Body Found

01/30/15 12:06 PM
The body of a missing La Crosse man has been found on the banks of the Wisconsin River.


City Council

01/30/15 12:08 PM
The Winona City Council on Monday will hold a public hearing on a proposal to sell over $3,600,000 in bonds to finance some equipment purchases.


I-90 Traffic

01/30/15 12:04 PM
Westbound motorists on Interstate 90 and northbound Highway 61 will encounter periodic traffic slowdowns near the Dresbach Bridge February 3rd through the 6th as trucks deliver steel girders to the Mississippi River bridge construction site, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Hormel Profits

01/30/15 12:03 PM
Hormel Foods has done it again, with another record shattering year of earnings for 2014.


Quiet Zones-Rail

01/30/15 12:11 PM
Discussions continued this week at the state capitol on the establishment of railroad quiet zones, something the City of Goodview is pusuring.


Tomah VA Investigation

01/30/15 05:10 PM
The lead investigator in a Tomah VA probe says she would like to thank the whistleblower who raised allegations of opiates being overprescribed at the medical center.

Cardinal Plunge

01/30/15 05:07 PM
The public is invited to take part in the annual "Cardinal Plunge" which will take place on Saturday, February 7th, at the Lake Lodge Recreation Center.

Spring Valley Vineyard

01/30/15 05:05 PM
Four Daughters Vineyard and Winery in Spring Valley got the opportunity to travel to Utah for the Sundance Film Festival and have their wines featured at Sundance after parties.

Lake Pepin Sediment

01/30/15 05:02 PM
Lake Pepin is filling up with sediment… and many have opinions on how much of this problem is a consequence of unsound agricultural practices and how much from more "natural" sources like riverbank erosion.  

WNB Honored

01/30/15 04:53 PM
The Minnesota Bankers Association (MBA) recently recognized Winona National Bank for its community involvement. Banks play an important and vital role in their communities, and to honor and recognize their involvement, the MBA created the Community Champion recognition program.

Drug Charges

01/30/15 04:52 PM
An Eyota woman has been indicted on federal charges of stealing people's identities to get large amounts of prescription drugs.


01/30/15 04:51 PM
The Cotter Schools has been listed by Newsweek magazine as one of the leading private and independent schools in the nation for 2015.

Quality Inn Coming Down

01/30/15 04:50 PM
The former Quality Inn hotel at Mankato Avenue and Highway 61 in Winona will be coming down to make way for a new hotel-retail complex.

Lottery Limits

01/30/15 12:10 PM
Legislation preventing the Minnesota Lottery from selling tickets through gas pumps, ATMs, and on the internet passed the House Commerce Committee this week.

Highway 247 Crash

01/30/15 12:09 PM
The Minnesota State Patrol says two Wabasha residents were injured in one-vehicle crash Thursday near Plainview.

Felon Voting Rights

01/30/15 12:06 PM
Convicted felons' voting rights should be restored after they serve their prison time, says a coalition of groups at the State Capitol backing bills sponsored by Vernon Center Representative Tony Cornish and Minneapolis Senator Bobby Joe Champion.


State Bike System

01/30/15 12:05 PM
The Minnesota Department of Transportation is seeking public input on its Statewide Bicycle System Plan during a series of statewide meetings in February and March.

SEMCAC-Heating Assistance

01/29/15 12:10 PM
Local residents are being reminded that more money is now available for the heating assistance program operated in this area by SEMCAC.              

Highway 43 Bridge Cost

01/29/15 12:09 PM
While the Highway 43 bridge project in Winona is on scheduled and currently under budget, Minnesota Department of Transportation are hoping there won'T be some additional unexpected costs.


C-FC School Board

01/29/15 12:07 PM
The Cochrane-Fountain City School Board passed the 1st reading of a change that would modify its procedure for addressing board member policy compliance issues.



01/29/15 12:06 PM
If you are thinking about signing up with MNsure, the state's health insurance marketplace, but need some help, you can get it in Winona Friday and Saturday.

Otto Bremer Foundation

01/29/15 12:04 PM
The Otto Bremer Foundation announced a program to significantly expand its work into southeastern Minnesota.

Chili Cookoff

01/29/15 12:02 PM
The public is invited to the 21st Annual Chili Cookoff coming up on Valentine's Day, Saturday, February 14th, at the Winona Middle School.


Clean Water Fund Grants

01/28/15 05:30 PM
The Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources  has announced this fiscal year's Clean Water Fund grant awards, more than $14,000,000 to help local governments accelerate their work improving water quality in Minnesota's streams, rivers, lakes and groundwater.

Invasive Species Sticker

01/28/15 05:29 PM
Under mounting pressure from concerned citizens, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced it is postponing a new aquatic invasive species decal requirement that was set to begin in February.

Tomah VA Investigation

01/28/15 05:28 PM
The director of the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Tomah says he had already taken steps to address reports of overmedication of patients before federal officials announced a review of prescription practices at the Wisconsin facility.

MCA Auditions

01/28/15 05:28 PM
The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts Summer Dance Intensive is offering comprehensive dance training for intermediate and advanced dancers ages 11 to 22.

Bridge Parking

01/28/15 05:27 PM
If you park your vehicle under the interstate bridge in Winona you will be forced to find a new spot as of March 1st.  

Veteran Services Officer

01/28/15 05:25 PM
The Winona County Board of Commissioners Tuesday approved the appointment of Jerry Obieglo as County Veteran Services Officer.


County Board Recorder

01/28/15 12:22 PM
The Winona County Board of Commissioners Tuesday received an update from County Recorder Bob Bambenek on the activities his office was involved in during


Property Sold

01/28/15 12:21 PM
A downtown property has been sold, according to documents filed at the Winona County Recorder's Office.

Stabbing Arrest

01/28/15 12:19 PM
A second person has been arrested in connection with a stabbing at a downtown Winona bar early Sunday.

Deputies Assaulted

01/28/15 12:19 PM
A 31-year-old Lewiston man was jailed Tuesday after he allegedly assaulted two Winona County Sheriff's deputies who responded to a Lewiston residence.


Bank Teller Charges

01/28/15 12:18 PM
Felony theft charges have been filed against a bank teller named as an accomplice an $11,000 theft from a savings account at a bank in Fountain City.


01/27/15 04:10 PM
Representative Tim Walz has been tapped to Chair the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus, a bipartisan group of nearly 300 Members of Congress.


MnSCU Funding

01/27/15 04:04 PM
The leaders of the administration and faculty of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system are responding to Gov. Mark Dayton's decision to include no additional funding at this time in his proposed budget for the state's largest system of higher education.

Mayo-Concussion Tests

01/27/15 04:03 PM
Area athletes will be getting some help with possible injuries after Mayo Clinic announced it's signed a licensing agreement with King-Devick Test for sideline concussion testing.


Fast Track Math Course

01/27/15 04:02 PM
Western Technical College will be offering a free four-day Fast Track for Math brush-up course, February 2nd through the th5, from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. at the Black River Falls Regional Location, 24 Fillmore Street.

Indepenence City Council

01/27/15 12:30 PM
The Independence, Wisconsin City Council now has a quorum after two new members were appointed at a special meeting.


01/27/15 12:14 PM
Gov. Mark Dayton's plan for transportation would repair or replace 2,200 miles of state roads and 330 bridges, but would come at a noticeable cost to taxpayers.


Independence City Council

01/27/15 12:13 PM
The Independence, Wisconsin City Council now has a quorum after two new members were appointed at a special meeting.


Home Rehab Loans

01/27/15 12:13 PM
Residents of the east side of the City of Winona will have an opportunity to sign up on February 11th, for loans to help fix up their homes.

Dayton Budget

01/27/15 12:12 PM
As Minnesota begins the discussion about where to invest the state's budget surplus, Governor Mark Dayton has proposed a two-year budget that would make bold new investments in education.

Building Permits

01/27/15 12:11 PM
The City of Winona issued just five building permits last week totaling about $230,000 in new construction projects.


Disaster Aid

01/27/15 12:10 PM
Monday the Minnesota House of representatives voted in favor of a disaster relief package, which will leverage federal emergency funds to pay for infrastructure damage cause by last June's severe weather.



01/27/15 12:07 PM
Police are investigating two Winona burglaries reported on Monday.


Injury Accident

01/27/15 12:06 PM
Winona Police said a 29-year-old Rollingstone woman was injured when her vehicle crashed into a tree on West Broadway in front of the West End Fire Station.



01/26/15 05:59 PM
Winona State University will host "An Evening with the Deans: Issues and Ideas in Teacher Preparation" as part of the Teach21 Teach-in Series from 6:00 to :7:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 27th at the Acoustic Cafe.


01/26/15 05:57 PM
MNsure has partnered with six health insurance agencies and navigators across the state to offer enrollment assistance, including Winona.

Fish Fry Fundraiser

01/26/15 05:57 PM
The 2015 Winona Ambassadors are busy preparing for their April trip to Mistato, Japan.

Planning Commission

01/26/15 05:56 PM
Winona's City Planning Commission Monday unanimously approved a revised site plan from Automotive Enterprises to facilitate construction of the new Dahl GMC dealership on Highway 61.


