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Medicare for all (02/09/2014)
From: Dr. Mark L. Martin

There is plenty that I agree on with Representative Drazkowski concerning MNSure, but I feel he is missing the point of what is trying to be accomplished. As a physician i ... 

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Participate in February 18 primary (02/09/2014)
From: Paul A. Jereczek

Dodge, Wis.

The District Five election for the representative to the Trempealeau County Board will hold a primary on February 18 as incumbent Tom Bice has two challengers: D ... 

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Undoing the farm equipment repair tax (02/09/2014)
From: State Rep.

Steve Drazkowski

Governor Dayton has been talking for months about making the 2014 legislative session the “un-session.” In other words, he would like the House and Senate to focu ... 

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Are you out of your FRACen minds? (02/05/2014)
From: Patricia W. Mertes

Buffalo City, Wis.

Buffalo County Zoning Commission have you lost all sense of perspective to even consider rezoning from agricultural to industrial?

1. We are still cons ... 

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Chicken Que a huge success (02/05/2014)
From: James M. LaRue

Goodview Volunteer Fire & Rescue

The Goodview Fire Relief Association would like to thank the many local businesses and private individuals who gave very generous cash donatio ... 

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Only half the story (02/05/2014)
From: Harlan Peterson

What a cute picture of the Rushford dog and child…and what an interesting article. My sister in Winona had alerted me to this situation some time ago (I now live in Arvada, C ... 

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Please wear red on February 7 (02/05/2014)
From: Trisha A. Bellock, RN, Nurse Manager

Winona Health Women’s Health Center

Did you know that heart disease is still the no. 1 killer of women, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year? There are more  ... 

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Story was inaccurate (02/05/2014)
From: Keith Polus

The article on Diane Kennedy abusing her dog was a complete lie. The person who started that whole illusion is truly living in a fog. The Internet is doing that to many in today’ ... 

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Wolf Day is February 27 (02/05/2014)
From: Lynne Farmer

Rushford, Minn.

On Thursday, February 27, Wolf Day will be held at our state capitol. Anyone interested in joining the day’s events to advocate for Minnesota’s wolves is invited ... 

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Zoning, rezoning meetings scheduled (02/05/2014)
From: Joan Schnabel

In their rush to leave a legacy, some members of the Zoning Board of Buffalo County are trying to fast track the rezoning proposal for the Starkey property across from C-FC sch ... 

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Censorship and propaganda (02/02/2014)
From: Tex Hawkins

Winona

Thanks to Chris Rogers for his follow-up story today on the Frozen River Film Festival’s panel discussion, Documentaries Today: My Fact, Your Fiction, at Somsen Auditorium ... 

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Grateful for cancer survivor program (02/02/2014)
From: Gayle Goetzman

Winona

I am writing this to remind cancer survivors of a rewarding public service offered to us, free of charge, through Winona State University, Winona Health, Gundersen, and ... 

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How vulnerable we have become (02/02/2014)
From: Dick Gallien

The propane shortage and power outages remind us of how vulnerable we have become.

In 1947, when Jim Pfeiffer and I were 15, before TV, when most kids entertained themselves, we ... 

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Thank you (02/02/2014)
From: Tom Reeck

Winona Kiwanis Sunrisers

The Winona Kiwanis Sunrisers would like to thank the Winona Boy Scouts and the Winona Senior High School Honor Society for helping collect over 700 Christ ... 

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Thanks! Now come garden with us! (02/02/2014)
From: Chris Meyer

It seems a long time ago now, before the Polar Vortex began making visits to Winona, but it was just eight weeks ago that Bruce Reed and Dick and Susan Gallien helped the Educatio ... 

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Tragedy on the Mississippi (02/02/2014)
From: Dave Brand

Winona County Sheriff’s Office

I know that all members of the community and surrounding area join me in sorrow following the tragic events of January 5, 2014, when four young live ... 

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Ask a trooper (01/29/2014)
From: Sgt. Jacalyn Sticha

Minnesota State Patrol

Pedestrian crosswalks

Q. I had a person run into the crosswalk from the side street. I almost hit him and he got mad at me. Was I in the wrong?  ... 

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Children pedestrians need safe streets (01/29/2014)
From: Jodi Bannon

I am shocked that the council is so worried about these signs and are willing to spend close to $3,000 each for new ones! How dare you refuse to think of the safety of your citize ... 

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Human rights vs frac-sand profits (01/29/2014)
From: Lorraine Redig

From: Lorraine Redig

Let’s invent a respect-for-all-life method to distribute profits in return for our production.

Capitalism’s unfettered marketplace wealth distribution s ... 

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Miller addresses propane shortage (01/29/2014)
From: State Senator

Jeremy Miller

Throughout the last week, I have received numerous phone calls and emails from residents of the district who are concerned about the recent drastic increase in pr ... 

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Phobic? (01/29/2014)
From: Richie Swanson

I’m a novelist and recent Pushcart nominee for short stories in journals such as HEART: Human Equity through Art. I regret that GRSF has stigmatized those disinterested in Sha ... 

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Thank Joe Tadie and DWWS! (01/29/2014)
From: Fatima Said

Executive Director, Project FINE

On behalf of Project FINE, I would like to thank Joe Tadie for dancing for our organization and raising over $4,403 through the Dancing with Wino ... 

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‘GMO OMG’ (01/26/2014)
From: Bernadette Mahfood

I found an Associated Press article in the WDN today curious, definitively written from the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) viewpoint. And I used to think articles  ... 

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Why are we keeping the existing bridge? (01/26/2014)
From: Jim R. Miller

I know it’s too late to change anything with the new bridge plan, but I really wonder why we are keeping the old bridge. Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT) didn’t ... 

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Bill would return confiscated funds (01/22/2014)
From: Rep. Steve Drazkowski (R-Mazeppa)

Following a recent court ruling that found local traffic diversion classes to be illegal, I am authoring legislation that addresses how Minnesota should hand ... 

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Thanks to all involved in recovery (01/22/2014)
From: State Senator

Jeremy Miller

Janel and I wish to extend a personal thank-you to the Winona County Sheriff’s Department, local fire departments, first responders, law enforcement officers, se ... 

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A great day in Winona (01/19/2014)
From: Beverly Spande

On behalf of the Social Concerns Committee of Central Lutheran Church.

A blood drive was scheduled for January 16 at Central Lutheran Church. Through an unfortunate accident  ... 

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Heartfelt thanks to all emergency staff (01/19/2014)
From: Chris Antoff

It is with heartfelt thanks that I write this letter of gratitude for all the folks involved in the rescue and recovery of the tragic loss of lives, in our recent Mississippi Riv ... 

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Help for the bees (01/19/2014)
From: Bernadette

Mahfood,

Business Director, FRFF

Mike Kennedy,

Board Chair, FRFF

It is good to see that mainstream media has recognized the plight of bees and other pollinators. Winonans will  ... 

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Lame duck issues for Buffalo County Board (01/19/2014)
From: Craig Brooks

Buffalo City, Wis.

The Buffalo County Board has the majority of its member positions possibly having new members. Several current members are not running. (The most vocal leader ... 

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Still opposed to frac sand facility (01/19/2014)
From: Joseph Mlinar

If elected officials rushed through important decisions to accomplish what they want before they call it quits, we’d call it the height of arrogance. If they pushed decisions of ... 

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Thank you to the Winona community (01/19/2014)
From: Robert Losinski

Winona

On January 5, there was a very serious accident on Riverview Drive. From January 5 to today the volunteers and the Sheriff’s Department has been working extremely hard ... 

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Thanks to public officials (01/19/2014)
From: Winona County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC)-

Sally Cumiskey Chair & Kalene Engel, Executive Director

MN League of Women Voters (LWV0 – Winona Unit –

Lynn Theurer Co- chair &  ... 

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What trains carry more concerning than graffiti (01/19/2014)
From: Ray Kiihn

Judge Dennis Challeen has written about his displeasure in seeing the defaced “private property” rolling by at the rail siding. We probably need to have a discussion about who contr ... 

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Where do babies come from, Sen. Drazkowski? (01/19/2014)
From: Jeanne Nelson

State Senator Steve Drazkowski’s recent letter to the editor included an opinion, that if reflected in state policy, would be extremely troubling and revealing.

Steve criticiz ... 

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Why pick on The Little Sisters of the Poor (01/19/2014)
From: Roger Reitmaier

I hesitate writing letters to the editor anymore that involve anything remotely political. Both sides are quite entrenched in their tightly held ideology. Many seem to take it ... 

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Ask a trooper (01/15/2014)
From: Sgt. Curt S. Mowers, Minnesota State Patrol

Crash witness

Question: If a person is a witness to an accident, is he or she required to come forward to the law enforcement agency investigat ... 

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County per diems (01/15/2014)
From: Dick Smith

Steve Jacob is once again showing his true colors. This guy that made such a big deal out of supposedly doing what his constituents elected him to do, is now trying to entice the  ... 

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Don’t criticize Obamacare (01/15/2014)
From: Steven Schild

There’s no doubt that the rollouts of ObamaCare and MNSure have been badly botched, and that Democrats deserve much of the blame. But at a Jan. 11 meeting in Winona, State Sen.  ... 

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Fighting for the rule of law (01/15/2014)
From: Dave Harms

and Deb Roschen

Wabasha County

Commissioners

For years, Wabasha County, through the Sheriff’s Department and approval of other public officials, has been operating a traffic d ... 

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How many more? (01/15/2014)
From: A. Fitzgerald

Rushford, Minn.

How many more people have to die before Winona does something about the curve on Riverview Drive?

They need to take a tip from NASCAR on how to build a soft wa ... 

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Martin Luther King Day (01/15/2014)
From: Human Rights

Commissioner John Burdick

As we come to the day that as a nation we honor the work and words of Martin Luther King Jr., we would like all to know that the Winona Human Rights Co ... 

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Thank you (01/15/2014)
From: Rocky Rohn

I would like to thank all the caring, wonderful, and loving people that hired me to portray Santa Claus and enter their homes and the homes of their relatives and friends. I want t ... 

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Winter in Winona! (01/15/2014)
As I watch the evening snowflakes

Falling silently on the ground. It

Causes me to pause and exclaim!

Could those be sparkling diamonds

on the snow banks! Accentuated by

the moonlit night!

What a ... 

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A great year to live in Winona County (01/12/2014)
From: County Commissioner

Steve Jacob

2013 has been a great year to live in Winona County!

Citizens of our county continue to face many challenges during this tough economy; however, the attitu ... 

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Marines say thanks for toy drive support (01/12/2014)
From: Jim Eddy, Coordinator

2013 Toys for Tots Drive

Hiawatha Valley Marines

The Hiawatha Valley Marines wish to express our appreciation to the Winona community for its excellent support of our  ... 

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Thanks from Project COMPASS (01/12/2014)
From: Helen Newell

A huge thank-you goes to Wendy and Chase Hoffman, owners of Jefferson Pub & Grill, for generously donating the turkey and all the trimmings for the 268 Christmas Eve noon dinne ... 

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Winona Sunset Lions thanks (01/12/2014)
From: Lions Joyce and Ray Bisco - Co-Chairs

The Winona Sunset Lions would like to thank all who came to our 32nd Annual Floyd Bischel chili supper this year. Thanks to you, it was a big success. A ... 

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Citizen’s Frac Sand Summit January 18 (01/08/2014)
From: Joan Redig

Houston, Minn.

The Citizen’s Frac Sand Summit on Jan 18 is about making sure rural communities come before profits for frac sand companies.

Frac sand mining has no place in south ... 

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Marines rethinking methods (01/08/2014)
From: Jim Eddy

In the most recent Marine Corps Gazette, Lt. Col. Maria McMillen has an article titled “Read - Think - Win.”

Lt. Col. McMillen’s thesis is reflective of what the Marine Corps has do ... 

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No barriers on Riverview Drive (01/08/2014)
From: Steve Cooker

The legal department for the city of Winona should be held liable for the lack of an effective barrier at the river CLIFF on Riverview Drive. No mercy. Enough is enough. Someone  ... 

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SMU annual benefit set (01/08/2014)
From: Hannah Friedrich

Silent Auction Chair

Shae Nehiba

Silent Auction Advisor

Lance Thompson

Director of Student Activities

Saint Mary’s University

It is once again time to honor someone in  ... 

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Thank you (01/08/2014)
From: Dick Smith

To the San Francisco 49ers: THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! AGAIN !!!  ... 

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Thank you for your donations (01/08/2014)
From: Rocky Rohn

On December 9, 2012, Jim, Sonja, and their son Justin Breza were in a terrible vehicle crash in Red Wing, Minn. Justin lost his life in the crash at the young age of just 21.

Lat ... 

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Islamic Center thanks the Winona Community (01/05/2014)
From: The Islamic Center of Winona Board of Directors and Council of Trustees

Not surprising, the downtown fire ranked as a top local news story of 2013. As the year ended, the effects of the fire  ... 

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My favorite (Live @ the Levee) things (01/05/2014)
Spruce trees from Wiscoy, and ice luminaries

Warm turkey stew with stuffing and cranberries,

Crepes, wraps, and sandwiches, sweet treats-it’s true

All in a Tent heated up just for you.

Mulled wi ... 

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National Trout Center, an investment in our future (01/05/2014)
From: George R. Spangler,

Chairman, National Trout Center

The New Year celebrates the fifth operating year of the National Trout Center (NTC) at Preston, Minnesota. Conceived in 2009 by the Prest ... 

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SNAP van in Winona Feb. 23-24 (01/05/2014)
From: DeDe Olson

Winona Area Humane Society

Please spread the word to friends, family, neighbors and co-workers. The Minnesota Spay Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP) van is coming for another visit ... 

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Thank-yous from soldiers in Afghanistan (01/05/2014)
From: Lions Club member

Mary Singer

I received this thank-you letter from soldiers in Afghanistan to whom we sent care packages after the 2013 USA Support Our Troops. Many, many people from our a ... 

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Windom sign (01/05/2014)
From: Patrick Byron

Thank you, Fran!!

Your “Post Script” commentary was as direct, relevant and honest as one could state.

“The sign is ugly because it is not compatible with a beautiful city par ... 

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WSHS class of 1974 reunion (01/05/2014)
From: Cheryl Aeling

WSHS class of 1974 reunion will be held Saturday, July 19, 2014, at the Blackhorse. Update your personal information on our class website at http://www.classreport.org/usa/mn/w ... 

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Ask a trooper (12/29/2013)
From: Sgt. Curt S. Mowers

Minnesota State Patrol

Following too closely

Question: One thing that bothers me while driving is when a faster vehicle comes up close behind, but can’t get past me d ... 

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Living wages and hungry kids (12/29/2013)
From: Lorraine Redig

Winona

If all the “Bobs” received living wages for their services, producing a natural balance between production and consumption, one in six kids wouldn’t be hungry. They are ... 

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Thanks for your support (12/29/2013)
From: Matt Smith

Head Coach

Winona Winhawk Baseball

On behalf of the Winona Winhawk Baseball Program, I would like to thank all the people who donated aluminum to our can collection cages located ... 

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Beyond the veil (12/25/2013)
From: David Girod

Over one month ago, while at the Huff Street Kwik Trip, I was reading an article in the Rochester Post Bulletin. It concerned a busy nurse in a hospice setting in a hospital. One  ... 

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Blizzard tree (12/25/2013)
(A Holiday Carol)

Oh what are these sounds I hear in the sky,

The cold wind screams and deadening cry

Of the songs birds sing when abandoned to die?

Oh what are these sounds I hear in the sky

 ... 

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It’s not too late! (12/25/2013)
From: Bob Redig

Visualize this: A giant Great Blue Heron nearly 700 feet tall standing in the Mississippi River suspending from its beak a thin soaring rainbow arc of a four lane interstate bridge ... 

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Merry Christmas, Happy New Year! (12/25/2013)
From: State Sen. Jeremy Miller

Janel, Drew, Luke and Tom

Dear friends and neighbors,

As we look forward to celebrating the holidays with friends and family, we pause amidst our hectic schedul ... 

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Minimum wage Band-Aid (12/25/2013)
From: Jamie Stier

Minimim wage is a Band-Aid to cover up the gushing wound of income inequality that is plaguing this nation. If we could count on companies paying liveable wages, it wouldn’t be a ... 

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One little star (12/25/2013)
One little star led the way,

guiding us to where Jesus lay

tonight we recall it as we pray

waiting, waiting as night

turns to day

King of Kings, nestled on the hay.

Merry Christmas all!

Maxin ... 

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Vikes 14 - Bengals 42 (12/25/2013)
It was a lopsided game, a poorly played one

The Vikings just couldn't get anything done

Sacks and fumbles, interceptions too

There wasn't much the Vikings could do

Wright had a t ... 

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‘Gifts for Winona’ grateful for Winona’s generosity (12/22/2013)
From: Deb Nahrgang

On behalf of the Saint Mary’s University Gifts for Winona program

One gift recipient took the time to firmly embrace the hands of every volunteer in the room.

Another exclaime ... 

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A toast of Christmas cheer (12/22/2013)
The seasons do change as each year passes on,

Leaves fall to the earth and our autumn is gone.

The air holds a chill as a “Norther” is blowing,

Clouds are dark gray as it soon will be snowing.

Lig ... 

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Chemical dependency in Winona (12/22/2013)
From: Janneke Quick Sobeck

Community Wellness Director

Live Well Winona

Kids are dying. Ten years ago the average age to focus on for substance abuse prevention was 16. The tragic reality is that ... 

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Commuting through Winona (12/22/2013)
From: Justin Jaszewski

I am unsure when the last survey occurred. Nevertheless, I would like to make a suggestion for a new traffic time-study around the city of Winona, with special attention to H ... 

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Sexual abuse is a societal problem (12/22/2013)
From: Barry Peratt

During my conversion to the Catholic faith some eight years ago, many asked me whether the sexual abuse scandal was an obstacle for me. My answer is simple and direct. No.

Why?  ... 

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Signs in park violating city code? (12/22/2013)
From: Dick Hanson

In my review of the City Code, it speaks specifically to Park Signs in Chapter 43, Article VII, 43.43, (k) Sign Districts, (6) Park Signs, (iii): “temporary signs associated with  ... 

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The reality of raising the minimum wage (12/18/2013)
From: Gene Thiele

First and foremost, remember that raising the minimum wage raises all hourly wages. Labor unions use the minimum wage as their starting point in their contract negotiations. If a ... 

