Ready Set School

04/17/14 12:18 PM
Winona Radio's matching grant campaign for Ready Set School has been termed a success.
The organization reports that the campaign raised a total of nearly $15,000 dollars. That included enough for Ready Set School to qualify for the matching $10,000 Winona Radio grant.


SMU Donation

04/17/14 12:17 PM
A Rochester couple have committed $8,000,000 to St. Mary's University to be used for scholarships.

Photo caption: Jack and Mary Ann Remick of Rochester received the Saint Mary’s University Heritage Award from Brother William Mann, president of Saint Mary’s, during the university’s annual Benefactor Recognition Dinner April 12. At the event, the couple’s recent $8 million scholarship donation was announced.


Fastenal Annual Meeting

04/17/14 12:11 PM
Two of the original founders of Winona's Fastenal Company will step down from the firm's board of directors next week.

Fatal Fire

04/16/14 05:21 PM
A fire in rural Eyota Wednesday morning has claimed a life.



04/17/14 12:20 PM
State Senator Jeremy Miller has been spending his recess week traveling around his district in Winona, Houston and Fillmore counties, listening to concerns from his constituents.

Community Foundation

04/17/14 05:48 PM
The Wabasha-Kellogg Area Community Foundation is will have its official kickoff on Friday, April 25th at Slipperys in Wabasha from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.


County Health Survey

04/17/14 05:44 PM
County officials in Winona are asking residents and businesses for their input as part of a Health Impact Assessment on the County's Active Living Plan.

Elmer's Road

04/17/14 05:36 PM
Elmer's Road in Fountain City might climb a priority list for streets and roads in town that need attention.


Frack Sand Petition

04/17/14 05:30 PM
The Land Stewardship Project in Lewiston will present a petition signed by over 5,000 people to Governor Mark Dayton next week calling for a two-year moratorium on frack sand mining in southeastern Minnesota.


Heroin Busts

04/17/14 05:25 PM
Federal authorities say they've arrested more than 65 suspected sellers of heroin in Minnesota as part of a crackdown on a drug that's become epidemic in the state.

Frack Sand Rally

04/17/14 12:19 PM
The Winona area group, Citizens Against Silica Mining will hold a rally Saturday (April 26th) at Levee Park in Winona where.speakers will describe threats to the Earth they say are posed by fracking and the related industry.

Jobless Rate

04/17/14 12:14 PM
Minnesota employers added 2,600 jobs in March, according to figures released by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

Church Abuse

04/17/14 12:13 PM
A former vicar general of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has answered questions under oath about how he handled sexual abuse allegations.  


Summer Enrichment Programs

04/16/14 05:07 PM
Summer Enrichment Programs are available for children in grades kindergarten through 12 this summer.


Winona Floodplain Management Ordinance

04/16/14 04:59 PM
The city of Winona is currently working on updating the city's floodplain maps and have been discussing amendements to the Floodplain Management Ordinance.

Ashley for the Arts-Beach Boys

04/16/14 04:13 PM
Ashley for the Arts has announced the Beach Boys will be the featured attraction at this year's "Ashley for the Arts" event in Arcadia this coming summer.


New WSU Baseball Field

04/16/14 04:12 PM
Winona State University officials will meet with the Winona City Council next Monday, April 21st, to talk about a possible new baseball field in Lake Park.


Energy Distribution Sale

04/16/14 04:09 PM
Alliant Energy's Minnesota utility and Southern Minnesota Energy Cooperative have filed a joint application with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission seeking approval of the sale of Alliant Energy's electric distribution business to SMEC.

Bonding Bill

04/16/14 12:26 PM
When state lawmakers return to St. Paul next Tuesday following an 11-day recess just one major piece of legislation remains on the table...the bonding bill.


MNsure Update

04/16/14 12:25 PM
Following a competitive Request for Proposals process and a thorough review period, MNsure has selected Deloitte Consulting, LLP to provide key project management support for the state's health insurance marketplace.

Navigation Season-St. Paul

04/16/14 12:23 PM
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in St. Paul says the 2014 Mississippi River navigation season has arrived in St. Paul.

Mayo Grant

04/16/14 12:20 PM
A Mayo Clinic physician wants to find out if medicine is as safe and effective as surgery or stenting in preventing a stroke.


CAPX2020 Funds

04/16/14 12:19 PM
Fountain City might apply for a $500,000 grant from Buffalo County's CapX2020 funds for a scenic overlook project.


Sand Pemit Denied

04/16/14 12:18 PM
A permit for a proposed sand mining and wash plant operation in the Town of Waumandee was denied 3-0 by the Buffalo County Zoning Board of Adjustment Monday night.


