20January 2022

Louie Anderson hospitalized with cancer

LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Minnesota-born stand-up comedian Louie Anderson, who lives now in Las Vegas, has been admitted to a hospital with blood cancer. He is 68. Anderson was born in St. Paul in 1953 and attended St. Paul Johnson High School. His big break in entertainment was a 1983 appearance on Johnny Carson’s “Tonight Show.” He made a brief appearance in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” andComing to America.”

Anderson. Specific diagnosis: Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma

19January 2022

College scores

Basketball (men): Saint John’s 80, Saint Mary’s 53

Basketball (women): Saint Benedict  69, Saint Mary’s 53

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19January 2022

Minnesota prep

Basketball (girls): Stewartville Tigers 88, Zumbrota-Mazeppa Cougars 60

Hockey (girls): Mankato East Cougars 5, Mankato West Scarlets 0

19January 2022

How they voted: Voting rights / 3

WASHINGTON—The U.S.  Senate voted 52-48 to defeat Senate filibuster reforms, in effect killing proposals to blunt state-level voter suppression legislation.

Favoring filibuster reform

Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin

Amy Klobuchar, D-Minnesota

Tina Smith, D-Wisconsin

Against reform

Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin

NOTE: Democrats Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, voted with Republicans to maintain Senate procedural rules that allow Republicans to thwart voting rights nationwide.

Earlier: How they voted: Voting rights / 2

19January 2022

Cops, car dealers rally against converter thefts

WINONA, Minn. – Police have beefed up patrols at car dealerships and other likely targets for catalytic converter thefts. Deputy Police Chief Jay Rasmussen said there will frequent checks during off-hours. In addition, he said, dealers have agreed to more cameras, lights and other security tools. The latest converter theft was off a truck at he the new U-Haul site at thew former ShopKo store.

19January 2022

Southeast Minnesota taps dean from WSU

WINONA, Minn. – A former Winona State associate dean, Rita Rahoi-Gilchrest, has been named dean of faculty across town at Southeast Minnesota College. Rahoi-Gilchrest has 13 years experience in higher education and before that in broadcasting. At Winona State she was a rhetoric professor and then associate dean of liberal arts. She holds degrees in organizational communication and public relations from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and in communication studies from Ohio University. In her new position she earns $108,000.

Rahoi-Gilchrest. Rhetorician by training.

19January 2022

Winona sheriff goes for re-election

WINONA, Minn. – Sheriff Ron Ganrude announced his candidacy for a third four-year term. He is the first to announce.  Ganrude said he wants to stay in office until the new county  jail is up and going.  By Minnesota law sheriffs are nonpartisan officers. Ganrude worked his way up the ladder under former Sheriff Dave Brand for 16 years. In 2014, when Brand retired, Ganrude sought the position. He defeated former deputy Bill Spitzer of St. Charles 8,800 to 5,200. In 2018 Ganrude was unopposed for a second term. In announcing for a third term,  Ganrude was optimistic: “The past two years have been very trying for everyone in law enforcement, but I know that the future is bright for Winona County and I want to continue to be a part of it.”

Ganrude. Rose through ranks.

19January 2022

Walz puts record construction plan to Legislature

MINNEAPOLIS – Governor Tim Walz unveiled a plan to borrow a record $2.7 billion to maintain state facilities statewide and build new ones. These are projects, he said, that will create jobs over the coming two years. Walz noted that interest rates are currently low, around 4%. The state, he said, is attractive to lenders for its AAA credit rating. Also, with a state revenue surplus projected, Minnesota can afford “a big package,” he said.  The Walz proposal, which goes to the Legislature, is roughly a third more than the $1.9 billion bonding package approved by the Legislature two years ago for the current biennium. Walz unveiled his plan at a news conference outside the University of Minnesota’s updated Institute of Child Development — a $1.9 billion package approved by the 2020 Legislature. Pointing to the structure, Walz said: “This is your property. These are assets that belong to the people of Minnesota.”

Institute of Child Development. An example, says Walz, of a capital asset of which the people of Minnesota can be proud.

Breaking down the Walz “dream list”

> $120 billion, 38% of his proposal, would preserve and maintain existing sgate properties

> $560 million, 21% , would go to new public infrastructure projects, including $120 million for bridge replacements, $90 million for local road improvements, and $200 million for water infrastructure.

> $450 million, 16%, would be for housing, including projects to combat homelessness.

> $262 million, 10%, for the environment, including $190 million for climate change projects.

> $100 million for projects aimed at communities of color that have been left out of previous bonding bills.

Where funds come from

> $2 billion in general obligation bonds, which require a three-fifths majority in each chamber of the Legislature.

> $730 million from other sources, including $276 million in cash from the projected $7.7 billion state revenue surplus.

19January 2022

Emergency, fire crews make 60 calls

WINONA, Minn. – The Fire Department reported 45 emergency medical calls plus 15 fire calls in recent days:

> Tuesday, January 18, 2021: 7 medical calls plus 3 fire calls.

