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County officials: Continue to take fight against COVID-19 seriously

Nov 18, 2020
Dear Goodhue County community members: Our communities have seen a rapid rise in individuals testing positive for COVID-19. During this unprecedented time, we remain deeply committed to the health and well-being of our residents, employees, and communities. We need everyone to continue to take the...

Community Thanksgiving Dinner canceled due to pandemic

Nov 11, 2020
For the first time in 32 years, the Community Thanksgiving Dinner spearheaded by Bethany Lutheran Church has been canceled. “The congregation at Bethany Lutheran Church has made the difficult decision to cancel the annual Thanksgiving Day dinner, but with the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the...

County gives city money for new ambulance

Nov 11, 2020
Lake City will get a new ambulance thanks to a $175,000 grant of CARES Act funds from Wabasha County. The City Council voted unanimously to accept the money at its Nov. 9 meeting. City Administrator Rob Keehn said the money will pay for most of a new ambulance, and the city should be able to take...

Losing ground to COVID-19

Nov 11, 2020
Organizations both private and public are tightening restrictions as COVID-19 rates spike in the area and around the state. With Minnesota setting daily records for new COVID-19 cases, Gov. Tim Walz has announced further restrictions on social gatherings that go into effect Friday, Nov. 13, at 10...

Lake City schools will post weekly COVID-19 updates

Nov 4, 2020
Lake City Public Schools will post a weekly update with COVID-19 data on its website, Supt. Erick Enger announced in an email to families. The information can be found by going to, navigating to the “District” menu, clicking on “Superintendent” and then “Covid Update” in the “...

Wabasha County records first COVID-19 death

Nov 4, 2020
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has reported the first confirmed death of a Wabasha County resident due to COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, according to Wabasha County Public Health. The death occurred Oct. 22 in a Wabasha County resident in their 80s. “Our...

School free meals extended through June

Nov 4, 2020
The United States Department of Agriculture has extended a program that provides free meals to children through the rest of the school year. Instituted during the COVID-19 pandemic, the program was previously extended until Jan. 1. The new expiration date is June 30. “This means all students at (...

Pandemic continues to not be very good

Oct 28, 2020
Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Wabasha and Goodhue counties continued their accelerated rise over the past week, impacting several local organizations. Wabasha County added 70 confirmed cases between Oct. 20 and Oct. 27. Goodhue County added 110. Bluff View Elementary School recently notified...

Trick-or-treating with less risk

Oct 28, 2020
According to the Minnesota Department of Health, some popular Halloween activities pose a higher risk of spreading COVID-19. These include trick-or-treating where candy is handed to children who go door-to-door, costume parties or haunted houses held indoors, trunk-or-treating where treats are...

CARES Act dominates Wabasha County Board meeting

Oct 28, 2020
Wabasha County Administrator Brian Buhmann led the discussion concerning the CARES updates at the Oct. 20 meeting of the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners. This was the first County Board meeting to be held in the newly remodeled Board chambers which had been paid for with CARES funding. The...


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