Hormel Layoffs

05/25/15 11:53 AM
The United States is facing its worst outbreak on record of avian influenza as three deadly strains have hit North American poultry flocks since December.   

Lepley Tribute

05/25/15 11:10 AM
A special tribute will be held for Winona special education instructor Joe Lepley on Sunday, May 31st.       

SE Tech Cyber Class

05/25/15 12:07 PM
Responding to an ever-increasing need for experts in the field of cyber security, Minnesota State College - Southeast Technical has launched a new program combining studies in both Network Administration & Technology and Criminal Justice.   

Sunday Growler Sales

05/25/15 12:13 PM
Folks who enjoy a little beer on Sundays have a reason to smile, as of now, Rochester breweries, tap rooms, and brew pubs are allowed to sell take-home growlers of their beers on Sundays.          

Treasure Island Expansion

05/22/15 12:13 PM
Treasure Island Resort and Casino near Red Wing broke ground Thursday on a new $19,000,000 expansion project.    

Hormel Layoffs

05/25/15 11:51 AM
The United States is facing its worst outbreak on record of avian influenza as three deadly strains have hit North American poultry flocks since December.
More than 32 million birds have been killed or are expected to be condemned, and three states - Wisconsin, Minnesota have declared a state of emergency
Austin-based, Hormel Foods Corp unit Jennie-O Turkey Store has announced it will temporarily lay off 233 workers at a Minnesota plant, effective May 26th, because the flu has reduced turkey supplies. It was the first known instance of a company linking job cuts to bird flu. There is no date set for the workers to return.
Randy Vergin, manager of the Jennie-O Turkey Store plant in Faribault, said in a statement, "Our intent is to have everyone come back to work when bird numbers return to normal levels."
In Minnesota, the largest producer of U.S. turkeys, state officials said almost 5.5 million turkeys and egg-laying chickens have either died from the flu virus or are set to be killed in an effort to contain the outbreak.

Texting Fines

05/25/15 11:12 AM
Minnesota drivers will see better movement through traffic signals and will pay greater fines if caught texting while driving in the very near future.          

City of Winona Building Permits

05/23/15 12:21 PM
The City of Winona issued 21 building permits over the last week with new construction totaling 1-point-1 million dollars.

Memorial Day Program

05/23/15 12:20 PM
The 83rd Memorial Day program will take place Monday at 10:30 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Park and the Lake Park bandshell.

Fines to Increase in New Transportation Law

05/23/15 12:19 PM
Minnesota drivers will see better movement through traffic signals and will pay greater fines if caught texting while driving in the very near future.  

HBC Expansion

05/23/15 12:17 PM
Hiawatha Broadband Communications has announced the appointment of Toby Brummer as Renville-Sibley Fiber Cooperative General Manager.

Memorial Day Travel Advisory

05/23/15 12:15 PM
The Minnesota Department of Transportation is urging motorists to use extra caution in roadway work construction zones this Memorial Day weekend.

Misato Trip

05/22/15 04:55 PM
The Winona Area Public School Board Thursday heard from teacher Joe Lepley, chaperones and student Ambassadors about their recent trip to Winona's sister city, Misato, Japan .       

Miller Mentoring

05/22/15 04:54 PM
The Winona Area Public School Board Thursday highlighted the work of Miller Mentoring as part of it's monthly Spotlight on Success.       

Gophers Visit

05/22/15 04:54 PM
 A bus load of University of Minnesota coaches and Goldie Gopher will be visiting the Ridgeview Event Center at Garvin Heights Vineyards in Winona next month.      

Memorial Day Safety

05/22/15 04:53 PM
The U-S Army Corps of Engineers says this Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start to the summer, and is also a great opportunity to check your life jackets and ensure they are serviceable and that they still fit properly.     

Charlies Sold

05/22/15 04:52 PM
The building that houses Charlie's D-and-D Lounge in downtown Winona has been sold.           

Walz-Art Winner

05/22/15 04:52 PM
First District Congressman Tim Walz announced that a Winona High School senior is the winner of the 2015 Congressional Art Competition.   


05/22/15 12:17 PM
The Winona Area Public Schools Foundation has announced the winners of three scholarships for Winona High seniors.           

Highway 26 Bridge

05/22/15 12:16 PM
Motorists will encounter short traffic delays south of Brownsville in Houston County on Highway 26 to await their turns on a single-lane temporary bridge, while a new bridge is constructed.           

Shred Day

05/22/15 12:15 PM
The Winona National Bank set a record Thursday when it destroyed 9,700 pounds of paper during its annual Shred Day.               

Jefferson Pub Burglary

05/22/15 12:10 PM
Winona Police are seeking the public's help in finding a man caught on video Wednesday evening burglarizing Jeffersons Pub and Grill in downtown Winona.  See our Facebook to watch video...

Port Authority-Ballfield

05/22/15 12:09 PM
The Winona Port Authority Thursday voted to encourage the Winona City Council to consider Lake Park as a location  for a new Winona State University NCAA regulation baseball park.         

School Board

05/22/15 12:08 PM
The Winona Area Public School Board Thursday voted to continue gathering more information on 6 of 10 examples of what to do about a long-range facilities plan.                

Winona Health Holiday Hours

05/21/15 12:14 PM
Memorial Day weekend brings special holiday hours of operation for Winona Health facilities.

St. Charles Fire Station

05/21/15 12:13 PM
Construction of a new fire station and ambulance garage in St. Charles has moved a step closer.        

Princess Kay Finalists

05/21/15 12:11 PM
A Plainview girl has been selected as one of 12 finalists to take part in the Princess Kay of the Milky Way pageant next August at the Minnesota State Fair.            

Fastenal Earnings

05/21/15 12:09 PM
Winona's Fastenal company reported another gain in earnings during the month of April.         

SBD Fish Fry

05/21/15 12:07 PM
The Winona Steamboat Days Association will host a Fish Fry, Friday, May 29th at the Eagles Club in Winona from 4:30pm - 7pm .

WAPS Buildings

05/21/15 12:06 PM
Winona Superintendent Dr. Stephen West told a crowd of about a dozen people Wednesday that some of the reasons the school district is looking at it's long-range facilities plan is declining enrollment.         

Fatal Crash

05/21/15 12:05 PM
The Minnesota State Patrol says an Alma, Wisconsin, man died in a two-vehicle crash Wednesday on Highway 61 near Reads Landing.     

Highway 61 Fatal-Detour

05/20/15 04:29 PM
Motorists on Highway 61 near Reads Landing in Wabasha County are being detoured while the Minnesota State Patrol investigates a fatal crash Wednesday afternoon, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.   

Winona Municipal Band

05/20/15 04:12 PM
The Winona Municipal Band will be celebrating their centennial year this summer.            

Bridge Donations

05/20/15 04:11 PM
Several local nonprofit organizations are benefitting from the Highway 43 bridge project.         

Department Restructuring

05/20/15 04:10 PM
The Buffalo County Board has authorized immediate implementation of a new  administrative structuring of county surveying and land information services.   

Miss Winona

05/20/15 04:09 PM
Just a few days left before the deadline for applying to take part in the annual Miss Winona Scholarship Pageant.         

School Board

05/20/15 04:07 PM
The Winona Area Public School Board meets Thursday and will hear from student ambassadors about their recent trip to Misato, Japan.               

Winona Port Funding

05/20/15 12:13 PM
The city of Winona is earmarked to get some state funding for maintaining its commercial harbor and port following the legislative session that concluded on Monday.                

More Vetos

05/20/15 12:12 PM
Governor Mark Dayton  may be sharpening his pen for even more vetos in addition to the K-12 Education Bill.       

Special Session

05/20/15 12:10 PM
Facing a special session to iron out differences on a K-12 education bill, Republicans and Democrats are differing in their views on Governor Mark Dayton's veto on Tuesday.         

Drive it Forward

05/20/15 12:09 PM
Piggybacking on the familiar theme "Pay it Forward," Winona County Sheriff Ron Ganrude has implemented a new program called "Drive it Forward."         

Theft and Drug Charges

05/20/15 12:08 PM
Winona Police said a 54-year-old Winona man is facing theft and drug charges following an incident Tuesday at a dowentown retail store.            

Strangulation Charge

05/20/15 12:07 PM
32-year-old Bobby Darnell Green of Winona was jailed Thursday on suspicion of felony assault by strangulation and misdemeanor assault.             

Assault Charges

05/20/15 12:06 PM
A 34-year-old Osseo, Wisconsin, man was jailed in Winona Tuesday evening on suspicion of second degree felony assault and terroristic threats.        

Governor Dayton Vetos Education Bill

05/19/15 05:08 PM
Gov. Mark Dayton has vetoed an education budget that he says isn't big enough, setting up a special session of the Minnesota Legislature.

Bridge Work

05/19/15 04:28 PM
Motorists will encounter short-term traffic delays from Tuesday, May 26th through Wednesday, May 27th on the Highway 43 bridge in Winona as the Minnesota Department of Transportation make repairs to the bridge deck.    

Goodview Fire Expansion

05/19/15 04:26 PM
The Goodview City Council Monday approved a contract with a local firm to construct an addition to the Goodview Fire Hall.    

Chamber Business Awards

05/19/15 04:25 PM
WinCraft Incorporated was Tuesday named Winona's Business of the Year.

