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On Winona
by my_question (my_question)
at November 8th, 2005 (11:56 pm)

interesting facts: Al Capone contracted syphilis in winona.
winona at one point was one of the biggest logging towns in the midwest, most of the very old houses in winona are former estates for some of the more predominant names (think retirement homes, kensington, lexington" that sort of thing. winona ryder was named after winona. bob dylan's highway sixty one revisited has some connection to winona(not exactly sure what, i realize the highway)
this town was, and in some ways still is very segregated. central street used to be a dividing line between eat and west end, west end wasnt allowed to date the east end due to the polish "criminal influence" and even 20 years ago outsiders werent too welcome in the eastern most part of winona.
second street used to be a red light district and the adult book store isnt the first bit of risque entertainment to appear in winona, we even used to have a strip club. the winona senior high used to be in the old middle school building, and ..so was the middle school. sugarloaf was actually called "wabashaua's cap" < not sure about the name exactly) until it was chiseled down into what it is today. miner's y'know. Princess Winona committed suicide because the love of her life was sent out to battle and she would have been forced to marry someone she didnt love. settler's were so taken by the story they named the area after her, while most of the native population found the story more amusing than anything "stupid girl" type of stuff. goodview at one point was actually a pretty nice view.
oh
winona has turned down IBM and Best Buy for corporate headquarters locations.

if you're looking for hippies, winona has them, wiscoy(sp) valley is full of them, its an organic horse farm communal thingie.

Winona is a cheap town, we dont like restaurants and we dont like anything really interesting because the natives are all too busy working 50+ hours at the factories, while the college kids...are poor.
http://www.winonadailynews.com/articles/2005/10/27/opinion/yourviews1027.txt
sorry, i dint format it.

but that's what one angry citizen thought of the college kids

Comments

Posted by: Errant Behavior (kelly_bean)
Posted at: November 9th, 2005 06:10 am (UTC)

that guy is an asshole.

Posted by: Errant Behavior (kelly_bean)
Posted at: November 9th, 2005 06:31 am (UTC)

I did also find this:
Responses to 'Norville Rogers' Letter

Posted by: my_question (my_question)
Posted at: November 9th, 2005 11:43 am (UTC)

it was later found to be a fake name, and just to stir up trouble

Posted by: the champagne supernova (ahimsa04)
Posted at: November 9th, 2005 08:10 am (UTC)

Wow... what a dick.

And didn't even have the balls to write his real name. That's really cool.


I know that there's a rivalry between WSU and SMU, but as a SMUer calling down the hill to the Winos... we all know this guy is full of shit.

Posted by: maria (syntheticdeath)
Posted at: November 9th, 2005 11:34 pm (UTC)

Hahah that cracked me up..the part about Al Capone. Thanks for writing an entertaining post.

Posted by: my_question (my_question)
Posted at: November 9th, 2005 11:40 pm (UTC)

no prab...i have other shit to tell too, but some of it isnt ..100% accurate

Posted by: rock7 (rock7)
Posted at: November 10th, 2005 03:01 am (UTC)
Hadn't heard that one....
Cable

I had not heard about Al Capone. I never knew he came this far north. Interesting.

The history of the downtown "red light" district is very interesting. As a side bar to your story, I can tell you that the old part of the Acoustic Cafe, the Pieces of the Past building, and Brothers Bar all were houses of "ill repute." As a matter of fact, some of the call boxes in the walls are still present in some of the buildings that have not been too extensively remodeled.

Posted by: ChupacabrA (rackhaam)
Posted at: November 10th, 2005 03:14 am (UTC)
Re: Hadn't heard that one....

Al Capone's "hide out" is still open for tours in northern Wisconsin, somewhere near Ladysmith. I've never been there, only saw the sign, but apparently it's where he went to get away from it all.

Posted by: my_question (my_question)
Posted at: November 10th, 2005 03:59 am (UTC)
Re: Hadn't heard that one....

actually i knew that =P

Posted by: finicks (finicks)
Posted at: November 11th, 2005 10:44 pm (UTC)
Re: Hadn't heard that one....

I hadn't either but the funny thing is, the next day my friend told me the same thing... his great uncle was killed in the valentine's day massacre...

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