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Elect Haney (08/06/2014)
From: Mary Cichanowski

Pickwick

After attending the candidate forums sponsored by the Winona League of Women Voters, (thank you!) I feel Mike Haney would be a good choice for Winona County Auditor ... 

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Elect Spitzer (08/06/2014)
From: Andrea Gerth

I am writing this letter is support of Bill Spitzer for sheriff. He has been a dedicated law enforcement officer and will be an outstanding sheriff. Bill has served the sheriff’ ... 

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Kovecsi will promote health (08/06/2014)
From: Linda Van Art

Winona

The wholesomeness of the air and water are essential to the health of Winona. It is the real wealth of our community. We cannot drink money or breathe jobs.

Marie Kove ... 

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Office of sheriff is most important (08/06/2014)
From: Tom Lee

By now most Winona County residents are aware of the hotly contested race for sheriff. By my count five current deputies, all with considerable law enforcement experience, are competi ... 

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Spitzer is the best choice (08/06/2014)
From: Larry Greden

Among the candidates for Sheriff of Winona County, Bill Spitzer stands out as the best choice. His education, experience, leadership ability and wisdom will serve the folks of Wi ... 

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Valentine was doing his job (08/06/2014)
From: Walt Kelly

Winona

Would Wayne Valentine, a former news person, attempt to stifle freedom of speech as implied by a recent letter to the editor? Or, as County Board Chair, was he doing his jo ... 

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Video will share story of life in Palestine (08/06/2014)
From: Rob Ossell

Winona

What happens to a Jewish girl who goes to Palestine? With all that’s going on in the world, this might sound like the start of some sick joke, but it’s not. “Anna Baltzer i ... 

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Vote for Averbeck (08/06/2014)
From: Terri Moger

Rollingstone

Averbeck goes out of his way to show how much he cares about the community, especially kids, wants proactive policing, more rural patrol, has 20 years law enforceme ... 

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Vote for Kovecsi (08/06/2014)
From: Jane Cowgill

Winona

I write in support of the candidacy of Marie Kovecsi for Winona County Board. She is hardworking, well informed, cares deeply about the health and welfare of residents,  ... 

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Vote Marie Kovecsi for change on board (08/06/2014)
Name: Barbara Beeman

Marie Kovesci will preserve our blufflands, advocate for efficient and effective leadership, promote responsible land use ordinances, keep a lid on property taxes, promote deve ... 

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A gift that will keep giving (08/05/2014)
From: Sister Judith Schaefer

President, Cotter Schools

Recently, Cotter Schools and Winona Area Catholic Schools (WACS) received an unprecedented gift from a group of donors, who wish to remain a ... 

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Elect Kovesci (08/05/2014)
From: Michael Meeker

Please vote for Marie Kovesci for County Board. She will work hard for the best interests of the whole Winona community, not just the special interests of a few. We need a boar ... 

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GRSF gives another marvelous season! (08/05/2014)
From: Charlotte Speltz

Congratulations to the Great River Shakespeare Festival for another marvelous season! Coming as I do for a few weeks each summer from North Carolina, I am especially aware  ... 

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Super-Gav benefit a success (08/05/2014)
From: Anna Koopman

and the Quimby Family and Super-Gav Benefit Committee

Thank you, Winona, for coming out to the Elk’s Club this past Saturday, July 26. SuperGav needed you and you came. Your sup ... 

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Thank you all (08/05/2014)
From: Judee Brone

FC River Players

I want to thank the super cast, crew and pit of Fountain City River Players’ recent musical comedy “9-5.” You all worked and collaborated to deliver a very, very ... 

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Latsch would oppose mining (07/30/2014)
From: Kent Cowgill

Winona

Your recent editorial “Imagine Latsch” is a terrific tribute to one of Winona’s most generous and farsighted residents. I was especially struck by your essay’s concluding ... 

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Thanks to all who made Will Run a success (07/30/2014)
From: Dee Cipov

A 5K race around Lake Winona is nothing new, but I wonder how many realize the effort put forth by so many in our community to make these many events successful. As race coordinato ... 

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What is capitalism? (07/30/2014)
From: Susan Jirele

Waseca, Minn.

In the Wednesday, July 9, 2014 issue of the Winona Post opinion page, Lorraine Redig from Winona addressed the question of “Christian capitalism.” I don’t think s ... 

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Why is chamber not a ‘special interest’? (07/30/2014)
From: Steven Schild

Winona

Winona County Commissioners Wayne Valentine, Marcia Ward and Steve Jacob have criticized special-interest groups, which Ward defines as people “with a common goal on a  ... 

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Zoning fairness (07/30/2014)
From: Mary Cichanowski

Pickwick

I was at the public hearing that Greg Gaut referred to in his recent letter. The County Attorney has stated several times that the actions of the County Commissione ... 

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Eagles and lead (07/28/2014)
From: Warren Robertson

Zumbrota

The recent article in the Post regarding eagle deaths in the National Wildlife Refuge system was troubling because it illustrates the apparent desire by U.S. Fish a ... 

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Enjoy the music — fix the benches! (07/28/2014)
Nancy Holubar Newhall

Gearhart, Oregon

As a former member of the Winona City Band, I take the opportunity to enjoy a Wednesday night band concert whenever I am visiting Winona. The concerts are  ... 

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Five frac sand operations in Winona (07/28/2014)
From: Marv Hunger

I want to point out that the opponents of frac sand criticize Wayne Valentine about controlling frac sand operations but they don’t understand that all five sand facilities are in ... 

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God Almighty (07/28/2014)
God is

You are God

I am God

Our enemies are God

All life on this planet is God

All energy in the universe is God

Infinity and eternity are Gods

Everything you can conceive exists, is God

So w ... 

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Thanks from Wabasha Ambulance (07/28/2014)
From: Sean Lathrop

Wabasha Ambulance Director

The Wabasha Ambulance service has lead a fundraising campaign for the past 14 months. The goal of this campaign was to purchase critical lifesaving e ... 

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Wayne Valentine and free speech (07/28/2014)
From: Greg Gaut

Winona

One of the low moments in Winona’s recent political history came at a County Board meeting chaired by Wayne Valentine on November 5, 2013. A public hearing was scheduled on ... 

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Why we need to restore Latsch Beach before we mess with the levee (07/25/2014)
by Mark Potvin

Winona

A few nights ago I was up on the peak of the interstate bridge (old childhood habits die hard). I was straddling the big red light and striking that "Thinker" pose. ... 

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‘Every Child’s Dream’ golf outing needs you (07/21/2014)
From: Jack Krage

Winona

The Lions Clubs of Winona are kicking off the fundraising campaign for “Every Child’s Dream.”

On Monday, July 28, the Jungle Days Golf Outing will be held at Cedar Valley  ... 

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Feds’ $100 billion mistake (07/21/2014)
From: Rita Clark

Minnesota City

This is exactly what’s going to happen with the Affordable Care Act. Our government does not know how to handle money, except to print it, spend it and waste it. Of ... 

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Response to Finbar McMullen (07/21/2014)
From: Roger Slemmer

Winona

A response to Finbar McMullen, FSC, regarding abortion and contraception.

His most recent submission “Just What Is Abortion?” is especially troubling, as he seems to u ... 

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Well-loved family farm honored (07/21/2014)
From: Gayle Goetzman

Winona

Our Goetzman/Johnson family dairy farm evolved with our grandfather Wendel (Wendelin Goetzman and Anna Voelker) Goetzman and grandmother Mary Johnson (William Johnson, ... 

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C.D. Corp’s sand request needs scrutiny (07/16/2014)
From: Jane Cowgill

Winona

Citizens of Winona should not take the the request by C.D. Corp to increase the number of barges at its shipping facility at the city’s commercial port lightly. On July  ... 

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Congratulations, Gotta Dance! (07/16/2014)
From: Melanie Messmann

Congratulations to the Gotta Dance Performance and Competition Company for winning the Starbound National Title in Chicago. Maggie Donahue, Madi Duellman, Kaylee Pye, Megan T ... 

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Gifts for Winona grateful for generosity (07/16/2014)
From: Deb Nahrgang

Saint Mary’s University Gifts for Winona

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

Another exclaimed, “God bless you all for  ... 

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Government won’t reform itself (07/16/2014)
From: Mary Cichanowski

Pickwick

Sarah, I enjoyed reading your editorial on tax reciprocity between Minnesota and Wisconsin. I feel your pain! There is a solution — the Fair Tax (H.R. 25). This is  ... 

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GRSF enriches our lives (07/16/2014)
Name: Debi Niebuhr

Winona

I have now been to all three of the plays being offered at the Great River Shakespeare festival. “Hamlet” and “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern” are sometimes considered “mir ... 

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Minnesota City Post Office (07/16/2014)
From: Susan Althoff

Minnesota City

Last week the residents of Minnesota City received a letter from the United State Postal Service marked “Official Notice — Open Immediately — Action May be Requi ... 

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MMAM a special treasure (07/16/2014)
From: James Eddy

MMAM Board Member

The Minnesota Marine Art Museum has grown to become a comprehensive museum with both awesome art and programs to reach out to children, families, senior citizen ... 

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News judgment is more than a gift (07/16/2014)
From: Jim Galewski

I appreciated your article on the tragic death of Isaac Zafft. The reporter, Amelia Wedemeyer, took the initiative to go beyond a basic police report and inform the Post’s reade ... 

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Response to Puz’s letter (07/16/2014)
From: Karl Elshoff

Winona

James Puz’s letter to the editor, “Terrorists have beaten us at the waiting game,” misses the point of the U.S. involvement in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The point ... 

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Just what is abortion? (07/09/2014)
From: Finbar McMullen, FSC

Winona

In my reading about pregnancy, what I come across is that between 50 and 70 percent of all fertilized eggs never implant. If we take the lower number, it is a cra ... 

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Love will win over capitalism (07/09/2014)
From: Lorraine Redig

Winona

Larry Ellis Reed asked a good question: “What is Christian capitalism?” I don’t think Christian capitalism is a possibility. Christians prioritize love: justice-for-eve ... 

