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Old 09-18-2018, 06:59 PM
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My daughter is looking at a potential job after graduation in the town of Winona, MN. She is in her early 20s and has been doing a bit of reading about the area. She says it looks like a lovely part of the country! She would like to know how difficult the drive is from La Crosse, Wisconsin. From what she can tell there seems to be more options in terms of nice one bedroom apartments in La Crosse. Also, maybe there is more to do for her age group since it is a little bigger town? We are from Va and while she has attended school in the mountains of Va, she hasn't much experience with the winters in Minnesota. As a mom, I worry a bit about the prospect of her driving in winter weather at 6:15 am. Any information you can share is greatly appreciated!
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Old 09-20-2018, 11:29 AM
Location: Isanti County, Minnesota
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LaCrosse to Winona is a straight 30 minute shot (in good weather) on 14/61. That and I-90 are the major highways down there, so they get plowed first when snow hits. That whole area is gorgeous and is part of the driftless zone featuring big, beautiful river bluffs along the Mississippi and stretching inland several miles. From LaCrosse the Winona commute goes right along the river, so not too many hills/grades to negotiate, but if you have to go up the adjacent bluffs for any reason that's another story altogether, as some of those grades are severe.

Winona does have a university, but LaCrosse is definitely the bigger, busier town. Just tell your daughter that successful winter driving up here is 99% common sense and she'll be just fine. Don't go too fast (especially when turning), don't tailgate, and give yourself plenty of time/room to stop. The area averages around 40-45 inches of snow a year, which isn't too bad, but it's the ice on the roads that you have to watch out for.

Anyway, it's one of my favorite areas in the whole country and very underrated. As long as your daughter isn't expecting all the amenities that are found only in major metros I think she'll love it.
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Old 09-22-2018, 08:38 PM
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Thank you for your reply. Another thought going through our heads..if she were to relocate to Winona, and we would could plan to have our family vacation tied to her move, where is a great place to go? I have been reading about Lake Pepin, but was wondering if anyone knows of any others in that part of Minnesota/Wisconsin. A resort type place with cabins or even a suggestion for a waterfront property that is close- maybe within an hour of Winona that we could maybe canoe, fish, hike, swim, etc.? Many thanks for your advice!
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Old 09-30-2018, 04:30 PM
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Didn't really know about Winona til a few days ago. Hmm... research. The Hood River of the Midwest (with universities and reasonably close to bigger towns)? Interesting; but I won't shout too much... yet.

What cross streets would be considered the center or "best" part of downtown?

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