Winona, Wash., seems to have nine lives. A fire and dynamite explosion in 1907 nearly wiped the town off the map. It survived the Great Depression. The wheat industry in the Palouse is flourishing but many towns scattered across the region are dying. The roof of Winona's general store has collapsed and weeds choke the sidewalk. But Winona comes to life briefly during wheat harvest. Locals driving grain trucks will wave at passing motorists. The welcome feels genuine.