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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

and CHRIS ROGERS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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POLICE BLOTTER (02/05/2014)
Winona Police

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

Wednesday, Jan. 29

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

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

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

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

“I have not  ... 

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

CP spokesman Ed Greenberg  ... 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“It’s been ... 

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Additional LIHEAP funds available (02/02/2014)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ho ... 

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

County to address data policy after 7 month wait

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“The flu  ... 

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

“The flu  ... 

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

Benedictine Manor of Arcadia ... 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Architect added to committee

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

and CHRIS ROGERS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This designation highlights the history of  ... 

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

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

Ames Construct ... 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Instead of a simp ... 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pictured is firs ... 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Trend likely to continue in 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, December 24:

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

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

· Rushford Clini ... 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Closed meeting changes timeline and public

input opportunities

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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'A Child's Christmas in Wales' (12/11/2013)
On Saturday, the Winona Arts Center hosted Taff Roberts, who read from Dylan Thomas' classic "A Child's Christmas in Wales." Roberts has read the story each year since 1975, no mat ... 

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CP Holiday Train in Winona Dec. 11 (12/11/2013)
This is the 15th year for North America’s longest-running rolling fundraiser. Since 1999, the CP Holiday Train has become part of a local community’s social fabric and an important fundraiser for many ... 

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Holiday concerts (12/11/2013)
The Winona Senior High School Concert Choir, along with the 9th grade and 10th grade choirs, performed their Holiday Festival of Song Concert at the Pleasant Valley Church this past Monday, December 9 ... 

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Madison chosen for Spanish immersion; no open enrollment until lotteries final (12/11/2013)
By Sarah Squires -- Winona Area Public Schools (WAPS) Superintendent Scott Hannon announced last week that Madison Elementary will be the site of a new Spanish language immersion school beginning in the fall of 2014. At  ... 

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Mayo growth will rock the boat for Winona area (12/11/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- As the $6 billion Rochester Destination Medical Center (DMC) project starts revving up, local leaders, businesses, and organizations from Winona to St. Charles are eagerly trying to prepare for the sh ... 

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New comp plan aired for Buffalo County (12/11/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- Citizens sounded off on Buffalo County's first-ever comprehensive plan on Monday night. The plan will guide many of the county's future decisions, including an overhaul of its 1965 zoning or ... 

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New WAPS preschool planned for W-K (12/11/2013)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- At the Winona Area Public Schools (WAPS) Board meeting last week, Superintendent Scott Hannon and the director of Winona State University’s (WSU) Children’s Center, June Reineke, gave a joint presenta ... 

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Russell, WSU awarded 'Safer Community' kudos (12/11/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- Bruises, scars, and relationships built on fear — the marks of domestic and sexual violence are far too common, but a there are those who are working to repair the damage and stop the violence, one pe ... 

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‘10 Days of Giving’ ahead of last year (12/08/2013)
Through the end of business Thursday, Merchants Bank’s “10 Days of Giving” was at 83,748 pounds of food collected.

The number of pounds of food collected included $40,208 in cash and 3,332 pounds of ... 

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10 Days of Giving celebrates 25 years (12/08/2013)
By Amelia Wedemeyer --

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Merchants Bank’s “10 Days of Giving,” the annual food and cash donation drive that has collected and donated more than 2.1 million pounds of food for Winona C ... 

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Bluffs, farmland, sand addressed in Buffalo County comp plan (12/08/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- What will the next 20 years in Buffalo County look like? Will there be new bluff protections? Will the county champion "Right to Farm" laws? A lot depends on a new template laid out for the  ... 

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Co. Recorder: Split parcels must be recorded by year’s end (12/08/2013)
Parties splitting or dividing existing parcels of real estate during the remainder of 2013 must record the documents by year’s end to avoid prepayment of 2014 real estate taxes. Minnesota law require ... 

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County votes for HIA, second health study (12/08/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- How can local government make it easier for citizens to be healthy? In a two-fold public health planning partnership, Winona County will soon have two committees working on that issue at the same time ... 

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Deadline looms for Gifts for Winona (12/08/2013)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- Deb Nahrgang is worried. She speaks in a quiet tone with a little quiver in her voice when she talks about this year’s Gifts for Winona, the annual gift-giving program that is run by Saint Mary’s Univ ... 

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Hit-and-run last straw? (12/08/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- Winona City Council members raised concerns about pedestrian safety on Broadway after a hit-and-run driver struck a 74-year-old woman at Broadway and Liberty streets late last month, breaking her pelv ... 

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Juhl Energy, Winona County Wind, sued for millions (12/08/2013)
By Sarah Squires -- Company says Juhl claimed wind project was county's for

financing, then refused to pay $3.3 million bill

A $4.8 million wind energy project that was formerly affiliated with the Win ... 

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Police seeking hit-and-run driver (12/08/2013)
By Amelia Wedemeyer --

On November 27, at 5:03 p.m. police responded to a report of a hit-and-run incident at 6th and Liberty streets. The victim, a 74-year-old woman, of Winona, was walking in a marked crosswalk when a w ... 

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Annual Toys for Tots drive helps area children (12/04/2013)
By Amelia Wedemeyer --

During this time of year it’s easy to get caught up in the sensory blur of seasonal advertisements and personal wish lists. It’s also easy to forget that for many Winona residents the holiday season ... 

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‘10 Days of Giving,’ Volunteer Services celebrate anniversaries (12/04/2013)
Merchants Bank’s “10 Days of Giving” celebrates its 25th anniversary asking for community support in reaching its goal that no one goes hungry this winter.

“Our first 24 years have been a success bec ... 

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2013 to be weakest barge season in decade? (12/04/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- Final barge counts have yet to be released, but Winona's harbor was on track for the lowest barge traffic year in recent history as the 2013 shipping season ground to a halt late last month. The  ... 

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5 diocesan priests 'credibly accused' of sexual abuse still alive (12/04/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- On Monday, a St. Paul judge ordered the Diocese of Winona to release a list of names of 13 priests or former priests credibly accused of sexual abuse. That list includes five living priests from the W ... 

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City frac sand air testing to start in 2014 (12/04/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- The Winona City Council unanimously approved a proposal for a year-long air quality monitoring program that will measure frac sand dust and diesel fumes. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA)  ... 

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City of Winona earns excellence award (12/04/2013)
The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to the City of Winona by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for it ... 

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Project COMPASS offers free noon dinners for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day (12/04/2013)
Christmas Eve Day Free Noon Dinner

Wendy and Chase Hoffman, owners of Jefferson Pub and Grill, invite you to join them for their free noon meal on Christmas Eve day. They will be serving turkey and  ... 

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Radio theater reborn for Christmas (12/04/2013)
By Amelia Wedemeyer -- Nostalgia seemed to emanate from all corners of the Winona Masonic Theater this past Monday night during the first dress rehearsal of Theatre du Mississippi and Winona Radio’s holiday production of “T ... 

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Small town. Big art. (12/04/2013)
By Sarah Squires -- Winonans know what river city has to offer, from world-class Shakespeare to hometown galleries and small venues that provide music and art year-round. For the last few years, Winona has celebrated its ... 

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Two injured in head-on crash (12/04/2013)
On Saturday, November 30, at approximately 7:30 p.m., the Buffalo County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a two vehicle accident near the intersection of County Road D and McDonough Road in t ... 

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Winona idol: Olstad's a rising star (12/04/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- Grasping a microphone beneath bright lights, Tim Olstad drew roaring crowds to their feet and left judges speechless as he soared up the ranks of the competitive singing show "The X Factor"  ... 

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Couple loses in lottery scam (12/02/2013)
By Sarah Squires --

A couple in Stockton were swindled last week in a scam in which an unknown caller posed as a Publisher’s Clearinghouse Sweepstakes official.

The couple received a phone call on Monday, November 25, ... 

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Head-on collision reported (12/02/2013)
On November 28, at 11:08 a.m. the Trempealeau County Sheriff’s Department received a call of a two-vehicle head-on crash with injuries on State Road 54/93, .2 miles west of Schubert Road in the Town o ... 

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Area leaders prepare for Mayo expansion (12/01/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- It is one of the most ambitious economic development ventures in recent, local history. As the state of Minnesota, local governments, and Rochester businesses begin spending the $6 billion planned for ... 

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City, county, school taxes unveiled for '14 (12/01/2013)
by SARAH SQUIRES

and CHRIS ROGERS

The city of Winona, Winona County, and Winona Area Public Schools (WAPS) will all review 2014 budgets during meetings this week.

Winona County Commissioners are ... 

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Council to consider sand industry air monitoring  (12/01/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- On Monday the Winona City Council will consider a proposal to conduct air quality monitoring for frac sand dust and diesel fumes. Last week, the Planning Commission recommended that the council accept ... 

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GMO resolution approved by SWCD (12/01/2013)
Below is the Winona County Soil and Water Conservation District Board Resolution from June 2013:

MASWCD Support for Bills to Label Foods Containing

Genetically Engineered Ingredients

Whereas, bi ... 

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Is Soil and Water District 'too organic' (12/01/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- Is the Winona County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) "too organic?" After appealing for county funding, the local Soil and Water Board was criticized by the Winona County Board l ... 

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Jacob questioned on frac sand 'bias' (12/01/2013)
By Sarah Squires -- Last week, Winona County Commissioner Steve Jacob asked his fellow board members for support for his membership on a state advisory committee expected to oversee the creation of state rules for the si ... 

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Latsch statue may cost $500,000 (12/01/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- Winona city leaders have long dreamed of erecting a sculpture of John A. Latsch in Levee Park. Winona plans to renew its connection to the riverfront and to redesign Levee Park— including some tribute ... 

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Monarch Fair held (12/01/2013)
Jefferson Elementary School third-grader Molly Heinert shows Matthew Bricco her slideshow on the life cycles of Monarch butterflies. Students, parents, and families gathered for the Science, Math, Eng ... 

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What my parents want for Christmas (11/27/2013)
By Sarah Squires -- Holiday shopping can be a frenzied ordeal, even when we know exactly what our loved ones are wishing for. For some, the struggle can begin before even stepping out the door; making the infamous " ... 

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Area businesses burglarized (11/27/2013)
By Sarah Squires --

Two Winona businesses were burglarized over the weekend. Verizon Wireless on Frontenac Drive and Winona Computers on West Fifth Street lost merchandise with a total value of $1,500.

Police were fir ... 

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DMC Initiative discussion Dec. 4 (11/27/2013)
Jerry Williams, a Rochester spokesperson for the Rochester Destination Medical Center Initiative (DMC), will be presenting information on what the DMC means to Rochester and the surrounding region, in ... 

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Downtown demolition begins, to end by Dec. 31 (11/27/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- On Monday morning demolition began on the buildings destroyed by the September 13 fire in downtown Winona, to the relief of neighboring property owners. The broad side of a backhoe bucket slammed into ... 

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Dust monitoring plan OK'd by city planners (11/27/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- In a 5-2 vote on Monday, the Winona Planning Commission recommended to the City Council a proposal to monitor frac sand dust and diesel fumes. The Planning Commission advised the council to accept an  ... 

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Mudcat and the Bottomfeeders to celebrate 50 years of rock and roll (11/27/2013)
By Sarah Squires -- James "Mudcat" Grant's parents first took him to a guitar lesson when he was in the fourth grade, when the local rock legend's hands were too small to grip the neck. It was the mid ... 

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Ridgeway woman dies after apparent fall (11/27/2013)
By Sarah Squires --

The body of a 33-year-old Ridgeway woman was discovered Saturday afternoon inside her home after what police believe was an accidental fall.

Heidi Christine Chalmers appeared to be preparing to ta ... 

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What my parents want for Christmas (11/27/2013)
By Sarah Squires -- Holiday shopping can be a frenzied ordeal, even when we know exactly what our loved ones are wishing for. For some, the struggle can begin before even stepping out the door; making the infamous " ... 

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Winona Jews celebrate 'Thanksgivukkah' (11/27/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- The crisp sizzle of potato latkes frying on a griddle and the mouthwatering anticipation of an impending feast have long characterized one of the iconic moments of Hanukkah celebrations for Winona Jew ... 

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Just like home: WH transforms hospice (11/24/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- At some point in their lives, nearly everyone will stay in a hospital room that looks like a hospital room. Hopefully those stays are short, but for those who must stay longer and seek end-of-life car ... 

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WSU unveils land purchase plans (11/24/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- Winona State University (WSU) and its foundation have solicited purchase agreements from property owners in various locations near campus. One sale, a residence on the 600 block of Winona Street west  ... 

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Hearing on county zoning amendment for farmers Tuesday (11/24/2013)
By Chris Rogers --

How will Winona County balance the needs of future generations of farmers with concerns about rural residential development? The Winona County Board will hold a public hearing on a proposed zoning a ... 

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Mn/DOT begins purchase/eminent domain process for new bridge (11/24/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- The Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT) has begun making purchase offers for properties in the footprint of the new Winona bridge. For some properties, the eminent domain process could beg ... 

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No county transparency policy after 5 months (11/24/2013)
By Sarah Squires -- Five months after the Winona County Board's unanimous directive to staff to create a policy that would eliminate fees for copies of public data in most situations, no policy exists. At least one  ... 

