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Escape cabin fever and enjoy Minnesota Wine Country


Mon, Jan 18th, 2016
Posted in All Features

Vineyards and wineries are popping up throughout the state -- bringing traffic to new regions and becoming a vital part of tourism. In 2010 there were 35 wineries in Minnesota, and now there are over 70, with more on track to open this year. Many are open year-around, and the Minnesota Winery Passport program provides an affordable winter activity to get out and visit them.

The Winery Passport provides 10 wine tastings, valid at 38 wineries in Minnesota and Wisconsin, for only $25 and can be purchased at www.minnesotawinepassport.com.

Some might not think of winery-hopping as a winter activity, but most wineries are on live, operating farms. Twenty-five of the 38 locations are open throughout the winter.

“Many have gorgeous views of snow-covered vineyards, which are beautiful in the winter time” said Minnesota Grape Growers Association spokesperson Aaron Berdofe. “Plus, there is nothing that Minnesotans should love more than drinking fine wine by a warm fire!” he said.

Through the winter months, traditional tourism slows, which makes it the perfect time to seek out a more intimate wine tasting and learning experience.

“The wineries selected for our Passport program showcase our local wineries, as they are making the best wines in the state” said Berdofe.

Some nearby Passport locations include Four Daughters Vineyard (Spring Valley Township), Winneshiek Wildberry Winery (Decorah, Iowa) and Garvin Heights Vineyards (Winona).

A “tasting” typically includes three to five samples of wine and usually costs $5-12 per winery. But with a Winery Passport to stamp, 10 tastings are free, making it an affordable winter activity. Best of all, the Passport never “expires”, and can be used until all tastings have been redeemed.



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Grandpa

Mon, Jan 18th, 2016
Posted in All Features

By Alex Mengis On Monday, January 4, 2016, my grandpa lost his 25 year battle against cancer. I think that alone says what kind of a man he was. I know I sure couldn’t imagine battling with cancer for 25 years. That’s longer than I have even b ..... 
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Chosen Valley Community Foundation hosts Chill Fest January 23

Mon, Jan 18th, 2016
Posted in Chatfield Features

The 13th annual Chatfield Chill Fest celebration will once again be held on Saturday, January 23, in Chatfield. This year’s Chill Fest is being hosted by the Chosen Valley Community Foundation. The celebration will have the Polar Plunge in Mill Cr ..... 
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No-show Reinke stiffs Fillmore County Fair along with five others

Mon, Jan 18th, 2016
Posted in All Features

Edward A. Reinke of Anoka, Minn. has been taking some communities for a ride of carnival proportions. Owner and operator of Minnesota’s Magic Midway, Inc. or E.A.R. Carnival Company might as well change the name of his business to the “No-Show ..... 
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2016 Tax season opens January 19 for nation’s taxpayers

Mon, Jan 11th, 2016
Posted in All Features

Following a review of the tax extenders legislation signed into law last week, the Internal Revenue Service announced today that the nation’s tax season will begin as scheduled on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016. The IRS will begin accepting individual e ..... 
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New Year resolutions

Mon, Jan 11th, 2016
Posted in All Features

It is a New Year and for many of us, this is the time to partake in the tradition of the New Year’s resolution. Invigorated by the thought of a fresh start we resolve to: quit smoking, start an exercise routine, clean the clutter from our home, pr ..... 
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Minnesota Neighbor Weekend - Free admission to Owl Center January 16 & 17

Mon, Jan 11th, 2016
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Residents of Winona, Fillmore, and Houston Counties, including college students, are specially invited to visit the International Owl Center for FREE on January 16 and 17. The Owl Center is located in Houston, Minn., just 30 minutes south of Winona. ..... 
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Drugs stolen from Sterling drug Harmony location during burglary

Mon, Jan 11th, 2016
Posted in Harmony Features

The Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office is investigating two burglaries that happened in the city of Harmony. On the morning of December 30, 2015 at approximately 5:13 a.m., the Sterling Drug Store and Boutique on Main were burglarized. The suspect t ..... 
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Winter safety alert: Keep furnace vents, meters clear of snow

Mon, Jan 11th, 2016
Posted in All Features

Minnesota Energy Resources reminds customers to avoid the dangers of snow and ice buildup on exhaust vents and natural gas meters. These areas often are overlooked when buried under several inches of snow. Snow and ice accumulation on furnace ven ..... 
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