City Compost Site
The Lake City compost site is scheduled to open by April 1, 2024, weather permitting. While our spring season has been accelerated, there is still a lot to accomplish to get ready for warmer weather. If we are able to open early, we will let everyone know!  Fees apply, and approvals are needed for commercial dumping. 



The filing period for people interested in running for City Council or Mayor is May 21, 2024 until June 4 at 5:00 pm.

All Candidates

*must be eligible to vote in Minnesota

*must have not filed for another office at the upcoming primary or general election

*must be 21 years of age or more upon assuming office

*must have maintained residence in their Lake City for at least 30 days before the election

All terms are 4 years.

Paperwork will be available on May 21, 2024- June 4, 2024 at City Hall.   The fee is $2.00.


Fire Department Seeks Applicants 
The Lake City Fire Department is now seeking applicants for openings of paid on call firefighters.  Applications must be submitted no later than April 26, 2024.


Rethos Downtown Assessment

Through a grant from the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation, the Lake City Chamber of Commerce welcomed Rethos to conduct a comprehensive assessment of Downtown Lake City in 2022. After spending multiple days in the community conducting resident interviews and holding stakeholder focus groups, as well as garnering survey responses from over 600 residents, Rethos staff analyzed the data they collected. The document resulting from this analysis, as well as the raw survey results data, are now published and available for all to view.

The Assessment document identifies Lake City’s assets and challenges and provides a roadmap to future Main Street vitality and success. The Chamber is working with community stakeholders, including the City of Lake City and Lake City Port Authority, to create an action plan to implement recommendations and maximize the opportunities for Lake City’s downtown. Follow along with all three entities as updates on their progress towards these goals are provided!

Download the Assessment (PDF)

Demographic Survey Findings:

Downtown Habits Survey Findings: 

Downtown Future Survey Findings:


Energy Efficiency Rebates
Lake City Public Utilities helps save you money at home. To find out more about the rebates offered click on this link.

TEXT "WabashaCoAlert" to 99411 to enroll in Lake city/Wabasha County emergency alert program

Stay Informed and Aware Regarding:
Missing children or missing persons
Criminal activity
Drinking water contamination
Utility outages
Traffic conditions
Various threats to people, property or the environment
Snow Emergencies
And more - Question call (651) 345-3344


Dog Licenses
Licenses are available at the Public Safety Building, located at 601 North 10th Street.  The City of Lake City requires that all dogs be licensed annually. You can purchase a dog license during normal business hours, weekdays from 8am to 4:30pm. A current copy of proof of rabies vaccination for each dog is required and must be kept on file at the City.  

Boards and Commission Openings
The City of Lake City seeks dynamic individuals to serve on various boards and commissions. You must live in City limits to be considered for appointment.  Please go the city website at or pick up an application at City Hall.  Any questions please contact the Kari Schreck, City Clerk at or 345-6812.

Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Information 
EAB has been found in both Wabasha and Goodhue Counties.