30September 2022

Cuisine cruisin’: Pickwick Inn

PICKWICK Minn. — The Pickwick Inn  a spectacular vantage of the falls at the historic Pickwick Mill up Big Trout Creek 14 miles south of Winona.The view more gan makes up for unexceptional food and confused and uninspired service. The mill dates to 1856m the first west of the Mississippi.Darners hauled  wagons of grain from a hundred miles away in the Minnesota and Upper Iowa river valleys.  The mill, onky a couole miekls from the Mississippi Ruver,  was a major wheat supplier to Union armies in the Civil War. Directions: From U.S. Highway west on County Road 7. Street address: 24731 County Road 7.

Panel of reviewers

Kelly Beckman

Mike Beckman

Vicky Carraher

Steve Lunde

John Vivian


Gentle handicap ramp.



Ask for window table.

Table service



Main course

6-ounce sirloin: Either knife too dull or steak too tough.


It’s July: No ice tea.



30September 2022

State Patrol seeks 10-fold more women

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota State Patrol announced a recruiting program to increase female troopers and support staff to 30%bythe year 2030. Matt Langer, Patrol chief, said that women currently comprise 3% of sworn officers and leadership. The goal, he said, is to ensure policies and procedures are free of bias and discriminatory practices.

30September 2022

Hormel pledges food for Ian relief

AUSTIN, Minn. – Austin-based Hormel Foods announced immediate food for victims of Hurricane Ian in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. Donations will go to Convoy of Hope, a nonprofit outreach organization for disaster response. Hormel’s total contribution will be shaped as needs become clear, the company said.. The company noted that it gave $6.6 million in hunger relief in 2021 and $50 million over the past five years.

Hormel profile

The company was founded in Austin by George Hormel in 1891. The company originally focused on packaging and selling ham, sausage and other pork, chicken, beef and lamb products. Its signature product Spam was introduced in 1937.  Current brands include Planters nuts and snacks, Dinty Moore, Mary Kitchen and Jennie-O. Annual revenue: $9.4 billion.

30September 2022

Giant works in deep tones at Marine Art exhibit

WINONA, Minn. – The Minnesota Marine Art Museum hosts an exhibit of acrylics by St. Paul artist Anne Labovitz through January 24. Her large-scale works and intended to invite and engage viewers in her artistic and social justice causes. They are oversize and blast deeply with color. Labovitz’s recent work explores her childhood experience growing up on Lake Superior and her current home along the Mississippi River.

“Lake Stories I.” 2021. Acrylic on canvas.

Labovitz. Activist against racism. Participant in the Racial Equity Committee at the Walker Art Center in. Minneapolis. On steering committee of Turn up the Turn Out. Her current long-term social practice project combines art-making, social justice, radical kindness, and relational listening to normalize, saying “I Love You” as an alternative to division and conflict

29September 2022

Winona High honors four super-athlete grads

WINONA, Minn. — A multi-sport Winona High School athlete who was the first to run cross country and play football in the same season, Joe Alexander, will be among inductees October 7 into the school’s athletic Hall of Fame. After finishing third in the 800-meter run at the state meet as a junior in 1993, Alexander wasn’t sure what he wanted to do his senior year: Football, where he had a chance to be the starting quarterback? Or cross country? He loved running and wanted to continue to pick up where he left off the previous spring. He did up doing both. He lives now in Winona.

Other inductees:

Abbey Staats (2009): As an eighth-grader, she joined the varsity team and excelled, joining the Minute Man Club and earning all-conference honors. She swept the 50 and 100 freestyle titles at every conference and section meet as a sophomore, junior and senior. She set 10 records, and was named Section 1AA swimmer of the year. As a junior she placed second at state in the 50 and 100 freestyle. She now lives in Windsor, Colorado.

Al Nordsving (1968): He was a three-year letter winner in football team, a Big Nine All-Conference selection and led the Big Nine in scoring. He also held the state record for the longest pass completion by a halfback, a record that stood for more than 20 years. In track he won a state title in the pole vault at 13 feet, 2.75 inches. He retired recently after an  electronics industry career.

Bill Schmidt: A decorated wrestler in high school and college, he joined the came facuty in1978 to teach math and coach wrestling. In 12 years heidt produced 24 state qualifiers, 12 place-winners and one state champion. Later he  executive director of the Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association. He lives in Winona.

Alexander (Class of 1994). Football, cross country.

