Opinion

Letter: Community supports Lions Palm Sunday brunch

Apr 24, 2019
To the editor:On behalf of the Lake City Lions and the supportive community we serve, | submit this note of thanks and appreciation. An event Lions simply referred to as “the Palm Sunday Brunch”, which has been conducted annually since 1998, was again this year noted in advertisements in the...

Letter: Grateful for Mayo here in Lake City

Apr 24, 2019
To the editor: As a Lake City resident for the last decade, this will be my first letter to the editor—Lake City’s Mayo clinic and hospital facilities, the reason I write, was one of the top reasons we moved here from the Twin Cities. “Catch them being good,” I was encouraged when I started...

Earth Day is April 22, help protect native species

Apr 17, 2019
I am old enough to remember the first Earth Day in 1970, when 20 million people from communities throughout the United States came out to peacefully celebrate the environment and our precious earth.  Some cleaned up litter, others planted trees, and, yet, others called for policy changes that would...

Time for action on passenger rail

Apr 17, 2019
This spring, legislators are having a serious debate on passenger rail in Minnesota. As a member of the Great River Rail Commission, I believe they should invest now.You may have heard about an effort to increase passenger rail service in the area. The Twin Cities-Milwaukee-Chicago (TCMC) Second...

Letter: Haley's fraud column misleads

Apr 10, 2019
To the editor: I would appreciate it if the editor would take time to investigate significant concerns for the community, rather than pass along hearsay rumors from a biased political hack. Fox 9 carried a series of reports in May of 2018 based on false statements by Scott Stillman, a...

Goggin: GOP budget addresses issues Minnesotans Care about

Apr 10, 2019
With only two months left in the legislative session, budget negotiations are beginning to pick up. I wanted to give you a brief update on where things stand.  Gov. Walz has proposed a $49 billion budget that raises the gas tax, tab fees, motor vehicle sales taxes, and more. He also raises $122...

Letter: Winona Hims show a success

Apr 10, 2019
To the editor: Thanks to Lake City’s own Lorne McDonald, and one of the members, The Winona Hims came to our city on Sunday, April 7, and what a wonderful concert it was. Many thanks to Pastor Tim and his congregation at First Lutheran for letting us use their beautiful church. It was filled...

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...

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