Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

In Winona, Part IV: Uniquely Winonan January 11, 2016

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Pulling a barge down the Mississippi River in Winona in September 2015.

Pulling a barge down the Mississippi River in Winona in September 2015.

WINONA IS A RIVER TOWN. A college town. A place of history, historic buildings, memorable businesses. And more, much more.

A few cars, some vintage, managed to sneak into the drive-in among all the tractors.

My award-winning photo taken at the Lakeview Drive Inn. Minnesota Prairie Roots file photo 2014.

I’ve savored homemade root beer at the iconic Lakeview Drive Inn in Winona.

Bloedow's Bakery is located at 451 E. Broadway St. in Winona.

Bloedow’s Bakery is located at 451 E. Broadway St. in Winona. Minnesota Prairie Roots file photo September 2014.

I’ve tasted a bacon-topped, maple-iced long john from Bloedow’s Bakery.

Worn, vintage business signage always catches my eye.

Worn, vintage business signage always catches my eye.

And I wish I’d had time to duck into Sloppy Joe’s Liquor to grab a beer and maybe a sloppy joe, if the sandwich is served there, and to hear the story behind the bar’s name.

I shot this scene of The Penguin Zesto in September 2015.

I shot this scene of The Penguin Zesto in September 2015.

The same goes for The Penguin Zesto. What’s with that name? The drive-in was closed when I visited Winona. No ice cream for me on that September day. Only questions. I always have questions.

Winona has some lovely old homes, this one photographed in September 2015.

Winona has some lovely old homes, this one photographed in September 2015.

FYI: Check back tomorrow for another post in my series from Winona.

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27 Responses to “In Winona, Part IV: Uniquely Winonan”

  1. Beth Ann Says:

    Penguin Zesto has me wondering as well.

  2. Dan Traun Says:

    Bloedow’s Bakery is a great little shop; there are many others in Winona. I’ve spent a lot of time in this river town. I still have friends that stayed on to live there after collage. I can’t wait to see what else you’ve uncovered.

  3. That Home – WOW! – Great Captures 🙂 I am like you in wondering how places come up with their names and signage. Happy Week – Happy Exploring – Enjoy!

  4. Sweet Posy Dreams Says:

    I love the names of the old-style ice cream/custard places. Penguin Zesto — love it. One of our favorites was in Michigan: the White Pigeon Freeze. Why would anyone freeze pigeons? (The town name is White Pigeon actually.)

  5. treadlemusic Says:

    I haven’t stopped at either Zesto but DH says the malts are excellent!!! Of course Bloedows is known as the bakery that cause the local (Winona/LaCosse) demise of Krispy Kreme!!!!! CanNOT beat a Bloedow’s product!!!!!! Now……I’m needing one and TX is a long way from Winona!!!!!

  6. Almost Iowa Says:

    Penguin Zesto

    Who drive past that?

  7. Jackie Says:

    Bloedow’s is so yummy, any small town bakery pulls me right in!!!. Many of these sites bring back memories of times we went to visit my daughter while she was attending WSU. Such a beautiful town!

  8. All of these photos are lovely but that house. WOW!!!

  9. hotlyspiced Says:

    I love that beautiful old home on the street corner. What beautiful architecture. And the photo of the Ford car is fabulous, Audrey xx

  10. Quaint is the first word that comes to mind.. Brings back the feeling of the “Good Old Days” for sure.


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