Winona County (pop. 51,461) is southeast of Wabasha County, along the Mississippi River.
The county seat is Winona (pop. 27,592), for which the actress Winona Ryder was named – although she was born in nearby Olmsted County.
Winona, which was a major wheat-shipping port in the late 1800s, celebrates Steamboat Days every summer.
A rocky pinnacle called Sugar Loaf is a landmark in the Winona area.
The Winona County Courthouse was built in 1889.
The Church of Saint Stanislaus was built in 1895.
Watkins Incorporated has been based in Winona since 1885; Watkins sells a variety of health-related and household products, mainly through direct sales.
The town of Rollingstone (pop. 664) got its name from the Rollingstone River, which was called “the stream where the stone rolls” by the Dakota Indians.
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