October 1, 2012
The Boats and Bluegrass music festival took place in Winona Sept. 27-29.
The three-day music festival was sprinkled with musicians, artists and music lovers from near and far.
May 27, 2011
Three years ago, Renaissance Breads & Pastries was kept alive by two young sisters who decided to make a life-changing decision by running a bakery--almost 365 days of the year
While most people wake to the sound of a buzzing alarm, blaring radio or cry of a child, Sally Reimer is eased out of slumber around 3 or 4 a.m., by the bright, sweet smell of the first batch of freshly baked bread in the kitchen below her apartment.
May 25, 2011
“It has been 40-plus years I’ve been doing this and I get excited about it every day,” said Jim Hauser, co-owner of Willet Hauser Architectural Glass. “Everyone who works here is an artist.”
May 16, 2011
Lessons and wisdom gathered through 91 years of living
Eleanor Roach is used to waking up every day at 5 a.m.
Supporting herself with her cane Roach, 91, walked from her bedroom through her small kitchen to her living room in her Winona Watkins Manor apartment, looking expectantly for the daily newspaper that is slid underneath her door each morning.
May 10, 2011
Two local men are not the typical gray-haired, robe-donning ministers, but a new generation of faith leaders: instead of sermons, Brandon Zieske and Justin Halbersma transform Bible teachings into action
It’s 6:25 a.m. on a Friday morning and the sun will not shine through the windows of Mugby Junction coffeehouse on Huff Street for another hour. Brandon Zieske arrived about 20 minutes earlier, pushing together tables and arranging chairs for more than a dozen expected participants in the side room of the empty shop—the only sign of life at this time of the day is marked by a sporadic customer stopping briefly to grab a quick...
May 10, 2011
The women inside the kitchen of the Cochrane-Fountain City K-12 school feed hundreds of hungry children each day
Pots and pans clanged; refrigerator doors repeatedly opened and shut, as one particular high-pitched giggle rolled up and out from the Cochrane-Fountain City K-12 stainless steel kitchen.
That laugh belonged to Cindy Cieminski. Tying on a cartoon-covered apron, Cieminski hurried around the kitchen, helping prepare the meals for breakfast March 25, joking with co-workers about the laundry list of tasks ahead of them that morning, a smile...
May 9, 2011
On a farm just outside Winona, Minn., the season of calving begins, and--for one particular calf--an unusual story unfolds at the minute of birth
After three hours of labor, only a hoof could be seen peaking out the back of a 1300-pound dairy cow. By 12:30 a.m., 27-year-old farmer, Adam Krammerer, stepped in to deliver the calf.
He urged cow tab number 113 into the chute and slipped on long, plastic gloves. Reaching inside the uterus, he found the other front leg and straightened it. Krammerer pulled a chain out of his jean pocket and hooked it to the calf’s front hooves....
May 5, 2011
Dealing with death as daily routine, funeral director and mortician Doug Penning reveals the reality of life and the processes following death at an annual Fawcett Junker Funeral Home tour to local students
The sign read “Private: Keep Out.” Doug Penning pried the sliding doors apart as the pungent smell of disinfectant poured from the room, tingling the students’ nostrils. A few stood at the front, next to a towel covered in scalpels, tweezers and surgical scissors. Others kept their distance from the steel embalming table draped in a neon orange sheet.
Usually, it would be just Penning and a corpse in the room, with an...
May 5, 2011
Several birds treated the steel of the bridge as an obstacle course with the cloudless blue sky as a backdrop; they weaved in and out of the steel girders in an almost reckless fashion
May 3, 2011
Cotter teachers Mrs. Biebel and Ms. Lehmkuhl took 11 students in Spanish class on a journey across the ocean and through Spain