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Pedestrian safety needs to be addressed (07/09/2014)
From: Glenn Ellinghuysen

I see that even with a pedestrian sign by St. Martins Church, Drivers still do not stop even when pedestrians are in the middle of the street and drive 40 mph. How many mor ... 

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Supreme Court decision on Hobby Lobby (07/09/2014)
From: Cathy Kulig

People are accusing Hobby Lobby of religious discrimination. I did not read that Hobby Lobby was forcing its employees to abstain from the use of contraceptives due to its owners’ ... 

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Thanks for 'Suessical' support (07/09/2014)
From: Bruce Klein

HCO Board Chair

It is with heartfelt joy and gratitude that we thank the Winona community for its support of another successful Home and Community Options theatrical production.  ... 

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Thanks for Strawberry Fest (07/09/2014)
From: Sherri Wendland

Thank you to everyone who helped or attended Strawberry Fest on June 8! We had a wonderfully perfect day outside! We very much appreciate the use of equipment from: City of W ... 

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Terrorists have beaten us at the waiting game (07/07/2014)
From: James Puz

Winona

The attacks on the United States (and the world at large) on September 11, 2001, sent this nation charging into a war it could not win. In time, false bravado, “Bring ‘em on ... 

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Thanks to Dr. Turner (07/07/2014)
From: Ronald Kruse

Please add my name to the list of well wishers.

I met Dr. Scott Turner in the ER several times. The last time I arrived there with severe stomach pains. Dr. Scott quickly diagno ... 

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The Edstroms have made Winona a better place (07/07/2014)
From: Don Doerr Sr.

Winona

Thank you, John and Fran Edstrom, for using the Winona Post to fight to keep Winona honest for so many years. If you could have been here from the very beginning, we mig ... 

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Ball field deal a dangerous precedent (07/02/2014)
From: Richie Swanson

Winona

The protection of Winona’s parks demands two new regulations. Partnerships for our parks should be restricted to “use only” and small investments, perhaps $1,500 or les ... 

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Collaboration makes Winona stronger (07/02/2014)
From: Jeanne Nelson

Got a few minutes to drive around Lake Park? I did yesterday. Please look at the condition of the playing areas, the tennis courts, the playground equipment and the parking lot  ... 

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GRSF WILL (haha) help you understand! (07/02/2014)
From: Morgan Edstrom Gish

Winona

I love this town! My family is in for the Great River Shakespeare Festival’s opening weekend and we caught both “The Merry Wives of Windsor” and “Hamlet”! What an ... 

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Outrageous! (07/02/2014)
From: Gayle Goetzman

Winona

What is happening to our ethics and integrity in America? Our hard-earned taxpayer monies paying a MnSCU chancellor nearly a half-million dollar salary and fringe bene ... 

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Thank you from Team Vogel (07/02/2014)
From: Rachel Vogel

and Team Vogel

Thank you to everyone who helped make the Fifth Annual Team Vogel vs. Cancer Fundraiser a success. An army of support, from the community near and far, has embra ... 

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Thanks for Winona DAC (07/02/2014)
From: Yvonne Gensmer

The Winona DAC provides employment opportunities and social skills activities for adults with developmental disabilities in Winona County. My daughter has attended the DAC for ... 

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Young Writers' Conference (07/02/2014)
From: Ramona Metz, Donna Helble, Leslie Johns, Lee Loerch

The annual Young Writers’ Conference, hosted by Hiawatha Valley Education District of Winona, was held May 15 and 16 on the Winona State Un ... 

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A note of thanks (06/30/2014)
From: David Graves

Commander, American Legion Burial Detail

The following men and women of the American Legion performed over 3,792 hours of service to the Winona community during 2013 and I want  ... 

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Aerial fireworks are illegal in Minnesota (06/30/2014)
From: Jason Theusch

Winona Assistant Fire Chief

According to the National Fire Protection Agency, far more U.S. fires are reported on the Fourth of July then on any other day of the year. The Wi ... 

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Cutting grant writer will save (06/30/2014)
From: Ruth Marg

When I first read that the grant writer at WAPS was going to be released, I also thought “why?” She is bringing in more money than her salary. I called a board person and he explain ... 

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DAC makes a difference (06/30/2014)
From: Barb Farrell

and the family of Rob Raleigh

If you asked any loving parents what they hope for their child, they would say something along these lines: “We hope they find happiness, a stable  ... 

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Let's save Lake Winona Park (06/30/2014)
From: Judy Morrison

Winona

To the City Council members/Park Recreation Department: I have not read anything in our local newspapers or heard on our radio stations any updates on discussions you mu ... 

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MnSCU Chancellor’s ‘fringe’ benefits a joke on taxpayers (06/30/2014)
From: James Puz

After reading a recent article about the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities and its chancellor’s new contract, it can’t be said that the MnSCU doesn’t have a sense of humor.. ... 

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Treat the flag with respect (06/30/2014)
From: James L. Ziegeweid

Service Committee American Legion Post 17

Arcadia, Wis.

It is nearly the end of June and time once again to remind people of the sacrifice paid by citizens in defense of ... 

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Winona’s ‘traffic rules’ defy law, common sense (06/30/2014)
From: Jim R. Miller

Winona

With the city of Winona planning the addition of stop signs at unmarked intersections, and the Minnesota Department of Transportation talking about changing the Highway  ... 

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Community response was above and beyond (06/25/2014)
From:Gary Evans

On behalf of the WSU Foundation

When we began planning the christening of the new floating classroom to be known as the “Cal Fremling,” I was the first to tease my colleagues about ... 

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More on R-P security (06/25/2014)
From: Jon Peterson

Thank you for printing our previous letter to the editor. The administration continues to allow unrestricted access to the buildings with no supervision as shown in the photo. ( ... 

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Thanks for 36 years of health care in Winona (06/25/2014)
From: Dr. Scott Turner

I, Dr. Scott Turner, was recently informed by Winona Health Administration that they would not be renewing my contract. As of September 1, 2014, I will no longer be an employ ... 

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Volunteering (06/25/2014)
From: David Girod

Volunteering has become a big part of my life. My latest venture is Grace Place Market Place, where I’ve spent the past couple weeks. My duties include sorting donations and helpi ... 

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Help the food bank with a simple vote! (06/23/2014)
From: Ben Johnson

Winona

We all have an excellent opportunity to support the fight against hunger in our area and it won’t cost you a dime. The Minnesota Twins are funding a $500,000 grant to be g ... 

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Natural gas price increase (06/23/2014)
From: Tessa Schweitzer

My Minnesota Energy “even pay” for natural gas went up $50 a month. An elderly friend’s went up $40. The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) predicts rising natural  ... 

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Positive alternative to ISS situation at WMS (06/23/2014)
From: Richard J. Cieminski, Jr.

WSHS Class of 1982

B.S. Music Education

M.A. Middle School Education

M.A. Educational Leadership

22-year veteran in public education as teacher, trainer and admin ... 

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Stand up against big money in politics (06/23/2014)
From: Jeffrey W. Flaten

Dennison, Minn.

Many Democrats in Congress, including U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, support a proposed constitutional amendment to fix the federal campaign sy ... 

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Gratitude (06/18/2014)
From: Fred Blacklock

The family of Tom Blacklock wishes to express our sincere and heartfelt thank you for the outpouring of thoughts, prayers and support during this tremendously painful past week ... 

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Idea (06/18/2014)
From: Matthew Mayer

I have been thinking about why in our world, not just our town or country, it has been becoming harder and harder to establish peace and less hostility. I have come to the concl ... 

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Security at R-P Schools (06/18/2014)
From: Leah Jacobson

Building security IS an issue at Rushford-Peterson schools. Some staff members allow their children to use their keys to access the building without supervision. Other community ... 

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Support ‘Super-Gav’ as he saves the day Thursday (06/18/2014)
From: Jay Rasmussen

Miles Scott was named “Bat-Kid” in 2013 after the Make a Wish Foundation granted the biggest wish ever. The entire city of San Francisco came together and turned the city into “ ... 

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Support our troops (06/18/2014)
From: Mary Singer and Rosie Wadewitz, USA Support Our

Troops Committee

This year is the 10th anniversary of the annual fund raiser for USA Support Our Troops. During the course of the past nine y ... 

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Thank you to a special employer (06/18/2014)
From: Joyce and Dave

McConville

The Development Achievement Center (DAC) has made a joy filled difference in our daughter’s life. The DAC provides work and social support services for adults wit ... 

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Use tourism dollars to oppose sand mining (06/18/2014)
From: Nicholas Guy

Winona

Will the Winona County Commissioners allow the renewed push for frac mining in Winona County? Unfortunately the answer could very well be yes. I am referencing a Winona P ... 

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WAPS grant writer cut a mistake (06/18/2014)
From: Colette Hyman

I was appalled to learn that Scott Hannon, with less than a month left in his tenure as WAPS superintendent, is cutting a position that is actually bringing needed funds into di ... 

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Duncanson was kind and giving man (06/11/2014)
From: Kathy Foerster

Winona

Over the past few days, reports have circulated about the 88-year-old man who lost his life while canoeing on the river. For many readers, that is about the most they k ... 

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Have we forgotten flag day? (06/11/2014)
From: Elaine Slater Reese

Spring Green, Wis.

We Americans like to believe we are the number one country in the world. That today would certainly depend on the criteria used to make that evaluation ... 

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Lions say thank you to Lake Winona Manor (06/11/2014)
From: Jack Krage

Winona

The residents of Winona Manor have volunteered to assist the Noon Lions in their used eyeglasses collection. Two collection boxes were delivered to the residence. As a resu ... 

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Making a big boom makes you a big boob (06/11/2014)
From: Patricia W. Mertes

Buffalo City, Wis.

Dear Sonic Boomer or M80 shooter — knock it off. Your neighbors don’t appreciate it. You’re not macho. In fact, what is your problem? Here in Buffalo Ci ... 

