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Top Stories

Martinez the likely DFL candidate to face Bennett

Thomas Martinez of Hayward had a clear lead in Tuesday’s primary for the DFL seat to challenge incumbent ... Read more | Add your comment

The show must go on

Freeborn County 4-H'ers are descending on the county fairgrounds this week for untraditional livestock shows amid the COVID-19 ... Read more | Add your comment

Clarks Grove man finishes 100-mile walking fundraiser (with video)

CLARKS GROVE — Mickey Nelson crosses the finish line Wednesday afternoon after walking 100 miles over the summer ... Read more | Add your comment

Woman wants new coffee shop to be ‘a hub of activity’

LAKE MILLS — Kelly Gau said Lake Mills has needed a coffee shop for a while. So she decided ... Read more | Add your comment

Health Updates

Daily COVID-19 update: No new cases in 4 area counties; double-digit deaths statewide

No new COVID-19 cases were reported in Faribault, Freeborn, Steele and Waseca counties, according to the daily update by the Minnesota Department of Health. Freeborn ... Read more | Add your comment

by Staff Reports.

Elections & Campaigns

Lee and Herman lead primary results for county District 5

Incumbent Freeborn County Commissioner Mike Lee and challenger Ted Herman led the primary election for the 5th District Tuesday night, according to unofficial results for ... Read more | Add your comment

by Sarah Stultz.

Cops, Courts & Fires

DEA reports significant increase in counterfeit pills in Minnesota

Drug Enforcement Administration agents from the Minneapolis/St. Paul district office are reporting a significant increase in counterfeit pills entering Minnesota from drug trafficking organizations in ... Read more

by Submitted, Wednesday, August 12, 2020 10:45 am

Cops, Courts & Fires

2 cited after report of fight and other reports

Police cited Aung Htay Win, 18, and a juvenile for fifth-degree assault after receiving a report at 9:29 p.m. Tuesday of juveniles fighting in the ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Wednesday, August 12, 2020 10:25 am

Elections & Campaigns

Omar tested in Minnesota; Smith, Lewis win Senate primaries

MINNEAPOLIS — Rep. Ilhan Omar is about to learn whether voters in her Minneapolis-area congressional district support the mix of confrontational, anti-Trump progressivism and celebrity ... Read more

by Associated Press, Tuesday, August 11, 2020 9:13 pm

Elections & Campaigns

Unofficial Freeborn County primary election results

(41 of 41 precincts reporting; mail-in absentee ballots postmarked by Tuesday are still accepted through Thursday)   Fifth District Freeborn County Commissioner Lynn Berven: 218 ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Tuesday, August 11, 2020 9:03 pm

Featured News

5 things to do this week

1. Drive-in movie A rescheduled showing of “Abominable” will be at 8:45 p.m. Friday at Albert Lea City Arena, 701 Lake Chapeau Drive in Albert ... Read more

by Colleen Harrison, Tuesday, August 11, 2020 8:21 pm

Elections & Campaigns

Hagedorn meets with business leaders, law enforcement officers in Albert Lea

U.S. House Rep. Jim Hagedorn emphasized the importance of supporting both small businesses and local law enforcement during his most recent visit to Albert Lea ... Read more

by Tyler Julson, Tuesday, August 11, 2020 8:20 pm

Editorials

Editorial: Put disposable masks in proper place after use

No matter how you feel about masks, we hope everyone can agree on one thing: Masks don’t belong left in the bottom of a shopping ... Read more

by Editorial Board, Tuesday, August 11, 2020 8:17 pm

Columnists

Sarah Stultz: Albert Lea is resilient — just hang in there

It seems that almost on a daily basis, I am impressed to see someone in our community who has successfully adapted to the changes that ... Read more

by Sarah Stultz, Tuesday, August 11, 2020 8:16 pm

Columnists

Al Batt: A swagger isn’t far from a walk with a limp in reality

His ancient pickup had undergone more oil changes than any vehicle in Iowa. That’s what legends are made of. Read more

by Al Batt, Tuesday, August 11, 2020 8:15 pm

Columnists

Ask a Trooper: Follow safety precautions with trailers

Can you talk about boat trailer safety with all the traffic we see pulling these things? Read more

