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Winona District of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge Rebuilds After Arson

Region 3, June 7, 2013
Wildlife Biologist Lisa Reid addresses the crowd while Friends President Todd Paddock (left) and Friends member Tom Stoa (right) unveil the new kiosk at the Aghaming Unit during a paddling event in June 2012.
Wildlife Biologist Lisa Reid addresses the crowd while Friends President Todd Paddock (left) and Friends member Tom Stoa (right) unveil the new kiosk at the Aghaming Unit during a paddling event in June 2012. - Photo Credit: n/a
An arsonist destroyed the Aghaming Canoe Trail sign and kiosk in December 2012.
An arsonist destroyed the Aghaming Canoe Trail sign and kiosk in December 2012. - Photo Credit: n/a
Private Lands Biologist Tim Connolly fills the brochure box on the new kiosk rebuilt in June 2013 by Maintenance Worker Mark Spitznogle at the Aghaming Canoe Trail.
Private Lands Biologist Tim Connolly fills the brochure box on the new kiosk rebuilt in June 2013 by Maintenance Worker Mark Spitznogle at the Aghaming Canoe Trail. - Photo Credit: n/a

In June 2012, the Winona District of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge unveiled a new mini-kiosk and canoe trail under a partnership with the City of Winona, Minn. The trailhead and much of the canoe trail are located on City property.

In December 2012, the refuge was notified that the kiosk had been destroyed by an arsonist. The arsonist was caught, convicted and is required to pay restitution for the damages. With the arsonist "out of the picture," the refuge completed the construction of a new kiosk which was placed on-site in June 2013.

Contact Info: Mary Stefanski, 507-494-6229, Mary_Stefanski@fws.gov