27September 2022

Minnesota prep

Soccer (boys): Northfield Raiders 5, Winona Winhawks 0

Soccer (boys): Winona Cotter Ramblers 8, Plainview-Elgin-Millville Bulldogs 0

Soccer (girls): Winona Winhawks 3, Northfield Raiders 1

Soccer (girls): Winona Cotter Ramblers 6, Plainview-Elgin-Millville Bulldogs 0

Soccer (girls): St. Charles Saints 1, Dover-Eyota Eagles 1

Volleyball (girls): Owatonna Huskies 3, Winona Winhawks 0

Volleyball (girls): Winona Cotter Ramblers 3, Plainview-Elgin-Millville Bulldogs 2

Volleyball (girls): Rushford- Peterson Trojans 3, Lewiston-Altura Cardinals 0


27September 2022

Wisconsin prep

Soccer (boys): Mauston Golden Eagles 5, Black River Falls Tigers 0

27September 2022

Four hurt, one critically, in Red Wing pile-up

RED WING, Minn. – Four people were hospitalized, one with severe injuries, following a three vehicle-crash on Highway 61 just west of Red Wing. The State Patrol said a Dodge Dart collided with a Hyundai Sonata that was traveling south. The Hyundai then hit a Toyota Prius that was traveling north. The accident was at Withers Harbor Dive around 7:30 p.m. A passenger in the Prius, Harold Berg, 86, of Lake City, was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries. Driving the Prius was Margret Berg, 83, of Lake City. Driving the Hyundai was Savannah Nelson. 29, of Kuna. Driving the Dodge was Shaunna Maldacker, 42, of St. Cloud.

27September 2022

Trump’s Wisconsin probe records now public

MADISON Wis. – All records from the closed Republican-ordered investigation into the 2020 presidential electionin Wisconsin are being made public. Attorney James Bopp of the state Assembly clerk’s office made the announcement at a court hearing over public access to government documents. At the hearing the watchdog group American Oversight demanded compliance with the state open records law. Trump supporters had used public tax dollars to finance the costly investigation, which in the end confirmed that Trump lost Wisconsin by 21,000 votes. The Trump group, some of whose members were embarrassed and angry at investigation’s findings, had wanted American Oversight’s lawsuit for openness to be thrown out. The Trumpers’ point became moot when Bopp told the judge that the documents were being uploaded already to the web “for all to see.”

Earlier: Vos formally ends election fraud charade

Earlier: Enough already: Vos kills vote fraud probe

27September 2022

Guilty plea to black market gun-manufacturing

ST. PAUL, Minn. – A Sauk River man pleaded guilty to custom-building untraceable “ghost guns,” some with machine gun capabilities, and selling them for as much as $20,000 each. Jay James Olson, 21, had been arrested in April — in the eighth month of his gun-manufacturing enterprise. He had no license to build or sell weapons. The guns carried no serial numbers. To customers Olson also offered accessories. These included silencers, auto-sears to go into full machine-gun mode, and high-capacity magazines. He also made unlicensed no-serial-number Glock-style pistols. A confidential tipster led authorities to his arrest.

Olson. The firearms charges could mean five years in prison. Related drug charges could mean 20 years.

27September 2022

Rochester train death declared suicide

ROCHSTER, Minn. – The body found near train tracks over the weekend was a suicide, an autopsy concluded. Dead was Robert J. Hall, 25, of Rochester.

Earlier: Train strikes, kills pedestrian in Rochester

26September 2022

Minnesota prep

Soccer (girls): Blooming Prairie Amazing Bloomers 3, Dover-Eyota Eagles 1

Soccer (girls): Byron Bears 2, Dover-Eyota Eagles 0

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26September 2022

Coming overnight: Patchy frost

WINONA, Minn. – It’s late September and time to shroud those garden tomato plants. The National Weather Service forecast patchy frost in southeast Minnesots by dawn Tuesday — the first freeze of the season. Wide-spread frost is forecast Wednesday morning.

“When the Frost is on the Punkin”

When the frost is on the punkin and the fodder’s in the shock,

And you hear the kyouck and gobble of the struttin’ turkey-cock,

And the clackin’ of the guineys, and the cluckin’ of the hens,

And the rooster’s hallylooyer as he tiptoes on the fence;

O, it’s then’s the times a feller is a-feelin’ at his best,

With the risin’ sun to greet him from a night of peaceful rest,

As he leaves the house, bareheaded, and goes out to feed the stock,

When the frost is on the punkin and the fodder’s in the shock.

–James Whitcomb Riley, 1911

26September 2022

Car-truck T-bone; one driver dead

NORTHFIELD, Minn. – A Northfield driver was injured fatally when he collided with a Freightliner straight truck on State Highway 3 in Northfield. Gerald Paul Maas, 83, was rushed 45 miles to a Minneapolis hospital but died. The collision was about 9:50 a.m. at Honeylocust Drive. The vehicles collided in the intersection at a 90-degree angle. The truck driver, Russell Anthony Madden, 44, of Kasota, was unhurt. Maas was in a 2009 Pontiac G6.

