I wish that I could do it, and I would do it at the drop of the hat if I could.
There appears to be enough wealth in Winona -- and to do it without taxpayer subsidy -- to do both; buy up the block bounded by 4th, 5th, Washington and Johnson streets to build a parking ramp, and to acquire and renovate the former Winona High School Auditorium.
That said, I am not a historic preservation aficionado, especially when influenced by the "too heavy-hand of government."
But the auditorium is of historical significance to Winona -- so many Winonans have participated in performances there, with its great acoustics and seating, and it could be beautifully renovated into a wonderful auditorium that would contribute to the ongoing revitalization of the center of my Winona hometown.
Don Evanson, Minnesota City
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