Winona residents have easy access to one of the most beautiful, scenic farms in the county! The farm belongs to Dick and Sue Gallien and the Minnesota Land Trust and is known as the Winona Farm on East Burns Valley Road (about three miles from mid-Winona). With its natural surrounding of woods, bluff land, pastures, fields, ponds and a creek, this Winona farm would be an ideal place of refuge and shelter for ducks and geese to live in peace — a sanctuary!
As a forward-thinking environmentalist and out-of-the-box conservationist, Dick Gallien may be open to this sanctuary idea. With clipped wings, nourishing food and water, plus a monthly stipend, he and Sue may open their picturesque farm to these feathered friends and to those youngsters who would enjoy feeding and visiting them.
As a neighboring farmer and teacher myself, I have appreciated years of wisdom and mentorship from the Galliens. I’ve enjoyed many a class field trip where we hiked the trails; caught wild birds and rodents and identified them; sent messages with homing pigeons; learned about raising cattle, horses, goats, sheep, poultry, pigs, and children; learned about the East Burns Valley one-room school and retraced the paths those early settlers took to get there. (Some children walked or rode horseback up to five miles for an education!)
Having acquired the legendary Walt Disney flock of white pigeons, Dick’s lovely birds are seen flying the countryside.
As a visionary, Dick Gallien has mentored, inspired, and sometimes frustrated many of us who attempt to fully understand him. However, in this situation — the need of a sanctuary for our ducks and geese — the Galliens and the Winona Farm with its spectacular landscape would be a near perfect solution to an over-populated problem at the lake.
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