Patrick Marek

Winona Post Owner/Publisher
507-452-1262 ext. 110

Patrick has lead the Winona Post sales team since 1994. During that period the Post has set the standard for advertising and exceptional service for businesses in the Winona area. He has a journalism degree from Saint Mary's University in Winona, and has won several statewide awards for his columns. He is currently the Post's Minnesota Vikings columnist, and recently was issued credentials from the Vikings, giving the Post access to all team activities. Patrick and the Post's sales team are very active in the Winona business and volunteer community. Marek is past president of the Winona Rotary Club, and currently is a director on the Winona County Historical Society and YMCA boards and a member of the GRSF Development Committee. Marek enjoys performing in theater productions and has been featured in numerous local theater performances. Patrick and his wife Maureen have five children. Patrick purchased the Post from Frances Edstrom in 2014.


Chris Rogers

Winona Post Editor
507-452-1262 ext. 101

An award-winning journalist, Chris joined the Post in 2012 as a reporter, advanced to News Editor in 2015, and took over as Editor in late 2020. After growing up in the small town of Chillicothe, Mo., Chris graduated from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. Getting to meet people from all walks of life and share their stories in the Post has been the honor of his career. When he’s not writing, he loves getting outside — hiking, biking, trout fishing, cross-country skiing, and ice skating — playing cards, and cooking.



Frances Edstrom

Former Owner/Current Columnist
507-452-1262 ext. 102

Fran and her late husband, John, first began publishing the precursor to the Winona Post in 1971. Their goal was to bring all the news and advertising to the Winona area that readers will need to be full participants in all aspects of the community. Fran is a graduate of the College of Saint Teresa. She is originally from Framingham, Mass. She has two daughters, one who lives with her family in St. Paul, and one in Winona. She has three grandchildren. She likes to read, boat, play bridge, and travel. She is a member of the board of directors of the Great River Shakespeare Festival, and loves Winona for its beauty, arts and cultural opportunities, and people.


Kim Farkas

Winona Post Senior Account Executive
507-452-1262 ext. 111

Kim first joined the Winona Post in 1999, and returned in 2011 as Senior Account Executive. Kim specializes in creating market strategies, relationship building, and crafting cutting-edge advertising campaigns. Originally from Milwaukee, Wis., Kim lives in La Crosse, where she enjoys skiing, reading books about travel, and biographies. An insatiable traveler, Kim has been to Africa, Bosnia, Croatia, Switzerland, the Caribbean, and Mexico. Kim has worked in marketing for more than 28 years.




Art and Design


Ashley Blum


Winona Post Creative Director

Ashley joined the Winona Post in 2014 as a creative designer and webmaster. In 2017 she was promoted to creative director. Her team currently designs more original, eye-catching branding material in-house than ever before, offering local businesses and organizations the edge they need to attract and maintain customers and patrons. She uses creative thinking and innovative ideas to develop award-winning advertising campaigns. Originally from Buffalo City, Wisc., Ashley now lives in Winona, Minn. She is a graduate of Cochrane-Fountain City High School and Saint Mary's University where she majored in graphic design and art studio. In her free time, Ashley enjoys reading, cooking, watching movies and spending time outdoors with her dog.



Monica Veraguth
Winona Post Composition Editor
507-452-1262 ext. 106

Monica joined the Winona Post in 2001. As the composition director she develops unique newspaper layout and award-winning marketing campaigns. Originally from Fountain City, Wis., Monica now lives in Winona, and says she loves the region because of its beauty and because it is home to her sister, parents, and extended family. Monica is a graduate of Western Technical College in La Crosse, Wis., and Cochrane-Fountain City High School. Monica's extensive painting portfolio is inspired by the beauty of the Winona region, featuring the Upper Mississippi River Valley and the unique bluffs and landscape that surround it. When not creating spectacular newspaper designs or painting, Monica enjoys traveling and gardening. 


Mary Veraguth

Winona Post Circulation Director
507-452-1262 ext. 105

Mary first joined the Winona Post in 1990, then returned in 2001 as circulation manager. Mary coordinates the delivery of the Winona Post to 24,000 households twice a week, and manages more than 130 routes and 110 carriers and delivery drivers. A Winona native, Mary and her husband Jim reside in Fountain City, where they enjoy the beauty of the area and close family ties. Mary and Jim have two daughters: Melissa and Monica, who is the Winona Post Creative Director. In her free time, Mary enjoys creating unique scale miniatures, cooking, baking, crocheting, and woodworking.



Jim Bethke

Winona Post Production Supervisor/Manager; Head Pressman
507-452-1262 ext. 117

Jim has worked as the director of the Winona Post Printing operation since 2006, ensuring the highest quality print in the region. Jim is originally from New Ulm, Minn., and now lives in Goodview. Jim has two sons and enjoys the Winona region's small town atmosphere. He loves motorcycle riding — especially scenic routes along the Mississippi River — as well as golf, and fantasy football.

Jesse Brandes

Winona Post Assistant Production Manager
507-452-1262 ext. 113

Jesse has been with the Winona Post Printing operation since 2005. He is a pressman and manages the Winona Post mailroom. He is originally from Winona and a graduate of Winona Senior High School. He enjoys playing golf and fantasy football.



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