Opinion

Letter: National handwriting day is Jan. 23

Jan 22, 2020
Editor’s note: This letter was submitted handwritten. It was transcribed for publication.   To the editor: The month of January is important for those interested in handwriting. It is the official holiday that celebrates and commemorates the practice of handwriting with pen or pencil. Jan. 23 was...

Letter: When their dog went missing, they found a helpful community

Jan 22, 2020
To the editor: My husband and I moved to Lake City’s Jewel Golf Community within the past month. On the afternoon of Sunday, Jan. 13, our seven-year-old goldendoodle named Piper decided to take advantage of an open front door and go “exploring” on her own, disappearing overnight in freezing...
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Caucus questions answered

Jan 15, 2020
What important event is taking place on February 25, 2020? Minnesota precinct caucuses at 7 p.m. How often do they occur? Every two years in an even year. The date is set by major party chairs and reported to Secretary of State. Sometimes they are in March. What is this event? The precinct caucus...

Letter: Highway project won’t bring back city’s heyday

Jan 9, 2020
To the editor: James Lileks, a columnist for the Star Tribune wrote articles about architecture and urban planning. He later wrote books about the disappearing face of the St. Paul and Minneapolis skyline. This got me thinking of the disappearing vibrant downtown of Lake City and what may have...

Santa Paws brought gifts to very good boys and girls

Jan 2, 2020
The eighth annual Hiawatha Animal Humane Society (HAHS) Santa Paws gift drive event was a huge success again this year due to the many generous families in the area. Each animal awaiting adoption now has some much appreciated new toys, beds, treats and other supplies to enjoy while in their...

Patton Park an enchanting wonderland

Dec 26, 2019
To the editor: I hope everyone is enjoying the beautiful Christmas lights that adorn Patton Park as much as I am. I try to drive around the perimeter of the park to enjoy the colorful lights as often as I can. I wish to thank any and every person that helped make Patton Park a magical, enchanting...

Impactful stories of 2019

Dec 24, 2019
With 2020 just days away, I am reflecting on Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation’s (SMIF) many accomplishments in the past year alongside our regional partners and collaborators. It was a year filled with incredible stories of people doing amazing things for this region. I am thankful that...

Letter: Facts wrong, attitude not helpful

Dec 11, 2019
To the editor: I expect readers agree that freedom of speech, including being able to submit letters of opinion to newspapers, is a privilege. One can, as I have, even express opinions or statements that are false. That said, last week’s letter submitted by Mr. Heffernan needs to be corrected, as...

The season of giving

Dec 4, 2019
This season of giving and gratitude continues to inspire me. I am always overwhelmed by the generous contributions from donors to Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) and our 30 community foundations as well as to other local nonprofits.Nov. 14 was Give to the Max Day here in Minnesota....

Letter: Highway 61 project should take place over two seasons

Dec 4, 2019
To the editor: With only one contractor interested in bidding the Lake City Highway project in 2020, it should be obvious that something is wrong with the overall plan. This is an opportunity for city staff, council personnel, and our mayor to reconsider a project they are forcing on our community...

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