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Our voices should be heard in WSU field plan (06/11/2014)
From: June and Gordon Ballard

Winona

We are writing this in support of Steve Schild’s letter on the proposed Winona State University baseball field in Lake Park.

Steve’s message was well written  ... 

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Say ‘no’ to WSU ball field deal (06/11/2014)
From: Rita Tropple

Winona

Having attended the public hearing on the Lake Park WSU ball field proposal, I was amazed at the small community turnout. Maybe these same people are like me and don’t al ... 

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Security at R-P schools (06/11/2014)
From: Jonathan Peterson

When questioned by a School Board member about after-hours unauthorized, unsupervised use of school facilities, superintendent Chuck Ehler admitted there are an unknown numb ... 

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Thanks for DAC support (06/11/2014)
From: Mary Hewett

Former DAC Executive Director

The Winona County Developmental Achievement Center (DAC) is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year!! WOW... Congratulations. I worked at the DA ... 

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Thanks for supporting Taste of International Cuisine (06/11/2014)
From: Fatima Said

On behalf of Project FINE, I would like to thank all those who supported our ninth annual Taste of International Cuisine fundraiser event. Our board and development committee org ... 

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Thanks for the Woodlawn clean-up event (06/11/2014)
From: Joyce Woodworth

This past weekend’s volunteer effort at Woodlawn Cemetery was highly successful. Upon arriving at 8 a.m. on Saturday, hearing the mowers already running and watching more peop ... 

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Use local talent for Levee Park revival (06/11/2014)
From: Thomas D. Monahan

Winona

The Levee Park Committee should take a cue from the K.I.S.S. method I was taught in the service: Keep It Simple, Stupid. Let’s use the assets we have without going i ... 

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Woodlawn is Winona's history; support it (06/11/2014)
From: Ken Fritz

You may be familiar with Woodlawn Cemetery if you have relatives buried there. Or you might know it from attending one of the annual Cemetery Walks presented by the Winona County Hi ... 

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An economist on 'the arts' (06/09/2014)
From: Donald Salyards

It is not often that economists take their hats off to the “arts.” We tend to look at most activities in terms of “marginal benefit versus marginal cost” or in terms of “retu ... 

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Capitalism versus distribution (06/09/2014)
From: Cathy Kulig

Not sure what to think of the arguments debating the fairness of distributism over capitalism. Columnist Cal Thomas opined his theory that Pope Francis is favoring socialism. A r ... 

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Hooray (06/09/2014)
From: Ruth Charles

Hooray for the Bluffview Explorers and their supporters! Thank you so much to all the organizers, participants, and sponsors of the Bluffview Montessori 5K run/walk. It was a gre ... 

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Justice for all (06/09/2014)
From: Lorraine Redig

Fran Edstrom’s observation in the Post that some boaters speed along the river and leave dangerous wakes behind them without regard for those around them is so very true. They  ... 

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Thanks for Mental Health 5K (06/09/2014)
From: Lindsay McClead

MH5K Chair

Hiawatha Valley Mental Health Center would like to thank all who contributed to a successful Mental Health 5K run/walk on Saturday, May 31, 2014. Hiawatha Valley M ... 

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‘Liberal’ and ‘conservative’ (06/04/2014)
From: Kent Cowgill

Winona

The terms “liberal” and “conservative” have become so toxic they’re close to meaningless in any discussion of current American politics, national or local. What most of i ... 

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End this endless war (06/04/2014)
From: Tom Parlin

Winona

A recent news article showed President Obama’s plan to keep troops engaged in Afghanistan until the close of 2016. What happened to his promise to drawdown troops by 2014?  ... 

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Fracking? Come on, people! (06/04/2014)
From: Eric Barnard

Why is the big question. Why would we be willing to damage one of the greatest assets we have in this river valley forever? For jobs? Money? I agree we need both to have a succes ... 

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Global warming? Just wait for the methane (06/04/2014)
From: Finbar McMullen

Winona

The recent government report on global warming is unlikely to unlock the closed minds of any deniers. Most of our attention is directed to CO2 from burning fossil fue ... 

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Know Disco? It may help save a life (06/04/2014)
From: Helen Bagshaw RN

Intensive Care Unit

Winona Health

June 1 to June 7 is National CPR Awareness Week.

If you see a teen or adult collapse, call 9-1-1 and push hard and fast in the center of  ... 

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Possible Lake Park ball field (06/04/2014)
From: Bill Boike

Assuming the new baseball field at Lake Park is a go, here is what I’d like to see happen, or at least included in the conversation.

1) Require ball field lighting to be off by  ... 

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Thanks for Mothers Day celebration (06/04/2014)
From: Brian Tomashek

The Sons of the American Legion, Squadron 9, wish to thank all those who attended the Mother’s Day Breakfast that was held at the Winona Area Veterans Center. The event was a s ... 

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Woodlawn Cemetery needs your help this weekend (06/04/2014)
From: Joyce Woodworth

Winona

The Woodlawn Cemetery has been Winona’s nature jewel since its establishment in 1862. Not only is it a resting place for many of us when we pass this world but it is a ... 

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AllEnergy landowners: we are your neighbors (06/02/2014)
From: Gary and Paula Haines

Rural Arcadia

For the past few months we have been silent while our friends and neighbors have spread lies about the sand mine opportunity we are involved in with AllE ... 

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Becoming a ‘destination’ requires effort, plan (06/02/2014)
From: Thomas Jaszewski

All the posturing and all of the council can’t manage to get four train cars moved from blocking the Main Street entrance to Levee Park on Memorial Day weekend. Well done Mr. ... 

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Education a prison system? (06/02/2014)
From: Dick Gallien

When you are slowed/stopped on Huff Street by students casually crossing, think/read the 1967 antiestablishment essay by college professor Jerry Farber likening the student-prof ... 

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Glad to be alive (06/02/2014)
From: Gayle Goetzman

Winona

Since my last hospitalization at Winona Health and my most recent life ‘wake-up call,’ I’ve paid closer attention to our local cemeteries and the dear ones buried ther ... 

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Support our troops (06/02/2014)
From: Mary Singer

Winona

This year our USA Support Our Troops fundraiser is under the local Winona VFW Post 1287 club. They have been a great support from the start and this year, with our 10th an ... 

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WSU field deal needs careful consideration (06/02/2014)
From: Steve Schild

Winona

Winona State University wants to build a new baseball field on a city-owned softball field in Lake Park. In return, the city would get lighting and upgrades to other exis ... 

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WWII vet to speak June 9 (06/02/2014)
From: Walt Kelly, EEA Chapter 919 President

Mike Thern, EEA Chapter 919 VP

Our surviving WWII veterans are a rapidly dwindling national treasure, and the opportunity to meet one face-to-face is a  ... 

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Beware of barbecued meat (05/28/2014)
From: Herbert Towers

Folks setting up to break out their outdoor grill on Memorial Day face a deadly choice of inflicting potentially harmful conditions. Food poisoning by E. coli and Salmonella ba ... 

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Cytec and city ignore neighbor concerns (05/28/2014)
From: James Johnson

Winona

Would you be upset if you lived next door to a business that wanted to install a flammable liquid storage building next to your backyard? Would you feel you were treate ... 

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Fast food excludes many Americans (05/28/2014)
From: James Puz

America’s development was founded on the building blocks of diversity. People of different languages, cultures, ideologies, races, ethnicities, and religions have blended into a mo ... 

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Keep an open mind (05/28/2014)
From: Arlyn Frauenkron

Houston, Minn.

I picked up a copy of your paper at the legion club. I have stopped reading most publications because of the content of the articles. I have never written to  ... 

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Learn about Scandinavian immigrants Tuesday (05/28/2014)
From: Susan Zeller

President, Nor-Win Lodge Sons of Norway

The majority of us are in Winona thanks to our ancestors who immigrated to the U.S. and then settled in the area. It may have been in the ... 

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Native Americans take a stand (05/28/2014)
From: Nicholas Guy

Winona

Honor the Treaties. Honor the Earth. A Native American point of view concerning the issues of the Keystone Pipeline and related to that, the potential sand mining in Wino ... 

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Our most precious commodity (05/28/2014)
From: Patricia Mertes

Buffalo City, Wis.

It’s time to take pen in hand and keep the thinking “population informed.”

Recently I received a letter from Kathleen Vinehout, the Wisconsin State Senato ... 

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Thanks for Krousey benefit (05/28/2014)
From: Shawn Krousey family

Thank you to everyone for the huge success of my benefit on May 17. So sorry we ran out of the chicken dinners; we never expected such a turnout!

Thank you to every sing ... 

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Thanks to Theatre du Mississippi (05/28/2014)
From: Margaret Shaw Johnson

I have served on the Board of Directors of Theatre du Mississippi (TdM) for several years but my term will come to an end on June 1. I am sorry to be leaving and I’m rea ... 

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Why is the Make-A-Wish 200 Club so small? (05/28/2014)
From: James Puz

The Make-A-Wish Foundation got its start in 1980. Many celebrities have contributed their time and money to this organization’s worthwhile efforts in helping children with life-thre ... 

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Counting signs (05/21/2014)
From: Steven J. Haines

Arcadia, Wis.

My name is Steve Haines and I own Cortland Farms, LLC, with my brother and sister. We are one of the property owners who have entered into an agreement with Al ... 

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Looking for my parents (05/21/2014)
From: Sherry L. (Hilbert) Barnhard

I am writing this letter with the hope that you will share it with your readers. I am trying to find and get to know my birth parents and family.

I was born on M ... 

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Support WSU baseball field partnership (05/21/2014)
From: Ken Fritz

Support WSU Baseball Field Relocation

Having recently moved to wonderful Winona my wife and I were excited to see the proposal from WSU to relocate its baseball team’s home field t ... 

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Thanks for BBBS support! (05/21/2014)
From: Ashley Santolin

Big Brothers Big Sisters

Thank you for having a feature story on Winona’s Bowl for Kids Sake benefitting Big Brothers Big Sisters of the 7 Rivers Region! The event was a gre ... 