Charlies D&D

05/19/15 04:19 PM
A long time Winona business closed it's doors for good following the weekend of May 9th.

Dog Park Death

05/19/15 12:13 PM
Authorities in Jackson County say they suspect foul play in the death of a woman who was found at a dog park in Black River Falls.  

DQ Soft Drinks

05/19/15 12:12 PM
The Wall Street Journal is reporting American Dairy Queen Corporation will remove carbonated soft drinks from its children's menu in September, becoming the latest fast-food chain to make such a move amid obesity and health concerns.    

Session Reaction

05/19/15 12:11 PM
Republican Representative Greg Davids is expressing disappointment that a nearly 2-billion dollar tax relIef bill did not make it through the legislative session that ended Monday night.     

Small Town Funding

05/19/15 12:09 PM
Even though a major transportation funding bill will have to wait until the 2016 session, lawmakers are still providing some new funding to small cities for road and bridge projects.            


05/19/15 12:08 PM
Jim Vrchota has joined  Merchants Bank as Vice President and Commercial Banker.              

Houston County EDA

05/19/15 12:07 PM
Members of Houston County's Economic Development Authority will now have to serve just three years instead of six.      

Seat Belt Event

05/19/15 12:06 PM
Sheriffs from six southeastern Minnesota counties were on hand Monday to honor a crash survivor who was wearing her seat belt when her vehicle went over a 40-foor cliff.        

Visit Winona

05/19/15 12:05 PM
Visit Winona will present its 2015 Tourism Award during a special celebration on Thursday.

Tomah VA

05/19/15 12:04 PM
The Tomah VA Medical Center has a 30-day plan that leaders say will improve the hospital's operation in light of recent criticism.   

City Council

05/19/15 12:02 PM
The Winona City Council Monday awarded a contract for the 2015 Franklin Street Reconstruction project.

Highway Safety

05/18/15 04:41 PM
Fountain City Police Chief Jason Mork is participating in two highway safety programs sponsored by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.  

Ashley for the Arts

05/18/15 04:33 PM
After smashing its attendance record in 2014, Ashley for the Arts, one of Wisconsin’s largest charity events, appears headed for another historic year.         

MnDOT Trucks

05/18/15 04:23 PM
Motorists on some of southeastern Minnesota's busiest highways will likely see a slow moving group of Minnesota Department of Transportation trucks this spring along the shoulder of the road.           

Free Summer Meals

05/18/15 04:21 PM
Children in Winona have an opportunity to receive free meals during the upcoming summer months thankso a new program being put on the Winona School District.               

Port Authority-Ballfield

05/18/15 04:20 PM
Winona State University has not given up on its quest for a new NCAA regulation baseball park.          


05/18/15 04:13 PM
There were a net total of 82 barges in April that passed through the Winona commercial harbor.           


05/18/15 03:44 PM
Winona National Bank raised $629.50 for the Winona Main Street Program after selling its famous $1 hot dog lunch at the Touch-A-Truck and Play Streets event on Saturday, May 16.              


05/18/15 12:03 PM
Mary J Bergin has been elected to the Winona National Bank Board of Directors.              

Higher Education Bill

05/18/15 12:02 PM
The Minnesota House passed the Conference Committee Report on Omnibus Higher Education bill and representative Gene Pelowski of Winona says it will raise tuition and ad more debt to Minnesota students.

Building Permits

05/18/15 12:00 PM
Some major construction projects got underway in Winona last week as the city issued $8,400,000 in building permits.

Good-Assault Charges

05/18/15 11:59 AM
A 42-year-old Winona woman was jailed Sunday evening on suspicion of fifth degree assault charges.               

Rollingstone Crash

05/18/15 11:58 AM
The Minnesota State Patrol  says one person was injured in a two-vehicle crash in Rollingstone Saturday morning.     

Felony Vehicular Charge

05/18/15 11:56 AM
A 20-year-old Winona woman has been cited with felony criminal vehicular operation following a traffic crash early Sunday that resulted in injuries to four people.                

Shooting Deaths

05/18/15 11:55 AM
Winona police said a second person has died as the result of a shooting at a Winona home Friday afternoon.     

Chamber Awards

05/18/15 11:53 AM
The Winona Area Chamber of Commerce will host its 15th Annual Business Celebration Luncheon Tuesday.

City Council

05/16/15 10:58 AM
The Winona City Council meets Monday and will award a contract for the 2015 Franklin Street Reconstruction project.     

Charter Phone Ruling

05/16/15 10:39 AM
The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission issued a landmark ruling May 8th that phone service provided by Charter Fiberlink Companies is subject to state oversight in order to protect consumers and the public interest.  

TZD Event

05/16/15 10:38 AM
Southeast Minnesota Toward Zero Deaths stakeholders and regional law enforcement will join forces to honor a crash survivor and launch the statewide seat belt enforcement effort Monday, May 18th.           

Possible Homicide

05/16/15 10:37 AM
At approximately 3:30 p.m. on Friday, May 15th, the Winona Law Enforcement Center received a 911 call to a residence in the 1500 block of West King Street on the report of a possible homicide.           

Backwater Paddle

05/16/15 10:36 AM
You are invited to join Refuge Ranger Ed Lagace on a paddle through the backwaters of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge on Saturday, May 23rd.        

WAPS Buildings

05/16/15 06:28 AM
Winona Area Public Schools series of public information meetings continue next week.       

Food Drive

05/16/15 06:27 AM
The Winona County food shelves are fuller now thanks to the efforts of area lettercarriers and the public. 

EAB Awareness

05/16/15 06:26 AM
Governor Mark Dayton has proclaimed May 17-23 as Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Awareness Week in an effort to draw attention to the destructive bug and encourage Minnesotans not to spread the pest around the state.     

Wincraft Groundbreaking

05/16/15 06:24 AM
About 40 people attended Winona's WinCraft Corporation's groundbreaking Friday morning for its new manufacturing facility in the city's east end.  

SBD Golf

05/14/15 02:13 PM
Next months Steamboat Days celebration will actually kick off a few days early this year.              

Winona Health-CCN

05/14/15 02:12 PM
The Minnesota Hospital Association recently recognized Winona Health's Community Care Network with the 2015 Community Benefit Award.  

EAB Meeting

05/14/15 02:11 PM
On April 24th, 2015, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture confirmed an Emerald Ash Borer infestation in Fillmore County.


05/14/15 02:10 PM
Winona Republican Senator Jeremy Miller says he is not as confident the legislature will get it's work done on time as he was last week.     

STEAM Programs

05/14/15 02:09 PM
The University of Wisconsin-Extension and Buffalo County 4-H Youth Development programs are offering days to engage in fun learning experiences that purposefully integrate science and art.            

Wisconsin Cheese

05/14/15 01:27 PM
Wisconsin's cheese production was tops in the nation in 2014, holding the state's ranking as the cheese leader by churning out 25 percent of national production. 

Law Enforcement Memorial

05/14/15 01:24 PM
Winona County held its annual Law Enforcement Memorial Service in front of the LEC Wednesday.           

Culvert Work

05/14/15 01:22 PM
Culvert replacements on Winona County Road 26 will begin on Monday, May 18th and will continue for approximately three weeks, depending on the weather.

Missing Soldier

05/14/15 01:19 PM
A soldier from La Crosse who went missing nearly 65 years ago during the Korean War will be buried next week at the Arlington National Cemetery.    

Western Tech Funding

05/13/15 11:43 AM
Western Technical College received $5,000 in funding from Districts Mutual Insurance (DMI) - a municipal mutual insurance company founded by the Wisconsin Technical College System.  

Buffalo County Farmland

05/13/15 11:42 AM
The Buffalo County Land Conservation and Resource Management Department is holding a public meeting on the revision of the Buffalo County Farmland Preservation Plan.          

Bluffview 5K/10K

05/13/15 11:42 AM
Bluffview Montessori School students, faculty and staff are preparing for the 2nd annual Bluffview Explorer 5k Run/Walk and 10k Run, Saturday, May 16th.

Bike Friendly State

05/13/15 11:40 AM
Minnesota retained its ranking as the second most bicycle friendly state in the nation, according to the annual list from the League of American Bicyclists.

Mayo Costs

05/13/15 11:40 AM
The Mayo Clinic, which had been diligently cutting expenses over the past year, has started to see those costs creep up again in the first quarter of 2015.     

Trout Day Celebration

05/13/15 11:39 AM
The Third Annual Buffalo County Trout Day Celebration will be held on June 6th, at S1257 County Road II Alma.   

WSU Forum

05/13/15 11:38 AM
 Winona State University will host a community meeting from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 18th, in the Student Activities Center, lower level Kryzsko Commons.     

SMU-Cascade Meadow

05/13/15 11:37 AM
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota has announced that it will assume ownership and operation of Rochester's Cascade Meadow Wetlands and Environmental Science Center this summer.           

GRSF Summer Education

05/12/15 01:31 PM
The Great River Shakespeare Festival is offering a $50 early registration discount for all summer education programs.     

Hagedorn Running

05/12/15 01:30 PM
Blue Earth resident Jim Hagedorn has announced his candidacy for Congress in Minnesota's First District.  

County Board-NEOGOV

05/12/15 01:29 PM
The Winona County Board of Commissioners Tuesday approved moving forward to negotiate a contract for a new Human Resource software package.             

