Living off the Land is one of several new electives offered at Winona Middle School thanks to the creativity and collaboration of the teaching staff. The class is all about exposing students to the abundance of possibilities for securing food from their own backyards and public land near the…

Do you live with chronic pain? Do you wish you knew how to take better care of yourself? Consider a “Living Well with Chronic Pain” workshop coming soon to Winona. This free, group workshop is designed to help people living with chronic pain better manage their symptoms and improve their dai…

The Founders Event is an opportunity for the Winona Community Foundation to award an individual in the community who has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to improving life in the Winona area through the use of their time, talent, and treasure. This year, the foundation is honoring Ph…

Elder Network Winona County is hosting a virtual “Mindfulness Workbook for Beginners” study group to begin on Monday, November 8, 2021, at 1 p.m. The group will meet for 12 weeks on Zoom to study and discuss “Mindfulness Workbook for Beginners” exercises and meditations to relieve stress, fi…

Join in a book chat at the Winona County History Center. Book Chat is free and open to the public. Participate in great discussions about the themes in each month’s book held at the History Center. Discussions begin at 12:05 p.m. and last for about an hour. They are led by Audrey Gorny. Upco…

First Baptist Church will hold a Holiday Fair on November 6, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the VFW in Winona. The wares will include Thirty-One Totes, jewelry and crafts, snowmen and women, Avon, Creative Memories, Tupperware, skin care, PartyLite, homemade greeting cards, Chocolate Chance, Kerle…

Anne and her boyfriend had been on a bender for several days. She had lost her job because of her drinking. They were trying to figure out what to do and knew their drinking was out of control. Anne saw an A.A. poster at the laundromat. She called the hotline and spoke to a member of A.A. Th…

Al Batt will share his warm-hearted and humorous stories November 3 at 7 p.m. at the Winona Friendship Center. The Winona Bird Club is delighted to sponsor the event, since Al has provided us many mirthful evenings in the past.

The documentary "Clean Slate" follows two friends in a drug recovery program in the American South struggling to come to terms with their addiction and mental illness by making a short film about the pain they’ve caused their families. "Clean Slate" is the first “Official Selection” of the 2…

Johanna M. Arnoldy, 89, of Wabasha, passed away Monday, October 18, 2021, at Gundersen - St. Elizabeth Nursing Home in Wabasha.

Gerald Patrick “Jerry” Wolfe, 55, of Arcadia, passed away peacefully at his home on Monday, October 18, 2021. Jerry was born on March 30, 1966, on his sister Jean’s birthday in Arcadia to Gerald “Chalky” and Grace (Sonsalla) Wolfe. 

Delores Agatha Thomas, 87, of Dodge, Wis., passed away surrounded by her family on October 12, 2021, at Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare in La Crosse, Wis.

A 42-year-old Winona man has been referred to the Winona County Attorney for potential charges of first-degree possession of controlled substances and first-degree sale of controlled substances. 

These seven candidates will vie for the 75th Miss Winona crown on Friday, October 22, at Signatures. The night will include a celebration of 75 years of Miss Winona history, a tribute slideshow and the crowning of the 75th Miss Winona! The judges for the evening will include three former Mis…

Laura Isabella Newell Sylvan, 54, passed away on October 10, 2021, at home in San Jose, Calif., from an acute pulmonary embolism. Laura was born on February 10, 1967, to John and Helen Newell, she was the oldest of four children. She grew up in rural Wisconsin on Chicken Valley Road. In Febr…

Jean G. Stampka, 87, of Winona, passed away Sunday, October 17, 2021, at her home. Jean was born on August 27, 1934, in Cream, Wis., to Delbert and Goldine (Loesel) Mueller. On March 26, 1951, she married Albert “Bud” Stampka.  Along with raising her family, Jean worked at Spurgeon’s and Maggie’s. 

William Dale Omodt, age 86, of Houston, Minn., passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Saturday, October 16, 2021. He will always be remembered as a kind, gentle, caring, hard-working, and a  loving man of God.

