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Downtown crash results in injury, property damage

Mar 17, 2021
Downtown Lake City Saturday night was the scene of a car accident that left one person injured and caused damage to a parked car and public property. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a Toyota Rav 4 was southbound on Lakeshore Drive at around 10 p.m. March 13 when it crossed the center line...

Council pickleball offer follows recent trend

Mar 17, 2021
On March 8, the Lake City City Council offered local pickleball boosters roughly the same terms it has offered some other local groups seeking new amenities: raise half the cost and the city will pay the other half. Pickleball is a net sport played with paddles on a court the size of a badminton...

Vaccinations accelerating at Lake City schools

Mar 10, 2021
All of the staff at Lake City Public Schools who want to receive the COVID-19 vaccine have had at least one dose, according to Supt. Erick Enger. Wabasha County, which has supplied most of the vaccine for district staff, “really cranked it up,” he said, and as a result the district is ahead of...

Ohuta bid lower than expected

Mar 10, 2021
In a break from recent city projects that have seen bids come in higher than anticipated, the Lake City City Council got some good news at its Monday meeting. City officials opened bids for two large projects March 4. One was the largest piece of the Ohuta Park redevelopment project. Expected to...

Man arrested for father’s murder in rural Zumbro Falls

Mar 10, 2021
A man has been arrested and charged with murder following the death of his father in rural Zumbro Falls on March 5. James Edward Riley, 44, is accused of murder in the death of his father, Edward Riley. According to the Wabasha County Sheriff's Office, at approximately 6:18 p.m. deputies responded...

Four things you need to know about the Goodhue County Board meeting on March 2

Mar 10, 2021
Goodhue County Board of Commissioners held their meeting virtual on March 2 to discuss important issues. Here are the things you need to know: New planner/zoning administrator Planner/Zoning Administrator Ryan Bechel is stepping down and Samantha Pierret will take over the position. Bechel said...

Board approves new administrator contract

Mar 10, 2021
In unanimous action taken at their March 2 meeting, the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners took the next step in the hiring process for Michael Plante who was recently hired to fill the position of county administrator. All commissioners were present in person, along with County Attorney Karrie...

Many townships to hold elections, annual meetings on March 9

Mar 3, 2021
On Tuesday, March 9, Minnesota’s 1,781 townships will hold annual meetings on what the Minnesota Association of Townships (MAT) promotes as “Township Day.” Many will hold elections as well. “Local government is alive and well at the grassroots level in townships,” the news release quotes MAT Board...

County grants from ‘business relief’ funding total $426,000

Mar 3, 2021
When Wabasha County received about $426,000 from the State of Minnesota for COVID-19 relief, it decided to establish a grant program to provide direct payments to businesses and non-profits impacted by the pandemic. Demand for the grants was more than double what was available. According to...

Commissioners on picking Plante

Mar 3, 2021
Michael Plante will be the next Wabasha County Administrator. It’s a role he knows well, having occupied it for several years before departing in 2019 to become Prior Lake city manager. He lost that job the same year after he was arrested on a domestic violence charge. He was later convicted of...

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