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Thanks for Randy’s benefit (05/21/2014)
From: Linda Anderson

I would like to thank everyone who attended and contributed in any way my son Randy’s benefit held on May 4. The turnout was amazing! Randy is truly blessed to have such wond ... 

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The truth about AllEnergy and Arcadia annexation (05/21/2014)
From: Dean Sukowatey

AllEnergy

In a letter to the editor recently printed in local media, a Chicago-based attorney made a number of inaccurate and misleading statements regarding AllEnergy’s annex ... 

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Memorial Day — our attitude (05/19/2014)
From: Elaine Slater Reese

We celebrate Memorial Day to honor those who have given their lives for our country. They died that we might live in freedom. But how fast we forget. We are now a country  ... 

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Mental Health Month (05/19/2014)
From: Peg Walch

Hiawatha Valley Mental Health Center

We all know about the importance of taking care of our health — eating right, getting enough sleep, exercising. Healthy habits positively influ ... 

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MMAM is a place all can enjoy (05/19/2014)
From: Jeff and Arlene Compton

Winona

While a visit to the Minnesota Marine Art Museum is a good idea any day (Tuesday through Sunday), these very welcome finally-spring days are truly a perfect t ... 

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Arcadia annexation consequences (05/14/2014)
From: DeLaine Patzner

Arcadia

Frac sand companies are telling us what they have to offer, but I haven’t heard what the bottom line effect is for the next 30 years. Our community will experience t ... 

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Find out more about AllEnergy plans (05/14/2014)
From: Noreen and Roger Haines

Arcadia

I find it troubling that there are people in the community who have made their decision to put anti-annexation signs in their yards without actually coming t ... 

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Of life and death (05/14/2014)
From: Finbar McMullen, FSC

Winona

Perhaps the botched execution in Oklahoma will prompt fruitful discussion about the futility of the death penalty, but we have a long way to go. So many people on ... 

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Thank you, Mr. Hemker (05/14/2014)
From: Kay Shaw

Winona

The Hemker frac sand washing facility now has some pavement and crushed rocks on its driveway next to Goodview Road. This is a great improvement, and should cut down on the d ... 

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Thanks to Faith Lutheran in St. Charles (05/14/2014)
From: Sandy Erdman

It was such a joy to do the Mother’s Day luncheon on Saturday, May 10, at the Faith Lutheran Church, St. Charles, Minn. This presentation on aprons was a tie to American history ... 

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We need a leader! (05/12/2014)
From: Bill Wichmann

Let’s Go Fishing of the Greater Winona Area needs a volunteer to be president. The current president is moving away. The organization is starting its fourth year. Last year we t ... 

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A pot-hole-in-one (05/07/2014)
From: Dave Fratzke

Winona

Hey Winona, spring is here!! So are the potholes. Let’s not complain, let’s use them.!! Here’s how it works. Get a can of fluorescent spray paint, walk up the right side  ... 

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An indifferent America needs constant reminder (05/07/2014)
From: James R. Puz

“Being wounded or killed in any action against any enemy of the United States or as a result of an act of any such enemy or opposing armed forces.” Simple and to the point, thes ... 

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File by June 3 to run for SWCD board (05/07/2014)
From: Brein Maki

Individuals concerned about water quality and soil erosion in Winona County should consider filing by June 3 to run for the position of Supervisor of the Winona County Soil and Wat ... 

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My Next Poem Could Be My Last (05/07/2014)
How can we make an impression

What is the secret to fame

Does it really matter who or what we are

Will it be the rich that are best

And the poor are just worthless

Or are the most educated sittin ... 

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Obamacare (aka ACA) great for our country (05/07/2014)
From: Bob Redig

Winona

Any country that would call itself great provides for its citizens--not coddle them--but provides the framework in which they can care for themselves. Obamacare (aka the ... 

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Air monitoring decision short-sighted (05/05/2014)
From: Kent Cowgill

Winona

Ignoring the recommendations of the state of Minnesota’s Environmental Quality Board, the Winona Planning Commission has decided not to require monitoring of silica dust  ... 

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Benghaze versus Iraq (05/05/2014)
From: Dick Gallien

Wanted: The largest, gaudiest NFL score board on which to post the leaders and fatalities in the BENGHAZE versus IRAQ disasters and to interrupt all TV programs with spectacula ... 

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Obamacare will cost Minnesota schools (05/05/2014)
From: Rep. Steve Drazkowski

R - Mazeppa

Over the last few months, there have been many news stories regarding the problems with Obamacare. From people losing their health insurance, to no longer b ... 

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Thank you from MWMF (05/05/2014)
From: Parker Forsell

Mid West Music Fest Managing Director

We are going through the pictures and hearing from many of you and we are reminded of what a special event we ALL pulled off together. It ... 

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Thanks to the Bob Hoffman family (05/05/2014)
From: Rollingstone Activity Group

President Jackie Frisch, Vice President Heather Kessler, Rachel Larson, Theresa Jaszewski, Nicki Blevins, Crystal Schacht, Rhonda Schell, Shannon Schell, Sharon McKi ... 

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VITA program helped many (05/05/2014)
From: Justin Green

President, United Way Board of Directors

From late January through mid-April, volunteers provided tax assistance and guidance to low income residents of our community through t ... 

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Donate tools for Education Garden (04/30/2014)
From: Dorothy Wichmann

Winona County Extension Master Gardener,

Garden Manager, Winona Education Garden

Do you have garden tools that you don’t use or no longer need? The Education Garden at Sto ... 

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Historic preservation (04/30/2014)
From: Merle Hanson

We used to gather and sleep down near where the Marine Art Museum is. We built campfires and told stories and got in fights. Regular trains kept people going through Winona.

I k ... 

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Memories (04/30/2014)
From: Cecilia Manrique

Today’s young usually do not want to attend high school or college reunions and wait until they have been gone for more than 20 years to really appreciate those early friends ... 

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The Human Being (04/30/2014)
All human beings are unimportant

Only the lack less, the blind, the closed mind imbecile

Think this, that they are special

Unfortunately they are everywhere

Always wanting you to come around to th ... 

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Three on County Board drive extreme agenda (04/30/2014)
From: Tessa Schweitzer

Last fall, Winona County’s land use ordinance was amended by the most politicized County Board in recent history. This was made possible by Steve Jacob, his campaign loyalist ... 

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Drazkowski: say yes or no to medical marijuana (04/28/2014)
From: Rep. Steve Drazkowski

R - Mazeppa

Over the past few weeks, one of the most frequent topics of conversation I’ve had with constituents is medical marijuana.

As you know, marijuana is illegal ... 

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Family Fun day support was generous (04/28/2014)
From: Blandine Berthelot

WSU Camp and Conference Services

On behalf of the Family Fun Day and Summer Activities Fair Planning Committee

Thank you to all who made the fifth annual Family Fun Day  ... 

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Fix Gilmore/61, Mn/DOT, instead of wasting $$ (04/28/2014)
From: James K. Carlson

Winona

The city of Winona has been told that the work at intersections at Highway 61 and Gilmore Avenue and others will not receive enough Mn/DOT funds because of lack of fu ... 

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Money and politics in Winona County (04/28/2014)
From: Doug Nopar

Winona

The health of our democracy is at risk when money starts mixing with politics, especially at the level of local Winona County government. To my knowledge, a direct tie betw ... 

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Driving the back roads (04/23/2014)
From: Merle Hanson

It is usually quiet when we step into the church. Sometimes it is as if you can almost hear people thinking and praying. Doesn’t seem to matter what kind of church; they’ve all g ... 

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Make Levee Park accessible with creativity (04/23/2014)
From: Peter Flick

I believe Levee Park and the downtown waterfront are under-used public spaces because of ineffective design. I would love to see the park be a place for the community to gather, r ... 

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Commission should get its head out of the sand (04/21/2014)
From: Jane Cowgill

Winona

On April 28 at 4:30 p.m. the Winona Planning Commission will take up, for the third time, recommendations of the Citizens Environmental Quality Committee (CEQC) regarding ... 

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DNR should restock Bartlett Lake (04/21/2014)
From: John Kosidowski

Winona

It was disturbing to read recent news about the near total fish kill in one of my favorite fishing spots at Bartlett Lake this winter. The DNR reported that fish shou ... 

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Do not take a deep breath! (04/21/2014)
From: Dale Schauer

Do you know what’s in the air you are breathing? Do you know that breathing microscopic dust from silica — frac sand — can lodge in your lungs resulting in cancer? Do you know th ... 

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Obamacare promises just more lies (04/21/2014)
From: Kim Skappel

Cedar Valley

Remember when Richard Nixon said “I did not tell a lie”? Remember when Bill Clinton said “I did not have sex with Monica Lewinsky”? Remember when Barack Obama said  ... 

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Planning Commission to consider air quality (04/21/2014)
From: Wendy Larson

Soon after I moved to Winona last summer, it became clear to me how deeply residents care about preserving the rare natural beauty of this Driftless Area for their health, recrea ... 

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Tax reciprocity long overdue (04/21/2014)
From: Sen. Jeremy Miller

R - Winona

This week the state legislature is on Easter/Passover break. While on break I will be traveling throughout Senate District 28 visiting with residents and tourin ... 

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A big thank you for Seeling benefit (04/14/2014)
From: Kevin Seeling Family and the Benefit Committee

On Saturday, March 15, a cancer benefit was held for Kevin Seeling at the Winona Eagles Club. We would like to take this opportunity to thank th ... 

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Gardner Bowling Tournament a success (04/14/2014)
From: Jim Kohner

On March 7, the seventh annual Geoff Gardner Memorial Bowling Tournament was held at Westgate Bowl. A field of 45 doubles teams took part in the event, which is held in honor of We ... 

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Maple syrup trip was wonderful (04/14/2014)
From: Teresa Schumaker and Matt Feuerhelm

Dear Sara Grover and the staff at Whitewater State Park,

Thank you for sharing your excitement about the process of making maple syrup with our St. Stani ... 

