Area briefs: Poetry Walk kicks off in Winona

Winona's historic Cemetery Walk set for Oct. 9-10; golf fundraiser benefits HOPE Coalition.

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A poem is installed in downtown Winona as part of Winona Poetry Walk in this undated photo. Contributed photo / City of Winona

WINONA — Poets chosen for this year's Winona Poetry Walk will read excerpts or short poems to kick off this year's walk at 5 p.m. Oct. 29 at Peter’s Beirgarten, 54 E. Second St.

The Poetry Walk consists of original poetry stamped into sidewalks throughout downtown. Each of the 10 selected poets will read their excerpts or short poems, and the public will be invited to take the Poetry Walk with a map provided or digitally available at the city of Winona website.

Poems were selected after a request for submissions from the Winona Fine Arts Council. Nine poems written by Jerome Christenson, Michael William Doyle, Dan Eastman, Parker Forsell, Nancy Kay Peterson, Marcia Ratliff, Steve Schild, Sabrina Schlichting, and Lucas Stangl were selected.

The Fine Arts Council included one professional poet, former Wisconsin Poet Laureate Kimberly Blaeser.

The mission of the Poetry Walk is to celebrate local writers, make the creativity of residents more visible, and aesthetically and intellectually enrich the city.


Cemetery Walk finds scoundrels, scandals and skulduggery

WINONA — The Winona County Historical Society’s Voices From the Past Cemetery Walk 2021 will be from noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 9-10 at Woodlawn Cemetery.

The historical tour will feature "Scandals, Scoundrels and Skulduggery II," a self-guided walk through the cemetery to hear community actors portraying people buried there.

Historic characters will include some ladies of Winona’s red light district; Anton “Big Moose” Pellowski; Dorothy Haner, Winona’s first female investigator; and Victor "Wyoming" Gage.

An accessible indoor performance will be held at 6 p.m. Oct. 6 at the Winona County History Center. Register by calling (507) 454-2723, Ext. 0 as space is limited and masks are required. Admission at the gate: $10 adults, $5 Students, $3 Youth 12 and under (free for children under 3). Updates will be posted at .

Taste of Mower County canceled for 2021

AUSTIN — With continued concerns about the latest wave of COVID-19 in the region, the Taste of Mower County has been canceled for 2021.

The committee made the decision Sept. 17, and all sponsors and chefs have been notified. There will not be a live or virtual event this year. The committee did set a date for next year -- Oct. 16, 2022.

Golf fundraiser benefits HOPE Coalition Wabasha office

LAKE CITY — A fundraiser golf tournament is scheduled for 9 a.m. Oct. 15 at Jewel Golf Club in Lake City.

The four-player scramble will begin with a shotgun start. The entry fee of $90 per player and includes golf, golf cart, range balls, on-course contests with prizes and donation to HOPE Coalition.


The public is invited and proceeds benefit HOPE Coalition’s domestic violence office in Wabasha.

The golf tournament also will thank all first responders for their dedication to public safety. Domestic violence calls are extremely dangerous for first responders.

"We have experienced firsthand the extended reach of domestic violence with the loss of Officer Shawn Schneider in 2011," said Sgt. Bill Weist of the Lake City Police Department. "His loss was devastating to his family."

Officer Schneider was 32 years old and left behind a wife and three children.

In 2020, 30 people in Minnesota lost their lives from domestic violence, according to Violence Free Minnesota. HOPE Coalition in Red Wing operates a domestic violence shelter and outreach office in Wabasha. All proceeds will go to the Wabasha office.

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