HCO actors find their voice (06/09/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- When Jon and James Huebner performed in their first Home and Community Options (HCO) play, over ten years ago, they were nonverbal. They could say a few words or phrases, but at nine years old, the tw ... 

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The hangman and the general (06/09/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- The story of Robert Norton's service in Europe is not the normal World War II story — the terror and bravery at D-Day, the bitter fighting to Berlin. His story is a mostly peaceful one of luck, c ... 

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Stockton man drowns in river (06/09/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- Winona County deputies search late Friday for the body of an 88-year-old Stockton man who fell overboard while fishing near Prairie Island at 11:00 a.m. His body was recovered over the weekend.  ... 

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Tarras awarded French Legion of Honor (06/04/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- At 88 years of age, lifelong Winona area resident Elmer Tarras can still close his eyes and vividly remember the glowing lights of Paris, even though his one and only visit to the city happened nearly ... 

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County, churches back St. Charles food shelf (06/04/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- This year Francis Passe had to choose between drawing a paycheck and keeping families and seniors fed. The administrator of the St. Charles food shelf struggled as the organization's funds dwindl ... 

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WAPS Board to ratify union contracts (06/04/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- The Winona Area Public Schools (WAPS) Board will be asked to ratify the last two WAPS union contract settlements at its board meeting Thursday. If and when the board ratifies the administrators’ and  ... 

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Council likes Highway 61/Gilmore plan (06/04/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- On Monday, the Winona City Council gave informal support for the newest conceptual design for improving the tangle of intersections at Gilmore Avenue and Highway 61. All of the council members agreed  ... 

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Woodlawn Cemetery volunteer opportunity (06/04/2014)
By Chris Rogers --  ... 

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Masonic Temple drops go to storage (06/04/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- The one-of-a-kind backdrops at the Masonic Temple theater will soon have new, temporary homes inside PVC pipes. The Winona City Council voted unanimously and without debate Monday night to have the dr ... 

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Drug bust in Ettrick nets marijuana plants, cocaine (06/04/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- On Sunday, May 25, at approximately 5 a.m., the Trempealeau County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant for marijuana and cocaine at a residence in the town of Ettrick, Wis. Deputies seized at l ... 

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Local elections draw candidate hopefuls (06/04/2014)
by AMELIA WEDEMEYER and CHRIS ROGERS

Many local government election filing periods closed Tuesday. Below are the candidates who announced they would run for local office before the Winona Post went ... 

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Levee group debates floodgates, kayak launch (06/02/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- Debate over the floodgate concept continued as the Winona Levee Park Committee had all-but-final discussions of the park project design. The group discussed a new funding idea that centered on develop ... 

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Celebrating the life and legacy of John Latsch (06/02/2014)
John Latsch Week

July 21 to July 26!

Many have heard the name John Latsch before, but most probably only know it from the State Park. John Latsch was a wholesale grocer in early Winona and greatl ... 

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Storage for Masonic Temple drops (06/02/2014)
By Sarah Squires -- The Winona City Council is expected to consider a request to put the historic Masonic Temple theater drops into storage in an effort to preserve them from further deterioration, as the city works to d ... 

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Winona Post's 'Legacy of Latsch' Youth Essay Contest (06/02/2014)
The Winona Post is sponsoring the “Legacy of Latsch” Youth Essay Contest to help area children and teens reflect upon the life of one of Winona’s greatest benefactors.

Area youth aged 17 and under m ... 

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Day of Caring showcases growth (06/02/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- Faith, 14, and Brook, 12, are trying to remember the exact shade of green they painted the bleachers at Lion’s Park down by the Bud King Ice Arena.

“It was a darker green,” Faith says.

“It honestl ... 

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Ridgeway celebrates grads (06/02/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- In Terran Cross’ speech at Ridgeway Community School’s 2014 fifth-grade promotion on Wednesday, the Winona Senior High School (WSHS) senior stressed the importance of trying new things. “I regret not  ... 

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City pressure spurs new Gilmore/61 plan (06/02/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- The concerns of city leaders and local businesses spurred the Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT) to return to the drawing board and rethink its plans for improving the intersection of Hig ... 

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County ponders new administrator role (06/02/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- How powerful the next Winona County Administrator will be depends on the upcoming decisions of the County Board. Commissioner Wayne Valentine spoke out earlier this month, saying that the public is &q ... 

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John A. Latsch: the man, the legacy (05/30/2014)
By Sarah Squires -- Over a century ago, when Winona was a bustling riverport distributing the lumber that would help settle the Midwest and beyond, a legacy was born under the cover of a beached narrow canoe during a sum ... 

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Man charged with homicide in overdose death (05/28/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- A man has been charged with reckless homicide in the overdose death of a Trempealeau County man.

On Friday, May 23, in Whitehall, Wis., Trempealeau County District Attorney Taavi McMahon announced th ... 

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Supreme Court takes up 30 percent rule (05/28/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- The Minnesota Supreme Court will have the final say on whether Winona's 30 percent rule stands or is struck down. The court decided last week that it would accept the case and make a ruling on th ... 

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Trinona rolling into town (05/28/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- There is nothing quite like knowing you will be participating in a triathlon to get yourself up and off the couch. For those who have signed up for the upcoming Trinona triathlon, as well as those who ... 

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Mixed messages on Cytec project (05/28/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- During a public hearing on a proposed expansion of Cytec Engineered Materials, neighbors' dreams for their homes and their concerns for safety clashed with residents' hopes for new jobs, Cyt ... 

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Drug Court celebrates first grad (05/28/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- On Thursday, the Drug Court of Winona County (DCWC) held its first graduation inside a small, but well packed, courtroom at the Winona County Courthouse. “Wow, what a group,” Judge Nancy L. Buytendorp ... 

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Black bear moves in along YY (05/28/2014)
By Sarah Squires -- Residents along County Road YY in Buffalo County near Fountain City have a new neighbor, one who outweighs whole families and who has a sweet tooth for bird food. The large black bear has been spotted ... 

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Sand mining revival in Winona County? (05/28/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- Three or four new frac sand mines may soon be proposed in Winona County. Minnesota Sands owner Rick Frick announced last week that his firm will pursue the development of "nine or ten" frac  ... 

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Is WSHS math curricula aligned with state? (05/28/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- WAPS report said 'yes,' teacher group documents said 'no'

Last November, the Winona Area Public Schools (WAPS) Board received a curricula report that indicated math was the  ... 

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More than learning to ride (05/28/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- In an empty lot beside the Winona Senior High School (WSHS) tennis courts on Thursday, May 22, 19-year-old Jaden Keeling demonstrated nearly a week’s worth of biking ability. Keeling, a senior at WSHS ... 

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Remembering fallen brothers-in-arms (05/28/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- Many Americans, especially younger generations, only have a general notion of who the men and women who died in service to our country, and those who were injured or captured in war, were. But for the ... 

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Level three sex offender moves into Minnesota City (05/28/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- The Winona County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) has released information regarding the release of a level three registered sex offender. As of May 27, 2014, Cody Marshal McCormick, 25, lives at an address i ... 

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U.S. art initiative hits home (05/28/2014)
by Kimberly Schneider

Michael Charron, dean of the School of Arts at Saint Mary’s University (SMU), attended an event hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House Tuesday, May 20.

Super ... 

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Memorial Day remembrance (05/28/2014)
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Parade float runs over boy (05/28/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- On Sunday, May 25, at 2:44 p.m. the Wisconsin State Patrol investigated a traffic incident that occurred on WIS 95 and St. Joseph’s Avenue in Arcadia, Wis. The incident, which happened during the Broi ... 

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WSU announces new dean of education (05/28/2014)
Winona State University announces the appointment of Tarrell Awe Agahe Portman to the position of Dean of the College of Education.

Portman most recently served as the Administrator/Coordinator for t ... 

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Bridge work to start next month (05/21/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- Would-be subcontractors and suppliers "speed dated" representatives of the general contracting firm for the Winona bridge project on Tuesday. Bids for the first two steps of the project have ... 

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Engineering skills put to use in Rollingstone garden (05/21/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- Last Saturday, in between baseball practices and dance recitals, Rollingstone Community School students, faculty and staff, along with members from the Rollingstone community, gathered at the school t ... 

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WAPS achievement plan will wait for parent input (05/21/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- On Monday, Winona Senior High School principal Kelly Halvorsen got her first chance to step into the role of Winona Area Public Schools (WAPS) director of teaching and learning, the position she will  ... 

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Talks of Hebert termination surfaced early (05/21/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- The Winona County Board apparently discussed firing former county Administrator Duane Hebert — and the legal delicacies of doing so — in a closed session a month and a half before its May 6 decision t ... 

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St. Charles debates flood near industrial park (05/21/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- After months of meetings and complaints, the city of St. Charles plans to hire an outside engineering firm to examine the drainage of the Chattanooga Industrial Park and the "Old Cartway" th ... 

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Corps to begin removing dredge material near Alma (05/21/2014)
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, in cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, will start removing 500,000 cubic yards of dredged material from the Grand Encampment islan ... 

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Cotter celebrates $6 million campaign (05/21/2014)
Benefactors and leaders of Cotter gathered on Wednesday night to celebrate the completion of the $6 million Bridging our Past…Building our Future Together Centennial Capital Campaign. The campaign sup ... 

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Head-on collision in Elk Creek (05/21/2014)
On May 18, at 8:20 p.m., the Trempealeau County Sheriff’s Department received a call of an accident on Highway 93 near the intersection of County E, Elk Creek, Wis. A southbound vehicle driven by Neil ... 

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WPD: use Wi-Fi password to protect personal information (05/21/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- The Winona Police Department (WPD) is advising homeowners, businesses and individuals with Wi-Fi networks to set a password to their Wi-Fi accounts. The WPD has received multiple complaints regarding  ... 

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Levee group rethinks big parts of park plan (05/19/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- As former Winona city manager and Levee Park Committee vice chair Eric Sorensen observed last month, everyone wants to see something done to improve Levee Park, but the question is what specifically a ... 

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Police investigate death (05/19/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- At 7:15 a.m. on Tuesday, May 13, deputies responded to a report of a deceased woman at trailer home in Hidden Valley. The body of Deanna Lea Sorenson Sobeck, 45, was found on a couch inside the traile ... 

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Hebert's data request on solar deal may wait (05/19/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- For years he was the ruler of county data and was spurred by the County Board to move more quickly to fulfill data requests and draft transparency policies. Now, former Winona County Administrator Dua ... 

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Next county head will have less power (05/19/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- The next full-fledged Winona County Administrator should have more oversight and less free rein than Duane Hebert did, County Board members Wayne Valentine and Steve Jacob agreed last week. The board  ... 

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Fallen officers remembered (05/19/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- On Wednesday, the flags outside the Winona Law Enforcement Center billowed in the wind at half-staff. Community members and law enforcement officers alike gathered in the uncharacteristically crisp Ma ... 

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WAPS teachers settle for $1.2M more in salary (05/19/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- At the Winona Area Public Schools (WAPS) Board meeting Thursday, the board unanimously voted to approve the new contract between the district and the Winona Education Association (WEA), also known as  ... 

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Special athletics highlights local youth (05/19/2014)
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St. Charles struggles to find Whitewater trail options (05/19/2014)
St. Charles city officials recently learned from Department of Natural Resources (DNR) officials that after reviewing options for a proposed seven-mile segment that would connect St. Charles to Whitew ... 

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Fun at the Levee (05/14/2014)
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Holte is interim Winona County Administrator (05/14/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- In a 4-1 vote, the Winona County Board appointed Maureen Holte as the new Winona County Interim Administrator. Commissioner Steve Jacob proposed appointing both Holte and Planning and Environmental Se ... 

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Through a mother's eyes: March of Dimes (05/14/2014)
By Sarah Squires -- Juniper Jean Hoy is a happy, healthy, 7.5-pound baby. She closes her tiny eyes while she nurses from a bottle; she smiles when she sleeps. Her mother, Jen Batey, thinks she's dreaming about the n ... 

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Emails reveal county response to solar deal threats (05/14/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- During the early moments of Winona County's response to the solar project controversy, the highest branches of power in the county disagreed about who had the right to be involved in handling the ... 

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WAPS principals union reaches tentative deal (05/14/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- On Monday, May 12, members from the Winona Area Public Schools (WAPS) negotiation committee and representatives from the Winona Administrators’ Association (WAA), which is the principals union, agreed ... 

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Level three sex offender moves to Homer Road (05/14/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- The Winona Police Department (WPD) has released information regarding the address change of a level three registered sex offender. As of April 30, 2014, Jason Michael Cieminski, 32, lives at an addres ... 

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The magic of memories (05/14/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- For Sally Mathews Inglett, watching her mother Nancy slip into the successive stages of Alzheimer’s Disease was like sitting through a long, melancholy film — she was able to witness the progression o ... 

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Fire damages High Forest Street apartment (05/14/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- On Tuesday, May 13, at 6:04 a.m. the Winona Fire Department (WFD) responded to a fire at a vacant, multi-unit apartment house located at 154 High Forest Street.

According to the WFD, there was heavy ... 

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Winona goes to war: home front memories (05/14/2014)
The Winona County Historical Society is planning the 2014 Voices from the Past: Woodlawn Cemetery Walk, and is looking for your stories and memories!

From standing in line to donate your nylons, to p ... 

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Levee group discusses Latsch Island dreams (05/12/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- Maybe the old swimming area at Latsch Island should be resurrected? Could a new development occur on the island, in the marina area, or on top of the former railroad bridge? Perhaps establishing a por ... 