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Players enjoyed entertaining everyone (04/14/2014)
From: Judee Brone

Director/FC River Players production of “Rumors”

Wow! We had sooo much fun presenting the production (our 10th spring play) of “Rumors,” by Neil Simon, to the area. Fountain City ... 

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Putin's plot (04/14/2014)
From: James R. Puz

There’s much criticism over President Putin’s recent military ‘excursion’ into Crimea. So far, it’s gotten the response I’m sure he was looking for.

First, Russia’s desire to r ... 

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Thanks for a great play! (04/14/2014)
From: Rhoda Abts

Fountain City, Wis.

After attending the Fountain City River Players presentation of “Rumors,” I wish to congratulate all the talented players and Judee Brone for a great play. You ... 

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Whose plan is it anyway? (04/14/2014)
From: Tim Breza

Winona

A plan was presented for review at the recent public meeting of the Levee Park committee. The point was made early in the meeting that the plan was not the committee’s plan, ... 

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ORC has made a difference in her life (04/09/2014)
From: Sharon Burns

Minnesota City, Minn.

I have always believed if you care about someone and if someone has made a difference in your life it is important to let them know.

So I sit here thinkin ... 

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Sen. Miller: take my survey (04/09/2014)
From: Sen. Jeremy Miller

R - Winona

As an elected official, it is important to me to listen to all of the constituents I represent. My goal is to represent the citizens of Fillmore, Houston and Wi ... 

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The Great River Guys — Lee Gundersheimer and Doug Scholz-Carlson (04/09/2014)
Doug: Hey Lee, did you know that studies show that if you give to causes you believe in, you actually will achieve greater goals in your own life than if you don’t?

Lee: That makes sense to me intuit ... 

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'A Call to Action' (04/07/2014)
From: Kathy Redig

Pastor of All Are One Roman Catholic Church

“A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence and Power,” is an excellent new book by former president, Jimmy Carter, who connects all  ... 

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DNR hunter surveillance bill necessary (04/07/2014)
From: Rep. Steve Drazkowski

R - Mazeppa

When it comes to enforcement of game and fish regulations, many people I hear from usually have a bone to pick with the Department of Natural Resources ­— p ... 

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Family of John Schneider: please help (04/07/2014)
From: The family of

Winona County Sheriff

Investigator John J. Schneider.

End of Watch: September 7, 1980

The family of Winona County Sheriff Investigator John J. Schneider of Winona will tra ... 

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Thanks to businesses that shared with students (04/07/2014)
From: Matt Smith

On behalf of the students and staff of House 8 East at the Winona Middle School, I would like to thank the following business people (and their businesses) who worked in our Social ... 

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Winona County has wronged me (04/07/2014)
From: Duane Hebert

Winona County Administrator — currently on paid administrative leave

If the company alleging injury has been wronged by [Winona] County personnel, then responsible individual(s) ... 

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Julie at the bat (04/02/2014)
By -- From: Al Paffrath

What better way to joyfully usher out what has been a very unpleasant and challenging winter than to welcome in the baseball season, and in the process pay homage to Winona baseba ... 

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Plan for more through streets (04/02/2014)
By -- From: J. A. Quist

Retired educator

The mayor states he could not understand uncontrolled intersections in Winona, then proposes more streets (9th, 10th, 11th, etc.) THROUGH STREETS, turning them i ... 

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Scotty, please take the money (04/02/2014)
By -- From: Craig Brooks

I don’t mean from the Koch Brothers. I mean the Federal Medicaid money that can save us all money and save many from suffering.

Kicking 77,000 people off BadgerCare this week r ... 

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Unneeded $90 million state office building (04/02/2014)
By -- From: Rep. Steve Drazkowski

R - Mazeppa

If you ever wanted an example of lawmakers prioritizing themselves over the needs of Minnesotans, look no further than the brand new, $90 million Senate Off ... 

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We need tax reciprocity (04/02/2014)
By -- From: Sen. Jeremy Miller

R - Winona

I introduced SF 2798; bipartisan legislation to address the issue of income tax reciprocity between Minnesota and Wisconsin. This legislation will require the C ... 

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What about the guys ‘n’ gals?? (04/02/2014)
By -- From: Al Rothering, Director, Second Chance

I wasn’t prepared for the emotional ride the “Homeless...” article by Chris Rogers took me on. Fifteen minutes after reading it I was busy typing up “My  ... 

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Compulsory schooling (03/31/2014)
By -- From: Dick Gallien

In “Setting a record” 2/23/14, you expressed your frustration with “our” compulsory school system, a system which John Taylor Gatto documents as taken from the Protestant German ... 

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Donate to Humane Society Rummage Sale (03/31/2014)
By -- From: DeDe Olson

WAHS volunteer

The Winona Area Humane Society will be hosting a Rummage Sale on May 3.

The sale will be held at our location, 1112 East Broadway, May 3, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

When do ... 

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Highlights from the Capitol (03/31/2014)
By -- From: Sen. Jeremy Miller

R - Winona

Below are some highlights from last week at the Capitol.

2014 Omnibus Tax Bill

On Friday, March 21, the Senate passed HF 1777, the 2014 Senate Omnibus Tax Bi ... 

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Inflation (03/31/2014)
By -- From: Leonard Schultz

Inflation, what inflation? According to our leaders inflation was a mere 1.5 percent last year. I can only assume the people that came up with that number count only what they ... 

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Opposition to Keystone XL pipeline (03/31/2014)
By -- From: Nicholas Guy

Gary LeMasters Letter to Editor, March 27, 2014. Excellent and very well written article. I posted it on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. Regarding Twitter, I also re-posted it to ... 

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Thanks to the Winona Post (03/31/2014)
By -- From: Richard K. Dahl

Vice President, Nor-Win Lodge 505

Thank you for the beautifully presented article, “Forgotten Yet Unforgettable” in the March 23 edition of the Winona Post about the Theodora ... 

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Budget bill loaded with more spending increases (03/26/2014)
From: Rep. Steve Drazkowski

R - Mazeppa

With a $1.2 billion surplus projected for the remainder of the 2014-15 biennium, the Minnesota Legislature must approve a supplemental budget plan that actu ... 

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Misinformation and Glacier Sands (03/26/2014)
From: Gary LeMasters

Cochrane, Wis.

From the article titled Glacier Sands Explains Sand Plant Rezone Delay (Winona Post, 3/12/14): “Developers cited misinformation circulated among residents as on ... 

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Protect our right to vote (03/26/2014)
From: Mary Cichanowski

Pickwick

There is currently a full-court press supporting an Amendment to the Minnesota Constitution which would take away our right to vote for judges! This is happening th ... 

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Safety and oil on trains (03/26/2014)
From: Jim R. Miller

Since I live a stone’s throw away from the CP Rail tracks, I might as well put my two cents in. (I’m good at clichés.)

There are two personnel in the cab on those trains ... 

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Support seniors and caregivers (03/26/2014)
From: Tom Lindh

Samantha Colbenson

Kari Drinkall

Rhonda Spece

On behalf of Good Shepherd Lutheran Services, Rushford

Minnesota’s senior citizens deserve to receive the care they need to preser ... 

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Thanks to Marie Barrientos (03/26/2014)
From: Jennifer Knapp Severson

Chairman/President of the Red Cross serving Winona, Goodhue, and Wabasha counties

I would like to write a public thank you to Marie Barrientos after her more than ni ... 

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Urinetown! (03/26/2014)
From: Vivian Fusillo

Congratulations Gary Diomandes, Judy Myers, and the cast and crew of “Urinetown, The Musical.” The entire production was absolutely brilliant. Thanks so much. ... 

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Don't be fooled (03/24/2014)
By -- From: Patricia W. Mertes

Glacier Sands doesn’t want to have time to explain. I think they are waiting for Tom Tiffany to get his bill passed which would take away our right to have any say as to wh ... 

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Levee Park open house needs you (03/24/2014)
By -- From: Frank Pomeroy

Levee Park Committee Chair

To the residents of Winona,

You may already know about the Levee Park Vision Plan Open House to be held on Monday, March 31, from 4:30 – 8:00 p.m. a ... 

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Thanks from the Jonsgaard family (03/24/2014)
By -- From: The Jonsgaard family

Winona

We would like to give a heartfelt thank you to each and every individual who donated their time and talent to the Dan Jonsgaard Benefit Dinner and Silent and Live ... 

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What is climate change (03/24/2014)
By -- From: Jeff Falk

There have been two letters in recent editions of the Post ridiculing the evidence for climate change without referencing any evidence of their own. Letters to the editor are perha ... 

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Evidence suggests 'climate change' doesn't exist (03/19/2014)
By -- Name: Stan Gudmundson

Not long ago I read an article by a climate “researcher” who claimed that one of the movement’s genius was to link every climate-related activity to climate change, thereby m ... 

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Ideas for Levee Park (03/19/2014)
By -- From: Jeanne Nelson

Winona, Minn.

In thinking how Winona currently uses Levee Park, I’ll suggest a fairly basic idea that can be expanded on by the park committee. The total plan consists of two  ... 

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No horses at the polls? (03/19/2014)
By -- From: Tom Bice

Trempealeau County, Wis.

My trip to vote in the County Board primary election in District 5 (Arcadia and Dodge) was interesting. I knew the anti-sand people were out in force, so I  ... 

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Climate change (03/17/2014)
By -- From: Leonard Schultz

Fountain City, Wis.

Chicken Little may have been right. Thirty or so years ago “they” were predicting the coming of another ‘Ice Age.’ That didn’t produce the desired panic,  ... 

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Glacier Sands spins its reason for delaying sand plant rezone (03/17/2014)
By -- From: Joan Schnabel

While Brian Nodolf does not seem capable of taking no for an answer, he is capable of doing simple math. Glacier Sands did not withdraw because of “misinformation.” They withdre ... 

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In Wisconsin, April 1 is NOT for fools (03/17/2014)
By -- From: Craig Brooks

Buffalo County, Wis.

