About Winona- Get to know Your Community!

For Residents


Winona is a wonderful place to live and work. The city is situated on the edge of the Mississippi River with numerous recreational opportunities, a wide range of educational choices, and a healthy economic base. Winona has a history of innovation that persists to the present and has more recently been home to a burgeoning arts scene. Click here for a web article about Winona’s businesses and innovation and here for an article on Winona’s arts and culture. Below are links and websites with useful information for those already living in or thinking about living in Winona.

New resident brochure (PDF)

Jobs – Minnesota Workforce Center

Winona is home to one of 50 Minnesota State Workforce Centers which help job seekers find employment, help businesses find workers, and help anyone at any stage explore and plan careers.  The Workforce Center’s website is a good place to start a Winona job search:

Winona Workforce Center

A Place to Live – Southeast Minnesota Association of Realtors

The Southeast Minnesota Association of Realtor’s website can help you find a home and a realtor in the Winona Area.

Recreational Opportunities – Winona Park & Recreation Department

Winona’s Park and Recreation Department operates the East Recreation Center, Bob Welch Aquatic Center, Lake Lodge Recreation Center, Ice Rinks and coordinates youth and adult programming.  Several rentable facilities for your special event or celebrations.  The Park and Recreation webpage includes information on parks, trails, special events, and a number of other recreational opportunities.

K-12 Schools

Winona has a variety of options available for K-12 students.  The options include public schools, private schools, charter schools, and focused academic programs such as Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).  Visit the links below for more information:

Public Schools:

District 861

Charter Schools:

Private Schools:

For Visitors


Visit Winona

Visit Winona is the source for places to stay, things to do, food and dining and shopping in Winona. At Visit Winona’s website you’ll find a wealth of information including travel specials, an event calendar, and a travel blog about Winona:

Visit Winona

Kayak, Bicycle, Ice Skate, and Snowshoe Rental at Lake Winona

The City of Winona Park and Recreation Department offers kayak, bicycle, ice skate, stand up paddle boards and snowshow rental from Lake Lodge. Lake Lodge is run by the Winona Park and Recreation Department:

Lake Lodge


Winona is a hub for road biking and mountain biking in southeast Minnesota. The bluffs that surround the Winona provide challenging hills for road bicyclists and the Holzinger trails within the city provide over 10 miles of single-track riding for mountain bikers. In addition, because a majority of the City rests on a relatively flat sandbar, Winona is a friendly city for bicyclists of all skill levels. Click on the following link for more information:


Arts and Culture

The Arts and Culture scene in Winona Minnesota is considered a “hidden gem of the mid-west.” With two professional theater companies, the Great River Shakespeare Festival and Theatre de Mississippi, numerous music festivals such as the Mid West Music Fest and the Minnesota Beethoven Festival, and local museums – the Minnesota Marine Art Museum and Winona Historical Society, Winona is a thriving arts community. For more information check out:

Visit Winona


For Businesses


Economic Development – Winona Port Authority

The Port Authority serves as the economic development arm of the City of Winona and in addition, fosters the waterborne transportation by operation of a dock and fleeting in the commercial harbor. At the Port Authority’s website you’ll find information about Winona’s workforce as well as business assistance information (i.e. financing, loan programs, and site selection):

Winona Port Authority

Winona Area Chamber of Commerce

The mission of the Winona Chamber of Commerce is to provide value to chamber members through business advocacy, training, economic development and the support of tourism. At the Chamber’s website you’ll find information about local businesses, relocating to Winona, and Chamber related programs and events among other general business information:

Winona Chamber

Business Development/Assistance – Winona Workforce Center

Among its many services, the Winona Workforce Center provides assistance for those looking to start a business in Winona. At the Workforce Center’s website you’ll find direct links to business and workforce development specialists, information on finding workers, and a wealth of data on economic information:

Winona Workforce Center

Online Business Development/Assistance – Digital Perch Website

This website is maintained through a partnership between the Winona Workforce Center and Southeast Technical College. The website offers resources for entrepreneurs interested in starting a small business – specifically focused on the Winona area:

Digital Perch

For Students


After high school, educational opportunity abounds in Winona. The city is home to three institutions of higher learning. In fact, students consistently represent approximately one-third of Winona’s official population (27,592). In addition to robust academic programs, each school has strong relationships with Winona businesses and organizations. These relationships often translate into increased opportunity for local internships and employment. See below for more information on Winona’s post-secondary institutions:

Winona State University

Founded in 1858, Winona State University is a comprehensive public university with close to 8,900 students.   As the oldest member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System, Winona State offers 80 undergraduate, pre-professional, licensure, graduate, and doctorate programs on its three campuses: the original Main Campus in Winona, the West Campus in Winona, and Winona State University-Rochester.

Visit WSU’s website

Saint Mary’s University

Saint Mary’s offers undergraduate, graduate and professional programs at locations in Minnesota, Wisconsin and select programs in Jamaica and Kenya. At the Winona campus, the undergraduate College combines traditional liberal arts and sciences with career preparation in a student-centered environment. The Winona campus comprises 400 acres and 47 buildings, with excellent facilities for living, learning and recreation. The bachelor of arts program offers 60 majors.

Visit SMU’s website

Southeast Technical College

Southeast Technical College offers more than 90 diverse programs in six major career fields: business and office, health and human services, sales and management, musical instrument repair, technical, and trade and industrial.  Southeast Technical College enrolls more than 3,000 students at two campuses in Red Wing, MN and Winona, MN.

Visit SE Tech Website