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Walkabout Winona

Walkabout Winona, a one-of-a-kind local business run by students at Winona State University, will celebrate the grand opening of its tour services by offering a free tour at 9 a.m. Friday, Oct. 20. The 90-minute tour will include many wonderful historic downtown buildings and stories. Interested participants should meet in front of the Somsen Hall stairs, located at the intersection of Johnson and 8th streets, at 8 a.m. Additional tours will be offered at 3 p.m. Walkabout Winona offers affordable historic walking tours of downtown Winona. The business was created by Winonan Bailey Bestul while he was still in high school and taking classes at WSU. Bestul later approached Dr. Hamid Akbari, Dean of the WSU College of Business, with the idea to have WSU students run Walkabout Winona as their own business. Support for the initiative was provided by the WSU Foundation.

Tours will be scheduled throughout the week and for special groups and occasions. For more information or to book your own tour, visit

We are excited to walk with you!

Halloweenona 2017

The City of Winona, Winona Main Street, and our downtown businesses will take part in the First Annual Halloweenona Celebration with costume fun, trick or treating, and events in the morning and evening! The 2017 Halloweenona will kick off with the ever popular Winona National Bank Trick or Treat Tour from 9am to Noon. But this year there will be Downtown Trick or Treating at a number of shops including Benos (where every kid in costume gets a free kids-meal) and many others. After a morning of trick or treating we invite families with kids 6 and older (and kids of all adult ages) to our first Haunted Masonic Triple Feature. All events are free!

Winona Bird Club

Dr. Ray Faber, who crucially helped the return of the endangered Henslow's sparrow to Great River Bluffs State park, will discuss the success story on Wednesday, November 1, 7 pm, at the Winona Senior Friendship Center, 251 Main Street, Winona. This monthly program is presented by the Winona Bird Club and is free and open to the public. After Faber's program, attendees are invited to stay for decaf coffee and treats.

Dr. Faber has studied Henslow's sparrows at Great River Bluffs State Park annually since 1994. This species had entirely disappeared from the park by 1991.

For more information about Winona Bird Club events and organization, contact Scott Lowery,, 507-689-4532

Winona Area Humane Society

WNB-Trick-or-Treat Tour

Winona National Bank’s 18th Annual Trick-or-Treat Tour will be held Saturday, October 28, from 9 a.m. until Noon at its Historic Downtown Office, located at 204 Main Street. The event offers a safe place for children, ages 2-10, to enjoy Halloween and do trick-or-treating in costume. Volunteers, who will be dressed in costume at themed stations, will staff the event. When children arrive, they will receive a map to guide them through the Maze of Halloween Hallways. Along the way, they can pick-up treats and treasures. At the event, trick-or-treaters and guests will help judge Winona National Bank’s 3rd Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest. Winners will be selected from four categories: Child (age 10 and under), Teen (age 11-19), Adult (age 20 and older), and WNB Employees. Category winners will receive a $50 cash prize. Those interested in entering the contest should visit to print an entry form or stop into any WNB office to pick-up a copy. Pumpkins entries should be dropped off between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. October 26 or 27 at the WNB Downtown Office.

Fantasy of Trees-Winona Health

The Winona Health Volunteers will hold its 17th annual Fantasy of Trees beginning Monday, November 6, at Winona Health on the clinic first and second floors, 859 Mankato Avenue, Winona. Trees have been generously decorated and donated by Winona-area businesses and individuals. This year, all trees will be available to win with purchase of a raffle ticket(s). Participants can purchase raffle tickets and place the ticket(s) into the entry box next to the tree or trees of their choice for a chance to win. There is no limit on the number of raffle ticket(s) you may purchase and you do not need to be present to win. Raffle tickets are $1 each and will be for sale beginning on Monday, November 6 in clinic lobby at Winona Health. Winners will be drawn at noon on Friday, November 17. The trees will be on display during regular clinic hours beginning November 6 through the end of the fundraiser on Friday, November 17.
Raffle tickets will be sold:
Monday-Friday, November 6-10; 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
                Monday-Thursday, November 13-16; 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday, November 17; 8 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Raffle drawing at noon on Friday, November 17, 2017
Proceeds from the trees will go towards healthcare scholarships, Roger Metz and Adith Miller Manor Gardens, and purchasing new elevated patient chairs for the Internal Medicine Department.For more information, please call Winona Health’s Volunteer Services office at 507.474.3328, or

Leidings-American FFA Degree

Kayla & Haely Leiding will both receive the prestigious American FFA Degree Saturday, October 28th during the 90th annual National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis.

