Volunteer Groups

Applications can be mailed or delivered to:
Sheriff Ron Ganrude
201 W 3rd Street
Winona, MN 55987

Dive Rescue Team

Dive Rescue Team Application (PDF)

The Dive Rescue Team is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, all year long, regardless of weather.  We respond primarily to emergencies involving the river or other bodies of water in the area.  Some of our calls include vehicles in the river, capsized vessels, missing person searches, and individuals who broke through the ice. Occasionally we assist other jurisdictions around Winona County, and in other states. The team has monthly trainings designed to prepare you for whatever we may encounter on a call. The Dive/Rescue Team is more than just SCUBA divers, we need all sorts of people with different backgrounds, but most importantly, a desire to help other people and serve Winona County.

Dive Rescue Team In Boats

Mounted Posse

Mounted Posse Application (PDF)

The Winona County Sheriffs Mounted Posse organized in 2001 under the direction of Sheriff Dave Brand and is comprised of a group of volunteer individuals who assist the Winona County Sheriffs Department in searching for missing or lost persons in Winona County utilizing horses. Training includes first aid and search and rescue techniques.

Volunteers are on call 24 hours a day. The Sheriffs Mounted Posse has been used at the Winona County Fair to assist in parking control. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Mounted Posse contact Sheriff Ron Ganrude.

Winona County Sheriff's Mounted Posse

Search Operations Assistance Response (SOAR) Team

SOAR Team Application (PDF)

The Winona County Sheriff's Posse was organized in 1986 under the direction of then-Sheriff Bruce Stanton. On-call 24 hours a day, members are now trained in first aid, search and rescue, self-defense, and traffic control. To better reflect the activities encompassed by the team, their name was changed to the SOAR Team (Search Operations Assistance Response).

The SOAR team meets monthly at the Law Enforcement Center.

Search Operations Assistance Response (SOAR) Team