Winona County Historical Society
Winona County Sheriff Dave Brand has made a career in law enforcement, but just when he thought he’d seen it all, along came a watery mystery.
This week, visitors to a Minnesota cemetery will hear voices around the gravestones. In fact, some of the dearly departed will be standing there, telling their stories. Well, in “spirit,” at least. Each October, the Winona County Historical Society gets volunteer actors to represent some of the people buried at Woodlawn Cemetery during their annual Cemetery Walk. Woodlawn Cemetery, in the bluffs of Winona, is among the most scenic in the state. And it holds plenty of colorful characters. When the earliest settlers arrived in what is now Winona, it was not only the beauty that drew them in. It was the potential they saw along the Mississippi River. Their bodies may be buried along a bluff nearby, but the stories of what they started are still being kept alive.