Tornado topples trees, damages headstones at Winona cemetery
WINONA, Minn. (AP) — The National Weather Service says a tornado ripped through a cemetery in southeastern Minnesota.
The EF-1 tornado with winds of 95 mph struck Woodlawn Cemetery in Winona...
Fastenal: 2Q Earnings Snapshot
WINONA, Minn. (AP) _ Fastenal Co. (FAST) on Thursday reported second-quarter net income of $204.6 million.
The Winona, Minnesota-based company said it had profit of 36 cents per...
REEDS LANDING, Minn. (AP) — It was a close call for a teenage driver who escaped serious injury when a boulder rolled down a bluff along the Mississippi River and struck her car.
State investigators probe fatal Winona fire
WINONA, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating a fatal fire in Winona.
The duplex fire Monday left one person dead. Winona Fire Chief Curt Bittle says...
WINONA, Minn. (AP) — A tweak to how Winona County's truancy court operates has ended a practice that once required students to miss two or three hours of class time to attend a court...
Winona mother enters guilty plea to harming toddler
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Winona mother has pleaded guilty to endangering her young son by trying to make him sicker so medical staff at Children's Hospital in St. Paul would pay closer attention...
Restaurateur achieving food visions in Goodview
WINONA, Minn. (AP) — With his parents owning a resort business, Joel Anacabe grew up around private chefs. Food always inspired him.
Fastenal: 4Q Earnings Snapshot
WINONA, Minn. (AP) _ Fastenal Co. (FAST) on Thursday reported fourth-quarter net income of $168.8 million.
The Winona, Minnesota-based company said it had profit of 59 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring costs, were 60 cents per share.
The results met Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of nine analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was also for earnings of 60 cents per share.
Winona to begin funding search for bluff-side parks plan
WINONA, Minn. (AP) — Winona officials will soon begin looking for funding options for a multi-million dollar plan to develop the community's bluff-side parks, which officials hope will increase tourism and protect the environment.
Line 3 foe Winona LaDuke seeks seat on body that approved it
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A leading opponent of Enbridge Energy's planned Line 3 crude oil pipeline replacement across northern Minnesota has applied for a seat on the regulatory panel that approved the project.
Winona LaDuke is executive director of Honor the Earth, a tribally rooted environmental group. She announced Monday that she has applied for the Public Utilities Commission seat now held by Chair Nancy Lange, whose term ends Jan. 7. Commissioners are appointed by the governor.
Minnesota residents tackle killer vine
WINONA, Minn. (AP) — If you're driving around in Winona County and see a woman jump out of her car with a hand saw and bottle of herbicide, don't be alarmed.
It's probably Anne Morse, the county's sustainability coordinator — and leader of its effort to eradicate a vine called Oriental bittersweet before it takes down more of the region's trees.
The invasive vine is known for its red-orange berries and aggressive behavior.
Winona-Rochester diocese plans to file Chapter 11 bankruptcy
WINONA, Minn. (AP) — The Diocese of Winona-Rochester plans to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection following allegations of child sexual abuse against former priests.
The southern Minnesota diocese distributed a letter from Bishop John Quinn to parishioners over the weekend. A public announcement is planned Tuesday.
Teen arrested for threatening school shooting
WINONA, Minn. (AP) — Police in Winona have arrested a teenager who they say threatened to shoot up his school.
Officers responded to Winona Senior High School Wednesday morning after a student showed a Snapchat video to a school official of a 15-year-old boy making the threat.
Fastenal: 3Q Earnings Snapshot
WINONA, Minn. (AP) _ Fastenal Co. (FAST) on Wednesday reported third-quarter net income of $197.6 million.
The Winona, Minnesota-based company said it had profit of 69 cents per share.
The results topped Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of seven analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 67 cents per share.
Winona school janitor charged with child porn possession
WINONA, Minn. (AP) — A Winona school janitor has been charged with possessing child pornography.
Winona County sheriff officials say deputies worked with local police and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension to carry out a search warrant at Todd Schwanke's house this week.
Minnesota woodworker puts coffin up for sale
WINONA, Minn. (AP) — You may have seen it for sale on Facebook or Craigslist in Winona.
"Handcrafted semi traditional toe pincher coffins," the description says. "They make an excellent conversation piece coffee table, with storage, until needed for official use."
If that wasn't intriguing and kind of creepy enough a description, wait until you meet the maker.
Minnesota woman finds confidence in faith amid brain cancer
WINONA, Minn. (AP) — It came out of nowhere.
Amy Woodard felt nauseous. Her vision blurred in one eye. She knew what she wanted to say, but the words wouldn't come out.
It was April 4, and the Winona resident was at work at the Ridgeway Community School.
She sat down. After a few minutes, her words came back. She called her husband and went home. She thought it was the flu.
St. Mary’s University garden helps feed low-income residents
WINONA, Minn. (AP) — St. Mary's University students are offering produce from the school's garden to a nonprofit that provides low-income residents with free food once a month.
