Opinion

Letter: Resolve to donate blood in 2019

Jan 16, 2019
To the editor:As we entered the 2019 new year, many resolutions were made for assorted reasons.  Some were personal improvement plans; some were related to opportunities to help others.  A great resolution to add to that list would be to donate blood.  During the 2018 calendar year, 378 units were...

January is radon action month

Jan 9, 2019
Over half of homes in Goodhue County that have been tested for radon have dangerous levels, compared to two in five in Minnesota. State health officials say every home should be tested and the best time to test is during the heating season.Radon is an odorless, radioactive gas that occurs naturally...

Scholarship encourages education in sustainable agriculture practices

Jan 9, 2019
Editor’s note: To kick off 2019, The Graphic is publishing short articles from local organizations and groups to raise awareness about their activities in the coming year. People who want to submit an article and, optionally, a photo, can email it news@lakecitygraphic.com. Submissions are subject...

Letter: A fine kettle of funds

Jan 9, 2019
To the editor:While 2018 had ups and downs for most of us, and significant ones for many, I am happy to report one constant has again been the very generous local support of the “Red Kettle” for The Salvation Army.The character in Green, commonly known as “Tooley,” again deserves special thanks for...

Stars

Jan 9, 2019
The window above my bed  faces north and I watch the Big Dipper as it moves across  the sky. It seems to rise from the lake and disappear when the north star appears in the early morning.I remember as kids we would lay on our backs and count the stars.As I get older and sleep less and less I spend...

Legislative session preview

Jan 9, 2019
The new legislative session begins on Jan. 8. Though we are entering a new year, with a new governor and a new House majority, my goals remain the same: to do my best for the people of Senate District 21 and all of Minnesota.Senate Republicans are now the experienced body, and we will be a...

Gratitude for the year that was

Jan 2, 2019
Now that we are past the busyness of the holiday season, I am reflecting on what a wonderful year 2018 was for southern Minnesota. It was a year that renewed my optimism for the future of our unique part of the state. I was once again humbled by the generous people of our 20-county region who make...

Letter: Humane Society is grateful for support

Jan 2, 2019
To the editor:The volunteers of the Hiawatha Animal Humane Society want to thank all of the many generous animal lovers who again this year made the holiday gift drive for homeless animals a huge success. Over 30 animals received gifts from area residents, this year.The event was, as in the past...

Halvorson: We hug

Dec 27, 2018
As I put away the Christmas gifts and throw away the wrapping I’m reminded of my late mother-in law. Each year she’d bring out her box of goodies, ribbon and paper that she had ironed to reuse, a ball of string, and the cards she’d cut up for tags. I wonder if she ever got anything new. I think...

Christmas memories

Dec 20, 2018
I was paging through my book of memories remembering Christmas the way it use to be. When we were kids during the 1930’s it was just our immediate family and maybe the grandparents. As the years progressed the family kept growing with weddings and new babies. And then there were years when there...

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