DEED Grants

05/12/15 01:28 PM
Thirty-seven Minnesota communities were awarded $17.6 million by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) to help pay for building rehabilitation and infrastructure projects.       

Adult Literacy Classes

05/12/15 01:27 PM
Winona Area Public Schools Community Education is offering a free Adult Literacy program that helps students transition into college by brushing up on their English, Math, and general academic skills.       

Safety Award

05/12/15 01:26 PM
During Tuesday's Winona County Board of Commissioners meeting, the Winona County Sheriff's Department was presented with a new hand-held radar speed detector as a gift from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.     


05/12/15 08:21 AM
An amendment to the House Agriculture bill is being considered that would allow Minnesota farmers to grow industrial hemp.  

Crop Report

05/12/15 08:21 AM
Minnesota farmers are planting soybeans at a near-record pace.   

Adult Literacy Classes

05/12/15 08:20 AM
Winona Area Public Schools Community Education is offering a free Adult Literacy program that helps students transition into college by brushing up on their English, Math, and general academic skills.     

Bird Flu-Overgaard

05/11/15 02:08 PM
Jake Overgaard, University of Minnesota Extension Educator, tells Winona Radio News that the spread of a deadly strain of bird flu in Minnesota is very concerning.            

Fire Department Program

05/11/15 02:00 PM
The Winona Fire Department will be offering a free residential home safety walk through this summer.    

Fire Department Program

05/11/15 02:00 PM
The Winona Fire Department will be offering a free residential home safety walk through this summer.    

Stamp Out Hunger

05/11/15 11:44 AM
This past Saturday, Channel One Regional Food Bank teamed up with the National Association of Letter Carriers to put an end to hunger as part of Rochester's Stamp Out Hunger drive.        

Buffalo County Court

05/11/15 11:34 AM
19-year old Joshua D. Peterson of Mondovi, was sentenced in Buffalo County Court to 45 days in jail and 100 hours of community service work for illegal deer shining and failure to tag a deer carcass in Buffalo County.  


05/11/15 11:33 AM
Winona National Bank has announced that Ben Ranney has joined the bank as Mortgage Originator.         

Carol Hill Scholarships

05/11/15 11:32 AM
The 2015-2016 Winona Health Auxiliary Carol Hill Scholarship committee has awarded $20,000 in scholarships to 18 students, all of whom have been accepted into an accredited healthcare program.      

Pot Bust-Post Office

05/11/15 11:31 AM
A 19-year-old Winona man was arrested after the smell of marijuana was detected coming from a package addressed to him at a post office.      

Military Appreciation

05/11/15 11:30 AM
The Harley-Davidson Shop of Winona is hosting a Military Appreciation Day. 


05/11/15 08:14 AM
Mike Costello, Director of English at Cotter, is among 35 high school teachers around the nation selected as a Fellow to attend the 2015 American Society of News Editors Reynolds High School Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri this summer.

Fatal Crash

05/11/15 08:14 AM
Authorities say a 19-year-old man has died after a utility terrain vehicle overturned in western Wisconsin.     

St. Anne Fundraiser

05/11/15 08:12 AM
The Saint Anne Foundation will be hosting a Wine & Canvas Fundraiser in Winona on Thursday, May 21st at 6:30pm.     

Property Sales

05/11/15 08:11 AM
Two property purchases in Winona have been filed at the Winona County Recorder's office.       

County Board

05/11/15 08:10 AM
The Winona County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday, May 12th, will be asked to approve new Human Resource software package recommended by the Personnel and Information Systems Departments.   

Farmer's Market

05/11/15 08:10 AM
Beginning Wednesday, May 27th, an additional Farmers Market will be held at Winona Health.          

WSU Award

05/11/15 08:09 AM
Winona State University has been selected to receive the 2015 Leadership in Sustainability- Education Award from Sustain Winona.    

Public Comment

05/11/15 06:28 AM
The City of Winona wants to get citizen input on a study to improve pedestrian and bicycle movements along a mid-town corridor involving Broadway, Huff and Main Streets.              

Century Farms

05/08/15 04:54 PM
Three Winona County Farms will be recognized as 2015 Century Farms at the Winona County Fair.                    


05/08/15 04:53 PM
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the 7 Rivers Region will hold their first annual Golf for Kids' Sake Wednesday, June 10th at Trempealeau Mountain Golf Club.

School Board

05/08/15 04:51 PM
The Winona Area Public School Board Thursday discussed options for the Dakota Community School property, which is currently leased to the school.

Duran Cleared

05/08/15 04:50 PM
Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical President Dr. Dorothy Duran has been cleared of a plagerism association.           

UW-L Orchestra

05/08/15 04:50 PM
The UW-La Crosse Orchestra has been invited to perform at the state's top conference for music professionals. 

Sheriff's Department Award

05/08/15 12:14 PM
The Winona County Sheriff's Department will be able to crack down more on speeders thanks to an award from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.    

Wincraft Groundbreaking

05/08/15 12:12 PM
Winona's Wincraft Corporation will hold a groundbreaking for its new manufacturing facility in the city's east end next week.  

Old K-Mart

05/08/15 12:12 PM
The City of Winona is still waiting for solid ideas for the future of the K-Mart building along Highway 61.        

Planning Commission

05/08/15 12:10 PM
The Winona City Planning Commission will hold a public hearing Monday on a request to rezone the property on which Timber's downtown restaurant stands.     

WSU Wind Tunnels

05/08/15 12:09 PM
Construction is set to begin this coming Monday  on Winona State University's new Pedestrian Tunnels.             

I-90 Project

05/08/15 12:08 PM
The public is invited to learn more about the Interstate 90 concrete overlay project at a public open house in Dover next Tuesday, May 12th.     

2015 Harbormaster

05/08/15 12:06 PM
A Winona runner and longtime road race organizer was named Friday as the new Steamboat Days 2015 Harbormaster.      

Stamp Out Hunger

05/08/15 12:05 PM
Winona area lettercarriers are hoping to see a lot of bags of non-perishable food when they make their rounds on Saturday, May 9th.               

Tax Bill

05/08/15 12:04 PM
House Republicans appear ready to make some compromises as a conference committee on a Tax Bill waits for an agreement from legislative leaders and the governor.                

Doctor Retiring

05/07/15 12:28 PM
Longtine Winona Physician Dr. Cullen Schwemer,  a psychiatrist in Winona Health Behavioral Health Department, will retire on May 31st, after 50 years of service...the last 13 years at Winona Health.  


05/07/15 12:27 PM
As some lawmakers at the state capitol question whether the legislature can get its work done on time, Winona Republican Senator Jeremy Miller says they can. 

Touch a Truck

05/07/15 12:26 PM
The public is invited to downtown Winona on Saturday, May 16th, for an event that will be for both adults and kids alike.

Franken-Mental Health

05/07/15 12:25 PM
Minnesota Senator Al Franken has reintroduced his legislation seeking more funding to help diagnose children in schools who may have mental health problems.     

Bluff Restoration

05/07/15 12:23 PM
The Buffalo County Board of supervisors has pledged $75,000 for a  proposed 5-year project to restore bluff prairies. 

Semi vs. Car

05/07/15 12:22 PM
The Minnesota State Patrol says a 23-year-old woman was injured when the vehicle she was driving was struck by a semi truck on Interstate 90.    

Stray Bullet

05/07/15 12:21 PM
A 17-year-old from La Crosse is being accused of firing a bullet that struck and killed a Rusk County man while shooting at coyotes in March.   

Mlinar Sentenced

05/06/15 05:13 PM
A school board member from rural Alma entered a plea agreement on charges of hitting a 16-year-old boy with an ax handle during a domestic quarrel at a house in the Town of Montana.   

River Cruises

05/06/15 05:13 PM
Winona area residents will get a choice of river boats to enjoy rides on this summer.                

Tourism Awards

05/06/15 05:12 PM
Visit Winona will present its 2015 Tourism Award during a special celebration on Thursday, May 21st.

Lake City-Fishing

05/06/15 05:10 PM
Lake City is the site of Cabela's Pro-Am Walleye Fishing Torunement this week.

Team Vogel Golf

05/06/15 05:09 PM
Team Vogel vs. Cancer will host the 5th Annual Golf Outing this weekend.          

Shred Day

05/06/15 12:17 PM
Winona National Bank and the Winona ORC are partnering for a Free Shred Day coming up on Thursday, May 21st.    

Old-time Movie

05/06/15 12:15 PM
As the Winona Municipal Band prepares to celebrate the band's 100th anniversary beginning next month, a special event will be taking place at the Winona County History Center on Saturday, May 16th.

MPCA Board

05/06/15 12:14 PM
 Minnesota lawmakers are being urged to reject a proposal that would take away some of the authority of the Citizens Board of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.       

Finance Bills

05/06/15 12:13 PM
Wide gaps remain between the Minnesota House and Senate as conference committees continue their work this week on the 10 major finance bills.              


05/06/15 12:11 PM
Documents filed with the City of Onalaska indicate the Mayo Clinic intends to build a new campus that would result in some 3,800 new jobs.    

Drug Drop Off

05/06/15 12:10 PM
Here's a chance for Buffalo County residents to get rid of prescription drugs not being used anymore. 