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A little girl’s Christmas gift... (12/18/2013)
From: Bonnie Oldham

Remembering both my Dad

Milt Ellinghuysen and Our Father in Heaven

From: Bonnie Oldham

I guess it was 51 years ago that I overheard you tell your ma what the doctors at M ... 

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Defend your property rights (12/18/2013)
From: Tom Bice

If you think politics is vicious on a state or national level, it is, and Trempealeau County is no exception. Last week, there was a letter to the editor in the local paper that made ... 

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Thank you for a successful Fantasy of Trees! (12/18/2013)
From: Lori Ortega

2013 WHA Fantasy of Trees Committee

On behalf of Bonnie Kelly and Ruth Dalleska, Winona Health Auxiliary 2013 Fantasy of Trees co-chairs, and the entire Fantasy of Trees commit ... 

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Thanks for your support (12/18/2013)
From: The Olstad family

Our family would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to the people of Winona and surrounding communities for your overwhelming support of Tim and our family during his j ... 

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Vikes 48 - Eagles 30 (12/18/2013)
Ho Ho Ho! What can we say

The Vikes beat one of the better teams today

With Gerhart and Peterson not playing at all

The rest of the team and Matt Asiata played good bal ... 

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A legend second to none (12/15/2013)
From: Alfred Waddell

West Dennis, Mass.

For years I will pass on the legend about a great man that went to jail 27 years for standing up and fighting for the freedom of his people in an apartheid ... 

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Corn grower views: Farmers, Americans, need to punch back against big oil (12/15/2013)
From: Ryan Buck

Minnesota Corn Growers

Association President

It’s time for farmers, rural Minnesotans and everyone who drives a car to fight back. Big Oil companies have been punching us in the  ... 

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Run across America for cancer (12/15/2013)
From: Michelle Johannsen

Hello, my name is Michelle Johannsen. I am a senior about to graduate from WSU. This summer, I am running across the U.S. from San Francisco to Baltimore with a group of co ... 

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What will Emma do? (12/15/2013)
From: Marylyn Kiral

Lewiston, Minn.

Happy holidays to you and yours!

Wanted to share this with you. It was written when our Emma turned one — seven years ago. She just enjoyed her Golden Birthda ... 

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Winona must improve traffic enforcement (12/15/2013)
From: Thomas Jaszewski

I’m amazed and pleased by your article on pedestrians and the dangers of walking across Broadway for pedestrians.What I find especially disconcerting is the response from the ... 

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Great article! (12/11/2013)
From: Mara Repinski

Fountain City, Wis.

Thank you, thank you, thank you for the wonderful article on Tim Olstad! This young man deserves the praise of his hometown Winona.

Although I do not know  ... 

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Open letter to Chairman Camp (12/11/2013)
From: David Boone

Houston, Minn.

Dear Chairman Camp,

Income tax code regulations have ballooned in excess of 75,000 pages. The IRS has selectively persecuted groups which the administration deems ... 

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Santa’s special gift (12/11/2013)
From: Rocky Rohn

Christmas in July was held at Pla-Mor Campground this past summer when Santa (Rocky Rohn) brought joy and fun for the kids. The money Santa collected will be donated to twenty-four ... 

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Thanks from Project FINE (12/11/2013)
From: Fatima Said

Project FINE

On behalf of Project FINE, I would like to thank the community for your support of our entry in Toro’s Ready.Set.GROW! contest. This contest included entries from a ... 

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Vikes 26 - Ravens 29 (12/11/2013)
Oh the weather outside was frightful

and the game was not delightful

What a game it was, I would say

But it didn’t end up the Viking way

One of the craziest games I’ve ever seen

The ground was  ... 

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LGA boost strengthens Minnesota communities (12/08/2013)
From: Randy Wilson

In recent weeks there has been a flare-up of discussion at the State Capitol and in editorial pages across the state regarding property taxes and cities’ use of the $80 million  ... 

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Noon Lions seek donations for Christmas project (12/08/2013)
From: Jack Krage

Once again, it’s a festive yet busy time of year for the Winona Noon Lions. On December 18, the Lions and Winona Volunteer Services will fill packages of food for 550 families in  ... 

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Still time for ‘10 Days of Giving’ donations (12/08/2013)
From: Rod Nelson

Merchants Bank Charter President

As we come to the end of our 25th year of “10 Days of Giving,” many words come to mind, but the most appropriate are “thank you.”

Over the past 2 ... 

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The state government surplus (12/08/2013)
From: State. Rep.

Steve Drazkowski

Minnesota’s economic experts released our state’s economic projections recently. The good news is state government has a $1 billion projected surplus for the re ... 

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A year-round challenge (12/04/2013)
From: Mayor Mark F. Peterson

I’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate Merchants Bank on its 25th year supporting the “10 Days of Giving” food drive here in Winona. This wonderful program ... 

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Recent story about Winona State (12/04/2013)
From: Andrew Andrusko

student

I am writing you in regards to the recent article “WSU unveils land purchase plans (11/24/2013).”

First, I would like to point out that the name of the state univers ... 

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Vikes 23 - Bears 20 (OT) (12/04/2013)

It was an exciting game to see

A wild ride it was, but a victory

Our defense was great, offense too

Ponder gets hurt, Cassel comes through

It was so fun to watch, then the tie came

But we en ... 

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Why so much time for Spanish? (12/04/2013)
From: Richard Frahm

Winona

Why do we need to teach a whole grade school Spanish for half the day? English seems like it would be the best language to use in our school district. Maybe if Spanish i ... 

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County Board trio: an uncompromising bunch (12/02/2013)
Signed by Land Stewardship Project members and

Melissa Crowley

Two weeks ago, Winona County Board Chairman Wayne Valentine and commissioner Marcia Ward demonstrated little hint of the kind of co ... 

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Mitzvah, a good deed which requires an action (12/02/2013)
From: Jerry Miller

The Hebrew word Mitzvah can be translated as, a good deed which requires an action.

For the past 25 years the “10 Days of Giving,” December 1-10, initiated by Greg Evans and spo ... 

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Thank you, Minnesota State SE Tech (12/02/2013)
From: Rod Schwarz and Matt Smith

Grade 8 Social Studies

Winona Middle School

On November 20, the students and staff of Minnesota State Southeast Technical College welcomed over 60 eighth grade st ... 

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A great Thanksgiving meal (11/27/2013)
From: Phylis Scattum

Many, many thanks to Joanie Papenfuss, area businesses, and unknown persons for donations for the wonderful Thanksgiving dinner and desserts. Joanie cooked for 10 people, with  ... 

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Approve air quality monitoring (11/27/2013)
From: Cherie Hales

Wiscoy Township

I have been following the letters and articles in both the Daily News and Post regarding air quality monitoring in Winona. Although I live in rural Winona County ... 

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Correction (11/27/2013)
It was incorrectly reported in the November 24 edition of the Winona Post that 15 percent of properties acquired by the Minnesota Department of Transportation are seized through adverse possession. Ac ... 

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Flippin’ for Books another success (11/27/2013)
From: Lezlea Dahlke

On behalf of Winona Public Library and Winona Early Childhood Initiative

Flippin’ for Books 8th Annual Literacy and Wellness Fair was a success this year thanks to all of the p ... 

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Happy Thanksgiving! (11/27/2013)
From State Senator

Jeremy Miller

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

This Thanksgiving, as we gather with our friends and families in celebration, it is important to reflect on our blessings and the man ... 

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Helping those less fortunate (11/27/2013)
From: Tom Slaggie

The holiday season will soon be here, kicking off with the Thanksgiving weekend. This is the start of the Christmas gifting frenzy for the retail merchants throughout the area. Of ... 

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Human trafficking: modern day slavery (11/27/2013)
From: Stephanie Brommer

There is a common assumption that human trafficking does not happen in the United States. It is even more common for people to assume that human trafficking does not take pl ... 

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Remembering Dad, Milton Ellinghuysen (11/27/2013)
What a Blessing

Often I remember things my Dad would say he was thankful for and it is an honor to share a few of his blessings that meant so much to him:

If you’d say “Why is it me Dad that has to  ... 

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Victory Gardens (11/27/2013)
From: Dick Gallien

The positive impact of Victory Gardens during World War 1 and World War 11 are well documented. Today, the U.S. food industry has declared war against all of us and is entrench ... 

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Vikes 26 - Packers 26 (11/27/2013)
Vikes 26 - Packers 26

We had a lead and should have won

But ended up a tie, the game was done

As far as the plays go, we were the better team

If one were to choose, the Vikes were better, would ... 

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‘10 Days of Giving’ celebrates 25 years (11/24/2013)
From: Derek Espy

Winona Volunteer Services Board President

Merchants Bank and Winona Volunteer Services (WVS) are both celebrating milestone years in 2013. This is the 40th Anniversary of the sta ... 

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Correction (11/24/2013)
In the November 20 issue of the Winona Post, it was incorrectly reported that the Winona City Council approved an agreement with the owner of the former Chula Vista restaurant in a 4-2 vote. The vote  ... 

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Enter your favorite photos in the Winona Post Bridge Photo Contest by December 2 (11/24/2013)
Prizes for professional, amateur

winners

Enter the Winona Post Bridge Photo Contest today! Photos from experienced professionals and amateurs alike will be considered in the contest. Photos of v ... 

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Lions say ‘thank you’ to Winona Manor (11/24/2013)
From: Noon Lion President Jack Krage

In response to a letter that I had written to the editor asking for used eyeglasses and hearing aids to be dropped off to the Noon Lions, I received a call fro ... 

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Planning Commission fails to protect citizens (11/24/2013)
From: Mike Kennedy

It is a fact that silica dust is a cancer causer. It is also a fact that the elevated volume of truck traffic needed for the frac-sand industry will result in higher volumes of d ... 

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Remember hospice in your charitable giving (11/24/2013)
From: Virginia Laken

We are fortunate in our community to have Winona Area Hospice, an incredible resource available to us during perhaps what can be the most stressful time in our lives. The  ... 

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Send MPCA offer to City Council (11/24/2013)
From: Jane Cowgill

What the heck is going on with the city of Winona Planning Commission? After they twice ignored the suggestions of the Citizens’ Environmental Quality Committee (composed of expe ... 

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Strong Start for America’s Children Act (11/24/2013)
From: Beth Forkner Moe

Executive Director, United Way of the Greater Winona Area

The Strong Start for America’s Children Act (SSACA) was introduced in Congress on November 13. Sponsored by Senator ... 

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2013 10 Days of Giving: the need continues (11/20/2013)
From: Greg Evans

Regional president, Merchants Bank, Cannon Falls, Hampton and Red Wing

For each of the past 25 years, the first 10 days of December have been treated as special at Merchants Bank  ... 

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Food For More Challenge (11/20/2013)
From: JoDeen Forsyth,

volunteer

Arcadia Food Pantry for

Trempealeau County

Once again, I am overwhelmed with gratitude and thanksgiving, for the wonderful response to the Food For More Challen ... 

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Thanks from Central Lutheran Child Care (11/20/2013)
From: Kelly Dicke

Director of Child Care

Ministries

The Central Lutheran Church Child Care Center wants to thank the community for your outpouring of support at our recent fundraiser. Thank you  ... 

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Thanksgiving song (11/20/2013)
From: Pastor Charlie Downes

Eliot, Maine

I’ve been looking for this song for nearly sixty years! I am so happy to have found it in your paper via Google. I sang this in grade school in 1956. Tha ... 

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Turkey raffle a success!!! (11/20/2013)
From: Randy Streukens

Westfield Golf Club Board Member

On Saturday, November 9, Westfield Golf Club sponsored an event for the Junior Golf Program for Winona. This event has been in existence for  ... 

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‘10 Days of Giving’ 25th anniversary (11/17/2013)
From: Terry Hawkings

and Mark Metzler

Co-chairs

As we celebrate the 25th anniversary of Merchants Bank’s “10 Days of Giving,” we thank you for your generosity in helping those in need. We’ve bee ... 

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Disappointed in the library (11/17/2013)
From: James Johnson

I went to this year’s “Friends of the Public Library” book sale and was shocked by the number of great books the Winona Public Library had decided to sell. As I was looking thro ... 

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Hospice is a very special resource (11/17/2013)
From: Joyce Dahlen Jarvinen

November has been designated as “Hospice” month, and I would like to express my gratitude to them, and what they mean to my family and the Winona area.

When my husband  ... 

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Last words (11/17/2013)
From: Merle Hanson

I died like I wanted, in the arms of the person I loved. My body kind of tingled as I left this space and I thought of her.

I knew from the day you walked into my life that the ... 

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Legislative update from Sen. Jeremy Miller (11/17/2013)
From: Sen. Jeremy Miller

Last week, I was honored to participate in a groundbreaking ceremony with the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs at the site of what will be the new Southeastern Minn ... 

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Our tax money spent on defense fund (11/17/2013)
From: Jerry Wilcox

Zumbro Township

My tax money (and yours) was never collected in order to be spent by the three current commissioners that are using it as a defense fund because they decided to  ... 

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Thanks for Hwy. 43 (11/17/2013)
From: Bob Redig

Kudos to all those involved—the planners, the workers, the payers (us)—for the excellent renovation of the great Highway 43 north. The downside—it’s so smooth my pickup falls asleep ... 

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Three women from three states (11/17/2013)
From: Vicki Englich

Chair, River Arts Alliance

Bravo Minnesota Marine Art Museum! In addition to an impressive and diverse collection of American and European art, the museum excels at offering ex ... 

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Veterans’ Vigil thanks (11/17/2013)
From: Roger Reitmaier

The 21st annual Veterans Vigil is history. On Veterans Day one hundred and five brave, chilled souls (veterans, family and friends of veterans) stood one-hour watches for the  ... 

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Benefit for Shawn November 16 (11/15/2013)
From: Crystal Hegge

Festival Director, Frozen River Film Festival

In early October, a vital member of the arts community, Shawn Nicol, suffered a grievous injury. Shawn has been an enthusiastic a ... 

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Thank you (11/13/2013)
From: Joyce Peterson

Thank you for being the “real” community newspaper. The Winona Post is appreciated.

Chris Rogers’ article on the “weeding” of the collection at the Winona Public Library is e ... 

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Veterans vigil (11/13/2013)
From: Dick Otto, Dick Holdorf, Dick Will, Wayne Hamernik

We have been standing the 5 a.m. to 6 a.m. Veterans Vigil since it started.

We have lost a few - Del and Stu, John had to drop out with leg ... 

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Support the Fair Minimum Wage Act (11/12/2013)
From: Kathryn D. Jarvinen

As a member of AAUW, I join with the American Association of University Women (AAUW) in urging you to support the Fair Minimum Wage Act (H.R. 1010/S. 460).

With today’s m ... 

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More space??? Fewer books??? (11/12/2013)
From: Catherine Mora Cleary

As I read and reread Chris Rogers’ article of November 10 regarding changes at the Winona Public Library, I felt disbelief, anger, and sadness.

It is common knowledge ... 

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Thanks to Chamber for support of zoning change (11/12/2013)
From: Mary A. Cichanowski

I want to thank the Winona Chamber of Commerce for publicly supporting the proposed amendments to the zoning ordinance. It is apparent that the Chamber appreciates and re ... 

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Hospice: care on your terms (11/10/2013)
From: Pam Slocum

No one likes to think about death and dying, but it’s something everyone has to face eventually. There’s an incredible resource in our community that provides comfort, dignity an ... 

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LWV election laws forum November 14 (11/10/2013)
From: Lynn Theurer, LWV Winona Unit co-chair

Mary Borgen, LWV Winona Unit, co-chair

Lori Ortega, LWV Winona Unit, program chair

The League of Women Voters (LWV), Winona Unit, is sponsoring a publ ... 

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Mudcat celebrates fifty years of music (11/10/2013)
From: James Grant

Fifty years is a long time to be doing something, and they say doing something over and over expecting a different result is insanity, so with that said I guess I’m crazy, but on  ... 

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Veterans Day Celebration essay contest winners (11/10/2013)
Below are the winners of the Winona Veterans Day Celebration essay contest: “Why do we honor veterans?” A winner was selected from both of the participating schools, the Winona Middle School and Cotte ... 

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Vikes 34 - Redskins 27 (11/10/2013)
Was a good game to watch on Thursday night

The Vikes won this one, put up a fight

I wasn’t going to watch, but did anyway

I’m a true Viking fan, what can I say

Peterson had 75 yards and two tou ... 

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Why we respect our veterans (11/10/2013)
From: Abi Trocinski

Cotter Jr. High School

Teacher: Gini Wilzbacher

Growing up in a military family I have a personal understanding of the daily sacrifices that veterans and their families have  ... 

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Why we should honor our veterans (11/10/2013)
From: Tara Ziegeweid

Winona Middle School

Teacher: Mr. Matt Schultz

We should honor our veterans, because without them we would not have all the wonderful things we have today. We also should hon ... 

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Ask a Trooper (11/06/2013)
From: Sgt. Jacalyn Sticha

Minnesota State Patrol

Question: What is the proper procedure if you are stopped at a red light and an emergency vehicle with its lights and siren activated comes up behi ... 

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Bike lane or just a picture of a bike? (11/06/2013)
From: Matthew F. Byrnes

When friends from the Cities see Winona’s 5th Street “bike lane” they often laugh out loud knowing that putting a picture of a bicycle on a parking lane does nothing to pro ... 

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Give to the Max day November 14 (11/06/2013)
From: Kathleen Peterson

Thursday, November 14, marks this year’s Minnesota Give to the Max day, a chance to donate to your favorite local non profit organizations. Your gifts make a BIG difference ... 

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Oceans (11/06/2013)
From: Bruce Montplaisir

I think of oceans as collections of large liquid flywheels that are turned by the polar caps and the equator much like the armature (rotor) on an electric motor is turned by ... 

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Time to finally pass a new farm bill (11/06/2013)
From: Ryan Buck

President of the Minnesota Corn Growers Association

During remarks on the Senate floor last week, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar recalled a phone conservation she had with Greg Schw ... 

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To Jane Grable (11/06/2013)
From: Morgan Gish

Touché! ... 

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Vikes 23 - Cowboys 27 (11/06/2013)

It was a big heartbreaker, that’s for sure

Losing this game, there was no cure

I think everyone played well and our defense too

But there was that extra point that didn’t go through

Peterson  ... 

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Vote yes on proposed amendments (11/06/2013)
From: Marv Hunger

Chairperson

Landowners of Winona County

The Landowners of Winona County urge the County Commissioners to give back some of the property rights by voting yes on the proposed am ... 