State Rail Plan Meeting

01/26/15 05:54 PM
A second public meeting about the 2015 update of the Minnesota State Rail Plan was held in Winona Monday by the Minnesota Department of Transportation.


Frac Sand Hearing

01/26/15 12:13 PM
The newly-formed Minnesota House of Representatives Mining and Outdoor Recreation Policy Committee has scheduled a hearing on the frac sand industry for Tuesday that allows no time for citizen testimony.


County Board

01/26/15 12:12 PM
The Winona County Board of Commissioners Tuesday will get an update from County Recorder Bob Bambenek on the activities his office was involved in during 2014.


Eastwood Bank-Bremer

01/26/15 12:11 PM
Eastwood Banks in Winona and Rollingstone, plus other locations, have officially become Bremer Banks following a transition that took place over the weekend.


Sexual Assault Charge

01/26/15 12:09 PM
Police said a 35-year-old Winona man was jailed Friday after he was cited with sexual assault and burglary.


Phoney Money

01/26/15 12:08 PM
Winona Police are on the lookout for someone who is passing counterfeit $20 bills at local businesses.


Felony Buglary

01/26/15 12:07 PM
A 45-year-old Winona woman was cited with first degree felony burglary after a neighbor spotted her allegedly removing items from a home.

Bar Stabbing

01/26/15 12:05 PM
Winona Police investigated a second stabbing in the city in a week and arrested a 29-year-old Winona man.


Wabasha Mining Ordinance

01/24/15 10:32 AM
Following a public hearing January 13th, the Wabasha City Planning and Zoning Commission approved the proposed Mining Ordinance regulating mining and extraction activities within the City limits.

Masquerade $5 Jewelry Sale

01/24/15 10:20 AM
The Winona Health Auxiliary Masquerade $5 Jewelry Sale will be held in the hospital lobby at Winona Health on Wednesday and Thursday, February 4th and 5th, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

School Board-Lottery

01/24/15 10:15 AM
The Winona Area Public School Board Thursday received an update on the elementary school lottery process.


Planning Commission

01/24/15 10:12 AM
Winona's City Planning Commission will meet Monday and review a revised site plan from Automotive Enterprises to facilitate construction of the new Dahl GMC dealership on Highway 61.

WSU-Open House

01/24/15 07:57 AM
Winona State University Miller Brothers School of Engineering will host an open house at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, February 7th, in Stark Hall room 103.


New Tourism District

01/23/15 04:49 PM
A 2nd public hearing on a proposed tourism and recreation district that would overlay rural lands along the Mississippi River and State Highway 35 from Bluff Siding to Nelson might be postponed until March.

Early Childhood Screening

01/23/15 04:12 PM
The Winona Area Public Schools says parents with children who will enter kindergarten in September of 2015 and have not attended Early Childhood Screening, are strongly encouraged to schedule a screening as soon as possible to insure completion of any necessary follow-up prior to the end of the school year.

Schmit-Town Hall Meetings

01/23/15 04:11 PM
State Senator Matt Schmit of Red Wing plans to meet with constituents across southeastern Minnesota on January 31st  to discuss his priorities and hear ideas and concerns from area residents.



01/23/15 04:10 PM
Chad Anderson has joined the team at Merchants Bank as Vice President and Business Banker, according to Randy Domeyer, Senior Vice President and Business Banking Department Manager.

Cotter Band Boosters

01/23/15 04:09 PM
The annual Cotter Band Booster Lasagna Dinner will be Sunday, January 25th, from 4-6pm at the Elks Club in Goodview. 


Winona Report

01/23/15 12:29 PM
Local leaders were on hand Friday for the annual State of the Cities and County breakfast at Perkins Restaurant. About 30 people attended the Chamber of Commerce event.

Goodview Report

01/23/15 12:25 PM
Goodview City Administrator Dan Matejka says his community raised property taxes for the first time in four years in 2014 but that was because the city took on more initiatives.


Winona County Update

01/23/15 12:24 PM
Winona County is in good shape heading into the new year with strong reserves and low debt.


School Board-Speech

01/22/15 08:36 PM
The Winona Area Public School Board received plenty of push back Thursday during the public comment portion of their meeting.


Bud King Improvements

01/22/15 04:34 PM
The Winona City Council Tuesday voted to approve a $150,000 grant to be used for improvements to the Bud King Ice arena.

Bud King Improvements

01/22/15 04:34 PM
The Winona City Council Tuesday voted to approve a $150,000 grant to be used for improvements to the Bud King Ice arena.

Bike Trail

01/22/15 04:32 PM
The Fountain City Council approved a resolution of support for a proposed recreational trail system through the river valley region of land in Buffalo County.

Heating Assistance

01/22/15 04:01 PM
Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken announced the Administration released an additional $9,000,000 in critical heating assistance for Minnesota seniors and families.                      

2015 National Geographic Bee

01/22/15 04:00 PM
The Winona Middle School crowned its 2015 National Geographic Bee champion on Tuesday.    


Miller-Purple Caucus

01/22/15 03:59 PM
The Purple Caucus co-chaired by Winona State Senator Jeremy Miller is off and running at the state capitol.


Hebert Files Lawsuit

01/22/15 03:58 PM
Former Winona County Administrator Duane Hebert has filed a civil lawsuit in Winoina District Court against the county and five county board members, including one former member.


New Rushford School

01/22/15 12:12 PM
Taxpayers in the Rushford-Peterson School District are breathing a little easier after learning the cost for the new school they approved in November has dropped by some $7,000,000.


Hughes Reassigned

01/22/15 12:10 PM
A Winona State University Vice President has been reassigned to new duties after only five months on the job.

City-Bridge Update

01/22/15 12:08 PM
The Winona City Council learned this week how much the city will pay for its share of the $155,000,000 Highway 43 Bridge Project, and it's not much.

Oil Trains

01/22/15 12:06 PM
A Minnesota railroad regulatory official says lower oil prices have caused train traffic from North Dakota to level off. That's given Minnesota officials space to work on safety issues.


Train Delays

01/22/15 12:05 PM
A local legislator is working on a solution to some of the long delays at railroad crossings in Winona that cause motorists a lot of frustration.


Missing Painting-WSU

01/21/15 05:30 PM
Winona State University filed a report with the Winona Police Department Wednesday regarding a large oil painting that is missing from a stairwell on the northwest side of Somsen Hall. The untitled 1914 painting by artist Robert Pearson measures 32" x 48" and features a large sailing vessel and other ships in a bay or harbor.

Winona County Board-Administrator

01/21/15 05:24 PM
The Winona County Board of  Commissioners took a straw vote, 4 to 1, Wednesday to offer a tentative offer to Michael Collard to become the new county administrator, pending a final more extensive background review.


Fine Arts Commission

01/21/15 05:23 PM
 The Winona Fine Arts Commission is now accepting applications for community grants.


01/21/15 05:23 PM
The state's largest small business group in terms of entities, the National Federation of Independent Business Minnesota, with 13,000 members statewide, has announced that State Senator Jeremy Miller of Winona has been awarded the prestigious NFIB Guardian of Small Business Award.

Housing Rehab Loans

01/21/15 05:22 PM
The City of Winona will be holding an informational meeting this Monday, January 26th, about some new housing rehabilitation loans that will be available soon.

Tomah VA Investigation

01/21/15 05:21 PM
Senator Tammy Baldwin is responding to an accusation that she didn't do enough to bring attention to overprescription of opiates at the VA Medical Center in Tomah.

DNR-Frac Sand

01/21/15 05:20 PM
The Wisconsin Natural Resources Board plans to consider updating a 2012 analysis study it did of industrial frac sand mining in western counties and elsewhere in the state.


01/21/15 12:15 PM
State Representative Steve Drazkowski wants to see farmers treated like city residents when it comes to building property tax levies assessed by county's and school districts.


Zip Rail Study

01/21/15 12:13 PM
The Minnesota Department of Transportation, in cooperation with the Federal Railroad Administration and the Olmsted County Regional Railroad Authority, has released the Final Scoping Decision document on the "Zip Rail," a plan for high-speed passenger rail service between the Twin Cities and Rochester.


WSU-Education Village

01/21/15 12:12 PM
Just because Winona State University's $22,500,000 request from the state legislature for its proposed Education Village is high on the list of priorities for the state colleges and universities system, does not mean it's a sure thing.


Fountain City Well

01/21/15 12:11 PM
Upgrading of public works infrastructure at Fountain City has expanded to include public water supply as well as wastewater treatment improvements.


MPCA Fines

01/21/15 12:10 PM
In its ongoing efforts to promote environmental compliance, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency concluded 58 enforcement cases in 34 counties throughout Minnesota during the fourth quarter of 2014.


Highway 61 Accident

01/21/15 12:07 PM
The Minnesota State Patrol said a 33-year-old Winona woman was injured in a one-vehicle rollover on Highway 61.


Stabbing Arrest

01/21/15 12:06 PM
Winona Police said a 54-year-old Winona man remained in stable condition at Gunderson Health System in La Crosse after he was stabbed at a Winona residence on Sunday evening.


