News & Public Notices

Fares for Winona Transit will be increasing effective January 1, 2020

Notice:  The fares for Winona Transit will be increasing effective January 1, 2020.

Bus Fares Current New Rates
Cash Fare
Doorstep Deviation
Dial a Ride – Cash Fare $1.30 $2.50
Dial a Ride – Punch Card – 11 rides $13.00 $25.00
   Sr. Citizen, College, Student
   Dial a Ride
Monthly Bus Pass
    Sr. Citizen, College, Student

Winona Poetry Walk

The Winona Fine Arts Commission, with the support of the City Staff and Council is launching a public art project The Winona Poetry Walk, consisting of original poetry stamped into sidewalks beginning this Spring, starting in downtown Winona.  The Poetry Walk will officially open sometime late summer of 2020. Besides the original placement downtown, in the future, Winona residents would be asked if they would like a poem stamped in their sidewalk when it is slated for replacement. The homeowner will be responsible to coordinate with the designated city contractor (or the contractor of their choice) to put the poetry stamp into their sidewalk. There would be no cost to the homeowner to have a poem stamped into their sidewalk. The stamps will be stored at city owned location, and each year residents will be able to choose from the selection of stamps for their sidewalk replacement project.

Poetry Walk Submission

Call for Submissions

To make this happen, the FAC is calling for submissions of original short poems (or parts of poems), ten of whom will be selected for this the inaugural year to be placed as new sidewalks replace those in need of repair. The Winona Poetry Walk will be an ongoing program, with a map made, and brochures available so that residents and visitors can share these creative works with each other. 

The submission dates are now through Jan. 31st, with decisions to be made in February, and the winning poems will then be made into stamps and announced to the public in April, during a Poetry Month celebration. The concrete sidewalk stamping will begin in Spring and will be completed for a celebration and ribbon cutting sometime in late Summer or early Fall.       

Each person may submit up to two poems in any language.  If not English, the language must be stated with translation.  If a non-English poem is selected, the English translation may not be published with the original poem.  The translation will be verified by at least one other person who speaks the language to assure accuracy.

–              The text subject must be appropriate for the general public.  Poems that are explicitly religious, political, graphically violent or overtly sexual will not be considered.

–              Poems may be composed in either a vertical format (up to 11 lines; no line having more than 26 characters including spaces and punctuation), or horizontal format (up to 8 lines; no line having more than 36 characters including spaces and punctuation).  If a title is included, it will count as two lines (title line plus a line space between the title and the poem).  These size restrictions are strictly enforced.

–              Poets retain full copyright of their poems. Entering the contest poets agree that the ACC and the City of Winona may freely use and/or print the poems as many times as they wish, and also use the poems in whole or in part of promotional, documentary, and/or celebratory purposes.

–              Poems can be previously published or unpublished, as long as they are original work of the entrant.

–              A panel of judges, including poets and writers, will carry out a blind judging process.  In that panel members will be given no identifying information regarding the poets.

–              Poems can be previously published or unpublished, as long as they are original work of the entrant.

The selections will be judged by a panel of volunteers with expertise in the Arts and Poetry including: Lezlea Dahlke, Director of the Winona Public Library; Alison Quam, writer; research librarian at WSU and board member of WAPS; Mai’a Williams, poet; Ken McCullough, poet and most recent Winona Poet Laureate; Marcia Ratliff, poet and City of Winona Children Services Librarian; and Roger Boulay and Rebecca Sims, Fine Arts Commissioners.

All those wishing to submit must be City of Winona residents or current full time students and all submissions may be made online.

Poetry Walk Submission

Thanks so much,

Lee Gundersheimer
Arts and Culture Coordinator, City of Winona
Park Recreation Department
207 Lafayette Street
Suite 305
Winona, MN 55987-0378

[email protected]

Housing Rehabilitation Brochures

Ability Home Rehabilitation Program Brochure

2018 SCDP Owner Occupied Rehab Brochure

2019 Small Cell Wireless Facilities Aesthetics Policy


The Garage Co-Work Grand Opening

The Garage Co-Work Grand Opening

Madison Public Meeting Presentations

Please see below for presentations given at the Madison property reuse meeting on 11/27/18:

Madison Reuse Presentation

Engage Winona Madison Reuse Presentation

2018 General Election Abstract

2018 General Election Abstract

Winona’s Energy Action Plan

Winona’s Energy Action Plan

In November 2017, the Winona City Council adopted Winona’s Energy Action Plan. In adopting this plan, the City of Winona hopes to spur interest and motivation among community and business leaders in reducing energy use and saving on energy costs with the help of rebates. There has been significant effort over the last two years to build momentum around energy and sustainability in Winona. The goals and strategies outlined in this plan will accelerate that momentum and generate some important and tangible results.

Winona’s Energy Action Plan includes the bold goal of carbon neutrality by 2050. In addition to this goal, Winona also outlined a set of goals and strategies in four focus areas: Residential Energy, Institutions, Large Commercial/Industrial Energy Users, and Small- and Medium-size Businesses.

Read the whole plan here:

Get involved today to help Winona reach the goals laid out in its Energy Action Plan.

Winona Residents

Sign up for a Home Energy Squad visit today and start saving on energy costs right away.

Learn more about energy savings tips for renters and for homeowners.

Planning a home renovation? Maximize your investment with energy-savings opportunities and rebates

City of Winona’s Energy Action Plan

Consider choosing an Xcel Energy registered contractor that is familiar with utility rebates available when making energy efficiency upgrades to your home.  To find the list visit

Winona Businesses

Find out about ways to save by calling Xcel Energy’s Business Solutions Center at 855.839.8862 Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Learn more about energy efficiency and financing options for businesses. Business toolkit flyer

Want to tap into savings by upgrading to LED lights in your building? Find out more by visiting

Small- and medium-size businesses interested in upgrading their lights to LEDs, or improving efficiency in their HVAC and/or refrigeration systems can call the One-Stop Efficiency Shop for a free assessment and consultation.

If you are interested in learning more about the plan or in volunteering to help Winona reach its goals, contact John Howard at [email protected] or at (507) 457-8273.

2018 Bituminous Mill & Overlay Project

2018 Bituminous Mill & Overlay Project Schedule