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Winona Area Barbershoppers show November 9 (11/06/2013)
From: Michael Deiss

Winona Area Barbershoppers' Director

I would like to remind everyone to come out to the Winona Area Barbershoppers 58th annual show. The group will be putting on an Ole an ... 

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Barbershoppers show Nov. 9 (11/01/2013)
From: Michael Deiss

Winona Area

Barbershoppers director

I would like to remind everyone to come out to the Winona Area Barbershoppers 58th annual show. The group will be putting on an Ole and L ... 

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Comments on the levee (11/01/2013)
From: Frank Pomeroy, Chair

Eric Sorensen, Vice-Chair

We are the Chair and Vice Chair for Mayor Peterson’s Levee Park Committee. We offer the following comments and observations regarding the proce ... 

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Don’t give our life-giving soil away (11/01/2013)
From: Lorraine Redig

Winona County Commissioners, please, for love of God and all neighbors, say, “No” to the proposed zoning ordinance.

The pledge to our flag is based on love of God and neighbo ... 

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Farmers’ Market first year a success (11/01/2013)
From: Darline Freeman,

St. Charles Farmers’ Market Board Chair

Thank you for making the St. Charles Farmers’ Market’s first year a success! This first year has been great and we could not have d ... 

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Is this justice? (11/01/2013)
From: Don Evanson

Now there are two restorative justice movements in Winona County.

The most recently initiated movement is occurring at the Planning Commission level, hopefully to be supported b ... 

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Listen to Dave Palmquist (11/01/2013)
From: Dick Smith

It is my hope that the Winona County Board members will read the letter to the editor by Dave Palmquist as published recently by both of Winona's newspapers. As a former natur ... 

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Paper shortage (11/01/2013)
From: Dave Fratzke

On October 31, (Halloween) someone took my Minnesota Vikings flag off my house. The only thing I can think of is someone is really stupid enough to want the flag or we actually  ... 

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Steve Jacob: democratic process alive and well (11/01/2013)
From: Winona County

Commissioner Steve Jacob

The power of your local government is in your hands. The democratic process is alive and well in Winona County. I am so proud and humbled to be elec ... 

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Tell commissioners ‘no’ on zoning amendments (11/01/2013)
From: Tessa Schweitzer

I’ve heard it said that local politics is as dysfunctional as any other level, if not more so. I don’t doubt that after witnessing the spectacle of Winona County over the  ... 

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Turn on the ramp lights on I-90, Mn/DOT (11/01/2013)
From: Allan and Diane Brague

Ramp lighting along I-90 coming from Wisconsin, needs some attention. Lights are out at several locations along the river in our area.

The west bound 'ramp lig ... 

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We can’t go back to the ‘70s (11/01/2013)
From: Margaret Walsh

Constituent

In the 1970s, I remember a vibrant downtown. I remember Wayne Valentine as the Voice of Winona. I had great fun in the 1970s in Winona County. I was young then. L ... 

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Windom Park (11/01/2013)
From: Susan Berg

I drove past Windom Park today and it is so sad to see a lovely, historical city park has been turned into an advertisement venue that covers up the landscape.

 ... 

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Winona County zoning ordinance is working (11/01/2013)
From: Bob Redig

The present Winona County Zoning Ordinance (WCZO) is working fine. No conditional use permits (CUP) have been denied.The CUPs and variance hearings give both parties a chance to n ... 

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WMS says thank you! (11/01/2013)
From: Matt Smith

On behalf of the students and staff of House 8 East at the Winona Middle School, I would like to thank Chad Woyczik (from Merchants National Bank) for spending Wednesday, October 3 ... 

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Zoning amendment restores property rights (11/01/2013)
From: Jean Kalmes

Farmers and rural homeowners beware. Hundreds of us who tried to prevent the very flawed 300 page ordinance from being approved in 2010 were told that it could easily be changed.  ... 

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21st annual Veterans’ Vigil November 11 (10/30/2013)
From: Roger Reitmaier

The 21st annual Veterans’ Vigil will take place at Veterans’ Memorial Park in Winona on Monday, November 11, beginning at midnight, for the next 24 hours. The Vigil’s purpose  ... 

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Attend Winona County Board meeting Nov. 5 (10/30/2013)
From: Dave Palmquist

Historically, most environmental problems occurred because we didn’t understand what the results of our land use would be.

For 39 years, I worked as a Naturalist at Whitewate ... 

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Uphold current Zoning Ordinance (10/30/2013)
From: Board members of the Winona-Dakota Unity Alliance

As board members of the Winona-Dakota Unity Alliance, we urge the Commissioners to uphold the current Winona County Zoning Ordinance. The cur ... 

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Vikes 31 - Packers 44 (10/30/2013)

It wasn’t a blowout, but wasn’t a win

But Patterson started out good, and we did begin

The longest ever in football, on this kickoff return

Ran 109 yards (13 seconds to do it) he did burn

We  ... 

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What conflict of interest? (10/30/2013)
From: Mary A. Cichanowski

Recent letters to the editor have been calling for commissioner Jacob to disclose his alleged conflicts of interest in the upcoming vote on the proposed zoning amendments. ... 

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Bullying and Winona Area Public Schools (10/27/2013)
From: Shannon Marg

I read with interest the article in Sunday’s (October 13, 2013) edition of the Winona Post — “Are your kids safe at school?” My expectation was that finally the administration wo ... 

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Doing right (10/27/2013)
What is the best way to live, my daughter is a born again Christian

And so her children all know Jesus

My seven year old grandson got this advice

Riley, I said I’ve been thinking, how I could advis ... 

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In memory of my Aunt Shirley Nagle Lande October 28, 1985 (10/27/2013)
Always the first one to

come to our aid

With tender words, always good

things to say

Fought through so much all

through her life

A wonderful “Mother” with

arms always opened through

each of t ... 

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Manufacturing is part of Winona’s identity (10/27/2013)
From: Della Schmidt

Winona Area Chamber of

Commerce President

Winona enjoys a strong economy with a varied business sector. However, with more than 100 manufacturing and technology businesses cu ... 

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Adventures with John James Audubon at WSU October 24 (10/23/2013)
Winona State University will present “Adventures with John James Audubon” from 4 until 5:30 p.m. Thursday, October 24, in the Miller Auditorium, Stark Hall room 103.

Brian “Fox” Ellis brings history  ... 

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Camp Invention inspires young students (10/23/2013)
From: Susan Z. Clarke

Regional Consultant for Camp Invention

I would like to thank Winona State University Camp & Conference Services for hosting the Camp Invention program this summer. Camp I ... 

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Cemetery walk a great way to learn history (10/23/2013)
From: Cemetery Walk Committee

Kathy Turner, Chair

Mark Peterson, WCHS Executive Director

Jonelle Moore, Susan Eddy, Walt Bennick, Audrey Gorny, Kate Carlson, Judy Shepard, Michelle Alexander, Mel B ... 

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Expanding WAPS foreign language program (10/23/2013)
From: : Dr. Scott Hannon

Superintendent

Winona Area Public Schools

As a young boy growing up in Winona, I was frequently aware of occasional language differences of some of my friend’s parents, o ... 

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GMO workshop this Saturday (10/23/2013)
From: Jim Riddle

In a few weeks, voters in Washington State will decide if foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) must be labeled. Similar laws have been passed in Connecticut and M ... 

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In response to ‘Dear visitors’ letter (10/23/2013)
From: Jane Grable

I would like to respond to the letter referring to some Wisconsin drivers in Winona. I have to agree it is frustrating to be behind a bad driver, but it doesn’t just happen to yo ... 

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Thank you from the Winona Hims (10/23/2013)
From: Dave Forsythe

and Cliff Black

For The Winona Hims

It’s been a month since The Winona Hims annual Fall Concert, which was one of the most rewarding in our 11-year history in terms of audienc ... 

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Vikes 7- Giants 23 (10/23/2013)
Not much good to write

on this game tonight

Vikes, they played oh so bad

We’re angry and we’re very mad

Josh Freeman’s start was not so good

Didn’t play like we thought he would

He doesn’t  ... 

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness month (10/21/2013)
From: Cindy Killion

and Diana Miller

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and it also is the month during which the Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) is impl ... 

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Legislative update — MNsure (10/20/2013)
From: State Senator

Jeremy Miller

Dear friends and neighbors,

It has now been almost three weeks since the opening of public enrollment under MNsure, Minnesota’s branch of the  ... 

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Live @ the Levee event a resounding success (10/20/2013)
From: Shaune Burke

and Live at the Levee

event organizer group

From the noon kick-off remarks by Mayor Mark Peterson, until the last strains of music faded at nearly 10:00 p.m., the inaugural L ... 

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Parking letter follow-up (10/20/2013)
From: Diana Cyert

Winona

I’m writing as a follow-up of my letter about parking around the Center.

I feel honored as I actually had received a personal call from Mark Peterson, the mayor of Winona ... 

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Thanks from Ride the Ridges (10/20/2013)
From: Cherie Burke,

President, Winona Rotary

The first annual Ride the Ridges was an amazingly successful event. One hundred thirty-one bicycle riders participated. They were supported by thirty-s ... 

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Valentine: bloggers, please stop posing as me online (10/20/2013)
From: Wayne Valentine

Winona County Board of

Commissioners Chair

Winona

I have been advised that someone using my name, Wayne Valentine, has been posting comments on the Winona Daily News websi ... 

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Walk brought back flood memories (10/20/2013)
From: David Girod

I thoroughly enjoyed this past weekend’s Cemetery Walk, and this year’s theme of the Mississippi River. A nice touch was the musicians who played for attendees prior to each group ... 

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WSHS Class of 1951 reunion held (10/20/2013)
From: Bob Frank

We just recently had a mini class reunion and yes, 1951 is 62 years ago. Our group had decided to hold reunions at two year intervals because of our ages. Sadly, we have lost 74 out ... 

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A threat to our bluffs (10/16/2013)
From: Jim Gurley

An important public hearing is coming up next week about efforts to take away our bluffland protections adopted by the county just a few years ago. Rural AND city residents need to ... 

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Enjoy WSU homecoming parade October 19 (10/16/2013)
From: Joe Reed

and Tracy Rahim

Homecoming Committee

Winona State University

Winona State University celebrates Homecoming this weekend with the theme of “Island City Luau.”

We would like to in ... 

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Land use ordinance changes (10/16/2013)
From: Cherie Hales

Wiscoy Township

The recent article in the Winona Post about the “threat from special interests” left me shaking my head.

There is real irony in labeling citizens who express co ... 

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Power politics in county government (10/16/2013)
From: Hans Madland

When elected officials say concerned citizens are “special interests,” then something is very wrong. Special interests are people who hope to use government power in order to mak ... 

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Support Our Troops event held (10/16/2013)
From: Lion Mary Singer

Lion Rosie Wadewitz

Lion Jan Seaburn

On September 22, the Sunset Lions USA Support Our Troops event for 2013 was held at the Winona VFW. A special thanks to the VFW Women’ ... 

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Vikes 10 - Panthers 35 (10/16/2013)
Our defense did struggle, uphill battle all day

We weren’t going to win this game, no way

Two costly interceptions, that was bad

The fans left the game early, certainly mad

With 97 yards receiving ... 

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Congress (10/13/2013)
From: Dick Smith

Goodview, Minn.

To Obama, Boehner and congress: get your sh#t together!!!

 ... 

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Congressional squabbling (10/13/2013)
From: John Kennedy

The current saber-rattling and brinkmanship in Congress bring to mind a couple of familiar sayings. One is that we have the best government money can buy. The other is that we ge ... 

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Dear visitors (10/13/2013)
From: Morgan Gish

Thank you for visiting us. Two things about Minnesota: one, our speed limit is 30, not 25; two, green lights mean go, not slow down to make sure it doesn’t turn yellow. Other than ... 

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More on sitcoms (10/13/2013)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

Why do people watch sitcoms - er - sickcoms? They portray family situations that are nonexistent, except perhaps on some other planet? We believe the viewers of t ... 

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Ordinance changes: For whose benefit? (10/13/2013)
From: Doug Nopar

In pushing us back to 1970 zoning laws and explaining his proposed changes to the Winona County Land Use Ordinance, Commissioner Steve Jacob often confuses the public with a lot o ... 

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Rural property owners should support amendments (10/13/2013)
From: Mary A. Cichanowski

Rural property owners, I encourage you to attend the public hearing on October 22 regarding the proposed Winona County zoning ordinance changes. These changes protect your ... 

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Shutdown: 48,000 lives hang in the balance (10/13/2013)
From: Bruce Montplaisir

Altura, Minn.

For more than 20 years, I attended both Republican and Democratic caucuses and never once heard a proposal that we increase our expenditures, decrease our re ... 

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Thanks to Fusillo, a creative, inspiring professor (10/13/2013)
From: Ryan Hawkins

WSU Graduate ‘09

Where can you start, when you want to share a few glorious, fond, inspirational, and creative memories of your time in one of Vivian Fusillo’s classrooms at Win ... 

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When, exactly, does life begin? (10/13/2013)
From: Finbar McMullen, FSC

I chuckle when otherwise intelligent people ask the question: “When does life begin?” These individuals must have put their brains in their back pockets and sat down. Squ ... 

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Zoning ordinance (10/13/2013)
From: Dale H. Hadler

Winona

On October 22, the Winona County Board of Commissioners will consider substantial changes to the 2011 zoning ordinance and irresponsibly weakening bluffland protections ... 

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1970 Zoning Ordinance standards (10/09/2013)
From: Kaye Huelskamp

Lewiston, Minn.

Commissioner Steve Jacob wants to take us back to the year 1970 with his proposed changes to Winona County’s current land use ordinance. Will Commissioners V ... 

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Attend County Board public hearing October 22 (10/09/2013)
From: Jane Cowgill

We seem to be living in an age where small cadres of ideologues can overlook the general welfare of citizens in order to promote their own personal and political agendas. In Was ... 

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Evolution vs. God (10/09/2013)
From: Steven J. Beyers

In his Sept. 22 letter, Finbar McMullen wrote that “people who relegate the (age of) the earth to only 6,000 years are totally unable to appreciate the marvels that are all a ... 

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FFA produces leaders for tomorrow (10/09/2013)
From: Terry Angst

I started reading “Serious crime skyrockets” on the front page of the Oct. 6 Post. The article was continued on page 10. As I read about the increase in crime and some of the eff ... 

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Government shutdown (10/09/2013)
From: Karen Graves

Perhaps it is time to really think about it when voting for people who have control over such a thing as a shutdown in our government. I do not think they should receive a payche ... 

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Human or blob? (10/09/2013)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

If I were making an apple pie and had all the ingredients on a counter and someone asked me, “What is that?” would I be correct if I replied, “Nothing?” If I were ... 

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Mental Illness Awareness Week is October 6 – 10 (10/09/2013)
From: Becca Von Ruden

WSU Intern Project COMPASS

Schizophrenia.

One percent of the world’s population or one in every 100 people will develop schizophrenia in their lifetime. The most common onse ... 

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State auditor needs power to enforce state law (10/09/2013)
From: David Harms

Lake City, Minn.

Merl Norman

(Former Co. Commissioner)

Zumbro Falls, Minn.

As two local citizens of Wabasha County, one a commissioner, one a former commissioner, we general ... 

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Stone Point Park plus (10/09/2013)
From: Dick Gallien

Twenty-some years ago, three of us, including Jim Murphy, whose ridge farm became the Winona County Landfill, were taking top soil from a field with earth movers, to cover the po ... 

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Walkway on Garvin Heights Road (10/09/2013)
From: William E. Boike

I “discovered” this giant uphill treadmill when it was closed for cars a few weeks ago. What a great place for a good workout. The only thing missing is a hard surfaced pat ... 

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Winona Area Barbershoppers show November 9 (10/09/2013)
From: Michael Deiss

Winona Area Barbershoppers Director

I would like to invite the community to come out to the Winona Area Barbershoppers 58th annual show. The group will be putting on an Ole and ... 

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‘Food for More’ challenge (10/06/2013)
From: JoDeen Forsyth

Arcadia Food Pantry for Trempealeau County

It has been a pleasure to volunteer to help coordinate the Arcadia Food Pantry for Trempealeau County for the past several years, be ... 

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A hidden gem in Winona (10/06/2013)
From: Dale Arendt

Executive Minister

Wesley United Methodist Church

In my professional career, I’ve had the opportunity to travel to a number of communities in different states and observe the cu ... 

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Being right (10/06/2013)
Oh yes I’m better than you all

Oh yes you’re better than anyone else

Oh yes we’re both always right

Will it matter who’s right and who’s wrong

A hundred years from now, a million

No one cares abo ... 

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Gold discovered at nation’s capitol (10/06/2013)
From: David Boone

Houston, Minn.

We should be sympathetic to the plight of our elected officials. Representatives must sift through the ideas of hundreds of thousands of constituents. Each senato ... 

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Major depression can be effectively treated! (10/06/2013)
From: Marion Danh

Project COMPASS Intern

Major depression is a mood state that goes well beyond temporarily feeling sad or blue. It is a serious medicala illness that affects one’s thoughts, feeli ... 

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Mental Illness Awareness Week is October 6 – 10 (10/06/2013)
From: Helen Newell

Project COMPASS Disability Coordinator

Suicide

When it comes to mental illness, silence is NOT golden. Silence causes stigma, and stigma hurts. It prevents people from seekin ... 

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Parking problem (10/06/2013)
From: Diana Cyert

I am sure nobody will even read this or much care as I am sure you get many letters complaining about their ticket and how they are innocent and shouldn’t pay it.

I am guilty of  ... 

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United Way mission: Raising healthy children (10/02/2013)
By -- From: Beth Forkner Moe

Executive Director, United Way of the Greater Winona Area

Our mission at United Way of the Greater Winona Area is to support our families in their efforts to raise healthy,  ... 

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Winona's future (10/02/2013)
By -- From: Mike Kennedy

The headline “Will tourism decide Winona’s future” of the September 29 Winona Post front page article is not only misleading but also inaccurate. The tone of the piece is a “they ... 

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Kindness of a stranger (10/02/2013)
By -- From: Brandon and

Angela McQuinn

On Saturday September 28, my husband lost his wallet. He searched every location he had been that day and eventually gave up and called to cancel all of his pers ... 

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People need to have a say in frac sand EIS (10/02/2013)
By -- From: Barb Nelson

Lewiston, Minn.

This summer, I was one of 100 people from southeast Minnesota who participated in a meeting hosted by the Land Stewardship Project (LSP) in Rushford. As someone w ... 

