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30November 2021

Police target drunk driving now to New Year’s

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The State Patrol and local police agencies statewide announced a campaign against drunken driving through New Year’s Eve. There will be extra patrols, the agency said. Their target: Drivers who appear impaired.

30November 2021

Nonprofits, listen up: Free radio airtime

WINONA,  Minn. –  The owner of KWNO and sibling Winona radio stations, Leighton Broadcasting, announced a contest for a local nonprofit to win free advertising. Nominations are invited through December 31. The nonprofit with the most nominations receives free production of three ads and a 13-week run of the ads. The current winner, the Family YMCA, is ineligible to repeat.

Free spots. One nonprofit will win.

29November 2021

Daley expansion critics go door to door

LEWISTON, Minn. – Opponents of Daley Farm’s proposal to triple its dairy herd knocked on doors throughout Winona County and left hundreds of hang-signs on door-knobs. The message: Please sign a petition to the County Board to stand by its original decision against the Daley expansion. In short: “No CAFOs,” which is legalese for “concentrated animal feeding operations.” The Daleys propose adding 3,600 cows to their herd, far more than county rules allow without a variance. The Land Stewardship Project, which opposes factory farming, organized the door-to-door campaign. The doorknob hang-signs included handwritten messages. One message, penned by LSP member Karen Ahrens, said: “Maintaining our current animal cap is vital to our health and future.”

Earlier: Land stewards rally ahead of new Daley talks

Earlier: Land Stewardship tackles latest Daley move

Slick messaging. “We have said ‘No to   CAPOs’ before and now we have to say it again.” Image: Steve Lunde

Verbatim

LSP leader Sam Streukens emphasizes in the doorknob-hangerd that maintaining  caps on livestock size is not anti-farming: “Winona County is an agricultural community. This is an asset from St. Charles to Weaver to Nodine. For those of us who live in Winona, we support local famers, and they support us. From sequestering carbon that mitigates climate change, having a reliable source of healthy food, and treating animals and the environment with dignity, we care for each other and our community.”

29November 2021

College scores

Basketball (men): Southwest Minnesota State 83, UM-Morris 60

Basketball (men): Wayne State of Nebraska 67, Nebraska-Kearney 64

Basketball (men): Minot State 86, Valley City State 74

Basketball (men): Gustavus 66, Bethany Lutheran 62

29November 2021

Wisconsin prep

Basketball (boys): Westby Norsemen 63, Arcadia Raiders 54

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29November 2021

After wreck, driver walks into path of other car

DRESBACH, Minn.A La Crosse man managed to get out of his car after a roll-over on Interstate 90 but was struck and killed by a second car. The State Patrol said that Laval Robinson, 37, of LaCrosse, had lost control of his 2011 Chrysler 200 on the westbound lanes and crossed the median and rolled into the eastbound lanes. He exited the car but was struck by an oncoming vehicle. He died outright. Neither person in the second car, a 2013 Ford Fusion, was hurt: Alexis Taylor Poff, 18, of LaCrosse, the driver, and Synclare Patricia Mavin, 18, of LaCrosse. Robinson had been alone in his car. The accident was about 8:05 p.m. just south of Dresbach.

29November 2021

Ice thickness: Not ready for prime time

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Even in Minnesota’s banana belt in the southern counties, overnight freezing is creating a skiff of morning ice on lakes, ponds and rivers, But don’t be tempted to set foot out there. Not for now anyway. As it does every year, the state Natural Resources Department issued these minimal depth guidelines:

> 4 inches: For ice fishing and other activities on foot.

> 5-7 inches: For a snowmobile or all-terrain vehicle.

> 8-12 inches: For a car or small pickup.

> 12-15 inches: For a medium truck.

Double these minimums for white or snow-covered ice.

29November 2021

Omar extracts apology for crude Muslim slights

RIFLE, Colo. – Gun-toting loose-tongue Congress member Lauren Boebert, R-Colorado, apologized for using anti-Muslim language in describing a recent encounter with fellow House member Ilhan Omar of Minnesota. At a meeting with constituents last week in her Western Slope district, Biebert used the term “jihad squad” to refer to Omar, who is Muslim of Somali lineage. Omar took offense. The remarks, she said, inflamed tensions against Muslim Americans.

Verbatim

Boebert to constituents: “Actually I have an Ilhan story for you. So, the other night on the House floor was not my first ‘Jihad Squad’ moment. So I was getting into an elevator with one of my staffers. You know, we’re leaving the Capitol, and we’re going back to my office, and we get an elevator and I see a Capitol police officer running to the elevator. I see fret all over his face, and he’s reaching, and the door’s shutting, like I can’t open it, like what’s happening. I look to my left, and there she is. Ilhan Omar. And I said, ‘Well, she doesn’t have a backpack, we should be fine.’” Boebert’s Western Slope  audience lapped it up.

Boebert. Colorado Republican. She started it.

