Legislature must stop, prevent childcare fraud

Apr 3, 2019
Earlier this month, the Legislative Auditor – a nonpartisan office tasked with auditing state agencies to strengthen accountability and ensure best management in government – released a report on fraud in Minnesota’s Childcare Assistance Program (CCAP).The report indicates substantial and...

Bringing our resources to a Sprout! event near you

Apr 3, 2019
At Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) we sometimes joke that we are our region’s “best kept secret.” But it is true that despite the fact that we are regularly out in our 20-county region visiting with partners and facilitating trainings, we find that there are still many people who do...

Letter: Save the provider tax

Apr 3, 2019
To the editor:The provider tax is a 2 percent tax on healthcare providers to help on the healthcare access fund. This money generates over $680 million per year to help fund the MinnesotaCare, Medicaid, and public health programs for chronic diseases, the opioid crisis, and healthcare provider...

Sweeney: Players, coaches, and fans made this a Tiger basketball season to remember

Mar 28, 2019
Lake City Tigers fans: I hope you have enjoyed following along this season as much as I have. It hasn’t quite sunk in yet that an incredible year has reached its conclusion. I would like to take this opportunity to thank our four seniors: Riley Borgschatz, Ethan Heitman, Chris Lewis and Josh...

Letter: Please join Team Emily

Mar 28, 2019
To the editor: My daughter Emily has brain cancer. In December she went through surgery to remove the tumor and has just finished six weeks of radiation/chemo treatment. She is doing pretty well right now and will have a break of about four to six weeks before starting the long months of chemo at...

Letter: Thanks for giving back to humane society

Mar 28, 2019
To the editor: The Hiawatha Animal Humane Society (HAHS) sends out A big thank you to the “Giving Back” community outreach program members of River Oaks Health Care in Lake City. Their activity director, Ethel Zimmerman, along with Sarah, a resident, attended the March membership of the HAHS to...

Tigers: Thank you Lake City

Mar 28, 2019
To the editor: To the Lake City parents, students, pep band, and fans who supported our boys basketball team up at the State Tournament last weekend - thank you! On behalf of our boys basketball players and team, I want to thank the Lake City community for their tremendous support last week with...

Letter: Mary Lous part of God’s plan for Lake City

Mar 27, 2019
To the editor:It was nice to see the City Council do the tribute to Mary Lou Waltman.  Ten years is a long time to sit in City Hall and listen to our problems and then try to fix them.  Twenty years ago, I retired from the Lake City School Board after two terms, in order to start the Lake City...

Locals rally for laws to reduce tobacco use

Mar 14, 2019
A pair of Lake City residents joined nearly 400 youth and public health advocates from across Minnesota on Wednesday, Feb. 27, to rally support at the State Capitol for policies that reduce youth tobacco addiction. Minnesotans for a Smoke-Free Generation, a coalition of more than 60 organizations...

Letter: Jail deja vu

Mar 6, 2019
To the editor: It made me smile from ear to ear when I read the article in the Winona Post (2/25/2019) written by Chris Rogers, discussing the building of a new jail in Winona. The Wabasha County Sheriff was asked to comment on Winona’s jail and the clip that follows is priceless: “Today, the...


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