Sex Offender Release

04/16/14 12:17 PM
Winona Police said a Level 3 sex offender, scheduled for release from prison, will move to rural Minnesota City in early May.

Yale Book Award

04/16/14 12:15 PM
Each year a Winona Senior High School junior, who has demonstrated outstanding personal character and intellectual promise, is selected as the Yale Book Award winner by the high school principals and counselors.

Jury Phone Scam

04/16/14 12:14 PM
Minnesota judicial officials are warning of a phone scam that involves jury duty.


Double Lottery Winner

04/16/14 12:13 PM
A Lewiston man is a double lottery winner.


WAPS Survey

04/15/14 06:18 PM
The Winona area Birth to Grade Three committee is asking parents of children from birth to grade three to complete a short survey to identify gaps and resources in services for families.

Semi Fire

04/15/14 06:09 PM
Highway 61 between Frontenac and Red Wing was closed for a time Tuesday when a semi truck caught fire.


Highway 43 Project

04/15/14 06:08 PM
Rushford officials are still waiting to learn when the Highway 43 reconstruction project in their city will begin.


Levee Park Meeting

04/15/14 06:07 PM
The Levee Park Committee Tuesday reviewed dozens of public comments gathered at last months open house on the park's vision documents.


Zellers Fundraiser

04/15/14 12:23 PM
The Kurt Zellers for Governor Campaign Committee announced it raised over $90,000 in the first quarter of 2014.



04/15/14 12:22 PM
The Foundation for Winona Public Schools' Gala held last month raised over $46,000.


04/15/14 12:19 PM
As he enjoys a week off from the legislature while it is on recess, Representative Steve Drazkowski says a couple of his bills are progressing through the legislative process.


Cotter Auction

04/15/14 12:14 PM
Tickets remain available for the annual Cotter Live and Silent Auction coming up on Saturday, April 26th.

Merchants-Shakespeare Festival

04/15/14 12:12 PM
Merchants Bank will join the Great River Shakespeare Festival in celebrating Shakespeare's 450th birthday by offering a birthday cake at Merchants' downtown location from noon to 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 23rd.

Go-kart DWI

04/15/14 12:10 PM
Police in Austin have arrested a man for driving drunk in a child's go-kart.


Winona Air Quality

04/14/14 05:30 PM
An environmental-quality committee is recommending that air monitors be installed around Winona to measure the effect that the processing and shipping of frack sand has on air quality.


Pickwick Masonic Lodge Merger

04/14/14 05:13 PM
The Pickwick Masonic Lodge #110 will be merging with the Winona Masonic Lodge #18 as of Tuesday.


Walk/Bike to School Month

04/14/14 04:42 PM
During the month of May, Winona students are encouraged to walk or bike to school every Wednesday as part of National Walk/Bike to School Day.


04/14/14 04:19 PM
Republican Senate Leader David Hann says Democrats at the state capital have continued their tax and spending ideas this 2014 legislative session and it's time to reign them in.


PlastiComp Engineers

04/14/14 04:18 PM
PlastiComp of Winona  has announced that two additional engineers have joined the research and support teams at its Technical Development Center located  in its corporate headquarters and manufacturing facility.


Johnson-President of the Year

04/14/14 04:10 PM
Minnesota State College - Southeast Technical President Jim Johnson was named the 2013-2014 "College President of the Year" by the Minnesota State College Student Association at their Annual Awards Dinner in Breezy Point, on April 12th.


Tax Filing Deadline

04/14/14 12:23 PM
The April 15th income tax filing deadline is Tuesday and the Minnesota Department of Revenue is reminding you to file your tax return on-time.


Flood Warning-Wabasha

04/14/14 12:22 PM
The National Weather Service says a flood warning for the Mississippi River at Wabasha is now in effect from Wednesday evening until next Sunday evening...or until the warning is cancelled.



04/14/14 12:20 PM
The Sheriff's Department says a 20-year-old Lewiston woman was jailed late Sunday night after she allegedly threatened a homeowner.


Officers Assaulted

04/14/14 12:19 PM
Winona Police said a 20-year-old Winona man was jailed early Saturday after he allegedly attacked three police officers who were trying to wake him up.


Fatal Accident-No Charges

04/14/14 12:18 PM
No criminal charges will be filed in connection with the accident on January 5th at the foot of Huff Street that claimed four lives.

Snowy Monday

04/14/14 12:17 PM
It's been a slippery drive to work in southeastern Minnesota. Light snow, with accumulations of up to 4 inches, is reported in Winona, Preston and Rochester. 