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Rotary dictionary donation (11/24/2013)
Goodview Elementary School third-graders Carly Decker (foreground), Macy Pye, and Reagan Olman (left to right, center) and their classmates searched for words in their new dictionaries. Randy Domeyer  ... 

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School board flip-flops on spring break (11/24/2013)
By Sarah Squires -- Winona Area Public Schools (WAPS) Board members seemed willing to consider adding a spring break back into the 2014-2015 school year, but hesitated after reviewing draft calendars that included the va ... 

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Surprise! WAPS staff say no budget cuts for '14-'15 (11/24/2013)
By Sarah Squires --

1 percent increase penciled in for union deals

Winona Area Public Schools (WAPS) Finance Officer Dan Pyan announced Thursday that, based on his latest projections, the district's b ... 

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Committee seeks ideas for county plan for future (11/20/2013)
By Sarah Squires -- Seeing the stars at night; woods, trout streams, wild berries and morels.

The quiet, slow-paced lifestyle; the clean look of the bluffs and woods; the fresh air.

My family; the land; the freedom.

W ... 

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Council vote allows liquor license without taxes paid (11/20/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- In a split vote on Monday, the Winona City Council voted to allow the former Chula Vista restaurant to obtain a new liquor license on the condition that it repays $35,000 in past-due property taxes wi ... 

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Driver rolls vehicle, drives away (11/20/2013)
On November 16, at 4:28 a.m., the Trempealeau County Sheriff’s Department received a call of an accident on State Road 93, 1/2 mile north of Wilber Road in the Town of Arcadia. A car driven by Crystal ... 

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Fastenal buys JC Penney property (11/20/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- The Winona JC Penney property has a new owner: Fastenal Company. In a sale finalized Tuesday, Fastenal purchased the building from the clothing retailer for $2.45 million, slightly over the property&# ... 

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Fire destroys dance hall in Independence (11/20/2013)
On Saturday, November 16, at 6:17 a.m., the Trempealeau County Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call reporting a structure fire at the La Hacienda Club Midway in the City of Independence.

The Inde ... 

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La Crescent man killed in vehicle crash (11/20/2013)
By Sarah Squires --

A 21-year-old La Crescent man was killed in a one-vehicle rollover on County Road 11 south of Ridgeway on Saturday night.

Caleb Leslie Hughes was alone in his vehicle when it left the roadway, beca ... 

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Level-three sex offender to be released (11/20/2013)
By Sarah Squires --

A level-three sex offender will be released on November 26, and is expected to live at a residence on the 25000 block of Highway 248 in rural Minnesota City.

Joseph Charles Zacher, 34, has a histor ... 

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Schools without achievement progress will face consequences (11/20/2013)
By Sarah Squires -- 'It's our new world

Minnesota has a new goal in education, spelled out in the 2013 "World's Best Workforce" legislation: all third graders should be proficient in r ... 

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Why is the Model-T in the Mississippi? (11/20/2013)
By Sarah Squires -- Winona County Sheriff Dave Brand might be the first to admit that there is likely no one who will remember the story first-hand, but on the off chance that the Model-T Ford found in the river near Lev ... 

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Will Mn/DOT pay for visual features on bridge (11/20/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- If the funding can be found, a staircase may zigzag from the top of the new Winona bridge down to Second Street and a bike trail may wrap around the bridge landing at Fourth Street to parkland below.  ... 

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School Board discusses curriculum issues (11/17/2013)
By Sarah Squires --

The state of Minnesota measures student success by the numbers, using standardized tests to show what classroom content individual students have mastered, and what they have not. The coursework that ... 

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Air monitoring plan stalled with tie vote (11/17/2013)
By Chris Rogers --

A proposal to monitor frac sand dust and diesel fumes failed to pass on a tie vote of the Winona Planning Commission last Tuesday. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) last month offered to ... 

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Buildings destroyed by fire to be razed (11/17/2013)
By Chris Rogers --

Buildings damaged by the September 13 fire are slated for demolition early next week. More than two months after the blaze, City of Winona Building Official Steve Carson reported that the three down ... 

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Air monitoring plan stalled with tie vote (11/17/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- A proposal to monitor frac sand dust and diesel fumes failed to pass on a tie vote of the Winona Planning Commission last Tuesday. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) last month offered to p ... 

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Alternate side winter parking rules in effect (11/17/2013)
By Sarah Squires --

The city of Winona’s alternate side winter parking rules began late last week.

The program, which began on Friday, November 15, and runs through March 15, requires people who park vehicles on most  ... 

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Ballet instructor shares dance experience (11/17/2013)
Genevieve Draskoci-Johnson read a story about a ballerina to preschool and toddler classes at Central Lutheran Church Child Care. In real life, she is a ballet instructor at the Minnesota Conservancy ... 

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Buildings destroyed by fire to be razed (11/17/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- Buildings damaged by the September 13 fire are slated for demolition early next week. More than two months after the blaze, City of Winona Building Official Steve Carson reported that the three downto ... 

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Dresbach Bridge I-90 traffic switch underway (11/17/2013)
Motorists will encounter new traffic patterns on Interstate 90 on both sides the Dresbach Bridge beginning Thursday, Nov. 14, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Both directions ... 

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Elgin man arrested in drug sting (11/17/2013)
On November 13, the Southeastern Minnesota Narcotics Task Force arrested 49-year-old Daniel Gernes of Elgin during an operation in Rochester. Gernes was arrested with a pound of methamphetamine that h ... 

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Highway 26 work ends for season (11/17/2013)
Work on the Highway 26 resurfacing project between Highway 16 and the Iowa border has been suspended for the winter season, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Crews will finish ... 

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Minimum build' fix for Hwy. 61/Gilmore Ave. (11/17/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- Soon-to-be finalized plans for addressing the jumbled intersections at Highway 61 and Gilmore Avenue drew criticism from some local leaders this month. The intersection is Winona's north-facing f ... 

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A map to remembrance (11/13/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- On a hillside on the edge of Winona, a flat stone sinks farther into the soft and grassy earth every year: the weathered grave of a forgotten veteran of a forgotten war with Spain. Little red, white,  ... 

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Arcadia approves $14M school referendum (11/13/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- In a close vote, Arcadia area residents approved a $14 million referendum to fund a new Arcadia School District middle school building and improvements to the elementary school. This is the second ref ... 

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County Board approves zoning amendments (11/13/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- The proposed Winona County zoning amendments have passed. In a split vote of the Winona County Board, the most fiercely debated amendments were approved: a motion to expand the Rural Heritage district ... 

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Typhoon hits village with local ties (11/13/2013)
By Sarah Squires -- The typhoon leveled houses, destroyed businesses, killed families. As news footage showed devastating scenes that captivated viewers around the world, one tiny island village has been all but left to  ... 

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WAPS may add partial Spanish immersion (11/13/2013)
By Sarah Squires -- Winona Area Public School (WAPS) Board members have asked a team of district administrators and teachers to study an expanded language program which could be implemented during the next school year. S ... 

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Copper thief causes $80K in damages to Winona Mall (11/12/2013)
By Sarah Squires -- A young white man was seen climbing down from the roof of the Winona Mall last week, and further inspection indicated that the suspect may have caused $80,000 in damage to the building’s air condition ... 

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County zoning changes debated (11/10/2013)
By Sarah Squires -- Critics of proposed changes to the Winona County zoning ordinance have often said that it is not a "city versus rural resident" issue, but following a heated debate during the public hearing ... 

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Hebert queries board for support of softened amendment; doesn't find it (11/10/2013)
By Sarah Squires -- Winona County Administrator Duane Hebert contacted commissioners about the proposed zoning ordinance amendments last week, gauging whether a majority of the board was interested in having a relaxed ve ... 

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More space, fewer books at Winona library (11/10/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- The city of Winona staff downsized the collection at the Winona Public Library (WPL) last month to increase visibility of the buildings' interior architecture and, possibly, to make room for a ne ... 

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'She's a super hero' (11/10/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- Students and their teacher were all tearing up when education officials and news crews surprised Winona Senior High School (WSHS) Special Education and Music Teacher Lora Hill with the honor of Winona ... 

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'Too many facilities' will challenge new WAPS supt. (11/10/2013)
By Sarah Squires -- If all goes as planned this time, Winona Area Public Schools (WAPS) will have a new chief administrator selected in March 2014.

The recruitment efforts have begun with the help of BKB Executive Sear ... 

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A vigil for those who served (11/10/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- A phone rang in the middle of the night. A groggy "hello" was returned by the voice of an old friend who just needed to talk about what happened decades ago thousands of miles away. Only a f ... 

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Central Lutheran to host Bach Festival (11/10/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- Winona may soon welcome a new festival to town. Central Lutheran Church and the Minnesota Bach Society announced plans to host an annual Bach Festival starting in March of 2015. A Minnesota Bach Socie ... 

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Man falls from Dresbach Bridge (11/10/2013)
By Sarah Squires --

A 19-year-old construction worker from Wisconsin suffered life-threatening injuries after a fall Wednesday morning while working on the Dresbach Bridge project.

According to the Winona County Sher ... 

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Shot fired in Kellogg (11/10/2013)
On November 7, the Wabasha Police Department was dispatched to the city of Kellogg for a “shots fired” report. Upon arrival, officers met a male individual in the street who informed them that his roo ... 

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Ancient relics found at Stone Point (11/06/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- The trail of Winona history may have just gotten a thousand years longer. A recent examination suggests that a spearpoint or arrowhead discovered near the former county landfill may be one of the olde ... 

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Zoning vote next week, board decides (11/06/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- A set of zoning amendments that have given rise to lengthy arguments about rural regulation and development since they were proposed last spring will come before the Winona County Board for a final vo ... 

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Bridge replacement meeting (11/06/2013)
The public is invited to learn more about the Highway 16 bridge replacement project near Lanesboro at an open house Tuesday, Nov. 12.

The open house is scheduled from 4 until 6 p.m., at the Lanesbor ... 

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Car/cow crash reported (11/06/2013)
On November 1, at 10:09 p.m., the Trempealeau County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a collision between a motor vehicle and a cow on U.S. Hwy. 10 near U.S. Hwy. 53 in the Township of Sumner. A c ... 

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City of Winona sidewalk snow removal policy (11/06/2013)
With the coming of winter and snow, property owners are reminded of their obligation under Winona City Code to keep their sidewalks clear of snow and ice.

Section 25.13(a) - Snow and/or Ice on Sidewa ... 

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County board debates the virtues of regulation (11/06/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- In their last strategic planning session, Winona County Board members found common ground on one of the great challenges facing the county, the need to attract and retain more young people, but were d ... 

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Dresbach Bridge ramp closure (11/06/2013)
Motorists will encounter a ramp closure at the northbound Highway 61 to eastbound Interstate 90 entrance ramp beginning Friday, Nov. 8 at 5 a.m., according to the Minnesota Department of Transportatio ... 

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Student forum follows WAPS gun incident (11/06/2013)
By Sarah Squires -- A 15-year-old boy allegedly brought a handgun to Winona Senior High School on multiple occasions and pointed it at classmates, according to police reports. Other students had allegedly known about the ... 

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Surprise! Three plays! (11/06/2013)
By Sarah Squires --

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern!

Some wait for June's heat before sticking Shakespeare swag through their lapels; others perk up in spring to Great River theater dreams. But many in the Wino ... 

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Survey: parents want spring break (11/06/2013)
By Sarah Squires -- Parents, whether they have children who attend Winona Area Public Schools (WAPS) or not, would like to carry on the tradition of a spring break from school, according to a survey conducted by WAPS off ... 

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WSU buys houses for parking (11/03/2013)
By Chris Rogers --

Last week Winona State University (WSU) purchased three houses next to the former Cathedral Elementary School, the proposed site of a new teacher education mini-campus, or Education Village. While s ... 

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Study: WSHS courses missing required content (11/03/2013)
By Sarah Squires -- [Students] are losing time while adults try to get their acts together, and that's a shame.

- Jeanne Nelson, WAPS School Board member

An internal review of whether courses at the  ... 

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Laureates help Winona find the right words (11/03/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- Their hands may have trembled, but the many Winonans who shared their poetry for the first time felt uplifted at the monthly readings Winona Poet Laureate Emilio DeGrazia has hosted since his inaugura ... 

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GRSF stakeholder's meeting November 4 (11/03/2013)
The Great River Shakespeare Festival will hold its annual stakeholders' meeting on Monday, November 4, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the Winona County History Center. It will be a chance for all to  ... 

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Union deal will decide WAPS six-figure cuts (11/03/2013)
By Sarah Squires -- Administrators pencil plans to send W-K, Madison fourth graders to middle school

Winona Area Public Schools (WAPS) is about to break out the budget-cutting scissors to trim six figures fr ... 

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Zoning amendment hearing Tuesday (11/03/2013)
By Sarah Squires -- Some say they will ruin scenic bluffs, allow feedlots to encroach too closely on neighboring property, and destroy the environmental protections contained in the Winona County 2010 zoning ordinance. O ... 

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City of Goodview snow removal (11/01/2013)
It is unlawful for any person to allow a vehicle, trailer, truck, or equipment to remain parked upon any part of the street right-of-way, within the City of Goodview between the hours of one (1) o’clo ... 

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Utility investigation work for Winona Bridge underway (11/01/2013)
The Minnesota Department of Transportation began utility pothole investigation work for the Winona Bridge project on Tuesday, October 29.