West Fire Station

01/20/15 08:44 PM
The Winona City Council Tuesday approved spending an additional $42,000 for construction of a new addition to the West Fire Station so the station can house a 75-foot aerial truck there and several other improvements.

Wincraft Expansion

01/20/15 08:43 PM
Following a public hearing, the Winona City Council Tuesday approved creating a tax increment financing district on behalf of Wincraft Incorporated.


School Board

01/20/15 04:46 PM
The Winona Area Public School Board will meet Thursday and discuss the ongoing elementary lottery process.

Western Tech-Restaurant

01/20/15 04:16 PM
Western Technical College's student-run restaurant is open for business.


01/20/15 04:12 PM
Great River Shakespeare Festival Managing Director, Lee Gundersheimer, will be joining with the Commonweal Theatre in Lanesboro as a guest director.


Area Crashes

01/20/15 12:18 PM
The Minnesota State Patrol investigated two injury crashes that occurred in Winona on Monday.

Winona Buglary

01/20/15 12:16 PM
Winona police are investigating a burglary at a residence in the 200 block of Grand Street.



01/20/15 12:15 PM
A 32-year-old Rochester man was jailed early Sunday after he allegedly assaulted a female in Winona.


Drug Arrest

01/20/15 12:14 PM
Authorities said a 29-year-old Stewartville man was jailed Monday evening following a traffic stop and a search that turned up suspected drugs in his vehicle.


Stabbing Arrest

01/20/15 12:12 PM
Winona Police said a 54-year-old Winona man remained in stable condition at Gunderson Health System in La Crosse after he was stabbed at a Winona residence on Sunday evening.

Lottery Winner

01/20/15 12:11 PM
Carol Wadewitz of Winona won $40,000 playing Powerball®.


Vet's Burial

01/20/15 12:09 PM
Dozens of people who attended the burial service for a Vietnam veteran in Winona never had a chance to meet the man.


New Souper Bowl

01/20/15 12:08 PM
The United Way of the Greater Winona Area will be holding a new special event for the Winona Area on Friday, January 30th.

Snowshoe Snowdown

01/19/15 04:56 PM
The Snowshoe Snowdown is part of the Winona Winter Carnival, Saturday, February 7th.

Cabin Fever Scholarship Dash

01/19/15 04:44 PM
The 5th Annual Women In Business Cabin Fever Scholarship Dash will take place Saturday, February 7th.


01/19/15 04:23 PM
Mayo Clinic has joined forces with Hillhouse Capital Group to start a new company intended to "advance the quality of health care in China."

Eagles Cancer Telethon

01/19/15 03:58 PM
The 61st Annual Eagles Cancer Telethon, held Saturday and Sunday at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, raised over $1,000,000 for cancer research.

Medical Device Tax

01/19/15 12:19 PM
 A Rochester senator wants Minnesota to offer a tax credit to medical device companies to offset the cost of the federal medical device tax.


DAC Expansion

01/19/15 12:18 PM
The Winona County DAC has occupied the first of two new additions which was completed in November.


DAC Auction and Casino Night

01/19/15 12:16 PM
The Winona County Developmental Achievement Center is looking for items to include in its 8th Annual Auction and Casino Night coming up on March 7th at Signature's Event Center.


School Funding

01/19/15 12:15 PM
A Democratic state senator wants to make it easier for Minnesota school districts to raise property taxes for maintenance funding.


Identity Theft-Charges

01/19/15 12:14 PM
A 25-year-old Winona woman accused of concealing her identity and using forged bank documents to withdraw $11,000 from another woman's bank account in Fountain City is facing felony charges in Buffalo County.

Corn Production

01/19/15 12:12 PM
Corn for grain production in Wisconsin was estimated at 485 million bushels in 2014, up 10 percent from 2013, reported the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

State Aid Payments

01/19/15 12:11 PM
State aid payments for transportation and roads were distributed to Buffalo County and local municipalities through the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.


Winona Diocese-No Bankruptcy

01/19/15 12:10 PM
Winona Bishop John Quinn says no steps have been taken to date for the diocese to file for bankruptcy.



01/19/15 12:08 PM
This past summer, Winona resident Taff Roberts decided to try what few people have done - sail the harsh seas of the Arctic.


Davids-2016 Session

01/19/15 12:07 PM
Representative Greg Davids of Preston says he favors having a legislative session in 2016 rather than try to get everything done this year.


Wincraft Expansion

01/19/15 12:06 PM
The Winona City Council will hold a public hearing Tuesday night on a proposal to create a tax increment financing district on behalf of Wincraft Incorporated.

Food Courses

01/19/15 12:05 PM
University of Minnesota Extension is offering two courses to help food service establishments meet the educational requirement for Certified Food Managers.


Superintendent Retires

01/19/15 12:04 PM
The Independence School District will begin a search of a new superintendent of schools.

Area Elections

01/19/15 12:03 PM
Two Wisconsin area mayors will have opposition when the April spring elections roll around.

Benevolence Blues

01/16/15 04:51 PM
The Winona Health Foundation invites community members to the annual 'Benevolence & Blues,' Friday, January 30th at Visions Event Center at Signatures, on County Road 17 in Winona.

Ice Rink Improvements

01/16/15 04:31 PM
The Winona City Council be asked next Tuesday to approve a $150,000 grant to be used for improvements to the Bud King Ice arena.

Winona County Board-Administrator

01/16/15 04:28 PM
Winona County Commissioners are scheduled to meet Wednesday to decide the next step in the search for a new county administrator.

Property Tax Meeting

01/16/15 04:12 PM
Republican lawmakers are encouraging residents who are dismayed by property tax increases to turn out for a meeting next week in Stewartville.

Miller Ingenuity

01/16/15 04:03 PM
Miller Ingenuity awarded the second place prize for The Miller Ingenuity Challenge Thursday at their Winona, Minnesota factory to Houston High School mathematics and industrial arts teacher Kiel Koehler.


WSU-Education Village

01/16/15 12:26 PM
Winona State has gotten some good news when it comes to its proposed Education Village.


Tax Conformity

01/16/15 12:24 PM
The Minnesota House has voted unanimously to approve about $20 million in extra tax credits and deductions that people can claim when filing forms this winter and spring.


Assault Arrest

01/16/15 12:24 PM
Winona Police said a 23-year-old Minnesota City woman was arrested Thursday night in connection with an assault at a Hidden Valley residence.

Evans Appointement

01/16/15 12:23 PM
A retired Winona businessman has been appointed by Governor Mark Dayton to a statewide committee.


New Chief Deputy

01/16/15 12:21 PM
New Winona County Sheriff Ron Ganrude has decided to go with someone from outside his department as the next Chief Deputy.

Church Abuse

01/16/15 12:20 PM
The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has filed for bankruptcy, saying it's is the best way to fairly get as many resources as possible to victims of alleged clergy sexual abuse.


Lock and DaM 5A Work

01/16/15 12:19 PM
Lock and Dam 5A near Fountain city is undergoing a repair project this winter the U-S Army Corps of Engineers says is costing $3,700,000.


Vet Grants

01/16/15 12:18 PM
Governor Scott Walker has announced $250,000 in grants to 25 non-profit organizations providing financial assistance or other services to Wisconsin veterans and their families.


Physics Club

01/16/15 12:17 PM
Winona State University's Physics Club and Astronomy Club will be hosting a night filled with science at the Madison Elementary School Gymnasium on Friday, January 23rd from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

WSHS Arrest

01/16/15 12:16 PM
Winona Police said they arrested a 16-year-old boy at Winona Senior High School Thursday in connection with a homicide investigation in Maywood, Illinois.


Off-site Session

01/15/15 12:21 PM
That ambitious idea of Minnesota lawmakers skipping next year's session to avoid the Capitol construction has morphed into an alternative plan.


Tomah VA Investigation

01/15/15 12:20 PM
Several members of Wisconsin's congressional delegation are pressuring the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to once again look into reports of overmedication and retaliatory management practices at the VA Medical Center in Tomah.

History Inventory

01/15/15 12:19 PM
The Winona County Historical Society is in its 80th year this year and is in the midst of a project to inventory every object it has in its large collection.


SMIF Grants

01/15/15 12:17 PM
As part of its effort to invest in economic growth within the region, the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation is offering $100,000 in Incentive Grants to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations or units or agencies of local, state, or federal government.


01/15/15 12:15 PM
Winona State University has been selected to receive the 2015 Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, a national policy and research center for higher education.


Eggs and Issues

01/15/15 12:14 PM
The Winona Area Chamber of Commerce will hold an Eggs and Issues breakfast coming up on Friday, January 23rd, at Perkins Restaurant.

Klobuchar-Military Benefits

01/15/15 12:13 PM
After a push from Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, the U.S. Army has announced that it is taking action to ensure military retirees receive the benefits they deserve.               

Fastenal Earnings

01/15/15 12:10 PM
Winona's Fastenal Company is reporting a successful 2014 when it comes to net sales and earnings.