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Veteran’s cemetery funding (09/29/2013)
From: State Senator

Jeremy Miller

On September 26, the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs announced they were awarded a $10 million federal grant to cover the entire cost of a new cemetery ... 

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Grateful for grant (09/29/2013)
From: Bluff Country Learning Center students and staff

Hokah, Minn.

The staff and students of Bluff Country Learning Center are immensely thankful for the generous Round Up Grant award, which will ... 

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Memories of Third Street (09/29/2013)
From: Dr. Joseph H. Foegen

For anyone interested in nostalgia, and in light of the September 13, 2013 fire, it might be worthwhile to review one block of Third Street.

Before the “Big Boxes” arriv ... 

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Mole chaser (09/29/2013)
From: Finbar McMullen, FSC

Overnight, Thursday Sept. 26, someone knocked down, took apart and buried in the grass the Mole Chaser from the yard behind the Brothers’ residence at St. Mary’s Univer ... 

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National Life Chain October 6 (09/29/2013)
From: Kathy Foerster

The National Life Chain event, in its 26th year, will be held on Sunday, October 6, in Winona. This day is most appropriate for this event, as it is Respect Life Sunday and Oct ... 

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Obamacare - Affordable Care Act (09/29/2013)
From: Craig Brooks

I went to a forum in La Crosse on the new law put on by the League of Women Voters, Gundersen, Mayo, AARP, etc. I learned that I’d better ignore all the media hype about this bei ... 

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Thank you Winona Hims! (09/29/2013)
From: Dr. Joseph H. Foegen

For anyone interested in nostalgia, and in light of the September 13, 2013 fire, it might be worthwhile to review one block of Third Street.

Before the “Big Boxes” arriv ... 

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Want a retraction (09/29/2013)
From: The Members of Badger Bluff Sands: Gerald Erney, Cheryl Erney, Kevin Rich

This letter is in response to a letter to the editor published in the September 11 issue of the Winona Post by Susan ... 

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Where’s Sam? (09/29/2013)
From: Paul B. Double

Where is Sam when we need him? We need a gun, a big gun, the size of which can reinvent a KISS plan (Keep It Simple Stupid) for health care and shut down Congress, the Preside ... 

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2013 Sonnet Contest finalist (09/25/2013)
Pre-festival old professor

That time of year for him again comes round

when stout perennials spring up in the room,

like phone calls from old friends he can't put down,

Bevington, Riverside ... 

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Celebration (09/25/2013)
Every day is a holiday

Wake up every morning and give thanks to the great spirit, God

Which is forever

This day is the same as all the others

Give thanks to the power or powers that know

The secr ... 

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Fourth annual Ernie Walk (09/25/2013)
From: Matt Drazkowski

I would like to send out a huge thank-you to everyone who took part in the 4th annual Walk with Ernie, in memory of Bruce “Ernie” Streng. It was a success, raising over $550 f ... 

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Toys for Tots drive begins (09/25/2013)
From: Jim Eddy

Coordinator Toys for Tots Drive, Hiawatha Valley Marines

The Winona Area Hiawatha Valley Marines begins the 2013 Winona Area Toys for Tots Drive. This Marine and Navy Corpsmen veter ... 

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Vikings 27 - Browns 31 (09/25/2013)
It was a wild finish but still a big loss

Three in a row and that does cost

Ponder ran for two touchdowns, one interception he threw

Lost a fumble and was sacked six times in this game too

Peter ... 

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10th annual Great Dakota Gathering (09/22/2013)
From: Debbie White

President

Winona Dakota Unity Alliance (WDUA)

Many thanks of appreciation to all who attended the 10th annual Great Dakota Gathering – Celebrating Our Friendships, on Septembe ... 

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2013 Sonnet Contest finalist (09/22/2013)
Defending the town drunk;

Victor Peckham, 1920-1983

Most people stayed away from Vic Peckham.

He killed a four-year-old girl in fifty-two.

He ran her down leaving only her shoes

and her brothe ... 

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40 Days for Life campaign (09/22/2013)
From: Kathy Foerster

Winona, Minn.

40 Days for Life is an international campaign of prayer, fasting and peaceful vigil on the public sidewalks in front of abortion facilities. It takes place Septe ... 

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Cedar Valley Music Festival (09/22/2013)
From: Steve Briggs

Thank you to all the volunteers, musicians, and participants who came out to Cedar Valley on September 7. A good time was had by all at this family-friendly event. Featuring 30 l ... 

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MNsure rates may differ (09/22/2013)
From: Rep. Steve Drazkowski

Is it any wonder why the majority of Minnesotans and Americans disapprove of Obamacare?

Just review some of the events of the past two weeks and you can easily see why ... 

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Protect education affordability and quality (09/22/2013)
From: Darrell Downs

Professor of Political

Science, WSU

There’s an old adage that says: if your only tool is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

Since the Minnesota State Colleges and Univ ... 

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The essence of Winona (09/22/2013)
Part IX (Conclusion)

This poem on this place has four more long parts, with so much more to report,

Nonetheless I’ve decided it’s time to end it, so I’m going to cut it short,

And in the spi ... 

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Thank you (09/18/2013)
From: Jean Henderson on behalf of Vincent Voyagers

To all of the sponsors and teams who participated in this year’s Silly Softball Tournament-we would like to express our gratitude to you.

This y ... 

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Thanks Goodview — Winona EMS call (09/18/2013)
From: Steve Baumgart

Goodview

On 8/29/13 I sustained an injury and had to call 911 for assistance. I would like to let the citizens of Goodview and Winona know how blessed we are to have dedicated ... 

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USA Support Our Troops (09/18/2013)
From: Mary Singer

We, the Sunset Lions, are approaching the date, September 21, of the 9th annual USA Support Our Troops event held at the Winona VFW. This year it will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Music by ... 

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Vikes 30 - Bears 31 (09/18/2013)
How could we lose this hard-playing game

The Vikes and the Bears did it all, both the same

We started out good, same as a week ago

But in the end, 10 seconds left, and a loss- oh no!

To start, P ... 

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A big thank you (09/15/2013)
From: Bernadette Mahfood, Family Art Day Coordinator, River Arts Alliance

Nearly 400 folks, both small and big, came out to the sixth annual FAMILY ART DAY EXTRAVAGANZA on Saturday September 7, 20 ... 

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Amish buggy rights (09/15/2013)
From: Joy Hughes, MD

In response to the article Winona County reviews Amish rights, buggy concerns (09/08/2013) By Chris Rogers, I would like to express my support for the Amish citizens to contin ... 

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Gospel Hour celebrates twenty years (09/15/2013)
From: JoAn Moham

Hear the bell? It’s the Homer Church’s 20th Anniversary of the Gospel Hour

For the past 20 years, the little white church overlooking the beautiful Mississippi River in down ... 

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It’s time to WALK to end Alzheimer’s (09/15/2013)
From: Jane Bremer

Alzheimer’s Association Volunteer

2013 WALK Committee

Alzheimer’s disease is an epidemic in America that continues to affect millions of individuals of all age groups. In 2013, ... 

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Please, please return!!! (09/15/2013)
From: Leslie Johns and

Dzwonkowski family

To the person(s) who stole the white bag out of my vehicle on the east end of town between the evening of my mother's wake, September 10, and the mor ... 

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Public Power Community? (09/15/2013)
From: Stephen Conlin

St. Charles, Minn

I realize that none of you people have any reason to leave St. Charles, and check out that new I-90 business park. Not even the members of the city council  ... 

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Sunset Lions support troops (09/15/2013)
From: Sunset Lion

Mary Singer

Last September, we held the Eighth annual Sunset Lions Support Our Troops event at the local VFW. Thanks to many area businesses and people we received $6,000 plus  ... 

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Syria crisis (09/15/2013)
From: Kent Larson

The controversy surrounding a recent chemical weapons attack in Syria smacks of desperation. Since June, Assad’s forces have had the upper hand, limiting rebel successes. So who w ... 

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The essence of Winona (09/15/2013)
Part VIII

On that patriotic note, remember now, just what we’re trying to find,

We’re searching through our memories and though they’re one of a kind

There’s a commonality, yes, there is this  ... 

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Trempealeau County moratorium (09/15/2013)
From: Cheryl Rhoda

Director/Health Officer

The Trempealeau County Board has convened a committee to collect and analyze information and make a recommendation on whether aspects of industrial sand  ... 

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CPR - Learn it for someone you love (09/11/2013)
From: Helen Bagshaw, RN

Winona Health ICU nurse

I would like to invite you to a 30 minute session of ‘Hands-Only CPR.’ This means learning how to perform chest compressions with no mouth to mouth ... 

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Disaster relief session held (09/11/2013)
From: Rep. Steve Drazkowski

On September 9, Governor Dayton summoned all state lawmakers back to St. Paul for an unnecessary special session to deal with disaster relief.

Don’t get me wrong: I h ... 

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Legislative update - special session (09/11/2013)
From: State Senator

Jeremy Miller

The legislature met today in special session to appropriate $4.5 million in disaster relief to 18 counties that were affected by severe storms and flooding in Ju ... 

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Librarians ode (09/11/2013)
Your pages gently unfurl beneath my hand

Mine to caress or turn on command

Black writing on white or brown or cream

Powerful images to color any dream

Leather bound or with a paper cover

Purcha ... 

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School bus protocol (09/11/2013)
From: Sgt. Jacalyn Sticha

Minnesota State Patrol

Q: I was just told that it is more dangerous to drive my kids to school than having them ride the bus; is this true?

A: Riding on a school bus is ... 

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Thank you Winona area businesses (09/11/2013)
From: Rocky Sandcork

This past weekend, Hope Lutheran High School hosted its second craft fair event.

All the proceeds from this event are going into a special building fund to purchase a new sch ... 

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Town of Waumandee and frac sand (09/11/2013)
From: Susanne Smith

Cochrane, Wis.

In August, 2013, a survey regarding frac sand mining was sent out to all Town of Waumandee, Wis. taxpayers. Two hundred and eighty-four surveys were sent out an ... 

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Vikes 24 - Lions 34 (09/11/2013)
I thought it would be a winner, but I was wrong

No Viking fans singing the victory song

Peterson’s first touch of the ball

Ran 78 yards, a touchdown did call

He ran so fast, like going to the ra ... 

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2013 Sonnet Contest finalist (09/08/2013)
Lancaster County spring cleaning

“Those old Swiss farm wives, they knew how to clean,”

My husband’s aunt would say approvingly.

“Barn windows even sparkled with a sheen!”

Then she’d cast glances ... 

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In memory of my Dad Milton Ellinghuysen (09/08/2013)
Seven years ago:

Sept. 8, 2006

Dad,

Do you remember when you

were young

Trying to put a puzzle together

and things just didn’t fit or belong

And no matter how hard you would

try, everythi ... 

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Looking for WSHS Class of 1968 members (09/08/2013)
From: 45th WSHS Reunion Committee

The Winona Senior High School Class of 1968 will celebrate its 45th reunion on October 12.

We are still searching for a few classmates and would like to hear from ... 

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No to military action in Syria (09/08/2013)
From: Jim Lenarz

O.K., We’ve seen this before. An American president is telling us about the war crimes of another heinous criminal who, now, happens to be the president of Syria.

Obama makes a p ... 

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The essence of Winona (09/08/2013)
PART VII

Or maybe you recall the thrill of Steamboat Days and the week long festivity

With its finale parade and the unique sounding shrill of that antique calliope

Perhaps it’s the cotton ca ... 

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2013 Sonnet Contest finalist (09/04/2013)
A dog confesses

I like to stop to smell the yellow snow.

I do a sniffing dance with dogs I meet.

My nose brings pleasures you will never know.

I love the smell of turds and stinky feet.

I somet ... 

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Cantankerous grumps (09/04/2013)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

With the sound turned all the way down on your television, could you tell which of the two governmental officials speaking in a debate is the Democrat? You don’t  ... 

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Fundraiser a great success (09/04/2013)
From: Sandy Bauer

NAMI

The NAMI Cut-a-thon fundraiser held at Nostalja Studio was a great success. Thanks goes to Wendy Sandvig and her stylists for their tremendous service in providing fantastic ... 

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Minimum wage (09/04/2013)
From: Finbar McMullen, FSC

All the talk of minimum wage is fitting at this time. Economists can give all kind of reasons why the economy is growing so slowly, but the simple fact is that the sl ... 

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The essence of Winona (09/04/2013)
Part VI

We’ve got to go back some more now….when….

Before all the logging and all of the mills

Even before Bloedows’ and Bub’s and those speak easy stills

Before the five and dimes and s ... 

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Time for a clean sweep (09/04/2013)
From: Virginia Kautz

Bad advice followed by a bad decision was the situation at the Wabasha County board meeting on August 20.

There was Item I, the “Safe Driving Class Economic Security/Precludin ... 

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Trempealeau County moratorium (09/04/2013)
From: Jayne Benedict

I was at the county board meeting for the moratorium. The lawyer that came to talk to the board had stated, as did the lawyer for the county, that he was there to talk to the b ... 

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Buffalo County, townships, and frac sand (09/01/2013)
From: Craig Brooks

At 9:07 a.m. Monday August 26, 2013, Buffalo County sent out a notice for a Land Resource/Zoning Committee meeting to be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday August 27, 2013. This e-mail w ... 

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Class of ‘73 plans reunion (09/01/2013)
From: Class of 1973

Reunion Committee

The Winona Senior High School Class of 1973 is celebrating their 40th class reunion on Saturday, September 28.

We are still missing some addresses for classm ... 

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Hiding our heads in the sand (09/01/2013)
From: Marie Kovecsi

Is the City Planning Commission (PC) hiding its head in the sand? Why do they bounce around the issue of measuring baseline air quality? This is health and safety information fo ... 

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Significant zoning change? (09/01/2013)
From: Joan Schnabel

Jeff Falk

The Buffalo County zoning committee meeting of Aug 27 contained an item, added the day before the meeting, referring to dropping county wide zoning and letting the t ... 

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‘Out of the darkness’ walk September 29 (08/28/2013)
From: Kelly Kirby

Walk Coordinator

Suicide takes an enormous toll on families, friends, co-workers, schools and entire communities. By educating the public to recognize the symptoms of depressio ... 

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Bridge needs an architect (08/28/2013)
From: Dennis Jennings

I think Jim Carlson’s idea is a good one. A ribbon of white streaking across the river with trees and bluffs in the background, then making a gentle curve to make a perfect  ... 

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Chattanooga Business Park update? (08/28/2013)
From: Stephen Conlin

So here we are in August of 2013 and that I-90 business park still sits empty. The two alleged “prospects” really don’t look like they are panning out.

One is still looking fo ... 

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Citizens of Buffalo County (08/28/2013)
From: Joseph Mlinar

Alma, Wis.

Part 2

I would like to commend Mr. James Ziegeweid, County Board Supervisor of Montana, Lincoln, and Glencoe Townships, for his ongoing willingness to look critical ... 

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Pope Francis and gays (08/28/2013)
From: John Rupkey

Pope Francis said something nice about gays. He even spoke the word “gay.”

“Gay people should not be marginalized,” said the pope.

Too bad the bishop of Winona didn’t understand ... 

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Thank you, Don Evanson (08/28/2013)
From: Richard Wardwell

Winona

I am a landowner in Warren Township. I would like to thank Winona County Planning Commissioner Don Evanson for his willingness to serve. Don is a man of principle tha ... 

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Thanks from Tri-County Tremor Baseball! (08/28/2013)
From: Jack Karnick, Mgr., Tri County Tremor

Jeremy Kreidermacher, Coach, Tri County Tremor

On behalf of the players and fans of the Tri County Tremor adult amateur baseball team, I thank our s ... 

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Thanks to the Morrie Miller Foundation (08/28/2013)
From: Matt Smith

Fran McDevitt

The Morrie Miller Foundation summer baseball program has recently concluded its third season of play. Thanks to the Miller Foundation, 31 Winona youth baseball play ... 

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The essence of Winona (08/28/2013)
Part V

Back when waterfowl first stopped over to rest on their avian way

To distant coasts south and east, flying from as far as what is now Alaska or Canada, ay!

Funneling down to this tem ... 

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Why the moratorium? (08/28/2013)
From: Tom Bice

Trempealeau, Wis.

The Trempealeau County Board voted to put a moratorium in place for new sand mines. During this meeting, the board had the opportunity to hear the legal opinion fr ... 

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City leaders should stop delaying air quality rules (08/25/2013)
From: Jane Cowgill

This Monday, August, 26, when the Planning Commission meets at 4:30 at city hall, one of the issues they will consider is the air quality recommendations from the Citizen’s Envir ... 

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La Crosse school example of innovative education (08/25/2013)
From: Jeanne Nelson

Lisa Klein, news anchor for Channel 8 TV in La Crosse, has put together a clear, fairly comprehensive report about the newly created year-round school housed in Hamilton Element ... 

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Ordinance needs changes (08/25/2013)
From: Jean Kalmes

What is the rush? There was a huge rush in March 2011 when the admittedly flawed zoning ordinance was passed. They assured us that it needed more work and the two rooms full of a ... 

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Thank you (08/25/2013)
From: Brennan Husman

I want to say “thank you!” to the Goodview location of Merchants Bank. I was the lucky winner of their Goodview Days prize giveaway.

Thank you for sponsoring the event and th ... 

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To the citizens of Buffalo County (08/25/2013)
From: Joseph Mlinar

Buffalo County Defender

You may have recently read various letters to the editor, or articles in the local papers reporting on and asking questions about the development of ind ... 

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What’s in our air? (08/25/2013)
From: Dale Schauer

Winona, Minn.

At city meetings throughout the past year, the issue of air quality in Winona has been brought up, primarily relating to diesel fumes and dust from silica sand. I ... 

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Chamber calls for repeal of taxes (08/21/2013)
From: Della Schmidt

The Winona Area Chamber of Commerce is calling on Governor Dayton and our state legislators to repeal the harmful, job killing new taxes on our businesses.

This past spring th ... 

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Great River Shakespeare Festival (08/21/2013)
From: Carolyn and Ray Felton

Another Great River Shakespeare Festival season has come and gone. For ten years, the company has gifted us with first-rate performances.

The ripple effect of the Fest ... 

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One bridge only, and one to be proud of (08/21/2013)
From: William E. Boike

Sometimes we need to let go, even to things we hold most dear.

I feel it’s time to have a wake (no pun intended) for the old Winona bridge.

With the money we save by not “r ... 

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The essence of Winona (08/21/2013)
Part IV

We’ve still got to go back, a little further...

Closer to when time was something we could take and no big deal to waste

Unlike today when we seem to do everything “now” and “post ... 

