public safety

Winter costs more at city, county

Aug 14, 2019
On Aug. 7, the Minnesota Department of Transportation announced that last winter had cost the state about $133 million to keep roads clear of snow, making it the most expensive winter in a decade (see related story). Costs were higher locally as well. In Lake City, winter-related streets department...

Animal collisions injure Lake City residents on consecutive days

Aug 14, 2019
Two Lake City residents were injured in separate collisions with animals on Highway 61 between Lake City and Red Wing last week. On Aug. 5 just after 3 a.m., a Honda CRV driven by a 70-year-old Lake City woman was northbound on Highway 61 near Wacouta Road when it struck a horse, according to the...

Hikers rescued from Lake City bluff

May 29, 2019
Two hikers had to be rescued after becoming stranded on a bluff overlooking Lake City last week. The call came in at about 9:45 p.m. on May 22. Lake City Fire Department, Wabasha County Sheriff’s Office, Lake City Police, and Lake City Ambulance responded. Lake City Fire Chief Greg Sievers said...

A training breakthrough

May 15, 2019
Lake City volunteer firefighter Justin Cerwinske passes over a sheet of drywall he punched through while navigating an obstacle course Tuesday night at the fire hall. Pairs of firefighters, wearing respirators and masks to prevent them from seeing where they were going, navigated the obstacle...

Drug take back day is April 27

Apr 24, 2019
Mayo Clinic Health System encourages community members to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths by expanding spring cleaning to their medicine cabinet in recognition of National Take Back Prescription Drug Day on April 27. “Patient safety is a top priority and while we often talk about the...

Flood run coming April 20

Apr 17, 2019
Thousands of motorcyclists will kick off the unofficial start of the Minnesota riding season during the “Spring Flood Run” Saturday, April 20. The route takes riders along the Mississippi and St. Croix Valley roadways between the Twin Cities and Winona. Motorists need to use extra caution this...

Distracted driving enforcement push begins April 8

Apr 3, 2019
Distracted driving-related crashes claim an average of 53 lives each year, according to a news release from Wabasha County. In an effort to increase awareness and change dangerous behaviors, Minnesota law enforcement agencies will begin a three-week extra distracted driving enforcement wave...

Lake City Fire Department elects 2019 officers

Mar 6, 2019
The Lake City Fire Department recently announced its 2019 officers. They are (seated, from left) Greg Sievers, chief; Dave Glomski, assistant chief; (standing, from left) Matt Herzig, secretary; Derek Nibbe, captain; Tom Reckmann, treasurer; Brandon Herzig, captain; and Dan Patterson and John...

Snowmobile burns on riverwalk

Mar 6, 2019
A snowmobile caught fire at the northern end of the Riverwalk in the early hours of the morning Sunday, March 3. Lake City Graphic Editor Andrew Eggenberger called 911 just before 3 a.m. to report the fire. Lake City Police and the Lake City Fire Department responded to the scene. The driver of...

Fire Dept: Keep hydrants free of snow

Feb 14, 2019
With the seemingly neverending string of snow events, the Lake City Fire Department is reminding residents to keep nearby fire hydrants accessible to firefighters in case of emergency. The department recommends shoveling snow in a three-foot radius around the hydrant and out to the street, as shown...


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