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17June 2022

53 years later, physician leaves Winona hospital

WINONA, Minn. – A Winona physician for 53 years, internist Andrew Edin, is retiring. A going-away party was is planned Saturday. Rachelle Schultz, Winona Health executive, heralded Edin as delivering “stellar care.” Edin earned his medical degree from Yale and completed his residency at Hennepin County General Hospital in Minneapolis.

Edin. At the Winona hospital since 1969.

Verbatim

Schultz: “Winona Health is 128 years old, and Dr. Edin has been a caregiver here for 53 of those years. The impact he has made on families in our community is unparalleled.

17June 2022

Gas leak capped at cheese curd stand

WINONA, Minn. – A fire department inspector smelled heavy propane gas while checking fire lanes at the Steamboat Days site at the foot of Main Street. The leak was from a curd cheese trailer. The vendor was asked to disconnect and reconnect the tanks. No more leaking. This was about 10 a.m.

17June 2022

Winona Shakespeare: Rocky 2022 start now rockier

WINONA, Minn. – The run-up to the 17th Great River Shakespeare Festival has been cancelled. Too many of the cast and crew have contracted CoVid, the festival said in a message to patrons. As a result, these initial performances have been cancelled:

> “Twelfth Night”: Saturday, June 18 and Wednesday, June 22.

> “The African Company Presents Richard III”:  Sunday, June 19.

Rain checks or refunds would be arranged for ticket-holders. Earlier the festival cancelled the whole run of “Taming of the Shrew” because of artistic disagreements.

Earlier: Staging tiff explodes: Shakespeare’s “Taming” scuttled

Festival profile

The Great River Shakespeare Festival has been a valued fixture in Winona arts since 2004. An exception was 2020 when the festival was furloughed because of the CoVid pandemic.

16June 2022

Car hits abutment, four hurt

WEAVER. Minn.  – Four Wabasha people were hurt when their car crashed into the bridge abutment over East Indian Creek. The accident was about 7:20 p.m. south of Weaver on Highway 61. All were seat-belted, police said.  Taken to the Wabasha hospital with non-life threatening injuries were:

> Maria Paola Rodriguez, 33, the driver.

> Luz Maria Guerrero, 58,

> Isabella Rodrigues, 8.

> Richard Rodriguez, 2.

They were in a 2016 Chrysler 200 headed south toward Winona.

16June 2022

Police throwing the book at Red Wing fugitive

ST.CHARLES, Minn. –zthr man who had who fled a traffic stop, prompting a massive manhunt, was Bryan Edward Anderson, 26 ,of Red Wing. After the arrest, police took Anderson 25 miles to the county jail in Winona and began the paperwork for charges of fleeing an officer, reckless driving, possessing burglary tools, driving after revocation, speeding, violating probation and perhaps drunken driving. Anderson was arrested after a citizen reported seeing him on foot on a gravel road through a wooded area where he had spent the afternoon hiding.

Earlier: Cops scramble copter, K-9 for manhunt

Anderson Profile

His run-ins with the law date to 2014 and a marijuana arrest in Pierce County, Wisconsin. There also have been marijuana, burglary, stolen property, drug paraphernalia, and fleeing police arrests in Pine City, Red Wing, Rochester, Owatonna and St. Croix. Jail time includes the state penitentiary in St. Cloud.

Out of focus selfie. Online Anderson says he spends too many Friday nights alone. His site features a Confederate flag.

16June 2022

Among small cities, Winona ranked second

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.  – Midwest small cities, including Winona, dominate a new ranking of the -best American small towns to live.  In fact, Winona ranked Number 2  nationwide. First was   Cedar Falls in Iowa. The ranking was compiled by the consumer lender Pheabs. The company drew on census data and applied these criteria:

>Economic health: The percentage of residents who are unemployed, the percentage of families and people under the poverty line, and median household income.

> Quality of life: Average hours worked, average commute, and how many residents walk to work.