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Winona’s new industrial park? (08/21/2013)
From: Mike Cichanowski

President, Port Authority of Winona

Dana Johnson

Vice President, Port Authority of Winona  ... 

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Workshop for family caregivers (08/21/2013)
From: Janet Evans

Are you caring for an ill spouse or older family member? Do you sometimes find yourself overwhelmed by responsibility? Are you unsure how to manage caregiving responsibilities an ... 

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Can commissioners share opinions before vote? (08/18/2013)
By Sarah Squires --

Winona County Planning Commission member Don Evanson has faced accusations of wrongdoing after he spoke publicly in support of several zoning ordinance changes currently under review by the commissi ... 

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Disrespect for our American horses (08/18/2013)
From: Gayle Goetzman

Winona

In July, I purchased a beautiful photo print at Winona Health showing three paint horses, 1 chestnut quarter horse, and 1 pinto Shetland pony happily grazing in the ear ... 

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Fine furniture exhibit amazing (08/18/2013)
From: Jamie Schell

The Art of Fine Furniture exhibit held at the Winona County History Center came to a close Sunday, August 11. The participation from the Winona community at this event was outst ... 

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Infinity (08/18/2013)
How long is forever, tomorrow the next day

Can you see forever, how does it feel

Maybe its nonexistent, all illusionary

We are just a dream, a bunch of dreamers

If you had your choice of all there ... 

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Municipal Band concert (08/18/2013)
From: Kathy Foerster

My friend and I attended the last Winona Municipal Band concert of the summer this past Wednesday evening. What an evening it was, with the dedicated band members playing thei ... 

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Response to Rumstick letter (08/18/2013)
From: Linda Hovland

After reading the letter from Sandy Rumstick, I would like to comment that there is a foundation now at the Rushford Peterson School.

Maybe she would like to put the amount of ... 

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River cleanup September 7 (08/18/2013)
From: Richie Swanson

The 33rd annual river cleanup is only three weeks away. This year Mississippi River Revival is partnering with Living Lands and Waters and Upper Mississippi River National Wild ... 

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Sonnet contest (08/18/2013)
From: Ted Haaland

The 2013 GRSF/Maria W. Faust Sonnet Contest ended with the August 3 public Awards reception, an exciting arts community event. My heartfelt thanks to all who participated, some fr ... 

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Statements were inappropriate (08/18/2013)
From: Cherie Hales

Wiscoy Township

I read Commissioner Don Evanson’s [letter] and was appalled. His statements were inappropriate in every possible way. One would like to think that the responsibi ... 

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The essence of Winona (08/18/2013)
Part III

Let’s go back further…yes back to…

When there was a sense of “buy American” and what that actually meant

When we helped one another out by what we bought and where we spent

Let ... 

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We support our R-P leaders (08/18/2013)
From: R-P community

members (below)

This letter is in response to recent letters/commentaries from some individuals expressing opinions about the Rushford-Peterson school district. It is unfortun ... 

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Winona should not settle for box girder bridge (08/18/2013)
From: Jack Stoltman

We all live in Winona for one reason or another, most of us because it’s impossible to leave a place like this.

Winona, like every town or city, has some bragging rights, wheth ... 

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A great big thanks to all (08/14/2013)
From: Jennifer Becker and Leon Bell, Bill and Laurie Becker

Our most sincere thank you to everyone who came out to support the “Hope for Aria” benefit held at the Black Horse on July 28. Your parti ... 

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A historical perspective on current events (08/14/2013)
From: Bruce Montplaisir

Altura, Minn.

Back in the 1930s, Franklin D. Roosevelt established the Works Progress Administration, which was later renamed the Works Projects Administration. Almost eve ... 

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Bridge design (08/14/2013)
From: Georgianna Gernes

Hope something can be done about the proposed bridge design. There are enough people in Winona who can come up with an aesthetic alternative that is cost effective. Those M ... 

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Concerts On the Green (08/14/2013)
From: Margaret and Ray Kiihne

One of our favorite experiences during the Shakespeare Festival is listening to Concerts On the Green. Thanks to the organization and music knowledge of the COG commi ... 

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Double standard (08/14/2013)
From: Jamie Stier

There was an article a month or so ago in the Winona Post about NSA spying abuses. The article was spot on in relation to the dangerous implications of government spying on its c ... 

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Enjoying the entire GRSF experience (08/14/2013)
From: Duane and Sandy Schley

Since the beginning, we and our friends from the Twin Cities have enjoyed annual trips to Winona to attend the Shakespeare Festival. And, we’ve never been disappointed ... 

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Frac sand (08/14/2013)
From: Craig Falkum

With this sand I do thee frac

And rupture thy crust to ooze

The black gold from thy crack That muddles men’s minds like booze

Though I say I‘ll poison you not

You  ... 

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Have another informational meeting (08/14/2013)
From: Cherie Hales

Wiscoy township

I attended the Winona County Planning Commission information session on August 8. I appreciated the Planning Department presentation and the effort to inform the ... 

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Heads out of the sand (08/14/2013)
From: Daryl Kramer

Frac sand mining has become a prevalent and divisive issue in Trempealeau County. It has grown rapidly as the potential to make money has pre-empted consideration of the entire ... 

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Land Use Ordinance and land ethic (08/14/2013)
From: Bruno Borsari

The public meeting of Aug. 8 attracted a large audience, however I found it “informational” only for the first 25 minutes during which Mr. Gilman presented the proposed changes  ... 

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Not poorly written about Latsch Island (08/14/2013)
From: Debbie Sheets

Winona’s mayor, Mark Peterson, is quoted in the WDN on Friday 8/9 as saying “A poorly written article by the Winona Post suggested that the city was trying to pull something ste ... 

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Remove the existing bridge (08/14/2013)
From: James K. Carlson

AIA P.E.

Architect, Engineer

My first reaction to your editorial “Do you really agree with me that the existing bridge is ugly?” Then reading more I realized that you wer ... 

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Rollingstone Days thank you (08/14/2013)
From Jackie Frisch

WOW, what another great year! The Rollingstone Activity Group would like to thank everyone for making it a successful weekend. We couldn’t do it without the local businesses, v ... 

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Status quo (08/14/2013)
From: Stephen Conlin

In the “war on drugs,” status quo equals a 99.97% failure. From its inception in 1970, it has always been a war on our civil rights and liberties. Billions of dollars wasted on ... 

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Votes on county ordinance now tainted (08/14/2013)
From: Todd Paddock

County Commissioner Steve Jacob’s proposals to change our county ordinance have created a wide public debate in Winona County that includes strong and often opposing views. This  ... 

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We need a new school (08/14/2013)
From: Sandra Rumstick

I agree with Lori Peterson, “It’s time…to start taking care of what we have - our kids…” It’s unfortunate however, that there exists such a negative attitude by some, as to h ... 

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Winona Laundry grand opening (08/14/2013)
From: Judie Foster-Lupkin

Executive Director

Winona ORC

Thank you from Winona ORC to everyone that came and helped make the Grand Opening of Winona Laundry so special!

Winona ORC proudly opened ... 

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Big thanks to the Winona Post (08/11/2013)
From: James Johnson

On Thursday, many citizens in Winona attended the Winona Port Authority’s hearing on an industrial park expansion proposal that included the western half of Latsch Island.

We  ... 

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Concerts on the Green (08/11/2013)
From: Orval and Michele Lund

One of the great pleasures of the recently concluded Great River Shakespeare Festival is the series of free concerts offered on Friday and Saturday nights outdoors besi ... 

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Get serious about protecting our quality of life (08/11/2013)
From: Marie Kovecsi

On Monday, August 12, at 4:30 p.m. in city hall, the Winona City Planning Commission (PC) will again discuss recommendations to measure air quality. This is the second time the  ... 

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Heritage Preservation Commission (08/11/2013)
From: Merle Hanson

Heritage Preservation

Commission

Lynn Englund

Heritage Committee Chair

Our mothers and fathers walked the streets of downtown Winona, as did their parents before them. Some h ... 

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Land Use Ordinance (08/11/2013)
From: Tessa Schweitzer

I would like to express my skepticism regarding any changes that allow wholesale expansion of feedlots within 300 feet of neighboring property or development of blufftops or  ... 

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Thanks from GRSF (08/11/2013)
From: Cherie Hales

Concerts on the Green Committee

The Great River Shakespeare Festival “Concerts on the Green” Committee would like to extend a big thank you to all the community members who came ... 

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The essence of Winona (08/11/2013)
Part II

It’s a place with some pace but some slow now and then

Where though rather small there’s still lots happenin’

So to young and old alike, let’s stroll together and see,

See what’s hap ... 

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‘Hairspray’ a rockin’ success (08/07/2013)
From: Judee Brone,

FC River Players

A “mega mega” thank-you to the super cast, crew, pit, volunteers, ticket outlets and wonderful audiences who attended FC River Players recent musical, Hairspray ... 

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Collaborating with America’s enemies - guilty? (08/07/2013)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

By remaining silent (about wicked men and women) should the media be held accountable or liable for allowing them to destroy America?

In a court of law, would th ... 

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Is your property ‘non-conforming?’ (08/07/2013)
From: Joy Ewing

...It could be after the passing of the Winona County Ordinance that became effective in March 2011. There is an informational meeting on proposed amendments to the Winona County Or ... 

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Planning Commission meeting August 8 (08/07/2013)
From: Don Evanson

This Thursday evening, August 8, there is an informational 7:00 p.m. meeting at the Winona County Government Center, 4th and Main, with a presentation regarding the Planning Commi ... 

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Planning Commission ready to return us to 1970 (08/07/2013)
From: Todd Paddock

In 1970, lead was in paint, plumbing, and gasoline, and the air in grocery stores, schools, and doctors’ offices was often blue with tobacco smoke. Most rivers had high levels  ... 

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Protecting public health (08/07/2013)
From: Ray and Margaret Kiihne

As residents of downtown Winona, living adjacent to the Highway 43 truck route, we want to thank members of the Citizens for Environmental Quality Committee for their  ... 

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Repair tax hurts farmers, rural Minnesota (08/07/2013)
From: Tom Haag

Minnesota Corn Growers Association President

During a news conference on July 8, Minnesota governor Mark Dayton said dumping the new tax on farm machinery repair would be his first ... 

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Sand industry reps, legislators, media missing (08/07/2013)
From: Mike Kennedy

On Aug. 2, top officials from five state agencies held noticed public meetings in Red Wing and Winona to give Southeast Minnesota elected or appointed officials and citizens, an  ... 

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Jury spoke (08/04/2013)
From: David Girod

Winona

The jury’s verdict in the George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin case was not the one I was hoping for. But as they say, the jury has spoken. Listening to one of the jurors on ta ... 

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Lions thanks (08/04/2013)
From: Lion Bruce Klein

The Lewiston Lions wish to thank the many gracious sponsors and contributors to this year’s successful 14th Annual Lewiston Lions Golf Tournament held July 27 at Lewiston Co ... 

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Living together before marriage harms women (08/04/2013)
Although it was once thought to empower women, the opposite is true

From: Katherine Kersten

Reprinted from Star Tribune

In 2013, young American women face a new and unexpected form of oppres ... 

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National Farmers Market Week August 4-10 (08/04/2013)
From: Lora Krall, Coordinator

This past week, I had a customer ask me if a vendor had “really grown” his vegetables. When I asked what made them question if the farmer had actually done the work  ... 

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Possible consequences for livestock farmers (08/04/2013)
From: Doug Peterson

President

Minnesota Farmers Union

Madison, Minn.

Shuanghui International, a well-heeled Chinese group, has offered to buy Smithfield Foods, Inc. for $7.1 billion. Currentl ... 

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Returning to our noble path (08/04/2013)
From Rob Ossell

When I was a boy, there was this guy. When he got off work, he would go outside, open his briefcase, and it would unfold into a car. Then he would get inside it, and fly away to  ... 

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Thanks from American Legion (08/04/2013)
From: Shannon Doberstein

Assistant Director

American Legion Riders,

Winona Post 9

Did you hear the rumble in Winona on Sunday, July 28? The American Legion in Winona welcomed the 13th Annual Ron ... 

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Understanding and improving air quality (08/04/2013)
From: Jeff Falk

Fountain City, Wis.

Three cheers for the Winona Citizens Environmental Quality Committee (CEQC). With environmental quality, which includes health and safety, as their mandate, the ... 

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Enact the Fair Tax now (07/31/2013)
From: Mary Cichanowski

Senators and representatives: Unbelievable, the IRS employee’s union is trying to receive an exemption from the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). I hope your constituents re ... 

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Flood update (07/31/2013)
From: State Sen. Jeremy Miller

Over the last several weeks, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) teams have toured counties throughout the state that were affected by severe storms, straight- ... 

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Moving Minnesota beyond coal to clean energy (07/31/2013)
From: Amanda J. Tussing

Clean Energy Intern,

Sierra Club

As a volunteer with the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal to Clean Energy Campaign, I am working to move America away from dirty coal burning by  ... 

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The attack on farmers by legislative Democrats (07/31/2013)
From: State Rep.

Steve Drazkowski

With the annual FarmFest event just days away, many Minnesota farmers might be wondering how their lives may change thanks to the decisions made by Governor Dayt ... 

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The essence of Winona (07/31/2013)
Part 1

If you want to know about essence and how you can capture

That very thing, but don’t want to wait until the Rapture

You could grab a beverage and a bagel and find a quiet place to squat ... 

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Combat climate change (07/28/2013)
From: Yogesh Grover

I support President Obama’s recently announced plan to combat climate change and advance clean energy. The plan calls for reducing carbon pollution from power plants--our larges ... 

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Personal reflections on 10 years of the GRSF (07/28/2013)
From: Charlotte M. Speltz, Ed. D., Ret. Professor of Counselor Education, WSU

My heartfelt thanks to the Winona Post for its extensive coverage of the Great River Shakespeare Festival this summer,  ... 

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To residents of the R-P school district (07/28/2013)
From: Angela Colbenson

I am responding to a letter to the editor, recently authored by a [Rushford-Peterson school] board member. Our superintendent’s contract did expire on June 30. As a board,  ... 

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Winona community challenge (07/28/2013)
From: Joellen Barak

Biomedical Services Coordinator for the American Red Cross in Winona/Wabasha/Goodhue Counties

Please mark your calendar for August 7. While it’s true that it’s also National Li ... 

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Big changes coming (07/24/2013)
From: Ken Amdahl

Nelson, Wis.

How about if people who are from the Middle East call home like ET and tell them “people in the U.S.A. plan to do nothing and are the do not care people.”

People ove ... 

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Twins have arrived for Senator (07/24/2013)
From: State Senator

Jeremy Miller

Janel, Drew and I are extremely happy to welcome two more boys to our family. Our identical twins, Luke Kevin and Tom Louis, were born at 2:01 a.m. and 2:09 a.m.  ... 

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Abortion is not the answer (07/21/2013)
From: Tom Parlin

I am responding to the article entitled “Silent no more – but still ignored” run in another paper on Sunday, July 14. The authors of this article, Representatives Mandy Wright and  ... 

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Beautiful St. Mary’s Cemetery (07/21/2013)
From: Gayle Goetzman

and Ben Stolpa

Winona

We owe a debt of gratitude to Curt Harris, Superintendent, St. Mary’s Cemetery, and his staff of workers and office personnel for the outstanding job th ... 

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Destiny’s Dance (07/21/2013)
His sinewy form

silhouetted with her soft frame

her tresses bathed in moonlight

beams floating off every tree

dancing the dance of destiny

from this point to eternity.

Gazing upon such imagery

 ... 

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Making poor air quality even worse (07/21/2013)
From: Jeff Falk

Fountain City, Wis.

One thing that seems to get left out of every discussion about the “new” bridge across the Mississippi is the potential for making already poor air quality even ... 

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Replacing the bridge (07/21/2013)
From: Jim R. Miller

I see where the Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT) is suggesting a cheaper bridge to replace our Highway 43 Bridge across the Mississippi River. This doesn’t surpr ... 

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To residents of the R-P School District (07/21/2013)
From: Taylor Peterson

Holding true to what I said I was going to do as an elected school board member, I’m writing this letter to let the people of the district know what is going on since I last w ... 

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How important is the FairTax? (07/17/2013)
From: David Boone

My answer is another question: how important is the future of the United States?

Everyone decries the rampant partisanship on Capitol Hill, which gridlocks progress on a host of ... 

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Recognizing 2013 Winona County Fair honorees (07/17/2013)
From: Bob Bambenek

Master of Ceremonies and Recognitions

The Winona County Fair has come and gone. It was a successful event and provided many fond memories for all who attended.

I want to recogn ... 

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Safe Driving Class sheds confusion (07/17/2013)
From: Virginia Kautz

Zumbro Falls, Minn.

The Safe Driving Class in Wabasha County sheds confusion, not light, on what a legal diversion program is. The definition as it pertains to the law is this ... 

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Continue aid to Egypt (07/14/2013)
From: Cliff Black

Winona Post publisher Fran Edstrom’s recent column proposes that U.S. aid to Egypt’s military be suspended, a sentiment shared by many other observers of the military coup in tha ... 

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Retaining the Farmer Assurance Provision (07/14/2013)
From: State Representative

Steve Drazkowski

Having a very strong farm background, I have always advocated for Minnesota farming throughout my time in the legislature, as well as the many years I p ... 

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Serving the public interest (07/14/2013)
From: Kevin Haessig

Goodview, Minn.

I am sure I am not the only person concerned about Sunday’s Winona Post story that the city of Winona is looking into “designating” Lake Park as an industrial ... 

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A new understanding (07/10/2013)
From: John Rupkey

Winona

In a recent letter, Don Evanson recalls Justice Scalia’s reasoning in his dissent of the ruling that struck down DOMA as unconstitutional under the equal protection clause ... 

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C-FC’s Steve Lyga to head south! (07/10/2013)
From: Tammy Lyga

Is Steve Lyga really heading south? NO, he isn’t leaving the Pirates in the foreseeable future. Lyga, the head football coach at C-FC for the past 20 years, has been selected to l ... 

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Expanding the kingdom of government (07/10/2013)
From: State Rep.

Steve Drazkowski

Remember at the beginning of this legislative session, when kudos were given to legislative Democratic leadership for changing Minnesota House rules to provide mo ... 

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Of the people, by the people... (07/10/2013)
From: Jim Eddy

Webster’s New World Dictionary defines civilization as a “social order of a high order, marked by the development and use of a written language and by advances in the arts and scienc ... 

