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Mayor - City could still receive bonding money

May 21, 2020
Both the state House of Representatives and Senate failed to pass bonding bills in the waning moments of the 2020 legislative session. A $2 billion bonding bill in the DFL-led House fell six votes shy of the 60 percent needed for approval. A $998 million bonding proposal backed by Republicans who...

Council to consider liquor license refund

May 21, 2020
Lake City City Council members sounded open to a proposal to refund a portion of city liquor license fees to help businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. “We have had some individuals with liquor licenses asking – similar to other communities – if we would be willing to reimburse liquor...

Council filing ends June 2

May 21, 2020
Filing for three Lake City City Council seats and the ffice of mayor ends Tuesday, June 2. Mayor Mark Nichols and City Council member Cindy McGrath have said they will seek second terms. Jason DeVinny, who was appointed to the seat resigned by Mary Lou Waltmann in 2019, will seek a full term on...

SEMMCHRA offers online Home Stretch classes

May 13, 2020
SEMMCHRA is now offering its in-person homebuyer education class, Home Stretch, online.  Participants will be emailed a link to join an on-line video conference where they will be able to listen to presentations by homebuyer counselors, lenders, real estate agents and home inspectors.  Participants...

Field of Dreams is planted again to benefit St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center

May 13, 2020
In the middle of everything that is unusual in our lives right now, something very normal took place on the grounds of Saint Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Wabasha. Planting of the Field of Dreams by the Schurhammer family has become a long-honored tradition that ushers in the growing season. This...

Storm sewer work on north end of highway project

May 13, 2020
This photo by Steve Brown shows some of the storm sewer work taking place on the north end of the Highway 61 reconstruction project. During the weekly project update meeting Tuesday, Dick Swenke of Rochester Sand and Gravel said work on the storm sewer will continue over the next week. Topsoil...

Trash billing changes, service remains same

May 13, 2020
Residential garbage customers in Lake City have already received their bills for June. Until this month, the City of Lake City charged for garbage and recycling pick-up on utility bills. Now Lake City Recycling and Disposal, the city’s garbace contractor, is billing residents directly. About 2,300...

Three on council to seek re-election

May 13, 2020
Filing for three Lake City City Council seats and the mayor begins next week, and three of the four incumbents are planning to seek re-election. Mayor Mark Nichols and City Council member Cindy McGrath will seek second terms. Jason DeVinny, who was appointed to the seat resigned by Mary Lou...

Detour tweaks continue, utility work expands on Highway 61

May 13, 2020
Officials reported continued efforts to route traffic in and around Lake City during the Highway 61 reconstruction project weekly update meeting Tuesday, May 12. Chestnut Street emerged as the preferred route into downtown Lake City for many drivers, leading to concerns and a few minor accidents...

Compost fee decision raises concerns about out-of-town usage

May 13, 2020
As part of the process of transferring the billing for waste hauling in Lake City from the city to its contracted hauler, the city council Monday approved some changes to the city’s fee schedule. The city will continue to pay for Clean-up Days and the leaf vacuum and compost site. Charges for...

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