29September 2022

Minnesota prep

Soccer (boys): Winona Winhawks 2, Albert Lea Tigers 1

Soccer (girls): Winona Winhawks 3, Albert Lea Tigers 0

Soccer (girls): Winona Cotter Ramblers 3, St. Charles Saints 1

Volleyball (girls): Rochester Century Panthers 3, Winona Winhawks 0

Volleyball (girls): Lake City Tigers 3, St. Chares Saints 0

Volleyball (girls): Lewiston-Altura Cardinals 3, Plainview-Elgin-Millville Bulldogs 1


29September 2022

Wisconsin prep

Soccer (boys): LaCrosse Logan Rangers 4, Prairie du Chien Blackhawks 0

Soccer (boys): Nekoosa Papermakers 3, Black River Falls Tigers 0

29September 2022

Two hurt in Highway 52 crash near Pine island

PINE ISLAND, Minn. – Two Burtrum persons were injured albeit not seriously when their vehicle and truck hauling a semi-trailer collided. The accident was on Highway 52 between Pine Island and Zumbrota about 3:20 p.m. Taken 26 miles to a Rochester hospital were Francis Koshenina, 70, the driver of a 2007 GMC Envoy, and Karen Koshenina, 71. The driver of the truck, Jason Spaeth, 54, of Moorhead, was uninjured. Both vehicles were northbound at the 490th Street overpass.

29September 2022

Driver hurt in collision near Elgin

ELGIN, Minn. — A Chatfield man was injured in the crash of a pickup truck and a car northwest of Elgin. The driver of the car, in a southbound 2009 Pontiac Vibe, was Mitchell Meeker. 27.  He was taken 18 miles to a Rochester hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the truck, an eastbound 2019 Chevrolet Silverado, was Steven Edward Gentry, 54, of Plainview. He was unhurt. The accident was at State Highway 247 and Olmsted County Road 11. The accident was about 2:40 p.m.

29September 2022

Sex trial delayed for Albert Lea coach

ALBERT LEA, Minn. – Trial has been delayed for an Albert Lea high school coach accused of criminal sexual conduct with a student. A judge grated the extension because Richard John Polley’s his new job with the U.S. Postal Service has precluded weekday meetings with a pretrial officer. The trial now is set for December. The criminal complaint alleges these details: A teen-age athlete visited  Polley’s house twice in January, once around 10 p.m. and then an hour later. Polley was asleep the second time. She woke him up.  A carnal encounter followed

Earlier: $200,000 bond for coach in teen sex case

Polley. Now with U.S> Postal Service in Twin Cities. Age 33.

29September 2022

270 Xcel line workers to Ian disaster

MINNEAPOLS – Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy sent 270 contract workers to Florida to help with restoration from Hurricane Ian. More may be sent in coming days, Xcel said. The line workers are from Minnesota, Wisconsin. and six other states. Xcel is part of the Edison Electric Institute mutual assistance program.

Earlier: Minnesota utilities dispatch help to Florida

29September 2022

Gigantic fentanyl bust: 111,000 pills

BLOOMINGTON Minn. – A Seattle man was arrested with almost 111,000 illegal and potent fentanyl pills, Police Chief Booker Hodges reported belatedly. The pills would be enough to kill 1 million people, Hodges said at a news conference. The arrest was August 31. Hodges said that Marcus Lamar Trice, 36, was arrested at a Bloomyngton hotel after an electronic credit card transaction recognized fraud, the chief said. Thrice left the hotel’s front desk but was apprehended in a hotel room. In his belongings in the hotel room were 108,943 M-30 pills laced with fentanyl, Hodges said. All together they weighed 10 pounds. Hodges said the bust was one of the largest, if not the largest, in the upper Midwest. The case has been turned over to federal authorities. Trice has been indicted on a count of possessing fentanyl with intent to distribute.

Trice. Arrested at Bloomington hotel.

What 10 pounds of fentanyl; looks like. Police Chief Booker Hodges shows the pills seized in traveler’s hotel arrest.

29September 2022

Stolen pickup returned after four days

WINONA, Minn. – A Ram pickup truck stolen outside the National Guard Army on Holmen Road was found returned across the street at the Winona Middle School. There was no damage, police said. Video surveillance saw the truck being dropped off at night but was too grainy to make out who it was, police said. The cab was scoured for DNA evidence and sent the state crime lab.

Earlier: Thief engages in two-stage truck theft

29September 2022

October busiest season for Winona riverboat dockings

WINONA, Minn. – Nine riverboat visits to Winona are scheduled for October – the start of cruises marketed for fall foliage colors on the Upper Mississippi. The schedule:

> October 2: American Symphony, 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.

> October 5: American Melody, 1 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

> October 8: American Melody, 5:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

> October 13: American Symphony, 1 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

> October 16: American Symphony, 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.

> October 19: American Melody,1 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

> October 20: American Splendor, 1 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

> October 22: American Melody, 5:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

> October 23: American Splendor, 5:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Earlier: Dual riverboat dockings in late September

28September 2022

Minnesota prep

Soccer (boys): Rochester Schaeffer Lions 5, Caledonia Warriors 3

28September 2022

College scores

Soccer men): Gustavus Adolphus 2, Saint Mary’s 0

Soccer women): UW-LaCrosse 1, Wartburg 1

28September 2022

Wisconsin prep

Soccer (boys): West Salem Coulee 6, Wild Rose Wildcats 1

28September 2022

Minnesota utilities dispatch help to Florida

PLYMOUTH, Minn. – Crews from 14 Minnesota municipal utilities left in a caravan for Florida to help restore power in the wake of Hurricane Ian. The crews included 32 line workers. The Minnesota hurricane response is part of a mutual aid pact for disaster relief.  Among participants this time were Austin, Owatonna and Rochester utilities. They were due to arrive in Florida Friday after a 1,500-mile trip.