Minnesota family sues Hy-Vee over pasta salad illness
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Minnesota family sickened by eating pasta salad contaminated with salmonella is suing the Iowa-based grocery store chain that distributed the food.
The lawsuit was filed Tuesday against Hy-Vee Inc. The suit alleges a woman, her daughter and her grandson became ill after eating pasta salad bought at a Hy-Vee store in Winona, Minnesota. The lawsuit says the mother and daughter required a doctor's care.
Pilot uninjured after airplane crashes in lake
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say a pilot escaped injury after making an emergency landing on a central Minnesota lake.
The Douglas County Sheriff's Office reported that it received a call just after 7 p.m. Friday that an aircraft had crashed into Lake Winona in Alexandria.
Emergency responders found the 18-year-old Maxwell Guderian of Minnetonka out of the plane and standing on the roof of the single-engine Piper Archer aircraft.
Fastenal: 2Q Earnings Snapshot
WINONA, Minn. (AP) _ Fastenal Co. (FAST) on Wednesday reported second-quarter net income of $211.2 million.
On a per-share basis, the Winona, Minnesota-based company said it had profit of 74 cents.
The results surpassed Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of eight analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 66 cents per share.
Minnesota woman marks 10 years as a priest
WINONA, Minn. (AP) — Ten years ago, a Winona woman decided God's calling was more important than being in good standing with her church.
She made a bold move. An illegal move as far as the Catholic Church as an institution was concerned.
She became a Catholic priest.
Kathy Redig, a hospital chaplain of 20 years at Winona Health, was ordained in 2008 by the Roman Catholic Women Priests.
Minnesota eagle center gets eagle art collection
WINONA, Minn. (AP) — A portion of a large collection of art and memorabilia related to eagles is on display in Minnesota.
WINONA, Minn. (AP) — Southeast Minnesota officials aren't sure why an Indiana company has spent more than $3 million acquiring property in their area.
WINONA, Minn. (AP) — Winonans of faith are rallying behind an effort to create a sanctuary church, a place where immigrants living in the U.S. illegally can stay without fear of deportation as they follow the winding legal path toward citizenship.
The recently formed Winona Sanctuary Network is looking for a local church that's open to serving as a sanctuary, as well as volunteers willing to cook, clean and do laundry for the residents and families who will stay there.
Who to see at Mid West Music Fest in Winona this weekend? Festival staff, fans and performers share their picks
With more than 80 acts playing at nine venues — 10 if you count the Trempealeau Hotel — over just two days, it can be difficult to pick which sets to see at the ninth annual Mid West Music Fest, which will be held Friday and Saturday around Winona.
Lucky for you, regular festival-goers and MWMF staff have gathered their top three picks for which acts to see this weekend during the festival.
Donna J. Benson, 77, of Winona died Saturday, April 21, 2018, at Sauer Health Care. Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, at Watkowski-Mulyck Funeral Home and 10 a.m. to service time at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 25, at Central Lutheran Church in Winona. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery.
Winona State football: Warriors show what they can do in annual spring game
After 14 spring practices, the Winona State football team finally got a chance to show off in front of a crowd at its annual spring game on Saturday at Altra Federal Credit Union Stadium.
And, the Warriors didn’t waste any time.
Sophomore defensive back Isaiah Hall kicked the game off with flair, taking the opening kickoff to the end zone. He got a seam up the middle, made one cut and outran the defenders down the right sideline
Winona State baseball: Warriors split twin bill with Southwest Minnesota State
Winona State hung 10 runs in the sixth inning as it won the first leg of an NSIC baseball doubleheader against Southwest Minnesota State 11-3, but the Mustangs struck back in the second game, winning 6-4 to split on Saturday at Loughrey Field.
Donna Benson, 77, of Winona died Saturday, April 21, 2018, at Sauer Health Care. Arrangements are pending with Watkowski-Mulyck Funeral Home.
Michael "Mike" J. Schniepp, 59, of Winona died Wednesday, April 18, 2018, at his home due to an apparent heart attack.
Anita Ruff, 85, of Winona died Friday, April 20, 2018, at her home. Services are being scheduled for Sunday, June 10. Hoff Celebration of Life Center, Goodview, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Police calls for Friday, April 20: Skid loader ablaze, DWI, consumption
3:40 p.m. -- Wilson Fire and the Winona County Sheriff's Departments responded to a call of skid loader engulfed in flames near the Winona Equestrian Center on Gilmore Valley Road. No injuries or building damage was reported.
THROWBACK THURSDAY: In Beaver, Mother Nature reclaimed area she’d lost
BEAVER, Minn. — Within the period of 100 years, a winding and picturesque valley near Winona has been transformed from wilderness to farmland and back again.
The story of this transformation of the Whitewater Valley is shocking and sad.
Even before the state stepped in, in 1943, and began buying up land as the last resort, farmers were fleeing from the Whitewater.
