Opinion

Rep. Kline: Service members are my top priority

May 25, 2016
When I first joined Congress almost 14 years ago, I did so as a proud 25-year veteran of the United States Marine Corps. My top priority then was to make sure Washington kept its faith with our troops, veterans, and their families. Today, that’s still a priority. As a retired Marine Corps Colonel...

The Old Curmudgeon - 5-19-16

May 19, 2016
The Old Curmudgeon was very pleasantly surprised last Sunday to see flock of 3-speed bicycles proceeding through Lake City on their way to Red Wing. The hundred or so riders were dressed in period clothing (knickerbockers and flat hats) and enjoying the fresh May air. About a hundred bikers...

Rep. Drazkowski: Priority must be tax cuts

May 19, 2016
After the 2015 session began, lawmakers learned that Minnesota faced a $1.9 billion budget surplus. Throughout the campaign, the message I heard repeatedly from residents was that the State of Minnesota was over-collecting revenue, and that lawmakers should give relief to the people who are...

The Old Curmudgeon - 5-12-16

May 11, 2016
In January of 2015 the Old Curmudgeon met a British bicyclist on the west coast of Mexico. The adventurer had started his trip in British Columbia, Canada. His goal was to bike from there down the west coast of the U.S. and South America to Tierra del Fuego at the southern-most tip of that...

Letter: 101 units of blood donated

May 11, 2016
To the editor:Thank you to everyone who contributed to the 101 units of blood donated during the May 5-6 Red Cross Bloodmobile drive.  Your gift of life is always needed.We wish to thank the United Methodist Church for the use of their building, the people who called the donors, the set up and take...

Letter: Boat time changes

May 11, 2016
To the editor:Thank you to all who have donated to the American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary “Flags of Valor” fundraiser event so far.Please take note that the date and time of the cruise on the Pearl of the Lake paddleboat has changed.The cruise will be held for all those who donated a...

Rep. Drazkowski: Action awaits budget targets

May 11, 2016
With roughly two weeks remaining in the 2016 legislative session, we are once again in a holding pattern when it comes to the two most significant areas of discussion – tax relief and supplemental transportation funding. This is because we do not have budget targets. At this stage of the game,...

Winning essay: Why I Love Lake City

May 11, 2016
It is a reasonable question to ask of anyone of Lake City’s citizens, as well as of myself-just what exactly accounts for any of us to profess openly and without reservation that we love this beautiful town along the shores of the great Mississippi River, and, hence, find living here to be a good...

Letter: Prince provided soundtrack of youth, memories

May 4, 2016
To the editor:A few friends and I were reminiscing on Facebook the other night about the Prince concert we attended in December 1984.  That was 32 years ago, so our memories were a little fuzzy.Someone did remember an article that was in the Graphic or the Lincoln Torch about the event.  I then...

Letter: Flags to line Riverwalk

May 4, 2016
To the editor:On behalf of the Lake City American Legion and Auxiliary, I am asking for your help to represent Lake City with pride on Water Ski Days weekend by donating to “Flags of Valor.” We will be displaying American flags all along the sidewalk from Ohuta Park toward the Willows during Water...

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