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Worker shortage gets local, area attention

Oct 7, 2015
A shortage of people in the workforce isn’t coming. It’s here. And local employers, from large manufacturers to small retailers are having trouble finding people they need to fill job openings, according to Elliot Culp, Lake City’s economic development director. “You go to any number of...

Florist brings ideas home from Oklahoma City

Oct 7, 2015
Carolyn Wenzel’s favorite season is approaching and she is greeting it with a new vigor this year. The owner of Lake Pepin Floral and Gifts returned last week from a four-day scholarship course in Oklahoma City with all kinds of creative ideas for Christmas. A favorite decorating feature she...

Clean up business slowing down

Oct 7, 2015
John Bremer and Darwin Meyers, volunteering for the Lake City Masonic Lodge, brought a pickup load of stuff during the semi-annual Clean-up Day Saturday. City staff members Katie Bee (right) and others had a quiet day. Traffic was down from past years, though business always is more brisk for the...
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New sign at Hok-Si-La Park entrance

Oct 7, 2015
Hikers Amelie and Adeline Threinen stopped by the new sign at Hok-Si-La Park to get a glimpse of what awaits them inside. The sign went up this week. Park Manager Joanne Klees said a base with a raised flower bed in the center will be added. The entire cost of the new entrance sign and landscaping...

MnDOT announces grants for transportations alternatives, safe routes to school

Oct 7, 2015
Minnesota communities, schools and their partners are invited to apply for funding for local projects that enhance transportation goals, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT). A total of $9.7 million is available through two competitive grant programs: the Transportation...

SMMPA breaks ground on Owatonna plant

Oct 7, 2015
Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (SMMPA) broke ground Monday, Oct. 5, for the construction of its new Owatonna Energy Station, a 38.8 megawatt (MW) natural gas-fired power plant in Owatonna, Minn. Construction is expected to be completed in the fall of 2017. The total project cost is...

The Local Pizzeria owners at home in Zumbro Falls

Oct 7, 2015
Sixty-year-old Paul Bankers got his first job in the pizza business at age 16. In 1977 he was one of the founders of Waldo’s Pizza in Rochester, which he helped to build into a six-location chain before selling his share to co-owners and investors. It was during his time at Waldo’s that he met his...

DNR announces 'conservative' deer season to build population

Oct 7, 2015
Following a milder winter and a conservative deer season last year, hunters this fall may see more deer on the landscape during the archery deer season and while scouting for the Saturday, Nov. 7, firearms deer opener, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). “Hunters will...

MnDOT: Fall is deadliest time for pedestrians

Oct 7, 2015
The death of a St. Paul woman in a pedestrian crash last week is a reminder that as the days get shorter and the nights longer, motorists and pedestrians should watch out for one another. The fall months are the deadliest months for pedestrians, according to the Minnesota Department of...

Residents start moving into The Bluffs

Oct 1, 2015
As of Tuesday there were 13 new residents at The Bluffs of Lake City, the new senior apartments, assisting living and memory care facility. By Saturday, there will be 17 residents, and they will have lots of company. The $13.4 million Bluffs of Lake City will host a Grand Opening celebration at 1:...

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