WINONA — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is planning to dredge the Mississippi River near Winona at the end of August.

An estimated 70,000 cubic yards of dredged material will need to be removed near Winona to maintain the 9-foot navigation channel for commercial shipping on the river, the Corps estimates. The silt and sand will be placed at a few locations within the greater Winona area to include Latch Island and the Homer Placement Site, just south of Winona off U.S. Highway 61.


The city of Winona requested that approximately 25,000 cubic yards of river sand be placed at Winona’s Technology Park. This sand will be used as general construction fill. The city plans to close the East End Boat Landing, near Technology Park during the material placement, which is tentatively scheduled to begin around the middle of September and last until the end of the month.

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Dredging operations should last about 30 days, according to Paul Machajewski, St. Paul District dredged material manager.

“The importance of the river to producers is critical during years like this one," Machajewski said. "Producers save around $1 per bushel when shipping corn or soybeans on the river. This is huge given the drought conditions across the region.”

Machajewski asked that anyone on the river near the dredging operations to be vigilant to ensure everyone can safely enjoy the river.

Austin Area Foundation offers grants to support community

AUSTIN — Offering grants ranging from $500 to $2,000, the Austin Area Foundation is accepting requests through Sept. 1 for projects that support community needs and opportunities.

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Nonprofits based in Austin can apply at Austin Area Foundation, P.O. Box 6, Austin, MN, 55912, or online at for $25,000 to $30,000 in grants. Last year, the foundation awarded $25,055 for 18 projects in the Austin community, bringing its total giving to more than $220,000 since its inception in 2003.

“Our grants are given to make an impact on the community,” said AAF executive director Steve Barrett. “They affect people who live here through the work of local nonprofits, community groups and committed citizens.”

Grants are awarded through the Austin Legacy Endowment Fund that is restricted to Austin-based organizations that are operated for charitable, educational or scientific purposes. The funds must go to single-year projects and are awarded after a review by the 18-member board of directors.

For more information, contact Barrett at (507) 434-7494 or via email at

Chatfield aims to take the pulse of the community

CHATFIELD — The city of Chatfield plans to conduct a comprehensive quality of life survey of residents over the next few weeks.

“We’re very excited to be conducting this survey,” said Chatfield Mayor Russ Smith. “This survey will help city staff and council identify priorities for the community and improve the quality of life in Chatfield.”

The survey will be available online for all residents to complete by visiting the city's website at

City Clerk Joel Young worked with independent consultant Polco to develop the survey, which will include questions about quality of life, important characteristics of community, services provided by Chatfield and priorities for the future.

Residents with questions about the survey may contact the city at (507) 867-3810 or email Young at

Lights project may cause delays near Red Wing bridge

RED WING — Traffic near the U.S. Highway 63 Eisenhower Bridge of Valor in Red Wing may be delayed during daytime hours as crews work on aesthetic light repairs on the bridge's walking path Monday through Thursday.

Lighting contractor will be working on the light repairs, which require the temporary closure of the walking path across the bridge over the Mississippi River. The work is being done under warranty and should be completed before Labor Day.

The $63.4 million Eisenhower Bridge of Valor opened to traffic on Nov. 22, 2019. Construction continued in 2020 with additional work on the new bridge, demolition of the old bridge and final construction on the adjacent roads.

Kasson car show raises funds to fight cancer

KASSON — The second annual Crusin' for Cancer car show will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 25 at the Kasson American Legion, 212 W. Main St.

The show, which raises money on behalf of the American Cancer Society, will include a motorcycle ride – kickstands up at 10:30 a.m., returning at 5 p.m. – led by Twisted Saints RC with a donation of $20 per bike and $10 for additional riders. The ride begins at the Legion parking lot. There will also be a car show featuring classic and muscle cars from around the region. The car show begins at noon (registration is at 11 a.m.) with voting closing at 4:30 p.m. Prizes, first through third, will be handed out for the best steel beasts. For more information, contact Tanya Young at

Winona County extends local emergency declaration

WINONA — The Winona County Board of Commissioners extended the county's COVID-19 State of Local Emergency another 90 days after the current declaration was set to expire Wednesday.

The declaration does not put in place a mask mandate in the county. In fact, the county plans to have staff bring forth an ordinance that would allow the county board to declare a community health action such as a mask mandate in the face of a public health emergency. The ordinance would need to be reviewed and public comment taken before the county board could vote in favor of a new ordinance.

Commissioner Chris Meyer said she hoped the new ordinance would allow the board to institute a mask mandate across the county.