Opinion

Remembering beloved son, teacher on his birthday

Sep 9, 2020
This week, Sept. 9, 2020, would have been my son Paul Holland’s 58th birthday. Paul was born on a Sunday, the annual Kellogg Watermelon Festival Parade happening. My husband, Victor Holland, parade chairman, was at my side at St Marys Hospital in Rochester. Lloyd Baker, filling in for Victor at...

Penny - The role of foundations during crises

Sep 2, 2020
In times of crises, life as we know it quickly unravels, but we immediately start to pick up the pieces and do our best to navigate new terrain. It helps to have organizations that are already positioned to help pick up those pieces. The current health and economic crisis has highlighted the...

Letter: Show up for local businesses

Sep 2, 2020
Minnesota, Lake City, please continue to shop local. I have seen way too many community members say with the Minnesota mask mandate, they will “just go to elsewhere to shop.” Please friends, don’t do this. This can immensely hurt our small local businesses, it may hurt so much we may not be here...

Nichols: River Walk legacy continues

Aug 26, 2020
One of my favorite things to do as mayor is to witness and celebrate community successes. These successes inherently involve a group of citizens or city staff achieving defined goals and objectives. It is a thrill for me to see folks light up with excitement in doing something good for the...

Letter: Destination Lake City criticism was in error

Aug 19, 2020
Last week’s Graphic published a letter containing comments that heaped some rather heavy scorn on an entire organization based on misinformation. I’m sad to say I took the photo that resulted in a group, Destination Lake City, erroneously being accused of violating safety standards. The photo...

Road construction a sign of better days ahead for Lake City

Aug 19, 2020
Like most Lake Citians, I have been observing and experiencing our road construction since early spring. I am happy to say that I think the end result [i.e. north and south section now open] will make the inconvenience and the cost a small price to pay for the many, many future years of an improved...

Letter: Community leaders should lead on masks and social distancing

Aug 12, 2020
The reason I’m writing is that I was disturbed to see a picture of a meeting of Destination Lake City, in last week’s paper, with no attempt at social distancing and with no one wearing a mask. I know, like and respect the people sitting at the picnic table in the picture. I just hope that in the...

How will school district respond if student or staff member catches COVID-19?

Aug 12, 2020
Regarding the upcoming school year, we need to ask ourselves what the policy is going to look like if a student tests positive for COVID-19 at any grade level, or an immediate family member. If a teacher, aid or other faculty member tests positive, what steps are going to be taken pertaining to...

Letter: Keep COVID-19 charts coming

Aug 12, 2020
I want to commend you for including data on Wabasha County’s COVID-19 rates in the Graphic the past few weeks. It is important information for citizens of Lake City to see and your graphs and tables give clear evidence of what is happening. I would like to encourage you to continue providing these...

Destination Lake City - Grateful for outdoor amenities during COVID-19

Aug 5, 2020
On July 30, Destination Lake City’s (DLC) board brought together picnic tables in Patton Park at the same outside location where a month earlier the group convened its first general meeting since the COVID-19 threat changed the way ordinary interactions are conducted. Lake City residents are...

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