City switches engineers

Dec 30, 2020
The City of Lake City will have a new city engineering firm in 2021. On Dec. 14 the council approved a contract with Bolton and Menk to provide engineering services to the city. Public Works Director Scott Jensen said the city was happy with the service provided by SEH, the city’s current engineer...

No levy increase for Wabasha County

Dec 30, 2020
In action taken at their Dec. 22 meeting, the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a 2021 final property tax levy that was the same as the 2020 adopted levy. The entire board was present, in one way or another. Present in person were Commissioners Brian Goihl who chaired the...

School levy up 8.78%, enrollment dips

Dec 30, 2020
The Lake City School Board on Dec. 21 approved an 8.78 percent increase to the school district property tax levy. The total certified levy amount of about $4.62 million was a neary $373,000 increase over the 2020 levy. Compared with cities or counties, school districts have limited discretion to...

Lake City sets 2021 levy, budget

Dec 23, 2020
The City of Lake City property tax levy increase for 2021 will remain 3.5 percent. On Dec. 14, the Lake City City Council unanimously approved the levy amount and a corresponding budget for next year. The levy increases 3.5 percent to $3,712,327. About $2.9 million will go into the city’s general...

Mayo Clinic Health System staff begin receiving COVID-19 vaccine

Dec 23, 2020
Mayo Clinic Health System began vaccinating Southeast Minnesota Region staff with the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine the week of Monday, Dec. 21. The distribution plan prioritizes eligibility based on risk level and aligns with public health guidance, according to Mayo. The earliest group...

Police - Lock cars, remove valuables

Dec 23, 2020
The Lake City Police Department is advising people to lock their vehicles and avoid keeping valuables in them overnight after a string of thefts over the weekend. “Most of the thefts appear to have occurred Friday night into Saturday morning; as they were reported the morning of Saturday the 19th...

Council action delayed on Hok-Si-La trail

Dec 16, 2020
The Lake City City Council removed an action item from its agenda Dec. 14 to award a bid for construction of a multi-use trail connecting the Hok-Si-La Park entrance and Central Point Road. City Administrator Rob Keehn said city staff requested that the council table the issue until January due to...

Council updated on Ohuta Park progress

Dec 16, 2020
City Planning and Community Development Director Megan Smith updated the Lake City City Council on the Ohuta Park redevelopment project Monday, Dec. 14. The city is in the midst of a multi-year effort to remake one of the city’s most prominent pieces of public lakefront at an estimated cost of...

New ambulance better suited to pandemic

Dec 16, 2020
A $175,000 CARES Act grant from Wabasha County helped Lake City Ambulance Service replace the oldest truck in its fleet. The new ambulance, which cost $194,000 and went into service last week, is better suited for safely treating patients with COVID-19, according to Lake City Ambulance Director...

Wabasha County records second COVID-19 death

Dec 16, 2020
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) Dec. 9 reported the second confirmed death of a Wabasha County resident due to COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. The death occurred December 5 in a Wabasha County resident in their 80s, according to a news release. “We are saddened to...


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