Opinion

Providers: COVID-19 surge puts healthcare services in jeopardy

Nov 11, 2020
Our region is in its greatest fight against coronavirus. We are seeing increased infections, hospitalizations and deaths in our communities. Our staff are strained. Our testing sites have longer lines and higher positivity rates. We were able to flatten the curve and avoid tragedy last spring and...

Rose Sale has a good year despite snow, pandemic

Nov 4, 2020
In spite of the fresh October snow and the COVID-19 pandemic the Lake City Kiwanis Club has had a very good year for the Rose Sale! We wish to thank the people of Lake City for their support. A big thank you goes to Carolyn Wenzel of Lake Pepin Floral and her vendors for supplying the beautiful...

Parrott’s passing left a huge hole in many

Nov 4, 2020
As a former journalist, in our lengthy career and life’s journey, we meet and encounter many people. Most meetings are just a passing “fleeting” moments but a handful garner and establish a very long term friend relationship, and that is why I am writing my memories of Bob Parrott. The journey...

SMIF CEO - Building connections for a stronger southern Minnesota

Oct 28, 2020
Autumn, with its changing colors and temperatures that encourage us to move indoors, is a natural time to slow down and contemplate life. At Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF), we use this time each year to reflect on the partnerships that have resulted in a stronger southern...

Finding hope in dealing with mental illness

Oct 28, 2020
Being told that you have a mental illness is not the end of the world. With help and support, you can recover and achieve your life’s ambitions. Of course, you will face many challenges as you begin your new journey, but there is hope. Mental illnesses are manageable. And there are a number of...

Vote for one step forward, not two steps backward

Oct 21, 2020
In 2007 there was a popular country song titled “One step forward two steps back” which was done by the Desert Rose band. Well today, Lake City is faced by this one step forward or two steps back dilemma. Do we move forward or do we move two steps back? What I am referring to is the mayor and city...

Time for a change of leadership in Lake City

Oct 21, 2020
I think it is time for a change in leadership for the community. Mayor Mark Nichols and several on the city council like Jason DeVinny and Russell Boe are out of touch with the people of this community and the needs of the community. This can be demonstrated by a couple of their recent decisions...

State rep. unresponsive on water, the environment

Oct 21, 2020
Question: Do you think your elected representatives should be responsive to their constituents needs? I do. Angie Craig is the hardest working U.S. Congress person I have ever seen. She is out in this district all the time, holding town halls, and meeting with businesses, schools, farmers, about...

Peters: Strength, dedication, and passion for Lake City advocacy

Oct 21, 2020
I am running for the city council and have lived much of my life in Lake City, growing up and working in the community. This experience enabled me to see business climate changes over the years and the impact of many events that affects our city. I have a passion for life and the wellbeing of Lake...

Novak: I stand for vitality, transparency, opportunity

Oct 21, 2020
I was born and raised in Lake City, Minnesota. My maiden name was Coleman. As a teenager I was the smiling face you saw at Fiesta Foods and Pepin Heights. I have very deep roots and my family lineage stems back to the original founders of Lake City. My grandmother Betty was a Dwelle. She married...

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