local politics

Women elected to five city council seats for the first time

Nov 18, 2020
For the second straight general election, voters in Lake City have selected a record number of women to represent them on the city council. In 2018, when Faye Brown and Amy Alkire won seats on the council, women outnumbered men on the council for the first time in history at 4-3 (if you include...

Lake City election to be finalized

Nov 11, 2020
With the Lake City City Council set to meet Thursday, Nov. 12, at 5 p.m. to certify the Nov. 3 election results, it appears the results haven’t changed enough since election night to affect who won. The margin between Mark Nichols, who won reelection, and challenger John Redmond narrowed by one...

Redmond: Your support was overwhelming

Nov 11, 2020
Thank you to everyone who supported me in my bid to become mayor. Unfortunately our shared vision for a truly transparent city government was thwarted by the narrowest of margins. Hopefully, this is the wake up call the mayor and council needed to see. They don’t have carte blanche to only do...

Election ends, count continues

Nov 4, 2020
Two races in Lake City were too close to call the morning after the Nov. 3 general election. As of Wednesday morning, incumbent Mayor Mark Nichols led John Redmond by 69 votes. In the city council race, Katie Novak was eight votes ahead of incumbent Jason DeVinny for the third and final open seat...

General election is Tuesday

Oct 28, 2020
The 2020 general election is less than a week away. Voters who haven’t already will be able to cast their ballots at polling places around the area. On Tuesday, a week before the election, absentee voting in Lake City was up over 50 percent over 2016. According to Wabasha County and Goodhue County...

After traveling the world, thankful for leadership at home in Lake City

Oct 21, 2020
For many, 2020 can’t be over soon enough. The pandemic has affected everyone in one form or another. Some have sadly succumbed to the disease, others are grieving, many have been isolated from loved ones and millions have lost their jobs. It can’t be easy to feel upbeat and positive during such...

Vote for one step forward, not two steps backward

Oct 21, 2020
In 2007 there was a popular country song titled “One step forward two steps back” which was done by the Desert Rose band. Well today, Lake City is faced by this one step forward or two steps back dilemma. Do we move forward or do we move two steps back? What I am referring to is the mayor and city...

Time for a change of leadership in Lake City

Oct 21, 2020
I think it is time for a change in leadership for the community. Mayor Mark Nichols and several on the city council like Jason DeVinny and Russell Boe are out of touch with the people of this community and the needs of the community. This can be demonstrated by a couple of their recent decisions...

Join us in voting Kaehler for state senate

Oct 21, 2020
My wife Joanne and I have already voted for Ralph Kaehler to become the only active farmer in the Minnesota Senate. Joanne grew up on a dairy farm and she recognized the qualities of sincerity and honesty in Ralph that convinced her to vote for him as she served as a delegate to the Wabasha County...

Peters: Strength, dedication, and passion for Lake City advocacy

Oct 21, 2020
I am running for the city council and have lived much of my life in Lake City, growing up and working in the community. This experience enabled me to see business climate changes over the years and the impact of many events that affects our city. I have a passion for life and the wellbeing of Lake...


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