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Farmers race the clock (05/12/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- It was a mad rush for area crop farmers this week. Diesel engines roared to life and seed corn streamed into hoppers. Farmers leapt into their tractor cabs with no time to spare and worked late into t ... 

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WAPS debates harassment policy (05/12/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- At the May first Winona Area Public Schools (WAPS) Board meeting, members unanimously voted to pass an updated version of the district’s harassment and violence policy. While the changes made are esse ... 

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'A wonderful blessing' (05/12/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- When six-year-old Anna Wester meets someone for the first time, it’s as if she has always known them. She asks their name and never forgets it, repeating the new word until she gets it right. She like ... 

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Special Athletics an opportunity for all (05/12/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- For 182 students in grades kindergarten through 12, the 2014 Special Athletic Competition (SAC) in Winona will be that meaningful time of year where they can participate in sports without their disabi ... 

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Hebert may sue county over termination (05/12/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- County Board to ponder replacement plan

Even as a potential new legal battle looms over its decision to fire former Winona County Administer Duane Hebert for gross misconduct in connection to a c ... 

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Get your tickets for Habitat’s 20th Birthday Celebration (05/12/2014)
Habitat for Humanity Winona-Fillmore Counties will hold its annual dinner on Friday, May 16, 2014, at Visions Event Center, starting at 6 p.m. This year, Habitat for Humanity is celebrating 20 years o ... 

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Police ID dead man found in RV (05/07/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- The body of 22-year-old Kevin Casserly was identified as the corpse found inside an RV last Thursday in Winona.

Casserly, who had been missing since this past November, was last seen near the North ... 

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Hebert fired over role in sour solar deal (05/07/2014)
by CHRIS ROGERS

and SARAH SQUIRES

Winona County Adminstrator Duane Hebert was fired and accused of gross misconduct and malfeasance by a unanimous vote of the Winona County Board on Tuesday. He ma ... 

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Solar project timeline (05/07/2014)
The following timeline is according to an investigation completed by the law firm Lockridge Grindal Nauen P.L.L.P. into county staff involvement in the solar panel project that sparked threats of a la ... 

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Will pedestrian safety study surface (05/07/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- After the latest in a string of pedestrian accidents on Broadway severely injured an elderly woman last November, a hauntingly familiar crash into the Mississippi River at Riverview Drive and Huff Str ... 

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Feature film grapples with suicide (05/07/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- In statistics, basic numbers and formulas are used to create a series of data. For example, the most recent data from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) done in 2010, has 38,364 as  ... 

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A nurse's tender touch (05/07/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- Before the clinic doors open to concerned visitors, before the carts are wheeled out for surgery, and before fragile newborns are swaddled tightly, Winona nurses don their scrubs, wash up, and prepare ... 

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Just passing through (05/07/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- The influx of birds gathering in Winona is all part of the annual migration north, with this Saturday, May 10, designated as the 2014 International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD). The occasion is chosen to ... 

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I-90 construction begins (05/07/2014)
Motorists can expect single lane traffic on Interstate 90 between Highway 76 and exit 266 at Nodine as crews work on a concrete overlay project, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation ... 

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Train and vehicle collide; Winona man injured (05/05/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- At 6:11 a.m. on Saturday, April 26, a Winona Police Department (WPD) officer in the area of Third and Ben streets heard a passing train applying its brakes. When he arrived at the train tracks at the  ... 

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Levee Park plans: what's next (05/05/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- Questions flew across the table at last week's Winona Levee Park Committee meeting. Should the committee recommend revisions to the park plan, which includes major changes to the Levee wall? Shou ... 

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Solar report, possible discipline Tuesday (05/05/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- On Tuesday night the Winona County Board is expected to publicly decide whether or not to take disciplinary action against county employees after meeting privately to discuss recent legal threats over ... 

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Rich traditions (05/05/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- For Winona Polish Hall of Fame inductee Mary Edel Beyer talking about the Polish food she was raised on brings back not only mouth-watering sensations, but memories of pigs, chickens, and sausage maki ... 

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Dead body found in RV in Winona (05/05/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- The body of a dead person was found inside a rented Anoka County RV after its occupants stopped at the Winona Shopko on Thursday night to investigate an odor. The occupants, who had picked up the RV f ... 

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Mississippi to hit 14.6 feet Tuesday (05/05/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- The spring showers of April have seemingly stuck around the Winona area for May, with no intention of transforming into flowers just yet. The consistent soggy weather this past week is expected to con ... 

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Fastest 10-year-old in the world (05/05/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- A flash of hot pink winds around the blacktop track out by Winona Senior High School on Highway 61, quickly followed by another flash, light blue in color. A signal from Ryan Ping and suddenly the two ... 

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Live @the Levee returns with third free concert (05/05/2014)
Live @the Levee will hold its third free concert including the Wonderful Super Duper Delicious Winona Variety Show and featuring headliner Ray Bonneville on Saturday, May 10 from noon to 10 p.m. at Le ... 

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Summer E.S.C.A.P.E. Lite at YMCA (05/05/2014)
For the past 18 years, the Winona Family Y has offered a dynamic school-age summer child care program, called Summer E.S.C.A.P.E. It was designed to allow children who need full-time child care the ch ... 

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A 15-year affair (04/30/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- Halfway around the world, more than 80 people gathered to cheer, flourish American flags, and wave welcome signs when a group of Winonans arrived in their city earlier this month. For the last 15 year ... 

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Commission rejects air proposal (04/30/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- A proposal to require air monitors to measure respirable frac sand dust at the fence lines of all frac sand facilities in the city of Winona was rejected by the city's Planning Commission Monday. ... 

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Petroleum spill at Jefferson School (04/30/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- Homeowners near Jefferson Elementary School might have been shocked and a little concerned, recently, after they received surveys about a petroleum leak at the school. The seepage happened last summer ... 

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WAPS achievement plan lags behind state timeline (04/30/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- In 2013, the Minnesota legislature lifted test score requirements for high school graduation and replaced them with the "World's Best Workforce" (WBWF). WBWF requires districts to craft ... 

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MMAM unveils paintings, plans (04/30/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- Five new paintings were unveiled at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum (MMAM) on Sunday to oohs and aahs from a crowd that included some of the museum’s most generous donors. The new pieces of art includ ... 

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Board to get solar investigation report (04/30/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- Investigators in the Winona County solar project probe will present their findings to the County Board by next Tuesday and the board will meet in closed session to discuss it. The report will not be i ... 

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MWMF success! (04/30/2014)
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TdM seeks plays for new series (04/30/2014)
Theatre du Mississippi (TdM) is seeking submissions of original plays for a new playreading series that will debut in June. NewPlay MonDay will be held several times throughout 2014 and 2015 as a way  ... 

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Election head will remain elected, for now (04/28/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- After more than a year without an auditor/treasurer and months of debate over the position, Winona County will seek candidates starting next month for the elected post charged with overseeing fair tax ... 

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County unions could ‘break’ SWCD deal (04/28/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- If Winona County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) staff members become Winona County employees — as the county has proposed in a deal to rescue the financially troubled SWCD — would they re ... 

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Riddle takes organic mission to Iran (04/28/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- Early next month, Winona County resident Jim Riddle is traveling to a country where no U.S. officials will go. The U.S. has not had formal relations with the country for over 30 years, President Georg ... 

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WAPS teachers reach 'tentative' deal (04/28/2014)
by AMELIA WEDEMEYER

and SARAH SQUIRES

On Tuesday, the Winona Area Public Schools (WAPS) teachers union and the district’s negotiations committee agreed to a tentative contract after nine hours of ... 

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City air monitoring debate renewed (04/28/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- Should frac sand dust in the air be monitored at the fence lines of sand-handling facilities in the city of Winona? After new recommendations from the Minnesota Environmental Quality Board (EQB), a re ... 

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WAPS facility committee report (04/28/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- The facilities committee, composed of community, business, parent, and education leaders, came up with the following suggestions after breaking into three groups and brainstorming ideas over the cours ... 

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WAPS tutors make lasting impact (04/28/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- On the last day before the long Easter weekend, several Winona Senior High School (WSHS) students sit on tables inside a classroom on the second floor of the high school. Friendly and welcoming, they  ... 

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Plans would add building, close WAPS schools (04/28/2014)
by AMELIA WEDEMEYER

and SARAH SQUIRES

It was 23 months ago when the Winona Area Public Schools (WAPS) Board directed superintendent Scott Hannon to form a committee to examine district facilities ... 

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New hours for Winona Farmers Market (04/28/2014)
The Winona Farmers market is gearing up for the opening of summer season on Saturday, May 3. New this season will be expanded Saturday market hours from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. To accommodate this change, ... 

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City ponders WSU ball field deal (04/23/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- A $5.4 million proposal by Winona State University (WSU) to convert a city softball field into a shared baseball field was greeted with mixed feelings by the Winona City Council on Monday. Contrary to ... 

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AllEnergy sand plans presented to Arcadia (04/23/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- The city of Arcadia, Wis., is being asked to ponder some big numbers. A proposed $50 million frac sand facility seeking annexation from the city would mine 260 acres, ship 1.2 million tons of sand per ... 

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Happy birthday, MWMF! (04/23/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- Most five-year-olds do not cut their birthday cake at sold out shows with nationally famous performers, but Mid West Music Fest (MWMF) is cooler than the average five-year-old.

"New acts, new v ... 

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Planting blue for abuse prevention (04/23/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- Outside the Family & Children’s Center (FCC) on Franklin Street, the metal stems of an unfamiliar bud bloom bright blue against the lawn of muddied green grass. Unlike the perennials of spring, howeve ... 

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Cotter Auction Saturday (04/23/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- The 35th annual Cotter Auction is a highly enjoyable charitable event for those who attend on Saturday, April 26, but for Cotter students, the auction is a vital fundraiser that provides a quality lea ... 

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Scam artist poses as Winona officer (04/23/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- The Winona Police Department (WPD) is currently looking into a scam involving someone claiming to be one of their own. On Friday, April 18, two men went to the residence of a woman living on Janet Mar ... 

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Rushford Farmers Market opens May 7 (04/23/2014)
Rushford Peterson Valley Farmers Market currently has a lineup of 12 vendors and has been contacted by many who are considering joining. The market is slated to open May 7 and runs through October 1,  ... 

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St. Charles Farmers Market seeks vendors (04/23/2014)
Do you like to grow vegetables, or make artistic crafts? Would you like an entertainment venue, or want to educate the community about a specific topic? Then perhaps you would like to join in this sum ... 

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Ash borer found in Winona (04/21/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- Winona State University (WSU) professor Neal Mundahl was not pleased to meet his new neighbor. Winona's newest resident is bad news, and, for the past two years, the city has been preparing for i ... 

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Full report on river crash revealed (04/21/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- The Minnesota State Patrol’s crash reconstruction report of the January 5, 2014, Mississippi River SUV accident that killed four people has shed light on the factors that contributed to the fatal acci ... 

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John Schneider remembered (04/21/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- Jean Schneider can still remember the retirement plans that she and her husband John had begun to talk about in the fall of 1980. John Schneider, a Winona County Sheriff’s Department investigator, had ... 

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Could interim shelter build momentum for Levee Park? (04/21/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- A proposal to install a semi-permanent event shelter, stage, or pavilion in Winona's Levee Park won support from the mayor's Levee Park Committee last week. Live @ the Levee, an organization ... 

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How livable is Winona County? (04/21/2014)
Officials in Winona County are asking residents and businesses for their input as part of a Health Impact Assessment (HIA) for the County’s Active Living Plan. The online survey seeks to determine the ... 

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Is Levee plan ready for engineers? (04/21/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- The fate of Levee Park may be determined in the next month and a half, including whether changes will be made to the conceptual plan and whether the Winona City Council will support it. At the Levee P ... 

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Facilities plans to WAPS board Tuesday (04/21/2014)
By Sarah Squires -- New school, school

closures on list of options

Replacing historic elementary schools with one new building; dividing students into buildings by grade level; sending younger children to the midd ... 

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Rushford man accused of abusing teen (04/21/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- On Thursday, April 10, the Winona County Attorney’s office formally filed four charges of criminal sexual conduct in the first-degree against Cayetano Avila Maldonado, 30, of Rushford. According to th ... 

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SMU’s ‘Row, Ride, Run Triathlon’ April 26 (04/21/2014)
The annual Saint Mary’s University “Row, Ride, Run Triathlon” will take place on Saturday, April 26, beginning at 9 a.m. at Lake Lodge in Winona and finishing on SMU’s Winona campus. About 150 athlete ... 

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Greener pastures for Dahl Chevrolet (04/16/2014)
By Patrick Marek -- If all goes as planned, Winona’s Chevrolet store will be leaving its longtime location at the foot of the Interstate Bridge and moving to greener pastures. That’s because Dahl Automotive has just anno ... 

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A stable heart (04/16/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- As the woman opened the door to the small stable, she released a rush of bright light that seemed to clear the shadows and dust and illuminate the area.

“Well, wells are deep," the woman said  ... 

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Mn/DOT pursues least expensive Hwy. 61/Gilmore fix (04/16/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- State claims it doesn't need city approval

Winona City Council member Allyn Thurley called it a "band-aid;" Mayor Mark Peterson called it a "minimal fix" not the "rea ... 

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An interactive drama (04/16/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- Have you ever wanted to change the ending of an otherwise perfect story? Maybe there was a movie or play that would have been flawless had it not included a certain scene or character’s decision. Stor ... 