> Affordability: Median value of owner-occupied housing units, median monthly homeowner cost, and median rent price.

Verbatim

Pheabs: “Set along the Mississippi River, Winona is a picturesque city with breathtaking scenery and landscapes. With the lowest median rent in the whole study of $516, and short workweeks of 32.5 hours on average, it’s not surprising that Winona is second on the list. The city boasts a short average commute to work of less than 14 minutes and a low cost of living. Residents or visitors can also check out the historic sites, attend festivals or marvel at Winona’s stunning architecture and lovely green parks.”

Details

Evaluated ny Florida-based Pheabs were all 1,200 U.S. cities of less than 80,000 population.

Judging Winona

Median household income: $42,018

Residents poverty: 9.2%

Average work commute: 13.4 minutes

Residents who walk to work: 9.4%

Mean hours worked: 32.7 a week

Median rent: $567.60 a month

Median Home value: $153,010

Median homeowner costs: $1,174 a month

Leading  small cities’s scores

> Cedar Falls, Iowa: 77.9

> Winona, Minnesota: 76.3

> Marion, Indiana: 75.8

>Wooster, Ohio: 75.7

> Mankato, Minnesota: 75.5

> Stevens Point, Wisconsin: 75.1

> Mar1uette, Michigan: 75.0

> Terre Haute, Indiana: 75.0

> Helena, Montana: 74.9

16June 2022

Auto carrier afire; eight vehicles gone

EYOTA, Minn. – A semi-truck pulling a load of seven automobiles blew a tire and caught fire on Interstate 90. There were no injuries, police said.  All the vehicles, truck included, were destroyed. The accident was about 7:30 p.m. three miles west of the Eyota exits.

Shoulder spectacle. Flames claim truck and two levels of cab-mounted and trailered  automobiles . Image: Samantha Pell

16June 2022

Cops scramble copter, K-9 for manhunt

ST. CHARLES, Minn. – After a 5-1/2 hour manhunt, police captured a man who fled a traffic stop and disappeared into a residential area. The man was taken into custody about 5:30 p.m. on a gravel road just north of town. Although the man was not believed to be armed. police had advised people on Meadow View Drive and Don Drive to shelter in place. A helicopter was brought into the search. The man was described as 6-foot-3, skinny and wearing a black t-shirt and jean shorts. The manhunt began about noon after a traffic stop on State Highway 74 heading to Whitewater State Park. The man had a run a stop sign and almost bit a squad car, police said. A woman in the van was taken into custody. A K-9 officer wasbrought in to sniff.

Traffic stop. Driver fled after stop on the St. Charles North Side.

16June 2022

Child at issue in Spring Valley drug raid

SPRING VALLEY, Minn. – Drug agents faided a Spring Valley house and arrested Evan Kringler, 29. Among charges: Exposing a child to methamphetamine. Sheriff John DeGeorge said a small amount of suspected meth and psychedelic mushrooms was found on the premises. So too a hypodermic needle containing suspected meth, a handgun, and ammunition. The raid was at 605 Division Avenue.

Kringler. Taken on a Southeast Minnesota Violent Crime Enforcement team search warrant

16June 2022

Hospital lights up its presence

WINONA, Minn. – With traffic backed up some days for a couple miles at the Mankato rotary construction site, Winona Health could not have chosen better moment to go live with its new oversize lighted billboard. So large a captive audience. For stalled motorists. the rotating messages were eye candy.

Health messaging. In the hospital’s backyard and in your face. Image: Steve Lunde

16June 2022

Why 144 mph? Biker: Needed to cool off

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Police clocked Noah Doherty, 22, at 144 mph on his motorcyclke north of Rochester on Highway 63. When a cop caught up at stop sign, Doherty slammed the squad car door on the office’s elbow. Yes, it hurt, the officer said. But he unholstered his Taser and subdued Doherty. A passerby helped cuff Dougherty. Why didn’t you stop earlier in the chase? “Didn’t hear the siren. Had earbuds.” Why so fast? “The excessive heat.”  Dougherty, of Pine Island, cooled off in jail.