The utility pothole investigation will cause temporary sidew ... 

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MCPA offers sand dust, diesel fume monitoring (10/30/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- The ongoing debate over whether the frac sand industry poses a health risk may have a new focal point: the roof of the Winona YMCA. It is that surface that the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA ... 

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Leads in Baby Angel case surface (10/30/2013)
By Sarah Squires -- While Baby Angel has been put to rest, the investigation surrounding her death has not. The story of the newborn baby girl found floating in the Mississippi River on September 5, 2011, was one of prof ... 

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Divergent trends rule area farmland (10/30/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- The face of farming in Winona County is shifting. Farms are changing in size, farmers are aging, and what operators are producing is changing, too. As grain trucks haul away this year's harvest f ... 

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License data privacy suits widespread (10/30/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- A rash of charges have been leveled against local governments across the state — including Winona County and the city of Winona — alleging that government employees abused access to private data in st ... 

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Cops and Kids Day held (10/30/2013)
At Cops and Kids Day last week, Austin Borck and Abigail Thiel imagined a high-speed chase while sitting in the Winona County Emergency Response Team (ERT) vehicle. "It's awesome because I c ... 

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GRSF annual stakeholders meeting at WCHC (10/30/2013)
Great River Shakespeare Festival’s Annual Stakeholders Meeting will be held Monday,

Nov. 4th at the Winona County History Center, 170 Johnson Street, from 5:00 to 7pm,

with program beginning at 6pm. ... 

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Last day to comment on Winona Bridge (10/30/2013)
Today is the last day to comment on the Winona bridge project. As required by law, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT) is seeking public comment on whether it correctly balanced the ae ... 

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Man dies following semi-truck crash (10/30/2013)
By Sarah Squires --

Good Samaritans attempted to revive a man after the semi-truck he was driving veered off I-90, but he was pronounced dead and police have requested an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

Rand  ... 

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Man stabbed during fights Sunday (10/30/2013)
By Sarah Squires --

When does a drunken crowd turn into a rioting, uncontrollable mob? Police may have answered that question early Sunday morning, when a man was reportedly stabbed and every law enforcement agent on d ... 

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WH flu shot clinic Nov. 16 (10/30/2013)
Winona Health is temporarily out of flu vaccine until Thursday, November 7. The Flu Shot Clinic previously scheduled for November 2 has been rescheduled for Saturday, November 16 from 8:30 to 11 a.m.  ... 

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Winona 'Bicycle Friendly' city (10/27/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- On a chilly morning Mary Farrell prepared for her morning commute. She buttoned up a warm peacoat, wrapped a scarf about her neck, and cinched a bike helmet to her noggin.

Climbing Winona's bluf ... 

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Wis. sand mine bill debated, delayed (10/27/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- A hotly debated new bill in the Wisconsin Senate sparked a 10-hour marathon public hearing in Madison last Thursday. The bill, championed by Senator Thomas Tiffany, R - Hazelhurst, would limit how loc ... 

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Boys step up to cheer for lady Winhawks (10/27/2013)
By Jen Burris -- Body paint may often be associated with football games, but in recent weeks it’s been showing up somewhere else — the Winona Senior High School (WSHS) swimming pool. Cameron Riggs, Keir Kristiansen, T ... 

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Enter the Winona Post Bridge Photo Contest today (10/27/2013)
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  ... 

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Methamphetamine labs: what to look for (10/27/2013)
By Jen Burris --

Synthetic drug use may be increasing, but recent discoveries of suspected methamphetamine labs in both Houston and Fillmore counties confirm that meth is still being made and used in Southeast Minne ... 

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MPCA reps to meet with Winona planners (10/27/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- Air quality monitoring for mines to be discussed

A long awaited meeting between the Winona Planning Commission and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is scheduled for Monday af ... 

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Winona welcomes Misato visitors (10/27/2013)
By Jen Burris -- For 16 years students from Misato, Japan have been visiting Winona, and for the last 11 years, Winona students have been visiting Misato.

Winona Middle School students crowded the gymnasium on Thurs ... 

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Cops and kids day Saturday (10/24/2013)
The Winona Police Department is hosting a cops and kids day Saturday, Oct. 26, from 9 a.m. until noon at the East End Recreation Center.

The event is geared toward children ages 5 to 11.

Join the Wi ... 

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Council challenges designer's predictions (10/23/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- The assertions made by Levee Park designers that Winona manufacturing jobs are on the decline and the tourism sector jobs may soon surpass them ran up against a staunch defense of local industry from  ... 

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Men must engage to stop domestic violence (10/23/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- In a glossy magazine advertisement, two bikini-clad women hang on either side of rakish man while he points pistols at them. At a Minnesota State Fair radio booth, talk show hosts discuss when it is o ... 

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New otter-themed drinking fountains to be installed at the Visitors Center (10/23/2013)
A bronze drinking fountain cast by Lynette Power awaited thirsty Lake Park goers. The Winona City Council approved a conceptual model of two new otter-themed drinking fountains to be installed at the  ... 

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The American Queen docks at the levee (10/23/2013)
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Winona Health offers free diabetes expo Saturday (10/23/2013)
By Jen Burris -- Just 30 minutes of activity each day can reduce the onset of diabetes in pre-diabetics, or those suffering from high blood sugar, by 58 percent, according to research done by U.S. Department of Health ... 

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Zoning amendment approved (10/23/2013)
By Sarah Squires -- The Winona County Planning Commission has recommended an amendment to the Winona County Zoning Ordinance that would make it easier for farmers to build an additional home on the farm.

The amendment  ... 

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Should county quarry rock at Stone Point Park? (10/23/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- Winona County Commissioners agree the former county landfill and site of the proposed Stone Point Park is an asset, but while some leaders prize the views of Sugar Loaf's other side, the site ... 

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$1.4M condo sale finalized (10/23/2013)
By Chris Rogers --

The sale of the downtown Winona condominium was finalized Tuesday. New owners Richard Huber and Allan McCormick of La Crescent purchased the condo and Tri-Mac Lumber property for $1.4 million.

Hub ... 

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$1.4M condo sale finalized (10/23/2013)
By Chris Rogers --

The sale of the downtown Winona condominium was finalized Tuesday. New owners Richard Huber and Allan McCormick of La Crescent purchased the condo and Tri-Mac Lumber property for $1.4 million.

Hub ... 

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Deck collapse causes injuries (10/23/2013)
By Jen Burris -- Officers responded to a report of a deck collapsing on Saturday afternoon at 2:16 p.m. Officers had a difficult time reaching the scene due to students swarming the area for Winona State University’s  ... 

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Police find missing Goodview man’s body (10/23/2013)

The Goodview Police Department, in collaboration with the Winona County Sheriff’s Department and a cadaver dog from the Trempeleau County Sheriff’s Department, discovered the body of a missing Goodv ... 

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Refuges, boat launches open after shutdown (10/23/2013)
By Jen Burris --

The government shutdown put an early end to fall U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services’ outdoor activities earlier this month, although the office — along with its popular boat launch ramps — is open now  ... 

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Designers dream of Winona after industry (10/20/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- What do you think about climate change predictions, the future of barge traffic, and Levee Park? Those questions may sound unrelated, but they are set to be major topics of discussion at an upcoming p ... 

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State school ratings revealed (10/20/2013)
By Jen Burris -- Winona Area Public Schools (WAPS) Curriculum Director Jenny Bushman explained new state school achievement scores to the School Board on Tuesday, highlighting gains and losses measured among district  ... 

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Win for Cleo the K-9 (10/20/2013)
By Jen Burris --

Cleo has been an intricate part of the Winona County Sheriff’s Department since September of 2012. Trained in agility, obedience, article search, suspect search, apprehension, and apprehension with ... 

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Wis. tasks DNR with environmental regulations for mines (10/20/2013)
By Sarah Squires -- Bill would end local 'police powers,' not municipal zoning

A Wisconsin bill authored by Senator Thomas Tiffany (R - Hazelhurst) would require environmental regulations for frac  ... 

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Mn/DOT quietly criticized at bridge hearing (10/20/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- Comment cards slid quietly into a black box. A stenographer sat in a lonely corner of the Winona Armory's huge gymnasium. No one visited her. Two or three dozen citizens filtered through the Minn ... 

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CR 12 closed Oct. 23 - 24 (10/20/2013)
County Road 12 will be closed Oct. 23-24; 0.8 mile east of the intersection with County Road 7; or approximately two miles west of the I-90 Nodine exit. ... 

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Free cooking class from Elder Network (10/20/2013)
By Jen Burris --

On Friday, November 1, Elder Network, in collaboration with Winona State University nursing students, will hold a free educational event for older adults, which will provide information on using mic ... 

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Mn/DOT restricts access to bridge historians (10/20/2013)
By Chris Rogers --

Spiral staircase from bridge considered

Many public servants whose salaries are paid by taxpayers go out of their way to be available and helpful when members of the public or the pre ... 

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Prison for La Crosse woman in heroin overdose case (10/20/2013)
On October 17, 2013, Taavi McMahon, Trempealeau County District Attorney, announced that Tasha Kempfer of La Crosse, Wis., was sentenced Tuesday, October 15, 2013, by Trempealeau County Circuit Court  ... 

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Rendezvous recreates rugged times (10/16/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- Smoke rose from Christine "Pinneaple" Jameson's campfire as she melted a pot full of beeswax. Busloads of school children soon wandered among the tipis, lean-tos, and wall tents to dip  ... 

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The future of WAPS: $5M to $54M building plans pondered by board (10/16/2013)
By Jen Burris -- At the October 3 Winona Area Public Schools (WAPS) Board meeting, Superintendent Scott Hannon presented three cost options for ways the district could upgrade its buildings.

Each building has mainte ... 

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Final chance to comment on bridge plan Thursday (10/16/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- County engineer, historic group criticize plan, process

Winonans are still voicing their diverse opinions, but the last word on the Winona bridge project is approaching. Thursday at the Wino ... 

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MPCA may pay for city diesel monitoring (10/16/2013)
By Chris Rogers --

Could a long-delayed proposal to monitor frac sand dust and diesel fumes in the city of Winona come to a decision soon? Recent offers of state funding for one monitoring effort seemed to enthuse cit ... 

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Police: boy found with knife at high school (10/16/2013)
By Jen Burris --

A 16-year-old boy, of Dakota, may be charged for possession of a dangerous weapon on school property after a report on Friday, October 4 at 2:40 p.m. at Winona Senior High School.

According to pol ... 

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Public hearing on farm dwelling rules (10/16/2013)
By Sarah Squires --

It is a cycle that has been repeated since the earliest days in rural America: as older generations retire from a life of agriculture, their children are moving back to the farm.

For many Winona C ... 

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Saint Anne awarded for tastiest cuisine (10/16/2013)
By Jen Burris -- When most people think of nursing home food they think of jello, and pudding, and other sometimes less than appetizing dishes, but Saint Anne Culinary Director Mary Mlynczak has changed that. She has  ... 

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Winona man pleads guilty to vehicular homicide (10/16/2013)
By Jen Burris --

For the next 10 years, Robert Tofstad will spend every weekend closest to February 19 in jail, as part of a plea agreement for his role in the death of 85-year-old Ruth Brendel. Tofstad hit Brendel  ... 

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Winonans celebrate Mecca pilgrimage finale (10/16/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- The Winona Islamic community is a small group, but as they bowed in unison in the early morning light on Tuesday, its members were reminded of their connection to a much larger tradition of faith. Win ... 

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Region has lack of navigators for healthcare law (10/13/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- While there are significant differences in how the Affordable Care Act (ACA; also known as "Obamacare") is playing out in Minnesota and Wisconsin, on both sides of the river kinks are still  ... 

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Are your kids safe at school? (10/13/2013)
By Jen Burris -- Parents denounce WAPS safety problems, lack of communication

Are Winona Area Public Schools safe?

Parents, students, community leaders and administrators at Winona Area Public Schools (WA ... 

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Nisbit mine open for business (10/13/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- Over two years after Dave and Sherry Nisbit first sought a permit to mine silica sand on their 19.2-acre Saratoga Township parcel, mining partners Tom Rowekamp and Ivey Popplewell fired up their backh ... 

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County, township at odds on park road (10/13/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- Winona County took a step towards completing the third in its trio of county parks last Tuesday by approving a conceptual plan for Stone Point Park. However, lingering questions remain — namely, how p ... 

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Johnson to retire from SE Tech (10/13/2013)
By Jen Burris -- Minnesota State College Southeast Technical President James Johnson will retire from the position he has held for the past 19 years on June 30, 2014. Johnson first joined the college in 1981 as a Trad ... 

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Board wants parent input on spring break schedule (10/13/2013)
By Jen Burris --

At the October 3 Winona Area Public Schools (WAPS) Board meeting, members discussed the 2014-2015 calendar year. Last year the School Board voted against incorporating a spring break into the 2013-2 ... 

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Hunters: don’t trespass (10/13/2013)
The Winona County Sheriff’s department would like to remind residents of the upcoming hunting season. The county has already received phone calls regarding trespassers on private property. Sheriff Dav ... 

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Repaving Third Street Oct. 14 (10/13/2013)
A milling and repaving project is being done by Dunn Blacktop Company on Third Street from Main to Liberty streets, totaling seven blocks. The paving portion of this project will be done on Monday, Oc ... 