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County defends Nisbit mine permit (04/16/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- Last fall, after two years of public debate, operators fired up the backhoe at the 20-acre Nisbit mine in southwestern Winona County, but the court battle over the decision continues. Last week, lawye ... 

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Dyngus Day at the Polish Museum (04/16/2014)
On the Monday after Easter, April 21 this year, the Polish people celebrate Dyngus Day, a tradition arising from religious ritual that reminds its participants of their Baptism. It involves spritzing  ... 

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Winonans explore Antarctica (04/16/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- When Winonan Kurt Sarkiaho heard a presentation by Winona State University professor emeritus Carol Jefferson describing penguins and seals going blind from overexposure to UV rays on her recent trip  ... 

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River crash report complete — no charges (04/16/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- Officials

withhold

full report

In a joint news conference on Monday, Winona County Sheriff Dave Brand and Winona County Attorney Karin Sonneman said that no criminal charges will be filed as  ... 

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DAC garage sale May 2, 3 (04/16/2014)
The Winona County Developmental Achievement Center (DAC) has announced plans to hold its fourth annual garage sale on Friday, May 2, and Saturday, May 3, 2014, in conjunction with the 100 mile garage  ... 

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Dyngus Day at the Polish Museum (04/16/2014)
On the Monday after Easter, April 21 this year, the Polish people celebrate Dyngus Day, a tradition arising from religious ritual that reminds its participants of their Baptism. It involves spritzing  ... 

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Sex offender released in Minnesota City (04/16/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- by AMELIA WEDEMEYER

The Winona Police Department (WPD) announced the release of a level-three sex offender to Winona County. Amelioloena Jonquese Mitchell, 30, is set to be released on May 6, 2014 ... 

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River accident report to be released (04/14/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- While spring has already begun to show itself in the warmer weather and the appearance of new buds, winter lingers on in in our memories of three separate cases involving death in Winona County.

R ... 

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MWMF celebrates five years (04/14/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- With over 120 acts descending on downtown Winona for a weekend of music and friendship, this year's Mid West Music Fest (MWMF) will be the biggest ever. This year also marks the five-year anniver ... 

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SWCD floats new proposal to county (04/14/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- A new counter-counterproposal seeking more county funding may be the next step in the ongoing debate over the future of the cash-strapped Winona County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD). The ... 

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Safe place for children, victims (04/14/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- For many divorcees and separated couples, dropping children off for a visit with the other parent can be a tense experience when the conflict between mom and dad threatens to bubble up. For battered m ... 

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Bullying bill signed into law (04/14/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- Last Wednesday, April 9, 2014, Governor Mark Dayton signed the Safe and Supportive Schools Act at the Capital in St. Paul. The law, which has been a source of controversy for lack of bipartisan suppor ... 

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G-E-T shoe designs are works of art (04/14/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- There are pink udders used as heels on one pair, while another has guitar necks that shoot straight up from the back, like a rock-and-roll modified hightop. Yet another pair has lifelike butterflies f ... 

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Government workers, politics, and the internet (04/14/2014)
by Sarah Squires

and Amelia Wedemeyer

“Show the Republicans how democracy works.”

“Join Team Obamacare”

“Unbelievable, Mitch McConnell thinks he can just waltz into Minnesota, buy Senator Al F ... 

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Fire destroys feed mill in Whitehall (04/14/2014)
On Wednesday, April 9, the Trempealeau County Dispatch Center received a report that there was a fire at Larson Agri Service Feed Mill, 18314 Scranton Street, Whitehall, Wis.

Upon arriving on scene t ... 

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Winhawks baseball begins! (04/14/2014)
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WMS talent show April 15 (04/14/2014)
The annual Winona Middle School Talent Show sponsored by the Student Council will hold the Finals Competition on Tuesday, April 15, at 3:45 p.m. in the WMS auditorium. The preliminary competitions too ... 

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Masonic drops are dropping; stage unsafe (04/09/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- As of last month, no one is allowed on the stage of the Masonic Temple theater because the theater's one-of-a-kind collection of backdrops might fall and seriously hurt or kill them, according to ... 

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County investigation to focus on staff (04/09/2014)
by SARAH SQUIRES

and CHRIS ROGERS

In the wake of a threatened lawsuit against Winona County over a solar project and County Administrator Duane Hebert being abruptly placed on paid administrative ... 

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Post crew goes the extra — extra! — mile (04/09/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- For many, receiving the Winona Post is as easy as simply picking it up from the front door, or grabbing it from its red newspaper tube. But for those who make sure every house receives the edition of  ... 

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Plan would connect Wis. trails to Winona (04/09/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) hopes to complete a bicycle path and railroad overpass connecting Winona to Wisconsin's Great River State Trail by the end of 2016. The project ... 

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Developer plans 74 Valley Oaks twin homes (04/09/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- In a split vote, the Winona Planning Commission recommended approval of a rezone to allow Rivers Development to build 74 townhouse-like duplex units, or twin homes, in the southernmost section of the  ... 

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WAPS talks collaboration with higher ed (04/09/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- On Friday, April 4, at 6:00 p.m. in the Winona County History Center’s Wanek Hall, leaders from Winona Area Public Schools (WAPS), Winona State University (WSU), Saint Mary’s University (SMU) and Minn ... 

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Bowl for Kids' Sake April 10-11 (04/09/2014)
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the 7 Rivers Region is appealing to the community to support Bowl for Kids’ Sake, one of the mentoring organization’s largest annual fundraisers, which raises money needed  ... 

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Get tickets for WH Mother’s Day Tea event (04/09/2014)
The Winona Health Auxiliary’s annual Tea will be Saturday, May 10. This year’s event will be at 11:30 a.m. at the Elks Lodge, #327, 4540 North Service Drive, Winona, Minn. Tickets are $15 at the Glady ... 

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National Weather Service: spring flood risks low this year (04/09/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- As the familiar signs of spring begin to arrive in Southeast Minnesota — the sudden sound of chirping birds, extended hours of daylight, and the puddles of melted snow that seem to accumulate on every ... 

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Poetry slam at WPL (04/09/2014)
Do you enjoy the power of words? How about poetry?

The Winona Public Library is having a poetry slam. The slam will be on Thursday, April 17, at 6 p.m. in the Bell Art Room of the Winona Public Libr ... 

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Results in for Buffalo, Trempealeau county elections (04/07/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- Frac sand opponents won several victories in Trempealeau County and Buffalo County elections last week. A number of races were hotly contested in both counties and, in a rare circumstance, there may b ... 

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Teens injured, one seriously, in crash (04/07/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- On Thursday, March 3, at 6:02 p.m., the Minnesota State Patrol responded to a report of an accident causing serious injuries at the intersection of Highway 61 and Orrin Street. Aaron W. Walters, 26, o ... 

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Winona County layoffs are on the table (04/07/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- Layoffs are on the table for Winona County workers. In its last strategic planning meeting on March 11, the County Board agreed to give further consideration to staffing changes that could result in l ... 

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Marek's 'Off-Awful' wins LA awards (04/07/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- Of all the questions about Winona native Sarah Jane Marek’s move to New York City nearly five years ago to pursue her dream of making it as an actress, there was one that seemed to pop up periodically ... 

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Climate debate heats up county parks group (04/07/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- Global climate change was a hot topic at last week's Winona County Parks and Environment Committee. The committee's mission — and whether it includes addressing climate change — has been the ... 

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Solar suit postponed; NES demands answers (04/07/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- Assistant County Attorney Susan Cooper has been named coordinator of the outside investigation into the recent Winona County solar project dispute. The solar company that threatened to sue the county  ... 

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Ed Village makes House bonding bill (04/07/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- Winona State University's (WSU) over $22 million Education Village project would be fully funded under the state bonding bill proposal approved by one committee of the Minnesota House of Represen ... 

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Man referred for charges after shots fired (04/07/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- On Thursday, April 3, 2014, at 7:43 p.m., police received multiple calls to report suspected gun shots from the alley behind a residence on the 200 block of Center Street. Police found the suspect and ... 

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A fair to remember (04/07/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer --  ... 

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Bullying bill clears Senate (04/07/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- On Thursday, the Minnesota Senate passed the “Safe and Supportive Schools Act,” a bill meant to strengthen school districts’ bullying policies, with a 36-31 vote. Support for the controversial bill, w ... 

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Monument to honor the Purple Hearts (04/02/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- The Winona combat wounded veterans chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart is currently looking for donations to help erect a Purple Heart Monument in Winona’s Veterans Park. The monument, w ... 

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Public gets a look at Levee plans (04/02/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- Supporters seemed to outnumber critics among the droves of Winonans at the public airing of the new Levee Park plan Monday evening. The Levee Park Committee presented conceptual designs developed by c ... 

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County hires investigator in solar scandal (04/02/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- Winona County Administrator Duane Hebert and Sustainability Coordinator Anne Morse will remain on paid administrative leave, and an outside investigator will look into the role county staff had in a s ... 

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Mandala meets Easter eggs (04/02/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- Work of local artist Heather Bach to be in USA Weekend

It was not until recently that local Winona artist Heather Bach, who creates artwork under the name Lunamada — luna (Spanish for moon) and a ... 

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Bridge construction will disrupt business (04/02/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- For some residents, the Winona bridge project may be the largest construction project of their lifetime, and a project of that size does not come without some disruptions. How street closures and traf ... 

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Board leery of roof project costs (04/02/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- Last Tuesday, the Winona County Board took the next step toward replacing the roof and rooftop air handling unit of the county government center on Main Street at a combined estimated cost of $725,000 ... 

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WAPS to talk with higher ed leaders (04/02/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- This Friday, April 4, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Wanek Hall at the Winona County History Center, the Winona Area Public Schools (WAPS) Board and administrators will meet with representatives from Winona ... 

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History of Redeemer Preschool (04/01/2014)
By --

Pastor William Flesch Emeritus

Heidi Braun, Director/Teacher

Preface – by Bill Flesch

Our family, Sharon and I and our two toddlers, Travis and Sarah, arrived in Winona in June 1973. We ha ... 

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Hebert's response: 'My livelihood and career' (03/31/2014)
By Sarah Squires -- Hebert's response

'My livelihood and career'

The following is a statement from Winona County Administrator Duane Hebert issued Friday after he was placed on paid administrative leav ... 

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Kryzsko gets $4M renovation (03/31/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- The $4 million dollar expansion and renovation of Winona State University (WSU) Kryzsko Commons is set for public viewing in June 2014. The work on the student union was in response to growing student ... 

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Levee Park and five decades of plans (03/31/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- Monday is the big day for Levee Park. After over a year of meetings, Winona's latest Levee Park Committee is showing off new plans to the public at an open house. The voices of average Winonans w ... 

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Hebert, Morse, on administrative leave (03/31/2014)
By Sarah Squires -- "Do we put him on administrative leave now?

"He's going to sue us regardless.

"That will hurt [Novel Energy "Solutions].

Does somebody want to make that motion? Does somebo ... 

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Tuesday is election day in Buffalo, Trempealeau counties (03/31/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- Tuesday, April 1, is election day in Wisconsin. From finances to frac sand, below are the stances of county board candidates within the Winona Post coverage area in Buffalo and Trempealeau counties.  ... 

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Riverview Drive closed for rail work Tuesday (03/31/2014)
By -- Union Pacific Railroad will be reconstructing a rail crossing on Riverview Drive on Tuesday, April 1. Riverview Drive from Second Street to Prairie Island Road will be closed to through traffic to acc ... 

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WAPS preschool open enrollment available (03/31/2014)
By -- Winona Area Public Schools offers two preschool opportunities through its Community Education department. Community KIDS Preschool is located at Goodview Elementary, 5100 West Ninth Street, in the Ear ... 

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Day care provider threatened with gun, police allege (03/26/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- Carolyn Sue Holland, 56, of Spring Valley, Minn., was charged with first-degree burglary and fifth-degree assault causing fear after she allegedly threatened a day care provider with a gun.

Accordin ... 

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Hill makes top 10 Teacher of Year list (03/26/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- It came as no surprise that the first thing to come out of teacher Lora Hill’s mouth after she received the phone call informing her that she had been named one of the top 10 finalists for Minnesota T ... 

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Police arrest Winona man; 38 grams meth seized (03/26/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- On Friday, March 21, at 4:49 a.m. Winona police arrested Michael Benjamin Price, 25, after executing a search warrant at his residence on the 950 block of West Third Street, where police seized 38.21  ... 

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Fire Marshal Jim Multhaup to retire (03/26/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- Countless school children dream of becoming a firefighter, of rushing down a pole, driving a gleaming red fire engine, and bursting into burning houses, axe in hand, to save families and their dogs, t ... 

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Homelessness and the prison cycle (03/26/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- Part two in a series

When Dan Fischer was released from prison, he could not find a place to go. He said corrections agents were going to release him onto the street, give him two weeks to find a p ... 

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A draft vision for the future (03/26/2014)
By Sarah Squires -- The Winona County Comprehensive Land Use Plan Committee has been at work for months, amending the 2000 Comprehensive Plan and soliciting public input to help create a new vision for the future of Wino ... 

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Ash borer found along CR 17 (03/26/2014)
By -- Photo by Carol Jefferson

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture recently confirmed an emerald ash borer infestation on property on County Road 17, just 600 feet from the border of recently-annexed ... 

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Duran chosen as new SE Tech president (03/24/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- The newly appointed president of Minnesota State College — Southeast Technical (MSCST), Dr. Dorothy Duran, made her first public appearance as the next college president at the technical school’s Wino ... 