> Monday, January 17: 6 medical calls plus 1 fire call.

> Sunday, January 16: 7 medical calls plus 3 fire calls.

> Saturday, January 15: 4 medical calls plus 1 fire call.

> Friday, January 14: 9 medical call plus 2 fire calls.

> Thursday, January 13: 4 medical calls plus 2 fire calls.

> Wednesday, January 12: 8 medical calls plus 3 fire calls.

Earlier: Emergency crews make 43 calls


19January 2022

Second man dead after garage party

EYOTA, Minn. – A second man who was recovered unconscious from a garage party in Eyota early Saturday has died. Anthony Holze, 43, succumbed at a St. Marys hospital in Rochester. Dead at the scene was Brandon Mueller, 38.  The third man remained in critical condition at the hospital. Authorities haven’t released his name. Autopsies have been ordered.

Earlier: Garage fumes ruled out in Eyota death

19January 2022

Bank’s closure leaves void in Houston

HOUSTON, Minn. – Hardware proprietor Chris Cox is contemplating how to reorder her life. For 42 gears she’s finished work every day by walking over to the town bank to deposit the day’s earnings. But now the chain-owned Bremer Bank isn’t taking deposits anymore and is closing for good in April. There is no other bank in Houston, population 1,000. What to do? “We’re just up in the air right now,” Cox told a KTTC interviewer. There are customers, she said, who pay in cash. “Where do we get change?”  Cox isn’t alone with her True Value Hardware being reliant on the bank. Mayor David Olson said a lot of people are asking how’s the town going to survive. “Let’s face it,” Olson said. “A town this size needs a bank.”

Earlier: Bremer shuttering only bank in Houston

Marvin and Chris Cox. True Value hardware owners on a sunny bluff overlooking bucolic Root River Valley.

19January 2022

Youth mentoring volunteers sought

WINONA, Minn. – The director of Miller Mentoring, Drew Althoff, put out a call for volunteers to work with youths –fifth-graders to high school seniors — on organizational skills for school and eventually for careers. The program, launched by Winona industrialist Ben Miller in 2000, matches volunteers to work one-on-one one day a week at Winona middle school or high school. Althoff said the program helps students build positive relationships and improve communication skills. Boosting self-confidence also is a goal, he said.

Althoff. Miller Mentoring entering third decade.

19January 2022

Injury in crash on Mabel-Rushford route

BRATSBERG, Minn. – A Rushford man was injured in a two-vehicle collision and taken to the Winona hospital with what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries. The accident was about 6:30 a.m. on Highway 43 between Rushford and Mabel. Luke Williams Ohare, 19 of Rushford, was driving a 2009 Honda Civic. In the other car, unhurt, were Beth Marie Yonts, 58, of Canton, the driver, and Katie Marie Yonts, 32, also of Canton, the passenger. They were in a 2020 Subaru Crosstrek. Deputies said Ohare was headed south on Highway 52, Yonts east on County Road 10. Roadbeds were dry, deputies said.

18January 2022

WSU student dies unexpectedly

ROCHESTER, Minn. – A Winona State University junior, Kaylie Meyer of Rochester, died unexpectedly. She was 21. The family did not announce the cause of death. Meyers was studying social work. In high school she was manager for the John Marshall High School hockey team.

Meyer. A junior majoring in social work.

18January 2022

R.I.P.: Ruth Bublitz

WINONA, Minn.  – Ruth Irene (Haake) Bublitz, age 100, of Winona, who would get up at 4 in the morning to make breakfast for the family deer hunters until she was 99, died peacefully. She was born on a Haak Ridge farm and walked to East Burns Valley and Winona to go to school.  During World War II she worked at an ammunition plant in Kansas and as Ruthie the Riveter in Colorado.

Details: Hoff Funeral Home


18January 2022

Train flattens handicap-scooter at crossing

WINNEBAGO, Minn. – A wheelchair-bound man’s electric scooter got stuck on railroad tracks at a crossing as a train was bearing down on him. He managed to crawl away just in  time —  seconds before the Burlington Northern Santa Fe freight smashed into the scooter. Darryl Garman, 57, of Winnebago, was unhurt but taken to the Blue Earth hospital for examination to be sure. The accident was about 12:30 p.m. on Highway 168 at Fourth Avenue Southeast. The BNSF line is a 280-mile main line linking St. Paul and Sioux City.

18January 2022

WSU has offers for once-touted West Campus

WINONA, Minn. – Winona State is reviewing several offers to buy its former West Campus, which includes Lourdes Hall, the once grand centerpiece of the old College of St. Teresa, and two abandoned dorms. University spokesperson Andrea Northam confirmed the offers were in hand but declined details. It is known that the offers are being reviewed by the real estate office at the Minnesota State colleges system headquarters in St. Paul. Winona State invited offers in October after governmental entities had first dibs but none were interested.

