Opinion

Altendorf: Christmas memories and a new year wish

Dec 13, 2023
Last Sunday while I was attending church, a memory came back to me that I had not thought about for many years: a Christmas blizzard. My parents operated a poultry farm approximately four miles outside of LeSueur. On that Christmas Eve, we were doing our usual family traditions: opening presents,...

Ohl: Coffee, tea, or else

Dec 13, 2023
I don’t drink too much coffee as it tends to keep me awake during the day. But Donna is a dedicated consumer of the steaming beverage or a coffeeholic. She doesn’t drink coffee to wake up, she wakes up to drink coffee. I might mention we have three coffee makers or pots available for use. Donna is...

Drazkowski should focus on his own party’s issues

Dec 6, 2023
Sen. Steve Drazkowski often requires correction, whether by the Minnesota Senate Leader or by the general public. Concerning Feeding Our Futures (FOF), the USDA requirements for food distribution by public sources were waived under the Trump (Republican) administration during the pandemic....

Tiger Talk: Gratitude, facilities, audit, planning, and advisory committee

Nov 29, 2023
Each year on Thanksgiving Day, family and friends gather and often share gratitude. As I reflect on the start of the school year, I am grateful for our students. They are curious, confident, unique, thoughtful, caring, and joyful. If you are looking for a way to boost your spirits this holiday...

Ohl: ARRRGGGHHH!!!!!

Nov 29, 2023
We have all experienced physical pain of one type or another, and we know people have different tolerances for pain. The topic often debated is what’s the most severe pain we could experience. Number one on my list would be the pain of a kidney stone. I have had this issue three times. Two bouts...

Can we work together to slow down and respect our home town?

Nov 22, 2023
In the interest of public safety and the citizens and guests of our beautiful town, I’d like to ask why the traffic on Lakeshore Drive is allowed to exceed the posted speed limit of 30 MPH. My husband and I love Lake City and are blessed to live on Lakeshore Drive but are frustrated as we watch...

Ohl: Chickens

Nov 15, 2023
What do you call a chicken that crosses the road? --- “Poultry in motion.” Well, they aren’t exactly “poetry in motion” with their waddling gait and stupid grin, which is the only way a chicken can grin. Chickens have taken over our lives when we weren’t looking. Back in 1960 the average...

Surplus should be returned to the people

Nov 8, 2023
Only five months after the end of the legislative session, Minnesota government is once again flush with cash. Recently, the office of Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB) issued an end-of-biennium budget report indicating a projected surplus of $2.4 billion. You likely remember that back in...

Ohl: Worrywart

Nov 8, 2023
I worry unduly which is the definition of a worrywart. I come by this malady naturally as my mother was the queen of worriers. When she would see or hear something upsetting, her head would slowly shake side to side and we would hear the tongue clicking sound “tsk, tsk.” If there should be a lack...

Environmental commission: Salt, while essential, is harmful when misused

Nov 8, 2023
Salt is essential for life on Earth. It has been used by humans for thousands of years, from food preservation to being a form of currency. While salt is necessary for human health, too much salt or salt in the wrong place can harm or even kill almost any living organism on the planet. Salt can...

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