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Wilson Family Fun Day a success (07/10/2013)
From: Wilson Fire Dept. and First Responders

We would like to extend their deepest gratitude and sincere appreciation to everyone who attended, donated to, and supported our Wilson Family Fun Day h ... 

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Patrols to put brakes on speeders (07/07/2013)
From: Sgt. Jacalyn Sticha

Minnesota State Patrol

Drive at safe speeds and you won’t find flashing lights in your rearview mirror. Area law enforcement are conducting increased speed patrols July  ... 

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The (sand) storm (07/07/2013)
From: Joan Schnabel

Here in Buffalo County, it seems like we are experiencing the proverbial lull before the (sand) storm. Since the moratorium ended in April, there has been only one application  ... 

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Ask a trooper (07/03/2013)
From: Sgt. Jacalyn Sticha

Minnesota State Patrol

What do those closed road signs mean?

LOCAL TRAFFIC ONLY – ROAD CLOSED – NO THROUGH TRAFFIC

It is the time of year when road construction mandate ... 

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Bye and bye (07/03/2013)
We’ll all be together, bye and bye

It will be a family reunion bye and bye

All the black sheep will become visible

They will all hang out their behaviors

Wrongly judged and only communicating the  ... 

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Legislative update (07/03/2013)
From: State Senator

Jeremy Miller

Many local communities throughout the state of Minnesota were severely impacted by storm damage and flash flooding following heavy rains and strong winds from Jun ... 

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Silent auction a huge success (07/03/2013)
From: Stephanie Simmons

The Bluffview Montessori School PTA would like to extend a big thank you to all of the businesses and individuals who helped make our 2013 silent auction a huge success. We ... 

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Flood damage assessments (06/30/2013)
From: State Sen. Jeremy Miller

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Over the last two days, I’ve been meeting with local officials in Houston and Fillmore counties and assessing the damage that was caused ... 

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More river fiction (06/30/2013)
From: Richie Swanson

Richie Swanson’s newest Mississippi River fiction is forthcoming from heart: human equity through art, http://heartjournalonline.com. The painter Seth Eastman, his Mdewakanton ... 

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Scalia and DOMA (06/30/2013)
From: Don Evanson

Minnesota City, Minn.

Reportedly, a woman queried of Doctor Benjamin Franklin as he left Independence Hall at the close of the Constitutional Convention of 1787, “Well, Doctor, w ... 

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Sophie Gray (06/30/2013)
From: Gloria and Rollie Salling

Last week, we made one of our many visits to the Winona Area Humane Society, this time to donate some books to their library. One of our friends that volunteers ther ... 

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Thanks, United Way (06/30/2013)
From: Fatima Said

On behalf of Project FINE, I would like to thank the United Way of Olmsted County for honoring Theresa Hebert as one of the 10 Who Make A Difference. Theresa has b ... 

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Where are we really headed? (06/30/2013)
From: David Becker

I recently read an article about a transsexual who is a boy but thinks he is a girl. He won the case concerning his using the girl’s rest room. I suppose if the law of averages h ... 

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Anti-business Minnesota (06/26/2013)
From: Ronald L. Moe

Arcadia, Wis.

I have and do a lot of shopping in Winona. But that will change when Minnesota’s 6.875% sales tax kicks in. From where I live Onalaska, Wis., is 10 miles farther  ... 

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Ask a trooper (06/26/2013)
From: Sgt. Jacalyn Sticha

Minnesota State Patrol

Q. Can children (infants) ride in the front seat of vehicles?

We live in Minnesota six months and Texas six months. In Texas, children (infants) ... 

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Miller will visit flooded areas (06/26/2013)
From: Sen. Jeremy Miller

Over the weekend Minnesota was hit hard with severe storms and heavy rainfall. This rainfall coupled with an already saturated ground has caused major flood damage through ... 

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Saint Mary’s puts the ‘Gee!’ into Gala (06/26/2013)
By Patrick Marek -- by Patrick P. Marek

As a Saint Mary’s student, I had my academic, spiritual, and social life positively transformed by the school’s dedication to outstanding education by the Christian Brothers a ... 

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Applauds House for voting against Farm Bill (06/23/2013)
From: Michael Petit

President

Every Child Matters Education Fund

The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) applauds the House of Representatives for decisively rejecting a Farm Bill that would h ... 

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Don’t add unnecessary regulation (06/23/2013)
From Lucinda Jesson

Minnesota Department of Human Services Commissioner

Recently a group of 18 mayors from major U.S. cities sent Congress a letter urging them not to cut funding in the Farm Bill ... 

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House fails to pass farm bill (06/23/2013)
From: Doug Peterson

Minnesota Farmers Union President

Minnesota Farmers Union disappointed the United States House of Representative did not pass the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management ... 

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Not entitled to per diem (06/23/2013)
From: Virginia Kautz

Zumbro Township,

Wabasha County

Leadership is a privilege to better the lives of others. It is not an opportunity to satisfy personal need. Wabasha County Commissioner Spring ... 

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Recycle bin tow bar (06/23/2013)
From: Marv Hunger

I bought a recycle bin tow bar from Winona County Environmental Services located on 2nd St. It works great for rural residents with long or steep driveways. It also works great on ... 

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Thanks (06/23/2013)
From: The C-FC 2013 Post Prom Committee

The Cochrane Fountain City 2013 Prom Committee would like to THANK YOU for your donations to help our Post Prom be a huge success. Your generosity helped u ... 

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Three heroes (06/23/2013)
From: Daryl Potter

Stockton, Minn.

I had just finished reading the paper reminding us of all our local heroes when my wife, Beverly, asked me what I was so deep in thought about. I was so choked u ... 

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As I leave my sweet home (06/19/2013)
By -- From: Greg Schuh

My name is Greg Schuh, as some of you know. I live a few blocks from here on Highway 35. I’d like to briefly address the diesel issue in regard to excessive fumes in residential ar ... 

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Sexual assault in the military (06/19/2013)
By -- From: Finbar McMullen, FSC

One aspect of this whole mess has never been mentioned by any of the elected officials testifying before Congress. We are dealing with hate crimes. The military is alm ... 

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Thanks for your support (06/19/2013)
By -- From: Laurie Ziliak

On behalf of HCO Board of Directors, Bruce Klein-President.

On behalf of Home and Community Options, we would like to thank the Winona community for its very generous support  ... 

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WSHS post prom thank you (06/19/2013)
By -- From: Brenda Speltz

What a wonderful and generous community we live in. On behalf of all the WSHS students who participated in this year’s prom and post-prom, along with the planning committee and ... 

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Americans everywhere (06/16/2013)
From: Jamie Stier

If no one has been following the actions our government lately, a lot of things have been coming out that should alarm everyone. First, it was the Department of Justice illegally ... 

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Annual picnic, fishing event a huge success (06/16/2013)
From: Helen Newell

Project COMPASS Coordinator

The Project COMPASS participants sincerely thank the staff from the Winona Fish and Wildlife Service who volunteered their time and the volunteers f ... 

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Boaters beware (06/16/2013)
From: Dick Smith

NEWS FLASH NEWS FLASH

Truck, trailer and a 25-ft. pontoon swallowed up by giant pot hole in Prairie Island spillway parking lot! Reports from China say all passengers are OK but  ... 

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Goodview Business Association (06/16/2013)
From: Sandy Erdman,

President of GBA,

City of Goodview councilperson

The Goodview Business Association became officially incorporated March 9, 1978. Some businesses are not even aware that th ... 

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Governor’s logic (06/16/2013)
From: David Rholl

The other day I was reading an article in which the reporter was interviewing some local tobacco store owners. The store owners were concerned about the loss of business under Min ... 

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How about a little transparency? (06/16/2013)
From: Jane Cowgill

Recently, there have been a number of Letters to the Editor regarding the role of Senator Jeremy Miller in the defeat of the solid frac sand regulations proposed by Senator Matt  ... 

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Legislative update (06/16/2013)
From: State Sen. Jeremy Miller

On May 20, just minutes before the midnight deadline, the legislature passed the Omnibus Tax Bill which adds over $2 billion in new taxes and increases government sp ... 

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New business? (06/16/2013)
From: Stephen Conlin

St. Charles, Minn

Can anyone explain how a city government that is required to conduct open meetings thinks it can operate in secrecy? First, St. Charles refused to tell us wh ... 

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Response to ‘Seminary says Goodbye’ (06/16/2013)
From: Paul-Isaac Franks

I write as a Seminarian of St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary, regarding your article “Seminary says goodbye” (22/05/13). Firstly, thank you for your comment that hotels and local ... 

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Response to Pederson letter (06/16/2013)
From: Cathy Kulig

Mr. Pederson, you are incorrect in telling Mr. Parlin that he cannot create life. Sounds to me like he takes his role seriously. I also noticed your apparent respect for women.

 ... 

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Teacher tests (06/16/2013)
From: Jo Schultz

As a recent college graduate majoring in special education, I read the articles by Sarah Squires and Fran Edstrom with much interest. I was offended by the slant Ms. Edstrom took  ... 

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Thank you Stockton Area Promotional Group (06/16/2013)
From: Annie Ruppert

The Goodview Elementary School PTA has received a very generous donation from the Stockton Area Promotional Group to kick off our fund raising effort to replace declining playgr ... 

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The doubting priest (06/16/2013)
From: Merle Hanson

I did my best at learning in the confessional booth. It was there I learned of living and loving and failing and dying. It was there I found out life wasn’t always fair and bec ... 

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All about Utica (06/12/2013)
From: Lynette Kerce

I thought you might like to get a flavor of the small town in the middle of Winona County that I call home. It has been around for quite a while. It boasted a number of business ... 

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Fix it right (06/12/2013)
From: David Boone

I have been an appliance repairman for 40 years. My natural inclination is to fix things. As I look at the state of national affairs today, nothing seems to be working right. My ... 

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Many questions remain after mine approval (06/12/2013)
From: Kay Shaw

At the Winona County Board meeting on June 4, Commissioner Marcia Ward said that the Fillmore County Board had recently approved the Rein mine for expansion from 18 to 50 acres, and ... 

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Trempealeau misrepresented (06/12/2013)
From: Daryl Kramer

Tom Bice’s letter regarding Trempealeau County frac sand mining mentioned that misinformation “was used by about 100 people, who simply don’t like it” to “get” nearly 1000 peopl ... 

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Trucks through the heart of the city (06/12/2013)
From: William E. Boike

Jane Cowgill’s letter in the last edition of the Post concerning trucks through the city was right on. I’ve only lived in Winona for about 18 months, but upon arriving, I wa ... 

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Winona...be proud of our town! (06/12/2013)
From: Randy R. Langowski

I am a Winona native and a United States Marine Corps veteran. The military gave me the opportunity to be stationed at a few bases across the United States. My family and I ... 

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Comprehensive Plan Committee balanced? (06/09/2013)
From: Darline Freeman

St. Charles, Minn.

The Winona County Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee has a challenging task. Their recommendations will affect the common good of our citizens and how t ... 

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How much are we going to pay? (06/09/2013)
From: Dale Schauer

Find out what “The Price of Sand” is for residents of Southeastern Minn. and Southwestern Wis. What are we really going to pay for the mining, transporting and processing of fra ... 

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Many unbelted crash victims ejected (06/09/2013)
From: Jacalyn Sticha

Minnesota State Patrol

More than half of the state’s unbelted traffic deaths are ejected from the vehicle, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office  ... 

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Proposed cuts to SNAP (06/09/2013)
From: Beth Forkner Moe

Executive Director, United Way of the Greater Winona Area

People may have heard that Congress is currently debating the Farm Bill. The Farm Bill, which needs to be re-author ... 

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Thank you for rescue assistance (06/09/2013)
From: Gen O’Grady

I was injured in an ATV accident on our land near Minnesota City on May 15. I know that the rescue effort was not an easy one, occurring in the woods without easy access for ve ... 

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Traffic impact analysis (06/09/2013)
From: Jane Cowgill

Let us be clear about the Traffic Impact Analysis passed by the City Council on Monday, June 3 (and touted in a large headline in the Winona Daily News). As stated in that artic ... 

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I just want to live (06/05/2013)
Maybe when we all go to the other world

We’ll look back on what we accomplished being here

Hum deedle dum, hum deedle do

What will happen, will you be in heaven or hell

This is one of the imponder ... 

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Legislative session highlights (06/05/2013)
From:

State Sen. Jeremy Miller

Now that the 2013 legislative session has concluded, I’m happy to be home spending time with my beautiful wife, Janel, and our 15-month-old son, Drew. Janel and I ... 

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New mines in Trempealeau County (06/05/2013)
From: Tom Bice

Chairman of the Environment and Land Use Committee

At our last Trempealeau County Board meeting, we had a moratorium for new sand mines on the agenda, and it failed to pass. It wa ... 

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Remembering the war on the pre-born (06/05/2013)
From: Kathy Foerster

I would like to respond to the recent letter by Nicholas Pederson. He was highly critical of a most eloquent letter written by Tom Parlin, who stated that “unrestricted aborti ... 

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Sheriff’s Department does not make policy (06/05/2013)
From: Deb Roschen

Wabasha County Commissioner

Recently, Wabasha County’s Safe Driving Class has been receiving a lot of press. While the articles center on the financial benefits a Safe Driving Cl ... 

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Thanks from the American Red Cross (06/05/2013)
From: Marie Barrientos, Executive Director

Doris Killian Board Chair of the American Red Cross Serving Winona, Wabasha, and Goodhue Counties

On behalf of the American Red Cross and all those affec ... 

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Stopping needless deaths (06/02/2013)
From: Bruce L. Montpaisir

Altura, Minn.

People sometimes forget the 2005 United States Census Bureau mortality study that determined about 305 Minnesota, 451 Wisconsin and 220 Iowa residents die e ... 

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Students find muse at Writer’s Conference (06/02/2013)
From: The Young Writer’s Conference Committee

Ramona Metz, Donna Helble, Leslie Johns, Lee Loerch

The annual Young Writer’s Conference, hosted by Hiawatha Valley Education District of Winona, was  ... 

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Thank you (06/02/2013)
From: The SAC Committee: Molli Kook, Pat Beckman, Mindy Reinardy and Cami Huughes

The Special Athletic Committee would like to thank SOOO many people for a successful event on May 17th! The Speci ... 

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Thank you from area veterans (06/02/2013)
From: Lila Eide

The Ladies VFW Auxiliary and Post 1287 would like to thank area stores for letting us sell cards and those who bought individual poppies at Memorial Park.

The money we raised will  ... 

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Thanks to CP Railroad (06/02/2013)
From: Jean Gardner

The Hiawatha Gardeners thank the CP Railroad for putting new railroad ties around their flower garden at the Amtrak Station. The old ties were in very poor condition.

They also ... 

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WSHS class of 1993 reunion (06/02/2013)

From: Emily Botten

The Winona Senior High School Class of 1993 invites all classmates and former educators to help them in celebrating their 20-year high school reunion. The event will be held Sa ... 

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Increased government spending disappointing (05/29/2013)
From: State Sen.

Jeremy Miller

On Monday, May 20, the Minnesota Legislature adjourned after completing its work on the state’s budget for Fiscal Years 2014 and 2015. The budget plan, passed large ... 

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Learn more about our new laws (05/29/2013)
From: State Rep. Steve Drazkowski

There were many changes made during the 2013 session that will impact all Minnesotans, and I’d encourage all interested residents to attend the town meetings to le ... 

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Marriage (05/29/2013)
Is it only legitimate between one man and one woman

How about those who have multiple mates, same sex or

Just live with each other

Is marriage any blissful relationship of any nature

Is that whats ... 

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MCA’s are over (05/29/2013)
From: Piper Thompson

7th Grade

Winona Middle School

Right now, tons of kids, in Winona and in the state, are breathing a huge sigh of relief. The MCAs are over.

MCA stands for Minnesota Compreh ... 

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Opinions are like... (05/29/2013)
From: Nicholas Pederson

Winona

I’m responding to an article written by Thomas Parlin entitled, “Abortion is not the answer to violence against women.” I could not agree more with the title of your ... 

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Thank you, Winona Foundation (05/29/2013)
From: Jeanne Nelson

What’s the price of gas today? Probably more than what it was a month ago. Unpredictable and unusual price swings increase transportation costs, rip huge holes in our budgets  ... 

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Tomorrow (05/29/2013)

Today is a day like any other

A delightful one I’m sure

Your friends wait for you

You all like fresh fruit and pastries

Then you should do what you love to do

For this might be your final day

 ... 

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Attend this weekend’s ceremonies (05/26/2013)
From: Jim Lukaszewski

Commander VFW Post 1287, Winona

This year marks two milestones in the history of this nation. 2013 marks the 60th year since an armistice was signed ending hostilities in K ... 

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Demand sufficient G.A.T.E. funding (05/26/2013)
From: Max Derbyshire

7th Grade

Winona Middle School

In May, Governor Mark Dayton voted on the FY2014-15 Budget Recommendations, which proposed to allow school districts to use the money allocated ... 

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Remembering (05/26/2013)
From: T.M. Schoewe

Do you realize only one day is dedicated to honor the ultimate sacrifice made by our fellow Americans? We call it Memorial Day! It is coming up this Monday, the 27th of May.  ... 

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Thanks to the Minn. City Historical Association (05/26/2013)
From: Sandy Erdman

Over the last forty-some years I have been doing classes on how and where to turn your antiques and collectibles into a profit along with workshops to find out if you have junk o ... 

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The familiar enemy (05/26/2013)
From: James Puz

Mrs. Edstrom’s recent column regarding the German prisoners who lived in this region during WWII brought to mind a bit of history when she mentioned the TV series “Hogan’s Heroes”.  ... 

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Apps are for real (05/22/2013)
From: Armon Parsi

7th Grade

Winona Middle School

Ever since wi-fi has become popular in schools across the country, many teachers have been trying to use devices in the classroom without understa ... 

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End of 2013 Legislative session (05/22/2013)
From: State Rep.Steve Drazkowski

Someday, when we look back at the 2013 Legislative Session, we will remember it as the session the Democratic party controlled all levels of government and abused t ... 

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May is Mental Illness Awareness Month (05/22/2013)
From: Lauren O’Connell

May is Mental Illness Awareness Month. Depression is a medical illness that affects thoughts, feelings, behavior, mood and physical health. Depression is a major medical i ... 

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McFarlin, Elaine H. (Dondlinger) (05/22/2013)
Elaine H. (Dondlinger) McFarlin, age 78, of Wabasha, died Monday, May 20, 2013, at St. Elizabeth’s Health Care Center in Wabasha.

