Opinion

Voters will remember jail decision

Apr 30, 2020
To the editor: Unfortunately for Wabasha County Sheriff Rodney Bartsh, the taxpayers’ memories remain sharp. We remember the numerous meetings where we implored you and Commissioners Don Springer, Dave Windhorst, Tom Dwelle, and Pete Riester to continue using Goodhue County to house our inmates....

Sheriff shares perspective on potential jail closure

Apr 23, 2020
Editor’s note: Wabasha County Sheriff Rodney Bartsh posted the following letter last week as news spread that the county would consider closing its jail. The upcoming meeting he refers to took place Tuesday, April 21.   To our citizens, Yesterday the news broke about the possibility of our jail...

DAC struggles magnified during COVID-19 pandemic

Apr 15, 2020
Facilities like the Wabasha County Developmental Achievement Center (DAC) have been hit hard of late. The state’s inability to, or desire not to, pay good, living wages to employees at these facilities for people with special needs, has left many of them short of staff, often dangerously low....

HBC Pres.: Digital Survival in Self Isolation

Apr 8, 2020
To the editor: Daily life has changed drastically as a result of COVID-19. Our already digital-centric lives have become even more so. That’s why the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has called upon broadband service companies to commit to the Keep Americans Connected Pledge to reduce the...

Rep. Haley - Keeping you informed about the pandemic response

Apr 1, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused unprecedented action across our nation and the world. My goal, as your State Representative, is to keep you informed on how your state and community is responding to this healthcare crisis and share helpful resources with you, which can be found on my Facebook site...

Fiesta Foods making changes to protect customers, staff

Mar 30, 2020
Editor’s note: This letter first appeared as an addendum to the Fiesta Foods advertisement in the Lake City Shopper this week. To our valued Fiesta Foods customers: Due to the unprecedented events and demand related to the COVlD-19 crisis, we have information we would like to share with all our...

Food shelf still operating, some items becoming scarce

Mar 30, 2020
We receive many calls about whether the food shelf is open. The hours have not changed, but it will be curbside pickup.  People should stay in their cars.  When food comes out, try to help put it in your cars  so our volunteers aren’t exposed. The Food Shelf is receiving less food from Channel One...

Fiedler: We can care for others while protecting the fragile

Mar 25, 2020
Editor’s note: The following column originated as a Facebook post. It has been edited slightly. Social distancing is not something that public health officials are asking you to do because we want you to stop having fun, or to stop being neighborly. We are asking you to do social distancing...

It’s the right time for highway reconstruction

Mar 25, 2020
To the editor: As terrible as the coronavirus is it may have provided Lake City with the best time for the three-lane project to go forward. All knew that the Lake City businesses were going to take a hit due to the road work. Why not have this done at a time when many businesses would need to be...

It’s the wrong time for highway reconstruction

Mar 25, 2020
To the editor: Is it time to rethink Highway 61 construction? Can Lake City’s businesses take a one-two punch in the same year: coronavirus shutdown and road construction. Bars, restaurants hairstyle salons, etc., all closed down. A small business needs business to stay afloat. I think two hits –...

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