Fastenal Dividends

01/15/15 12:08 PM
The Fastenal Company of Winona reported its Board of Directors has declared a dividend of 28-cents a share to be paid in cash on February 27, 2015 to shareholders of record at the close of business on January 30, 2015.


Fountain City Council

01/14/15 05:01 PM
Half the seats on the city council at Fountain City are up for grabs by write-in candidates in the April election.

Habitat Celebration

01/14/15 04:56 PM
Habitat for Humanity Winona - Fillmore Counties and Thrivent Financial are extending an invitation to attend a community celebration to welcome Sharon Foss and her family to their new home on Saturday, January 24th at 626 Sioux Street in Winona.


Soil Health Seminar

01/14/15 04:51 PM
The Farm Business and Production Management Program at Western Technical College has arranged for nationally-known soil expert, Jay Fuhrer, to speak to local farmers in Cashton, on Friday, January 16th.

Winona Bridge Update

01/14/15 04:29 PM
The Winona Bridge project has reached another significant milestone. The Minnesota Department of Transportation awarded its 55-million dollar Winona Bridge Package No. 4  to Ames Construction on Tuesday to complete the new bridge and the majority of the roadway work.

Tomah V.A. Investigation

01/14/15 04:25 PM
Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson and Rep. Sean Duffy have jointly drafted a letter to the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Veterans Affairs after disturbing news reports about the treatment of veterans at a medical center in Tomah.


Housing Loans

01/14/15 04:24 PM
The City of Winona will be holding an informational meeting about some new housing rehabilitation loans that will be available soon.

City Council-Bridge

01/14/15 04:22 PM
The Winona City Council will get an update on th Highway 43 bridge project in Winona during a pre-council meeting next Tuesday, January 20th, at City Hall.

Take a kid Ice Fishing

01/14/15 04:21 PM
The annual Kid's Ice Fishing Event co-sponsored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Friends of the Refuge Headwaters is scheduled for Saturday, February 7th, from 10:00 a.m. to noon at the McNally Boat Landing on Prairie Island Drive in Winona.

Miller Ingenuity

01/14/15 04:21 PM
Miller Ingenuity, a manufacturing innovation leader located in Winona, invited all college and graduate students to submit plans and creative ideas in response to the challenge - How Might American Manufacturers Attract the Best and Brightest Innovative Minds to Pursue Careers in the Manufacturing Industry.  

Winona Health Scholarships

01/14/15 12:14 PM
Applications are now open for three scholarships being offered to the Winona community through the Winona Health Foundation and through the Winona Health Auxiliary.

Caledonia Pool Vote

01/14/15 12:13 PM
Voters in Caledonia have said no to a $1,900,000 referendum to finance construction of a new municipal swimming pool.

WSU-Education Village

01/14/15 12:12 PM
Look for legislation to be introduced soon in the state legislature seeking full funding for the proposed Winona State University Education Village.


Pelowski-Tuition Freeze

01/14/15 12:10 PM
Lawmakers at the state capitol are talking about continuing a higher education tuition freeze and Winona Representative Gene Pelowski is helping to lead the discussions.


Fastenal Meeting

01/14/15 12:08 PM
Winona's Fastenal Company will hold a conference call Thursday to announce its fourth quarter 2014 earnings report.


State Rail Plan Meetings

01/14/15 12:07 PM
A second round of statewide public meetings about the 2015 update of the Minnesota State Rail Plan begins January 21, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Winona County Board-Administrator

01/13/15 04:56 PM
Winona County Commissioners are scheduled to meet next week to decide the next step in the search for a new county administrator. The board will hold a working session next Wednesday, January 21st in the board room of the County Government Center.

IRS Scams

01/13/15 04:49 PM
With the start of the New Year, Better Business Bureau of Minnesota looks ahead to try and predict which nasty scam will pack the most punch in the coming months. BBB feels phony IRS calls will likely continue to set the pace when it comes to defrauding the public.


01/13/15 04:48 PM
Minnesota State College - Southeast Technical is pleased to announce that Dr. Leslie Bleskachek has been appointed Vice President of Academic Affairs, effective January 5, 2015.


County Board-Dresbach

01/13/15 04:47 PM
Dresbach Township's efforts to construct a new wastewater treatment plant and sewer system in Dresbach got the blessing of the Winona County Board of Commissioners but not before some additional requirements were added.

Geography Bee

01/13/15 04:45 PM
On January 20th, 2015 at 1:30 pm in the WMS Auditorium, the Winona Middle School will be holding a competition for those students who qualified in their social studies classes for the Geography Bee.


Sunday Liquor Sales

01/13/15 12:08 PM
Sunday liquor sales will be back before the Minnesota state legislature again this year.


Tomah V.A. Prescriptions

01/12/15 06:36 PM
A story published last Thursday by 'The Center for Investigative Reporting' shows the number of opiate prescriptions at the Tomah V.A. more than quintupled from 2004 to 2012, even as the number of veterans seeking care at the hospital declined.


01/12/15 06:28 PM
Winona based PlastiComp, Inc., a global leader in long fiber thermoplastic materials and technologies, is among organizations partnering with the U.S. Department of Energy in its Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI).  

Planning Commission

01/12/15 06:27 PM
Following a public hearing, during which no one spoke, the Winona City Planning Commission approved possible changes to the city's floodplain ordinance.


WAPS Early Release

01/12/15 06:26 PM
Students attending Winona Area Public Schools, Bluffview Montessori School and Dakota Area Community School will be released two hours early on Friday, January 16th.


01/12/15 06:25 PM
When the Minnesota Twins Winter Caravan comes to Winona Wednesday, one lucky fan will win two Twins game tickets, courtesy of the nearby AmericInn Hotel & Suites West Salem, Wisconsin.

Schmit-Gas Tax

01/12/15 12:23 PM
One of the major discussions at the state capitol this legislative session is transportation and how to fund the state's needed infrastructure improvements.



01/12/15 12:21 PM
The Winona Area Catholic Schools will host "Wine and Candlelight", its 6th Annual WACS Gala on Saturday, February 21 at 5:30 p.m. at Visions Event Center.

Monster X Truck

01/12/15 12:20 PM
Tickets are on sale now for the Monster X Tour coming to the La Crosse Center on January 30th and 31st.  


WAPS Applications

01/12/15 12:19 PM
A reminder that parents with elementary-aged children are invited to file an enrollment application for the Jefferson Elementary STEM School and the Spanish Language Immersion Program (SLIP) at Madison Elementary School for the 2015-2016 school year.

Dr. West- Coffee Talks

01/12/15 12:17 PM
The public is invited to a a pair of opportunities to meet informally with the Winona area Public School Superintendent Dr. Stephen West.



01/12/15 12:16 PM
First District Representative Walz has been appointed to serve on the influential House Armed Services Committee.

County Board

01/12/15 12:15 PM
The Winona County Board of Commissioners Tuesday will be asked to decide on issuing a conditional use permit for a new wastewater treatment plant and sewer system in Dresbach.

Free Tax Preparation

01/12/15 12:13 PM
Free tax preparation will again be available for people of all ages with low to moderate incomes in the Winona area.


Highum- Winona Health Board

01/12/15 12:12 PM
Toni Highum has joined the Winona Health board of directors.


Trempealeau County Farm-MVC

01/10/15 11:00 AM
Landowner Vicky Schultz has made sure her land, a 400-acre farm in Trempealeau County, stays protected.

Rushford Peterson Valley Website

01/10/15 10:41 AM
The Rushford Peterson Valley Chamber of Commerce hosted a special open house Thursday at the Rushford Historic Depot to debut their new website.

Cabin Fever Scholarship Dash

01/10/15 10:15 AM
The 5th Annual Women In Business Cabin Fever Scholarship Dash will take place Saturday, February 7th.


Western Tech-Ventilator

01/10/15 10:03 AM
Western Technical College's faculty and students in the Respiratory Therapy program recently attended the American Association for Respiratory Care conference in Las Vegas.

Winter Turck Loads

01/10/15 09:57 AM
Winter load increases will begin Monday, January 12th, on unrestricted highways in the metro, south and southeast frost zones, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.


Burglary Arrests

01/10/15 09:49 AM
The Houston County Sheriff's Office has arrested two males in connection with a burglary early Friday morning south of Spring Grove.  


School Board-Solar

01/10/15 09:46 AM
The Winona Area Public School Board received an update Thursday on a program that could bring solar power to the district at no charge while offering 10% to 20% electricity savings.

Cardinal Plunge

01/10/15 09:45 AM
The public is invited to take part in the annual "Cardinal Plunge" which will take place on Saturday, February 7th, at the Lake Lodge Recreation Center.


01/10/15 07:49 AM
A special exhibition is coming to the Minnesota Marine Art Museum thanks to the generosity of Merchants National Bank and others. The exhibition, simply titled Currency, will be on display in the MMAM’s Slaggie Family Hallway Gallery now through April 9, 2015.

Red Wing Power Outage

01/09/15 05:00 PM
On Friday at approximately 7:15 a.m. Red Wing Police  responded to a motor vehicle crash at the corner of Neal Street and Hillside Drive.