Verbatim

On hearing Boebert’s story, Omar said: “This buffoon looks down when she sees me at the Capitol. This whole story is made up. Sad she thinks bigotry gets her clout. Muslim bigotry isn’t funny and shouldn’t be normalized. Congress can’t be a place where hateful and dangerous Muslims tropes get no condemnation.” Then Omar gave Boebert a taste of her own medicine: She called Boebert an “insurrectionist who sleeps with a pervert”, a reference to Boebert’s husband, who in 2004 pleaded guilty to public indecency and lewd exposure. Omar also said Boebert “shamefully defecates and defiles the House.”

Omar. Minnesota Democrat. Responds in kind.

29November 2021

Bruce Reed now can get back to work

WINONA, Minn. – Police located lumberjack Bruce Reed’s stolen Bobcat skid-steer loader on the East Side over the weekend. Informants tipped police to where it was at. Asked for details, Chief Deputy Jay Rassmussen said it all was “good old-fashioned fine police work.”

Earlier: Skid-loader unstrapped from trailer, stolen

28November 2021

College scores

Basketball (women):  Luther 81, Saint Mary’s 56

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28November 2021

Wisconsin prep

Hockey (boys): Marshfield Tigers 2, Black River Falls 1

28November 2021

Land stewards rally ahead of new Daley talks

WINONA Minn. – Opponents of the Daley dairy herd expansion rallied at a tailgate event in Windom Park. About 40 Land Stewardship activists set up grills and posted placards on Huff and other streets that bound the park. The County Board meets this week to discuss a Daley lawsuit toi\ force approval of its plan to grow its herd by 3,600 cows. The Board previously denied a Daley request for a variance in response to environmental concern for already tainted Lewiston groundwater. The Daleys now have objected on technicality grounds to procedures that led to the denial.

Earlier: Land Stewardship tackles latest Daley move

Bundled up for grilling. Burgers, placards and camaraderie at Winona park. Images: Steve Lunde.

28November 2021

Newspaper hikes rates: Less costs more

WINONA Minn. – The Winona Daily News informed online subscribers of a walloping 56.5% rate increase – to $17.88 a month. The increase was mailed in an unsigned letter from corporate headquarters in LaCrosse. The letter thanked subscribers for “supporting local journalism” and promised “inclusive local reporting.” Ironically, the Daily News staff has shrunk to one reporter, Rachel Mergen, who although talented is stretched unreasonably thin. The lone photographer left weeks ago and hasn’t been replaced. There hasn’t been in-residence editor for three years. Some days have no local stories. When there is a local story, more often than not it’s what journalists derisively call “shovelware” – self-servicing news releases from local institutions that are shoveled into the paper unedited. There is not even such basic news elements as a police blotter anymore. Uncovered is the City Council. And the County Board. The School Board. Property transactions? Not here. Rarely any court coverage.

Local journalism, not here. The front page has no staff-generated Winona news.  The stories are from LaCrosse, St. Paul and Wyoming. The Winona State story is word-for-word from the university’s public relations staff, whose job is image-building, not news. Local news inside? Nope.

28November 2021

Biden to Minnesota to talk up construction jobs

WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden plans to tout his $1 trillion infrastructure plan in a stop in the Twin Cities south suburb of Rosemount on Tuesday, the White House announced. The announcement didn’t specify a place or time. The visit will be Biden’s first to Minnesota since becoming president. It is part of a continuing multi-state presidential swing to focus local attention on projects that will flow from the infrastructure bill that cleared Congress two weeks ago that Biden signed into law last week. Minnesota’s share of the $1.2 trillion package is $7 billion. This includes:

> $4.5 billion for Minnesota highways.

> $818 million for public transportation.

> $680 million for water infrastructure.

> $302 million for bridge replacement and repairs.

> $100 million for broadband internet.

> $20 million for wildfire protection.

> $17 million for cybersecurity.

Earlier: How they voted: Biden infrastructure I / 2

Earlier: How they voted: Biden Infrastructure I / 1

28November 2021

Merchants bank launches holiday food drive

WINONA, Minn. – Merchants Bank, whose annual 10 Days of Giving project has raised 4 million pounds of food over 32 years, has placed donation barrels at businesses citywide. Events for donations have been scheduled too:

> December 1: Lunch from Steak Shop Catering at the Merchants downtown bank.

> This weekend: Loading a school bus with non-perishable food donations, a tailgate party, and a concert whose admission is a non-perishable food item or cash.

> December 10: A fish fry at the Eagles Club.

Earlier: Bank’s holiday food drive begins December 1

Food drive leaders with kids. Andrew Guzzo, Merchants Bank president; Sandra Burke, Winona Volunteer Services executive director; Mayor Scott Sherman.

28November 2021

Shipping Minnesota malt to breweries

WINONA, Minn. – Although hardly a major employer in Winona, Malteurop has a powerful landmark presence with its towering concrete silos. The French company has 15 employees. Malteurop, of France, acquired the Froedtert malt company in 2008. For old times’ times’ sake, it maintained the “F’ symbol atop the west end of the silos. Froedtert began milling barley into malt in Winona in 1905. At the time there were farmers who weighed the morality of switching to barley as a crop because of the morality of producing an ingredient for beer and whisky. Those who switched to barley consoled themselves to teetotalers of the time that malt also went into breakfast cereals and sure made for great milkshakes.