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Police still investigating death of Rollingstone man (03/24/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- Answers are still needed to resolve the mystery surrounding what happened to Glenn Peter Brown, the 57-year-old Winona man who was found dead in the back yard of a Rollingstone residence on Sunday, Ma ... 

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Woman, dog killed in crash (03/24/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- On Thursday, March 20, at 6 a.m. the Minnesota State Patrol received a report of a head-on accident involving two vehicles on Highway 14 in Lewiston that resulted in the death of Tammy J. Mack, 33, of ... 

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Contract mediation requested by teachers (03/24/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- The Winona Area Public Schools (WAPS) teachers union has filed for mediation after holding only one formal meeting with the district's negotiation committee earlier this fall, a meeting in which  ... 

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Some homeless after county gaffe (03/24/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- Part one in a series

Prior to July 2013, Winona County apparently mishandled state funds — likely tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of dollars — meant for housing disabled adults by  ... 

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SWCD: can we trust Winona County? (03/24/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- A proposed merger with Winona County divided the Winona County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) board between those who do not trust Winona County and see its recent proposal to absorb SWC ... 

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City planners question council traffic plan (03/24/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- The Winona Planning Commission questioned a recent proposal to install stop signs at most uncontrolled intersections in town and raised the issue of pedestrian safety last week.

At the request of Ma ... 

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Fishing seminar March 29 (03/24/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- The motivation for Gene Glomski’s youth fishing seminar can be traced back to the early morning hours one day during the Vietnam War, when at the last minute, Glomski was sent overseas to Germany rath ... 

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Contract signed for new WAPS supt. (03/24/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- Winona Area Public Schools (WAPS) Board members voted unanimously to enter into a contract with Dr. Stephen West as the district’s new top administrator. West will replace current superintendent Scott ... 

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Lawsuit may loom over county solar project (03/24/2014)
By Sarah Squires -- Winona County is bracing for a potential lawsuit stemming from a renewable energy project that has apparently progressed without permission granted by the full County Board.

Board members will meet  ... 

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Crash sends 3 to hospital (03/24/2014)
By -- On March 20, the Trempealeau County Sheriff’s Department received a call of a two vehicle accident on USH53/54/93 in the Township of Gale.

A 2012 Nissan Juke driven by Amber Pfaff, 24, of Galesville ... 

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Miller introduces reciprocity bill (03/24/2014)
By -- Senator Jeremy Miller (R-Winona) introduced Senate File 2798; bipartisan legislation to address the issue of income tax reciprocity between Minnesota and Wisconsin. Senate File 2798 will require the C ... 

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WVS to host ‘Silpada’ party March 25 (03/24/2014)
By -- Winona Volunteer Services will host a “Silpada” party on March 25 from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring a canned food item to be entered into a drawing to win a half-priced jewelr ... 

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Police believe alleged drug dealer had gang ties (03/19/2014)
By -- As the result of an ongoing drug investigation between the Buffalo County Sheriff’s Office and city of Mondovi Police Department, drug agents from the sheriff’s office and officers from the Mondovi Po ... 

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Levee group to critics: not our plan (03/19/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- Growing public criticism has spurred Levee Park project leaders to distance themselves from a recently released plan for the park, and to accelerate the public input process. The plan, released at the ... 

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Sunshine Week lasts all year at the Winona Post (03/19/2014)
By Sarah Squires -- From private government negotiation talks to bridge replacement cost estimates and school disciplinary records, Minnesota local governments maintain data that is important to you and the community. Th ... 

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5K season up and running (03/19/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- There may still be ice on Lake Winona, but run/walk season is already underway. This month's tolerably warm temperatures have drawn cooped-up runners and strollers to the lake in droves. For thos ... 

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200 cases of welfare fraud uncovered (03/19/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- Over the last nine months, a new local investigator uncovered 200 cases of alleged welfare fraud, including roughly 20 in Winona, saving taxpayers $600,000. Two hundred recipients in Winona, Wabasha,  ... 

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2010 tapes reveal WAPS contract conflict (03/19/2014)
By Sarah Squires -- It was 2010, and the Winona Area Public School (WAPS) Board had been embroiled in a contract dispute with the WAPS teachers union for months. The state was searching for a solution to a $1.2 billion d ... 

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WAPS to lay off 17 educators (03/19/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- At the upcoming Winona Area Public Schools (WAPS) Board meeting, WAPS administrators will present an overview regarding the termination and non-renewal of teaching contracts for 17 probationary teache ... 

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Familiar face to front WPD (03/19/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- Winona will soon welcome a new prominent face to the community, a face that may be familiar to some. Winona Police Department (WPD) officer Eric Mueller, who has been with the WPD for over 13 years, w ... 

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Police investigate death of Winona man (03/19/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- The cause of death of a 57-year-old Winona man found in Rollingstone Sunday has been determined as blood loss combined with hypothermia, according to the Winona County Sheriff’s Department. Law enforc ... 

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Residents escape fire unharmed (03/19/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- On Friday, March 14, at 4:07 p.m., the Winona Fire Department (WFD) responded to a call regarding a fire at an apartment on the 100 block of East King Street. According to the WFD, while there was a t ... 

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An old-fashioned barn dance (03/19/2014)
By -- 20th season for Lanesboro group

The Lanesboro Barn Dance begins its 20th season on Saturday, March 29, at the Sons of Norway Hall in Lanesboro. The dance starts at 8 p.m. and runs until 11 p.m. wit ... 

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Goodview Sandlot Baseball registration (03/19/2014)
By -- Goodview Sandlot Baseball will host a mass registration this Saturday, March 22, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Goodview City Hall for all 11 to 4 year olds interested in playing baseball this year. Attend ... 

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One hero's story: from dusty road to dusty road (03/19/2014)
By -- From: James Puz

We first met in 1983 at the pharmacy. With his rank, the address on the prescription, showed we lived only a few streets apart.

Noticing that, we struck up a brief conversation an ... 

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Open house on new county comp plan March 24 (03/17/2014)
By -- The public is welcomed to attend an open house with representatives of the Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee and Planning Department staff to gather your thoughts and recommendations on preliminar ... 

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W-K art club helps kids create (03/17/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- To the delighted surprise of Washington-Kosiusco (W-K) Elementary School art teacher Jeff Morgan, his after school art club still manages to bring a good number of kids together, even with the introdu ... 

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New synthetic drug kills youth (03/17/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- A tiny blue baggie covered with the images of gold crowns seemed to mark death on two separate occasions within days — and blocks — of one another in Mankato last week.

According to a statement by t ... 

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Fastenal awarded for global trade (03/17/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- On Tuesday, Winona-based Fastenal Co. was one of nine Minnesota firms recognized by Governor Mark Dayton as a recipient of the 2013 Governor’s International Trade Award. Founded in 1967 by Cotter High ... 

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Dr. Fenske retires after 60 years (03/17/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- After 60 years of practicing medicine, Friday was Dr. Arnold Fenske's last day at work. Right up until his final bow at Winona Health, the 84-year-old cancer survivor was still working into the e ... 

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Farmland taxes to rise; county seeks relief (03/17/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- Winona County farmland values are going up, again. Evaluations of tillable cropland will increase by 15 percent this year from roughly $7,000 per acre for the best cropland to $8,000 per acre. Last ye ... 

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Railway moves to contain oil spill (03/17/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) took action this week to block oil spilled on tracks in February from running off into sensitive wildlife areas and waterways. As part of the emergency response required  ... 

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Expanding the heart: learn more about adoption (03/17/2014)
By -- Adoption is a great way to start or expand your family. Catholic Charities will be offering an opportunity for people to gain information about adoption through an informational meeting. Anyone thinki ... 

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Food for Kidz volunteer opportunity (03/17/2014)
By -- The East Winona County Chapter of Thrivent Financial is going to Stewartville on Saturday, April 5, 2014, to partner with the Kiwanis to pack meal bags for hungry children around the world. The shift  ... 

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Winona man found dead in Rollingstone (03/17/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- Police discovered a grisly scene Sunday in Rollingstone: a bloody trail that ended at the body of a 57-year-old Winona man, lying face-first in a snowy back yard.

On March 16, 2014 at 3:39 p.m. the ... 

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Dare pancake breakfast (03/12/2014)
By -- The Goodview Police Reserves and Winona County D.A.R.E. will hold a pancake breakfast on March 23 at the Elks Lodge in Goodview.

Breakfast, including pancakes, sausage, coffee, juice or milk, will b ... 

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County, housing agency to break ties? (03/12/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- The Winona County Board discussed a plan that would give commissioners the power to withdraw from the Southeast Minnesota Multi-county Housing and Redevelopment Authority (SEMMCHRA) this week. Concern ... 

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Sheriff investigates shooting death (03/12/2014)
By Sarah Squires -- Police are investigating the shooting death of a former Winona State University (WSU) professor who was killed last weekend in his rural Pickwick home.

Police were called to the home of Mickey Lynn E ... 

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Houston Owl Fest a hoot (03/12/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- On the opening night of Houston’s International Festival of Owls (IFO), four owls brought by Iowa’s Saving Our Avian Resources (SOAR) were introduced like Russian stacking dolls, starting with Zen, th ... 

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Concrete vs. asphalt: county road debate (03/12/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- Few things are as irritating as taxes and rutted roads, and, for some, how well a local government minimizes both is the ultimate test of its performance. With that in mind, the Winona County Board fa ... 

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Dalai Lama embraces local family (03/12/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- Nancy and Tony Patzner's latest trip to the Mayo Clinic early this month was just another routine visit. The mother and son are regulars at the clinic. Tony suffers from a rare genetic disorder  ... 

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Glacier Sands explains sand plant rezone delay (03/12/2014)
By Sarah Squires -- Attorney wants to

reengage community

Earlier this month, developers proposing a multimillion dollar sand rail transfer facility in Buffalo County withdrew a rezone request just prior to an expecte ... 

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Courts seize $53K in alleged cocaine funds (03/12/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- When police collected all of the money from the purses, shoeboxes, and other nooks and crannies within Nicole Poillon’s Winona apartment, they initially tried counting it by hand, but quickly realized ... 

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Audition for the Winona Variety Show (03/12/2014)
By -- Do you have a talent you would like to share with the community in about five minutes? Come to the auditions to show what you have in mind and to learn how to participate to the Fifth Super Duper Del ... 

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Beethoven Fest packages on sale (03/12/2014)
By -- Festival ticket packages for the 2014 Minnesota Beethoven Festival go on sale March 11. The 2014 season includes nine performances from June 29 to July 20, featuring Sir James Galway, the Orpheus Cham ... 

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Challenge grant for Ready Set School (03/12/2014)
By -- Ready Set School is pleased to announce that Winona Radio has offered it a $10,000 challenge grant. Jerry Papenfuss, owner of Winona Radio said, “We are honored to help Ready Set School assist over 1 ... 

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Attention ‘Downton Abbey’ fans: book discussion is for you (03/10/2014)
By -- Winona Public Library is holding the monthly mid-afternoon book discussion group on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 2 p.m. in the Bell Art Room of the Library.

This month’s discussion will be on “The Ame ... 

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Sneak peek of GRSF designs (03/10/2014)
By -- Great River Shakespeare Festival invites the public to attend their Spring Design Preview event on Sunday, March 23 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. This event will showcase the preliminary work of GRSF’s design ... 

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Spring break is back (03/10/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- Spring break plans for the 2014-2015 school year can continue as planned after the Winona Area Public Schools (WAPS) Board approved a district-wide calendar option presented Thursday night, which give ... 

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Efficiency vs. autonomy at heart of SWCD debate (03/10/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- Could Winona County Administrator Duane Hebert be signing the paychecks for Winona County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) Manager Daryl Buck in the not-too-distant future? It is the latest ... 

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'Winona's biggest cheerleader' chosen (03/10/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- On a vote of five to two, Dr. Stephen West was named Thursday by the Winona Area Public Schools (WAPS) Board as the district’s next superintendent. The board’s approval of West, who most recently serv ... 

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Dive & Rescue work rewarded (03/10/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- On Wednesday night, the Lanesboro Fire Department (LFD) donated $5,000 to the Winona County Dive and Rescue team for its efforts in recovering the bodies of Blake Overland, Matthew Erickson, and Andre ... 

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Will Winona support levee wall removal in park (03/10/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- The city of Winona Levee Park Committee has become less optimistic about a core feature in conceptual designs for the park: a proposal to move the levee wall in the park and replace part of it with re ... 

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Announcing auditions for HCO’s Seussical (03/10/2014)
By -- Be a star with Home and Community Options 2014 summer musical production! This is your call to audition for “Seussical.” Based on the celebrated books of Dr. Seuss, “Seussical” introduces audiences to ... 

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April 26: save the date for the Cotter Auction (03/10/2014)
By -- Save the date for the 35th Annual Cotter Auction on Saturday, April 26, at the John Nett Recreation Center.

This year the event will “Soar to New Heights” as auction participants will be able to bid  ... 

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Predatory offender moves to East Third St. (03/10/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- A level-two predatory offender has been released and is now living at a Winona address according to the Winona Police Department (WPD). As of February 19, 2014, Dorelle Lynn Harris, 38, lives in the 1 ... 

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Preparing for that big job interview? (03/10/2014)
By -- An interview preparation workshop will be held at the Winona WorkForce Center. When you come to a job interview primed and confident, it highlights your work ethic — you took the time to prepare — to  ... 

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Trempealeau Co. Sheriff’s office implements video visitation (03/10/2014)
By -- In an effort to improve safety and security of the Trempealeau County Jail, as well as a cost-saving measure for the county and visitors, the Jail Division has implemented a web-based video visitation ... 