26September 2022

Thief engages in two-stage truck theft

WINONA, Minn. – A thief broke out a window in a parked sedan outside the National Guard Army on Homer Road, took keys to a nearby pickup truck from inside the car, and stole the truck. Such, anyway, is how police have reconstructed the theft of the government-owned white Dodge Ram truck. The truck was put on the National Crime Information Registry

26September 2022

Shopping access to ease at rotary site

WINONA Minn. – The Frontenac Drive entrance to the Walmart-Menards shopping complex will open again Tuesday, the state Transportation Department said. Left turns across traffic, however, will remain prohibited. The heavily used access has been barricaded at Mankato Avenue for crews to install culverts for a new round-about. When complete, the intersection will be a no-stop light rotary.

25September 2022

Neighbor accused of pulling gun over a dog

WINONA, Minn. – To settle a dispute with a neighbor over a loose dog, Henry Martell Rambert went home for a Beretta handgun and came back and threatened to “blow your brains out” and kill the dog too, police were told. Rambert, 43, of Winona, was jailed on charges of assault, terroristic threats, and being a felon with a firearm. Asked about the assault, Rambert told police: “I probably did.” The incident was about 11 p.m. on East Fifth Street. The arrest was without incident.

Rambert. Lengthy court record incudes drugs in Virginia. Also no stranger in Winona courts.

25September 2022

R.I.P.: Lori Freiten

WINONA, Minn. – Lori Ann Feiten, 64, of Winona, an elementary music teacher, piano teacher, and day-care provider, died at Methodist Hospital in Rochester. She held a master’s degree in elementary education from Saint Mary’s University. She raised her family in Trempealeau.

Details: Hoff Funeral Home


25September 2022

College scores

Soccer (women): Winona State 8, Mary 0

Soccer (women): UW-LaCrosse 4, St. Norbert 0

25September 2022

R.I.P.: Marlene Walther

WINONA, Minn. – Marlene Marie Walther, 85, of Winona, died at Sugar Loaf nursuing home.

Details: Hoff Funeral Home


25September 2022

Shoplifting lesson: Law has long arms

WINONA, Minn. – A LaCrosse woman who admitted to rolling $2,100 of merchandise out of Walmart in a shopping cart without paying now is accused also of shoplifting $2,200 from the nearby Target general store. This perhaps is in addition to dropping $1,000 of Walmart goods as she fled that store. Too, there is $1,000 in Walmart goods later found stashed outside in plastic-wrapped wood-chip stack. The latest charge against Carly Polak, 22, is from Target for a brazen theft on September15 – a week before her Walmart arrest. The modus operandi was the same and so too the targeted merchandise: Mostly electronic items including Ring doorbell cameras and Amazon Alexa gear. Target said that a stacked-high cart was maneuvered around the checkout lanes. When a clerk spotted security tags on the items and asked for a receipt, the store said, the thief claimed that she had already paid for them and kept on going. In all, Polak faces three felony theft counts.

Earlier: Walmart:  Shoplifter likely stole more than first thought

 Earlier: Cops: Well-equipped thief admits stealing

25September 2022

Walz’s rebuttal on $250 million fraud

ST.PAUL, Minn. — Democratic Governor Tim Walz defended himself and his state agencies against Republican allegations of dallying that let thieves continue embezzling government nutrition aid even after learning what was going on. Walz said state agencies spotted irregularities “very early.” This sequence has been pieced together from what Walz’s account, from court documents, and other sources:

> Spring 2020. A nonprofit organization, Feeding Our Future, applied to the state Education Department to be the coordinator of meals for children and elderly adults under a U.S. Agriculture Department-funded program. This was an emergency federal program for CoVid relief. Feeding Our Future was awarded the contract.

> October 2020. State agencies recognized that things were amiss with reimbursements being issued to meal-preparers by Feeding Our Future. The state alerted the U.S. Department of Agriculture, whose find were involved. The USDA, under President Trump at the time, did nothing, Walz said.

> April 2021. The state Education Department was frustrated at USDA’s non-response and cut off payments to Feeding Our Future.  But Ramsey County District Judge John Guthmann ordered the state to resume the reimbursement payments or be held in contempt of court. The state Education Department complied with the judge’s order but also went to the FBI for an investigation. The FBI asked the state to continue reimbursements to Feeding Our Future so it could investigate.

> January 2022: With search warrants, the FBI in effect shut down Feeding Our Future.

> September 2022: U.S. Attorney Andy Luger announced that 48 people had been indicted in a fraud of at least $250 million. It was the largest CoVid-related fraud case in the country. Luger said that his office and the FBI had been working “at breakneck speed” to shut down the fraud.

Earlier: Jensen to Walz: Fire state schools chief

Walz. At news conference defending how the state handled allegations of misdeeds by the nongovernmental disbursing agent Feeding Our Future.


Walz: “We caught this fraud. We caught it very early. We alerted the right people.”

“We were taken to court. We were sued. We were threatened with going to jail. We stuck with it.”

“I was speechless. Unbelievable that this ruling would come down, did not really know what to say. Obviously we had to honor it.”