Dairy Princess

04/14/14 12:15 PM
The 2014 Winona County Dairy Princess was crowned Saturday night during the annual Coronation and Banquet held at the Winona Middle School. Crowned as the Winona County Dairy Princess was Chelsea Schossow, daughter of Keith Schossow and Cindy Terrill.

Deputy Shooting-Parole

04/14/14 12:14 PM
The family of a Winona County sheriff's investigator killed 34 years ago is fighting against paroling the deputy's killer.

Flood Outlook

04/14/14 12:13 PM
The National Weather Service in La Crosse says the the Mississippi River is on the rise.  


Eyota Roundabout

04/14/14 12:11 PM
The Minnesota Department of Transportation has unveiled plans for construction of a new roundabout at the intersection of Highways 14 and 42 near Eyota.

Rochester Safe House

04/14/14 12:09 PM
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has released $327,000 in Hazard Mitigation Grant Program  funds to the city of Rochester for the construction of a safe room at Quarry Hill Nature Center in Olmsted County.

Dresbach Bridge-Ramp Closing

04/11/14 04:12 PM
A reminder that the westbound Interstate 90 off-ramp to southbound Highway 61 and the Dresbach rest area will close on Tuesday, April 15th as the Dresbach Bridge construction continues.

Corn Prices

04/11/14 04:11 PM
Corn farmers in Wisconsin averaged $4.50 per bushel in March, more than $2.50 less than a year ago, according to the US Dept. of Agriculture.

State Science Fair

04/11/14 04:10 PM
Six Winona High School sophomores and six Winona  Middle School students competed at the state science and engineering fair from March 30-April 1.

Frack Sand Moratorium

04/11/14 04:09 PM
The Land Stewardship Project in Lewiston will present a petition signed by over 5,000 people to Governor Mark Dayton calling for a two-year moratorium on frack sand mining in southeastern Minnesota.

Highway 93 Project

04/11/14 04:08 PM
A Wisconsin Highway 93 improvement project in the City of Independence is underway this week.

RSVP Program Move

04/11/14 04:07 PM
After 40 years the Retired Senior Volunteer Program has moved out of Rushford and was relocated to Winona.


Davids-Tax Bill

04/11/14 04:06 PM
Republican Representative Greg Davids has been chosen as one of five lawmakers on a conference committee to iron out differences between the House and Senate's tax bills.


Honour Campaign Funds

04/11/14 04:05 PM
Scott Honour, a Republican candidate for Minnesota Governor, has announced that his campaign brought in over $250,000 during the first quarter, including $200,000 from individual donors and an additional $50,000 from himself.

SMU Republican's

04/11/14 04:02 PM
The Saint Mary's University College Republicans chapter received the Chapter of the Year Award April 5 at the annual Minnesota College Republican Convention in Minneapolis.


First Towboat

04/11/14 04:01 PM
The shipping season on the upper Mississippi River in the Winona area got underway Friday.


04/11/14 12:31 PM
The Winona Steamboat Days Festival Committee is begining its search for the next Harbormaster to reign over the 2014 Steamboat Days in June.

Merchants President

04/11/14 12:29 PM
Red Wing financial leader Dan Massett has been named the new Regional President for Merchants Bank in Cannon Falls, Red Wing and Hampton, according to Merchants Bank President and Chief Banking Officer Greg Evans.


Fastenal Earnings

04/11/14 12:28 PM
Winona's Fastenal Company is reporting an 8.7 percent increase in net sales during the first quarter of 2014 when compared to the first quarter of 2013.


Election Recounts

04/11/14 12:24 PM
Ballot recounts in two Buffalo County Board supervisory districts did not produce any new results.


I-90 Bridge Project to Resume

04/10/14 12:23 PM
While work will begin in July on the Highway 43 bridge project in Winona, the Minnesota Department of Transportation says the I-90 bridge project in Dresbach will resume next week, Tuesday, April 15th.

Anti-Bullying Bill

04/10/14 12:22 PM
An anti-bullying law that replaces one some found too weak is now in place.

New Truck-Buffalo County

04/10/14 12:21 PM
The Buffalo County Land Conservation Committee approved a  recommendation  to purchase of a 2014 pickup truck from Fountain City Ford for $21,250.



04/10/14 12:20 PM
As the Minnesota legislature heads into its 10-day Easter-Passover recess this weekend, Winona Senator Jeremy Miller says he is pleased that some of his top priorities this session are being met.


Miller-Synthetic Drugs

04/10/14 12:18 PM
Wednesday, the Minnesota House of Representatives passed a bill that addresses the growing problem of synthetic drugs.