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Promoting Modern Ag event March 27 (03/05/2014)
By -- The third annual Promoting Modern Agriculture (PMA) event has been scheduled for March 27, at the Riverport Inn, Winona. Farmers and farm groups are encouraged to work together to educate the public a ... 

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WAPS negotiations have only just begun (03/05/2014)
By -- Sarah Squires and

Amelia Wedemeyer

The Winona Area Public Schools (WAPS) teachers' union has formally met only once with the district's Negotiations Committee, in contrast to 58 percent  ... 

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Board reviews Hebert; summary lacks details (03/05/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- In a closed meeting last month, the Winona County Board reviewed the performance of the highest paid and arguably most powerful county employee: county administrator Duane Hebert. The board provided t ... 

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Will Port Authority partner with WAIDA on 1-90 land? (03/05/2014)
By Sarah Squires -- Should the city of Winona Port Authority partner with the Winona Area Industrial Development Association (WAIDA) to help spur industrial growth on WAIDA property in Wilson Township near I-90? City Cou ... 

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Council considers signs for 120 intersections (03/05/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- Scores of new stop signs would be installed and right-of-way changes involving over 120 intersections would be made under a proposal released by Winona leaders on Monday. The plan would add stop signs ... 

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A letter fit for a Queen (03/05/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- It was Queen Elizabeth II’s canary yellow coat that caught Shirley Winkels’ eye as she paged through a book about queens at the Winona Public Library.

“Oh, it was yellow!” Winkles recalled, “and the ... 

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Credit offered for frozen pipe prevention (03/05/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- In a unanimous vote, the Winona City Council agreed to grant utility credits to homeowners who have run water to prevent their water service lines from freezing. The council ultimately selected the mo ... 

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A snowy scene (03/05/2014)
By --  ... 

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Winona Health offers free smoking cessation (03/05/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- Starting Thursday, March 20, Winona Health will begin its spring smoking cessation program. Free to the public, the program will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday nights for four weeks.

“It do ... 

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Cotter's annual concert Sunday (03/05/2014)
By -- The Cotter High School music department will present the Annual Spring Band Concert on Sunday, March 9, at 2 p.m. in the St. Cecilia theatre on the Cotter campus. The Concert and Symphonic bands will  ... 

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Purchase WAPS Gala tickets (03/05/2014)
By -- Don’t miss the opportunity to celebrate public education by attending the Foundation for Winona Area Public Schools Gala on Saturday, March 15 from 6-10 p.m. at the Visions Event Center.

If you hav ... 

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SMU benefit for Richter family March 15 (03/05/2014)
By -- Saint Mary’s will present the 14th annual Taylor Richmond Benefit Dance from 8:30 p.m. to midnight Saturday, March 15.

The beneficiary of this year’s formal dance — open to the public — is Jason Rich ... 

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Has WAPS found a new supt.? Board to decide Thursday (03/03/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- It was a “busy, productive day” for the two Winona Area Public School (WAPS) Board members who visited the communities of Eden Prairie and Richfield as part of the final consideration of whether to of ... 

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Conflict, fallout in final months of Levee Park planning (03/03/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- Next Saturday was going to be the big day for Levee Park. After a year of committee discussions and designers' work, bold new plans for the park that seek to reconnect the island city with the mi ... 

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Fifth MWMF will benefit MMAM program (03/03/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- Winona’s own Mid West Music Fest (MWMF) is set to bring some of the best regional talents to town April 24 through 26. For the festival’s fifth anniversary this year, over 60 regional bands, including ... 

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Consultant plan revealed (03/03/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- Winona's riverfront is burdened by the unintended consequences of industrial infrastructure and flood protection, asserted University of Minnesota (U of M) designers in the "Vision Plan" ... 

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Students embrace Shakespeare (03/03/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- For Winona Senior High School (WSHS) freshman Emily Perkins, joining the Shakespeare in Schools production of “The Tragedy of Julius Caesar,” during the Great River Shakespeare Festival (GRSF) residen ... 

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Winona had 64 pedestrian accidents in 10 years (03/03/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- Sergeant Thad Pool jumped out of his squad car and rushed toward the victim "She was lying east of the crosswalk, face down in a large puddle of blood coming from her head," Pool wrote in hi ... 

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Buffalo County Board to vote on rezone request near C-FC (03/03/2014)
By Sarah Squires -- The Buffalo County Board will vote Tuesday on a request to rezone a 350-acre parcel near the Cochrane-Fountain City School to house a facility that would load frac sand and grain onto trains. The prop ... 

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Frozen pipe credit, roads, on Winona Council agenda (03/03/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- What streets will the city repair next year? Should the city add stop signs at uncontrolled intersections in neighborhoods? On Monday, the Winona City Council will discuss that and a proposal for impr ... 

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Ridgeway to host DNR firearms course (03/03/2014)
By -- Ridgeway Community School will host a Minnesota Department of Natural Resource Firearms Safety Class on Tuesday evenings in March and April. A DNR Firearms Certification is required of anyone born aft ... 

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Warrant issued for sex offender (03/03/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- The Winona Police Department (WPD) has released a felony warrant for the arrest of a level two sex offender. Osei Junior Owusu, 22, moved to a residence in the 800 block of West Fifth Street on Tuesda ... 

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Full school day Feb. 28 (02/26/2014)
By -- Due to extra snow days, the early release day planned for professional development for WAPS faculty has been cancelled. February 28, 2014 will now be a full day of school for students in the Winona Ar ... 

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House overcome by carbon monoxide (02/26/2014)
By -- On February 23, at 4:32 p.m. the Trempealeau County Sheriff’s Department received a report of an unknown medical issue at N26765 Rainey Valley Road, Arcadia. A police officer and fire department membe ... 

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3 arrested in Wis. drug bust (02/26/2014)
By -- On February 22, at approximately 3:40 p.m. the Trempealeau County Sheriff’s Department arrested three people in Galesville in connection with a drug investigation and delivery of suspected crack cocai ... 

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Car/semi collide (02/26/2014)
By -- On Thursday, February 20, at 4:50 p.m. the Buffalo County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a two-vehicle head-on crash in the town of Milton. A 1998 Honda Civic driven by Nathan Moyer-Van Alstine,  ... 

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A topsy, turvy good time (02/26/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- There was an air of familiarity during the dress rehearsal for Winona Health Auxiliary’s “Topsy Turvy Television Follies 2” (TTTF2) on Monday night, not only in the sketches and songs that model thems ... 

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Oil car safety debated (02/26/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- Oil tank cars on local railroads are "moving time bombs," declared a sign held by picketers outside Winona City Hall on Monday, where U.S. Representative Tim Walz met with area mayors, fire  ... 

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Poetry season begins with Maria Faust contest (02/26/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- The Great River Shakespeare Festival (GRSF) is currently holding its seventh annual sonnet contest. Winners will receive cash prizes, and the public is encouraged to submit their sonnets.

“I’m actua ... 

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30% rule legal (02/26/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- The city of Winona's 30 percent rule was upheld by the Minnesota Court of Appeals. In a ruling on Monday, three appellate court judges affirmed the Winona District Court decision that the rule, w ... 

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St. Stan's students give curling a try (02/26/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- The interest in the sport of curling — which can be traced back to medieval times on frozen ponds in Scotland — seems to spike for a couple of weeks in February every four years as the Winter Olympics ... 

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Will Winona pay to beautify box girder bridge (02/26/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- If Winonans want some of the enhancements proposed for the new bridge, they will have to help pay for it, Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT) officials told the Winona City Council on Mond ... 

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DNR deer meeting Tuesday (02/24/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- The interests of crop farmers and sportsmen may collide at a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) meeting in St. Charles next week. The topic: how many deer should the state seek to have in ... 

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President semifinalists named for Southeast Tech (02/24/2014)
By -- Minnesota State Colleges and Universities has named three semifinalists who are under consideration to be president of Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical. The candidates are Dorothy Duran, Ru ... 

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City examines legal basis to say 'no' (02/24/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- A new proposal would give city of Winona leaders more of a legal basis to deny, or impose conditions on, applications for development in the city. Addressing the impact of frac sand facilities on neig ... 

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Push for frac air monitors continues (02/24/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- Local frac sand opponents want the city of Winona to reconsider requiring "fence line" air quality monitoring of frac sand dust at sand facilities in the city. After nearly a year of debate, ... 

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Blizzard pushes region, WAPS calendar, to limit (02/24/2014)
By Sarah Squires -- At just after noon on Thursday, Winona Area Public Schools (WAPS) Superintendent Scott Hannon gazed out the window of his district office at a clouded gray sky. Not a flake of snow had fallen yet, des ... 

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West is top superintendent pick (02/24/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- The Winona Area Public Schools (WAPS) Board came to an agreement Wednesday night to nominate Dr. Stephen West as the sole finalist for the position of WAPS superintendent. Dr. West, who recently submi ... 

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Winona approves discount for frozen pipes (02/24/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- Winonans who can prove that their utility lines froze and that they have used more water than normal by running water to prevent refreezing are now eligible for a utility bill reduction of up to $140. ... 

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'The most powerful thing these students will do' (02/24/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- WAPS Fortitude group presents annual play about compassion

Even with another day of cancelled classes, Winona Senior High School (WSHS) teacher Lora Hill and her students involved with Fortitude st ... 

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Trempealeau County primary eliminates incumbent (02/24/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- Incumbent Trempealeau County Board member Tom Bice was eliminated from the race for the District Five seat after last Tuesday’s primary election. Challenger John Schultz received 61 votes, challenger  ... 

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Moran is MN's 6th in hockey goals (02/24/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- There are many details that seem to have come together at the right time under the right circumstances to shape and ultimately define Carly Moran’s high school hockey career with the Winona Winhawks.  ... 

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Racial, economic disparity in WAPS grad rates (02/24/2014)
By Sarah Squires -- The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) released graduation rates for public school districts across the state last week, and the numbers show a nearly two percent increase in 2013 over 2012, with ... 

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Winona air 'good to moderate' by one measure (02/24/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- Since monitoring began in mid-January, the levels of fine particles in Winona air has fluctuated from “good” to “moderate” according to preliminary data from the YMCA rooftop monitors, making it bette ... 

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Keep vents and air inlets clear of snow and ice (02/23/2014)
The Department of Commerce is encouraging Minnesotans to keep furnace exhaust vents, air intake hoods, and chimneys clear of snow and ice in order to keep the heat on and prevent carbon monoxide poiso ... 

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Wabasha woman drowns (02/23/2014)
By Sarah Squires --

A 49-year-old Wabasha woman was found dead in the Mississippi River in Wabasha Thursday afternoon following a search prompted by a set of footprints in the snow that led to the icy waters.

Wabasha  ... 

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Winona Post Office delayed by storm (02/23/2014)
Due to blizzard conditions Thursday and early Friday, some mail trucks were unable to deliver to the U.S. Postal Service in Winona.

A sign on the door to the office alerted customers to the issue. Th ... 

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More broken water mains (02/19/2014)
By Sarah Squires --

'It's not going to be the last one'

Winterkill is hitting shallow lakes. The propane shortage isn't just an inconvenience — it's a crisis. Across the Midwest, p ... 

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Goodview Elementary's Grandma (02/19/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- For close to 20 years, Bernetta Kouba has wrung out soapy rags and wiped down the lunch tables at Goodview Elementary School, filled watercolor trays for art classes, helped students with their arithm ... 

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Dakota School embraces STEM (02/19/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- From the start the Dakota Area Community School (DACS) seemed to be made for STEM, the acronym for schools with a focus on science,technology, engineering, and math. As a tiny area school whose curric ... 

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Jacob, Riddle debate GMOs (02/19/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- Political conflict over genetically modified organisms (GMOs) is complicating bailout deal-making between Winona County and the Winona County Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD). Fresh public cr ... 

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SWCD seeks Winona County bailout (02/19/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- Helping low-income families replace decrepit septic tanks that leak sewage into streams and yards? Sorry, Winona County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) Manager Daryl Buck cannot do that th ... 

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WAPS, county, partner to help teen parents (02/19/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- On Thursday the Winona Area Public Schools (WAPS) Board will hear about PAGES — which stands for Provide, Aspire, Graduate, Educate, and Success — a new collaborative program from WAPS Community Educa ... 

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Contraband found at county jail (02/19/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer --

On Friday, February 14, at 8 a.m. deputies arrested Joshua Paul Lisowski, 24, of Winona, for the third-degree sale of a controlled substance, fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance, and f ... 

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Diocese asked to provide more names of priests (02/19/2014)
By Sarah Squires --

A Ramsey County judge ruled in January that the Winona Diocese and Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis must disclose by Tuesday, February 18 lists of priests accused of molesting children since  ... 

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Public input on bridge aesthetics Monday (02/19/2014)
By Chris Rogers --

Will the new Winona bridge feature a staircase near the river, lookouts along the pedestrian and bicycle path, and park-like landscaping below the southern approach spans as a local committee has ca ... 

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Wagner can fetch! (02/19/2014)
This is Remi (Pete) Wagner, Thomas and Denise Wagner's 12-year-old beagle from Wabasha. He's been fetching the paper for years now. He's getting near retirement age but still does this  ... 

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14-year-old involved in suspected armed robbery (02/16/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer --

On Wednesday, February 12, at 11:26 p.m., deputies were dispatched to a Benson Drive apartment in Lewiston on a report of a robbery. According to three males, ages 18, 19 and 20, they arrived at the ... 