8th Grade Career Day

01/09/15 04:54 PM
The 23rd annual 8th Grade Career Day was held Thursday at the La Crosse Center.           
Approximately 1,400 students from Bangor, Holmen, La Crescent, Onalaska, Viroqua, and West Salem middle schools participated in either morning or afternoon sesisons.

Child Protection Training

01/09/15 12:23 PM
State Senator Jeremy Miller says he will be working this legislative session on improving child protection training for the people who deal with those types of situations.

County Board-Dresbach

01/09/15 12:22 PM
The Winona County Board of Commissioners next week will be asked to take a vote on issuing a conditional use permit for a new wastewater treatment plant in Dresbach.


Educational Programs

01/09/15 12:21 PM
Winona Volunteer Services will continue its monthly educational programs next week with a session conducted by its nutrition educator Nadine Beyer.

Christmas Tree Pickup

01/09/15 12:20 PM
A reminder, the Winona Kiwanis Club-Sunrisers will be performing their annual Christmas tree pickup Saturday.

Winona Store Remains Open

01/09/15 12:19 PM
Winona's J.C. Penney store appears safe from the chopping block this year.


Toys for Kids

01/09/15 12:18 PM
The 2014 Toys for Kids drive in Winona has been termed a success.

Miller New Assistant

01/09/15 12:17 PM
State Senator Jeremy Miller has a new legislative assistant to start off the 2015 session in St. Paul.

Kitchen Appointed

01/09/15 12:13 PM
Willard Kitchen of the Town of Cross was appointed as 1st alternate member of the Buffalo County Board of Adjustment.


Drug Warning

01/09/15 12:12 PM
Law enforcement officials and school administrators in Eau Claire are warning parents and students about an LSD-type drug making its way into western Wisconsin.


Substitute Teachers

01/09/15 12:11 PM
Rochester area school districts say they're dealing with an acute shortage of substitute teachers.


Independence City Council

01/09/15 12:09 PM
The City of Independence in Trempealeau County is without a functioning City Council after losing half of its members.


Port Authority

01/08/15 07:45 PM
The Winona Port Authority Thursday voted to approve the sale of land in Technology Park in the city's east end to Wincraft Inc. for an expansion project.


School Board

01/08/15 07:44 PM
The 2015 Winona Area Public School Board officers will look a lot like the 2014 list.


Planning Commission

01/08/15 03:24 PM
The Winona City Planning Commission next Monday will hold a public hearing on possible changes to the city's floodplain ordinance.

No Travel Advised

01/08/15 03:23 PM
The Minnesota Department of Transportation advises no travel in southeastern Minnesota today and tonight because of difficult driving conditions with blowing snow and reduced visibility.

Miller-Purple Caucus

01/08/15 12:22 PM
State Senator Jeremy Miller of Winona says the signs are good for more cooperation between Republicans and Democrats during the 2015 session now that the GOP has the majority in the House.


Health Services Commission

01/08/15 12:21 PM
The Buffalo County Department of Health & Human Services was authorized to join a multi-county health services commission with healthcare facilities located in Clark County at Neillsville.


Winona County Board-Administrator

01/08/15 12:20 PM
Winona County commissioners are expected to meet next week to decide the next step in the search for a new county administrator.

New Lewiston Police Chief

01/08/15 12:18 PM
The City of Lewiston has hired a new police chief pending the passing of a background check.

Drug Charges-Volkman

01/08/15 12:16 PM
The Winona County Sheriff's Department says a 22-year-old rural Winona man was jailed Wednesday night on preliminary drug charges after authorities found him sleeping in a car in the Wilson area.

Stockton Hill Crash

01/08/15 12:14 PM
The Minnesota State Patrol said two people were injured in a three-vehicle crash on Highway 14 on Stockton Hill Thursday morning.

SMU Online Programs

01/07/15 04:59 PM
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota offers students exceptional online graduate programs. The 2015 U.S. News & World Report Best Online Program rankings, released Wednesday, include Saint Mary's University of Minnesota as a top school in its "Best Online Programs: Business (Graduate)" category.

2014 Farm Bill and Crops Days

01/07/15 04:55 PM
University of Minnesota Extension along with Farm Service Agency (FSA) will hold a meeting covering the 2014 Farm Bill on Tuesday, January 13th in Lewiston and the U of M Southern Research and Outreach Center will hold their annual Crops Day in St. Charles on Wednesday, January 14th.

MCA Open House

01/07/15 04:32 PM
The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts will hold its semester II open house and registration from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, January 8th at the Valéncia Arts Center, 1164 West 10th Street.


Port Authority

01/07/15 04:22 PM
The Winona Port Authority Thursday will discuss the sale of land in Technology Park in the city's east end to Wincraft Incorporated for an expansion project.

Pelowski0Tuition Freeze

01/07/15 04:20 PM
Winona Representative Gene Pelowski says Governor Mark Dayton is supporting another tuition freeze for higher education.

Amish Permit Case

01/07/15 04:19 PM
A criminal case against an Amish couple accused of failing to get a building permit could move to civil court in southeastern Minnesota.


Radon Kits

01/07/15 04:17 PM
Across the State of Minnesota, about 40% of homes have potentially dangerous levels of radon. In Winona County, test results indicate that figure to be about 50%.

Referendum Fails

01/07/15 12:23 PM
Voters in the La Crescent-Hokah School District have said no to a $25,000,000 referendum to build a new school and for upgrades to an existing building.


01/07/15 12:22 PM
The 2015 legislative session is just underway in St. Paul and already there is talk among lawmakers to eliminate the 2016 session next year.



01/07/15 12:21 PM
Transportation issues are high on the list of piorities for the 2015 legislative session when it comes to Republican Representative Steve Drazkowski.


01/07/15 12:19 PM
Tax conformity will be the first issue on the House Taxes committee agenda during the legislative session that kicked off in St. Paul Tuesday.

Wabasha County Officials

01/07/15 12:17 PM
Two new Wabasha County commissioners were officially sworn in Monday marking what some believe will be a new era in county government.


Downtown Burglary

01/07/15 12:16 PM
Winona Police are investigating another burglary this one in the downtown area.

Jail Costs

01/07/15 12:15 PM
The cost of trying to run a 26-inmate jailhouse in Buffalo County has county supervisors searching for options to lower expenses, raise revenue and take a closer look at regulatory oversight by the Wisconsin Department of Corrections.

ZIP Rail Line Opponents

01/07/15 12:14 PM
A group of opponents to a proposed ZIP rail line between Rochester and the Twin Cities will hold their first meeting Thursday in Red Wing.

County Board

01/06/15 04:05 PM
The Winona County Board of Commissioners Tuesday elected Steve Jacob as new chair and Greg Olson as vice chair during their first session of 2015.
The board decided to use a rotation system to elect it's board chair and vice-chair Tuesday and they plan on using the method again next year.

In other business, the board discussed Wincraft's desire to establish an 8-year tax increment financing district in Technology Park to assist them in financing a new manufacturing building.
New board member Marie Kovecsi says it's plus for the county. 

The City of Winona is considering establishing a Tax Increment Financing District to assist Wincraft with the project and will hold a public hearing on the issue at the January 20th City Council meeting.
Wincraft is proposing to reduce its eight current locations  in the city to five with the construction of a 120,000 square foot building starting this spring. The county has no vote concerning the matter but city staff wanted their feedback.


01/06/15 03:31 PM
Julie Pearson has joined Merchants Bank as an Assistant Vice President and a Correspondent Mortgage Account Executive. Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing Sue Hovell says Pearson will be covering Wisconsin, Iowa and a portion of Minnesota in her new position.

Session Starts-Davids

01/06/15 03:25 PM
Tuesday marked the beginning of the 89th session of the Minnesota House of Representatives and Republican Greg Davids of Preston, along with other local representatives took the oath of office to continue their service.



01/06/15 03:23 PM
The Winona Area Public Schools has hired a new nutritionist.

Lock and DaM 5A Work

01/06/15 03:21 PM
Lock and Dam 5A near Fountain city is undergoing a repair project this winter the U-S Army Corps of Engineers says is costing $3,700,000.

Highway 61 Accident

01/06/15 03:20 PM
The Minnesota State Patrol investigated a two-vehicle crash on Highway 61 south of Huff Street Tuesday.

Brand Ceremony

01/06/15 11:38 AM
New Winona County Sheriff Ron Ganrude was among several county officials who won elections in November that were formally sworn in at the Winona County Board meeting Tuesday morning. Ganrude is replacing Dave Brand who stepped down after 16 years in office. .


01/06/15 11:37 AM
Winona's Mayor addressed the recent rash of  burglaries on Winona's west side during Monday's City Council meeeting.


Take a Kid Ice Fishing

01/05/15 04:56 PM
One weekend each winter, adults in Minnesota have the opportunity to introduce a child to the sport of ice fishing without being required to have a fishing license.


01/05/15 04:51 PM
No chronic wasting disease (CWD) was detected in hunter-harvested deer in southeastern Minnesota during the 2014 firearms season, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Farm Family of the Year

01/05/15 04:42 PM
The Winona County Extension Advisory Committee will be accepting nominations for the local Farm Family of the Year through March 1st, 2015.  