16June 2022

Special-needs bowlers finish first season

WINONA, Minn. – The first season of adapted bowling, for special needs high-schoolers ended with an awards banquet. Honored were:

> Barb Appel: Top score.

>Bryce Bosteter: Turkey trotter. Save

>Scott Espe: Most strikes.

>Jason Cherrya: Most spares.

> Jenna Heaser: Most spares.

>Katrina Konkel: Most strikes.

> John Przytarski: Top score.

Will there be a next season? Betcha.

Earlier: Adapted bowling now a Winona High sport

Przitarski. All grins.

16June 2022

Notable journalism

J.D. Danielson (WEAU, June 10, 2022):  “Mural Project Growing in Black River Falls”

Rhonda Foxx (WKOW, June 5, 2022): “Wisconsin Man on Suspected Gunman’s List Shares Story”

Olivia Herken (LaCrosse Tribune, June 9, 2022): “City Council Bans Conversion Therapy for Minors in LaCrosse”

16June 2022

Jingle in their jeans: Walz outpaces Jensen

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The re-election campaign war chest of Governor Tim Walz is almost 10 times that of Repubican challenger Scott Jensen. Walz has $4.5 millon cash on hand, according to the latest required reports. Jensen has $460,000. Will the disparity even out? Jensen needed to spend heavily to win the GOP endorsement in a large field of candidates. Walz was unopposed and spent nary a cent.. Since January, Walz has raised $1.8 million and Jensen 4462,000.

15June 2022

Minnesota prep

Baseball: Mahtomedia Zephyrs 10, Winona Winhawks 0

Baseball: Fairmont Cardinals 7, Rochester Lourdes Eagles 2

15June 2022

Wisconsin prep

Baseball: Bangor Cardinals 9, Marshfield Columbus Dons 9

15June 2022

Body found under tarp along Viola road

VIOLA, Minn. – A woman’s body was found along a rural road west of Viola by a man mowing tall grass. The man spotted an arm sticking out under a tarp about 6 p.m. Olmsted County deputies established a perimeter until investigators could arrive. The body was too badly decomposed for immediate identification, investigators said. The body was on County Road 2, which leads out of northeast Rochester 14 miles to Viola. Because the death seemed suspicious, the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension was called in.

15June 2022

Tornadoes swarm down on western Wisconsin

MAUSTON, Wis. – Tornadoes ravaged an 11-county swath of western Wisconsin, some of them wrapped in such heavy rain they couldn’t be seen — even though radar showed debris hundreds of feet in the air. One tornado was on the ground for 25 miles, from three miles south of Tomah through the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge. Several semi trucks were blown over on Interstate 90. The interstate, a major link between Chicago and the West Coast, was closed three hours. Many roads were blocked by splintered trees and downed power lines. In Mauston the roof of the Roman Castle Italian Grill & Bar was torn off. The Mile Bluff Medical Center in Mauston suffered minor damage. Windows in the parking lot were blown out. Stands and guardrails from a baseball field across the street from the hospital were ripped up and scattered.

Earlier: Winds rip up southeast Minnesota farms

Upended, uprooted.  An impassable road near Tomah in tornado wake. I-90 closed three hours. The first tornado stuck about 4 p.m.

Afflicted Wisconsin counties

Under tornado warning: Adams, Columbia, Dane, Grant, Juneau, Green Lake, Marquette, Richland. Sauk and Vernon. This was a second storm cell –not the one in southeast Minnesota in the morning.

15June 2022

Ungrateful cat charges crowd, runs off

WINONA, Minn. – Firefighters hoisted a ladder up a tree to rescue a cat 16 feet up. One of them, clad in protective gear and with a towel over one arm, secured the cat and carried it down. On the ground, however he lost control of the cat, which attempted to attack bystanders, then ran away. This was about 3:10 p.m.. in the 800 block of East Third Street.

