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.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge is a boon to the regional economy. The service says the refuge generated over $161 million in economic benefits for a 19-country area in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and Illinois in 2011.
It’s supposed to be a place where people gather and relax. But eight people ended up in a hospital after a back yard deck collapsed in Winona, and one with serious injuries. It was around 1:30 p.m. on Saturday when a group of people were standing on the deck. Winona State Junior Melissa Hurley was in the apartment below. “I was in shock watching it because you don’t expect a deck with people, I mean, everyone’s having fun, it’s homecoming, everyone’s out here having a good time seeing each other,” Hurley said. “And then you look outside and people are falling to the ground on a deck.”
Police say eight people were hurt when a deck collapsed at an apartment building in Winona.
Fastenal Co. said Wednesday its third-quarter net income rose 9 percent, helped by the installations of more industrial vending machines that sell its products. But the results fell slightly short of Wall Street predictions and Fastenal shares dropped 5 percent in premarket trading.
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.
Thunderstorms dumped several inches of rain in and around the bluff town of Winona early Saturday morning. WCCO Weather Watcher Dan Amundson reported eight inches of rain in the area. Flash flooding washed away part of a road on Bob Dunn’s property, and the force took out a walking bridge. “You can actually see the mud build up. You can drive across there before. I used to have a decent road,” Dunn said. “That used to be a bridge, used to have a bridge going right across here.”
The Minnesota Marine Art Museum in Winona is about to take care of a nice problem: having too much high-quality art and not enough room to display it. The museum will unveil a 2,500-square foot gallery addition on Sunday.
Investigators are focusing an electrical cause of the historic fire that consumed several buildings in downtown Winona. The fire last Friday destroyed two buildings, including the Islamic Center, and heavily damaged a third.
A Winona couple say they can’t believe a historic downtown building is gone after Friday morning’s fire.
Three buildings were a total loss in Friday’s blaze that damaged several businesses, apartments and a mosque in an older part of downtown Winona, Fire Chief Curt Bittle said.
A 43-year-old woman has been charged with having repeated sexual encounters with a 13-year-old boy. The Winona County Sheriff’s Department was notified of the alleged crimes just after midnight on Sunday.
Experts say the discovery of a dead Asian carp near Winona confirms the invasive fish are using their leaping ability to attempt to overcome barriers.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said the carcass of a silver carp was found recently on a dam abutment just north of Winona, the furthest upstream a silver carp has been discovered in the Mississippi River.
The south portion of Merrick State Park, located north of Winona on the Mississippi River, has been closed as a safety precaution due to the river’s rising water. The DNR said the north campground at Merrick will stay open and isn’t affected.
A civil lawsuit filed Wednesday by a man who claims he was sexually abused by priest nearly 40 years ago is the first to be brought since the Minnesota Legislature loosened the statute of limitations on such crimes, attorneys for the accuser said.