A funeral Mass will be offered at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 25, 2013,  ... 

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Passage of Higher Education budget bill (05/22/2013)
From: Senator Jeremy Miller

Senator Jeremy Miller (R-Winona) released the following statement today regarding the passage of Higher Education budget bill.

“It was an honor to serve as the lead R ... 

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Petroleum dependency (05/22/2013)
From: Lorraine Redig

Michael Siebenaler wishes that those who protest frac sand would stop using natural gas instead. He has a point. But he didn’t point to the basic problem or solution.

Family ... 

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Senator Miller does one thing, says another (05/22/2013)
From: Barb Nelson

Lewiston, Minn.

We already know from Wisconsin that frac sand mining will turn our rural communities into industrial zones. We will be left nothing but destroyed roads and pollut ... 

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Stop discrimination in the Boy Scouts (05/22/2013)
From: Evan Ferstl

7th Grade

Winona Middle School

In May, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) will vote on whether they should let gay youth into their organization.

It should not have been this late ... 

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Thanks to Slaggie family’s generosity to arts (05/22/2013)
From: James Eddy and David F. Marshall

Once again local citizens of Winona have come forward with major philanthropy that enhances Winona as a focal point for culture, education and enlightenment.  ... 

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The smell of FRAC fish is getting stronger! (05/22/2013)
From: Marilyn DuCett

Despite the presentations of many, many researchers and the constant objections of many, many concerned citizens, the city of Winona continues to ignore the experts and the  ... 

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Thieves at it again (05/22/2013)
From: Lila Cady

Stolen from our home a couple of weekends ago was a 12’ pole with a CADY street sign at the top. It won’t be hard to identify. If you find it as you go through your rentals as you ... 

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Violence against women (05/22/2013)
From: Thomas Parlin

I am responding to the article by Cindy Killion entitled “Valuing the Worth of Women.” In that article she raises the valid concern of “Why are women continually being assaulted ... 

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What states are in the Midwest? (05/22/2013)
From: Wayne E. Hamernik

I see by the paper that they had shut down a couple refineries in Illinois, and that would affect our gas prices in the Midwest.

We were down in LaCrosse the other day and  ... 

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Bits of old wisdom (05/19/2013)
From: Merle Hanson

The old priest used to say the good Lord works in mysterious ways. The true believers, it is said, believe God has control of all and man is just a vehicle. We are just a speck ... 

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Corporate profit over protecting community (05/19/2013)
From: Marilyn

Frauenkron Bayer

Land Stewardship

Project member

Houston, Minn.

Axiom: In the end, our society will be defined not only by what we create, but by that which we refuse to destroy. ... 

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Impacts of frac sand mining (05/19/2013)
From: Andrew Ranallo

Communications Associate

Institute of Agriculture and Trade Policy

Report raises concerns for Wisconsin communities considering frac sand mining Industry claims of economi ... 

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Jeremy Miller’s misinformation (05/19/2013)
From:

The Huelskamps

Lewiston, Minn.

I couldn’t believe the amount of misinformation that Sen. Jeremy Miller could put into one statement about the frac sand legislation that passed. First, his ... 

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Methane Burner (05/19/2013)
From: Lynette Power

I am very happy to see that the city is taking an innovative approach to dealing with our waste management by putting in a methane burner. Sustainability is critical to our futu ... 

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Miller’s misleading frac sand statement (05/19/2013)
From: Jane Cowgill

I couldn’t believe it when I read Sen. Miller’s statement in both the Winona Post and the Winona Daily News trying to take credit for the frac sand legislation that passed on Mo ... 

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Need more available representation (05/19/2013)
From: Don Evanson

A recent opinion letter, and others, of a writer that appeared in at least one Winona paper brought to mind a quote that I encountered a bit ago; “In his text, the writer sets up ... 

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Please patch the streets! (05/19/2013)
From: William E. Boike

Is the city of Winona broke or is this an April Fool’s joke that didn’t know when to stop? Does the entire city government commute via helicopter and never set one tire on a ... 

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Price spike (05/19/2013)
From: Dick Smith

The massive spike in gas prices because of the closure of three refineries-BULL SH#T!!

Did they have to close them all at the same time? Again I say-BULL SH#T!!  ... 

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The times that try men’s souls (05/19/2013)
From: Herbert Peter

These are the times that try people’s souls. Compassion is urged upon us to support those who would rather live off government handouts than work. Tolerance is urged upon us to  ... 

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A Christmas thank you (05/15/2013)
From: Rocky Rohn

I would like to thank all the wonderful people that allowed me to enter their homes to portray Santa Claus. Also, their relatives, neighbors, and friends that donated to help two s ... 

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Dental health and sports (05/15/2013)
From: Michael Flynn, DDS

President, Minnesota Dental Association

Summer season is finally upon us, and with it comes the opportunity for outdoor activities, including recreational and organized sp ... 

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Heartfelt thanks and gratitude (05/15/2013)
From: Amy Wobig

To Steven Schild’s “Impact of frac sand industry.” (May 12) I am in complete agreement with you and thank you for your words of wisdom. You made some very good points. I especiall ... 

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Knights of Columbus thanks (05/15/2013)
From: John R. Wagenaar

Grand Knight

The Winona Knights of Columbus, Council #639 want to thank the people of Winona and Winona County for their support during its recent Tootsie Roll Drive. All d ... 

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Major county rule changes need scrutiny (05/15/2013)
From: Doug Nopar

When it comes to the proposed significant changes in the County’s land use protections, Winona County needs to slow down. Do we really want to get rid of the 1000 foot setback  ... 

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Marriage amendment vote (05/15/2013)
From: Senator Jeremy Miller

Senator Jeremy Miller (R-Winona) released the following statement on his vote on House File 1054, the same-sex marriage authorization bill:

“I have received thousands  ... 

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month (05/15/2013)
From: Brandon Bachman

There is an awful lot of misinformation out there about mental illness. As with many things, having a good understanding of mental illness is an important first step in being ... 

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New taxes will hit people hard (05/15/2013)
From: M. J. McCauley

Open letter to Rep. Pellowski and Sen. Miller:

A few words before the new revenue (taxes) become law.

A district judge (Winona) came up with an acronym that applies to the va ... 

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NPR historic sites (05/15/2013)
From: Jim R. Miller

I have submitted two neighborhood potholes to the National Pothole Registry (NPR) to be recognized as historic sites. These two superior samples have achieved the size and dept ... 

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Protect the bluffs! (05/15/2013)
From: Joe Morse

The bluffs need our attention and protection! Those who want to tear them up for frac sand or build on the edges for a view are proposing to change the bluff protection standard ... 

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Sinkholes are serious risk to water quality (05/15/2013)
From: Bonita A. Underbakke

I grew up with sinkholes, and over a lifetime have learned what they mean, and how the Rein frac sand mine proposal in Fillmore County is poorly planned regarding sinkh ... 

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The marriage amendment (05/15/2013)
From: Mary Zimmerman

How sad to see the results in the news concerning the marriage amendment. I think this whole thing is being looked at the wrong way. For one thing, two men or two women don’t h ... 

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We can do better (05/15/2013)
From: Don Evanson

The vote of the Minnesota House last week to change the definition of marriage was most unfortunate, and not courageous at all, as some promoted a “yes” vote to be.

Representativ ... 

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WH and Bloedows: What do they have in common? (05/15/2013)
From: Ken Mogren

It seems every week is National Something Week. While the “something” is ever changing, the purpose is generally the same, to focus public attention on some aspect of our culture. ... 

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‘Memorial Day’ movie to be shown (05/12/2013)
From: Jon Grossardt

I just wanted to touch base and update a storywthat was printed in the Post on April 1, 2012 by Emily Buss regarding the movie “Memorial Day.” I have learned that the movie will ... 

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Buffalo County moratorium over (05/12/2013)
From: Joan Schnabel

and Jeff Falk

The Buffalo County moratorium has now ended. At least one application for non-metallic mining has already been filed and one mine that was previously denied has  ... 

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Drazkowski and Orwell (05/12/2013)
From: Steve Schild

Here’s a classic example of Orwellian doublespeak from Republican Rep. Steve Drazkowski.

In Friday’s Daily News, Drazkowski explains his opposition to gay-marriage legislation b ... 

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Gay marriage goes against laws of nature (05/12/2013)
From: Marcy Borgschatz

Winona

I am replying to John Rupkey’s May 5th letter. Apparently he is not familiar with Scripture or he would know that there are multiple references to homosexuality.

The ... 

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Impact of the frac sand industry (05/12/2013)
From: Steven Schild

Republican Sen. Jeremy Miller is talking out both sides of his mouth when it comes to the frac sand industry’s impact on citizens, communities and the environment.

Miller recen ... 

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More good reading (05/12/2013)
From: Lois Kennis

I join Barbara Goethe in saying that Al Paffrath’s article, “The first Beatle record in Winona,” was a “real treat.”

I’ve only visited Winona once, but Al’s reminiscing makes me  ... 

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Planning Commission to meet May 16 (05/12/2013)
From: Eric Nelson and Debi Niebuhr

Concerned about protecting Winona County’s bluffs and seeing more houses on bluff tops?

Some members of our Winona County Board and Planning Commission are bent ... 

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Teacher Appreciation Week (05/12/2013)
From: Steve Scharlau

Vice-President

C-FC School Board

This past week was Teacher Appreciation Week. I started this writing by thinking about where the Cochrane Fountain City School is with crucia ... 

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Thanks from Drama Clubs (05/12/2013)
From: Linda Conrad

Winona Senior High and Middle School Drama Club

The Winona Senior High Drama Program and Middle School Drama Club, staff, students and parents would like to take this opportunit ... 

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The issue of statutory authority (05/12/2013)
From: James L. Ziegeweid

Supervisor for District 11

Buffalo County Board

On April 3, 2012, I was elected District 11 County Board Supervisor for Buffalo County, Wis.

I took the position early on ... 

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Call Senator Miller now (05/08/2013)
From: Joan Redig

Rural Houston, Minn.

Sen. Matt Schmit of Red Wing, working with Trout Unlimited, has proposed provisions to protect trout streams in Southeast Minnesota from damage resulting fro ... 

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Fracking and responsibility (05/08/2013)
From: Matthew Francis Byrnes

Last week I was among the thirty-five protesters arrested in Winona at a nonviolent direct action against frac sand and fracking. The protest was the culmination of th ... 

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May is Mental Illness Awareness Month (05/08/2013)
From: Patrick Kiefer

Because May is Mental Illness Awareness Month, I would like to share this information about bipolar disorder. Bipolar is a form of mental illness that is chronic and has rec ... 

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Postal employees food drive May 11 (05/08/2013)
From: Deb Abnet

Food Drive Coordinator

The 21st annual NALC National Food Drive to “Stamp Out Hunger” is the largest one-day food drive in the nation.

Postal employees (city and rural) from Winon ... 

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Stereotyping: the favorite American pastime (05/08/2013)
From: James R. Puz

It didn’t happen overnight, maybe settling here in 1607. But with time and great effort, millions of people, from all walks of life and education, living in white and blue collar ... 

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Thanks from FCC Youth Group (05/08/2013)
From: FCC Youth Group

The First Congregational Church Youth Group would like to extend a huge thank you to all the people that bought items at their garage sale. In addition, we want to thank all  ... 

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Update on silica sand mining legislation (05/08/2013)
From: Jeremy Miller

Throughout this legislative session, I’ve heard from many residents of southeastern Minnesota regarding silica sand mining. Citizens are passionate on both sides of this debate  ... 

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Using information to make decisions (05/08/2013)
From: Marie Kovecsi

Following the frac sand issues has become quite irrational lately. Our elected officials, from County Commissioners, City Council members and even our Senator do not use reliabl ... 

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WSU to host Young Writers (05/08/2013)
From: Young Writers’ Conference Committee:

Ramona Metz, Leslie Johns, Lee Loerch,

Donna Helble

Hiawatha Valley Education District of Winona will host the Young Writers’ Conference on May 16 and ... 

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Didn’t practice what he preaches (05/06/2013)
From: Fred Petersen

I would like to take this opportunity to apologize for my failure to exercise my own rules for safe gun handling. Last week my wife and I were examining a double action revolve ... 

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Beatles letter a real treat (05/05/2013)
From: Barbara Goethe

I live in Arizona but grew up in Winona, so I often look at the Post online. I am, right now, recovering from one of the most entertaining Letters to the Editor ever, one that ... 

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Frac sand profits vs. justice for all (05/05/2013)
From: Lorraine Redig

Let’s see. How does that go again? “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible,  ... 

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How Miller’s constituents think (05/05/2013)
From: State Sen. Jeremy Miller

As an elected official, I feel it is my duty to reach out to constituents for input on issues facing our state. My goal has always been and continues to be represent ... 

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Please explain your vote (05/05/2013)
From: Marie Kovecsi

Our senator, Jeremy Miller, representing all of Southeast Minnesota, recently voted against protection of our area trout streams. The amendment would have created a setback for  ... 

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Siding with special interests (05/05/2013)
From: Donna Buckbee

In this time of crisis, Southeast Minnesota deserves leadership to provide strong protections against the ravages of industrial-scale frac sand mining. Not only is Sen. Jeremy M ... 

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Thanks for the fun read (05/05/2013)
From: Nancy O’Reilly

We enjoyed Al’s article about pursuing the Beatle recording. Reminiscent when “downtown” was a bustling place, a destination . A fun read, thanks.  ... 

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The theology of ignorance (05/05/2013)
From: John Rupkey

In her April 28 letter, Marcy Borgschatz wrote of me: “he does not seem to be ashamed of his lifestyle but rather parades it.” I totally agree. This is what advancing beyond the C ... 

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Was it really Winona’s frac sand protest? (05/05/2013)
From: James R. Puz

When I saw the news regarding the 35 arrested frac sand protesters, I had assumed that the majority of those involved were from Winona. Not so, my wife corrected, citing the pol ... 

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Drug testing (05/01/2013)
From: Mike Parkhurst

Los Angeles, Calif.

I agree 100% with your editorial about drug testing for welfare recipients. For those who think this is an invasion of privacy or “unfair” let’s look at it ... 

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Let’s end the sequester budget cuts (05/01/2013)
From: Todd Paddock

When flights were delayed because of furloughed air traffic controllers, it was big news and congress reacted immediately to provide money. But that left tens of millions of pe ... 

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The first Beatle record in Winona (05/01/2013)
From: Al Paffrath

If you’re tired of the news being filled with unemployment numbers, economic problems, so-called “food police” telling us what we should eat, and how much of it, or waiting for ye ... 

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Trip to Misato (05/01/2013)
From: Anna Velikanova

A few weeks ago, I took a journey of a lifetime, literally! My trip to Misato, Japan, the sister city of Winona, was phenomenal! I learned so much that I simply could not out ... 

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Winona Apron Group Mother’s Day gift ideas (05/01/2013)
From: Sandy Erdman

Winona Area Apron Group facilitator

The Winona Area Apron Group is inviting you this year to choose a gift for the un-mother side of your mother.

See her in ways you might not ... 

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Winona Area Barbershoppers’ event May 10 (05/01/2013)
From: Michael Deiss

Winona Area Barbershop Director

I would like to personally invite your family to the Winona Area Barbershoppers’ Mother’s Day Cabaret and Italian Dinner Show. This very special ... 

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A snake in the grass (04/28/2013)
From: Amanda Sattler

I have never been the type to bite my tongue. The adjective fissilingual, meaning ‘fork-tongued,” reveals exciting opportunities should you enjoy the word play. I might say, ... 

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All love is equal (04/28/2013)
From: Linda Lindsay

As I sit in front of my computer, getting ready to write this letter, I look down at the t-shirt I’m wearing that is emblazoned with a pink equal sign on a background of red. Be ... 

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Business owners call for marriage equality (04/28/2013)
From: Bryan Crigler, Herbal Turtle Farms (and others listed below.)

For the past two decades, our nation has debated the freedom to marry for same-sex couples. The data available today suggests tha ... 

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In the days when Winona was young (04/28/2013)
Winona had: Normal School, commercial college, mom and pop grocery stores,

Railway stations, streetcars, horse ‘n’ buggies, so much more!

Pioneer Tractor, Winona Plow Company, Philharmonic Hall

Mun ... 

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Look at DNR contract (04/28/2013)
From: Lynne Farmer Rushford, Minn.

According to a 4/17 article in the Winona Post, the city has contracted with the DNR to use the chemical “imazamox” to kill weeds in Lake Winona. The Public Wor ... 

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Marriage - one man, one woman (04/28/2013)
From: Marcy Borgschatz

Winona

The union of two homosexuals cannot be called marriage. God calls it detestable and degrading of their bodies. These relationships are not motivated by love but by sh ... 

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Marriage for all (04/28/2013)
From: Finbar McMullen, FSC

Now that the amendment to limit marriage to a man and a woman has been defeated in spite of all the pressure from religious authorities aided by great sums of money, it  ... 

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Street Department (04/28/2013)
From: Dave Fratzke

Hats off to Tom ”Dooley” Bublitz and his Street Department crew for the terrific job they are doing repairing the potholes in the Winona streets. Keep up the good work.

P.S. St ... 

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Talk on frac mining April 27 (04/28/2013)
From: Mike Kennedy

Board Chair, FRFF

I want to thank the Catholic Workers of Winona for their efforts in public education during their weekend retreat that is encouraging intellectual discussion a ... 

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Thanks from Mid West Music Fest (04/28/2013)
From: Sam Brown

Founder of Mid West

Music Fest

Over the past four years, I have been humbled and inspired by the outpouring of support for the Mid West Music Fest. Last weekend, our community wel ... 

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The 30% rule (04/28/2013)
From: M.J. McCauley

There is still hope the unconstitutional 30% rule will be eliminated or changed to a smaller percentage.

All citizens and property owners should be happy that the nationwide In ... 

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A wink & a nod (04/24/2013)
By --

Prematurely, Spring winked slyly at me

from a robin perched at the top of a tree.

The sky appeared frantic, confused, and dazed,

like a deer in a snowstorm who had lost her way.

March, the twent ... 

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Annual Day of Prayer May 2 (04/24/2013)
From: Sharon Auldrich

Burnsville, Minn.

Submitted by: Holly Muller

Altura, Minn.

This May 2, 2013, marks the 62nd National Annual Day of Prayer. This is a special day set aside ... 

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Bombing neither left nor right (04/24/2013)
From: Thomas Lee

Winona

April 19, 2013, must have been a sad day for many liberals in this country. It was then revealed that the Boston bombing was not caused by some right wing extremist group.  ... 