Local government is where IT’S at. This is where the rubber hits the road and where actions affect our day-to-day lives.

A reminder: please remember to go  ... 

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Response to Meyer on wages (03/17/2014)
By -- From: Lorraine Redig

Winona

Raising the minimum wage isn’t the mistake. The mistake is keeping profits-first capitalist faith of dog-eat-dog competition. Capitalism’s competition against each othe ... 

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Sen. Miller: tell me how you feel on issues (03/17/2014)
By -- From: Sen. Jeremy Miller

R — Winona

As your State Senator, it’s important to me to listen to all of the constituents I represent. Your comments and input on issues taking place at the Capitol are ... 

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Winona's Education Village (03/17/2014)
By -- From: Scott R. Olson

WSU President

When I was a kid growing up in Minnesota, there were three things most Minnesotans would have said defined our state and made us the best place to live in the wo ... 

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A new world (03/12/2014)
By -- From: Georgianna Gernes

A whole big world of invention and creativity came before us. I’ve resisted all this stuff…to a degree. High school kids just text…back and forth, back and forth.

Having vi ... 

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Cleaning up state statute (03/12/2014)
By -- From: Gene Pelowski

Today, the House Higher Education Finance and Policy Committee held a hearing on its unsession bill for the 2014 legislative session. The bill, like Governor Dayton’s unsession ... 

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Energy independence (03/12/2014)
By -- From: Jeffrey W. Flaten

The notion that our country was approaching energy independence took a setback this winter when propane prices soared to record heights, leaving individuals and family farms ... 

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From: Gary Evans, president, Greater Minnesota Partnership Gov. Dayton recently stated that the broadband proposal in front of the legislature for a (03/12/2014)
By -- From: Gary Evans, president, Greater Minnesota Partnership

Gov. Dayton recently stated that the broadband proposal in front of the legislature for a $100 million broadband infrastructure fund was  ... 

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Minimum wage, bullying, Obamacare (03/12/2014)
By -- From: Bruce Montplaisir

It is interesting that the Congressional Budget Office report on minimum wage increases predicts 500,000 low-income jobs would be eliminated, 900,000 families would be lifte ... 

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Thanks from the Follies (03/12/2014)
By -- From: Sue Degallier and Nancy Iglesias

Co-chairs of the 2014 Winona Health Auxiliary Follies

On behalf of the Winona Health Auxiliary, we want to take the opportunity to thank all those involved  ... 

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Tiffany's bill locks citizens out (03/12/2014)
By -- From: Steven Schild

It is rank Republican hypocrisy — the party that claims to support limited government and individual rights backing a bill that would lock citizens out of decision-making about  ... 

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What's wrong with the Wis. DNR (03/12/2014)
By -- From: Matthew Schultz

The last chilly morning of deer hunting, I sat on a rocky point looking down the valley. My family’s farm lay on both sides, and tapering off in the distance was the Trempeale ... 

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Drazkowski: Repeal of tax hikes for farmers (03/10/2014)
By -- From: Rep. Steve Drazkowski, R — Mazeppa

One of my top goals this session is to eliminate the obscene amount of tax increases that were placed on Minnesota’s farmers by legislative Democrats and Go ... 

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Minimum wage mistake (03/10/2014)
By -- From: Dennis J. Meyer

The Minnesota Legislature is currently debating raising the minimum wage to $9.50 per hour. The current minimum wage in Minnesota is $6.15 per hour, which I agree is too low. ... 

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Thanks for a great WRC gala (03/10/2014)
By -- From: Diana Miller, WRC director and Gala committee

The Women’s Resource Center wishes to thank all those who made the 27th annual WRC Gala a very uplifting and successful event. The ballroom at t ... 

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Thanks for ice fishing tournament (03/10/2014)
By -- From: Big Brothers Big Sisters of 7 Rivers Region - Winona and Let’s Go Fishing

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the 7 Rivers Region - Winona Office and Let’s Go Fishing would like to thank the communit ... 

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Why did Glacier Sands pull its permit request? (03/10/2014)
By -- From: James J. Drost

It is my opinion that Glacier Sands pulled its application because it wanted to wait for SB632/AB679. They figured that they could not suffer another defeat. It is always amazi ... 

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WSHS hockey (03/10/2014)
By -- From: Roger Benson

Ex-Winhawk and Golden Gopher

1: Over the past 20 years those in control (coaches, athletic directors, and administrators) have contributed to its deterioration. This year the peop ... 

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Bike safety (03/05/2014)
By -- From: Rick Price, Ph.D.

Good story by Chris Rogers in today’s paper.  I write about bike safety twice a month in the Fort Collins Coloradoan.  You can see some of my columns here: www.bicyclesafety ... 

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Going to church can't hurt (03/05/2014)
By -- From: Larry Greden

Altura, Minn.

Maybe folks need to get back to church. Years ago the percentage of us going to church was higher and it seemed crime and all of the abuse and drug problems were l ... 

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No more unwanted litters! (03/05/2014)
By -- From: DeDe Olson

Stop the littering and help work towards the goal of “no more unwanted litters.”

Please spread the word to friends, family, neighbors and co-workers.

The Minnesota Spay Neuter As ... 

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Old Eagle Eye (03/05/2014)
By -- From: Bruce Klein

Lewiston, Minn.

Son of WWII Veteran Marine Joseph Klein (1923-1990)

By just looking at someone, can you tell if that person is a veteran? Can you see it in their eyes? Not only  ... 

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Thanks to Sheriff, Dive Rescue (03/05/2014)
By -- From: Wabasha Chief of Police Jim Warren

Wabasha County Sheriff Rodney Bartsh

Recently, we had a tragic drowning on the Mississippi River in the city of Wabasha. We wanted to send a proper thank y ... 

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Wabasha drug arrests, warning (03/05/2014)
By -- From: Joe Modjeski

Chief Deputy

Wabasha County

On Friday, February 28, the Wabasha County Sheriff’s Office assisted by the Southeast Minnesota Narcotics Task Force and Goodhue County Emergency Re ... 

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Davids on MNsure enrollment projections (03/03/2014)
By -- From: Rep. Greg Davids

(R) Preston

The MNsure Board of Directors announced Wednesday that it dramatically reduced enrollment expectations for 2014. The board released a new projection showing that ... 

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Drazkowski's views on 2014 session (03/03/2014)
By -- From: Rep. Steve Drazkowski

(R) Mazeppa

On February 25, lawmakers returned to the State Capitol in St. Paul in order to begin the 2014 legislative session. Though it’s being advertised by Democrat ... 

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Heating assistance for Minnesotans approved (03/03/2014)
By -- From: Sen. Jeremy Miller

(R) Winona

As we are all well aware, Minnesota is currently experiencing a miserably cold and long winter. Many Minnesota families, who heat their homes with propane, and  ... 

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Rivertown Lions say thanks (03/03/2014)
By -- From: The Winona

Rivertown Lions

The Winona Riveertown Lions Club extends a big thank you to everyone who helped make our annual Chili and Chicken Wild Rice Soup Bread Bowl Supper fundraiser a su ... 

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SWCD's actions not biased toward 'organic' (03/03/2014)
By -- From: Eric Nelson

Winona

Actions of the Winona Soil and Water Conservation District are not biased toward “organic” farmers. During my tenure as SWCD District 3 Supervisor from Aug 2011 to Dec 201 ... 

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Thanks for Cotter Band support (03/03/2014)
By -- From: Cotter Band Booster Parents

Winona is a generous and supportive community. Thank you to all who turned out to support our 34th Annual Cotter Band Lasagna Dinner. This is a big fundraiser eve ... 

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Want to run for public office (03/03/2014)
By -- From: Dennis Meyer

Winona

Have you wondered what it would be like to run for public office, how to get started, who could you contact? You are not alone at knowing where to start. I held public of ... 

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Is Minnesota still business friendly? (02/26/2014)
By -- From: Dennis Meyer

I am concerned as a small business owner in Southeastern Minnesota that the Minnesota Legislature and the Governor are out of touch with small business. The business-to-business ... 

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More on property rights! (02/26/2014)
By -- From: Tom Bice

Trempealeau, Wis.

A few years ago, I attended a Trempealeau County Board of Adjustment hearing to witness the level of justice in an average hearing. The Board of Adjustment is made ... 

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Committee deadlines at the Legislature (02/26/2014)
By -- From: Rep. Gene Pelowski

For anyone planning to visit the Capitol during the upcoming legislative session, there are several key dates to keep in mind. Current rules dictate that a House bill must  ... 

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Is this the school district's business? (02/26/2014)
By -- From: Al Kochenderfer

A heartfelt thank you to our C-FC School Board for their time and efforts in running our school district in a good manner. I just happen to strongly disagree with their positi ... 

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It will be a short session (02/26/2014)
By -- From: Sen. Jeremy Miller

This week kicks off the 2014 legislative session. With less than three months before we are constitutionally required to adjourn and our first committee deadline on March 2 ... 

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Sick of slick (02/26/2014)
By -- From: David Boone

Houston, Minn.

Well fellow babies, the “silly season” bears down on us once again. I’m talking — pardon the expression — politics. From now until November we will be treated to  ... 

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We must protect our water (02/24/2014)
By -- From: Mark and Melissa Martin

My wife and I grew up in central Illinois in an area with limited water. We grew up with city water wells that were condemned by the state due to contamination. We the ... 

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Dad's birthday — Milton Ellinghuysen (02/24/2014)
By -- From: Bonnie Oldham

Dear Dad:

On Christmas Eve I got a surprise. My uncle called and said, “For some reason I had you on my mind. I was sitting here watching the old bubble lights that we always h ... 

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Good story on Goodview Grandma (02/24/2014)
By -- From: Kent O. Stever, Ph.D.

Lakeville, Minn.

Congratulations to Chris Rogers and the Winona Post for researching and publishing the story on “Goodview Elementary’s Grandma.” It’s a simple story  ... 

