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New assistant public works director speaks to Kiwanis Club

Jan 10, 2024
Lake City Kiwanis Club members were totally engaged listening to Travis Dunn the new assistant director at Lake City Public Works. Travis has had many positions in other city governments and is excited to use his experience to engage citizens to make Lake City an ever better place to live and...

Warmer weather allows city to speed up tree removal, replacement

Jan 10, 2024
A warm and relatively snow-free winter so far has enabled the City of Lake City to remove numerous ailing trees on city boulevards, most infested with emerald ash borer. In the two weeks leading up to Dec. 20, the city took down about 75 trees on city right-of-way, City Public Works Director Scott...

City: Avoid hefty fine by obeying snow emergency ordinance

Jan 10, 2024
At the Monday, Jan. 8, City Council meeting, Council Member Faye Brown noted snow in the forecast and reminded citizens about the city’s snow emergency parking rules. While snowfalls didn’t accumulate to a four-inch depth and trigger a snow emergency declaration, Lake City Emergency Management...

Wabasha County levy rises 4% to $16.9 million

Jan 3, 2024
Wabasha County Commissioners on Dec. 26 approved a final 2024 property tax levy at $16,924,119, an increase of 4 percent ($650,885) from the 2023 adopted levy. The levy includes $9,464,224 for the General Revenue fund, $175,925 for Southeastern Libraries Cooperating (SELCO), $507,300 for the...

Corps: Lockages below 10-year average in St. Paul District

Jan 3, 2024
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, released its 2023 navigation statistics for the Upper Mississippi River, showing lockages below the 10-year average throughout the district, including the two nearest to Lake City. The 2023 navigation season unofficially ended Nov. 23, after the...

Hit and run under investigation

Jan 3, 2024
The Minnesota State Patrol is investigating a hit and run on Highway 61 on Saturday. It was the first of two accidents that happened within minutes of one another near mile marker 87 south of Red Wing, Sgt. Troy Christianson said. At 4:11 p.m. a “vehicle was rear-ended by another vehicle traveling...

Commercial construction way up in 2023

Jan 3, 2024
Commercial and industrial construction permits saw a substantial increase in Lake City in 2023, even as overall permit activity fell. That’s according to the City of Lake City Planning and Community Department 2023 annual report included in the Jan. 2 agenda of the Lake City Planning Commission....

Grant allows purchase of large air boat

Dec 27, 2023
Recently, the Wabasha Fire Department and the Wabasha County Sheriff’s Office received a federal grant to purchase a large air boat built to use for ice rescues, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office. This grant had been worked on for over three years, with Fire Chief Darren...

Heffernan Ford gives $1,000 to food shelf

Dec 20, 2023
Tom Heffernan, owner of Tom Heffernan Ford in Lake City, presents a $1,000 check to Lake City Food Shelf Co-Director Dianne Coombs. “I’d like to thank everybody that does business with us all year long to make this donation possible for the less fortunate so they can have a happy, merry Christmas...

County approves preliminary plat for Bluff View Acres

Dec 20, 2023
Wabasha County Commissioners on Dec. 12 approved a preliminary plat of ‘Bluff View Acres,’ submitted by real estate agent Dave Breitenfield of Rochester. Breitenfield submitted a preliminary plat application on Sept. 28 to re-plat Lots 1 and 2 of Block 1 in the Prairie Hills Acres 2nd Subdivision...

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