“I and my team have not been able to say anything because the FBI was in an active investigation, and we were told not to.”

FOF’s face. Happy kids.

25September 2022

After Luke Bryan, can Eyota ever be the same?

Savoring an experience. Country singer Luke Bryan didn’t  wear a cowboy hat, but Stetson-themed hats were everywhere. And for sale. And Luke Bryan T-shirts too. And sodas. None for $2.99, though. Images: Jake Hunter and Cash Wiesner

Premium $239 tickets bought up-front views

EYOTA, Minn.—“Thank you,” Luke Bryan,” says Mayor Tony Nelson. “You’ve put Eyota on the map.” The Bryan concert, the sixth stop on his 2022 Farm Tour, drew a sell-out 20,000 fans. Mayor Nelson said that local merchants were thrilled. In a town of 2,183, according to the 2020 census, that meant the Kwik Trip convenience store and gas station, Buddy’s Liquor Store, the Blue Collar Café and the Greendoor Bar. The real action, though, was south of town at the Gar-Lin dairy farm where an estimated 5,000 vehicles squeezed into a mowed-down field from which fans trekked as much as a mile to a concert stage that had been bolted together the day before. With warm-up and back-up music from Riley Green, Jameson Rodgers, Peach Pickers, and DJ Rock, the spotlight was on Bryan in faded jeans that had never seen a drop of starch and a baggy, untucked  shirt. No, he wore no cowboy hat but a sweat-stained baseball cap with an offbeat but a little defiant Prince of Bel Air flair. The crowd loved it. Good news: Heavy sodden clouds held back their precip. It all lasted past twilight when everybody queued up, headlights on, for what seemed an endless parade of  vehicles — yes, lots of pickup — out of Eyota. The next morning every  port-a-potty vendors in four counties arrived to load their relief stations on flatbeds and return to their home stations for bleaching. As for Bryan, he headed home to Leesburg, Georgia, to rest up for another  roadtrip – his Raised Up Right tour, beginning October 6 in Southhaven Mississippi.

Earlier: Luke Bryan hullabaloo: Traffic jams expected

Earlier: Luke Bryan’s Eyota concert selling out

Behind the green door. Pre-concert and post-concert fun at Eyota’s Greendoor bar.

25September 2022

Two hurt when car flies airborne 20 yards

OSSEO, Wis. – It was a wonder nobody was killed. Police said a car going very fast missed a dead-end at a T-intersection, crashed into a steep embankment, and went airborne for 20 yards through a tree line. The driver, Denver Thompson, 29, of Osseo, and the passenger, Lisa Doyle, 24, also of Osseo, suffered substantial but non-life threatening injuries. They were taken 25 miles to an Eau Claire hospital. Alcohol was believed a factor, deputies said. The crash was about 2:30 a.m. at Durst Road and Oium Road on the south outskirts of Osseo.

25September 2022

Mango’s looking more Mexican by the day

WINONA, Minn. – For 20 years Arsenio Meija has roamed the continent with a ladder and brush to brighten roadsides with his murals. Meija’s latest artistry – Mango’s Mexican Grill in Winona.

Mango make-over. Never has Mango’s Mexican restaurant on the West End has looked so, well, Mexican. “Siete columnatas impresiónes” frame rural scenes from south of the border. it’s the work of Nicaraguan muralist Arsenio Meija, who began the eight-day project last week. Image: Steve Lunde

Site profile

Mango’s is in its 11h year at 408 Highway 14 – the most successful tenant in a litany of eateries that gave up at the site going back 40 years: Tres Padres, Tequila, Famous Dave’s BBQ Smokehouse, and Bridgeman’s ice cream parlor.

Mexcian?  If not for the sign, hard to tell in the old paint scheme.

24September 2022

Week’s summary: September 24,2022

24September 2022

Train strikes, kills pedestrian in Rochester

ROCHESTER, Minn. — A pedestrian was struck and killed by a Winona-bound freight train just north of downtown Rochester. Police declined to release the man’s name immediately but said he was 26 and from Rochester. The accident was about 11:30 p.m.  on North Broadway and Civic Center Drive. The Canadian Pacific freight had originated at Tracy in extreme southwest Minnesota.

24September 2022

KTTC loses anchor Leone to Minneapolis

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Weekend news anchor Beret Leone of television station KTTC is making a career move. Leone, age 27, is moving to WCCO in Minneapolis for morning news. Earlier she was at WEAU in Eau Claire.

Leone. A 2018 graduate of Bethel University in Arden Hills.

24September 2022

College scores

Football: Winona State 40, MSU-Moorhead 7

Soccer (men): UW-Eau Claire 2, Saint Mary’s 1

Soccer (women): Saint Mary’s 1, St. Catherine 1

Volleyball (women): Winona State 3, Mary 0

Volleyball (women): Lakeland 3, Saint Mary’s 1

Volleyball (women): UW-LaCrosse 3, Loras 1

24September 2022

Minnesota prep

Volleyball (girls): Winona Winhawks 1, LaCescent-Hokah Lancers 1

Volleyball (girls): Winona Winhawks 4, LaCrescent-Hokah Lancers 0



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