Opinion

Local author's third book is a history of the Methodist Campus

Dec 10, 2015
“Like all kitchens, it was a happy place filled with wonderful smells, songs and laughter,” Donna Halvorson writes about Schaller, the former Methodist Campus kitchen turned single family residence in Old Frontenac. With her third book, The River Never Sleeps, the Lake City author and former Old...

Drazkowski: Citizens should find out why property taxes are rising

Dec 3, 2015
Recently the Minnesota Department of Revenue released the preliminary property tax levies set by locally elected officials. The news is not good for property owners, as they show a $422 million property tax levy increase statewide – a 5.35 percent increase. Specifically this number includes: $186...

Supt.: Lake City schools levy won't be as high as proposed

Dec 3, 2015
The legislative session ended with many changes to school financing.  One of the biggest changes was a last minute inclusion for long term facilities maintenance. This major change also had an impact on changes to current levies for health and safety and deferred maintenance.  All of these changes...

Nichols: The next step in Lake City's downtown rennaissance

Dec 3, 2015
We are writing to update you on the progress of our “Downtown and Waterfront Renaissance” planning and implementation initiative. This initiative began earlier this year and involved 11 community stakeholder groups. The groups participating were the City Council, Planning Commission, Destination...

The Old Curmudgeon - 12-26-15

Nov 27, 2015
Happy Thanksgiving. You will likely be reading this after the fact. After all, there are the turkey leftovers to deal with and a host of other chores....and then Black Friday, and only 28 shopping days until Christmas! Hurry! Hurry! Hurry! Okay, so you are not running with the crowd. That is...

Administrator: Wabasha County sales tax to help fund transportation

Nov 27, 2015
To the editor: At its Nov. 24 board meeting, Wabasha County commissioners voted to implement a countywide local option transportation sales and use tax to address growing transportation needs throughout the county. The tax is scheduled to take effect on April 1, 2016. Revenue generated from the tax...

Letters: Wabasha County commissioners prioritize salaries over services

Nov 27, 2015
To the editor: Wabasha County commissioners are going to the taxpayers for more money again but this time it isn’t only money they are taking, it is services. It is ludicrous to give lavish salary increases (Denise Anderson $11,062; Kari Kelly $9,000; Jeff Aiken $7,000; Rodney Bartsh $2,300) all...

The Old Curmudgeon - 11-19-15

Nov 19, 2015
Following the chaos in Paris, the Old Curmudgeon received an email from a long time friend. It was a photo of the Eiffel Tower, with a printed message, to wit: “Later that night I held an Atlas in my lap, ran my fingers across the whole world and asked, Where does it hurt? It answered “everywhere....

Letter: Story stirs support for Kit Kat program

Nov 19, 2015
To the editor: I want to take this opportunity to recognize the fine article written by your reporter on the loss of funding for the very valuable Kit Kat program. It has stirred me and others to make sure that this program goes on using our own funds. If it had not been for your fine reporting I’...

The Old Curmudgeon - 11-12-15

Nov 12, 2015
Veteran’s Day snuck up on the Old Curmudgeon, and before he had a chance to recognize it... zip! It was gone! The O.C. served in Korea way back when and in the reserves for another six years after that. The best part of it was the experience of travel across both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans....

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