LAKE CITY — Pump up those tires and grab a water bottle. Registration is now open for the 2021 Tour de Pepin, which will be June 5 starting in Lake City.

The annual cycling ride, which starts at Roschen Park on the south end of the city, comes in five options, ranging from 32 miles for cyclists needing a shorter ride, to 100 miles for those can pedal all day long.

Riders who navigate the 32-, 40- and 50-mile routes also may enjoy scenic views from The Pearl of the Lake, a genuine replica 1800s paddleboat that will ferry riders across the lake. The total route includes 11 rest stops with energizing snacks and refreshments, and swag bags and special offers are available for riders. To receive a complementary Tour de Pepin T-shirt, riders must register by May 25.

To register or for more information on routes, visit

Shots available ages 16 and up in Winona County

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WINONA — Winona Health will have COVID-19 vaccination clinics on Thursday and Saturday for anyone age 16 and older.

Both clinics will be at the Parkview Office Building, 825 Mankato Ave., Winona, adjacent to the hospital. Thursday's clinic will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday's clinic will be open from 8 a.m. to noon. The Pfizer vaccine will be administered at both.

Anyone interested in a scheduled vaccination time is asked to complete the Vaccination Request form on the Winona Health website at Those unable to complete the form online may call (507) 454-3650 to leave a name and number for a return call with a scheduled time. Those getting a vaccine are asked to wear clothing that allows for quickly exposing the upper arm without requiring privacy.

Houston resident earns award from Corps of Engineers

ST. PAUL — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, selected Bryan Peterson, a Houston resident and navigation business line manager for the district, as one of its three Civil Servants of the Year for 2020.

Bryan Peterson
Bryan Peterson

The St. Paul District presents this award annually to members of its nearly 700-person staff. Peterson, with nearly 39 years of service with the federal government, was nominated for the award for his management of a team of 250 employees that ensured continuous commercial navigation during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The St. Paul District supports a multibillion-dollar industry that depends on continuous operation of 12 Mississippi River locks and dams, and maintenance of 240 miles of river channel through surveying and dredging. Peterson and his team ensured continuity of operations throughout the 2020 navigation season, with detailed safety measures to protect crews during the pandemic.

"Bryan's incredible commitment and dedication to the people and the mission has made all the difference in overcoming significant challenges this past year," said Tamara Cameron, St. Paul District operations division chief.

"It’s the efforts of the entire navigation team and their accomplishments that even made it possible for me to be considered for this award," Peterson said.

Fundraiser June 11 for Winona-Fillmore Habitat for Humanity

WINONA — Folks looking to help Winona-Fillmore Counties Habitat for Humanity can do so while having a little fun.

The Homes, Communities and Hops fundraiser will begin at 6 p.m. June 11 at Island City Brewing Company. Only 100 tickets are available for the event which features live music, food by Southern Smoke and Chrome Catering and beverages. Tickets range from $100, or a VIP table for six costs $750. Platinum sponsors Fastenal, Merchants Bank, Miller Ingenuity, Oz Lifting Products, and WNB Financial help make the evening possible.

To purchase tickets, visit