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Marines mark contributions (04/24/2013)
From: Jim Eddy

Winona

This year marks the 100th year of operation for the Marine Corps Association. To celebrate the Association’s contributions to the development of the Marine Corps, the Leathe ... 

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USS Minnesota commissioning (04/24/2013)
From: Jim Sillman

Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries, will be the host for the commissioning ceremonies of USS Minnesota (SSN-783) on September 7, 2013, at the U ... 

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We must stop out of control pressure cookers (04/24/2013)
From: Dean Nuszloch

Utica, Minn.

It is time that Congressman Walz, Senator Franken, and Senator Klobuchar continue their courageous fight to end all the daily violence that is perpetuated in this  ... 

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Are your children any safer? (04/21/2013)
From: Dave Stegemeyer

I was just watching the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley. (Or should we call it the CBS Evening Opinion?) Obama is once again trying to gain support for his national gun ba ... 

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Big pothole — how big was it? (04/21/2013)
From: Dave Fratzke

I got a call from my friend Cindy. She said a pothole was so big she saw four guys turn over a Volkswagen Bug and put it in a pothole on Franklin Street so the traffic could res ... 

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Family Fun Day, Summer Camp Fair thanks (04/21/2013)
From: Blandine Berthelot

WSU Camp, Conference Services, on behalf of the Family Fun Day & Summer Camp Commttte

Thank you to all who made the April 6 Family Fun Day & Summer Camp Fair a huge succes ... 

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Safeguarding our freedoms (04/21/2013)
From: Don Evanson

Minnesota City, Minn.

The Manchin-Toomey Amendment has failed today, Wednesday, in a vote of the full U.S. Senate. It’s passage would have been required before some key Republic ... 

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Thank you, Tasha (04/21/2013)
From: Jana Korder

Women in Business

Winona’s Women in Business group would like to thank Tasha Schuh, a Wisconsin motivational speaker who was left quadriplegic after a fall as a teenager, for com ... 

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Through John Latsch’s eyes on Earth Day (04/21/2013)
From: Merle Hanson

The land was where I grew up. Chores didn’t take care of themselves but my Papi urged me to walk the bluffs and bottoms. He would sometimes walk with me and his long stride made  ... 

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Transportation (04/21/2013)
From: Krysta Palmer

I am writing in concerns to the lack of public transportation in Winona. The public busing system we have right now is not cutting it. The transportation system does not take i ... 

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We are missing the opportunity for real tax reform (04/21/2013)
From: Della Schmidt

President/CEO

Winona Area Chamber of Commerce

The Winona Area Chamber of Commerce is fully supportive of a statewide debate on the state budget. Sadly, the Governor and state ... 

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Commissioners: deny their permit (04/17/2013)
From: Margaret M. Walsh

Who are the players that want the Nisbit silica sand business in Saratoga Township? The operators of the Nisbit mine applied for a permit. An Environmental Assessment Worksh ... 

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Gay marriage (04/17/2013)
From: John Rupkey

Winona

An open letter to Senator Jeremy Miller:

I am an Independent Democrat, but I voted for you in the past election for several reasons:

• Since you own a habitable boathous ... 

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How safe is sand? (04/17/2013)
From: Lynette Power

How safe is sand?

Yes, we have played in the sand all our lives. The sand on the river is not hazardous because it has been washed, but the mined sand is a different story.

Th ... 

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Let’s move toward the future (04/17/2013)
From: Greg Gaut

Here is a remedy for everyone who is sick of the frac sand controversy. The House and Senate in St. Paul are considering legislation which would increase the Renewable Energy Stand ... 

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Mikrut appeal (04/17/2013)
From: Amy Wobig

My oldest daughter and I attended the meeting at City Hall Monday night. Concerned neighbors and citizens met and asked the city council members to listen, analyze data and make a b ... 

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Setting the record straight (04/17/2013)
From: Wayne Valentine,

Winona County Board Chair

As a member of the Winona County Board of Commissioners it has been my policy to refrain from replying to criticism levied at me by members of the  ... 

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Thank you (04/17/2013)
From: Judy Rodgers

Minnesota City, Minn.

I’d like to thank Shannon Devine for sharing her info on WALLS, the new Lyme disease support group. And a special thank you to Steven Boland for sharing hi ... 

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Geoff Gardner Memorial Bowling Tournament a success (04/14/2013)
From: Jim Kohner

On March 16, the sixth annual Geoff Gardner Memorial Bowling Tournament was held at Westgate Bowl. Forty-eight doubles teams took part in the event, which is held in honor of West ... 

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Lyme disease (04/14/2013)
From: Steven Boland

How do I begin? I would rather have cancer, because I know I could at least get treatment and I would have a chance at life or at least know where I stand. Late stage Lyme Disea ... 

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Lyme disease support group (04/14/2013)
From: Shannon Devine

In response to Judy Rodgers’ letter asking for a Lyme disease support group, I am happy to say there already is one! We are small and just getting going, slowly but surely.  ... 

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Marriage equality (04/14/2013)
From: John Rupkey

An open letter to Representative Gene Pelowski:

I am one of your longtime supporters.

Over the years you have done a lot of good for the people you represent. Your mind and your ... 

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Need not, waste not! (04/14/2013)
From: Gayle Goetzman

My country (USA) is in tremendous debt, so how in blue-blazes can my beloved alma mater, WSU, even think of spending federal, state and city money on construction of tunnels un ... 

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Safety information about car, booster seats (04/14/2013)
From: Bonnie Herrick, PHN

Child Passenger Safety Technician

Vehicle crashes continue to be a leading cause of death and serious injuries for children and can be largely prevented through the prope ... 

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Thank you (04/14/2013)
From: Judee Brone,

FC River Players

A great big thank you to each of you for your participation in My Big Gay Italian Wedding. Our ninth spring play, put on by the Fountain City River Players, was ... 

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What is love (04/14/2013)
Who can love, who can’t love

Is love only once in your life

Or is it a permanent state of mind

How do you know you are in love

Is this love your dream mate

What is true love

Would you die to try ... 

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Mayor (04/10/2013)
From: Dave Fratzke

I would strongly suggest that you take your tourism and levee programs and put them on the back burner!

Get the potholes in Winona’s streets fixed, or you won’t have any tourist ... 

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Redefining marriage won’t stop at gay marriage (04/10/2013)
From: Justin Kramer

St. Charles, Minn.

Despite the current debate over gay marriage, it actually ended years ago. Legalization is inevitable, but societal trends strongly suggest government meddli ... 

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River sun warblers (04/10/2013)
From: Richie Swanson

This is what Hunter Liguore, Editor-in-Chief of American Athenaeum says about a story that springs from the Mississippi. “Richie Swanson’s short story, `River Sun Warblers,’ e ... 

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Shakespeare can revitalize town (04/10/2013)
From: Mary Martha Dust

Fountain City, Wis.

Dear Editor, Community at Large, University of Minnesota team, and Mayor Mark Peterson:

Follow the plan I lay out for you here, and business owners will ... 

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Shocked by the stockers (04/10/2013)
From: Dean Nuszloch

Utica, Minn.

Warning: The subject matter in this letter may be objectionable to readers with high morals and good character. You need to stop reading - NOW. To the rest of the ... 

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To respond or not respond: that is the question (04/10/2013)
From: Bill Spitzer

As a public servant who has been elected to the office of mayor for the past five terms, I realize that some people may not like some of my decisions, ideas or even me personally ... 

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Concerned about Nisbit mine decision (04/07/2013)
From: Jane Cowgill

Winona County residents ought to be concerned about the recent decision of the County Board of Commissioners regarding an Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed Nisbit m ... 

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Corrections (04/07/2013)
On Wednesday, April 3, the Winona Post incorrectly reported that Winona City Council Member George Borzyskowski claimed that Mayor Mark Peterson promised private funding for Levee Park at the Winona L ... 

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Faith in science (04/07/2013)
From: Hans Madland

I have faith in science. Not blind faith, mind you. The people in lab coats make mistakes, but over time they usually get it right. Sure, scientists have egos, and they have t ... 

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Trilogy three, 2013 (04/07/2013)
The impeccable warrior

It could slay the greatest

It could climb the highest mountain

It will change your life

It is everywhere doing the right thing

With the right people

For all the right re ... 

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Trip to Misato, Japan (04/07/2013)
From: Emily Boettger

Konnichiwa! My name is Emily Boettger and on April 8, I will be traveling to Winona’s sister city, Misato, Japan, with thirty other students and adults as an ambassador. I am ... 

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Winona Area Apron Group thanks (04/07/2013)
From: Sandy Erdman

Thank you to all those who dropped off fabric, aprons, hankies, tea cups and jewelry last year at Magnolias, 177 Lafayette Street, Winona for the Winona Area Apron Group sales.  ... 

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‘40 Days for Life’ (04/03/2013)
From: Kathy Foerster

On Friday, March 22, many people gathered for the closing prayer vigil of “40 Days for Life,” including 37 seminarians from Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary, priests, the Most ... 

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Increase in government spending indicated? (04/03/2013)
From: Rep. Steve

Drazkowski

The 2013 session is now nearly three months old, and though we have yet to hear any budget bills we now have budget targets from our House Democratic leadership. Much  ... 

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Lyme disease (04/03/2013)
From: Judy Rodgers

Minnesota City, Minn.

I’d like to make a suggestion that someone start a support group for Lyme disease victims and their families. ... 

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Rivertown Lions Club thank you (04/03/2013)
From: Winona

Rivertown Lions

The Winona Rivertown Lions Club extends a big “thank you” to everyone who helped make our annual Bread Bowl Supper fundraiser a success.

Special thank you to: Hy-Vee ... 

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Traffic analysis needed (04/03/2013)
From: John N. Finn

I’ve noticed that the frac sand dump trucks, after unloading, drive back through the neighborhoods uncovered. Silica residue blowing out? And about the traffic analysis that mig ... 

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Watering your trees (04/03/2013)
From: Thomas Jaszewski

A reminder for those of us who appreciate a tree-lined city. The drought last year produced a significant amount of drought stress in Winona’s street trees.

Please, whereve ... 

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Animal cruelty (03/31/2013)

From: Eve Ford

I am writing to encourage people to support efforts to end or reduce animal cruelty in our lifetime and lifetimes to come. Our silence is our approval.

Inflicting pain and sufferi ... 

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Latsch land an ugly mess (03/31/2013)
From: Keith Polus

I really do believe John Latsch was a good man and had very good intentions in trying to make 18,000 acres available for all to enjoy. The problem is that he left some of the mos ... 

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Misato trip (03/31/2013)
From: Anna Velikanova

This fall, I was selected to be an ambassador, traveling to Misato, Japan, not only to represent my school, Winona, Minnesota, but the entire United States. I wouldn’t have be ... 

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Not what I said (03/31/2013)
From: Lynn Kujak

I am writing in response to the 40 Days for Life article printed on the front page of the Winona Daily News on Saturday, March 23. I was one of the persons quoted in the article an ... 

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The Bible and science (03/31/2013)
From: Steven J. Beyers

Finbar McMullen thinks that people who choose to believe God and His Word about the direct creation of Adam and Eve as described in Genesis, which includes Jesus as quoted in ... 

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We all have the right to know the truth (03/31/2013)
From: Stephen Conlin

St. Charles, Minn. 

My name is Stephen Conlin; most of you here in St. Charles know me. The opinions expressed here are my own. The questions I am asking here are ones that y ... 

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Wisconsin air quality studies (03/31/2013)
From: Jeff Falk

Fountain City, Wis.

The information about Wisconsin air quality monitoring studies in the Post of March 27 was slightly mistaken. There are studies at some frac sand facilities in  ... 

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Mikrut rail variance approved (03/27/2013)
From: Amy Wobig

I was very disheartened after reading the Mikrut article on Sunday, March 24th. These board members hardly seem qualified to be deciding the fate of my children’s health, their fut ... 

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Mikrut should have built a fence (03/27/2013)
From: Michael Forsythe

Comments: I have been following with interest the developing story of Rich Mikrut’s request for a variance to allow more rail spurs at the former McConnon property. Mr. Mikru ... 

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Questions about Wabasha County (03/27/2013)
From: John Adams

Mazeppa

There are numerous questions beginning to surface regarding the legitimacy and transparency surrounding the Wabasha County Government Study Commission. For instance:

Why  ... 

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Thanks for donations to food shelves (03/27/2013)
From: Jack Karnick

Channel One Regional Food Bank

With the end of March comes the end of Food Share Month in Minnesota. Our area food shelves worked diligently throughout March to secure food and ... 

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To residents of the R-P school district (03/27/2013)
From: Taylor Peterson

R-P School Board member

As a school board member, elected by you and to serve you, I feel it is my job to keep you up to date on what has gone on the past few months and what ... 

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Who will fight the last war (03/27/2013)
From: Bonnie Oldham

All of us have put things in a box or an envelope to save for some special reason or in hopes of someone finding those little treasures after we’re long gone. My dad left here a ... 

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Bad decision (03/25/2013)
From: Marie Kovecsi

Monday the Winona Board of Adjustment meeting was a disappointment for citizens, particularly families in homes near the Pelzer St. overpass.

The board washhearing discussion  ... 

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Deer herd management (03/25/2013)
From: Larry Dickman

Large deer herd management has many facets. They range from increasing harvest numbers on females, to the public’s complacent acceptance that a “viable” method is that of vehicl ... 

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Levee Park memories (03/25/2013)
From: Merle Hanson

I spend hours now just watching that Mississippi River slowly working its way to New Orleans. It passes many old towns but there is only one Winona. For a long time, it had been  ... 

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Secret videotaping on farms (03/25/2013)
From: Roger Aldinger

I would like to respond to the Winona Daily News editorial of 3-20-13 in which they came out in favor of secret videotaping on farms. No business or individual should be subje ... 

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Thank you (03/25/2013)
From: Matt Smith

On behalf of the students and staff of House 8 East at the Winona Middle School, I would like to thank the following business people (and their businesses) who worked in our Soci ... 

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Winona Planning Commission will talk sand Monday (03/25/2013)
The Winona Planning Commission is not done with silica sand regulations yet. It is expected to discuss Monday two portions of the city ordinance regulating the frac sand industry that require further  ... 

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Caring when it truly mattered (03/13/2013)
From: Steven Rumstich

When our mother passed away one year ago, a stranger reached out to us. Not only did he convey his condolences, but he sent us something that he had made and thought we would  ... 

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Legal buck or not? (03/13/2013)
From: Ray A. Faber, Ph.D.

Professor of Biology

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is considering whether to make permanent a deer hunting regulati ... 

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More on Amtrak (03/13/2013)
From: Erik Brom

Fran quotes Matthew Yglesias regarding the profit and loss of various Amtrak routes. As Fran pointed out, this is one person’s biased opinion. There is a lot of “creative accounti ... 

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Thank you, Mr. Pryor (03/13/2013)
From: Jean Pryor, Robert Shibilski, Jane Bremer, Amanda Pflughoeft-Job of the Winona Dyslexia Group

Ronald D. Pryor, who passed away on Feb 20, had a desire to help students who struggled with read ... 

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Wake up, Winona County (03/13/2013)
From: Sarah Miles

So I’m looking into the old Hart Creamery building which is for sale. It’s a beauty but in need of serious, expensive and time-consuming repair. Without going into much detail, ... 

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Be careful about Internet payday loans (03/10/2013)
From: Minn. Dept of Commerce

Payday lending, short-term consumer loans have nearly doubled in the past five years, reaching a high of 350,000 in 2011. Minnesotans may turn to payday-lending compan ... 

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Double’s illogical logic... (03/10/2013)
From: Brian Mulvey

Winona

Like St. Charles, more people in Winona are against fracking than are in favor of it, let’s do it!

Winona County, thus the city of Winona’s air quality, diesel soot part ... 

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Gun bill focuses on criminals, not gun owners (03/10/2013)
From: Rep. Steve

Drazkowski

Mazeppa, Minn.

For the first two months of the session, legislative Democrats have been focused on developing gun prohibition legislation that violates the 2nd Amendme ... 

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Miller’s Purple Caucus (03/10/2013)
From: State Sen.

Jeremy Miller

Greetings from the Capitol!

Below are some recent highlights from the Capitol. They include the “Purple Caucus” and local visits.

As always, you are key to helpin ... 

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Trilogy 2013 #2 (03/10/2013)
Love, Reincarnation, Forever

Love

What is true love

Do you have it in your life

Is your relationship with your partner a love affair

Do you love each other unconditionally

Do you worship eac ... 

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Wondering (03/10/2013)
From: David Girod

I, for one, am really ready for spring. I’m not an outdoor enthusiast so the snow we get is a nuisance. I get around by bike mostly. This year the streets seem better maintained,  ... 

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‘Old Trempy’ (03/06/2013)
From: Mark Hansen

When I was a boy growing up, my grandpa would tell me stories of a giant fish roaming the waters near Trempealeau, Wis., and referred to as “Old Trempy.” Now if you aren’t familia ... 

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Attend non-metallic mining hearing March 14 (03/06/2013)
From: Citizen members of the Non-Metallic Mining Advisory Committee Donna Brogan, Cristeen Custer, Ellen Ott, Paul Winey

Revisions to the Trempealeau County ordinance on Non-Metallic Mining are bei ... 

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City with a smile (03/06/2013)
From: Mike Richter

St. Charles Threshing Bee

St. Charles, Minn.

Those were the words that were painted on the water tower in St. Charles when I moved here in 1995. I liked those words. I was prou ... 

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Inexcusable and embarrassing (03/06/2013)
From: Skip and Deb Fort

St. Charles, Minn.

When Mayor Bill Spitzer was elected for his first two terms, we helped him and supported him more than anyone else. When Nick Koverman was hired as City  ... 

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Mayor against the people (03/06/2013)
From: Jim Huth

St. Charles, Minn.

What I saw happen to Dr. Feyereisn at the St. Charles City Council meeting Tuesday night was about as bad as it gets. It is no surprise that the group Concerned C ... 

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MMAM is a jewel waiting to be discovered (03/06/2013)
From: Jeanne Nelson

Winona

The results are in. Between 2011 an 2012, school participation at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum nearly tripled. Yellow school buses dropped off approximately 2,200 stu ... 

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New Winonans offer perspective on energy boom (03/06/2013)
From: Erich and Elizabeth Lippman

One year ago, we were living in West Virginia, raising our family in a small town situated in the foothills of the Alleghenies — and atop a vast expanse of M