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2,000 points and counting (02/16/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- In the tiny gym in St. Martin’s Lutheran Church and School Jason Klug stands out among his peers, not only with his vocal directions and overall basketball prowess, but physically. He stands about fiv ... 

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C-FC sand hearing draws concerns, support (02/16/2014)
By Sarah Squires -- Opponents say they've got a bad case of déjà vu: filing to the podium at Cochrane-Fountain City School to protest a proposed frac sand trans-loading facility that would draw 500 semi-truck trips  ... 

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City and Corps: levee wall removal realistic? (02/16/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- It took years and over $30 million to build. At the time, the Winona levee wall was the largest flood control project ever completed in the state. A bold new plan for the levee would cut it open and r ... 

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Down to 3: WAPS finalists named (02/16/2014)
by AMELIA WEDEMEYER and

SARAH SQUIRES

Winona Area Public Schools (WAPS) Board members are one step closer to finding a new top administrator to oversee the school district, after selecting three f ... 

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Lunch not denied in area schools (02/16/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- Schools in the Winona region will provide hot lunches to students, regardless of their ability to pay.

Following recent reports that students in Utah were denied school meals on the basis of financi ... 

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Trempealeau Co. primary Tuesday (02/16/2014)
By Chris Rogers --

The field in a three-way race for a single seat on the Trempealeau County Board will be narrowed on Tuesday. In the county’s only primary, District Five incumbent Tom Bice faces challenges from Dary ... 

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Trempealeau Co. primary Tuesday (02/16/2014)
By Chris Rogers --

The field in a three-way race for a single seat on the Trempealeau County Board will be narrowed on Tuesday. In the county’s only primary, District Five incumbent Tom Bice faces challenges from Dary ... 

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Use a licensed plumber for thawing of water services (02/16/2014)
The City of Winona Fire Department and Water Department want to inform the public and express our concerns in regards to the use of welding equipment used for the purpose of thawing water services. A ... 

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Warrants issued for three Winona area men (02/16/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer --

The Winona County Sheriff’s Department is currently looking for two Winona-area individuals wanted for unspecified felony warrants. Deputies believe that Eric William Poillon, 27, and Donnie Alan Lo ... 

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A synthetic epidemic (02/12/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- State committee recommends list of legal remedies and a focus on education

Sunken eyes and feverish minds are hardly the worst effects of the methamphetamine-like synthetic drug "plan ... 

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Consumers owe Winona County $4.3M (02/12/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- Winona County is owed more than $4.3 million in long-overdue fees. From heavy drinkers who never paid for their time in "detox," to parents who could not afford court-ordered foster care, un ... 

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County approves highway shop projects with split vote (02/12/2014)
By Chris Rogers --

Winona County Commissioners Jim Pomeroy and Marcia Ward suffered “sticker shock” when asked to commit nearly a half million dollars to expand the county highway shop in Elba. Paired with a $658,000  ... 

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DNR to host meetings on managing area deer populations (02/12/2014)
Deer populations and how to manage them in portions of southeastern Minnesota will be the topic of two Department of Natural Resources public meetings scheduled in February.

Population goals will be  ... 

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For the love of the arts (02/12/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- For some, Valentine’s Day is best remembered as an elementary school holiday filled with ephemeral paper hearts and red lollipops. To others, it is just another day to spend money. But to Emily Kurash ... 

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Levee Park redesign plan (02/12/2014)
From: James Puz

First off, the Chris Rogers’ Levee Park coverage was excellent. Having read the articles in both local newspapers, how could the WDN eliminate so many details? Secondly, Winona blew ... 

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Lewiston Villa owners give ORC million-dollar gift (02/12/2014)
Winona Occupational Rehabilitation Center (WORC), a non-profit organization located in Winona, Minnesota, is the recipient of a million-dollar property. Deloughery Homes Limited Partnership, owner of  ... 

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MN’s NCLB waiver extension requires more test reporting for small schools (02/12/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer --

The waiver of the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) laws for Minnesota schools governed by the The Minnesota Department of Education’s (MDE) changed the way public schools across the state are eva ... 

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Pipes still freeze after warmup (02/12/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- The hard winter of 2014 has frozen more local water lines than any in recent history and the worst is yet to come, according to local officials. From St. Charles, Minn., to Whitehall, Wis., one of the ... 

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Sheriff seeks SOAR, Dive/Rescue Team volunteers (02/12/2014)
On Sunday, February 16, at 3 p.m., Winona County Sheriff Dave Brand will be holding an informational meeting at the Winona County Law Enforcement Center for anyone who may be interested in joining th ... 

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Valentine's Day art (02/12/2014)
Symon Peaslee, Kersten Peaslee, and Alaina Bell (foreground left to right) decorated Valentine's Day window hangings at Living Light Church last weekend. ... 

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Warning signs and prevention (02/12/2014)
Check for warning signs

Your pipes may be about to freeze if you notice a reduction in water flow, rust in the water, or discolored water. Those are telltale signs, but they will not show up in every ... 

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WAPS supt. interviews are public (02/09/2014)
By Sarah Squires -- The Winona Area Public Schools (WAPS) Board will interview six superintendent candidates during an open meeting on Wednesday, February 12, at the district office in the Winona Senior High School build ... 

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City crews install Riverview barrier (02/09/2014)
by SARAH SQUIRES

and CHRIS ROGERS

Nine young people have died near the curve of Riverview Drive's beginning, where downtown Winona connects with the industrial Mississippi River Port. While t ... 

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Designers: remove levee wall, add new building (02/09/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- New designs for Levee Park released on Friday propose drastic changes that have not been specifically discussed at public meetings: moving the levee wall, adding removable flood gates, building a 100, ... 

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Sand plan near C-FC debated, again (02/09/2014)
By Sarah Squires -- The Buffalo County debate over whether to allow the development of a frac sand trans-loading facility on Highway 35 across from Cochrane-Fountain City (C-FC) School has been renewed, after landowners  ... 

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The secret language that won the war (02/09/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- It was somewhere in Germany where Ho-Chunk Nation code talker Howard Littlejohn spent the remaining moments of his life, perhaps among the the murky forests in the southern region, cloaked from civili ... 

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Train spill leaked into trout stream (02/09/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- Railroad tracks and rail beds adjacent to marshland habitat were "heavily oiled" as part of Monday's 12,000-gallon railroad oil spill, and a small amount entered one trout stream, accor ... 

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Charges dropped for two in frac sand case (02/05/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer --

At the jury selection process for the upcoming frac sand trespassing cases, two defendants’ charges were dropped. Charles Douglas Thompson, 30, and Kyla Rae Sisson, 26, both of Minneapolis, had thei ... 

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Driver in river crash was intoxicated (02/05/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- The driver of the SUV involved in the fatal early morning crash on January 5, 2014, near the curve where Huff Street turns into Riverview Drive, was legally intoxicated, according to the newly-release ... 

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Jail inmate commits suicide (02/05/2014)
According to a report from the Buffalo County Sheriff’s Office, on February 3, at approximately 2:47 p.m., jail staff were doing a routine check of inmates in the facility when staff found a 21-year-o ... 

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POLICE BLOTTER (02/05/2014)
Winona Police

• 53 alternate-side parking citations were issued between January 31 and February 3.

Wednesday, Jan. 29

• At 8:35 a.m. a 17-year-old male was ticketed for possession of a small amo ... 

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The seven-month request (02/05/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- After almost seven months, Winona County may comply with public information laws and release data that may shed light on how tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars in state housing funds were spent  ... 

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Three candidates announce run for Winona County Sheriff (02/05/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer --

As more and more candidates throw their hat into the ring for the position of Winona County Sheriff, current Sheriff Dave Brand is still mum on whether or not he will seek reelection.

“I have not  ... 

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Train spills 12K gallons of crude oil (02/05/2014)
By Sarah Squires -- An investigation is ongoing following a crude oil spill Monday that covered more than 60 miles along the Canadian Pacific (CP) Railroad tracks between Winona and Red Wing.

CP spokesman Ed Greenberg  ... 

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WAPS supt. finalists named (02/05/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- If everything goes according to plan, the next superintendent of Winona Area Public Schools (WAPS) will be a man with administrative experience. Jerry Robicheau of BKB Consultants, the company hired t ... 

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Watch out for mystery calls to your cellphone (02/05/2014)
‘One-ring scheme’ targets the region

Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) is warning cellphone users to watch out for brief calls from international prefixes, such as 473 – wh ... 

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Will new maps put you in the floodplain (02/05/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- All of the floodplain maps in Winona County are being overhauled this year and the new maps may include a higher 100-year flood level. Depending on the results, the overhaul may affect people like Win ... 

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Winona Area Crime Stoppers needs your help (02/05/2014)
At 5:00 a.m. on January 30, 2014, members of the Winona Fire Department and Winona Police Department responded to a fully involved boathouse fire on Latsch Island. The boathouse was unoccupied and did ... 

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Winona County public data debate continues (02/05/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- Over four years after his retirement, former County Administrator Bob Reinert is still officially listed as the gatekeeper of public information in Winona County. It is time for an update, the County  ... 

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Winter Carnival February 7-8 (02/05/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- At the beginning of February, the newness of the year seems to melt away as people turn their calendars from January and become increasingly lethargic due to the monotonous winter season.

“It’s been ... 

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Additional LIHEAP funds available (02/02/2014)

The Minnesota Department of Commerce announced today that Minnesota will receive an additional $15,814,434 in federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funds for the Energy Assistan ... 

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Beware of IRS scam (02/02/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer --

The phone message Ganga Harris received on her answering machine the other day was strange; a man with a foreign accent claimed to be calling from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in Washington D. ... 

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Beware of IRS scam (02/02/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer --

The phone message Ganga Harris received on her answering machine the other day was strange; a man with a foreign accent claimed to be calling from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in Washington D. ... 

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Bill would put public notices online (02/02/2014)
By Chris Rogers --

If new bills introduced at the state capitol succeed, those without internet access may be ignored by local government meeting notices. Bills in the Minnesota House of Representatives and Senate wou ... 

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Bridge design gets final approval (02/02/2014)
By Chris Rogers --

It is official: the new Winona Bridge design is a "done deal." Despite generally critical public comments, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT) received final approval last  ... 

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C-FC attorney will fight frac (02/02/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- The Cochrane-Fountain City (C-FC) School District has hired specialized legal help in opposing the Glacier Sands truck-to-rail frac sand facility that is proposed to be located across from the school, ... 

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Charges filed against Trempealeau Co. detective (02/02/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer --

On Thursday, January 30, charges were filed against Michael O. Anderson, 32, of Ettrick, Wis., son of Trempealeau County Sheriff Richard Anderson. Michael Anderson, who is a detective with Trempeale ... 

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City considers change to public hearings (02/02/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- The way that the city of Winona engages constituents and makes decisions just changed significantly. After Planning Commission Chair Craig Porter raised a question on the group's bylaws, City Att ... 

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Dogs may be killed over neighbor dispute (02/02/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- The dogs that live with Jeremy and Nicole Williams’ family are big and yellow. Koda and Kenai sometimes bark and get excited, just like every dog who enjoys attention, but according to the Williams, t ... 

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Flu is here! Get your shot (02/02/2014)
The word has come from Winona Health that the flu has hit the Winona area. That’s the bad news. The good news is that there is plenty of flu vaccine here, and there is still time to get your shot.

Ho ... 

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Free access? (02/02/2014)
By Sarah Squires --

County to address data policy after 7 month wait

Last July, Winona County Commissioners agreed on a unique new approach to government transparency and citizens' ability to access p ... 

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Preventing frozen faucets, meters, and water lines (02/02/2014)
The city of Winona Water Department has been receiving an increase in calls with customers having frozen pipes, meters, or service lines. Due to the frost extending down in the ground four feet or mor ... 

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Preventing frozen faucets, meters, and water lines (02/02/2014)
The city of Winona Water Department has been receiving an increase in calls with customers having frozen pipes, meters, or service lines. Due to the frost extending down in the ground four feet or mor ... 

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Sand protesters head to trial (02/02/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- The upcoming trespassing trials for 33 frac sand opponents will start Monday at the Winona County Courthouse. Judge Mary C. Leahy was selected to preside over the cases, but has since recused herself  ... 

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School bus driver arrested for DWI (02/02/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer --

On Tuesday, January 28, at 4:44 p.m. Winona County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of an accident involving a Lewiston-Altura school bus on Fern Valley Drive, south of Rollingstone. Accordi ... 

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Union settles; WAPS 3-year deal could cost $4M (02/02/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- On Tuesday, the Winona Area Public Schools (WAPS) district and the educational assistants’ union (EAU) agreed to a tentative contract proposal under which the district would pay $2.86 million more in  ... 

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WH implements temporary visitor limitations (02/02/2014)
Winona Health has implemented temporary visitor limitations to allow visits from immediate family only in the hospital, Lake Winona, Adith Miller and Roger Metz Manors until further notice.

“The flu  ... 

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WH visitor limitations implemented (02/02/2014)
Winona Health has implemented temporary visitor limitations to allow visits from immediate family only in the hospital, Lake Winona, Adith Miller and Roger Metz Manors until further notice.

“The flu  ... 

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Benedictine Manor of Arcadia to close (01/29/2014)
By -- Employees, residents and families of Benedictine Manor of Arcadia were informed on Jan. 6 that the difficult decision has been made to close the skilled nursing facility.

Benedictine Manor of Arcadia ... 

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Winona Post wins state awards (01/29/2014)
By -- The Winona Post news team took home top awards at the Minnesota Newspaper Association’s (MNA) annual conference held last week in Bloomington.

