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Wabasha County records first COVID-19 death

Nov 4, 2020
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has reported the first confirmed death of a Wabasha County resident due to COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, according to Wabasha County Public Health. The death occurred Oct. 22 in a Wabasha County resident in their 80s. “Our...

Any day now, weather permitting

Oct 28, 2020
“(W)ithin a few days, weather permitting.” That was the estimate Tuesday for how long it would be before traffic was once again allowed to travel on Lakeshore Drive between Lyon Avenue and Grant Street. It’s the third and final stretch of a rebuild project that extended from the pier concourse...

CARES Act dominates Wabasha County Board meeting

Oct 28, 2020
Wabasha County Administrator Brian Buhmann led the discussion concerning the CARES updates at the Oct. 20 meeting of the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners. This was the first County Board meeting to be held in the newly remodeled Board chambers which had been paid for with CARES funding. The...

Goodhue County Board moves closer to handing landfill to state

Oct 28, 2020
For over a decade Goodhue County has worked to create a solid waste plan that would include the closure of the Bench Street Landfill. Now, it is possible that the landfill will be entered into Minnesota’s Closed Landfill Program before 2021 arrives. The county currently pays about $65,000 annually...

Updated: Fire department grieves, honors departed member

Oct 28, 2020
Sirens wailed, lights flashed, and cannons fired in the Tuesday night darkness to honor Lake City firefighter Clayton Brandt, who died that evening. According to the Lake City Fire Department Facebook page, emergency services responded to a single-vehicle accident at 12:20 a.m. Tuesday. Brandt was...

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...

Pandemic continues to not be very good

Oct 28, 2020
Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Wabasha and Goodhue counties continued their accelerated rise over the past week, impacting several local organizations. Wabasha County added 70 confirmed cases between Oct. 20 and Oct. 27. Goodhue County added 110. Bluff View Elementary School recently notified...

Snowstorm was earliest in years

Oct 28, 2020
The snowstorm of Tuesday, Oct. 20, was the earliest plow event in at least 22 years, according to City of Lake City Public Works Director Scott Jensen. “The Halloween storm that is often referenced would be the earliest in our recollection and plowing likely started on Nov. 1,” he said of the 1991...

Council awards bid for first phase of Ohuta Park project

Oct 21, 2020
The Ohuta Park redevelopment project moved one step closer Oct. 12 when the Lake City City Council awarded the Phase I bid to Glander Excavating on a 5-2 vote. Council Members Cindy McGrath and Faye Brown voted against the motion. The company will prepare sites for the seven trailers that will be...

Lake City receives $1.6 million for Ohuta breakwater, Hok-Si-La utility connection

Oct 21, 2020
Two Lake City requests received funding in the 2020 Minnesota bonding bill passed by the state legislature and expected to be signed by Gov. Tim Walz this week. The $1.9 billion bill includes $587,000 to design, engineer, and construct a water and sewer connection from Hok-Si-La to the City of...

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