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Winona planners to discuss sand dust, student parking (10/13/2013)
By Chris Rogers --

On Monday the Winona Planning Commission will discuss two familiar topics: an ordinance amendment on parking restrictions and air quality monitoring for frac sand dust and diesel fumes.

The parking ... 

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County Board: special interest groups a 'threat' (10/09/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- When small groups with strong feelings organize to pressure local leaders, are they fulfilling the ideals of democracy? Does the clamor of mobilized activists make it harder for average people to be h ... 

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Cemetery Walk features river history (10/09/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- Covered in grit and the stink of floodwater, men frantically heaved sandbags on top of Winona dikes as the Mississippi River floodwaters rose in 1965. Their efforts held back the bulk of the deluge, b ... 

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Making strides toward hope (10/09/2013)
By Jen Burris -- Vicki Decker has chaired steering committees, created scholarships, traveled the world, and survived breast cancer.

This year, Decker is the Person of Hope for the Making Strides Against Breast Canc ... 

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Progress made in curriculum alignment, WAPS leaders say (10/09/2013)
By Jen Burris -- Over the last 10 years Winona Area Public Schools (WAPS) leaders have experienced ongoing difficulty in aligning classroom curricula to standards measured in state tests. For years, School Board membe ... 

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Winona Post sponsors bridge photo contest (10/09/2013)
Winona's current Mississippi River bridge has been immortalized on postcards, painted against the backdrop of warm sunsets and autumn foliage. It is a scene that many cherish, and one that will s ... 

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Birthday Ball proceeds will enhance patient, family comfort (10/09/2013)
By Patrick Marek -- Have you ever spent a night with a loved one in the hospital, trying to rest in an uncomfortable chair? Patients often become stronger and heal faster when they are with their families, and Winona Hea ... 

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City seeks funds for Sobieski shelter (10/09/2013)
By Chris Rogers --

The long-closed bathroom building at Winona’s Sobieski Park, on East Sanborn Street, may be replaced using a combination of city funds and private donations. After the East End neighborhood group ex ... 

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Happy Smaczne Jablka (tasty apple)! (10/09/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- The sweet smell of pierogies frying in butter, mingled with the spicy fragrance of sausages and the tangy aroma of sauerkraut brought back old memories for some and a new hunger for others who packed  ... 

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Mudslides close Hwy. 61 over weekend (10/09/2013)
By Chris Rogers --

Rains of up to six inches in places caused several mudslides in the valleys near Lamoille, closing roads and causing minimal road damage last weekend. The biggest slide occurred in the early hours o ... 

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Student charged in second gun incident (10/09/2013)
By Jen Burris --

On Monday, October 7, a second set of charges was added to the charges already filed against the 15-year-old male student accused of repeatedly bringing a gun on Winona Senior High School property.  ... 

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Did Mn/DOT get it right? You decide (10/06/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- Has the Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT) made the right decisions for the Winona bridge project? Has it carefully considered historic, aesthetic, environmental, social, and economic con ... 

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Hannon: teen had gun in school in May; a parent knew (10/06/2013)
By Jen Burris -- A Winona Senior High School student recently arrested for possessing a gun on school property had been taking the gun to school as far back as May, according to Superintendent Scott Hannon. According  ... 

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Vintage cars run the great river (10/06/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- A rally of vintage cars winding down the Great River Road offers gearheads a unique opportunity: a chance to spend time with their spouses and their vehicles.

"The fog rising off of the bluffs t ... 

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Winona's theater queen to 'graduate' (10/06/2013)
By Jen Burris -- At 86 years old, Vivian Fusillo is retiring — or, as she puts it, “graduating” — from her position as a director and professor in the Theatre and Dance department at Winona State University (WSU). Fus ... 

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Serious crime skyrockets (10/06/2013)
by JEN BURRIS

and SARAH SQUIRES

In the last decade, Winona County has seen a massive spike in serious felony crimes. Between 2001 and 2011, the number of felony cases prosecuted rose by more than  ... 

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Bridge style about birds, history, Mn/DOT claims (10/06/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- In a document seeking final approval for the Winona bridge project the Minnesota Department of Transportaton (Mn/DOT) stated that historic impact and migratory bird concerns drove its decision to sele ... 

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‘The Big Fall Ball’ to feature the colors of Winona (10/06/2013)
By Patrick Marek --

Most people know about Jean Jorde’s musical talent. She was a longtime member of the popular local band Union Station, a music teacher at Bluffview Montessori for 19 years, and has taught piano less ... 

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Masonic Temple repairs delayed by questions about structural integrity (10/06/2013)
By Chris Rogers --

City Council may approve

engineering study of building

Restoring and protecting the Masonic Temple’s one-of-a-kind collection of painted stage backdrops has long been an aim for the  ... 

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Minnesota Cold Weather Rule takes effect October 15 (10/06/2013)
Low-income Minnesotans can prevent heating shutoff, apply for heating assistance.

Low-income Minnesotans who may have trouble paying their heating bills this heating season can act now to (1) ensur ... 

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Third Street repaving, milling project begins October 8 (10/06/2013)
A milling and repaving project will be done by Dunn Blacktop Company on Third Street from Main to Liberty streets, totaling seven blocks. Milling will take place starting Tuesday, October 8 and will  ... 

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WAPS Board seeks public input on new superintendent search (10/06/2013)
Winona Area Public Schools (WAPS) will soon have a new top administrator, as current superintendent Scott Hannon plans to retire at the end of the current school year. The WAPS Board has begun the pro ... 

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Winona Fire Dept. open house October 9 (10/06/2013)
In conjunction with this year’s Fire Prevention Week, October 6 through October 12, the Winona Fire Department will host an open house at both fire stations. The Central Station, located at 451 East T ... 

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WSHS hosts forum after student found with gun (10/06/2013)
WSHS is hosting a community outreach forum to discuss the recent incident of a student in possession of a firearm on campus. Dr. Scott Hannon, Superintendent of Schools, along with high school adminis ... 

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An easy A? Or is WAPS grading scale on target (10/02/2013)
By Jen Burris -- At the upcoming Winona Area Public Schools (WAPS) Board meeting on Thursday, the current high school grading scale will be examined after questions were raised by board members about whether the curre ... 

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'An occasion to die for' (10/02/2013)
By -- Elder Network fundraiser

The household of Reginald Smythe-Jones is anything but normal. You might even call it creepy - just don’t let his wife Persephone hear you. The children are home and the fa ... 

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Celebrating the Moon Festival (10/02/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- The commercial ovens in one Winona State University (WSU) kitchen will fire up to bake an unusual treat this weekend: hundreds of ornately molded, bean- or fruit-filled pastries called moon cakes, whi ... 

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City Council tours multi-million dollar project sites (10/02/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- At face value, the Winona City Council's annual Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) tour is a fun-spirited field trip. Council members and city staff pile in a bus together, joke, and visit the sites  ... 

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Dancing through the decades (10/02/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- It’s been a little over 20 years since Bob and Iris Meinhard first thought of creating a ballroom dancing club. The Meinhards approached Winona State University Dance Instructor Sue Ann Mullen, and to ... 

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Federal shutdown hits Winona (10/02/2013)
By Sarah Squires -- The bitter divide over President Obama's Affordable Care Act (ACA) consumed Congress this week. An attempt to delay the implementation of the ACA was embedded in federal spending legislation, and ... 

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Police: WSHS teen pointed gun at classmate (10/02/2013)
By Jen Burris -- WMS employee arrested for meth possession

A 15-year-old male student at Winona Senior High School has been arrested for second-degree assault, possession of a dangerous weapon on school property, a ... 

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Co. Road 18 closed October 2-3 (09/29/2013)
The railroad crossing on County Road 18, approximately 2,250 feet south of State Highway 14 will be closed on October 2 and 3, while Canadian Pacific Railroad is working on the crossing. Motorists ar ... 

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County, union, dispute contract for two years (09/29/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- Even as new contract negotiations begin, Winona County and the Assistant County Attorney's Union are still wrestling over their last bout. After two years of negotiation and an arbitrator's  ... 

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Fire investigation complete; no arson (09/29/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- The investigation into the fire that ravaged half a block of Third Street in downtown Winona on Friday, September 13, has been closed. According to Winona Fire Marshal Jim Multhaup, the fire started b ... 

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Goltz: a family tradition since 1888 (09/29/2013)
By Jen Burris -- Goltz Pharmacy has been in the same location in downtown Winona since its opening 125 years ago. The business has remained in the Goltz family for the entire 125 years, resulting in not only a busines ... 

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One dead in Lake City standoff (09/29/2013)
On Wednesday, September 25, at 5:19 p.m., Lake City officers attempted to make contact with a male at 517 South Sixth Street in response to a report of threatening text messages and concerns regarding ... 

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Public hearing for final bridge approval (09/29/2013)
The last chance to comment on the design of the new Winona Bridge will be Thursday, October 17, at the Winona Armory from 4 to 6 p.m. The public is invited to comment during that hearing as part of th ... 

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Will tourism decide Winona's future? (09/29/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- Will Winona's future revolve around composites or festivals? Industry built Winona, but its era is coming to a close, Levee Park designers told city leaders this summer. Tourism is rising to supp ... 

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Winonans celebrate new citizenship (09/29/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- "I will support and defend the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America against all enemies," Winonan Yang Vue pledged during her Oath of Allegiance to the United States las ... 

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Fifth and Huff street traffic lights out of operation Friday (09/25/2013)
On Friday, September 27th, the traffic control lights at 5th and Huff Streets are going to be out of operation for the majority of the day for maintenance work. The intersection will be a 4-way stop a ... 

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Ashley donates field, shelter (09/25/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- There may not be many places to order nachos from a stonework and timber frame stand, but Arcadia, Wis., is now on the list. Hundreds play soccer each week at Ashley Furniture Field in Arcadia's  ... 

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Boats and bluegrass (09/25/2013)
Apologies to would-be attendees! This year's Boats and Bluegrass music festival is sold out. Volunteer positions are also filled. From Thursday through Sunday, musicians, fans, and families will  ... 

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Courage in the face of adversity (09/25/2013)
By Jen Burris -- Every Tuesday at 3:45 p.m., a group of students meets in room 240 at Winona Senior High School (WSHS). It’s not a sports team, a drama club, or a tutoring center; it’s the students of Fortitude. While ... 

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FWS center at levee discussed privately (09/25/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- Reporters were oddly absent from a special meeting of the Levee Park Committee earlier this month. City staff failed to provide public notice prior to a September 10 session, in which committee member ... 

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Rogers most celebrated news writer in North American contest (09/25/2013)
By Sarah Squires -- The Winona Post's Chris Rogers received top accolades for newspaper reporting from the Independent Free Papers of America (IFPA) annual newspaper contest, in which newspapers from the U.S. and Ca ... 

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State standards, WAPS curricula: different for a decade (09/25/2013)
by JEN BURRIS

and SARAH SQUIRES

How can Winona Area Public Schools (WAPS) boost K-12 academic achievement? First, District 861 must make sure students are taught what they’re expected to know.

 ... 

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Job hunt over for Hebert (09/22/2013)
By Sarah Squires --

After applying for at least two top executive posts in other counties, Winona County Administrator Duane Hebert said he is not seeking a new employer in Sherburne County.

Hebert had applied for adm ... 

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Major Latsch gifts: (09/22/2013)
- 900 acres at Perrot State Park

- 500 acres at Merrick State Park

- Parts of Whitewater State Park

- John A. Latsch State Park

- Winona flying field

- East End ballfields

- 100+ acres in East E ... 

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The legend of Latsch (09/22/2013)
By Chris Rogers --

John A. Latsch Day Tuesday

The flash of ducks' wings as they rise from the marshlands, the shadows of fish considering bait, the sudden stillness of a resting dragonfly, the inexora ... 

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WAPS approves preschool option (09/22/2013)
By Jen Burris -- After much deliberation, the Winona Area Public Schools (WAPS) Board voted on September 19, to move forward with one of four options for preschool expansion and create a work group to gather more info ... 

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Beware of property scam (09/22/2013)
By Jen Burris -- Winona County Recorder Bob Bambenek has received multiple calls in the last week to notify the county of a potential scam. The scam involves contacting local homeowners, and offering assistance in cle ... 

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Commission OKs zoning overhaul (09/22/2013)
By Sarah Squires -- The Winona County Planning Commission voted to recommend a set of zoning ordinance amendments that would relax regulations for home and farm owners whose structures were legal when they were built, bu ... 

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Community Health Clinic open October 1 (09/22/2013)
The Winona Community Health Clinic, a free clinic providing preventive healthcare services for people who are uninsured and unable pay for healthcare, will be open Tuesday, October 1 from 4 to 8 p.m.  ... 

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Condo sold; more on the way? (09/22/2013)
By Chris Rogers --

At the foot of Washington Street, the suspenseful saga of Winona’s downtown condominium seems to have come to a resolution: sold. The adjacent Tri-Mac Lumber property could be home to new condos or, ... 

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County Road 39 construction (09/22/2013)
Winona County Road 39 construction began September 19. Beginning Monday, September 23, County Road 39 will be closed to through traffic for culvert construction at a point approximately 0.3 miles sout ... 

