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‘Keeping morale up and keeping the positivity’

Arts, fitness instructors teach online amid COVID-19 outbreak Read more | Add your comment

The science behind the coronavirus

What is coronavirus and where did it come from? Read more | Add your comment

Inventive ways to help

Business shifts operations to create hand sanitizer Read more | Add your comment

‘It was a full team effort’

Schools begin distribution of distance learning plans Read more | Add your comment

Health Updates

Minnesota COVID-19 deaths increase to 9

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Minnesota increased by 62 Sunday as the number of deaths from the virus jumped by four. According to the Minnesota Department ... Read more | Add your comment

by Sarah Stultz.

News

Reassurance program expanding for seniors across the county during COVID-19 pandemic

The Albert Lea Fire Department’s longtime reassurance program is expanding as a way to help seniors in need in Freeborn County during the COVID-19 pandemic. ... Read more | Add your comment

by Sarah Stultz.

Health Updates

Minnesotans worry as COVID-19 spreads to nursing homes

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota residents are worried about their elderly loved ones as the coronavirus outbreak spreads to nursing homes. At least 17 people living in ... Read more

by Associated Press, Sunday, March 29, 2020 6:06 pm

Health Updates

Trump adds 30 days to distancing guidelines as virus spreads

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is extending the voluntary national shutdown for a month as sickness and death from the coronavirus pandemic rise in the ... Read more

by Associated Press, Sunday, March 29, 2020 6:04 pm

Cops, Courts & Fires

Burning ban in place in Freeborn County

All fires are now banned in Freeborn County except for when a variance is granted to reduce the need for fire services during Gov. Tim ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Saturday, March 28, 2020 11:51 am

Health Updates

5th death reported in Minnesota from COVID-19

MINNEAP(OLIS — The Minnesota Department of Health on Saturday confirmed the state’s fifth death from the coronavirus, on a day when Gov. Tim Walz signed ... Read more

by Sarah Stultz, Saturday, March 28, 2020 11:11 am

Health Updates

Mayo goes blue to signify hope during COVID-19 pandemic

In honor and support of the community and dedicated staff during the COVID-19 pandemic, Mayo Clinic Health System in both Albert Lea and Austin has ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Saturday, March 28, 2020 8:17 am

Featured News

Phone data shows Minnesota is moderate on social distancing

Minnesotans appear to be mediocre in following social distancing guidelines compared to other states, according to one company, which gave the state a “C” grade ... Read more

by Sarah Stultz, Friday, March 27, 2020 4:12 pm

Health Updates

4 dead in Minnesota as cases jump to 398

Minnesota now has four deaths linked to COVID-19, up from two Thursday, and the number of cases has jumped to 398 from 346, state health ... Read more

by Minnesota Public Radio, Friday, March 27, 2020 4:11 pm

Cops, Courts & Fires

House egged and other reports

Break-ins reported Police received a report at 9:49 a.m. Thursday of a house that was broken into at 519 Albert Lea St. The break-in occurred ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Friday, March 27, 2020 4:09 pm

News

USDA centers open by phone only

U.S. Department of Agriculture service centers nationwide will continue to conduct business, but by phone only, according to a press release. Field work will continue ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, March 27, 2020 4:06 pm

News

Utilities urged to extend consumer protections

State regulators have called on Minnesota’s electric and gas utilities to provide additional safeguards for their customers in light of Gov. Tim Walz’s Executive Order ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, March 27, 2020 4:06 pm

News

Bringing joy to neighbors

Kate Peterson, 11, made cards for family, friends and her neighbors in the Summerdale community. She wanted to share kindness and joy, according to a ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, March 27, 2020 4:06 pm

Education

Principal’s Corner: What goes on behind the scenes

In a press conference on March 15, Gov. Tim Walz announced an executive order which authorized and directed the commissioner of education to implement a ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, March 27, 2020 4:05 pm

Columnists

Dan Sparks: More help in the fight against COVID-19

Minnesotans are facing one of our greatest challenges in generations as we work to combat the spread of COVID-19. On one front, we are doing ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, March 27, 2020 3:52 pm

Editorials

Editorial: Tribune Thumbs

To Albert Lea entrepreneur and Daisy Blue Naturals founder Jena Thompson. Albert Lea businesswoman Jena Thompson saw a need, and she is stepping up to ... Read more

by Editorial Board, Friday, March 27, 2020 3:51 pm

Letters to the Editor

Letter: Take online learning one day at a time

To help prevent the further spread of coronavirus, the way in which our students attend school is changing. I’ve heard a lot of concerns from ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, March 27, 2020 3:50 pm

Letters to the Editor

Letter: Officials should not be afraid to speak up for unborn

Regarding Wayne Thorson’s response to Mavis Jacobs: Many women I know have had abortions, and I can’t name one who doesn’t have a burden of ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, March 27, 2020 3:49 pm

Letters to the Editor

Letter: Socialists don’t care about manufacturing jobs going elsewhere

The column by Mr. Brown in the Mar. 24 Tribune about coming together was just another recipe for socialism — except for one thing. The ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, March 27, 2020 3:48 pm

Editorial Cartoon

Pen to paper

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by Editorial Board, Friday, March 27, 2020 3:48 pm

Health Updates

2 additional deaths reported as Minnesota COVID-19 cases continue to rise

Two more people died from COVID-19 and 398 people have now tested positive for the virus, according to the Minnesota Department of Health on Friday. ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Friday, March 27, 2020 11:17 am

News

Klobuchar’s husband back home after virus hospitalization

MINNEAPOLIS — U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s husband has been released from a hospital where he was being treated for low oxygen and pneumonia as a ... Read more

by Associated Press, Friday, March 27, 2020 5:35 am

News

Minnesota Legislature passes $330M COVID-19 aid bill

MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Legislature passed a $330 million financial aid package Thursday to help soften the economic impact and help public agencies and the ... Read more

by Associated Press, Thursday, March 26, 2020 5:47 pm

Business

Local cafe closes its doors for good

The preventative measures put in place to slow the spread of COVID-19 have started to impact small businesses across the country. Now, for one local ... Read more

by Tyler Julson, Thursday, March 26, 2020 5:05 pm

Featured News

Mayo Clinic continues steps in effort against COVID-19

As COVID-19 cases swell across the United States, health care institutions are starting to feel the strain. In some portions of the world, clinics and ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Thursday, March 26, 2020 5:02 pm

Cops, Courts & Fires

Building vandalized and other reports

Items stolen from car Police received a report at 7:41 a.m. Wednesday of a vehicle title, Social Security card and birth certificate that were reported ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Thursday, March 26, 2020 5:00 pm

Cops, Courts & Fires

Court Dispositions: March 20-25, 2020

Freeborn County District Court   March 20 Sa Guoi Htoo, 25, 517 Kruger St., Ottumwa, Iowa. Count 1: Driving without a valid license for vehicle ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Thursday, March 26, 2020 5:00 pm