West Lake Blvd. Closing

05/05/15 05:08 PM
 West Lake Boulevard in Winona, on the south side of Highway 61 between Huff Street and Clark's Lane will be open only to local traffic starting Wednesday.

Corn Rows

05/05/15 05:08 PM
The Minnesota Department of Transportation is interested in talking with southeastern Minnesota farmers who are willing to leave a minimum of six rows of corn stalks standing through the winter to earn payment and help reduce the amount of snow blowing on highways.

Global Trot-WAPS

05/05/15 05:03 PM
Winona Area Public School students who will be travelling to Ecuador, Italy and Greece this summer are hard at work raising funds.


05/05/15 05:02 PM
This year, over 150 students in the Goal Oriented Adult Learning program at Western Technical College will be honored at a graduation ceremony.   

City Council-Lake Park

05/05/15 05:01 PM
The Winona City Council Monday voted to ban the feeding of ducks and geese in Lake Park after a local citizen's group brought up several concerns. 

Bridge Cleaning

05/05/15 05:00 PM
Motorists will encounter limited traffic delay next Tuesday, May 12th when the Minnesota Department of Transportation cleans the Highway 43 bridge in Winona.             

Merchants Net Income

05/05/15 04:59 PM
Merchants Financial Group, Inc. announced first quarter net income of $3,358,297, more than $620,000 ahead of plan and more than $560,000 ahead of 2014, according to Merchants Financial Group, Inc. President & CEO Rodney R. Nelson.

Transportation Alliance

05/05/15 12:12 PM
The Winona County Board has decided to join the Minnesota Transportation Alliance with a cost of $2,255.

Kramer-County Board

05/05/15 12:10 PM
Winona County Highway Engineer Dave Kramer has been re-appointed for another 4-year term but will not get the use of a take-home county vehicle on a regular basis.  

County Board

05/05/15 12:08 PM
On a unanimous 5-to-0 vote, the Winona County Board of Commissioners has approved a contract with a Twin Cities firm to help the board find a new county administrator. 

I-90 Crash

05/05/15 12:07 PM
 A dump truck driver who had alcohol in his system and admitted checking Facebook before a fatal interstate crash has been convicted of homicide in La Crosse County Circuit Court.     

City Council-Gypsoil

05/05/15 12:06 PM
The Winona City Council Monday held a brief public hearing before approving a Business Subsidy Agreement  between the Port Authority of Winona and Benefecial Reuse Management, LLC DBA Gypsoil. 

Mother's Day Tea

05/04/15 04:31 PM
The Winona Health Auxiliary is inviting the public to attend the "Mother's Day Spring Time Tea" this Saturday, May 9 beginning at 11:30 a.m at Central Lutheran Church in Winona.

Reichel Foods

05/04/15 04:30 PM
For the past 15 years, Craig Reichel, of Rochester's Reichel Foods, has sent thousands of pounds carrots, celery, cheese, crackers, meat and complete Dippin' Stix packet

DMC Plans

05/04/15 04:29 PM
The DMC Economic Development Agency is moving quickly to formalize the operations of the EDA following the final approval of the Destination Medical Center Development Plan on April 23rd.  

Sustainable Ely

05/04/15 04:28 PM
On Sunday, May 10th, Sustainable Ely will host a celebration marking the end of an 800-plus-mile bicycle journey of three instructors from Voyageur Outward Bound School.        

Bluffview 5K/10K

05/04/15 04:22 PM
Bluffview Montessori School students, faculty and staff are preparing for the 2nd annual Bluffview Explorer 5k Run/Walk and 10k Run, Saturday, May 16th.  

Possible Kidnapping Attempt

05/04/15 12:22 PM
Winona Police say they are continuing their investigation into a possible attempted child kidnapping that was reported on April 30th.

Deputy Police Chief Tom Williams said a Winona woman reported seeing a 3-year-old child approaching a vehicle on Mechanic Street which had stopped in the roadway.

The child was playing with a second child in the woman's yard. The woman told authorities

Cycle Crash

05/04/15 12:18 PM
Winona County authorities said a 15-year-old girl was injured in a car-motorcycle crash Saturday at the intersection of Winona County Roads 33 and 6 south of Utica.           

Storm Fatal

05/04/15 12:17 PM
A Winona County man was killed Sunday evening when a tree fell on the pickup truck he was driving.               

Pedestrian Study

05/04/15 12:12 PM
The city of Winona wants to get citizen input on a study to improve pedestrian and bicycle movements along a corridor involving Broadway, Huff and Main Streets.
A public meeting on the proposed study will take place next Monday, May 11th, at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall.

There will be a question and answer period and the public will be able to offer feedback.....

City Council-Gypsoil

05/02/15 10:55 AM
The Winona City Council meets Monday at 6:30 p.m. and will hold a public hearing before considering a resolution for a Business Subsidy Agreement  between the Port Authority of Winona and Benefecial Reuse Management, LLC DBA Gypsoil.

New Wine Bar

05/02/15 10:43 AM
Winona's new wine bar that is expected to open in mid to late June will eventually feature entertainment as well.


Jetaway Getaway Winner

05/02/15 10:41 AM
The lucky winner of the Jetaway Getaway $1,000 travel certificate was Kristine Sovell of Lewiston!


SMU Graduation

05/02/15 10:04 AM
St. Mary's University will hold its graduation ceremonies on Saturday, May 9th, on the Winona campus.

Healthy Kids Club

05/02/15 10:03 AM
On Saturday, May 16th from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. the Downtown Winona Main Street Program, Live Well Winona and Winona Health Healthy Kids will host a Touch a Truck and bike-and-walk-friendly Play Streets event in downtown Winona.

BBBS-Taste of Winona

05/02/15 10:01 AM
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the 7 Rivers Region is already planning this summers big fundraising event with a new location and day of the week.

County Board

05/02/15 07:58 AM
The Winona County Board of Commissioners next Tuesday will be asked to approve a contract with a search firm to help find a new county administrator.

LSP Event

05/02/15 07:57 AM
A smooth and informed transition of farmland from one generation to another is the focus of a workshop for women farmers and landowners Thursday, May 14th, in Lanesboro.


WSU Commencement

05/02/15 07:50 AM
More than 1,100 students will participate in the Winona State University Spring 2015 Commencement ceremonies Friday, May 8th, in McCown Gymnasium in Memorial Hall on the Winona campus.

Preservation Commission-Basilica

05/02/15 07:50 AM
At 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 13th, the Historic Preservation Commission of Winona will gather to present the Basilica of Saint Stanislaus Kostka a Winona Heritage Preservation Commission Commendation Award.  

Winona Noon Lions-Brooms

05/02/15 06:47 AM
The Winona Noon Lions annual door to door broom sale will swing into action Monday, May 4th and conclude on Monday, May 11th.

Tri-County Purchase

05/01/15 12:15 PM
The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission has approved the purchase of the service territory in southern Minnesota of Alliant Energy by a group of 12 electric cooperatives led by Tri-County Electric in Rushford.

Sand Mine Appeal

05/01/15 12:14 PM
The owners of a sand mine in Houston County argued their case before the Minnesota Appellate Court Thursday seeking to have the mine reopened.

GRSF Season

05/01/15 12:13 PM
Actors and workers with the Great River Shakespeare Festival will begin arriving soon as another summer season approaches.

Tax Bill-Davids

05/01/15 12:12 PM
When the Minnesota House tax bill goes to a conference committee one of the provisions Tax Committee Chair Greg Davids will push for is the reinstatement of the income tax reciprocity agreement with Wisconsin.

Alma City Council

05/01/15 12:11 PM
Gary Ruff has been elected president of the Alma City Council at a reorganizational session.

Assault Charges

05/01/15 12:11 PM
A 21-year-old Winona man was jailed Thursday evening on two separate charges of assault.

Felony Charges

05/01/15 12:10 PM
Winona Police said a 32 year-old Winona man was jailed on felony assault charges following an incident Thursday evening.

County Board

05/01/15 12:09 PM
The Winona County Board will be asked to approve the installation  of conflict warning systems at two county intersections when the board meets next Tuesday, May 5th.

Winona Health Award

05/01/15 12:08 PM
The Minnesota Hospital Association has recognized Winona Health's Community Care Network with the 2015 Community Benefit Award. The Community Care Network is one of the ways Winona Health is looking at community healthcare differently. It’s a proactive approach that provides nonmedical and medical support, resources and education for people managing chronic illnesses such as COPD, diabetes, or mental health issues.

Pictured (l-r) are Community Care Network coordinators Cassie Boddy, MSW, LGSW, and Paula Philipps, RN.

Owl Center

04/30/15 12:13 PM
There's a unique place to visit in Houston where you can see owls up close and personal.


Tax Bill

04/30/15 12:12 PM
After debating for hours about who stands to gain the most, Minnesota House lawmakers have voted largely along party lines for a tax cut that aims for more than $2 billion in breaks soon and double that down the road.


100-Mile Garage Sale

04/30/15 12:12 PM
Fifteen historic river towns and two states along the Mississippi River have cleaned out their attics, garages and basements to create the 100 mile Garage Sale this weekend that runs through Sunday.

K-12 Bill

04/30/15 12:11 PM
The Minnesota Senate has approved a bill that would send an extra $365,000,000 to schools.