15June 2022

Charge: Football players beat up rival coach

ROCHESTER, Minn.  – Three Rochester community college football players have been named in a criminal complaint for the beating of  a rival team’s coach, pummeling him unconscious. A second coach was also assaulted, according to the criminal complaint, It’s all on tape, police said. It happened October 24. The RCTC Yellowjackets were hosting Minnesota West Community College of Worthington. Named in the complaint:

> Shan Fiorenza, age 21, 175 pounds, from Las Vegas, Nevada.

> Akim Richmond, 21, 216 pounds. from Hawkins, Texas.

>Amonte Young, 20, 189 pounds, from Newberry, Florida.

Fiorenza and Richmond were charged with third-degree assault and two counts of fifth-degree assault.

What happened

This, according to the criminal complaint, witnesses and the videotape, is what happened: After the game Fiorenza threw punches at a Worthington coach. Responding, the coach grabbed Fiorenza. The player then punched the coach in the face five times. Then Richmond joined in. The two threw the coach to the ground and continued punching him. The coach blacked out. He was treated at a hospital for a concussion. The second Worthington coach was assaulted but less seriously hurt. Worthington won the game 29-28.

Jeff Linder. Worthington’s head football coach for 27 years.  The names of which coaches were assaulted is shielded in the criminal complaint. Besides Linde, the coaches are Ben Devries, Connor Kunkel, Brad Holinka, Mike Preuss.

Fiorenza. Defensive back.

Young. Wide receiver.

Richmond. Wide receiver. Missed team photo shoot.

15June 2022

Winds rip up southeast Minnesota farms

CALEDONIA. Minn. – A fast-moving storm cell that generated horrendous winds tore up trees, power lines, barns and farm outbuildings northwest of Caledonia. The storm hit about 11:45 a.m. Houston County deputies found the worst damage when they were called to a tree that crashed into power lines. Sparks were arcing. This was on Prairie Ridge Road a couple miles from town between county roads 1 and 10. Similar damage was reported near Harmony 30 miles west in Fillmore County. Radar showed no  tornadic activity.

After storm’s retreat.  Power poles not so vertical anymore. Image: Michael Lundt

15June 2022

A&W: Please appreciate our harried help

ST. CHARLES Minn. – A home print-out sign in the drive-up at this A&W fast-food window gently and pleasantly disarms irritated customers who’ve been backed up in line. Hurrah for civility.

Nipping grumbles in the bud. How about smiling at the window attendant and saying thanks for being there. Image: Steve Lunde

15June 2022

Emergency, fire crews make 55 calls

WINONA, Minn. –The Fire Department reported 41 emergency medical calls plus 14 fire calls in recent days:

> Monday, June 14: 1 medical calls plus 3 fire calls.

> Sunday, June 13: 6 medical calls plus 4 fire calls.

> Saturday, June 12: 8 medical calls plus 1 fire call.

> Friday, June 11: 6 medical calls plus 1 fire calls.

> Thursday, June 10: 7 medical calls plus 3 fire calls.

> Wednesday, June 9: 3 medical calls plus 1 fire call.

> Tuesday, June 8: 10 medical calls plus 1 fire call.

Earlier: Emergency crews make 51 calls

14June 2022

Minnesota prep

Baseball: Winona Winhawks 11, Owatonna Huskies 8

Baseball: Austin Packers 4. Rochester Marshall Rockets 2

14June 2022

Cancer waylays Toby Keith, cancels tour

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif. – Country singer Toby Keith has been under treatment for stomach cancer for six months and is cancelling his summer tour, his publicists, Elaine Schock, said. Cancellations include the Wisconsin State Fair. Schock quoted Keith: “I need time to breathe, recover and relax.” Keith performed last summer at Ashley for the Arts in Arcadia, Wisconsin.

Earlier: Ashley fest books country singer Toby Keith

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