Earlier: Shrinking college enrollments: Students vanishing

Earlier: Want to buy a campus? WSU taking offers

Earlier: Huge WSU downsizing plan: Close St. Teresa dorms

Classy dining room. When Lourdes Hall was the lively heartbeat of the St. Teresa women’s college. Now abandoned and for sale by Winona State, as arethe Maria dorm and he Tau Center, a dorm and money-losing conference center.

Wobbly concept turns wobblier

The university acquired the three structures in 2000 in a brainchild initiative that President Darrell Krueger called the Residential College, but the concept was muddy and the buildings became just a few auxiliary dorms, albeit old and uninviting to a new generation of students and also an inconvenient 1-1/2 miles from the main campus. The term “residential college” was slowly abandoned under Krueger’s successor, Judith Ramaley, and became the more mundane “west campus.” Last summer the current Winona State president, Scott Olson, decided to shut it down. Olson’s hope was to save expenses and raise funds to offset financial losses resulting from major enrollment declines.

18January 2022

Prince’s estate finally settled: $156 million

MINNEAPOLIS –The legal battle over the value of Minnesota song-writer genius and performer Prince’s estate has been settled at $156.4 million. After six years in court, the parties agreed to the figure.  Half will go to the New York music company Primary Wave, the rest to Prince’s three oldest heirs. When the legal battle began, the estate was estimated as much as $163.2 million.

Prince. Latest chapter in his purple reign.

18January 2022

CoVid-disabled man flown to Texas hospital

COON RAPIDS, Minn. — A man suffering CoVid infection and whom doctors wanted to take off the life-saving equipment has been moved by his family to anther hospital. The man’s wife arranged the move after a judge sided against the doctors Mercy Hospital in suburban Coon Rapids. Anne Quiner, the wife, declined to say where her husband was moved except that it was in Texas. He was flown on a med-evac flight. The hospital’s parent company, Aliana Health, issued a statement that ut was grateful the family found a health care facility that will meet its needs.

Earlier: Judge to hospital: Keep respirator connected

17January 2022

Walz backers launch early billboards

WINONA, Minn. – Billboards that set up the Walz re-election campaign early are popping up. The billboards give Governor Tim Walz, a Democrat, a head start against a large GOP field that’s delaying expensive advertising until the field narrows. Walz has no opposition for the Democratic nomination. The Walz billboards are paid for by Minneapolis-based Leadership Matters MN. The first wave of billboards has singular message: That Walz is big on jobs.

Stopped by train? Look up. A strategically placed Winona billboard, at Main Street and the tracks, has a captive audience for the 20 to 30 trains that back up traffic every day. The Louisiana-based billboard company Lamar charges a minimum of $750 a month per billboard. Urban sites cost more. Lighted signs cost even more. Electronic boards are as much as $14,000 a month. Image: Steve Lunde

17January 2022

Chamber widens net for entry job takers

WINONA, Minn. – The Winona Chamber of Commerce, which represents employers that are desperately short-staffed, has expanded is Project Reach to line up high-schoolers for jobs. Christie Ransom, the Chamber’s president, said the project now will include students in Winona’s private schools and outlying schools. Previously the project focused only on Winona, Lewiston-Altura and Wabasha-Kellogg schools. Also, Ransom said, the project has been relocated to Minnesota State College Southeast to connect students, teachers and businesses. The worker shortage, according to economists, is largely the result of weak starting salaries.

Ransom. Among goals: Imparting career job skills.

17January 2022

Minnesota prep

Basketball (boys): Winona Winhawks 59, Kasson-Mantorville Komets 48

Basketball (boys): Cannon Falls Bombers 62, Winona Cotter Ramblers 42

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17January 2022

Wisconsin prep

Basketball (boys): Arcadia Raiders 47, Cochrane-Fountain City Pirates 45

Basketball (girls): Blair-Taylor Wildcats 83, New Lisbon Rockets 49

Basketball (girls): Durand Panthers 59, Melrose-Mindoro 33

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17January 2022

Car overturns and overturns; driver OK

ROCHESTER Minn. – A Bloomington woman escaped serious injury when her vehicle went into a ditch on Highway 52 route out of Rochester and rolled several times. Marie Taylor Larson, 24, was taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries. She was wearing a seatbelt, deputies said. She was headed south at 36th Avenue Southeast in the Marion area five miles southwest of Rochester. She was driving a 22017 Hyundai Santa Fe. This was about 6:40 p.m. Pavement was dry deputies said.

17January 2022

Trempealeau County CoVid hotbed worsens

WHITEHALL, Wis. – CoVid cases have tripled in largely rural Trempealeau County in the past two weeks – to 530, the highest since the pandemic began. Public health workers report being overwhelmed in tracing contacts. They’ve asked individuals who test positive to take the initiative and reach out personally to alert people with whom they’ve been in contact. The 530 figure, although alarming, doesn’t include cases that individuals have identified with home-test kits and not reported to authorities.

Earlier: Worrisome CoVid mutant in Trempealeau County

Earlier: CoVid-ridden county nixes mask enforcement

Earlier: Trempealeau County in virus crisi


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