MnDOT says it plans to tear down a pedestrian bridge near St. Mary’s University in Winona after it was struck by a semi-truck Monday afternoon. The bridge, which spans Highway 14 and is part of the university campus, will be removed as soon as equipment can get to the scene, officials say.
Fire ripped through a gymnastics training facility on Thursday in downtown Winona. Flames were coming through the roof of KidSport Gymnastics around noon. It was the former YWCA building.
Two tours in Afghanistan took a toll on Joshua Ploetz. The former Marine was injured in a roadside bomb. He lost friends in combat, and later, to suicide. When the Winona, Minn. resident returned from the war eight years ago, he was coping with post-traumatic stress disorder, known as PTSD,
A man who pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated while serving as a Winona police officer will get one year of supervised probation and must pay a $1,000 fine. Earlier this month, Walski pleaded guilty to one count of misdemeanor DWI and he was granted a stay of imposition.
The Rochester Police Department is asking for the public’s help after as many as three people are suspected of using stolen credit cards at Target stores in Rochester, Winona and Minneapolis.
The Diocese of Winona released details Monday about 14 priests who have been credibly accused of sexually abusing children, calling their decision an effort to be transparent and promote healing. The information shows when church officials first learned of allegations against each priest. And, it shows that some clergy were allowed to remain in ministry for years, even decades, after those allegations came to light.
The Mississippi River is above flood stage in some southwestern Minnesota communities. The river is about a foot over flood stage Monday in Wabasha (WAH’-bah-shaw) which is experiencing some minor flooding.
Winona, Minn. had a superhero sighting on Thursday. Four-year-old Gavin Quimby suffers from leukodystrophy, a non-curable disease that affects his motor skills. But when Winona needed his help, Super Gavin was there to rescue them.
A videotaped deposition of a former Minnesota priest shows him calmly describing graphic sexual encounters with at least ten boys. The deposition of former priest Thomas Adamson is the latest in a series released as the result of a lawsuit against him by a man who says he was abused as a boy in the mid-70s.
After another round of rain this weekend, officials are reminding Minnesotans of the dangers on lakes and rivers when waters are high. When Robert Duncanson fell out of his canoe, he held onto a tree branch along the river. But the current was too much, and the branch snapped before help arrived.
Search crews have found the body of a missing 88-year-old Stockton man who fell out of a canoe while fishing Friday morning. Winona County Sheriff Dave Brand says crews were dragging the river near Winona, when one of the drags caught the body of Robert Lester Duncanson on Saturday afternoon.
Investigators have identified the body that was found in a compartment of a rented RV on Friday in Winona, Minn. as an Anoka man who’s been missing since last November. According to the Anoka County Sheriff’s office, 22-year-old Kevin Casserly was found by 10 friends who had rented an RV from a man in Anoka.
Police are investigating after a group who had rented an RV from a private party in Anoka County found a dead body inside a storage compartment in Winona. The Anoka County Sheriff’s Office received the report at about 11:15 p.m. Thursday from the Winona Police Department.
Authorities said Monday that criminal charges won’t be filed in a Jan. 5 crash in Winona that killed four people, including the driver. The Winona County Sheriff’s Office said the driver, Christina Hauser, had a blood alcohol level of .168 at the time of the crash and was speeding. The sheriff’s office said that because Hauser died, she couldn’t face criminal charges in the case.
A Winona environmental group is recommending that air monitors be installed around the city to measure the effect that the processing and shipping of sand used in fracking has on air quality. The Winona Citizen’s Environmental Quality Committee recommends installing four or five air-quality monitors along truck routes in the city, the Winona Daily News reported Saturday. The committee also suggests placing monitors near places where frack sand is loaded, transported and processed.
A Minnesota eighth-grader who sank two length-of-the-court basketball shots attracted the attention of a Harlem Globetrotter known for his own theatrics. The La Crosse Tribune says 14-year-old Easton Gamoke of Winona, Minn., sank a game-winning shot from near his own baseline during a youth basketball game in January.
A man was arrested in Winona Thursday night after he was allegedly shooting at people who police said did not exist.
A Blue Earth-area priest has admitted to fondling a girl while he was attending dinner at her grandmother’s home. The Rev. Leo Koppala pleaded guilty Monday to second-degree criminal sexual conduct involving a victim under 13. He’ll be sentenced March 31.
The Winona County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a suspicious death after a 57-year-old Winona man was found dead in the backyard of a house he was watching over the weekend.
Crews have placed oil-absorbing booms and sandbags along railroad tracks in southeastern Minnesota to soak up oil that leaked out of a tanker car last month. The car dribbled about 12,000 gallons between Red Wing and Winona Feb. 3.
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New reports say a Minnesota woman who drowned after her car plunged down a 40-foot embankment and crashed through ice in Wisconsin was legally drunk at the time. A La Crosse Tribune report says 21-year-old Ellen “Ellie” Ahmann of Winona, Minn., had just left the downtown tavern where she was tending bar on New Year’s Eve. Police reports obtained through an open-records request say her blood-alcohol level was 0.16 percent, or twice the legal limit.
It is expected to take several days to clean up the mess caused by a leaking Canadian Pacific oil tanker train. The train left a 65-mile long oil spill from Red Wing to Winona on Monday morning before the leak was finally detected and stopped.
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency was investigating Tuesday after a Canadian Pacific Railway train dribbled about 12,000 gallons of crude oil along 68 miles of track between Winona and Red Wing in southeastern Minnesota.
A school bus driver has been charged with third-degree DWI after crashing into a tree with children on board Tuesday afternoon, according to Winona County authorities.