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Free Legal Clinic Oct. 22 (09/22/2013)
Attorneys will be available to meet with people free of charge regarding various legal issues.

Legal Assistance of Olmsted County, Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services, and United Way of Olm ... 

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Rising from the ashes (09/22/2013)
By Sarah Squires -- Industrial fans blow acrid, smoky air down hallways, and inside storefronts, drying thick brick and plaster walls that are swollen with the water that saved them. Next door, buildings sit empty, dark  ... 

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Said honored at White House (09/22/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- "Mama! You are going to the White House?" Fatima Said's exuberant grandchildren burst out when she told them the news.

Said's mother was puzzled. "What are you going to do th ... 

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WAPS raises levy 4.6 % (09/22/2013)
By Jen Burris -- The preliminary Winona Area Public Schools (WAPS) total property tax levy for 2014 is $11,670,600, which is about $515,000 more than this year, a 4.62 percent increase. At the current numbers, Winona  ... 

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An evening to remember at MMAM (09/18/2013)
Seven paintings unveiled

by Jeanine Black

The invitation to the Minnesota Marine Art Museum (MMAM) 2013 fall fundraiser and unveiling on September 15 indicated it would be the “largest, a ... 

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Local MNsure costs highest in state (09/18/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- A close look at information about Minnesota's new health insurance exchange, MNsure, reveals a troubling phenomenon in Winona's corner of the state: health care coverage for individuals in S ... 

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A welcome homecoming (09/18/2013)
10th annual Great Dakota Gathering

Everyone was welcome to join costumed dancers during a grand dance ceremony. Drums throbbed, singers chanted, and dancers pranced. ... 

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City spending eases employee insurance hike (09/18/2013)
By Chris Rogers --

The city of Winona will spend over $70,000 to lighten the burden of increased insurance rates for its employees. Employee health insurance rates are expected to increase nearly eight percent next ye ... 

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Generous contribution made to Birthday Ball (09/18/2013)
“The Big Fall Ball” just got a lot bigger, thanks to a $5,000 contribution from Watlow. The Winona electrical control company’s contribution review board decided to donate the funds to the 2013 Winona ... 

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Millions pondered for elementary A/C (09/18/2013)
By Jen Burris --

Central building second story cooled for $2,600

The idea of a modified school year has repeatedly brought about discussions by the Winona Area Public School (WAPS) Board on spending mill ... 

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Sifting for clues: fire cause sought (09/18/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- How did the September 13 fire on Third Street in downtown Winona start? The question has drawn a high-profile team of investigators to town from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Bureau o ... 

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The town that built me (09/18/2013)
By Jen Burris -- Growing up as a child in the Midwest afforded author Kevin Fenton a positive experience that has helped shape his entire life. In his new book, “Leaving Rollingstone,” Fenton carefully weaves together ... 

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WAPS to reduce levy (09/18/2013)
By Jen Burris --

The Winona Area Public Schools (WAPS) board meeting on Thursday will require action regarding the proposed 2014 tax levy and the sale of capital facility bonds.

The proposed 2013 payable 2014 prop ... 

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Zoning overhaul vote on Thursday (09/18/2013)
By Sarah Squires -- On Thursday, the Winona County Planning Commission will continue its discussion of a host of proposed changes to the zoning ordinance. This meeting follows a public hearing last month that drew dozens ... 

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Commercial future for Quality Inn? (09/15/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- The Quality Inn may soon have a new identity. Rivers Hotel Company purchased the property at Mankato Avenue and Highway 61 last Wednesday for $1.1 million. A Washington state-based bank sold the prope ... 

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Fire claims historic buildings (09/15/2013)
No one injured

by SARAH SQUIRES

with CHRIS ROGERS and JEN BURRIS

Downtown was eerily quiet just before 2 a.m. Friday. When Jim Murphy, co-owner and tenant of 122 Center Street, woke to t ... 

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A walk to remember (09/15/2013)
By Jen Burris -- Her days are spent living in her own silent world, recognizing no one; Alzheimer’s has robbed Helen Leaf Haun of her ability to speak, and she no longer knows her own children. In her early 70s, Haun  ... 

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Candidates for Miss Winona 2013 announced (09/15/2013)
The Miss Winona Scholarship Program has announced the following young ladies vying for the title of Miss Winona 2013: The pageant will be held on Thursday, September 19, 2013 at the Winona Middle S ... 

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Cotter Schools Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony Sept. 21 (09/15/2013)
Cotter Schools is holding the 9th Annual Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Saturday, September 21st, 2013. Being honored this year are:

· Reverend Donald J. Lovas ’55 – an All-State footb ... 

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End-of- summer DWI enforcement campaign nets ten drunk drivers (09/15/2013)
Winona County law enforcement officers arrested 10 drunk drivers during a nationwide end-of-summer DWI enforcement effort, Aug. 16–Sept. 2. Around 400 law enforcement agencies across Minnesota partici ... 

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Goverrnment collected data illegally on the politically active, lawsuit claims (09/15/2013)
by SARAH SQUIRES and

JEN BURRIS

They say it happened after they were politically active — after they had written letters to the editor, challenged government officials, or put themselves on the ba ... 

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Horse killed in collision with vehicle (09/15/2013)
On September 7, at 8:13 p.m., the Trempealeau County Sheriff’s Department was called to the scene of a collision between a motor vehicle and horse on State Road 95 near County Road S in the Township  ... 

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Man dies while changing tire (09/15/2013)
On September 10, at 6:36 p.m. the Arcadia Police Department and the Trempealeau County Sheriff’s Office personnel responded to an EMS call at the Arcadia Town Shop. Upon arrival at the location, the A ... 

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Minimal fix for Gilmore and Orrin (09/15/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- Whatever happens with the Winona bridge project, do not expect "Mn/DOT" to stay out of local headlines for long. The Minnesota Department of Transportation will be seeking the Winona City Co ... 

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25,000 acres of viable sand identified (09/11/2013)
By Sarah Squires -- How much sand could feasibly be harvested in Winona County for oil and gas "fracking" and other industries? According to information recently provided to the Winona County Comprehensive Plan ... 

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Library program helps military families connect (09/11/2013)
By Jen Burris -- Just two years ago Matt Reuter left his job as a third grade teacher in Goodview to serve in Afghanistan as an active member of the Air Force Reserve. At the time of his deployment, Minnesota had a la ... 

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Mn/DOT listens to ideas for bridge details (09/11/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- Will walkers have a place to stop and take in the Mississippi River Valley while strolling over the new Winona bridge? What will Winonans see as they walk beneath the new structure? A new local group  ... 

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The healing power of music (09/11/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- Homer United Methodist Gospel Hour this Sunday

Smoky bars filled with rock and roll, the scent of spilled beer, and "too many drugs" used to be typical gigs for Dakota native Joh ... 

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Elvis is in the building (09/11/2013)
Doug Reinhard, Winona's favorite Elvis impersonator, performed at St. Michael's Assisted Living in Fountain City on Monday, delighting the crowd with smooth moves and songs that brought back ... 

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MnSure to flood county with case work; no hiring yet (09/11/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- Winona County Community Services is about to get a lot busier. The state healthcare reform program MnSure is expected to increase the case load of Community Services, potentially by 40 to 75 percent.  ... 

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WAPS eyes $100K preschool programs (09/11/2013)
By Jen Burris --

The question rages on: does Winona need more preschool options? If so, should they be geared toward a specific group of children?

June Reineke, director of the Winona State University (WSU) Childr ... 

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Changes coming to Winona restaurant (09/09/2013)
Lynne and Butch Beier will be retiring from the Country Kitchen on October 31 and will be leasing the Country Kitchen property to a family with a history of success in the restaurant business.

The ne ... 

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Winona's synthetic drug problem persists (09/08/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- Many area youths have been asking Hiawatha Valley Mental Health Center counselor Todd Hoffe what to do when someone has a seizure. "Call 9-1-1," he tells them. "No, other than that,&quo ... 

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Great Dakota Gathering Sept. 13-15 (09/08/2013)
By Jen Burris -- Most Winona area residents are aware that the meaning of the Dakota word "Winona" is first-born daughter, but for many, that is where the knowledge of the Dakota language ends. Currently the ... 

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WSU cracks open dinosaur bones (09/08/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- In a few years, walking into the Winona State University (WSU) Science Learning Center atrium could be a lot more awe-inspiring or terrifying, depending on how you feel about dinosaurs. Paleontology p ... 

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City fee hikes approved (09/08/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- Reserving shelters, lodges, and ball fields at Winona's parks will be 50 percent more expensive next year after a unanimous vote by the City Council to approve proposed fee increases. The new fee ... 

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County Road 17 road closure begins Sept. 6 (09/08/2013)
Winona County Road 17 will be closed to through traffic approximately 0.7 miles east from the intersection with County Road 19, with construction beginning Friday, September 6, 2013. The road will be  ... 

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Human jaw bone found was from adult (09/08/2013)
By Jen Burris --

According to Winona County Sheriff Dave Brand, Hamline University has confirmed that the jaw bone found on a Mississippi River island near Winona, is in fact, human. Experts confirmed the jaw bone b ... 

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Local parishes combine efforts to enhance offerings, opportunities (09/08/2013)
Two local parishes are joining forces. Wesley United Methodist Church and The Edge took advantage of each other’s locations and blessings to join a collaboration that the pastors believe will benefit  ... 

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Lyle’s Flooring America has second location, new owner (09/08/2013)
Rushford Floor Coverings has officially become a second Lyle’s Flooring America location with the recent installation of their new signage. A change of ownership of Lyle’s created the opportunity for  ... 

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Released sex offender charged with multiple counts of criminal sexual conduct, burglary (09/08/2013)
By Jen Burris --

Ramon Lamont Newell, 28, of Winona, a level-three predatory offender, was arrested for criminal sexual conduct and burglary that took place in April 2013. On April 25, 2013 officers were dispatched  ... 

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WAPS Board nixes spring break tradition (09/08/2013)
By Jen Burris -- In March 2013 the Board of the Winona Area Public Schools (WAPS) approved the 2013-2014 school year calendar, removing the traditional spring break.

A survey with two calendar options was voted on by ... 

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Winona County reviews Amish rights, buggy concerns (09/08/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- Since the rise of the automobile, the coexistence of Amish buggies and motor vehicles has sparked political and legal debate. Winona County may be featured in the next chapter in that history.

Get Am ... 

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Winona Health flu shot clinics scheduled (09/08/2013)
Healthcare providers recommend that all infants over six months, children and adults, including women who are pregnant, get a flu vaccine. Getting vaccinated not only helps protect you from the flu, i ... 

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Jet ski racer brings national title to Winona (09/04/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- Spencer Sieracki gripped the throttle on his jet ski and waited shoulder to shoulder with a dozen other tense jet skiers. The flag went down, their jets roared, and the racers surged forward toward th ... 

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WAPS scores higher in science than state (09/04/2013)
By Jen Burris -- Senior high students still lag behind state peers

Winona Area Public Schools (WAPS) Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment science scores for grades five and eight were both above state averages. The s ... 

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WFD practices for Mississippi oil spill (09/04/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- When Fire Chief Curt Bittle gets bored while sitting at a blocked railroad crossing, he opens up his hazardous materials handbook and identifies the substances moving (or not moving) in front of him.  ... 

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From backyard biking to BMX state champs (09/04/2013)
By Jen Burris -- It all started four years ago when Carter and Brady Ferguson began building a BMX, or bicycle motocross, track in their back yard. That track has helped them train for competitions over the years, inc ... 

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Winona County property taxes flat, spending up (09/04/2013)
By Sarah Squires -- The Winona County Board adopted a zero percent preliminary property tax levy increase for the 2014 budget, although spending is expected to increase by nearly $500,000 next year.

Commissioners discu ... 

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Fatal ATV crash reported (09/04/2013)
By -- On Saturday, August 31, at 7:30 p.m. the Trempealeau County Sheriff’s Department received a report of an ATV crash on Thompson Road, 1 mile north of Norway Valley Road in the Township of Arcadia, with ... 

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Woman in custody for allegedly having sex with a minor (09/04/2013)
By Jen Burris -- Officers were called to a home on Cedar Ridge Drive near the Pickwick area after a father called in reporting that Pamela Ann Fahy, 42, Hokah, was seen exiting his 13-year-old son’s room half-naked. F ... 

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Visit from the American Queen (09/01/2013)
The American Queen steamboat docked in Winona from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday.  ... 

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Drug addiction: how to help a loved one (09/01/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- Winona Police Community Liason Officer Kevin Kearney has been getting a lot of calls from parents whose children are addicted to synthetic drugs. "What do we do?" they ask him. Kearney hopes ... 

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Fee hikes planned for Winona city parks (09/01/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- If the City Council approves proposed fee hikes, using city park facilities will become a whole lot more expensive. Unless you have looked for the perfect spot for a child's birthday party, or a  ... 

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Winona Post to provide exclusive Vikings coverage (09/01/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- Winona Post columnist Patrick Marek and Research Assistant Michael Marek will soon be reporting from the press box at Minnesota Vikings home games, hashing out key decisions with coaches on the field, ... 

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Airport project will take flight with first $4M from FAA (09/01/2013)
By Chris Rogers --

Winona will receive an initial $4 million in federal funding and roughly $20,000 from the state of Minnesota for improvements to the municipal airport. City officials were waiting eagerly to learn w ... 