Rochester line crew. Shoving off are four line workers from Rochester Public Utilities. Two mechanics also headed to Florida.

28September 2022

Gun-brandishing bar patron arrested

ROCHESTER, Minn. — A Rochester man was arrested on a report that he had been walking around a North Side bar with a gun and threatening people. Police arrested Johnathan Terrell, 32, apparently intoxicated and passed out in his car. They reported findinga .38-calibre handgun in the car and a small amount of cocaine. Pending charges: Felony drug possession and carrying a firearm without a permit.

An especially lively evening. At 503 Broadway Avenue North.

Johnathan Terell. 

28September 2022

For full fall foliage change, wait a bit

WINONA, Minn. – A few yellowing swaths are showing faintly – ever so fainty — in the bluffs. The brilliant autumn bursts, however, are weeks away. The latest foliage map from the state Parks Department shows 25% of peak color south of Mankato. The rest of us in southeast Minnesota, well, we’ll have to wait a wee while.

Autumn awaits. Peak fall colors arrive earliest in some areas in late September to early October. Then it’s a southward march. The dots are state parks.

28September 2022

A bizarre chase beyond Nodine and an arrest

NODINE, Minn. – Deputies arrested a Wisconsin woman after two car chases and stops in which she refused to lower to her car window. She looked terrified and apparently high on a controlled substance, deputies said, and a 5-year-old in the backseat was screaming. In the second stop, after taking off from the first, the woman still refused to open her window, and, by then torso-naked, grabbed a knife and, deputies assumed, was threatening to harm herself. Still unable to coax her out, deputies smashed the window, at which point the woman slid to the passenger side, opened the door, and ran. She was caught. Lisa Marie Thorson, 50, of Racine, was taken 20 miles to a LaCrosse hospital for drug-testing. The child was placed in protective custody.

Atop Four-Mile Grade on I-90. Above Dakota, just outside Nodine.

Kwik Trip clerk: Something not right here

This is the sheriff’s office account: The episode began about 11 a.m. at the Interstate 90 Kwik Trip truck stop near Nodine. A clerk called the sheriff’s office that a woman with a child in her car was acting strangely. A few miles away in New Hartford Township deputies caught up with the car, which they said was moving slowly and jerking left and right erratically and then stopped abruptly in the middle of the road. Deputies tried to coax the woman to lower the window. She didn’t. Then she drove off. She eventually stopped again but still refused to open the window. She removed her clothing. Naked from the waist up, she grabbed a knife and apparently to hurt herself. But who knows. Deputies smashed the window for access to the car. The woman fled out the passenger door but was corralled and arrested.

28September 2022

Walz moves to expedite diseased turkeys disposal

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Governor Tim Walz waived restrictions on truck weights and driver hours to hasten the disposal of diseased turkey carcasses. The goal, said Walz, was to protect flocks that remain unaffected by the latest avian flu epidemic. Walz said the waivers will help fight the spread of the virus between flocks by reducing the number of trips that trucks need to make to farm sites.


Walz: “We are taking swift action to contain the spread of avian influenza and support Minnesota’s poultry farmers and producers.” Minnesota is is the largest turkey producer in the nation with 660 turkey farms that produce 40 million birds a year. It’s a $774 million industry

28September 2022

Car bursts into flames after deer hit

CAMBRIDGE, Minn. – A woman driving on State Highway 47 hit a deer. The car burst into flames.The The driver and her dog were not hurt. Passersby helped the driver get her belongings out of the car before it was fully engulfed. The deer did not survive. This was about 8 a.m. Highway 47 south of 331st Avenue in Wyanett Township had to be closed while emergency crews cleared the scene.

Driver escapes. Before flames engulfed her car.

27September 2022

Freight railroads, unions reach tentative accord

OMAHA, Neb. – A union that threatened to idle the nation’s freight railroads until President Biden intervened has now reached anew tentative agreement with the railroads. The five-year deal calls for 24% pay raises. The deal, negotiated by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, still needs acceptance by 12 other rail unions. Although no freight lines were shut down by the threatened strike, the Amtrak passenger service suspended its long-distance trains, including Winona and LaCrosse stops, rather than risk trains being stranded en route on tracks owned by freight lines.

Earlier: Winona train from West Coast resumes

27September 2022

College scores

Soccer (women): Saint Mary’s 1, Gustavus Adolphus 0


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