Invasive Carp

01/05/15 04:30 PM
Minnesota conservation officials are encouraged by the results of testing for invasive carp in the Mississippi River near Winona.


01/05/15 12:28 PM
Ron Ganrude formally becomes the next Winona County Sheriff Tuesday.

Criminal Justice Council

01/05/15 12:27 PM
The Buffalo County Board and its law enforcement committee approved the creation of a Buffalo-Pepin County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council proposed by Circuit Judge James Duvall.

Arcadia Middle School

01/05/15 12:25 PM
Construction of a new Arcadia Middle School is expected to get underway in the spring after bids for a revised design are received in February.

Healthcare Directives Program

01/05/15 12:18 PM
The Winona Health Auxiliary will hold an informational program about Healthcare Directives on Monday, January 19, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Parkview Conference Room at Winona Health.


Port Authority

01/05/15 12:16 PM
The Winona Port Authority will discuss the sale of land in Technology Park in the city's east end to Wincraft Incorporated for an expansion project.


Economic Development Fund

01/05/15 12:14 PM
Buffalo County has bowed out of a Western Wisconsin Economic Development Fund that county board members said never got off the ground.

New Recreational Trail

01/05/15 12:11 PM
The Buffalo County Board has agreed to pony up $25,000 of CapX2020 funds to help pay for a feasibility study of extending a recreational trail from Winona to Nelson.


Meet the Local Officials

01/05/15 12:10 PM
The Winona Unit of the League of Women Voters is providing an opportunity for the public to meet local and area elected officials next Saturday, January 10th, at the Winona History Center.       


01/05/15 12:08 PM
State Senator Matt Schmit of Red Wing says he is optimistic about the 2015 legislative session that starts Tuesday, especially since it will start with a projected one billion dollar budget surplus.


Wabasha County Board

01/02/15 05:06 PM
A tentative contract agreement was reached with the jailors/dispatchers by the Wabasha County Board at it's final meeting of 2014.

Miss Muscatine Scholarship

01/02/15 05:05 PM
The Miss Muscatine Scholarship Program competition will be held Saturday, January 10th, and a Winona resident will join fellow judges to help crown the this year's Miss Muscatine, Miss Pearl City and Miss Riverview.

Winona Health Survery

01/02/15 04:33 PM
Winona Health's assisted living residences are getting some high marks from their residents.

City Council-County Board

01/02/15 04:32 PM
Both the Winona City Council and the Winona County Board of Commissioners hold their first meetings of the new year next week.

Free Bread

01/02/15 04:31 PM
Inspired by their ancestors, the owners of a Rochester bakery start the new year by providing 1,000 loaves of free bread.


01/02/15 04:29 PM
Newly powerful House Republicans are sure to make moves to cut taxes when the Minnesota Legislature convenes next week. The big questions are what kind, how much and whether they can get Democrats to agree.

U.S. House Democrats

01/02/15 12:26 PM
Some Minnesota Democrats in the U.S. House are surprisingly positive about the outlook for the new Congress even though their party is now in the minority in both chambers.


Audio Designs-Burglary

01/02/15 12:24 PM
Winona Police are investigating a burglary at an east end business.

Drug Charges

01/02/15 12:23 PM
A 40-year-old Winona man was jailed on drug charges after he fled a police officer who tried to question him after noticing some suspicious activity.

STEM Applications

01/02/15 12:20 PM
Parents with elementary-aged children are invited to file an enrollment application for the Jefferson Elementary STEM School and the Spanish Language Immersion Program (SLIP) at Madison Elementary School for the 2015-2016 school year.


First Baby

01/02/15 12:09 PM
A St. Charles couple are the parents of the first baby born in Winona at Winona Health in 2015. Winona Health reports Audrianna Hernandez was born at 9:41 a.m. New Year's Day to parents George and Sharon Hernandez.

Thern-New Year's Eve Ball

12/31/14 04:49 PM
A Winona company once again plays a key role in the dropping of the New Year's ball over Times Square in New York City.



12/31/14 04:47 PM
2014 was another good one for the Minnesota Marine Art Museum in Winona.


Volunteer Services

12/31/14 04:31 PM
The 2014 Merchants Bank "10 Days of Giving" campaign was a huge success this year and Winona Volunteer Services is thankful for the community spirit of giving.


Lottery Winner

12/31/14 04:30 PM
A Wabasha County Resident is a Lottery winner.


Railroad Crossing Repairs

12/31/14 04:29 PM
Safety improvements at railroad grade crossings along crude-by-rail corridors are the focus of a Minnesota Department of Transportation study that identifies locations...including Winona... where improvements will make the transport of oil safer for residents, workers and emergency responders.

Property Sales

12/31/14 12:10 PM
Two commercial property sales have been filed at the Winona County Recorder's office prior to the end of 2014.


Highway 35 Recreation District

12/31/14 12:09 PM
A new version of a Buffalo County zoning ordinance amendment to create a tourism and recreation district along both sides of State Highway 35 was adopted by the county board on a 10 to 3 vote and sent on to a 2nd public hearing.  

County Officials

12/31/14 12:08 PM
Four elected Winona County officials and three county board members took the oath of office Wednesday at the County Government Center as they get ready for 2015.



12/31/14 12:06 PM
Ron Ganrude unofficially became the new Winona County Sheriff  Wednesday when he took the oath of office during a brief ceremony at the Winona County Government Center.

Pest Quarantine

12/31/14 12:03 PM
Come the first of the year, a new pest quarantine will be put in place to protect Minnesota's pine forests.

Brand Reception

12/31/14 12:02 PM
A special reception for retired Winona County Sheriff Dave Brand will be held this Sunday, January 4th,  at the Winona American Legion Club.


ORC Contract

12/31/14 12:01 PM
Winona ORC Industries will be starting the new year off on a positive note.

Swipe Out Hunger

12/30/14 04:15 PM
Merchants Bank's "Swipe Out Hunger" Facebook giveaway has concluded with a donation of $572 to Winona Volunteer Services.

Burglary Warning

12/30/14 12:21 PM
Another burglary report on Winona's west side has prompted police to issue some adviseries about making homes more safe and less attractive to burglars.


C-FC Carnegie Hall

12/30/14 12:15 PM
A Cochrane-Fountain City School freshman, Kaleb Krzyszton, has been selected to play at Carnegie Hall in New York City on February 22nd, 2015. Kaleb earned his position with the American High School Honors Band through a nomination and audition process. 

Stai Jr. Hearing

12/30/14 12:11 PM
40-year-old Thomas Stai Jr. of Wabasha, formerly of Mondovi, has a hearing in Buffalo County Circuit Court on January 21st on domestic abuse charges accusing him of disorderly conduct and felony strangulation and suffocation.

Slaby Child Abuse Charges

12/30/14 12:10 PM
40-year-old Arin Slaby rural Fountain City, is scheduled to appear in Buffalo County Circuit Court on January 14th on child abuse charges.

Erickson Charges

12/30/14 12:09 PM
30-year-old Benjamin Erickson of Eleva, is facing misdemeanor charges of of theft and five counts of felony identity theft to obtain money or credit.

Winona Health Hours

12/30/14 12:07 PM
A reminder Winona Health New Year's holiday hours will be as follows:          
Wednesday, December 31st, Urgent Care will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., the Winona Clinic and Outpatient Laboratory: 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Rushford Clinic: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and retail pharmacies: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00

Radon Fixes

12/30/14 12:05 PM
The number of homes fixed in the last year to remove radon doubled over previous years, and the increase may be due in large part to a new state law.

Brand Steps Down

12/30/14 12:04 PM
Winona County Sheriff Dave Brand brings to a close a 44-year career in law enforcement this week.

Checkpoint MN-Winona

12/29/14 05:44 PM
Winona is part of a winter activity going on right now across Minnesota.        
Checkpoint MN is a statewide, scavenger hunt sponsored by Explore Minnesota that runs from December 11th, 2014 to March 5th, 2015.

ORC Executive Director

12/29/14 05:31 PM
Winona ORC Industries has announced that a new executive director will be starting her new duties next Monday, January 5th.


Winter Crop Days

12/29/14 05:25 PM
The University of Minnesota, Southern Research and Outreach Center (SROC) will hold their annual Winter Crops Day meetings at five locations.    

Dr. Nolan Retires

12/29/14 12:26 PM
Longtime Winona Health Internal Medicine physician Dr. Dennis Nolan, will retire on December 31st, Wednesday, after 37 years of caring for the Winona community.

Winona Burglary

12/29/14 12:25 PM
Winona Police continue to investigate burglaries on the city's west side.

Drug Charges

12/29/14 12:23 PM
The Winona County Sheriff's Department is seeking drug charges against a 34-year-old Minneapolis man who was arrested late Sunday in Lewiston.


Truck Hits Pedetrian

12/29/14 12:22 PM
A 34-year-old St. Charles man is facing possible criminal charges after the vehicle he was driving struck a pedestrian Friday in Lewiston.     


Changing Rochester

12/29/14 12:20 PM
The face of downtown Rochester is changing as the city remakes itself amid Mayo Clinic's development of its massive Destination Medical Center.