The Winona County Developmental Achievement Center will holds its 8th annual garage sale on Saturday, May 5, in conjunction with the 100-mile garage sale.
The sale will be held at the DAC facility — 1721 West Service Drive in Winona — beginning at 7 a.m. In addition to the garage sale, the DAC will also be selling baked goods, hot dogs, chips and pop.
WINONA — Brenda Kay Swanson, 45, of St. Charles was southbound on Minnesota Highway 43 just south of Winona a little after midnight this morning when a deer crossed the road in front of her 2012 Chrysler sedan.
The car struck the deer, injuring Swanson, according to a report from the Minnesota State Patrol.
Swanson was transported to Winona Health with non-life threatening injuries, the report stated. No update on her condition was available this morning.
Amateur Radio club meeting today
The Amateur Radio Club is meeting at 7 p.m. today at the County Office Building in conference room B.
The doors to the County Office Building will be locked by 7:15 p.m. The monthly program is open to the public, so bring any interested people whom you might know. If you have any questions contact Paul Schumacher at PSchumacher@winona.edu.
A 27-year-old Winona man accused of attacking a woman was arrested on multiple charges early Wednesday morning.
Osei Owusu Jr. faces one misdemeanor and two felony domestic assault charges for causing substantial bodily harm to a 34-year-old Winona woman.
According to the report, police responded to the 250 block of Center Street about 11:19 p.m. Tuesday, after a witness reported seeing a man push a woman down the stairs while fighting.
The Winona Friendship Center’s future was the talk of the town Tuesday evening as community members came out to weigh in on the center’s proposed relocation and development.
More than 75 local residents packed the Winona City Council chambers shortly after 5:30 p.m., ready to share their vision for a new community center.
For the city’s first visioning meeting, the focus was on features and amenities, not the location of the center, which will be decided later.
Paddling Winona’s backwaters just got a little easier thanks to a partnership between Winona State University and Prairie Island Campground approved Monday by the City Council.
The revision to the campground’s store agreement allows WSU to make its equipment available at the Prairie Island Campground for both campers and members of the public to rent.
Woodlawn Cemetery’s inaugural treasure hunt aims to entice Winonans to help beautify the grounds for a chance to win $1,500 in prizes from 18 area businesses.
Starting Monday, volunteers who put in at least 10 hours of community service mowing, trimming or clearing brush on the cemetery grounds before May 27, will be eligible to take part in the hunt.
Cemetery Superintendent Tim Leahy said the idea was to create an event that would reward people for volunteering.
Just shy of the mandatory retirement age, two of Southeast Minnesota’s 24 judges are hanging up their robes this spring.
The Third Judicial District will lose a combined nearly 35 years of experience on the bench with the retirements of Winona County Judge Jeffrey Thompson and Wabasha County Judge Terrence Walters. The next few months will be ones of change and transition for the district, which includes 11 counties in Southeast Minnesota.
Despite being just 19 years old, gymnast Lexy Ramler has quite the resume.
State funding could disappear -- along with one Winona Area Public Schools preschool program
A preschool program at Winona’s Washington-Kosciusko Elementary School, intended to get 4-year-olds from low-income families ready for kindergarten, could be among the casualties of expiring state funding.
The $50 million sum approved at the end of the last legislative session allowed 59 school districts and charter schools across the state to expand free preschool offerings. State officials estimate the funds will pay for 4,000 children per year to attend classes.
Leonard Joseph Hinrichs, 90, of Winona died Tuesday, March 27, 2018, at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse. Memorial service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at Hoff Celebration of Life Center-Goodview, with visitation noon to time of service. Burial will be in Fort Snelling National Cemetery.
Members of the Save Our Schools planning committee would like to thank the many people who have supported us in our effort to improve Winona’s public schools. We are deeply disappointed with the decision to close Madison and Rollingstone elementary schools. We also found very troubling what we consider lack of transparency, the unfair use of a public survey, the manipulation of financial figures, and administrative directives biased in favor of closure. We want to assure the public that we will continue to promote our vision of what’s best for education in Winona’s communities.
Literate Canada geese eagerly arriving each spring must look at "Welcome to Winona" signs as "foreign aliens" look at the Statue of Liberty. Four-hundred-acre Lake Winona, with maybe six broods a year, averaging five per brood in good years, which this year isn't, and the City Council caves to a few squealers.
Judith Ann Timm, 76, of Winona died Monday, April 9, 2018, at her home. Services are being planned for May. Hoff Celebration of Life Center-Goodview is assisting the family with arrangements.
Part fundraiser, part flashback: Winona Health Volunteers to put on ‘USO Salute to the Troops’
It’s been almost 15 years since Bob Hope has died, but that won’t stop the legendary comedian from gracing the stage at Winona Middle School.
He’ll be joined by Lucille Ball, Frank Sinatra, Dan Rowan and Dick Martin. Even Carmen Miranda — the lady wearing a fruit basket hat — will be there.