Richard E. Lassen, 80, of Stockton, passed away on Tuesday, October 12, 2021, at his home.

Therese Marie Halvorson was born July 21, 1956, in Winona to Phillip and Cecilia (Jilk) Streng. She died on October 13, 2021, in Crookston, Minn.    

Vivian Marian (Hallberg) Hosting, 82, of Winona, died September 26, 2021, at Mayo Health System – St. Marys Campus, Rochester, Minn. She was born October 18, 1938, to Rubin and Hilda (Urbashick) Hallberg in Louisburg, Minn. After graduating high school in Rochester, Pa., she moved to Rochest…

Jean E. Agrimson, 95, of rural Utica, died peacefully on Thursday, October 14, 2021, at her home. Jean Ellen Peterson was born on June 28, 1926, in Sebeka, Minn., to Alfred and Esther (Olson) Peterson. 

Shirley Faye Bowman, 94, of Winona, died Friday, October 15, 2021, at her home.

Dale William Czapiewski passed away at home on October 17, 2021, surrounded by his family.

Cathedral of the Sacred Heart fall festival will be held this year the weekend of October 30 and 31. Saturday you can bid on silent auction items, take a chance to win a handmade quilt, purchase homemade goods and then play bingo beginning at 7 p.m. Sunday activities begin at 10:30 a.m. and …

On Oct. 9, both Cochrane-Fountain City High School cross country varsity teams woke up early after homecoming festivities the night before and took the short drive to Arcadia for a 12-team meet. This time in the season often sees sporadic racing with some kids hitting the wall and others exc…

The Saint Mary’s University athletic department will be hosting the second annual Cardinal hockey Ice Breaker Day on Saturday, October 23. The free event will include activities for kids, yard games, adoptable puppies, and a pair of collegiate hockey games. 

On Saturday, October 23, from 12-4 p.m., Castlerock Museum in Alma, Wis., will hold its annual From Forest to Furniture event. During the event, Derek Olson and Tom Latane will demonstrate woodworking techniques used since the days when woodworkers walked into the woods for their material an…

Alcoholics Anonymous will be holding its 6th Annual Chili Event at Whitewater State Park on Sunday, October 24. The event begins at 1 p.m. at the park's Modern Group Center, 19041 Highway 74 in Altura. A.A. District 2, Winona, Fillmore and Houston counties, is sponsoring the gathering and wi…

The Winona Serra Club presented two checks to each of the local seminarians at Immaculate Heart Seminary on St. Mary’s University Campus, Tim Welch and John Paul Bickerstaff. Both of these  young men are parishioners of the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Winona. These funds will help them …

After many years of hosting annual Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) meal packing events and packing more than one million meals for communities around the world, the Winona Rotary Club has decided to postpone this year's event. We were not able to hold an event in 2020 because of COVID-19 re…

The Warrior Game Day Experience is here. The 2021 football season continues through November 13. These game day events are free for the community with plenty to do, including giveaways, food trucks, and live music. 

Lauren Cowell, a school custodian at Winona Middle School, was recently awarded the Facilities Manager Certification from the Minnesota Educational Facilities Management Professionals Association (MASMS). 

Community is who we are at Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union, which is why every year all of the branches close to give employees a meaningful opportunity to give back to their local communities. We call it Plus It Forward Day. This is a day about employees spreading some kindness across th…

Certified Physician Assistant Holly Engler has joined Dr. Nicholas Modjeski and the staff at Rushford Clinic, 109 West Jessie Street in Rushford. She will provide care for people of all ages.

Ashley Furniture Industries is celebrating National Manufacturing Day by providing tours to local middle school students for the fifth year in a row. National Manufacturing Day, which officially fell on October 1, is celebrated throughout the month of October by manufacturers across the country. 

Altra Federal Credit Union held its fourth annual Altra Gives Back Day on Monday, October 11, 2021. All Altra offices and the member contact center will be closed as employees participate in a variety of activities to support organizations in the communities they serve.