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Making the WH Auxiliary Follies fun (02/24/2014)
By -- From: Kathy Turner

The Follies are coming to town! The Topsy Turvy Television Follies Part 2, sponsored by the Winona Health Auxiliary, will be held Thursday, February 27, through Sunday, March 2,  ... 

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Old Settlers say thanks (02/24/2014)
From: Marian Vanderzee

Secretary

The officers of the Winona County Old Settlers extend a sincere thank-you to all the members and friends who came to the 126th annual meeting on Saturday, February ... 

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Thoughts about Buffalo County — Part 2 (02/24/2014)
By -- From: Al Kochenderfer

You know some of us oppose the CAPX2020 power line, we oppose coal fired generating plants, we oppose wind turbines, we oppose nuclear powered generators, we oppose anything  ... 

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‘Gasland 2’ speaker’s thoughts on ‘FrackNation’ (02/19/2014)
From: Calvin Tillman

Mayor emeritus

Town of DISH, Tex.

I recently attended the Frozen River Film Festival in support of the documentary Gasland Part 2. Prior to my arrival in Winona, Minn., ther ... 

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2014 off to a deadly start on Minnesota roads (02/19/2014)
From: Sgt. Jacalyn Sticha

Minnesota State Patrol

No seat belts, speed listed as top contributing factors in crashes

The year is off to a deadly start on Minnesota roads, and drivers are being  ... 

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Have patience with email (02/19/2014)
From: Sen. Jeremy Miller

As some of you may know, the Minnesota Senate has been experiencing system-wide network problems for the last several days. As a result, all Senators and staff are unable  ... 

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Is industrial zone appropriate near C-FC school? (02/19/2014)
From: Jeff Falk

Fountain City, Wis.

The following was my statement to the Buffalo County Zoning Committee on the request for a rezone of the Starkey/Kamrowski agricultural land to industrial. A fe ... 

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Romantic time (02/19/2014)

When I heard that the Minnesota Marine Art Museum and Great River Shakespeare Festival were collaborating on a Valentine’s Day party, I thought, “That’s for me!” I called a handful of friends, and b ... 

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Thoughts about Buffalo County — Part 1 (02/19/2014)
From: Al Kochenderfer

American shipyards, long closed, have scaled off 40 plus years of rust and disrepair and are now humming at full capacity providing jobs for thousands of skilled workers.

WHY ... 

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A hole in the wall? (02/16/2014)
From: Wayne E. Hamernik

Winona

What’s wrong with the U of M consultants, are they crazy? I guess they were nowhere around in ‘65 when we were inches away from losing our city.

Thousands of young  ... 

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Agrees with letter (02/16/2014)
From: Bob Boyum

Rushford, Minn.

I agree with the letter on the opinion page of the Post on February 5, 2014, “Are you our of your fracken minds?” But one thing is wrong. The DNR stands for Do Noth ... 

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Our failed fossil fuel industry (02/16/2014)
From: Donna Buckbee

Rushford Minn.

I wish to express my deep admiration for the Catholic Workers who went on trial for protesting frack sand mining in Winona. Their testimony in the courtroom and  ... 

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Post card from Dad (02/16/2014)
From: Merle Hanson

It is not too bad over here. Life moves slower, you can relax. I didn’t make it through the gate. Nobody does or hardly anybody.

I get to think about the mistakes I made. A lo ... 

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Thanks for your attendance (02/16/2014)
From: Fatima Said

On behalf of the Project FINE Board of Directors and Staff, I would like to extend my thanks to those who attended our Annual Report to the Community Event on February 11th at Sai ... 

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WABO tournament was successful (02/16/2014)
From: Tory Johnson

Executive Director/Founder

Winona Area Basketball Organization

On February 8, Winona Area Basketball Organization (WABO) hosted a 3 on 3 basketball tournament as a part of Wino ... 

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Will the Destination Medical Center have a regional impact? (02/16/2014)
From: Jeff Gorfine

Rochester, Minn.

Over the past 25 years, Rochester has evolved into a regional economic and cultural center, whose impact goes well beyond its city borders. Every day workers f ... 

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A response to Jereczek on Trempealeau leadership (02/12/2014)
From: Tom Bice

Trempealeau, Wis.

I understand why we have so few honorable people in politics nowadays.  I have sworn to uphold the Constitution when I was elected to the County Board, and I will  ... 

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A silent media (02/12/2014)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

Who could we correctly blame for the ruination of America?

No one in America would be lying by saying that America is in a dreadful mess. Nearly everyone (at lea ... 

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American Heart Month—are you heart healthy? (02/12/2014)
From: Derek Madsen, CEO, Winona Family YMCA

February is American Heart Month and as a leading voice on improving the nation’s health and well-being, the Winona Family YMCA urges everyone in our com ... 

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Both sides of the fracking debate (02/12/2014)
From: Steve Schild

I’m glad the Daily News took City Councilman Paul Double to task for his silly, mean-spirited and futile attempt to punish the Frozen River Film Festival for not showing the pro- ... 

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Challenge to the businesses (02/12/2014)
From: Marie Kovecsi

Our community has just witnessed a soul-searching trial. I express my thanks to the jury of citizens who handled the complex issues admirably. Also, thanks to our judge for pr ... 

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How budget should be constructed (02/12/2014)
From: Bruce Montplaisir

Altura

The summer of 2012, I was asked how I thought the Minnesota State Budget should be constructed. I said “The first thing to do was to determine what the state was res ... 

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Long overdue farm bill cuts deficit by $24 billion (02/12/2014)
From: Ryan Buck

Minnesota Corn Growers Association President

It took more than three years, numerous partisan speed bumps were hit along the way, and the legislation isn’t perfect, but we finally ... 

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News from Sen. Miller (02/12/2014)
From: Sen. Jeremy Miller

During my time in the Minnesota Senate, a priority of mine has been to work with and advocate for organizations in our state that provide support and services to our most v ... 

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Really Draz? Really? (02/12/2014)
From: Dave Wera

Let me first just say I voted for you, Mr. Drazkowski, so I’m feeling quite frustrated right now. I voted for you because I thought you were about smaller government and above friv ... 

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Restitution will not be paid (02/12/2014)
From: Michael Abdoo

My name is Michael Abdoo, I’m a 25-year-old Catholic Worker, farmer, electrician and poet, currently living and working on a small farm in Lake City, Minnesota. A little over th ... 

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Twins Caravan 2014 (02/12/2014)
From: Al Smith

Having fun is attending Winona’s version of baseball’s Hot Stove League. Better known as the Minnesota Twins Winter Caravan. We have been very fortunate to have the Twins come to vis ... 

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Who are the Buffalo County Defenders? (02/12/2014)
Some questions came up at the town of Milton meeting as to who were the Buffalo County Defenders. Perhaps we have been remiss about not formally introducing ourselves, but we certainly haven’t been i ... 

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

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

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

Dodge, Wis.

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

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

Steve Drazkowski

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

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

Buffalo City, Wis.

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

1. We are still cons ... 

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

Goodview Volunteer Fire & Rescue

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

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

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

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

Winona Health Women’s Health Center

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

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

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

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

Rushford, Minn.

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

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

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

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

Winona

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

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

Winona

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

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

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

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

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

Winona Kiwanis Sunrisers

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

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

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

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

Winona County Sheriff’s Office

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

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

Minnesota State Patrol

Pedestrian crosswalks

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

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

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

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

From: Lorraine Redig

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

Capitalism’s unfettered marketplace wealth distribution s ... 

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

Jeremy Miller

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

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

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

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

Executive Director, Project FINE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jeremy Miller

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mahfood,

Business Director, FRFF

Mike Kennedy,

Board Chair, FRFF

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

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

Buffalo City, Wis.

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

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

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

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

Winona

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

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

Sally Cumiskey Chair & Kalene Engel, Executive Director

MN League of Women Voters (LWV0 – Winona Unit –

Lynn Theurer Co- chair &  ... 

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

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

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

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

Steve criticiz ... 

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

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

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

Crash witness

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

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

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

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

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

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

and Deb Roschen

Wabasha County

Commissioners

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

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

Rushford, Minn.

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

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

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

Commissioner John Burdick

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

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

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

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

Falling silently on the ground. It

Causes me to pause and exclaim!

Could those be sparkling diamonds

on the snow banks! Accentuated by

the moonlit night!

What a ... 

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

Steve Jacob

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

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

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

2013 Toys for Tots Drive

Hiawatha Valley Marines

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

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

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

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

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

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

Houston, Minn.

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

Frac sand mining has no place in south ... 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Silent Auction Chair

Shae Nehiba

Silent Auction Advisor

Lance Thompson

Director of Student Activities

Saint Mary’s University

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

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

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

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

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

Lat ... 

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

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

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

Warm turkey stew with stuffing and cranberries,

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

All in a Tent heated up just for you.

Mulled wi ... 

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

Chairman, National Trout Center

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

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

Winona Area Humane Society

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

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

Mary Singer

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

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

Thank you, Fran!!

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

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

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

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

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

Minnesota State Patrol

Following too closely

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

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

Winona

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

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

Head Coach

Winona Winhawk Baseball

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

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

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

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

Oh what are these sounds I hear in the sky,

The cold wind screams and deadening cry

Of the songs birds sing when abandoned to die?

Oh what are these sounds I hear in the sky

 ... 

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

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

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

Janel, Drew, Luke and Tom

Dear friends and neighbors,

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

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

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

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

guiding us to where Jesus lay

tonight we recall it as we pray

waiting, waiting as night

turns to day

King of Kings, nestled on the hay.

Merry Christmas all!

Maxin ... 

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

The Vikings just couldn't get anything done

Sacks and fumbles, interceptions too

There wasn't much the Vikings could do

Wright had a t ... 

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

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

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

Another exclaime ... 

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

Leaves fall to the earth and our autumn is gone.

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

Clouds are dark gray as it soon will be snowing.

Lig ... 

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

Community Wellness Director

Live Well Winona

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

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

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

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

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

Why?  ... 

