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Planning Commission to hold 'big tent' meeting Oct. 27

Oct 22, 2015
About 100 people representing a dozen or more Lake City organizations are expected to attend a “big tent” meeting Tuesday, Oct. 27, at St. Mary of the Lake Catholic Church. The meeting will include a discussion of several goals for Lake City development proposed by various organizations and...

Pallet rebuilder keeps growing

Oct 22, 2015
What started out as a weekend job to help someone out has grown into a local business that employs 60 people after doubling its capacity in the last two years. J and B Pallets is being honored this week as Lake City’s Manufacturer of the Year. The company, and other large employers, will be feted...

Meetings to offer strategies for negotiating fair farm rental rates

Oct 21, 2015
Landlords, farmers, and agri-business professionals are encouraged to attend one of the informative meetings being held across central and southern Minnesota on farm rental rates. These free meetings are being provided by the University of Minnesota Extension. Farm land rental rates have never...

As ELP turns 20, 'grandma' says goodbye

Oct 21, 2015
Just over 20 years ago, rural Lake City dairy farmer Maren Holst wrote one of her talents on a slip of paper as part of a church activity. The idea went into a sealed envelope for the church to keep for a certain amount of time before mailing them back to her as a reminder. Holst didn’t need the...

Audit shows school district reserves to be 'reasonably healthy'

Oct 21, 2015
The news was mostly good when Bradley Carlton of CliftonLarsonAllen summarized the firm’s audit of Lake City Public Schools at the School Board meeting Oct. 19. The district’s unassigned fund balance, which is considered a bellwether for the overall financial health of the district, grew from $960,...

School district plans smaller levy increase

Oct 21, 2015
Lake City Public Schools wants property taxpayers in the district to know the school portion of their property taxes won’t be as high as it appears on proposed tax statements headed their way in November. In September, the School Board voted to levy the maximum amount allowed by state law. Because...

Zumbro Falls loses a longtime leader

Oct 15, 2015
The Zumbro Falls fire station was eerily quiet at midmorning Saturday. It was supposed to be time for the fire department’s annual open house. But there was no one around. All the fire trucks were gone. A lone yellow truck from the Mazeppa Fire Department sat out front. The fire extingisher...

City administrator may be picked in December

Oct 15, 2015
Twenty-five people have applied to become Lake City’s new city administrator, the City Council was told Oct. 12. Gary Weiers said some more could trickle in Tuesday, the last day to apply. Weiers, of David Drown Associates, is handling the search process for the city. That process will lead to...

City Council says no to chickens

Oct 15, 2015
A group of residents who want to grow chickens in their back yard got a firm, but divided, no from the City Council Monday night. A new ordinance that would have allowed people to grow a handful of chickens on residential property under strict conditions failed to gain approval on a 4-3 vote....

County OKs new aerial survey

Oct 15, 2015
In action taken at their regular meeting on Oct. 6, the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners approved a six-year contract with Pictometry International Corporation, and Minnesota Counties Computer Cooperative (MnCCC) to provide high quality aerial imagery for several county departments. The vote...

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