Higher Education Bill

04/30/15 12:06 PM
Republican State Senator Jeremy Miller of Winona has been selected to serve on a conference committee to iron out differences in the House and Senate Higher Education bills.

Waterfowl Deaths

04/30/15 12:04 PM
Officials say bird flu isn't suspected in the deaths of hundreds of waterfowl collected in the Mississippi River near northeastern Iowa.

County Board

04/29/15 05:04 PM
The Winona County Board of Commissioners Tuesday announced the results of a closed-door performance review of  Highway Engineer Dave Kramer.


WAPS-Early Release

04/29/15 05:03 PM
Students attending Winona Area Public Schools, Bluffview Montessori School and Dakota Area Community School will be released two hours early on Tuesday, May 5th.

Plant Sale-Habitat

04/29/15 05:03 PM
Join Martha Larson and Barbie Bell on Friday, May 15th for the annual Habitat for Humanity Plant Sale.    

UW-L Graduation

04/29/15 05:02 PM
A total of 1,512 UW-La Crosse students are candidates for graduation during UW-La Crosse’s spring 2015 commencement.


WSHS Dare to Dream

04/29/15 04:54 PM
The Foundation for Winona Area Public Schools announces Pete Weess’s WSHS Environmental Science “Healthy Lake Winona Project” as its spring 2015 “Dare to Dream” $5000 grant winner.

Pictured is (left), WSHS Principal Ryan Jensen and (right), WSHS Science Teacher Pete Weess.

YMCA Bridge Project

04/29/15 12:17 PM
While buildings and homes have been coming down for the new intersatate bridge project in downtown Winona the nearby Winona Family YMCA is preparing for a future impact.

Conference Committees

04/29/15 12:16 PM
With just three weeks left now until the May 18th constitutional deadline for ending the legislative session, Representative Gene Pelowski says those final days could get interesting.


HHS Budget Bill

04/29/15 12:15 PM
House Republicans have passed a health care budget that cuts an insurance program for tens of thousands of low-income Minnesotans.


New City Attorney

04/29/15 12:13 PM
In a divided vote, the Fountain City Council has approved hiring a law firm from Arcadia to handle city attorney affairs.


Highway Shop

04/29/15 12:12 PM
The cost of building a new county highway shop at Mondovi along with expanding and upgrading a primary shop facility in rural Alma is expected to be $1,340,000.


Fair Improvements

04/29/15 12:11 PM
The Buffalo County Board of Supervisors has agreed to help the agricultural fair association pay for fairground maintenance projects.


Hy-Vee Recall

04/29/15 12:09 PM
Hy-Vee Inc. says it is recalling Hy-Vee Summer Fresh Pasta because of a potential listeria contamination.

Accidental Death

04/29/15 12:08 PM
Authorities say the woman whose body was found Monday in an alley in downtown La Crosse died when she fell from a building's third-floor fire escape.


Bluff Fall

04/29/15 12:07 PM
Authorities say a hiker has fallen to his death from a closed bluff trail in Red Wing.


County Board

04/29/15 12:05 PM
The Winona County Board of Commissioners Tuesday voted in favor of hiring David Drown Associates to help them find candidates for the position of County Administrator.


Sunday Liqour Sales

04/28/15 04:26 PM
An effort to scrap Minnesota's long-standing ban on Sunday liquor sales has failed again in the House, but opponents of the ban came much closer than two years ago.


Bowl For Kid's Sake

04/28/15 04:25 PM
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the 7 Rivers Region annual Bowl for Kids' Sake April 16th and 17th at Westgate Bowl in Winona was a big success.


Chamber Business Awards

04/28/15 04:23 PM
A reminder, the May First deadline for nominations for the Winona Area Chamber of Commerce's Business Appreciation Awards is Friday.

Bridge-Demolition Work

04/28/15 04:22 PM
One of the final objects in the way of the new Highway 43 bridge in downtown Winona was coming down Tuesday.            

Body Identified

04/28/15 04:21 PM
The body found in an alley in downtown La Crosse Monday has been identified.

Roundabout Construction

04/28/15 04:20 PM
Construction is scheduled to begin Monday, May 4th on the  Highway 14/ Highway 42 roundabout  near Eyota, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Cotter Scholarships

04/28/15 12:15 PM
64 members of the Cotter High School graduating class of 2015 were presented with college scholarships recently during a special ceremony.


04/28/15 12:15 PM
The Winona County Sheriff's Department is putting out the call for volunteers to serve on the county's SOAR team.

MMAM Exhibit

04/28/15 12:09 PM
The Minnesota Marine art Museum that Madison, Wisconsin artist Stephen Hilyard  will exhibit his work in the solo exhibition, Seeking the Sublime, from May 1st - July 15th.

Higher Education Bill

04/28/15 12:08 PM
Monday night, the Minnesota House passed an Omnibus Higher Education bill that will lead to tuition increases and more debt for Minnesota students.


Dahl Sign

04/28/15 12:07 PM
As construction continues on the new Dahl Automotive Center on west Highway 61, a request is being made to have the Winona Board of Adjustment approve a higher sign than an ordinance allows.

I-90 Crash

04/28/15 12:06 PM
The Minnesota State Patrol says a 55-year-old driver was injured in a one-vehicle crash on Interstate 90 near Lewiston on Monday.

Planning Commission

04/28/15 12:05 PM
The Winona City Planning Commission  Monday approved the site plan for a new three-story apartment project at 280 Franklin Street for people 55 years of age and older.


WSU Commencement

04/27/15 04:10 PM
More than 1,100 students will participate in the Winona State University Spring 2015 Commencement ceremonies Friday, May 8th, in McCown Gymnasium in Memorial Hall on the Winona campus.

Habitat Fundraiser

04/27/15 04:09 PM
The LaCrosse Great Harvest will hold a Baker for the Day event on Saturday, May 9th, to raise dough to build a new home through the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity.

Hormel-Turkey Losses

04/27/15 04:09 PM
The lethal bird flu sweeping across Minnesota has taken a nasty swipe at one of Hormel Foods Corp.'s top-performing businesses: Jennie-O Turkey Store.             

Scholarship Winner

04/27/15 04:08 PM
The Winona Health Foundation Scholarship Committee selected Shawn Carlson, to receive the Phyllis A. McClenathan Nursing Scholarship.

WAPS Buildings

04/27/15 04:08 PM
Winona Superintendent Dr. Stephen West says a series of nine public information meetings have been scheduled in May to seek input on a $66,000,000 long-range facilities plan that could stretch from four to six years to complete.

MNsure Deadline

04/27/15 12:22 PM
A reminder, only four days remain for Minnesotans to take advantage of MNsure's special enrollment period, created to minimize the tax penalty for 2015 and allow enrollment into health coverage for the rest of this year. This limited-time opportunity ends April 30.
Minnesotans who paid a 2014 tax penalty for being uninsured can still get coverage for the balance of this year, with the added advantage of minimizing the uninjured tax penalty when they file their 2015 returns. The 2015 tax penalty-$325 per adult or two percent of your income, whichever is greater-is much higher than the 2014 penalty. Consumers who did not enroll into 2014 health care coverage will still be responsible for the 2014 tax penalty.

Consumers need only to complete a few steps to take advantage of this special enrollment period. Apply and enroll online at

K-12 Bill

04/27/15 12:21 PM
Saturday, Minnesota House Republicans passed an education bill that, despite a nearly $2 billion projected state surplus, Democrats say will lead to reductions in teaching staff, increased class sizes, and reduced access to quality early learning education.

Adopt a Highway

04/27/15 12:19 PM
Even through Earth Day has passed, there are many opportunities for southeastern Minnesota residents to do their part to keep their communities clean.


Building Permits

04/27/15 12:18 PM
A building permit has been issued by the City of Winona for construction of a new gymnasium at the Cotter High School complex at 360 Vila Street.


Drug Arrests

04/27/15 12:16 PM
Winona police said four people were arrested after a traffic stop at East Fourth and St. Charles streets resulted in drugs being located in their vehicle.

Drug Charges

04/27/15 12:15 PM
A 22-year-old Winona man was jailed early Monday on drug charges following a traffic stop for speeding at Frontenac Drive and Louisa Street.

Healthcare Center

04/27/15 12:14 PM
Construction is expected to begin soon on a new $27,000,000 Trempealeau County Healthcare Center in in Whitehall.

SE Tech Award

04/27/15 12:10 PM
Minnesota State College - Southeast Technical instructor Greg Cady has been presented with a statewide teaching award by the Minnesota State College Student Association at its annual Spring General Assembly, held at Breezy Point Resort in northern Minnesota.

Winona School Board - Long Range Facilities Planning

04/25/15 12:29 PM
The Winona Area Public School Board Thursday approved a long range facilities planning timeline.

The purpose of the plan is to evaluate the adequacy of existing facilities, plan for future capital facilities spending and address how the student population will be housed over the next 15 years.

Board Chair Mohamed Elhindi says next month the board will host public information sessions and

SMU Graduation

04/25/15 12:27 PM
St. Mary's University will hold its graduation ceremonies on Saturday, May 9th, on the Winona campus.

Wabasha Feedlot Agreement

04/25/15 12:26 PM
Wabasha County has agreed to pay a nearly 109-thousand dollar settlement with the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources over violations over improperly administering a state feedlot grant.

