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Illg joins city as finance director

Apr 15, 2020
Jerome Illg was front-and-center at one of the first Lake City Council meetings since becoming the city’s finance director last month. At a workshop meeting Monday, April 13, he presented on the process and considerations for developing a city budget for 2021. Illg replaces Amy Hove, who left in...

Mayo announces furloughs and salary reductions

Apr 15, 2020
Temporary furloughs and salary reductions are coming to Mayo Clinic at the end of April, the healthcare provider announced in an April 10 news release. “Mayo Clinic is taking necessary steps to reduce expenses but additional measures are needed to ensure that we can emerge from this situation in a...

Spring load restrictions end in area

Apr 15, 2020
Spring load restrictions ended Monday, April 13, on unrestricted state highways in the southeast and metro frost zones, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. The frost zones and restricted routes can be found on the MnDOT load limits map. Spring load restrictions are still in...

Updated: Weather to highway project: Chill out

Apr 15, 2020
Cold weather delayed a detour for the Highway 61 reconstruction project that was supposed to go into effect Tuesday by a day. On Monday the following announcement appeared on the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s (MnDOT) project website: “The planned April 14 start date for the Lake City...

Masks required for Mayo patients, visitors

Apr 13, 2020
Patients and visitors are now required to wear a personal homemade or cloth mask while on any Mayo property and are highly encouraged to bring their own cloth masks to help conserve the supply of surgical masks for front-line medical staff. For people who do not have a mask, Mayo Clinic Health...

Chamber holds weekly COVID-19 webinars

Apr 8, 2020
The Lake City Chamber of Commerce is hosting a weekly online webinar with local experts and officials providing information about the COVID-19 pandemic. Covid-19 Local and Regional Update debuted Thursday, April 2, at 4 p.m. Guests on the first episode were Lake City City Administrator Rob Keehn,...

Update: Hwy. 61 detour delayed due to cold weather

Apr 8, 2020
Cold weather has delayed the first detour of the Hwy. 61 reconstruciton project The detour was supposed to begin Tuesday, April 14 as construction crews start work on the Hwy. 61 reconstruction project, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT), but on Monday, April, 13,...

Marina dock replacement moves forward

Apr 8, 2020
The former 300 Dock at the Lake City Marina floated away last weekend. The buyer began disassembling portions of the dock last week, according to Lake City Marina Administrator Jeff Brand. Once the waters calmed, they floated the pieces out of the harbor and into Lake Pepin. There they were...

Corrected: Mayo, PMI partner to produce ‘much-needed’ PPE

Apr 8, 2020
A Lake City manufacturer has joined forces with the Mayo Clinic to produce hundreds of thousands of face shields to help protect against the spread of COVID-19. Pepin Manufacturing (PMI) is running two shifts, six days a week, for two weeks to produce the roughly 200,000 pieces of personal...

MnDOT explains load restrictions as they apply to Hwy. 61 project

Apr 8, 2020
Editor’s note: The Graphic asked the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) for more information about spring weight restrictions and their impact on the timing of the Lake City Highway 61 reconstruction project. Their response is below.   The spring road restrictions affect many roads in...

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