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

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

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

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

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

Remembering both my Dad

Milt Ellinghuysen and Our Father in Heaven

From: Bonnie Oldham

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

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

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

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

2013 WHA Fantasy of Trees Committee

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

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

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

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

The Vikes beat one of the better teams today

With Gerhart and Peterson not playing at all

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

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

West Dennis, Mass.

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

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

Minnesota Corn Growers

Association President

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

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

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

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

Lewiston, Minn.

Happy holidays to you and yours!

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

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

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

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

Fountain City, Wis.

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

Although I do not know  ... 

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

Houston, Minn.

Dear Chairman Camp,

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

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

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

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

Project FINE

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

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

and the game was not delightful

What a game it was, I would say

But it didn’t end up the Viking way

One of the craziest games I’ve ever seen

The ground was  ... 

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

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

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

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

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

Merchants Bank Charter President

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

Over the past 2 ... 

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

Steve Drazkowski

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

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

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

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

student

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

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

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

It was an exciting game to see

A wild ride it was, but a victory

Our defense was great, offense too

Ponder gets hurt, Cassel comes through

It was so fun to watch, then the tie came

But we en ... 

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

Winona

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

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

Melissa Crowley

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

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

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

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

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

Grade 8 Social Studies

Winona Middle School

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

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

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

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

Wiscoy Township

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

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

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

On behalf of Winona Public Library and Winona Early Childhood Initiative

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

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

Jeremy Miller

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We had a lead and should have won

But ended up a tie, the game was done

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

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

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

Winona Volunteer Services Board President

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

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

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

winners

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Executive Director, United Way of the Greater Winona Area

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

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

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

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

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

volunteer

Arcadia Food Pantry for

Trempealeau County

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

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

Director of Child Care

Ministries

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

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

Eliot, Maine

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

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

Westfield Golf Club Board Member

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

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

and Mark Metzler

Co-chairs

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

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

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

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

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

When my husband  ... 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Zumbro Township

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

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

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

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

Chair, River Arts Alliance

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

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

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

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

Festival Director, Frozen River Film Festival

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

With today’s m ... 

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

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

It is common knowledge ... 

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

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

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

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

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

Mary Borgen, LWV Winona Unit, co-chair

Lori Ortega, LWV Winona Unit, program chair

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

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

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

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

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

The Vikes won this one, put up a fight

I wasn’t going to watch, but did anyway

I’m a true Viking fan, what can I say

Peterson had 75 yards and two tou ... 

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

Cotter Jr. High School

Teacher: Gini Wilzbacher

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

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

Winona Middle School

Teacher: Mr. Matt Schultz

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

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

Minnesota State Patrol

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

President of the Minnesota Corn Growers Association

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

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

Touché! ... 

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

It was a big heartbreaker, that’s for sure

Losing this game, there was no cure

I think everyone played well and our defense too

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

Peterson  ... 

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

Chairperson

Landowners of Winona County

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

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

Winona Area Barbershoppers' Director

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

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

Winona Area

Barbershoppers director

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

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

Eric Sorensen, Vice-Chair

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

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

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

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

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

St. Charles Farmers’ Market Board Chair

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

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

Now there are two restorative justice movements in Winona County.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Commissioner Steve Jacob

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

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

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

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

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

The west bound 'ramp lig ... 

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

Constituent

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

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

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

 ... 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It wasn’t a blowout, but wasn’t a win

But Patterson started out good, and we did begin

The longest ever in football, on this kickoff return

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

We  ... 

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

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

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

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

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

And so her children all know Jesus

My seven year old grandson got this advice

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

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

come to our aid

With tender words, always good

things to say

Fought through so much all

through her life

A wonderful “Mother” with

arms always opened through

each of t ... 

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

Winona Area Chamber of

Commerce President

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

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

Brian “Fox” Ellis brings history  ... 

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

Regional Consultant for Camp Invention

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

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

Kathy Turner, Chair

Mark Peterson, WCHS Executive Director

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

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

Superintendent

Winona Area Public Schools

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

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

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

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

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

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

and Cliff Black

For The Winona Hims

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

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

on this game tonight

Vikes, they played oh so bad

We’re angry and we’re very mad

Josh Freeman’s start was not so good

Didn’t play like we thought he would

He doesn’t  ... 

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

and Diana Miller

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

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

Jeremy Miller

Dear friends and neighbors,

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

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

and Live at the Levee

event organizer group

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

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

Winona

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

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

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

President, Winona Rotary

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

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

Winona County Board of

Commissioners Chair

Winona

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

and Tracy Rahim

Homecoming Committee

Winona State University

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

We would like to in ... 

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

Wiscoy Township

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

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

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

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

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

Lion Rosie Wadewitz

Lion Jan Seaburn

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

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

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

Two costly interceptions, that was bad

The fans left the game early, certainly mad

With 97 yards receiving ... 

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

Goodview, Minn.

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

 ... 

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

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

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

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

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

Galesville, Wis.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Altura, Minn.

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

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

WSU Graduate ‘09

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

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

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

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

Winona

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

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

Lewiston, Minn.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Galesville, Wis.

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

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

WSU Intern Project COMPASS

Schizophrenia.

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

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

Lake City, Minn.

Merl Norman

(Former Co. Commissioner)

Zumbro Falls, Minn.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winona Area Barbershoppers Director

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

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

Arcadia Food Pantry for Trempealeau County

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

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

Executive Minister

Wesley United Methodist Church

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

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

Oh yes you’re better than anyone else

Oh yes we’re both always right

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

A hundred years from now, a million

No one cares abo ... 

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

Houston, Minn.

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

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

Project COMPASS Intern

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

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

Project COMPASS Disability Coordinator

Suicide

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

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

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

I am guilty of  ... 

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

Executive Director, United Way of the Greater Winona Area

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

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

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

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

Angela McQuinn

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

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

Lewiston, Minn.

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

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

Jeremy Miller

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

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

Hokah, Minn.

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

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

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

Before the “Big Boxes” arriv ... 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Before the “Big Boxes” arriv ... 

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

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

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

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

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

That time of year for him again comes round

when stout perennials spring up in the room,

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

Bevington, Riverside ... 

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

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

Which is forever

This day is the same as all the others

Give thanks to the power or powers that know

The secr ... 

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

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

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

Coordinator Toys for Tots Drive, Hiawatha Valley Marines

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

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

Three in a row and that does cost

Ponder ran for two touchdowns, one interception he threw

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

Peter ... 

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

President

Winona Dakota Unity Alliance (WDUA)

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

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

Victor Peckham, 1920-1983

Most people stayed away from Vic Peckham.

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

He ran her down leaving only her shoes

and her brothe ... 

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

Winona, Minn.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Professor of Political

Science, WSU

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

Since the Minnesota State Colleges and Univ ... 

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

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

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

And in the spi ... 

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

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

This y ... 

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

Goodview

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

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

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

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

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

We started out good, same as a week ago

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

To start, P ... 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Alzheimer’s Association Volunteer

2013 WALK Committee

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

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

Dzwonkowski family

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

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

St. Charles, Minn

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

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

Mary Singer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Director/Health Officer

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

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

Winona Health ICU nurse

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

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

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

Don’t get me wrong: I h ... 

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

Jeremy Miller

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

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

Mine to caress or turn on command

Black writing on white or brown or cream

Powerful images to color any dream

Leather bound or with a paper cover

Purcha ... 

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

Minnesota State Patrol

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

A: Riding on a school bus is ... 

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

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

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

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

Cochrane, Wis.

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

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

No Viking fans singing the victory song

Peterson’s first touch of the ball

Ran 78 yards, a touchdown did call

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

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

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

My husband’s aunt would say approvingly.

“Barn windows even sparkled with a sheen!”

Then she’d cast glances ... 

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

Sept. 8, 2006

Dad,

Do you remember when you

were young

Trying to put a puzzle together

and things just didn’t fit or belong

And no matter how hard you would

try, everythi ... 

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

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

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

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

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

Obama makes a p ... 

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

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

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

Perhaps it’s the cotton ca ... 

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

I like to stop to smell the yellow snow.

I do a sniffing dance with dogs I meet.

My nose brings pleasures you will never know.

I love the smell of turds and stinky feet.

I somet ... 

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

Galesville, Wis.

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

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

NAMI

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

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

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

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

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

Before all the logging and all of the mills

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

Before the five and dimes and s ... 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Reunion Committee

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

We are still missing some addresses for classm ... 

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

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

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

Jeff Falk

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

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

Walk Coordinator

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

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

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

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

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

One is still looking fo ... 

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

Alma, Wis.

Part 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winona

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

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

Jeremy Kreidermacher, Coach, Tri County Tremor

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

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

Fran McDevitt

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

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

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

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

Funneling down to this tem ... 

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

Trempealeau, Wis.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you for sponsoring the event and th ... 

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

Buffalo County Defender

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

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

Winona, Minn.

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

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

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

This past spring th ... 

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

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

The ripple effect of the Fest ... 

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

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

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

With the money we save by not “r ... 

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

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

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

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

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

President, Port Authority of Winona

Dana Johnson

Vice President, Port Authority of Winona  ... 

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

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

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

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

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

Winona

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

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

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

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

Can you see forever, how does it feel

Maybe its nonexistent, all illusionary

We are just a dream, a bunch of dreamers

If you had your choice of all there ... 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wiscoy Township

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

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

Let’s go back further…yes back to…

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

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

Let ... 

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

members (below)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Altura, Minn.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

With this sand I do thee frac

And rupture thy crust to ooze

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

Though I say I‘ll poison you not

You  ... 

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

Wiscoy township

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AIA P.E.

Architect, Engineer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Executive Director

Winona ORC

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

Winona ORC proudly opened ... 

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

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

We  ... 

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

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

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

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

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

Heritage Preservation

Commission

Lynn Englund

Heritage Committee Chair

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

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

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

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

Concerts on the Green Committee

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

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

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

Where though rather small there’s still lots happenin’

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

See what’s hap ... 

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

FC River Players

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

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

Galesville, Wis.

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

In a court of law, would th ... 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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