I-90 Bridge Traffic

04/25/15 12:25 PM
A reminder, northbound Highway 61 traffic will merge onto westbound I-90 at a different location and the access to the boat launch and lock and dam number seven will change on Wednesday, April 29th at the Dresbach Bridge construction site.

SE Tech Teacher Award

04/25/15 12:24 PM
Minnesota State College - Southeast Technical instructor Greg Cady has been presented with a statewide teaching award by the Minnesota State College Student Association at its annual Spring General Assembly, held at Breezy Point Resort in northern Minnesota.

New Wine Bar

04/24/15 05:31 PM
Winona will soon have a new bar with a twist in the downtown area. Jeridiah and Kelly Welti will be opening up a wine bar located at 77 West Third Street, the site of the  former Dibs Cafe.

WAPS Buildings

04/24/15 05:30 PM
The Winona Area Public School Board Thursday approved a long range facilities planning timeline.


WSU Art Show

04/24/15 05:29 PM
Winona State University will host an art show for local artists with disabilities, from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, at Lourdes Hall - Room 155.


Recycling Contract

04/24/15 05:28 PM
The Fountain City Council renewed a 3-year contract with Hilltopper Refuse & Recycling Service of Onalaska for curbside collection of recyclable waste.

Beethoven Festival

04/24/15 05:28 PM
Single tickets for the 2015 Minnesota Beethoven Festival go on sale April 28th. The 2015 season includes 9 different performances from June 28th to July 19th,  including a free concert in Lake Park on July 2nd featuring the Minnesota Orchestra.


TRW-Sugar Loaf Ford

04/24/15 05:27 PM
TRW Automotive in Winona paid a visit to Sugar Loaf Ford/Lincoln Friday to celebrate their work on the F-150 and Mustang vehicles.


Flood Memories

04/24/15 12:16 PM
Winonans are remembering 50 years ago  when the Great Flood of 1965 threatened the city and courageous decisions and efforts by city leaders and volunteers saved the city from the rising waters of the Mississippi River.


County Board

04/24/15 12:15 PM
The Winona County Board of Commissioners next Tuesday will be asked to choose a search firm to help them find candidates for the position of County Administrator.


Human Services Programs

04/24/15 12:14 PM
A big change is coming in the way three western Wisconsin counties will offer Health and Human Services programs.


HBC News

04/24/15 12:13 PM
HBC Cable has announced that it will be ending its local news coverage at the end of April but will continue its local programming.


04/24/15 12:12 PM
The Foundation for Winona Area Public Schools recent gala at Visions Event Center raised $40,000 through its mobile technology-themed live auction.



04/24/15 12:11 PM
Winona State University has announced  the appointment of Carolyn O'Grady to the position of Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs in the Department of International Programs and Services, effective July First.


C-FC Referendum

04/24/15 12:10 PM
The Cochrane-Fountain City School District still owes $2,200,000 on a $7,000,000 bond issue passed in 1998.


Planning Commission

04/24/15 12:05 PM
The Winona City Planning Commission on Monday will review a proposed site plan for a new three-story apartment project at the corner of East Broadway and Franklin Streets.


Bridge Work

04/23/15 12:10 PM
One of the remaining buildings standing in the way of the new interstate bridge in downtown Winona is coming down.


Winona Burglaries

04/23/15 12:09 PM
With another residential burglary being reported Tuesday on Winona's west side, Mayor Mark Peterson is asking homeowners to more vigilant when it comes to their homes.


Railroad Crossings

04/23/15 12:08 PM
Frustrated with more delays at railroad crossings in Winona, Mayor Mark Peterson says another meeting with the Canadian Pacific Railroad will take place next week.  

Crash Charges

04/23/15 12:07 PM
The driver of a vehicle involved in a crash that injured himself and the driver of a second vehicle is facing felony charges now in Winona District Court.

Drug Arrest

04/23/15 12:05 PM
Winona authorities said a 19-year-old Winona man was cited Wednesday evening with possession of a controlled substance after his vehicle was stopped for speeding.

Dairyland Purchase

04/22/15 06:04 PM
Dairyland Power Cooperative is expanding its commitment to renewable resources
with the purchase of output from Sartell Hydro, a hydroelectric generation station located on the Mississippi River in Sartell, Minnesota.

4-H Scholarships

04/22/15 06:03 PM
Erin Putz, Anna Rippley and Amber Cafferty were selected as Buffalo County 4-H scholarship recipients.

Part-Time Wages

04/22/15 06:02 PM
The Buffalo County Human Resources Committee recommended raising the county's part-time clerical wage rate and passed a resolution to add a full-time social worker for the rest of 2015 and possibly 2016.

Hormel Shares

04/22/15 06:02 PM
Hormel Foods Corp shares closed down 2-point 3 percent after the Austin, Minnesota-based company said the impact of the strain of avian influenza may drag its fiscal 2015 earnings toward the lower end of forecasts.

Chamber Business Awards

04/22/15 06:01 PM
The May First deadline is looming for nominations for the Winona Area Chamber of Commerce's Business Appreciation Awards.

W-K Facilities

04/22/15 06:00 PM
The Wabasha-Kellogg School Board has approved the start of a study to determine the cost of needed upgrades to the district's school facilities.

School Board

04/22/15 05:58 PM
The Winona Area Public School Board meets Thursday and will discuss a long range facilities planning timeline.

Small Town Funding

04/22/15 12:12 PM
For the first time Minnesota cities under 5,000 population will get state funding to help pay for road and bridge projects under a transportation package passed by the House of Representatives on Tuesday.

Rail Safety

04/22/15 12:11 PM
The Minnesota House Tuesday passed its Republican-backed 7-billion dollar transportation package but Democrats say it does not include funding for railroad safety from oil trains.

Saint Anne Open House

04/22/15 12:09 PM
Saint Anne of Winona will be hosting an Outpatient Therapy open house on Tuesday, May 12th from 2-6pm.                      

Ready Set School

04/22/15 12:08 PM
Ready Set School is only half way to its $10,000 goal with just one week left in order to qualify for a matching $10,000 grant.

Winona Burglary

04/22/15 12:07 PM
Winona Police are investigating a home break-in that occurred in the city's west end.

Winona Stabbing

04/22/15 12:06 PM
Winona Police said a 34-year-old man was treated at Winona Health late Tuesday after the man was stabbed in the back.

Fatal Fall

04/22/15 12:05 PM
Flags are flying at half-staff at state buildings and military installations to honor a Wisconsin Air National Guard member, and University of Wisconsin-La Crosse student, who died in a fatal fall in Japan.

MNsure Deadline

04/21/15 05:20 PM
MNsure is offering a special enrollment period created especially to minimize the 2015 uninsured tax penalty and get Minnesotans into quality health coverage.

SPAM Museum

04/21/15 05:19 PM
The SPAM museum's new home in Austin was celebrated Tuesday morning as ground was broken at the new site.

Farm Report

04/21/15 05:17 PM
Buffalo County alfalfa growers produced more than 70,000,000 tons of choice hay in 2014, up from around 52,000,000 tons in 2013.

Gypsy Moth Spraying

04/21/15 05:17 PM
Residents of many western Wisconsin counties can expect to see and hear loud, low-flying planes as early as sunrise starting in early- to mid-May.

Goodview Police Reserves

04/21/15 05:16 PM
The Goodview Police Department is currently accepting applications for the volunteer Police Reserve Program.  

Winona Main Street

04/21/15 05:15 PM
Winona Main Street  has been designated as an accredited National Main Street Program for meeting the commercial district revitalization performance standards set by the National Main Street Center.

Chamber Speaker

04/21/15 05:14 PM
The Winona Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a guest speaker Thursday, April 23rd to talk about Youth Labor Laws to businesses that employ teenagers.

Saint Mary's-Pope Francis

04/21/15 04:49 PM
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota’s second Signum Fidei Award was presented to Pope Francis April 15 in Rome. Presenting the award was Brother William Mann, president of Saint Mary’s University, along with Mary Burrichter and Sandra Simon, both members of the university’s board of trustees.

Fastenal Earnings

04/21/15 12:12 PM
Fastenal reported net sales for 2014 totaled 3.7 billion dollars, up 12.2 percent from 2013.


New Restaurant

04/21/15 12:11 PM
The City of Winona issued a permit for the remodeling of a building for a new restaurant in downtown Winona.


Bridge-Demolition Work

04/21/15 12:09 PM
Progress is continuing in downtown Winona as crews continue the demolition of homes and businesses in the way of the new Highway 43 bridge.


Fastenal Annual Meeting

04/21/15 12:08 PM
Winona's Fastenal Company is reporting a positive 2014.

Stalking Charges

04/21/15 12:06 PM
A Buffalo City man accused of multiple felony and misdemeanor charges pleaded not guilty to three felony counts of 2nd degree recklessly endangering safety and stalking.

Winona Parks

04/20/15 12:11 PM
Winona residents might be surprised to know that the city has 27 parks and nearly 3,000 acres of park land in the city.

Fastenal Annual Meeting

04/20/15 12:09 PM
The Fastenal Company will host its annual meeting Tuesday.

BK5K Race

04/20/15 12:07 PM
Registrations are open for the 15th Annual BK5K Road Race coming up on Saturday, June 20th.  

