Opinion

Residents deserve explanation on council Hickory Way votes

Jan 19, 2022
This note is to clarify some of the comments I made during the Planning Commission’s public forum for the Keller-Baartman multi housing proposal. The one voted against 5–2 by the Planning Commission but recklessly was approved 5-2 by the council weeks later [Editor’s note: This was a concept-stage...

Mistrustful of city actions on apartment proposal

Jan 19, 2022
I’m writing to express mistrust with city actions regarding the Hickory Way apartment project by Keller-Baartman. The developer Keller-Baartman stated (October 2021 planning meeting) that he was told by city staff that Cemstone was off limits, not available for his project. For a city desperate...

Cemstone is the right place for rental housing

Jan 19, 2022
The City of Lake City purchased the approximately 100 acre Cemstone site located along 10th Street near the police station in 2006 [Editor’s note: The city public safety building was built on the Cemstone property itself and completed in 2017. At the time the public safety building was at 211 S....

Forestry committee: Trees please

Jan 12, 2022
Imagine for a moment living in a place with no trees. Where would you go for shade on a hot day, what kind of wildlife would you see, how barren would the landscape look? Lake City has long been known for its pleasing canopy of trees, some of which are hundreds of years old. But age, disease, and...

Answers to caucus questions

Jan 12, 2022
What important event is taking place on Feb. 1, 2022? Minnesota precinct caucuses at 7 p.m. How often do they occur? They occur every 2 years in an even year. The date is set by the major party chairs and reported to Secretary of State. Sometimes they are in March. What is this event? The...

Salvation Army contributions exceed $10,000

Jan 5, 2022
Wishing you and all readers of The Graphic a very Healthy and Happy New Year! That said, I am very happy to report donations to Salvation Army Red Kettle 2021 campaign in Lake City not only exceeded 2020’s total, it exceeded $10,000 dollars: $10,142.49 to be exact. Tom Dwelle, Dave Toole and...

Watch out for cats in your car engine

Jan 5, 2022
As frigid weather continues for the next several months, Hiawatha Animal Humane Society asks that you take a little extra time before setting out in your vehicle to make sure a cat has not crawled up to your engine block to seek warmth, a behavior that can be deadly to the animal. Here are a few...

120 children served by Kiwanis Toy Project

Jan 5, 2022
Lake City Kiwanis thanks the many people who donated toys and cash to the Toy Project this year. Due to COVID-19 toy donations were down this year but cash donations were up. We served 52 families with 120 children and were able to meet our goals. We thank Lake City Fresh Market, Swan Jewelry,...

Will apartments really be affordable?

Dec 29, 2021
Will the proposed 57 unit apartment building on Hickory Way and Hidden Meadow Lane really offer affordable rental housing for factory and health care workers? I don’t think so. Not if “location location location” is still the way to project pricing on any piece of real estate. Early in this...

City may have buyer’s remorse if apartment building is built

Dec 29, 2021
Regarding the proposed 57 unit apartment building for Hickory Way and Hidden Meadow, I understand that the City wants to take advantage of the contractor/land-owner who wants to build there because the Hickory Way lot is shovel-ready, (infrastructure of sewer, water, etc. paid for by previous...

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