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Alleged Winona priest victim sues diocese (09/01/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- The alleged victim in a new lawsuit against the Diocese of Winona gave up his anonymity on Thursday. Previously identified as Plaintiff Doe 16, Bill Beardmore, 61, of Iowa, spoke publicly for the firs ... 

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Conlin found guilty of controlled substance crimes (09/01/2013)
By Sarah Squires --

Stephen Conlin paid $7,000 in state taxes on his marijuana stash in 2011, convinced he’d found a legal loophole that would allow him to possess and sell the drugs from his St. Charles barber shop, “ ... 

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In art we trust (09/01/2013)
By Sarah Squires -- Down Town Art Party (DTAP) to change the way we look, listen, to art

Winona is an arts destination, they say, and the proof can be found in galleries and on local shop walls adorned with  ... 

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Lewiston Villa to close (09/01/2013)
The Lewiston Villa Nursing Home announced on August 26 that it would be closing its doors in October, after 28 years of service. The nursing home, licensed for 42 beds, is owned by the Deloughery Home ... 

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Man sentenced in 2012 methadone manslaughter case (09/01/2013)
By Jen Burris --

Jeffery Jon Schumacher Sr., 58, Winona, was sentenced in District Court in the death of his 34-year-old son, Jeffery Jon Schumacher Jr. and for second-degree sale of controlled substance to a person ... 

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Volunteers needed for Mississippi river cleanup (09/01/2013)
The Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge – Winona District, Friends of the Refuge Headwaters, and Mississippi River Revival will host a river cleanup as part of the “The Great Mis ... 

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Zinghoppers Show at Winona Arts Center (08/29/2013)
Nashville's #1 Kids Entertainer set to rock, bop and zinghop at Winona Arts Center

Preschool pop star's concert for area families

Grab your dancing shoes because you're invited to a  ... 

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School Scores (08/28/2013)
Reading

Jefferson Elementary

Grade 3-

31.8% did not meet standards

68.2% met or exceeded standards

Grade 4-

47.1% did not meet standards

52.8% met or exceeded standards

Goodview Elementa ... 

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Citizen group's air quality plan on hold (08/28/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- The Winona Planning Commission delayed consideration of the Winona Citizens' Environmental Quality Committee's (CEQC) call for immediate air quality monitoring of silica dust and diesel fume ... 

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What protects Winona parks from development? (08/28/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- "If they take this park, no park is safe!" declared opponents of a plan to destroy the former Winona public square, Central Park, and replace it with a new Post Office in 1961. Despite publi ... 

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Citizen group will shape Winona County's future (08/28/2013)
By Sarah Squires -- Public safety. Bluff protection. Agriculture. Sand mining. Tourism. Industry. The list goes on and on, but what it all boils down to is the future of Winona County. What will local leaders support and ... 

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City of Winona to cut taxes by 1.4% (08/28/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- The City Council vetted the 2014 budget on Monday night, but most of the decision-making work on the budget had already been done. City Manager Judy Bodway whittled down spending requests from various ... 

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WAPS test averages lag state again (08/28/2013)
By Jen Burris -- Hispanic students closed achievement gap by double-digits in one year

The 2013 Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) test scores were released Tuesday. Although some grades and buildin ... 

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Assault leads to child endangerment charges (08/28/2013)
By Jen Burris --

James Robert Sorenson, 36, Winona was taken into custody and referred for the following charges: felony domestic assault by strangulation, child neglect, child endangerment, contributing to the deli ... 

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McKnight prize donated to outreach program (08/28/2013)
By Chris Rogers --

Last week, Project FINE Director Fatima Said announced plans to dedicate her $10,000 prize from winning the McKnight Foundation Award for Human Service to a new Project FINE program. Winners of th ... 

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Tips pivotal in case of illegal killing of 22 deer (08/28/2013)
by Joanne M. Haas

Bureau of Law Enforcement

Conservation Warden Chris Shea credits the assistance of area sportspersons as pivotal in this month’s Trempealeau County Circuit Court conviction of a  ... 

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Trempealeau County residents urged to use caution on seal coating offer (08/28/2013)
A seal coating company operating under the name of “C and S Chip Seal” has been contacting residents door to door and offering to seal coat driveways at a reduced rate. The company is claiming to have ... 

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Vehicle swerves for deer, rolls on its top (08/28/2013)
At 5:42 p.m. on August 24, the Trempealeau County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a vehicle/deer accident. A vehicle driven by Jodi J. Sylla, 52, of Independence, Wis., was traveling northbo ... 

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Woman faces multiple charges (08/28/2013)
By Jen Burris --

On August 25 at 2:32 p.m., Lucy Rose Stark-Schendel, 19, was upset with a 17-year-old female, and an argument escalated to an alleged assault. Stark-Schendel allegedly injured the victim’s right kne ... 

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Asian carp here (08/25/2013)
By Jen Burris -- On August 9, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employee found an invasive Asian silver carp carcass on top of a concrete abutment just below Lock and Dam 5, nearly 20 miles farther north than the previ ... 

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Can WAPS attract more students (08/25/2013)
By Jen Burris -- Would a larger variety of educational options increase Winona Area Public Schools (WAPS) enrollment numbers? According to current projected enrollment numbers, WAPS attracts 65 percent of the school d ... 

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Hebert finalist in two administrator searches (08/25/2013)
By Sarah Squires --

Winona County Board offers $12,000 raise

Winona County Administrator Duane Hebert has been named a finalist in two county administrator search processes in Minnesota. After being selecte ... 

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Fresh offerings at Victory Garden (08/25/2013)
Tomatoes ripen outside of Cornerstone Church. Church volunteers offer homegrown fruits and vegetables to those unable to raise their own garden-fresh produce at their Helping Harvest Victory Garden St ... 

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Under the bridge: will displaced businesses stay (08/25/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- Some of the largest and most valuable commercial businesses in central Winona are about to pack up shop. Where, or whether, they will unpack remains to be seen. The new Interstate Bridge will displace ... 

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ORC branches into laundry business (08/25/2013)
By Jen Burris -- In the United States, seven out of 10 people with disabilities who want to work do not have jobs, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. In this region, Winona Laundry, a facility recently opened  ... 

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Commission to address air quality Monday (08/25/2013)
By Chris Rogers --

A proposal to monitor airborne frac sand dust and diesel fumes will be on the Winona Planning Commission’s agenda on Monday. The proposal, from a city subcommittee, the Citizens’ Environmental Quali ... 

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Counterfeit checks passed in Winona (08/25/2013)
By Jen Burris --

On August 19, officers were notified that four counterfeit checks totaling $1,300, were cashed at Schniepp’s Bar. The suspects were a black male and black female.

At 2:30 p.m. on August 21, Schnie ... 

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Hwy. 16 between Lanesboro and Rushford now open (08/25/2013)
Highway 16 in Fillmore County, from Lanesboro to Rushford, is now open to traffic, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Motorists should expect slight delays as flaggers and a pi ... 

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Trempealeau County installs sand moratorium (08/25/2013)
By Chris Rogers --

In a unanimous vote, the Trempealeau County Board enacted a one-year moratorium on new and expanded frac sand operations. In response to citizen concerns about long-term health affects, the county w ... 

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Wabasha County, state, sued for driver class (08/25/2013)
By Sarah Squires --

They say it’s an effort to make Wabasha County roads safer — to save lives, to correct dangerous behavior, and make a more meaningful impact on drivers than would simple citation fines. However, Wab ... 

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Marriage was made to fit with Lisowski (08/21/2013)
By Jen Burris -- Finding the perfect wedding dress is time-consuming, can be quite expensive, and require multiple fittings, but for area residents from the 1940s to the 1980s, there was another option. Young brides c ... 

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Club members revel in spicy history (08/21/2013)
By Jen Burris -- Nearly 15 years ago Kurt Reinhard, of Galesville Wis., an antique dealer, founded the Watkins Collectors Club. Each year since, a group of avid Watkins collectors has met for a convention in Winona, i ... 

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County Administrator seeks new employer (08/21/2013)
By Sarah Squires -- Winona County Administrator Duane Hebert is looking for a new job. Wabasha County officials recently announced he was named as a finalist in their search for a new Wabasha County Administrator, follow ... 

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City approves box girder bridge (08/21/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- The Winona City Council approved the Winona Bridge project proposed by the Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT). Despite assertions by the council and by another local media outlet that in  ... 

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Latsch and industry in the island city (08/21/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- Earlier this month, the northern portion of Latsch Island appeared on a Port Authority plan to become part of an industrial district. An impassioned public outcry swayed the Port Authority to remove t ... 

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City church, country church— in ministry together (08/21/2013)
Central and Cedar Valley Lutheran Churches have a rich history of shared ministry, beginning in 1874. Norwegian immigrants began settling in Cedar Valley, nine miles south of Winona, in the 1850’s.

 ... 

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Man arrested on warrants (08/21/2013)
By Jen Burris --

Deputies arrested Aaron Devorak, 35, of Lewiston, on County Road 23 at 9:34 p.m. Friday, August 16, on two warrants. Police were alerted of Devorak’s whereabouts when he attempted to enter a residen ... 

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Man faces assault charges (08/21/2013)
By Chris Rogers --

Witnesses said that Lance Paul Coburn, 28, of Whitehall, Wis., choked a woman with both hands and dragged her by the neck from a vehicle, across a sidewalk, and into a Goodview residence, according  ... 

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Police: security officer assaulted (08/21/2013)

Winona Police officers arrested Korey J. Ackmen, 39, of St. Charles, for allegedly slapping a 19-year-old Rochester Premier Security officer, after being made aware of a noise complaint. After being ... 

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State creates silica sand website (08/21/2013)
By Sarah Squires --

A website has been created for citizens to track the work of several state agencies preparing rules and management guidelines for the silica sand industry.

The website, silicasand.mn.gov, includes ... 

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Ragnar races through town (08/18/2013)
On Friday morning, costumed runners departed from Levee Park in Winona's third annual Ragnar Relay, a relay running race from Winona to Minneapolis. (Above) Team "I'm sexy and I know it ... 

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How other cities avoided box girder bridges (08/18/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- Plans for the new Winona bridge may be solidified Monday. Citizens will get a chance to voice their opinions at a public hearing prior to what may be the final vote by the Winona City Council on wheth ... 

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County zoning amendments delayed (08/18/2013)
By Sarah Squires -- The Winona County Planning Commission tabled a set of zoning ordinance amendments on Thursday, opting to allow more time to work through the details of the proposals. Commissioners will resume their w ... 

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Preschool pondered by WAPS officials (08/18/2013)
By Jen Burris -- A proposal for a new preschool program to instruct at-risk children prompted with yet another School Board conversation about long-term facility planning.

School board members have repeatedly asked  ... 

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WAPS Kolter legacy takes shape (08/18/2013)
By Jen Burris -- The $2.4 million math and science wing renovation at Winona Senior High School will be complete just in time for the start of school. The renovation was funded by a gift of over $3 million from the es ... 

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Winona plans for $10M local sales tax (08/18/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- City of Winona staff members just released their wish list for coming years. The draft Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) suggests borrowing $4.56 million over the next five years and instituting a $10 mi ... 

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Book review: Touched with Fire by Chrisopher Datta (08/18/2013)
by Frances Edstrom

My friend Betty Datta brought me a book written by her son, Christopher Datta, on one of my favorite subjects: slavery and the Civil War.

The book is a work of fiction based loo ... 

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City’s bike path fund drive succeeds (08/18/2013)
By Chris Rogers --

Thanks largely to generous private donors, the city of Winona will resurface and widen the Lake Park bike path next month. The city announced that it received the final donations towards its $280,00 ... 

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County seeks Human Rights Commission members (08/18/2013)
The Winona County Board of Commissioners is seeking two volunteers willing to serve on the newly expanded Human Rights Commission, formerly the city of Winona Human Rights Commission.

Persons interes ... 

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Final approval for airport, industrial expansion (08/18/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- The Winona City Council is expected to formally designate the municipal airport and additional properties as an industrial park on Monday.

The city is seeking industrial designation for the airport  ... 

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Franklin Street closure (08/18/2013)
Franklin Street from Second Street to Broadway will be closed starting Monday, August 19, until project completion in October. There will be detours marked throughout the city.

 ... 

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Man faces first-degree child sexual assault charges (08/18/2013)
By Chris Rogers --

Santos Gabriel Cuaquehua-Itzacahua, 26, of no fixed address, allegedly had sexual intercourse with a child under 12 years old in October 2010 in Eleva, Wis. The Trempealeau County Sheriff’s Office’s ... 

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Man flees with gun, kids (08/18/2013)

A Nodine man allegedly fled in a pickup truck with a shotgun and his two young children after pressing the barrel of the loaded gun against his chin and threatening to kill himself. On Thursday, Aug ... 

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Winona Community Health Clinic open September 3 (08/18/2013)
The Winona Community Health Clinic, a free clinic providing preventive healthcare services for people who are uninsured and unable pay for healthcare, will be open Tuesday, September 3 from 4 to 8 p. ... 

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Said honored with McKnight award (08/14/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- Project FINE Director Fatima Said was nervous and afraid when she first set foot in America 19 years ago as a refugee of civil war and genocide in Bosnia. A welcoming party of strangers carrying signs ... 