Budget Plans

04/20/15 12:06 PM
Pieces of Minnesota's $40-billion budget are starting to move this week.


Flood Run

04/20/15 12:04 PM
It was an uneventful Spring Flood Run in the Winona area over the weekend.

Masonic Temple

04/20/15 12:03 PM
Work on the repairs to the Masonic Temple building in Winona should be getting underway sometime this summer.


Buffalo County Court

04/18/15 11:36 AM
34-year old Christa R. Best of Mondovi, has a court hearing May 6th in Buffalo County Court on two felony charges accusing her of maintaining a drug trafficking place.

Arbor Day-WSU

04/18/15 11:35 AM
Winona State University will celebrate Arbor Day Friday, April 24th.

Trout Opener

04/18/15 11:34 AM
The Minnesota stream trout opener is Saturday and the southeastern part of the state is an angler's paradise for anyone willing to park the boat and do some walking and wading.

Take Back the Night

04/18/15 11:34 AM
Winona State University will host Take Back the Night at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, April 23rd, in the Student Activity Center, Kryzsko Commons.

Frost Zones

04/18/15 11:33 AM
Spring truck weight restrictions on state highways will end Wednesday, April 22nd for Minnesota's South, Southeast and Metro frost zones, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

City Council

04/18/15 11:32 AM
The Winona City Council meets Monday at 6:30 p.m. and staff will provide a presentation regarding a proposed improvement plan for the Bambenek Complex.

Flood Run

04/18/15 07:52 AM
Up to 30,000 motorcyclists are expected to participate in todays 50th Annual Spring Flood Run.

Bowl For Kid's Sake

04/18/15 07:52 AM
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the 7 Rivers Region annual Bowl for Kids' Sake took place Thursday and Friday at Westgate Bowl in Winona.


Crime Victim''s Rights Week

04/17/15 04:23 PM
The Winona County Attorney's Office is celebrating National Crime Victims' Rights Week, April 19-25.

Wilson Township Meeting

04/17/15 04:22 PM
Wilson Township has scheduled a special meeting Monday, April 20th at the Wilson Township Hall at 7:00 p.m.

Avian Flu

04/17/15 04:22 PM
Minnesota officials have confirmed four more cases of a bird flu strain that's cost the state's turkey producers over 1.6 million birds.

One-room Schools

04/17/15 04:21 PM
Here's a chance to learn more about the history of one-room schools in Wisconsin.

Weapons Charge

04/17/15 12:12 PM
Winona Police are recommending felony assault charges be filed against a 66-year-old Winona man who allegedly pointed a rifle at another person.

More Phoney Money

04/17/15 12:09 PM
Winona Police said a phony $20 bill turned up at a Winona business Thursday...MGM Liquor.

Highway 43 Bridge Demolition

04/17/15 12:07 PM
The complexion of Winona's downtown has been changing almost daily this week as crews continue to demolish buildings in the new highway 43 bridge right-of-way.

Smart 9-1-1

04/17/15 12:06 PM
Winona County has become the first county in Minnesota to activate the new Smart-911 free service to residents who want authorities to have more information if they have an emergency situation.


04/17/15 12:04 PM
Representative Greg Davids says he is not giving up on re-establishing an income tax reciprocity agreement between Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Bunnell House

04/17/15 12:02 PM
Tickets will go on sale soon for a new play to be performed at the historic Bunnell House in Homer this coming summer.


Church Fire

04/16/15 12:20 PM
Fire officials are continuing to investigate the cause of a fire that destroyed a small church near Canton in southern Fillmore County.

Diocese Meetings

04/16/15 12:19 PM
The third in a series of four meetings in the Winona area to discusss possible action involving turning some parishes in the Catholic Diocese of Winona into "oratory" status will be held Saturday evening, April 18th, at Rollingstone Holy Trinity Church.


Highway 74 Opens

04/16/15 12:16 PM
The Minnesota Department of Transportation says a seven-mile stretch of Minnesota Highway 74 between Beaver and Weaver in Winona County will be re-opened to traffic on Friday afternoon in time for the stream trout fishing opener on Saturday.

Lewiston Chamber

04/16/15 12:16 PM
Lewiston Chamber of Commerce members were updated Wednesday on the efforts by the city to sell the building that houses Glovers Spare Time Bowling Alley along highway 14.

Jobless Stats

04/16/15 12:14 PM
Minnesota's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for the month of March was 3.7 percent holding steady for the eight consecutive month. The U.S. unemployment rate in March was 5.5 percent.

Drug Charges

04/16/15 12:13 PM
A 22-year-old Winona man is facing drug charges following a traffic stop at Broadway and McBride Streets early Thursday.


Starting Line 101

04/15/15 05:24 PM
Merchants Bank and the organizers of the Trinona Triathlon presented by Fastenal are teaming up to host a "Starting Line 101" Beginners Clinic aimed at preparing athletes of all ages and abilities for their first triathlon.

Sustain Winona Awards

04/15/15 05:24 PM
The Sustain Winona partnership has announced the recipients of its first Leadership in Sustainability Awards, which will be presented at an awards dinner on Friday, April 17th.


Habitat Fundraiser

04/15/15 05:20 PM
Invitations to Habitat for Humanity's annual dinner and auction have been mailed, and tickets are now available.  The event will be held on Friday, May 15th at Visions Event Center.  

WSU-Earth Day

04/15/15 05:19 PM
Winona State University will partner in the Winona Earth Day celebration from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturday, April 18th.

WSU-Trivia Night

04/15/15 05:18 PM
Winona State University Student Health and Wellness Advocates will host a trivia night fundraiser at 6:00 p.m. Saturday, April 18th, in the Science Laboratory Center Atrium.

Donate Life Day

04/15/15 05:17 PM
Friday, April 17th, is "Donate Life Day" in Rochester, an annual recognition to raise awareness about organ donation.

March Foodshare

04/15/15 05:16 PM
The Winona County foodshelves will be well stocked for the spring following a successful March Foodshare drive.

New Art Gallery

04/15/15 05:15 PM
A new art gallery in downtown Winona will host a Grand Opening Thursday.


Property Taxes

04/15/15 12:12 PM
Property tax cuts are in store for rural Minnesota farmers and businesses if the Republican House Property Tax Division has its way.


Davids-Tax Cuts

04/15/15 12:12 PM
The Minnesota House Tax Bill will be ready to go next week and Tax Chair, Republican Greg Davids of Preston, predicts Minnesotans will be plased with the variety of tax breaks included in it.


Pelowski-No Tuition Freeze

04/15/15 12:10 PM
Students at Winona State University and Minnesota State College Southeast Tech will NOT see an across-the-board tuition freeze in the next biennium.

Frack Sand Ban

04/15/15 12:09 PM
A move to ban frack sand mining within the Wabasha city limits was defeated by the Wabasha City Council as the city continues work on updating its mining ordinance.

Highway 43 Bridge

04/15/15 12:08 PM
Homes are coming down and a downtown street is blocked as demolition continues in the right-of-way for the new Highway 43 interstate bridge.

Threat Charges

04/15/15 12:07 PM
A 41-year-old Winona man was jailed Tuesday night after he allegedly made threats against a Hidden Valley woman.

Rollingstone Streets

04/15/15 12:03 PM
Rollingstone residents are being alerted to be on the lookout for the street sweeper Thursday.

WSU-Federal Reserve

04/14/15 05:02 PM
Winona State University hosted Narayana Kocherlakota,  president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, Tuesday.       


Mock Tornado Drills

04/14/15 05:00 PM
The National Weather Service in La Crosse is advising local residents to be aware of the annual spring Mock Tornado Drill that will be taking place on Thursday afternoon and evening.

Flood Run

04/14/15 04:59 PM
Thousands of motorcycle riders will be flocking to Winona and the area this coming weekend in the Annual Spring Flood Run.


Census Numbers

04/14/15 04:58 PM
Winona County's population has fallen since the 2010 census figures were released.


Property Sales

04/14/15 04:56 PM
Winona County had a good first quarter when it came to property sales in spite of a harsh winter.

County Administrator Search

04/14/15 04:55 PM
The Winona County Board has narrowed its list of search firms for a new county administrator from seven to three and wants to make a final decision in two weeks.

Child Neglect Charges

04/14/15 12:13 PM
Prosecutors in La Crosse County have filed charges against a woman accused of leaving her 3-year-old child in a hot car while she visited a drug house.


Fastenal Earnings

04/14/15 12:12 PM
Winona's Fastenal Company released a positive earnings report for the first quarter of 2015 Tuesday.


UW-L Dining Services

04/14/15 12:09 PM
A company that provides dining services at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse has informed the state it will lay off nearly 300 employees in June.

Hormel-Turkey Losses

04/13/15 05:22 PM
Austin-based Hormel Foods Corp. has acknowledged that highly pathogenic H5N2 flu has affected three more of its Minnesota turkey supply sites, which brings the total to seven.

Earth Day-Healthy Kids

04/13/15 05:09 PM
Winona Health's Healthy Kids will be at the Winona Earth Day 2015 event on Saturday, April 18th from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

WSU-Federal Reserve

04/13/15 05:03 PM
Winona State University will host Narayana Kocherlakota,  president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday in East Hall, Kryzsko Commons.

