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County reports second large meth confiscation since March

May 25, 2022
Wabasha County has announced charges in the second case involving multiple pounds of methamphetamine in the county since March. On May 17, 2022, Michael Jerald Mattison, age 46, of Lake City arrived at the Wabasha County Criminal Justice Center seeking the return of his vehicle from the county’s...

Bartsh announces re-election run and other local office filings

May 25, 2022
After announcing earlier this year that he plans to retire at the end of his current term, Wabasha County Sheriff Rodney Bartsh has decided to seek re-election for what would be a sixth term. “Many things have happened in the last six months that have had us questioning if I had the energy to keep...

Bluff View leaders set to leave

May 25, 2022
New leadership is coming to Bluff View Elementary School. On May 16, the Lake City School Board approved the resignation of Assistant Principal Tracy Oliver. Since then, Principal Jim Borgschatz announced his retirement. Lake City Public Schools Supt. Erick Enger said the district had already...

Mt. Pleasant solar project approved

May 25, 2022
At the regular Wabasha County Board meeting on May 17, County Administrator Michael Plante announced the dates and times for the upcoming June meetings. Instead of the regular first and third Tuesdays of the month, the board will meet on June 14 at 4 p.m. for their regular meeting. This will be...

Millville man pleads guilty in father's killing, plea deal calls for 36 years in prison

May 18, 2022
The Wabasha County Attorney Karrie Kelly announced on May 13 that James Edward Riley, 46, of Millville has entered a plea of guilty to murder in the second degree in relation to the murder of his father, Edward Riley, on March 5, 2021. The County Attorney’s Office supplemented the guilty plea with...

New zoning administrator joins Wabasha County staff

May 11, 2022
At their regular meeting on May 3, the Wabasha County Board of Commssioners welcomed the new zoning administrator, Jason Kaltenbach, to the county staff. Wabasha’s newest employee comes to Wabasha from Dodge County, and he is already at work in his new position. Don Springer was not present for...

Belvidere Township woman arrested in connection with newborn’s death in 2003

May 11, 2022
The Goodhue County Sheriff’s Office and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) on Monday announced an arrest in the 2003 death of a newborn baby boy discovered deceased in Lake Pepin in 2003. The woman, Jennifer Lynn Matter, 50, of Belvidere Township, was recently identified through...

Corrected: ‘Safe Routes’ get a try-out

May 11, 2022
Two temporary traffic changes are now in place along South Prairie Street in Lake City as part of a Minnesota Department of Transportation Safe Routes to School demonstration project. At the intersection of Prairie Street and Lakewood Avenue, bollards, red paint, and reflective tape create a...

Sealcoating on county roads begins May 23

May 11, 2022
Sealcoat work is planned to begin Monday, May 23 on several Wabasha County Highway locations. All work is expected to be completed within two weeks. Roads will remain open to traffic, but traffic restrictions and flag persons when work is on-going, and loose gravel should be expected. Road users...

Election season arrives

May 11, 2022
Filing for several local elections begins next week. Local elections on ballots this year include county officers, county commissioners, city council members, and school board members. The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 8, but some races could be subject to primary elections in August. City of...

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