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Warbird lands in Winona (08/14/2013)
By Jen Burris -- A 1943 B-25 Mitchell bomber will be at the Winona Municipal Airport through Sunday, August 18, for both public viewing and paid flights. This B-25 bomber, “Maid in the Shade,” truly is a historic reli ... 

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District 861 budget hinges on union contracts (08/14/2013)
By Jen Burris --

The Winona Area Public Schools (WAPS) negotiations committee has started the negotiation process with all five district unions. The outcome of these contract negotiations will directly affect the fu ... 

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Nonconformity zone change hearing Thursday (08/14/2013)
By Sarah Squires -- The first major overhaul of the Winona County zoning ordinance since it was enacted in 2011 will be the subject of a public hearing Thursday before the Planning Commission.

The set of amendments wer ... 

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Sheriff: Human jaw bone found on island (08/14/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- What experts are saying is a human jaw bone with a tooth in it was found on an island in the Mississippi River on July 26, according to Winona County Sheriff Dave Brand. Brand mentioned the grisly dis ... 

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Bar fight suspect sprayed with mace (08/14/2013)
By Chris Rogers --

Broken bones, mace, and assault referrals — that is how a bar fight at Sloppy Joe’s bar ended in the early hours of Saturday, August 10. At 12:30 a.m. officers arrested Ryan Thomas Anderson, 36, of  ... 

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Deputies: father assaulted son (08/14/2013)
By Chris Rogers --

Deputies arrested Larry Darnell Mosley, 25, of Minnesota City, for second-degree assault with a weapon and fifth-degree domestic assault causing harm after he allegedly hit his 14-year-old son repea ... 

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Driver, passenger injured in motorcycle accident (08/14/2013)
The Trempealeau County Sheriff’s office received a report of a motorcycle crash with injuries on August 7, at 5:08 p.m., on County Road D near County Road T in the Township of Ettrick. The driver of t ... 

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Eversman, Mary E. (08/14/2013)
Mary E. Eversman, age 61, of rural Kellogg, died Tuesday, August 6, 2013, at Methodist Hospital.

A funeral Mass was offered on August 9, 2013, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, rural Kellogg. ... 

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Man tries to prevent 911 call after choking woman (08/14/2013)
By Chris Rogers --

Shane Christopher Volkman, 39, of Winona, was arrested for felony domestic assault by strangulation, interfering with a 911 call, and two other domestic assault charges after he allegedly choked a w ... 

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Mn/DOT defends box girder design (08/14/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- On Monday, at one of the few meetings on the Winona bridge project open to the public, aesthetics, historic impact, and bridge design were topics of citizen concern. At the meeting, the Minnesota Depa ... 

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One injured in tractor rollover (08/14/2013)
At approximately 12:02 p.m. on August 9, a 911 call was received at the Buffalo County Dispatch Center of a farm tractor rollover. The caller advised that a man was pinned under a tractor along a side ... 

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Sex offender peeps again (08/14/2013)
By Chris Rogers --

Winona Police officers arrested registered sex offender Ramone Lamont Newell for interference with privacy after he allegedly peered through a window into a Winona woman’s home on the 350 block of G ... 

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Most of Latsch Island pulled from industrial park plan (08/11/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- Most of Latsch Island will not be added to a Winona industrial park after over 50 people packed the Winona City Council chambers and decried a perceived lack of transparency from the City of Winona Po ... 

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Piece of Latsch Island in industrial district (08/11/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- A small section of Latsch Island, which includes two secluded beaches southwest of the marina parking lot, is part of the Riverfront Industrial Development District, according to the amended map appro ... 

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Zoning questions abound (08/11/2013)
By Sarah Squires -- A public information meeting on proposed changes to the Winona County zoning ordinance included more questions than answers on Thursday night. A crowd of attendees asked questions and stated their con ... 

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Buffalo County mine delay denied (08/11/2013)
By Jen Burris -- River Valley Sands would like Buffalo County to wait before voting on its permit application to mine silica sand in the Town of Dover to give the company time to clarify its plans and correct what it  ... 

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Amnesty granted for minor drinkers reporting emergencies (08/11/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- Underage drinkers should not think twice about calling for help anymore. A new law known as the medical amnesty law protects young people from receiving a ticket for minor consumption of alcohol if th ... 

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70-year-old pedestrian nearly killed (08/11/2013)
A Ford F-150 pickup driven by a 51-year-old Alma, Wis., man struck a 70-year-old Winona man who was crossing Broadway Street at the corner of Lafayette Street on Wednesday, August 6 at 10:18 p.m. The  ... 

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County Road 44/ Garvin Heights Road closed beginning Aug. 12 (08/11/2013)
Where: Winona County Road 44/Garvin Heights Road, from the intersection of Lake Boulevard to immediately North of the intersection with East Garvin Heights Road.

Construction will begin at 7:00 a.m. ... 

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Drug raid uncovers 44 marijuana plants (08/11/2013)
A drug raid outside of St. Charles uncovered a marijuana-growing operation. The Winona County Sheriff’s Department confiscated 44 marijuana plants and arrested Ian Michael Smith, 28, of St. Charles, f ... 

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Drug-related, high-speed chase leads to arrest (08/11/2013)

Alleged methamphetamine and “plant food” users led deputies on a chase from Goodview half the way to Lewiston last Wednesday. Dennis Lee Sharpe, 21, of Winona, allegedly pressed the accelerator unti ... 

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Extra DWI patrols Aug. 16—Sept. 2 (08/11/2013)
Planning ahead for a sober ride now might be a good choice as Winona County law enforcement agencies plan to crack down on drunken drivers during a stepped-up statewide and nationwide DWI enforcement  ... 

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WAPS wants to combat student achievement gap (08/11/2013)
By Sarah Squires -- It's the white elephant in the room, one that no one ever talks about, Thomas Harris, University of La Crosse assistant director of multicultural student services and Winona Area Public Schools ( ... 

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GRSF sonnet contest unearths local talent (08/07/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- Claire Lehnert did not know what a sonnet was when her grandfather, Sandy Oskamp, of Buffalo City, encouraged her to enter the Great River Shakespeare Festival (GRSF) Maria W. Faust Sonnet Contest. Af ... 

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Ashley for the Arts Aug. 9-10 (08/07/2013)
Ashley for the Arts will feature art, music, and a variety of enjoyable activities for young and old, on August 9 and 10. ... 

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Foreclosures reduced by half over last year (08/07/2013)
By Sarah Squires -- The stagnant housing market, coupled with a swell of foreclosures seen in recent years, may be over in Winona County, with sale prices up, plenty of activity in the housing market, and foreclosures de ... 

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Latsch Island: Winona's next industrial park? (08/07/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- Is Latsch Island a precious community legacy and natural area or "marginal land" in need of "redevelopment and improvement?" Should it be opened to use for industry and other heavy ... 

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Bridge bargaining begins (08/07/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- After Monday night's meeting, the Winona City Council has an idea of what the Minnesota Department of Transport (Mn/DOT) is willing to offer the city in return for its blessing on the Highway 43  ... 

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Can collection raises $21K for WSHS baseball (08/07/2013)
By Jen Burris -- Recycling cans might not seem very lucrative, but with help from the community, it has raised $21,000 for the Winona Senior High School (WSHS) baseball team over the last eight years.

Rod Schwarz, f ... 

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Eggs thrown at cyclist (08/07/2013)
By Chris Rogers --

Five young men threw eggs and full cans of pop at a 31-year-old man who was riding his bike downtown, according to Winona Police Department reports. The man was riding his bike on the 150 block of E ... 

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Motorcycle crash reported (08/07/2013)
The Trempealeau County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a motorcycle crash on Larkin Valley Road in the Township of Preston, on August 4, at 6:55 p.m. Reports indicate that a motorcycle driven by Ja ... 

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Police: sex trafficking rumors false (08/07/2013)

Rumors that a local door-to-door book saleswoman is involved in a sex-trafficking plot are just that, Winona Police Department officials say.

Recent Facebook posts by parents visited by a woman who ... 

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Rider thrown from motorcycle (08/07/2013)
On Saturday, August 3, at 7:01 p.m., the Buffalo County Sheriff’s office received a 911 call of a motorcycle crash on CTH P, approximately one mile north of STH 35. Emergency responders from the Winon ... 

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Selected winning sonnets from Maria W. Faust Sonnet Competition (08/07/2013)
Laureat’s Choice (one of 10 winners)

“Late Summer”

John Chernega; Winona, Minn.

Where shrill cicadas hiss their Sunday hymns

And sanguine sumac dapples sedge and spruce

He drops the onyx ber ... 

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Shoplifters face felony charges (08/07/2013)

Janelyn Thalia Sarceno, 20, of Rochester, and Arthur Paul Johnson III, 21, of Rochester, were arrested on felony possession of criminal tools and misdemeanor shoplifting after they allegedly used a  ... 

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Victory Garden stand now open (08/07/2013)
After a long wait, the Helping Harvest Victory Garden is up and running for the season. Vegetables are available at the stand on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday at 5:00 p.m. until gone. All are welcome  ... 

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Wabasha History: grand re-opening of the Shed held Aug. 4 (08/07/2013)
The Wabasha County Historical Society celebrated the Grand Re-Opening of the Shed on Aug. 4. The equipment in the shed was re-organized and cleaned. Rodney Florin, Lynn Florin and other Florin famil ... 

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Elementary schools ignored in WAPS $2M overhaul (08/04/2013)
by SARAH SQUIRES

and JEN BURRIS

The Winona Area Public Schools (WAPS) Board voted to spend $2.225 million in building upgrades to all district facilities — except its historic elementary schools.  ... 

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Facility planning stalled, again (08/04/2013)
By Sarah Squires -- In February and April, Winona Area Public Schools (WAPS) board members discussed the way in which long-term facility planning should be undertaken, opting to resurrect a facilities committee to study  ... 

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Mn/DOT looks for city's blessing (08/04/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- Will Winona give the Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT) the "green light" on the Highway 43 Bridge Project, or pressure the agency to make changes? The city is primed for debate ... 

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Fast, feast and faith (08/04/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- Ramadan in Winona

Chants resonated through the room. Tantalizing smells wafted from the kitchen. Faithful Muslims lined up to bow in communal prayer at the Winona Islamic Center before the ... 

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Jacob zone change meeting Thursday (08/04/2013)
By Sarah Squires -- A regulation change, which would ensure rural Winona County residents the right to add garages or decks to their homes and guarantee the ability to rebuild most houses destroyed by fire or other disas ... 

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Alleged rape in Witoka (08/04/2013)
By Chris Rogers --

A 56-year-old Witoka-area woman was sleeping on her couch when she awoke to find a man on top of her. Gaylin Lynn Eide, 54, of Witoka, allegedly entered the woman’s unlocked house and attempted to r ... 

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Call them Ingenuity; it’s what they do (08/04/2013)
By Chris Rogers --

Forget Miller Felpax. The locomotive parts company has rebranded itself Miller Ingenuity. “We’re so much more than Felpax lubricators,” said CEO Steve Blue as he unveiled the new logo. “We invent th ... 

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City considers $1.2M tax for airport project (08/04/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- Latsch Island will be added to industrial Park

On Monday, the Winona City Council is expected to vote on increasing property taxes by $1.26 million without voter approval. The tax hike wou ... 

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Latsch Island included in Industrial Park proposal (08/04/2013)

Winona city staff released plans to designate half of Latsch Island and other nearby river land as an industrial park. In past meetings, City Manager Judy Bodway has explained plans to designate the ... 

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Lepsch convicted of murdering two in La Crosse (08/04/2013)
By Chris Rogers --

Jeffrey Lepsch, 39, of Dakota, was found guilty in a double homicide and armed robbery at May’s Photo in downtown La Crosse that left Paul Petras, 56, and his son, A.J. Petras, 17, dead. According t ... 

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Real estate foreclosures drop (08/04/2013)
For the seventh consecutive month, the number of real estate foreclosures in Winona County has dropped compared to a year ago. There were three during July 2013, compared to eight in July 2012. The  ... 

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Sex offender moves in (08/04/2013)
By Chris Rogers --

Registered sex offender Terry Carlton Ross, 35, recently moved into the 100 block of East Third Street of Winona, according to a release from the Minnesota Department of Corrections. Ross had illici ... 

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Sex offender on Kansas Street (08/04/2013)
By Chris Rogers --

Registered sex offender Jason Michael Cieminski, 32, has changed addresses in Winona. He now resides on the 200 block of Kansas Street in Winona, according to a release from the Minnesota Department ... 

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Winona Middle School orientation (08/04/2013)
The Winona Middle School will hold orientation for all students at the end of August. Sessions are divided according to the students’ last name; however, parents/students may attend the other session  ... 

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WPD Sgt. Hoeppner retires after 25 years (08/04/2013)
By Chris Rogers --

Sergeant Gary Hoeppner of the Winona Police Department turned is his badge last Wednesday after 25 years on the force. Hoeppner had worked as a patrol officer, a school liaison, and as sergeant for  ... 

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No city mandate for historic colors (07/31/2013)
By Chris Rogers --

Virginia Soil is okay. Henna Red is great. But Electric Lime? The Winona Heritage Preservation Committee (HPC) considered whether the city should require property owners in historic districts to cho ... 

