Opinion

Recognizing and responding to suicide risk during pandemic

Jul 8, 2020
During the COVID-l9 pandemic, some people with mental health problems may be at elevated risk for suicide. This is because the levels of stress that many are experiencing can lead to feelings of hopelessness and despair. People who are already in treatment for suicide risk may need additional...

Pets and fireworks

Jul 1, 2020
More pets are reported missing after the 4th of July fireworks celebrations than any time of the year, not only in our area, but nationwide as well. Unfortunately, your fireworks enjoyment is not shared by your furry companions. In a panic, they will run away and look for a place to hide, and...

Mayor: City resilient in the face of COVID-19

Jul 1, 2020
As we address the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, I am reminded of the resilience of our community. Citizens have stepped up and are helping neighbors and continuing their good work with their churches, schools, and service organizations. Our local hospital and clinics are implementing...

Letter: Make the traffic lights permanent

Jul 1, 2020
My name is Michelle Charlene Larkins and I use a power wheelchair to get around for long distances. I live in the Pepin Apartments on the corner of Marion and 10th Streets. Since the warmer weather and the construction has begun on Highway 61 through the heart of downtown, they put a traffic light...

Letter: High Street ripe for tragedy

Jul 1, 2020
Today we lost a beloved resident of our neighborhood. Thank goodness it was not a child or other person. Instead it was a rare and beautiful albino squirrel that everyone loved to watch as it scurried around playfully on neighborhood lawns. Today it lay dead in the street - crushed under the...

Penny - A rural perspective on racial justice

Jun 24, 2020
“Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God’s children.” I grew up in the 1960s inspired by these words from the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. Yet, I am heartsick that today, over fifty years later, racial injustice continues to be a stain on our national character and a strain...

Quist - Why we know history matters

Jun 11, 2020
While attending an Air Force professional development school in Alabama 55 years ago my wife and I saw firsthand why black lives matter. Based on personal experience, I think I have a fairly good understanding of the issue, and I’m concerned about our community here in Lake City. My wife and I were...

Officials - With COVID-19 infection rate rising, simple steps can have an impact

Jun 11, 2020
Spring has turned to summer, but this year, as has been the case for most of 2020, it is a different experience for most of us. As health and human services professionals, we have been watching and learning about COVID-19 since reports first emerged in late 2019 and early 2020. We have worked...

SEMMCHRA Leader: It’s time to learn more and challenge ourselves on fair housing and race equity

Jun 11, 2020
Southeastern Minnesota Multi-County Housing and Redevelopment Authority (SEMMCHRA) Our community, our state, our nation are all continuing to be roiled by the events sparked by the killing of George Floyd and the raw, painful, and deep injustices stemming from generations of racism, and racist...

LCAA President: Allyship is about behaviors

Jun 11, 2020
Lake City Area Arts is committed to diversity and inclusion. It is extremely important that we are a safe space for our community. We recognize that it has been challenging for everyone with what is happening in our hometown and across the nation, on top of the pandemic. But by supporting each...

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