Opinion

Let cottonwoods grow

Jun 5, 2024
It’s the time of year when cottonwood trees are shedding their seeds. With their tuft of cotton, they quietly drift in the wind. Each tiny seed must find its way to bare soil and sprout quickly, before the seed dries out. You see cottonwood seeds are born naked. They haven’t got a coat for...

Tiger Talk: Awards and recognition as 2023-2024 school year ends

May 29, 2024
The end of another school year is here. For some it is exciting to think about a whole summer stretched out in front of them, for others, like me, the end of the school year is bittersweet. I love serving students, staff and families. A busy school makes my heart happy! Thankfully, there are...

Nichols will not seek third term as mayor

May 29, 2024
After much reflection and discussion with my family, friends, and advisors, I have decided not to seek a third term as the mayor of our beloved town. Serving as your mayor for the past almost eight years has been one of the most fulfilling and humbling experiences of my life. The trust and...

Ohl: Murphy’s Law

May 29, 2024
Murphy’s Law cannot be proven or disproven. It simply states, “Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.” And Finagles law adds, “At the worst possible time in the worst possible way.” We all have experienced things going awry. I had a nasty taste of “This can’t be happening” just recently. I took...

Gov. Walz: Thank you, Lake City

May 29, 2024
The Fishing Opener is a special time in Minnesota. Marking the close of colder months with sunshine and open waters, it’s the unofficial start of summer – a weekend I always look forward to. And this year’s Fishing Opener celebration was a standout. While conditions can be unpredictable, this year...

A very memorable Memorial Day celebration

May 29, 2024
The Memorial Day 2024 city celebration offered all in attendance a reminder of the many attributes that are part of our country and community. Each facet of the program was meaningful as it involved community organization efforts and collaboration, diverse age and talent participation,whether...

Tabat: Cookies and cyclists

May 22, 2024
When the English three-speed touring bicycle group came through Lake City this year we were prepared. The group was formed almost twenty years ago when two friends (after a pint or two) decided to ride the Lake Pepin circuit from Red Wing to Wisconsin and back up from Wabasha. The group has...

Reinstate God’s wisdom

May 22, 2024
I wonder why Jesus would save us if we don’t save Jesus. Our government has breached the separation between church and state. And now strives to dictate faith, morals and family structure. Scary cutbacks in public safety now trick us to seek government more than God. Our national motto is “In God...

Ohl: Belts or braces

May 22, 2024
I have been a part-time braces (suspenders) guy since age four. Of course, at that age it wasn’t really my idea to wear the “straps”. But I recall Grandpa Andersen always wore suspenders, so it was just fine having them hold my pants up too! How else could a guy keep his trousers up without a...

Sirens blare, but what does it mean?

May 15, 2024
Outdoor Warning Sirens are pretty common in Minnesota, but what do the different sounds mean and why do they sound at different times? Many, but not all, communities have the siren sound at noon. Some also sound it at 6 p.m. It’s just a single cycle of the siren. There are some town’s that use...

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