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WAPS could levy without voter approval (07/31/2013)
By Sarah Squires -- Winona Area Public Schools (WAPS) could soon levy $1 million annually from local property taxpayers, although this time around, what is usually referred to as "referendum revenue" won't ... 

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Homicide charges follow Wis. child's death (07/31/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- A Trempealeau County woman has been charged with first-degree intentional homicide in the death of a 22-month-old child. The Trempealeau County Attorney's Office has accused her of recklessly cau ... 

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Taste of Winona brings the best of river city to the table (07/31/2013)
By Jen Burris -- This Saturday, Winona area residents will have the opportunity to sample food, drink wine, socialize, and enjoy the opportunity to bid on some beautiful artwork, and stellar pre-planned vacations, all ... 

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Environmental committee calls for diesel exhaust, silica dust air monitoring — now (07/31/2013)
By Chris Rogers --

Yes, we are sure. That is how members of the Winona Citizens Environmental Quality Committee (CEQC) responded to calls to rethink their recommendation to monitor airborne silica dust and diesel fume ... 

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GRSF hits the big (computer) screen (07/31/2013)
By Jen Burris -- The Great River Shakespeare Festival (GRSF) has a strong social media presence on Facebook, Twitter, and even Pinterest, but its most popular posts are its Youtube videos. Picture the leading ladies o ... 

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MFGI posts first half net income (07/31/2013)
Merchants Financial Group, Inc. (MFGI) posted net income of $6,104,872 for the first half of 2013, according MFGI President & CEO Richard L. Mahoney.

“The positive work of our employees over the pas ... 

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Two pounds of ‘plant food’ seized in St. Charles (07/31/2013)
By Chris Rogers --

In one of the largest drug busts this year, local law enforcement officers seized over two pounds of a powder believed to be “plant food,” four cars, cash, and firearms from a St. Charles residence. ... 

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Winona hits halfway mark in bike path donations (07/31/2013)
By Chris Rogers --

The city of Winona announced that it is halfway to its $140,000 goal for matching donations for the Lake Park bike path renovation. In a press release, City Manager Judy Bodway recognized contributi ... 

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Winona officer allegedly assaulted after party (07/31/2013)
By Chris Rogers --

Some ran, others refused to leave, and one woman kneed an officer in the leg, police say. Six were referred for charges after police broke up a noisy party on the 550 block of East Mark Street at 3: ... 

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Student rental parking changes stalled (07/28/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- "We battle students parking on lawns and driving in between our houses to get to the parking lot," two homeowners said of a neighboring lodging establishment. For the couple and their neighb ... 

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Volunteers bolster blossoming GRSF (07/28/2013)
By Jen Burris -- The Great River Shakespeare Festival (GRSF) has been attracting dedicated volunteers since its first season in 2004. Peter Flick, one of the founding members of Friends of Will, the festival's vo ... 

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New bridge, new Levee Park? (07/28/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- Forget flower planters. Dreams for Winona's Levee Park just got much bigger. If discussion turns to action, the vision espoused by designers could cause physical changes to radiate through much o ... 

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State property tax relief payments jump for Minnesota cities (07/28/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- Local governments will get boosts on both sides of their budgets next year when an $80 million increase to Local Government Aid (LGA) and sales tax exemptions for many local government purchases come  ... 

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Support GRSF with chance to win Rockwell Kent original (07/28/2013)
By Jen Burris -- Great River Shakespeare Festival (GRSF) continues the centennial anniversary celebration of Rockwell Kent’s year-long stay in Winona with the auctioning of an original Kent print. Currently the print  ... 

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Driver suffers serious injuries in motorcycle crash (07/28/2013)
On Wednesday, July 24, at 8:11 p.m. the Buffalo County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a lone motorcycle crash with injuries on Indian Creek Road just off Hwy. 35 in the township of Milton.

Dav ... 

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Endangered runaway reported (07/28/2013)
Jamie Biba, age 15, has been reported missing from the La Crosse area. She may be in the company of a male juvenile. They still may be in the area or traveling to San Jose, Calif. Jamie’s ears are p ... 

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Mn/DOT to unveil new bridge plans (07/28/2013)
By Sarah Squires -- For the first time in nearly a year, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT) will hold an informational meeting to provide the public with details of the upcoming Highway 43 bridge project ... 

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Osseo woman arrested in death of 22-month-old (07/28/2013)
On Saturday, June 22, 2013, at about 1:44 a.m., 22-month-old Alexis Behlke was found to be not breathing by a caregiver. After a 911 call, she was taken to Mayo Hospital in Osseo, and later pronounced ... 

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Reports of vandalism in Trempealeau County increasing (07/28/2013)
The Trempealeau County Sheriff’s Office is asking for your help to combat the increasing incidence of roadside vandalism. Reports have been received in the rural Blair, Whitehall, Ettrick, and Strum a ... 

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Saint Mary’s 10th president, Brother Peter Clifford, dies (07/28/2013)
Brother Peter Clifford, FSC, the 10th president of Saint Mary’s University, passed away Tuesday, July 23, 2013, at De La Salle Hall in Lincroft, N.J.

A dedicated educational visionary and financial ... 

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WPD online lost and found (07/28/2013)
Lost something? The Winona Police Department now offers online reporting of lost property on the department’s website. Last Friday, the new service helped a local man be reunited with his missing umbr ... 

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WPD online lost and found (07/28/2013)
Lost something? The Winona Police Department now offers online reporting of lost property on the department’s website. Last Friday, the new service helped a local man be reunited with his missing umbr ... 

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Donor gives matching gift to bike path (07/24/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- Winona City Manager Judy Bodway has announced that instead of borrowing to finance renovations of the Lake Park bike path, city staff hopes to the fund the project almost exclusively with private dona ... 

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Mn/DOT seeks volunteers for bridge visual committee (07/24/2013)
By Sarah Squires -- While Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT) officials have admitted that there is little room for frills in the budget for the Winona Bridge project, the agency is asking that Winona area re ... 

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She dreams to dance at prom (07/24/2013)
By Jen Burris -- When identical twins Aria and Olivia were around 6 months old, their mother, Jenny Becker, began noticing a difference between the development of each twin. Aria struggled to keep up with Olivia, and  ... 

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The urban beekeeper (07/24/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- Bruno Borsari squeezes little puffs of smoke out of an accordion-shaped box. "The smoke tells the bees that their hive is on fire," he explains in a lyrical Italian accent. Rather than tryin ... 

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GRSF apprentices bring Macbeth to life (07/24/2013)
By Jen Burris -- Hunter Ringsmith and Anna Troy, recent college graduates, play Macbeth and Lady Macbeth in this summer’s apprentice performance of “Macbeth” at the Great River Shakespeare Festival (GRSF).

Every yea ... 

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Board rejects health study as part of comp plan (07/24/2013)
By Chris Rogers --

In a split vote, the Winona County Board denied a request from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) to include a health impact analysis (HIA) in the county’s comprehensive plan revision process. ... 

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Funnel clouds spotted during storm (07/24/2013)
Funnel clouds dotted the stormy skyline in the Winona region and an EF0 tornado touched down in the Trempealeau Wildlife Refuge Monday night just after 5 p.m ... 

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Man facing six assault charges (07/24/2013)
By Chris Rogers --

Scott Allen Ciszak, 47, of Winona, was arrested on six assault charges and two other charges after he allegedly forced his way into a family’s home, attacked multiple people, cursed at the family, a ... 

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One injured in Nelson crash (07/24/2013)
On July 22, the Buffalo County Sheriff’s Department received a call of a one-vehicle crash with personal injury on CTH D, one mile north of STH 35, in the town of Nelson. When officers arrived on the  ... 

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Thank you from Winona Area Apron Group (07/24/2013)
From: Sandy Erdman

Facilitator

I want to thank all who came out and joined us for the “Apron Bonanza” this last Thursday night, July 18, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. The Winona Area Apron Group appreci ... 

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WPD hires new officer (07/24/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- The newest officer of the Winona Police Department (WPD) was sworn in at city hall on Monday. Officer Les Ladewig, 29, of Rushford, is a fourth-generation law enforcement officer who served as a patro ... 

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Local children shine on GRSF stage (07/21/2013)
By Jen Burris -- Local kids shine in the Great River Shakespeare Festival (GRSF) this year. Carter Briggs, 11, Bailey Bestul, 14, and Katie Bowler, 18, were cast in GRSF’s “Twelfth Night.” Carter, Bailey, and Katie,  ... 

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Couples apply for same-sex marriage (07/21/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- Last Thursday, Cindy Killion and her partner, Beth Cherne, were the first same-sex couple to apply for a marriage license in Winona County, ever. Killion was so nervous she forgot to sign the form, bu ... 

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Nisbit mine NOT finished with permit requirements (07/21/2013)
By Sarah Squires -- Counter to erroneous reports by at least one local media outlet, Winona County's first new permitted frac sand mine has not been cleared by county officials to begin mining activities. Instead, W ... 

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Replicas on display (07/21/2013)
The "Pinta" and the "Nina," replicas of Columbus' ships, will be docked at Levee Park in Winona until early Wednesday, July 24.  ... 

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Rail approved for 712-acre Wis. mine (07/21/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- After a 12-hour meeting, Trempealeau County approved a new slurry pipe and rail transfer operation at one large frac sand mine in the county and a several-hundred-acre expansion for another mine. Afte ... 

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Frac sand Winona Port's #1 commodity (07/21/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- Until recently, black coal destined for power plants filled barges at the city of Winona's commercial dock. Now, a grittier energy-related substance has taken its place. Shipments of frac sand at ... 

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Committee asks for more diverse WAPS staff (07/21/2013)
By Jen Burris --

“You’re either part of the solution, or part of the problem,” said a member of the Winona Area Public Schools (WAPS) diversity advisory board at the June 20 School Board meeting. This opening statem ... 

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I-90 Dresbach Bridge piling testing July 17-24 (07/21/2013)
Motorists may encounter intermittent loud noises while traveling near the Interstate 90 corridor by the Dresbach Bridge beginning Wednesday, July 17, according to the Minnesota Department of Transp ... 

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Local teen wins second place in world disc golf competition (07/21/2013)
By Jen Burris --

Former Winona resident Clay Ebertowski, age 16, received second place in the junior division of the 2013 Amateur World Disc Golf Tournament.

Five years ago, Ebertowski moved to Rochester, where he ... 

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Police: ‘plant food’ dealers were armed (07/21/2013)
By Chris Rogers --

Six people were arrested after a drug bust by local law enforcement on Tuesday, July 16, at 5:05 a.m. Winonans Jason Richard Steinfeldt, 40, and Brian James Wehlage, 42, were in the basement of Stei ... 

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Sex offender rereleased (07/21/2013)
By Chris Rogers --

Registered sex offender Ramone LaMont Newell, 28, was re-released in Winona last week. Newell was released in Winona in March. He was taken into custody for probation violation and re-released last  ... 

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What is suboxone? Prescription opiate on Winona streets (07/21/2013)
By Chris Rogers --

Last week, several police reports involved the prescription narcotic suboxone. Several people were arrested after being found in possession of the drug without a prescription, and another man with a ... 

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Winona Health welcomes community members to come in from the heat (07/17/2013)

With heat indexes rising to dangerous levels, Winona Health is welcoming community members to come in to take a break from the heat. Winona Health is at 855 Mankato Avenue in Winona.

Those seeki ... 

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Sebo, Peterson lauded for leading historic preservation efforts in Winona (07/17/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- When the city of Winona's Historic Preservation Ordinance was passed in 1989, it did not come without a struggle. "People were fighting us and saying this was a Communist plot and all kinds  ... 

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No parking requirements for condo (07/17/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- New development of the condominium formerly owned by Dave McNally will not be subject to any parking requirements after the Winona City Council approved a zoning change to the B-2.5 district, the two- ... 

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Letters: Mn/DOT, SHPO split on bridge design (07/17/2013)
By Chris Rogers -- The Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) flexed its limited muscle against the plans by the Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT) to move forward with the cheapest design opti ... 

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WAPS board debates grading scale system (07/17/2013)
By Jen Burris -- What should be a passing grade for high school students? Should it be 70 percent? Sixty percent?

The recent Winona Area Public Schools (WAPS) Board meeting included discussion of the current grading ... 

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The gift of hope (07/17/2013)
By Jen Burris --

This year, Stacy Anderson, who has been fighting stage four breast cancer since August 2009, is Winona County’s 2013 Person of Hope. Although Anderson’s cancer has since spread to her lungs, liver, ... 

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Construction site scene of three-car crash (07/17/2013)
On Friday, July 12, at 1 p.m., the Buffalo County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a three- vehicle crash with injuries on STH 54 near Depot Road in the Town of Buffalo, Wis. Investigation revealed th ... 

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County will discuss major zoning change (07/17/2013)
By Sarah Squires --

After years of conflict over portions of the Winona County zoning ordinance, the Planning Commission will begin to discuss the first proposed major change to the land use regulations, one that propo ... 

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Motorcycle-deer crash reported (07/17/2013)
On July 12, at 7:52 p.m., the Trempealeau County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a motorcycle-deer crash with injury. It was determined that a motorcycle was traveling eastbound on Kamrowski ... 

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