Christmas Tree Pickup

12/29/14 12:18 PM
The Winona Kiwanis Club-Sunrisers will be performing their annual Christmas tree pickup coming up on Saturday, January 10th.

Dresbach Bridge Project

12/29/14 12:17 PM
As 2014 comes to a close, the Minnesota Department of Transportation is reflecting on the progress made on the new Dresbach bridge over the Mississippi River.  

Twins Winter Caravan

12/27/14 10:22 AM
Winona will once again host the popular annual Minnesota Twins winter caravan next month.


Oktoberfest Button Design

12/27/14 10:09 AM
Oktoberfest organizers are still searching for a button design for their 2015 festival.

Olstad Concert

12/27/14 10:04 AM
A reminder, Tim Olstad, a top 10 finalist from Season 3 of FOX's ''The X Factor'' returns to his hometown of Winona January 23rd for an evening of  originals and cover songs.

Midwest Farm Show

12/27/14 10:00 AM
The 37th Annual Midwest Farm Show offers an exciting array of new farm machinery and equipment plus a program including celebrity guests and speakers.


12/27/14 07:58 AM
The man accused of stabbing another man on Tuesday night in Stewartville has been charged in Olmsted County Court.

Twins Winter Caravan

12/26/14 04:31 PM
The Minnesota Twins winter caravan will be making a stop in Winona on Wednesday January 14th at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart.  


Gas Prices

12/26/14 04:01 PM
It's sticker shock, of the welcome variety. Gas prices have dropped below $2 per gallon at select Minnesota stations, reflecting steadily dropping prices to levels not seen for five years.

Winona County-Administrator Candidates

12/26/14 04:01 PM
The Winona County Board of Commissioners will hold a second round of interviews for the remaining candidate for County Administrator.


Inmate Death

12/26/14 12:17 PM
An outside agency has been called in to investigate the death of a Winona County inmate being held in the Wabasha County Jail.

Adoption Numbers

12/26/14 12:14 PM
It's hoped that the number of Minnesota foster kids who find forever homes will grow in the new year with the implementation of what is called Northstar Care for Children.

Highway 14 Accident

12/26/14 12:09 PM
The Minnesota State Patrol says four people were injured in a two vehicle head-on crash on Highway14 on Christmas night.

More Break-ins

12/26/14 12:08 PM
Winona Police are investigating two more residential burglaries.

Employee Theft

12/26/14 12:05 PM
Winona Police are investigating a case of alleged employee theft at a local business.


Library App Class

12/25/14 10:43 AM
The Winona Public Library will be offering an eBook Mobile App Class next month.

RedKettle Campaign

12/25/14 10:35 AM
The Rochester Salvation Army has surpassed their goal of raising $400,000. According to KTTC Television, the local Salvation Army raised a total of $406,314 during this season's Red Kettle campaign.

Wabasha Grant

12/25/14 10:28 AM
A grant for just over $277,000 is going to bring professional family therapists to Wabasha County.

Eagles Cancer Telethon

12/24/14 02:06 PM
Two young ladies from Caledonia have been selected to be on the Eagles Cancer Telethon in Rochester.

WSU Holiday Tourney

12/24/14 01:58 PM
The 2014 Lewiston-Auto/Warrior Club Holiday Basketball Tournament begins Friday at Winona State University.


Winona Health Hours

12/24/14 12:36 PM
Winona Health holiday hours will be as follows: Christmas Day all Winona Health Clinics, Outpatient Laboratory and Retail Pharmacies will be closed.

Suspicious Suitcase

12/24/14 12:18 PM
Authorities have determined that a suspicious suitcase found leaning against a natural gas pipeline in Rochester is not a threat.


Winona Foundation Grants

12/24/14 12:17 PM
The Winona Foundation is now accepting grant applications for 2015.

Stewartville Stabbing

12/24/14 12:16 PM
The Olmsted County Sheriff's Department is investigating a stabbing in Stewartville Tuesday evening.


Rushford Fire Department Donation

12/24/14 12:15 PM
The Rushford Volunteer Fire Department has received a $20,000 donation from three organizations to help purchase some new equipment.


12/24/14 12:13 PM
A 114-year-old woman, and former Winona County resident, who challenged Facebook after the social media site wouldn't let her list her real age, has died in Plainview.


County Board

12/24/14 12:12 PM
Outgoing Winona County Commissioner Wayne Valentine was recognized by the county board Tuesday night at the board's final 2014 meeting.


WSU Holiday Tourney

12/23/14 03:50 PM
Winona State will host the 28th annual Lewiston Auto Warrior Club Holiday Basketball Tournament, December 26-30.


Mayo Lawsuit

12/23/14 03:49 PM
Mayo Clinic has released a statement after settling a lawsuit filed against one of its former executives.

Trout Regulations

12/23/14 03:49 PM
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is expanding winter trout fishing in southeastern Minnesota.

Heating Assistance

12/23/14 12:07 PM
With winter temperatures bearing down on Minnesota, U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken have urged the Administration to restore funding for critical heating assistance for seniors and families.


Heim Dies

12/23/14 12:05 PM
Funeral services for former Winona County Commissioner Anthony "Jerry" Heim will be held  this Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Elba.

Winona Burglary

12/23/14 12:04 PM
Winona Police are investigating another burglary.


Whitehall Accident

12/23/14 12:02 PM
Trempealeau County authorities said a 50-year-old Whitehall woman was injured in a one-vehicle rollover Monday.


Severson Closes

12/23/14 11:55 AM
The Severson Sinclair station in downtown Winona officially closed its doors on Saturday with a special ceremony to retire the giant American Flag that flew over the convenience store.

Midwest Farm Show

12/22/14 03:35 PM
The 37th Annual Midwest Farm Show offers an exciting array of new farm machinery and equipment plus a program including celebrity guests and speakers.       
The two day show will be held Wednesday and Thursday, January 14th and 15th at the LaCrosse Center.

MDA Vacancies

12/22/14 03:29 PM
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) will conduct a mail ballot election to fill board vacancies of four commodity research and promotion councils.

Baertsch Promoted

12/22/14 03:19 PM
Winona National Bank has announced that Jenny Baertsch has been promoted to marketing communications officer. She was elected  to the position at recent meeting of the bank's board of directors.

Fire Department Donation

12/22/14 03:17 PM
The Winona Fire Department is making good use of the $5,000 donation it recently received from the Winona Fraternal Order of the Eagles Aerie 1243.

SMU Gifts For Winona

12/22/14 12:05 PM
St. Mary's University is expressing it thanks for a very successful "Gifts for Winona" program this year.

Fountain City Property Tax Levy

12/22/14 12:04 PM
Fountain City Council raised its property tax levy less than half a percent in setting the city's 2015 budget.

Standoff Charges

12/22/14 12:03 PM
A 27-year-old Winona man is facing numerous criminal charges following about a one-hour standoff in Goodview Friday.

Mayor's Home Burglary

12/22/14 12:02 PM
Winona Police are investigating a burglary at the Winona mayor's residence Saturday.

County Board

12/22/14 12:00 PM
Outgoing Winona County Commissioner Wayne Valentine will be recognized by his colleagues Tuesday night, December 23rd, at the board's final 2014 meeting.

Arcadia Flood Money

12/22/14 11:59 AM
The Arcadia City Council has approved a city request for a $500,000 grant to help pay for the rerouting of Meyers Valley Creek in a flood mitigation project.

Severson to Close

12/19/14 05:15 PM
One of the final properties in the way of the new Highway 43 bridge will close its doors Saturday. Severson Sinclair convenience store will close its doors on December 20th.

Hope Bank Robbery

12/19/14 04:49 PM
Police are searching for a man suspected of robbing a bank in a tiny town south of Owatonna at gunpoint. Steele County officials report a man robbed the First National Bank at 8:30 a.m. Friday in Hope, an unincorporated community about 11 miles south of Owatonna.

Board of Adjustment-Former YWCA Building

12/19/14 04:48 PM
The Winona City Board of Adjustment Wednesday voted to grant a request for several variances from a local developer.


MNsure Deadline

12/19/14 04:34 PM
In an effort to provide more time for Minnesotans who qualify for financial help available only through MNsure, the organization has announced it would extend the enrollment deadline to December 31st for January 1 coverage.

Destination Medical Center

12/19/14 04:34 PM
Rochester's Destination Medical Center draft development plan was unveiled this week culminating eight months of research done by the Mayo Clinic's master consultant.

Smolking Cessation

12/19/14 04:32 PM
Winona Health's next smoking cessation program begins Thursday, January 8th.

Stone Point-Dog Park

12/19/14 04:31 PM
 A local group is gathering support for a dog park they want located as part of a new Winona County Park.


Pelowski Committees

12/19/14 04:30 PM
With the Legislative Session around the corner, state Representative Gene Pelowski has received his committee assignments. 


Republican Committees

12/19/14 04:29 PM
Both Republican state representatives Greg Davids of Preston and Steve Drazkowski of Mazeppa have been appointed to head up House committees in the 2015 legislative session that begins January 6th.

