I am writing in response to a factually incorrect letter published online Nov, 23, falsely accusing members of Congressman Hagedorn’s staff of not showing up to the Mobile Office Hours session scheduled for Oct. 30 at Winona City Hall.
The fact is a staffer from our Rochester office was at Winona City Hall for the entirety of the scheduled time listed on our website.
We did not reserve a room at City Hall because it is a public building with an abundance of public space for our staff to meet with constituents about casework and other issues impacting their daily lives.
Additionally, whenever a constituent is having trouble locating the staffer assigned to the mobile office hours session, we are always eager and willing to connect them with the staffer through a simple call to our office.
According to our records, the author of the letter, Rill Reuter, previously attended our mobile office hours at another location in August in Goodview as part of a protest group.
So, it begs the question: Did Reuter really have a casework issue to discuss? Or did she simply have an alternative motive to level false accusations in an effort to damage the credibility of Rep. Hagedorn and his team?
We are here to serve the people of the First District. The reason we consistently hold Mobile Office Hours is so that we can gain the views and address the concerns of southern Minnesotans in a friendly, face-to-face environment.
We encourage all First District residents to share their concerns with us – whether it be at mobile office hours, by calling our offices or at one of the stops on Rep. Hagedorn’s 21-county town hall tour across the district.
On behalf of the Winona Public Library, I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all those who attended the 14th Annual Flippin’ for Books event at Winona Senior High.
We had a record year with 1,058 people in attendance, We had fun with familiar faces and were overjoyed to meet many new faces, as well.
The old saying goes, “It takes a village.” We’re proud to live in a community that surrounds our youngest citizens with support of all kinds.
Thanks to donations from Matthew Kopyar and the Friends of the Winona Public Library, we were able to gift a free book to each child who attended.
Winona Area Public Schools continues to provide the perfect space for our full morning of activities. Celanese Corp. sponsored the event with its $500 donation. Ziebell’s Hiawatha Foods Inc., Midtown Foods, Bluff Country Co-op, Rochester Wholesale Fruit, Kwik Trip, Walmart and Hy-Vee graciously donated all items needed for the free pancake breakfast.
WSHS nutrition staff and National Honor Society student volunteers prepared and served a full breakfast to all of our attendees, which is no small task.
Winona State University students volunteered at the craft and activity tables.
Individuals from a wealth of community organizations and businesses in Winona showcased their programs at resource booths, providing information to families on a variety of educational and wellness topics available to them right in their own community.
Local musician Amanda Grace kept kids moving and dancing in the gym. Winona’s Fire Department, area ambulance and police department provided kids a peek into their lives (and vehicles) as community helpers. It was a fun, full morning to remember.
Thank you for another fabulous year. We’ll see you next November.
I am writing to support the Winona City Council’s very tough decision to close the Lefty Hymes Deer Park.
The Will Dilg Chapter of the Izaak Walton League established the park in 1961 when deer parks were both popular and considered a method to bring the public and wildlife closer together.
Times have changed. Today CWD is a threat to both our wildlife populations and potentially humans. Confined deer facilities are typically the source of CWD, which spreads into the native deer herd with devastating consequences.
We are witnessing this today as both the Minnesota and Wisconsin DNRs implement more protective mechanisms to identify and stop the spread of CWD.
The Izaak Walton League is a science-based conservation organization. We believe that difficult decisions like the city’s to close the deer park are a necessary part of these changing times.
We all know that this was not an easy decision, but in our science-driven hearts, we know it was the right decision.
According to Rep. Jim Hagedorn’s website, “Mobile office hours are designed to bring constituent services to the doorstep of the residents."
During October, the site stated that there would be mobile office hours held at Winona City Hall on Wednesday, Oct. 30, from 3 to 4:30 p.m.
However, no staff person from Hagedorn’s office showed up at the Winona City Hall on Oct. 30. Furthermore, when I checked with the Winona City Clerk’s office, there was no record of any room reservation being made by the Hagedorn staff, even though it was still listed on the website.
Our elected representatives have a responsibility to serve their constituents. This includes aiding individuals who have encountered problems as well as listening to the concerns of the people in their districts.
Not showing up does not serve the interests of the people of southern Minnesota.