lake city history

Woman’s Club celebrates Anna Underwood with tea party

Nov 23, 2022
Local historian Katie Himanga was the featured speaker at the Nov. 16 meeting of the Woman’s Club of Lake City. Her presentation was on Anna Underwood who played a pivotal role in Minnesota and Lake City history in the latter part of the 19th century through the early 20th century. Katie’s interest...

Remember Lake City’s tragedy

Oct 20, 2022
My brother Kevin and I had just returned home from some last minute Halloween shopping at the local dime store on Oct. 30, 1972. My older brother was to do the same after finishing his paper route which ran down South Prairie and up 6th Street beginning and ending at our house. Three brothers...

Frederick Johnson to speak about Central Point history on Oct. 9

Oct 5, 2022
Frederick Johnson, a Red Wing native and teacher in the St. Paul school system, has an abiding interest in the history of the Goodhue County area. On Oct. 9 at Hok-Si-La Park, he’ll share some of the research he’s done on the area of Central Point and Rest Island. He’ll also talk about the 1890...

Lake City Camp Fire reunion is Saturday at Hok-Si-La

Sep 14, 2022
Camp Fire Girls was chartered in 1946 in Lake City and was an active youth organization in Lake City until 2003. The organization provided an opportunity for girls age 5 to 18 years old to participate in clubs that provided training in outdoor skills, community service and leadership while building...

Stienes share history of city electrical power with Rotary Club

Aug 10, 2022
On Monday August 8, Bill and Sue Stiene were guest speakers at the Lake City Rotary Club meeting. They talked about the history of Lake City electrical power. Bill worked for the city utility company for 37 years starting in 1974 and retiring in 2010 as a Certified Lineman. He started out telling...

Civilian Conservation Camp here was one of almost 150 in the state

Jul 20, 2022
From 1936 to 1942 the U.S. Army’s Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) operated CCC Camp 713 on the site of Camp Lakeview, the former Lake City National Guard Camp, and site of the present-day Lake City Sportsman’s Club. The CCC Program was part of President Roosevelt’s 1933 New Deal legislation. It...

New book chronicles three area disasters

Jun 15, 2022
Southeast Minnesota has experienced many powerful natural disasters, and Lake City author Steve Gardiner explores three of them in his most recent book Historic Disasters in Southeast Minnesota published by The History Press. Gardiner’s book looks at the wreck of the Sea Wing in 1890, the...

Why History Matters essay contest first place entry

Jun 1, 2022
Editor's note: The following essay won first prize in the Why History Matters essay contest (see related story). Incorporated in 1872, Lake City has flourished as a beautiful town beside the Mississippi River for 150 years. Historians and the people of Lake City have contributed greatly to the...

Local history is very much alive

Apr 27, 2022
The Lake City sesquicentennial year was highlighted through the efforts of St. John’s Lutheran School Living History event. This year’s focus was on notable early settlers in Lake City. The 150th committee and Lake City Historical Society assisted with information from which students could select...

Students bring local history to life

Apr 27, 2022
An estimated 200 people attended the Living History Wax Museum event put on by St. John’s Lutheran School and Roots to Wings Learning Center on April 22. The event is an annual tradition at the school, but since Lake City is celebrating its sesquicentennial this year, this year’s wax museum...

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