Drive Away Hunger

12/19/14 04:25 PM
Altra Federal Credit Union's Drive Away Hunger campaign had a successful conclusion.          
Winona office manager Jolene Vaselaar presented a check for $2,180 Friday to Winona Volunteer Services.

Century Farms

12/18/14 03:31 PM
Winona County farm families, who have owned their farm for 100 years or longer, are invited to submit an application for Century Farm recognition.  

Western Tech Law Enforcement

12/18/14 03:29 PM
Western Technical College will offer a 520-Hour State Certified Basic Recruit Academy for persons seeking Wisconsin Law Enforcement certification.

Bears and Blankets

12/18/14 03:19 PM
Winona National Bank helped give comfort to those in need, delivering a record 527 items collected through its annual Bears & Blankets drive. Winona National collected the items from November 28 through December 15 at its three office locations. Employees delivered the items to 11 local organizations, and those organizations will distribute the items to those in need of comfort throughout the year.

Pictured: Drop off at Volunteer Services

Flu Shots

12/18/14 12:42 PM
Influenza activity has increased in Minnesota over the last couple of weeks and the Winona County Health Department is urging the public to get a flu shot.


Trempealeau County Healthcare Center

12/18/14 12:41 PM
The Trempealeau County Board of Supervisors has approved issuing $27,000,000 in bonds to construct a new Trempealeau County Healthcare Center.  



12/18/14 12:39 PM
Robert Root has joined the team at Merchants Bank as Vice President for Network, Datacenter and PC services, according to Rodney Nelsestuen, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer.

Highway 42 Project

12/18/14 12:39 PM
The Minnesota Department of Transportation says the public is invited to learn more about the Highway 42 resurfacing project at an information meeting Tuesday, January 6th in Plainview.


Record Buck?

12/18/14 12:37 PM
An Altura man is waiting to see if the buck he shot last Saturday with a muzzleloader is a state record.

WSU Ballpark-Mayor

12/18/14 12:37 PM
Winona Mayor Mark Peterson says he is disappointed Winona State University dropped its proposal to construct a new baseball field in east Lake Park.


2014 Navigation Season

12/18/14 12:35 PM
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the 2014 navigation season on the Mississippi River was one of the shortest seasons on record.

Wabasha County Property Tax Levy

12/18/14 12:34 PM
The Wabasha County Board of Commissioners has approved a 9.5 percent increase in the county's property tax levy for 2015.


12/18/14 12:33 PM
State Senator Jeremy Miller says one of his priorities for the upcoming 2015 legislative sessions is improving the state's system to protect children from abuse and neglect.               

Board of Adjustment Hearings

12/17/14 08:21 PM
Following a public hearing Wednesday, before the Winona City Board of Adjustment, Andrew Dahl of Dahl Chevrolet was granted a modification of an ordinance requiring a 50-foot buffer between his businesses location along Highway 61 and a residential district.

MNsure Enrollment

12/17/14 04:00 PM
Nearly 14,000 Minnesotans have signed up for coverage through the state's health insurance exchange for the first time.

UW-L Best Value

12/17/14 03:43 PM
UW-La Crosse is one of only two public colleges in Wisconsin to make "Kiplinger's Personal Finance" magazine's list of top 100 best values in public colleges for 2015.

Planning Commission

12/17/14 03:40 PM
The regular meeting of the Winona Planning Commission for Monday, December 22nd is cancelled.


Razing Ordered

12/17/14 12:49 PM
A judge has ordered a Buffalo City man to tear down a building that the local city council said was in violation of its permit and zoning ordinance.

Drive Away Hunger

12/17/14 12:48 PM
Altra Federal Credit Union's Drive Away Hunger campaign has had a successful conclusion.

WSU-Laird Norton

12/17/14 12:47 PM
The conversation about Winona State University taking over the historic Laird Norton Building at 125 West Third is ongoing according to WSU President Scott Olson.


WSU Ballfield

12/17/14 12:45 PM
Winona State University president Scott Olson says he is open to ideas and suggestions when it comes to a new ball field for the university's baseball team.


Waumandee State Bank-100th

12/17/14 12:44 PM
The Waumandee State Bank will be hosting a special customer appreciation day this Friday, December 19th, at all of its locations.

Goodview Gallop

12/17/14 12:43 PM
The Goodview Gallop is thanking its participants and supporters for their contributions this year.

R-P School Easement

12/17/14 12:42 PM
A road easement that is located near the future home of the new Rushford-Peterson school building property is delaying the planning for the new school.

Mlinar Hearing

12/17/14 12:40 PM
An elected school and town board supervisor accused of assaulting a 16-year-old boy with an ax handle during a home domestic dispute is scheduled to have an arraignment hearing January 27th in Buffalo County Circuit Court.


Hog Barn Fire

12/17/14 12:39 PM
 A barn fire in southern Minnesota has killed hundreds of hogs.

Refuge Revenue Sharing

12/16/14 05:15 PM
Under the provisions of the Refuge Revenue Sharing Act, payments totaling $168,495 dollars were made in June to counties, cities and townships in the states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and Illinois.

Winona County-Administrator Candidates

12/16/14 05:14 PM
The Winona County Board of Commissioners held a Working Session Tuesday to continue discussions on the candidates for County Administrator.

City Council-Levy

12/16/14 05:12 PM
Following a public hearing, the Winona City Couincil Monday approved a 6.6-percent increase for the 2015 tax levy.


Walz-Suicide Bill

12/16/14 12:57 PM
First District Representative Tim Walz, author of the bipartisan Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act released a statement after Senator Tom Coburn blocked the bill's passage, despite it having overwhelming support from veterans, their advocates, Republicans, and Democrats.

10 Days of Giving Final Totals

12/16/14 12:56 PM
Final tallies put the 2014 Merchants Bank "10 Days of Giving" campaign at 220,555 pounds of food, the third highest total in the food drive's 26-year history.

Winona Health Restrictions

12/16/14 12:54 PM
Winona Health has implemented temporary visitor limitations to allow only visits from immediate family in the hospital, Lake Winona, Adith Miller and Roger Metz Manors and Senior Living at Watkins until further notice.

Boat Launch Closed

12/16/14 12:54 PM
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service boat launch area will remain closed this winter while the contractor continues work on the new Interstate 90 Dresbach Bridge, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

County Board-Legislators

12/16/14 12:52 PM
The Winona County Board of Commissioners has invited several local and area lawmakers to a meeting on Thursday afternoon this week.

Red Wing Boy Shot

12/16/14 12:52 PM
Authorities say a Red Wing boy has died in a hunting accident in western Wisconsin.

R-P School Property

12/16/14 12:51 PM
An easement that is located near the future home of the new Rushford-Peterson school building property is delaying the planning for the new school.

Johnson Arrest

12/16/14 12:50 PM
A graduate of Winona County's Drug Court has been arrested for alleged possession of drugs.

G-E-T Administrator

12/16/14 12:46 PM
The Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau School Board has begun its search for a new district administrator.


Baseball Field Forum CANCELLED

12/15/14 02:50 PM
The Public Open Forum regarding the proposal by Winona State University to redevelop Bambenek Field #2 scheduled for December 16th, at 6:30 p.m. has been cancelled. WSU has decided not to pursue the proposal.

WSU Drops Bambenek Plans

12/15/14 02:03 PM
Winona State University has withdrawn its request to the City of Winona to make improvements to Bambenek Field 2 at East Lake Park.

Ready Set School

12/15/14 01:57 PM
Karen Sullivan of Winona has joined Ready Set School (RSS) as its program director.

Bears and Blankets-Deadline Today!

12/15/14 11:17 AM
Today's the last day to contribute to Winona National Bank's annual ''Bears & Blankets'' collection campaign. You can drop off a new teddy bear or blanket at any Winona National Bank location during regular business hours today. Items must be new but hand-crafted items are

WAPS Technology

12/15/14 10:54 AM
Technology in the Winona Area Public School district plays a key role in learning these days.

River Search Continues

12/15/14 10:53 AM
Searchers continued efforts over the weekend to find a missing Onalaska man who disappeared in the Mississippi River near Dresbach over a month ago after he went fishing.

Olstad Concert

12/15/14 10:51 AM
Tim Olstad, a top 10 finalist from Season 3 of FOX's ''The X Factor'' returns to his hometown of Winona January 23rd for an evening of soulful originals and cover songs.


Carbon Monoxide Leak

12/15/14 10:50 AM
Authorities blame an ice resurfacing machine for a suspected carbon monoxide leak that sent dozens of people to hospitals after a junior hockey game at a Wisconsin rink.

Winona County Board-Administrator

12/15/14 10:49 AM
The Winona County Board of Commissioners will have a Working Session Tuesday, December 16th at 10:30 am in the Government Center Board Room to continue discussion on the County Administrator candidates.



12/15/14 10:49 AM
A Republican lawmaker from southeastern Minnesota says farmers are being overwhelmed by tax increases.


Serleth-Winona Health

12/13/14 10:54 AM
Plastic, reconstructive and hand surgeon, Hans J. Serleth, MD,  has joined the Winona Health medical staff, bringing a new area of specialty care to the region.