Garvin Heights Closed

04/13/15 04:37 PM
Garvin Heights Road (County Road 44) in Winona is closed for emergency sewer repairs as of Monday at 1:00 pm until further notice. Keith Nelson, Assistant City Manager for Public Works, says the road could be open as early as sometime on Tuesday.          

Red Wing Highway 61

04/13/15 12:27 PM
Motorists traveling through Red Wing on Highway 61 the next two summers will be experiencing some traffic delays.


New Business

04/13/15 12:25 PM
I.S.K. Industries announced their plan to open satellite office in Winona's downtown. 


City Hall Water Leak

04/13/15 12:25 PM
The Winona City Hall will be closed to the public from 1 pm to 3:30 pm Monday due to a water service problem.  


County Board

04/13/15 12:23 PM
The Winona County Board of Commissioners will hold a special work session Tuesday to review proposals search firms which have been submitted for helping the board find a new County Administrator.

Foot Patrols

04/13/15 12:23 PM
The warm spring weather has brought out the Winona Police foot patrols.

Home Burglary

04/13/15 12:22 PM
The Winona County authorities are investigating a home break-in that was reported Sunday just before 3:00 p.m.

New Business

04/13/15 12:21 PM
I.S.K. Industries announced their plan to open a satellite office in Winona's downtown.  


Diocese Releases Two Names of Former Priests Accused of Child Sexual Abuse

04/11/15 12:45 PM
Two more former priests in the Winona Catholic Diocese have been named as being accused of committing child sexual abuse while serving within the Diocese.

The Diocese Friday released the names of Father Harold B. Mountain and Father Thomas E. Duane.

According to a press release, because both priests died prior to the accusations of abuse to the Diocese of Winona, neither was able to confirm

WAPS Technology Upgrade

04/11/15 12:41 PM
The Winona Area Public School Board learned Thursday the High School will need a new wireless system soon because of the changing technology.

The district's Information System Director, Kevin Flies, says technology in the Winona Area Public School district plays a key role in learning these days.

Board member Steve Schild supports technology use in the classroom but noted that it's

Prescibed Burns

04/11/15 12:41 PM
The Minnesota Department of Transportation says motorists in southeastern Minnesota may see some smoke coming from different areas over the next few weeks.

That's because there will be prescribed burns along five different state highways as weather permits.

Trained prescribe burn crews monitor these efforts which are done to promote native vegetation growth and to control weeds and

Promoting Modern Agriculture Winners

04/11/15 12:41 PM
Local organization Promoting Modern Agriculture has announced the five winners of its 2015 scholarships. Each of the five will receive a one thousand dollar scholarship.
      The five are: Rachel Selke of Dakota...Jordan Agrimson of Peterson...Alyssa Ellinghuysen of Altura...Samuel Riebel of Utica...and Colter Dabelstein of St. Charles.


DAC Garage Sale

04/11/15 12:40 PM
The Winona County Developmental Achievement Center will hold its 5th Annual garage sale on Friday May 1st and Saturday May 2nd in conjunction with the 100 mile garage sale.

The garage sale will be held at their facility - 1721 West Service Drive  from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM on both days.

The DAC is currently accepting donations which can be dropped off Monday through Friday from 7:30AM to

Building Permits

04/11/15 12:34 PM
The City of Winona issued permits last week for the demolition of 15 buildings in downtown Winona that are in the right-of-way for the new interstate bridge.

The permits were for demolition of the AmericInn and the former Severson Convenience store at Second and Huff, along with the former Dahl Chevrolet building at Third and Huff. In addition, the permits are for a number of homes and other

County Fair Nominations

04/10/15 03:47 PM
The Winona County Fair Board is seeking nominations of individuals who will receive special recognition at this year's 157th county fair


Western Spring Sale

04/10/15 03:46 PM
Western Technical College's Landscape Horticulture Club will be holding their annual spring plant sale.

WSU Civic Awards

04/10/15 03:45 PM
Winona State University will honor the recipients of this year's President's Civic Engagement Awards from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 14th, in the Art Tye Lounge in the Student Activity Center in Kryzsko Commons.

WAPS Registration

04/10/15 03:45 PM
There are still seats still available in Winona Area Public School kindergarten classrooms, including the Spanish Language Immersion Program at Madison and the Jefferson STEM School.

Meat Recall

04/10/15 03:44 PM
Foss Fine Meats, located in Sparta, Wisconsin, is voluntarily recalling its Brown N Serve breakfast links, according to the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.

Highway Projects

04/10/15 03:43 PM
Motorists will be routed beginning Friday night into single lane traffic in each direction on the Interstate 90 Dresbach Bridge's eastbound lanes as the 2015 construction season begins, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.       

Pedestrian Struck

04/10/15 12:20 PM
Winona Police are recommending a 54-year-old Winona man be charged with felony criminal vehicular operation after a pickup truck he was driving struck a pedestrian Thursday evening.


Edmunds Accident

04/10/15 12:18 PM
A 25-year-old Winona man was taken by ambulance to Winona Health after the vehicle he was driving struck a street planter at the entrance to Hidden Valley.


Injury Crash

04/10/15 12:17 PM
The Trempealeau County Sheriff's Department says a 62-year-old Black River Falls woman was injured in a one-vehicle crash on Highway 95 in the Town of Preston Thursday.

Bridge Update

04/10/15 12:16 PM
Winona Chamber members got an update Friday on the Highway 43 bridge project and learned the project is right on schedule for the new bridge to be open at the end of 2016 and completion the entire project in 2019.


Dayton Reaction

04/10/15 12:15 PM
If Governor Mark Dayton was looking to change legislative minds in his State of the State address Thursday night, it was hard to find converts.


Merchants Meeting

04/10/15 12:12 PM
The Merchants Financial Group is reporting an exceptional year following its annual meeting Thursday. 



04/09/15 12:22 PM
A local lawmaker wants voters to be able to stop local governments from raising their property tax levies if the raises are too high.


Bridge-Demolition Work

04/09/15 12:21 PM
With demolition in downtown Winona ramping up this week to make way for the new Highway 43 bridge, the Winona Chamber of Commerce wants to get the word out that it's business as usual downtown and in the city.

Chamber Awards

04/09/15 12:19 PM
The Winona Area Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for several business awards to be announced at an upcoming 15th Annual Business Celebration Luncheon next month.


Suspicious Death

04/09/15 12:17 PM
The first phase of an autopsy on some skeletal remains found in southern Minnesota is complete. But authorities still don't know the cause of what they say is a suspicious death.


Diocese Meetings

04/09/15 12:16 PM
The Winona Catholic Diocese will hold four meetings this month in the Winona area to discuss possible action involving turning some parishes into "oratory" status.

Phony Money

04/09/15 12:14 PM
Local authorities are continuing their investigation into some phony money that turned up at a Winona business last weekend.

Freedom Fest

04/08/15 05:02 PM
For the eighth consecutive year, LHI presents Freedom Fest, the Coulee Region's premier outdoor music festival benefiting Veteran's causes in Wisconsin.


Habitat Fundraiser

04/08/15 04:48 PM
Habitat for Humanity Winona-Fillmore Counties will host their annual golf fundraiser on Monday, May 11th at Cedar Valley Golf Course.  


Miller Community Service Tribute

04/08/15 04:41 PM
Winona Health has announced that Dr. Chuck and Judy Shepard received the 2014 Ben & Adith Miller Community Service Tribute at a dinner held in their honor Tuesday.

Sand Mine Shipments

04/08/15 04:40 PM
Shipments by U.S. sand mines to oil drillers are expected to decline significantly this year as the once booming frack sand industry decelerates.

Pickwick Shooting

04/08/15 04:39 PM
A 64-year-old Winona man accused in the accidental shooting of a Pickwick man a year ago was released without bond after making his initial appearance in Winona District Court Wednesday.


Fake Money

04/08/15 04:38 PM
The Winona Law Enforcement Center has been called with an alert of an increased number of counterfeit $100 bills showing up in the Winona Area.

Pet Food Drive

04/08/15 04:38 PM
Western Technical College's Community Engagement office will be hosting No Empty Bowls Pet Food Drive on Friday, April 17th, from noon to 3:00 p.m., at PetSmart in the Valley Square Shopping Center in Onalaska.

Fake Money

04/08/15 12:26 PM
The Winona LEC has been called with an alert of an increased number of counterfeit $100 bills showing up in the Winona Area. The counterfeit bill have no water marks.  If you receive a counterfeit bill, it is imperative that you call the LEC immediately at 457-6368.

Mason Jar Fire

04/08/15 12:20 PM
The cause of the fire that destroyed the Mason Jar Bar in downtown Winona February 6th, has been ruled as undetermined.


Bonding Bill

04/08/15 12:19 PM
Both Winona State University and Minnesota State College-Southeast Tech stand to lose some maintenance projects if the Minnesota House does not approve Governor Mark Dayton's proposed 842,000,000 bonding bill.


State of the State

04/08/15 12:17 PM
Governor Mark Dayton is set to deliver his annual State of the State address Thursday


Wisconsin Elections

04/08/15 12:16 PM
The City of Galesville will retain its mayor and the City of Black River Falls will continue its police coverage.


Injury Crash

04/08/15 12:14 PM
The Minnesota State patrol says a 67-year-old La Crosse woman was injured in a one-vehicle crash on Interstate 90 Tuesday afternoon.