Pictured with their parents, who farm near Lanseboro


MMAM New Paintings

On the evening of Sunday, October 15, the Minnesota Marine Art Museum (MMAM) unveiled three paintings at a fundraising event. Anchoring the unveiling was a massive, eight foot tall rendition of the Statue of Liberty by Edward Moran. The other new paintings to MMAM’s collection include works by Gustave Courbet and Jane Peterson. The works by Moran and Courbet will be on view immediately while the Peterson will premier as part of an exhibition in 2018.

American landscape painter Edward Moran created the monumental Commerce of Nations Rendering Homage to Liberty in 1875, more than a decade before the statue was constructed in New York Harbor. He created the painting at the request of artist Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi whose statue was to be a gift from the people of France to the people of the United States. The painting was used to raise funds to complete the statue dedicated in 1886 that became a welcoming sight for millions of immigrants processed at nearby Ellis Island.

Fall Expo & Pumpkin Fest

WAPS-Millen Award

June 2017, Jayla Millen represented Winona Senior High School and the State of Minnesota at the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders in Boston, Massachusetts. Jayla has received an Award of Excellence, certifying her successful completion of the Congress. During the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders many fellow high school students who share her passion, ability and potential were taught by some of the greatest living minds in science and technology – winners of the world’s most prestigious international prizes, such as: J. Craig Venter, Ph. D., Recipient of the Presidential National Medal of Science.

WAPS-Field Trip

Tuesday, October 3 Mr. Gilliland’s first graders had a virtual field trip to the Omaha Zoo to visit with Zoologist Peter Brunette. This was the student’s first project-based learning (PBL) questions of the year! They had to brainstorm and collaborate to develop questions to ask Mr. Brunette. Some of these questions were:

·         What happens when you have bad weather (natural disaster)?

·         Who decides how to build areas?

·         How do you get the animals?

·         Have you ever had an animal escape (how do you catch them if they do?)

·         Why do we have zoos?

·         Why do you keep animals separated?

Mr. Brunette answered their questions and presented them with a PBL driving question: How can we create a new habitat for a living thing at the Omaha Zoo? This year, the students will master the state standards in Math, Reading, Science and Social Studies based on or around this question. They will take an in-depth look at what they need to know to answer this question and then present their findings to Mr. Peter Brunette.

SMU Walk of Horror

The Saint Mary’s University fastpitch softball team is showing leadership on the
field … and in planning new scares for this year’s “Walk of Horror.” Once again, these
athletes are guaranteeing goosebumps for all those brave enough to face their fears.
The 21st annual hair-raising fundraiser for the Saint Mary’s Cardinal fastpitch softball
team will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 20-21 and 27-28,
and Tuesday, Oct. 31 in the campus bluffs. Walkers are asked to meet on the lighted
path between the Cardinal baseball and softball fields, where the haunted walk will begin.
Groups are then escorted through the dark bluffs for approximately 20 minutes.
The cost is $6 for adults, $5 for students with ID, and $5 for children 12 and younger.
Tickets are available at the gate.
Saint Mary’s head fastpitch softball coach Jen Miller said the event is fun for all ages.
The scare level is toned down for younger children and turned up for older and braver
participants. Last year more than 1,100 courageous souls took the Walk of Horror.
Proceeds from this event will be used for the softball team’s travel expenses on
their annual spring trip. For more information, contact Miller at 507-457-6923.

WAPS Referendum Meetings

Winona Art Walk and Tour

The 2017 Winona Art Walk and Tour will be held on Saturday, November 18, from 10am-4pm. The application process is now open with an entry deadline of September 29. If you would like to participate, please visit: to learn more.