Earlier: Bye to Froedtert malt house but not silos

Barley for malt. A four-axle Union Pacific yard engine switches grain cars past the Froedtert barley silos. A second engine stands by. The two locomotives will be paired before the day is over for a trip on Canadian Pacific tracks to LaCrosse. it’s almost a daily back and forth. Image: Steve Lunde

27November 2021

Week’s summary: November 27, 2021

27November 2021

Cops capture fleeing man at WSU

WINONA, Minn. – A high-speed chase that began 20 miles away in rural Wisconsin ended at Winona State University, where police tackled a fugitive fleeing on foot. Taken into custody was Jeremy Scott Martin, 36, of Rochester. Martin had abandoned his car when it struck a spike strip laid down by Winona police. He then ran into the campus. The chase had begun near Galesville in Wisconsin. About 9:50 p.m. deputies responded to a call that an intruder had broken into a house. In the call, the homeowner said the intruder, when confronted, said he had explosives and threatened to burn the place down.  The homeowner said he drew a gun on the intruder and fired. Apparently he missed. The man fled. Deputies arrived and evacuated the house, then gave chase. Deputies said the driver raced to nearby Galesville and then north on Highway 35 to the Winona turn-off. The chase, they said, was a as fast as 98 mph. Alerted that the car was coming across the Mississippi River bridge, Winona police laid down a spike strip. His tires punctured, the man ran into the Winona State campus. Police gave chase on foot and made the arrest. Martin was jailed pending his being turned over to Trempealeau County authorities in Wisconsin.

Martin. Charges await Rochester man in Trempealeau County.

27November 2021

College scores

Basketball (men): Winona State 86, Mary 70

Basketball (women): Northwest Missouri State 65, Winona State 62

Basketball (women): MSU-Mankato 81, Saint Mary’s 72

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27November 2021

Wisconsin prep

Basketball (girls): LaCrosse Aquinas Blugolds 73, Maplewood Hill-Murray 47

Basketball (girls): Schofield Everest Evergreens 64, Holmen Vikings 46

Basketball (girls): Reedsburg Beavers 79, Tomah Timberwolves 23

Hockey (girls): Somerset Spartans 4, Black River Falls Tigers 1

27November 2021

Minnesota prep

Basketball (girls): Sauk Centre Mainstreeters 40, Winona Cotter Ramblers 36

Hockey (boys): Waconia Wildcats 9, Winona Cotter Ramblers 1

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27November 2021

Double-stack containers aiding shortages crisis

ALMA, Wis. – Two-mile long unit trains of trans-Pacific cargo are rumbling through Alma as the Covid-triggered worldwide supply-chain crisis begins to ease. These are trains heading east from ports in Portland, Seattle and Tacoma. The eastbound trains pass empty container trains that are westbound back to Chinese and other Asian factories for another roundtrip  trip back. The rail traffic each way on the Burlington Northern Santa Fe backs up downriver at Bluff Siding and Trempealeau, where a section of the BNSF mainline narrows to a single track.

Supply chain progress. Trains passing through the Mississippi River town of Alma.  Image: Steve Lunde

27November 2021

Tech fast-tracks soldiers for nurse duty

RED WING, Minn. – Southeast Tech is gearing up intense training for National Guard soldiers activated by Governor Tim Walz to address a critical shortage of nursing home staff statewide. The eight-day course begins Sunday at Tech’s Red Wing campus. Statewide,16 colleges will train 400 Guard members by December 5 – the day before vaccination requirement for healthcare workers becomes effective, which is expected to further reduce staffing at nursing homes and long-term care facilities. The soldiers will become certified nursing assistants. Additionally, as many as 400 additional soldiers may be trained before June 30. The first continent at Southeast Tech will be 20 soldiers. Sessions will run from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. with a total of 75 hours of training provided by one full-time nursing instructor and five part-time instructors.

Earlier: Minnesota Guard to rescue nursing homes

27November 2021

Body in North Woods linked to missing woman

HINCKLEY, Minn. — A two-month search for a missing Wisconsin woman ended with the discovery of human remains in a rural area near the Wisconsin-Minnesota border. Private investigators hired by the family said the remains were presumed to be those of Ashley Miller Carlson, 33, of Grantsburg. She disappeared in September. The agency said the remains were in a wooded area off Grace Lake Road 27 miles east of of Hinckley and 30 miles north of Grantsburg. An autopsy was ordered. Carlson was last seen September 23. Her car was found in Grace Lake the next day. She had four young children.

Carlson. Missing since September 23.

27November 2021

Farm mag expands to more levels, also frequency

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota AgMag, a farming magazine for school kids, is celebrating its 35th anniversary with separate edition for every grade from kindergarten to sixth both fall and spring semesters. “The past two years have really shown a need for educational resources about agriculture to meet teachers and classrooms where they are,” Sue Knott, education specialist for the publisher, Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom. The magazine has 41,000 classroom readers. Also, AgMag has, a new website to make access easier.

Free education magazine. Real stories of real farmers from across the state and the food, fue, and fiber they grow.

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