by Submitted, Tuesday, August 11, 2020 8:14 pm

Columnists

My Point of View: Bennett not serving district with votes on bonding bill

Rep. Peggy Bennett seems to think she can restore full funding for Albert Lea’s projects in the next iteration of the house bonding bill, while ... Read more

by Submitted, Tuesday, August 11, 2020 8:13 pm

Letters to the Editor

Letter: Legislation did not go far enough

The League of Minnesota Cities thanks the state Legislature and the governor for their work to pass the Police Accountability Act. This legislation is a ... Read more

by Submitted, Tuesday, August 11, 2020 8:09 pm

Letters to the Editor

Letter: Denial is the worst kind of lie

Laurie Garrett, an American science journalist, who has written several books regarding emerging diseases, two of which are “The Coming Plague” and “Ebola: Story of ... Read more

by Submitted, Tuesday, August 11, 2020 8:08 pm

Letters to the Editor

Letter: What about the city name of Edward Lea?

As events of today continue to evolve, it’s important to take stock of what we represent as people by those we celebrate. I grew up ... Read more

by Submitted, Tuesday, August 11, 2020 8:07 pm

Letters to the Editor

Paid political letter: Why was award given to Hagedorn?

Here’s a puzzle. Why did Representative Hagedorn get an award from the nonprofit Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease? He certainly has not worked to help ... Read more

by Submitted, Tuesday, August 11, 2020 8:06 pm

Opinion

Poll results: How do you plan to vote in November’s election?

We asked readers at www.albertleatribune.com, “How do you plan to vote in November’s election?” Read more

by Editorial Board, Tuesday, August 11, 2020 8:05 pm

News

Fishing duo takes second

The Albert Lea duo of Caden Stevens and Ian Latham traveled to Brainerd Sunday to take part in the Student Angler Tournament Trail presented by ... Read more

by Tyler Julson, Tuesday, August 11, 2020 8:00 pm

News

Salt deliveries signal winter preparations have begun

Even though snowy weather may seem far away, the Minnesota Department of Transportation has started to focus on preparation for the coming winter, according to ... Read more

by Submitted, Tuesday, August 11, 2020 8:00 pm

News

Toastmasters Club elects new officers

The Shibboleth Toastmasters Club announces the election of new officers for the Toastmasters year, according to a press release. New officers are Matthew Chavers, president; ... Read more

by Submitted, Tuesday, August 11, 2020 8:00 pm

Cops, Courts & Fires

Prosecution rejects rookie argument by ex-cop in Floyd death

MINNEAPOLIS — State prosecutors have rejected an argument by a fired Minneapolis police officer charged in George Floyd’s death that he was just a rookie ... Read more

by Associated Press, Tuesday, August 11, 2020 7:07 pm

Cops, Courts & Fires

ATF: Fire that destroyed St. Paul hotel project was arson

ST. PAUL — Investigators have determined a massive blaze that destroyed a hotel project under construction in downtown St. Paul last week was arson. The ... Read more

by Associated Press, Tuesday, August 11, 2020 7:06 pm

Cops, Courts & Fires

Convicted killer pleads guilty to Minnesota husband’s murder

KASSON — A Minnesota woman who earlier pleaded guilty to killing a woman in Florida was sentenced to life in prison without parole after pleading ... Read more

by Associated Press, Tuesday, August 11, 2020 6:58 pm

Elections & Campaigns

Biden selects California Sen. Kamala Harris as running mate

WILMINGTON, Del. — Joe Biden named California Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate on Tuesday, making history by selecting the first Black woman to ... Read more

by Associated Press, Tuesday, August 11, 2020 3:21 pm

News

City to spray for mosquitoes

The city of Albert Lea will spray for mosquitoes Wednesday, with Thursday being the alternate day if weather conditions warrant, according to a press release. ... Read more

by Submitted, Tuesday, August 11, 2020 2:55 pm

News

County considering travel policy for employees

Freeborn County officials are considering a new policy requiring county employees to work from home for 14 days following a vacation to a high-risk COVID-19 ... Read more

by Sarah Stultz, Tuesday, August 11, 2020 2:40 pm