Allegiant Air

04/10/14 12:17 PM
Allegiant Air says it is pulling out of the Rochester International Airport and will end its weekly nonstop flights to Arizona on May 14th.

First Tow

04/10/14 12:14 PM
The ice on Lake Pepin remained over one foot thick Wednesday according to the U-S Army Corps of Engineers which took another round of measurements.

Whitehall Fire

04/10/14 12:11 PM
Nine fire departments responded to a fire in Whitehall, Wisconsin Wednesday evening that caused extensive damage to a feed mill.

WSU Fitness Assessment

04/09/14 05:07 PM
The Winona State University Exercise Science Club will host fitness assessment days from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday, April 11th, and 8:00 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 12th, in Maxwell Hall.


Apple Cider Market

04/09/14 05:06 PM
A fourth-generation La Crescent apple grower plans on planting old varieties of English apples on his family's land overlooking the Mississippi River to serve a revived market for hard cider.



04/09/14 05:05 PM
The Minnesota State College - Southeast Technical chapter of DECA was privileged to participate in the State Career Development Conference (SCDC) recently in Mankato.


Prescribed Burns

04/09/14 05:04 PM
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is planning on conducting prescribed burns this spring and fall on the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge in the Onalaska area.

Mills-8th Congressional District

04/09/14 05:04 PM
Stewart Mills is running as the Republican candidate for the 8th Congressional District in Minnesota.


Wabasha Utilities Outsourcing

04/09/14 04:07 PM
The Wabasha City Council has given its preliminary support to outsourcing its water and sewer operations to a Nebraska company.


Armored Vehicle

04/09/14 04:06 PM
Local law enforcement agencies will get the use of an updated armored vehicle after the Winona County Board cast its approval this week.


Home Delivered Meals

04/09/14 04:05 PM
Winona's Home Delivered Meals program currently has some openings.

Distracted Driving

04/09/14 12:13 PM
Winona County law enforcement agencies will conduct extra enforcement starting Friday through April 18th in an effort to reduce distracted driving.                         

Transportation Funding

04/09/14 12:12 PM
The Wisconsin state transportation secretary says Wisconsin's transportation system is facing a shrinking revenue stream.

Anti-Bullying Bill Passes

04/09/14 12:12 PM
Following nearly 12 hours of debate which ended shortly after 2:00 a.m., the Minnesota House Wednesday approved the controversial Anti-Bullying Bill.

March Foodshare Drive Totals

04/09/14 12:10 PM
The March Foodshare Month food drive has come to an end with the local food shelves re-stocked for a few more months.

Ready Set School-Numbers Down

04/09/14 12:08 PM
Just a few days left and the Ready Set School program is still short of raising the $10,000 to qualify for a matching grant from Winona Radio. Spokesperson Susan White says the fund drive is about $3,000 short of the match with the deadline to qualify for the grant next Tuesday, April 15th.     


Sand Pemit Denied

04/09/14 12:07 PM
The Buffalo County Zoning Board of Adjustment Monday night unanimously denied a conditional-use permit for a proposed sand mining project in the Town of Dover.


Nisbit Mine Appeal

04/09/14 12:06 PM
A court hearing on the citizens' appeal of the first frac sand mine permitted by Winona County will be held Thursday in Rochester.

Fatal River Crash

04/09/14 12:05 PM
Three months after a vehicle crashed into the Mississippi River at the foot of Huff Street and claimed four lives, local authorities are ready to release more information on an investigation.


Burglary Investigation

04/09/14 12:03 PM
Winona Police continue to investigate a burglary at a local residence.


Health Overhaul-MNsure

04/09/14 12:02 PM
The operators of Minnesota's health insurance exchange say enrollment has risen to about 181,000 people as they continue to process applications that were started before the March 31 deadline.

Injury Crash

04/09/14 12:02 PM
The Minnesota State Patrol says two people were injured in a one-vehicle crash on Interstate 90 in the Lewiston area early Tuesday.

Election Recall

04/09/14 12:01 PM
Election recounts are scheduled Thursday morning in two Buffalo County Board of Supervisor districts.


MPCA-Water Quality

04/08/14 05:57 PM
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is seeking comments on a water quality improvement report and protection plan for the Upper Mississippi River and its tributaries, from Royalton to Hastings.

City Council

04/08/14 05:56 PM
The Winona City Council Monday approved a contract with Mead and Hunt for design engineering work for the final phase of the Winona Municipal Airport runway project.

Drazkowski-No Minimum Wage Increase

04/08/14 05:55 PM
Republican State Representative Steve Drazkowski says he will not vote in favor of a minimum wage bill when it comes back to the House for a final vote.