Reporter Chris Rogers, who joined the Winona Post in De ... 

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Council debate on 'FrackNation' (01/29/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- Last week, Winona City Council member Paul Double publicly decried FRFF's decision to cancel "FrackNation" as "censorship alive and well in Winona." In an interview this week  ... 

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FRFF airs thoughts on film (01/29/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- In the midst of national and local scrutiny for its decision to cancel the pro-fracking film "FrackNation" — including a suggestion by Winona City Council member Paul Double that the city of ... 

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It's all the buzz — keep bees (01/29/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- New beekeepers wanted. Winona State University (WSU) professor Bruno Borsari is on a campaign. In the pollinator-themed puppet show "Insectopia" last week, the associate professor of biology ... 

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Man killed in Galesville fall (01/29/2014)
On January 25, at approximately 9:52 p.m., the Galesville Police Department received a report of a man who had fallen from a third story balcony at a residence in the city of Galesville. Upon arrival, ... 

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Spanish immersion lottery soon (01/29/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- Madison Elementary School’s Spanish immersion program is starting to come together for the fall of 2014, with approximately 50 students currently vying for the 23 to 24 spots in kindergarten and 25 sp ... 

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WAPS enrollment to climb a bit (01/29/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- Winona Area Public Schools (WAPS) enrollment estimates for the next school year have increased slightly, and if these estimates are accurate, the district could receive $667,400 in additional local pr ... 

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Will Planning Commission address comp plan (01/29/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- New city of Winona Planning Commission member Mandi Olson spurred discussion of the city's biggest goals at the group's Monday meeting. Olson, who was nominated by Mayor Mark Peterson earlie ... 

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Woman files data breach lawsuit (01/29/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- A lawsuit filed Monday accuses an assortment of local governments, public officials, and law enforcement officers of illegally accessing hundreds of times the private data of a former Winona Post repo ... 

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History travel course on back burner (01/26/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer --

Winona Senior High School (WSHS) students will have to wait for now to learn whether they will have the opportunity in the future to take a United States history summer course that involves a two-we ... 

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Lawsuit 'likely' for C-FC sand plant? (01/26/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- A lawsuit may be in the works for Cochrane-Fountain City School District and Glacier Sands. Opponents' "No frac sand at C-FC School" bumper stickers have not yet worn off, but Glacier S ... 

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Multi-million dollar building in Levee Park? (01/26/2014)
By Chris Rogers --

Architect added to committee

Will the city of Winona's plan for redeveloping Levee Park involve four walls and a roof? Specific plans for a building in the park have not been di ... 

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Council nixes Windom signs (01/26/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- The Winona City Council plans to remove both event signs from Windom Park and replace them with two new signs, estimated to cost almost $3,000 each, at Central Park (behind the Post Office) and Bamben ... 

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WAPS union proposes $3.9M increase over 3 years (01/26/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- In the most recent contract proposal set forth by the educational assistants' union (EAU), Winona Area Public Schools (WAPS) would pay $3.9 million in additional employee salaries within a span o ... 

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Children's puppet show held (01/26/2014)
Bruno Borsari takes environmental education to new theatrical heights in the children's puppet show "Insectopia."  ... 

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Dresbach Bridge lanes temporarily closed January 29 (01/26/2014)
The left lanes in both directions of the Dresbach Bridge on Interstate 90 will be closed Wednesday, January 29, to repair the median guardrail damaged after a recent vehicle crash, according to the Mi ... 

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Police seek hit-and-run driver (01/26/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer --

Police say they are still looking for the driver of a medium/dark teal blue pickup truck that was involved in an apparent hit-and-run accident involving two pedestrians at Broadway and Washington St ... 

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Tag and tow operation declared (01/23/2014)
The city of Winona has declared a tag and tow operation to facilitate snow removal for the downtown area. This area is from Huff Street to Franklin Street and from Broadway to Levee Park Drive, on J ... 

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Gamoke makes full-court shot twice (01/22/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- It all started with a shot that Easton Gamoke had been told numerous times not to make. But as the seconds remaining in a tied game at the Great North West League Championship in Holmen, Wis., quickly ... 

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FrackNation documentary frozen out (01/22/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- Frozen River Film Festival (FRFF) gave a Winona frac sand handling company its donation back this week, after the festival cut the pro-fracking film "FrackNation" from its lineup. The local  ... 

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Historic schools on course for Register (01/22/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- In February 2013, the city of Winona's Heritage Preservation Commission (HPC) directed city staff to prepare Local Register of Historic Places nomination forms for the four remaining historic Win ... 

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Last river accident victim found (01/22/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer --

On Sunday, January 19, rescue workers recovered the body of Andrew Kingsbury, 29, of La Crosse, Wis., from the Mississippi River near Winona. According to the Winona County Sheriff’s Department, Kin ... 

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Ridgeway School leery of batch plant (01/22/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- A proposal to operate a short-term concrete batch plant proposed to operate directly next to Ridgeway Community School this summer has raised some concerns among parents. New information about the num ... 

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Two pedestrians hit on Broadway (01/22/2014)
by AMELIA WEDEMEYER

and CHRIS ROGERS

Two pedestrians were injured in the latest hit-and-run accident on Broadway. Witnesses said that on Saturday, January 18, at 10:18 p.m., Andrew Thomas Wood, 20 ... 

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Two-week trip may replace history class (01/22/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- The chance for Winona Senior High School (WSHS) tenth-grade students to replace a semester’s worth of United States history by partaking in a two-week trip halfway across the U.S. is one step closer t ... 

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City to study walking, driving safety (01/19/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- The way Winonans walk and drive may change as result of discussions moving forward at Winona City Hall. Is it time to change Winona's uncontrolled intersections? Should the island city invest in  ... 

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Council blessing for Mn/DOT historians? (01/19/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- The city of Winona may give its formal blessing on Tuesday for the Minnesota Department of Transportation's (Mn/DOT) historic evaluation of the new Winona bridge design. An agreement slated for C ... 

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Dayton: 'yes' to WSU, 'no' to Louisa Street (01/19/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- Governor Mark Dayton's approximately $1 billion bonding bill proposal is a mixed bag for Winona, local politicians say. Under the proposal, Winona State University (WSU) would receive $5.9 millio ... 

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First bridge property sale (01/19/2014)
The first purchase agreement for the Winona bridge project was made public last week; more are on the way. Winona County agreed to sell a 525-square-foot strip of parking space on the south side of th ... 

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Fringe Friday is back, Jan. 24 (01/19/2014)
Downtown Winona storefronts will be full of films, workshops, puppet shows, music, games, and book sales on Friday, January 24. The flurry of community events make up the Frozen River Film Festival’s  ... 

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Path to a healthier community (01/19/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- Access to mental health care and services, preventive care services — health measures one can take to prevent diseases or injuries — and the issue of obesity were the top three health priorities ident ... 

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Twins’ Winter Caravan stops in Winona (01/19/2014)
Tony Oliva, who played his entire Major League Baseball career with the Minnesota Twins, was a crowd favorite as he signed memorabilia and talked to fans at the 2014 Twins’ Winter Caravan stop in Wi ... 

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Two WSU buildings on National Register of Historic Places (01/19/2014)
Winona State University’s Somsen Hall and Phelps Hall have been accepted into the National Register of Historic Places by the Minnesota Historical Society.

This designation highlights the history of  ... 

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WAPS: 1-2-3% raises in 3-year union deal (01/19/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- Winona Area Public Schools (WAPS) will pay more than $1.56 million annually in additional employee salaries by 2015 if all of its unions settle for the preliminary offer made last week to the educatio ... 

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Dresbach Bridge guardrail repairs postponed (01/17/2014)
Plans to repair the median guardrail on Dresbach Bridge on Interstate 90 are being postponed because of weather conditions, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Ames Construct ... 

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Dresbach Bridge lanes closed temporarily for repairs Jan. 17 (01/16/2014)
The left lanes in both directions of Dresbach Bridge on Interstate 90 will be closed Friday, Jan. 17 to repair the median guardrail damaged in a recent vehicle crash, according to the Minnesota Depart ... 

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Answers to queries on Spanish program (01/15/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- At the Monday night Spanish immersion program informational meeting at Madison Elementary School, parents and Winona Area Public Schools (WAPS) School Board members obtained more information about the ... 

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Averbeck to run for Winona County Sheriff (01/15/2014)
By Chris Rogers --

Winona County Sheriff’s Department Investigator Rob Averbeck announced on Monday that he will run for the office of Winona County Sheriff this fall. Longtime Sheriff Dave Brand has not stated whethe ... 

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Board wonders if abandoned schools would be 'blight' (01/15/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer --

Two-week field trip in summer proposed as full U.S. history class

On Saturday, members of the Winona Area Public Schools (WAPS) School Board chose the League of Woman Voters annual mee ... 

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Commissioners take back control of agenda (01/15/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- If you think getting a government body to address your concerns as a lone citizen is challenging, try being a lone Winona County Board member. Currently, individual board members cannot raise an issue ... 

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Fingall Hall rentals get new owner, name (01/15/2014)
By Sarah Squires --

Winona's largest rental property owner added another apartment building to his list this week. The Quad 2.0, formerly known as Fingall Hall, was purchased by Quad 2.0 LLC for just over $3 milli ... 

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Man jumps out second story window (01/15/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer --

On Friday, January 10, at approximately 8:12 p.m., an inmate escaped from the Trempealeau County Health Care Center in the Town of Lincoln by jumping out of a second story window. Michael R. Leavitt ... 

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Meeting about trains addresses safety issue (01/15/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- Rumbling freights shaking dresser tops and long waits at the grade crossing – Winonans are accustomed to the trains that charge up and down the river, but as high-profile accidents make international  ... 

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No reduced salary at county (01/15/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- Winona County Commissioner Steve Jacob questioned how commissioners are compensated at a recent meeting. Prior to the approval of commissioner salaries at a December 17, 2013, meeting, Jacob proposed  ... 

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Semi truck crash causes power outages (01/15/2014)
A semi truck crash caused an hours-long power outage in parts of Winona and Goodview Monday morning, including at several local schools. The truck careened off Riverview Drive west of Prairie Island R ... 

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Spitzer will not run for mayor again (01/15/2014)
By Chris Rogers --

St. Charles Mayor Bill Spitzer announced last weekend that he will not seek a sixth term as mayor. “It’s time for a change. Every organization needs to evolve and this seemed like the appropriate ti ... 

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Associated Crafts acquires Willet Hauser (01/12/2014)
Associated Crafts®, a stained glass company from Arizona founded by John Phillips Jr., a former salesman from Willet Hauser, acquired Willet Hauser. The two businesses have strong ties and rich histo ... 

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City pledges $4.2M for Louisa Street (01/12/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- Winona has promised over $4.2 million in additional city taxes to build a new road leading to Riverbend Business Park. A change in plans for funding the project may eliminate the need for voter approv ... 

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FRFF boasts over 50 films (01/12/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- The lineup for the 2014 Frozen River Film Festival (FRFF) spans the globe and pairs heart-rending character studies with gritty political works, internationally acclaimed documentaries and the works o ... 

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Rural county land sales steady in 2013 (01/12/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- The numbers are in for 2013 rural land sales. The year went by without a new record being set for tillable land prices. "This is good news for a lot of folks," said Winona County Recorder Bo ... 

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Search for crash victim continues (01/12/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- by AMELIA WEDEMEYER

For the past week, every day beneath a darkening sky, rescue teams and volunteer searchers have continued their efforts to locate the body of Andrew Kingsbury, 29, of La Crosse ... 

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WAPS supt. search yields 15 (01/12/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- The 15 applicants and counting who have applied for the Winona Area Public Schools' (WAPS) superintendent position are set to be reviewed and the list narrowed down by the School Board in the com ... 

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Will WSHS learn history on the road? (01/12/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer --

Two-week field trip in summer proposed as full U.S. history class

An adjustment in graduation requirements, new courses, and the elimination of several courses are being considered for  ... 

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9-1-1 emergency callers will get medical advice (01/08/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- Imagine coming home to find a spouse or parent collapsed, unconscious on the kitchen floor. You call 9-1-1, but every second you wait for the ambulance counts. What do you do? CPR? How many pushes? Ho ... 

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December DWI enforcement campaign nets ten drunk drivers (01/08/2014)
Winona County law enforcement officers arrested 10 drunk drivers during a December DWI enforcement effort. Around 400 law enforcement agencies across Minnesota participated in the state’s effort condu ... 

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Freeze may combat emerald ash borer (01/08/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- Amid the announcements of mass school closings and warnings of cold temperature-related maladies, Minnesota entomologists are excited about the possible effects that freezing temperatures could have o ... 

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Judge: Wabasha Co. driver class illegal (01/08/2014)
By Sarah Squires -- Lynn Cliff was cruising along a Wabasha County roadway in 2008 when the red lights began flashing. She pulled to the side of the road and waited for the inevitable speeding ticket.

Instead of a simp ... 

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Lake Village gets emergency shelter (01/08/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- Residents at Lake Village mobile home park in Goodview have waited a long time for a safe place to go to in the park when the tornado and thunderstorm sirens wail. After nearly two years of effort fro ... 

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Level-two sex offender relocates (01/08/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer --

A level-two sex offender has reported a change of address, according to the Winona Police Department (WPD). As of December 16, 2013, Andrew David Becker, 31, lives on the 500 block of Wilson Street  ... 

