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Barge breaks through lake ice to kick off commercial navigation season

Mar 23, 2022
Monday was an exciting day for riverwatchers as multiple tows pushing barges appeared on Lake Pepin for the first time this season. The Motor Vessel W. Red Harris was breaking its way through the ice of Lake Pepin Monday to become the first boat to kick off the unofficial start of the 2022...

Townships hold 2022 elections, annual meetings

Mar 16, 2022
Area townships held annual meetings and some elections on Tuesday, March 8. Several township clerks responded to a Graphic request for election and meeting results.   Hyde Park Township Hyde Park kept its levies the same as last year at its annual meeting, according to Clerk Dave Stevenson. The...

One injured in cluster of crashes on March 15

Mar 16, 2022
Three separate crashes involving a total of seven vehicles happened in less than an hour along the same stretch of Highway 61 south of Lake City Tuesday morning. One person was injured. The first happened at about 8:11 a.m. at milepost 68 in Mount Pleasant Township, according to the State Patrol....

Council approves request from apartment developer

Mar 16, 2022
The Lake City City Council voted 5-2 to approve a Planned Unit Development (PUD) amendment requested by a developer who wants to build an apartment building and townhomes in Lake City. Keller-Baartman asked the city to increase the allowed maximum density on the land it owns surrounding Hickory...

Bartsh announces retirement, candidates for sheriff emerge

Mar 9, 2022
At least two candidates are seeking to be the next Wabasha County Sheriff. Current Sheriff Rodney Bartsh announced last week that he would be retiring from law enforcement and would not be seeking another term as sheriff in the November election. “The time has come to put a greater emphasis on my...

Wabasha County Board authorizes hire of temporary zoning help, holds two closed sessions

Mar 9, 2022
The Wabasha County Board of Commissioners has approved hiring a temporary zoning consultant until a new Environmental Services Director can be hired to replace the current director, Kevin Krause, who has resigned to take another position. All commissioners were present for the March 1 meeting,...

Sheriff Rodney Bartsh announces retirement

Mar 9, 2022
Dear Wabasha County Citizens: I have recently made the decision to retire from being your Sheriff in Wabasha County. The time has come to put a greater emphasis on my family which, often over the years, has taken a backseat to my job. First of all, I need to thank my wife Denise and children...

Port Authority comes to the fore

Mar 9, 2022
Lake City’s transition from an economic development authority to a port authority is expected to hit another milestone on Thursday, March 17. According to Cailin Richard, one of the directors for the outgoing and incoming organizations, the first Lake City Port Authority meeting will take place...

Hickory Way apartment issue heads to council

Mar 9, 2022
A developer’s request for an amendment to the Planned Unit Development (PUD) necessary for a proposed apartment building in Lake City will be before the City Council at its March 14 meeting. Keller-Baartman is asking the city to allow higher density on the property it owns around Hickory Way so it...

EDA in negotiations on former Conoco property

Mar 9, 2022
The Lake City Economic Development Authority (EDA) is in negotiations with a buyer interested into the EDA’s property at 303 S. Lakeshore Drive, according to EDA Director Cailin Richard. The EDA acquired the property at the corner of Lakeshore Drive and Marion Street several years ago from Kwik...

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