For new students–and even some returning students who’ve been gone for the summer months– the city of Winona is an unfamiliar place just waiting to be explored.

But most of the time, I find myself staying close to campus for the week as I run between classes, the gym, study sessions and working at my campus job.

So, before we all get settled into our weekly campus routines, let’s take the time to experience beautiful Winona and the great businesses and hangout spots the city has to offer! And what better way to do that than through Pokemon GO, and participating in the #WSUPokeCrawl? After all, you gotta catch ‘em all!

For all you Pokemon lovers out there, an awesome online map has been created that marks many of the PokeStops and gyms located throughout Winona! Specific routes are outlined so you can maximize the number of Pokestops and gyms you’ll find along the way and hatch eggs efficiently.

At each marker on the map, you can learn a little bit about the locations and see if nearby businesses offer any special deals for Pokemon trainers.

While you are out hunting Pikachu and getting to know your new home, it’s important to be polite when visiting businesses and public spaces–especially at memorials or other venerated places. Behavior that seems like harmless fun to you can come across as disrespectful to other people who may not play or understand Pokemon GO.

There have been recent confrontations at the Veterans Memorial Park in Winona, and though the game has not been banned from the park, everyone is asked to be respectful of the veterans and the memorials in this space.

Team up with fellow Pokemon trainers on the #WSUPokeCrawl this weekend! It’s a great way to make new friends, expand your Pokedex and share the love of Pokemon GO. Happy hunting!

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Allison Mueller

Allison is a Journalism major and Psychology minor from Oshkosh, WI graduating in 2017. She is also the blog manager for the WSU Student Blogs. Her interests include rollerblading, hanging out with friends, playing soccer and basketball, and watching Netflix.