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River claims 3, 1 still missing (01/08/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- Using sonar equipment, rescue workers yesterday located the body of 28-year-old Blake Overland, who had recently moved to Winona from Stewartville, in the Mississippi River, approximately 70 feet from ... 

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Street light outage reporting (01/08/2014)
If you see a street light that is out in the City of Winona, please take the following steps to report it:

1. Call Xcel Energy Outdoor Lighting at 1-800-960-6235.

2. If the light has not been fixed  ... 

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Tim Olstad Day declared (01/08/2014)
. Winona Mayor Mark Peterson proclaimed Monday, January 6, as Tim Olstad Day in honor of the Winonan who won national acclaim for his phenomenal performances on the singing talent show "The X Fac ... 

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Sheriff releases names of crash victims (01/06/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- The Winona County Sheriff’s Department has released the names of all four victims in an early Sunday morning crash in which a vehicle broke through the ice on the Mississippi River in Winona. The driv ... 

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City seeks state, local, taxes for Louisa Street (01/05/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- For years, Winona's city leaders have been seeking millions of dollars to extend Louisa Street and provide East End retail stores and manufacturers with additional access to Highway 61. Could the ... 

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2013: real estate rebound (01/05/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- Has the Winona area real estate market come full circle? Sales are up, foreclosures are down, and the forecast for 2014 is promising. Winona County is "emerging from a nearly five-year downturn,& ... 

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Action! WAPS gets filmmaking grant (01/05/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- This short film begins the way a lot of films do, with music playing in the background as the camera pans to several artistic shots that mesh to create a setting. The film quality seems to give each f ... 

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All area schools closed Monday (01/05/2014)
Governor says stay warm, stay home

Governor Mark Dayton announced Friday that all public K-12 schools in Minnesota would be closed Monday due to forecasts by the National Weather Service (NW ... 

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County victims services coordinator reinstated (01/05/2014)
By Chris Rogers -- The attack, locking herself in the bathroom, and calling the police — that day was nightmarish. Walking into the old stone courthouse days later to learn what happens next and what she had to do — tha ... 

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High-speed chase ends with two arrests (01/05/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- On Monday, December 30, the Winona County Sheriff’s Department and the Winona Police Department were involved in a high-speed chase that ended in the arrest of two individuals. The Winona Police Depar ... 

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One-vehicle accident reported in Buffalo City (01/05/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- by AMELIA WEDEMEYER

On Tuesday, December 31, 2013, at 8:34 p.m. the Buffalo County Sheriff’s Department received a report from a residential address in Buffalo City, Wis., of a one-vehicle accident ... 

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Student dies in car accident (01/05/2014)
Winona State University student Ellen Marie “Ellie” Ahmann died Dec. 31 in an automobile accident near La Crosse, Wis.

Ahmann was from Woodbury, Minn. She enrolled at WSU in fall 2010 and was a finan ... 

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Winter trout season opens with a splash (01/05/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- Winter trout fishing is nothing like ice fishing. There are no huts or holes or hours of waiting involved. You do not pass the time sitting idly on an overturned bucket watching for a bobber to sudden ... 

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Bridge Photo Contest: Amateur Winners (01/02/2014)
The Winona Post Bridge Photo Contest was an incredible success, enticing photographers, young and old, to capture stunning scenes of Winona's historic Mississippi River bridge.

Pictured is firs ... 

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Bridge Photo Contest: Professional Winners (01/02/2014)
The Winona Bridge Photo Contest professional winners have been chosen, with the assistance of Minnesota Marine Art Museum Executive Director Andy Maus, who helped judge the entries. Pictured at top, i ... 

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WSU ranked #1 public college for vets (01/02/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- The area of Afghanistan where Jarvas Polk, a first lieutenant in the Minnesota National Guard, was stationed for nearly a year was mountainous and dirty. He remembers the endless rows of people sellin ... 

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Weather cause of head-on crash (01/01/2014)
On December 26, at 6:24 p.m., the Trempealeau County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a two-car head-on crash with injuries on Schansberg Road near Larkin Valley Road, in the Township of Preston. ... 

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ALC works to combat senior drop-out rate (12/29/2013)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- At the Winona Area Public Schools (WAPS) Board meeting on December 19, Winona Area Learning Center (WALC) principal Mark Winter gave an update on the center and the current changes and methods in plac ... 

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Highway Dept. reminder: do not push snow onto public roads (12/29/2013)
The Winona County Highway Department would like to remind everyone, including commercial snow removal operators, that it is against state law to deposit snow onto a public roadway. Dumping or plowing ... 

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Ping sisters place in national races (12/29/2013)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- “Yeah, I’m pretty competitive with her, but I’m pretty far ahead of her, too,” ten-year-old Grace Ping said — like a true older sister — when asked about competing with her younger sister, Lauren, who ... 

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Police arrest meth suspect, find $17,241 (12/29/2013)
By Amelia Wedemeyer --

On Monday, December 23, police arrested Kenneth Brian Rabenberg, 26, of Rochester, during a traffic stop and seized $17,241. Prior to the traffic stop, Rabenberg had been under investigation by the  ... 

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Sheriff announces new SOAR team president (12/29/2013)
By Amelia Wedemeyer --

The Winona County Search Operations Assistance Rescue (SOAR) team has a new president: Ray Sylvester, 49, of Rollingstone. Sylvester was named president after elections earlier this month, and will  ... 

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Sign for Broadway and Liberty Street 'a start' (12/29/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- A month after a 74-year-old woman was seriously injured by a hit-and-run driver at Broadway and Liberty Street, the city of Winona announced plans for a portable pedestrian crossing sign for members o ... 

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St. Charles' bold plans to capture Mayo growth (12/29/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- If the clinic's projections prove true, it may be decades before the 35,000 jobs promised by the Mayo Clinic's Destination Medical Center (DMC) project are realized, but St. Charles feels th ... 

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Why farmland taxes go up, while levies go down (12/29/2013)
By Chris Rogers --

Trend likely to continue in 2014

It is a troubling phenomenon that area farmers are experiencing all too often. Property taxes on local cropland seem to defy gravity: local levies go dow ... 

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Winona Community Health Clinic February 4 (12/29/2013)
No clinic in January

The Winona Community Health Clinic, a free clinic providing preventive healthcare services for people who are uninsured and unable pay for healthcare, will be open Tuesday, Fe ... 

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Shaw honored for advocacy (12/24/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- An unassuming man with a gentle demeanor, Winonan Stewart Shaw never expected to be twisting the arms of state senators, navigating local political waters, or calling for a major social change from ev ... 

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An early Christmas surprise (12/24/2013)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- The faces of Lillyan Willis and her younger brother Jayden Schossow were flushed from standing outside their Ridgeway home as they waited for the big surprise they had been promised. The minutes passe ... 

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City grants extension for the Meadows annexation fee, again (12/24/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- Not all investments turn out the way we hope they will. With 18 empty lots left to sell and a $113,801 tab for sewer and water lines outstanding, the Winona City Council gave Meadows subdivision its t ... 

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New stripes needed for Winhawk marchers (12/24/2013)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- A collective groan can be heard from the five senior drum majors at the mention of the state of the Winona Senior High School marching band uniform pants. It is a groan that seems to encompass all of  ... 

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Winona Health Holiday Hours (12/23/2013)
Winona Health holiday hours will be as follows:

Tuesday, December 24:

· Urgent Care at 420 E. Sarnia: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

· Winona Clinics and outpatient laboratory: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

· Rushford Clini ... 

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City sets the stage for union talks at two percent (12/22/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- The city of Winona made a big move last week in its ongoing union negotiations. The City Council unanimously agreed to a give nonunion employees a two percent raise on Monday. The nonunion rate is som ... 

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Dog walker assaulted in Arcadia (12/22/2013)
The Arcadia Police Department along with the Trempealeau County Sheriff’s Department is looking for the public’s assistance with an ongoing investigation.

On December 17, at approximately 4:45 p.m.,  ... 

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It's official: Hannon announces retirement (12/22/2013)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- At the School Board meeting on Thursday, Winona Area Public Schools (WAPS) Superintendent Scott Hannon officially announced his intent to retire at the end of the current school year. While Hannon has ... 

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Language immersion, preschool approved (12/22/2013)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- At the Winona Area Public Schools (WAPS) Board meeting on Thursday, the board voted to approve both the Spanish language immersion program at Madison Elementary School as well as a collaborative presc ... 

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New Levee Plan discussed (12/22/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- Should the city develop a multimillion dollar Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) center in Levee Park? Should portions of Latsch Island be developed for a new boat landing? How grand — and expensive — sh ... 

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Skaters shine at holiday expo (12/22/2013)
The Winona Figure Skating Club hosted its annual Holiday Exhibition Skate Wednesday, December 18, at the Bud King Ice Arena. Pictured is Emily Strom performing her artistic skate routine “This is the ... 

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When is ice safe? (12/22/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- Daring fishermen, officials, share tales of wisdom and folly

Over the past few weeks, the ice has thickened on many local backwaters and ice fishermen have flocked to hunch over fresh-cut holes.  ... 

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‘10 Days of Giving’ tops 280,000 pounds (12/18/2013)
Final tallies put the 25th Anniversary of the “10 Days of Giving” at 280,082 pounds of food.

The total breaks down to $127,626 in cash and 24,830 pounds of food. The previous record was set in 2009  ... 

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Bizarre Bazaar flea market held (12/18/2013)
Local puppeteer "Doctor" Bob Armstrong performed his comical version of Charles Dickens' classic "A Christmas Carol" last weekend, during a holiday Bizarre Bazaar flea market ... 

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City Council split on Windom Park signs (12/18/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- Are signs in Windom Park tacky or helpful? Spurred by numerous complaints from citizens, the Winona City Council debated the event signage displayed at the corner of Huff Street and Broadway in a spec ... 

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Farmers buck deer hunting rules (12/18/2013)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- At the Winona County Farm Bureau Meeting on December 16, Winona area landowners and hunters were on hand to engage in discussion with Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) officials and loca ... 

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Free noon dinners Christmas Eve day and Christmas Day (12/18/2013)
Christmas Day free noon dinner

The Winona Noon Lion’s Club invites everyone that would otherwise be alone on Christmas Day to join them for dinner at First Congregational Church, 161 W. Broadway at  ... 

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High-speed chase results in arrest (12/18/2013)
On Saturday, December 14, Austin Ratkus, 19, was taken into custody by Trempealeau Police officers after a high-speed chase.

At 11:32 p.m., officers attempted to pull over a vehicle for traffic viola ... 

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Live@the Levee, holiday edition (12/18/2013)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- Live@the Levee will hold its first annual holiday concert this Saturday, December 21, inside a huge heated tent in Levee Park, starting at noon. The free event will feature live music, activities for  ... 

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Priests accused of sexual abuse: the list and what it means (12/18/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- On Monday, the Diocese of Winona released the names of 14 diocesan priests "credibly accused" of sexual abuse, including a man still living in Winona and four other living men. A Ramsey Coun ... 

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WAPS Board to vote on language immersion, expanded preschool (12/18/2013)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- At the upcoming School Board meeting this Thursday, members are poised to discuss and vote on the proposed Spanish immersion program and the Winona State University (WSU) and Winona Area Public School ... 

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WAPS winter recess hours (12/18/2013)
The Winona Area Public Schools will have adjusted hours during the December 23, 2013 - January 5, 2014, winter recess.

Elementary school offices as well as the Community Education office at Central S ... 

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Levee Park plan will come by Jan. 30 (12/15/2013)
By Chris Rogers --

Closed meeting changes timeline and public

input opportunities

Winona Mayor Mark Peterson met in a "private" strategy session with select Levee Park Committee project leaders ... 

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Rollingstone iPads enhance learning (12/15/2013)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- To prepare their students for new personal, in-school iPads, the teachers of Rollingstone Community School employed the classic hard-boiled egg experiment.

“They each started out with a hard-boiled  ... 

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30 percent rule heard by Court of Appeals (12/15/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- Winona's controversial 30 percent rule continues to climb the tiers of the state court system. The restriction on rental licenses was argued before a panel of three Minnesota Court of Appeals jud ... 

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City manager proposes 2 percent raise for nonunion city employees (12/15/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- Winona City Manager Judy Bodway recommended that the City Council approve a two percent raise for nonunion city employees, the largest increase for city employees since 2009. The council is expected t ... 

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Deer hunting rules to be debated (12/15/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- Are Minnesota hunting rules doing right by farmers? State legislators, county leaders, Department of Natural Resources (DNR) officials, and local landowners will meet to discuss possible policy change ... 

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First lighted ski trail illuminates winter nights (12/15/2013)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- They make snow in the small valley in the woods on the Saint Mary’s University campus. It shoots out of two large snow cannons and is everything like the natural kind — white, packable, and cold. On a ... 

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‘10 Days of Giving’ breaks record (12/15/2013)
After two days of pick-up at area schools and businesses, the “10 Days of Giving” Food Drive has broken its record with 265,223 pounds of food collected.

The total breaks down to $122,777 in cash an ... 

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School bus, multi-vehicle accident on Hwy. 43 (12/15/2013)
By Amelia Wedemeyer --

On December 11, at 6:59 a.m., Winona County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to an accident involving four vehicles, including a small school bus, on Highway 43 south of Winona. Deputies reported that a ... 

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‘10 Days of Giving’ ahead of last year’s pace (12/11/2013)
Through the end of business Monday, “10 Days of Giving” remained ahead of last year’s pace with 160,300 pounds of food collected.

The totals include $77,774 in cash and 4,752 pounds of food. Include ... 

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'A Child's Christmas in Wales' (12/11/2013)
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