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Spreading birthday cheer

Caravan wishes 104-year-old area woman a happy birthday  Read more | Add your comment

‘It’s still your day’

Couple forced to postpone wedding reception in wake of COVID-19 Read more | Add your comment

Tips to be healthy in a pandemic

Dietitian emphasizes the importance of maintaining a routine, regular exercise Read more | Add your comment

Providing a gesture of hope

Local business owner establishes cabinet with food for people in need Read more | Add your comment

Featured News

COVID-19 cases rise to 11 in Freeborn County

Cases confirmed in Fountain Centers Read more | Add your comment

by Sarah Stultz.

Health Updates

First COVID-19 case reported in Winnebago County 

The first case of COVID-19 was reported in Winnebago County on Monday, according to the Iowa Department of Health.   The person is between the age ... Read more | Add your comment

by Sarah Stultz.

Featured News

Sanitation company encouraging others to clean up communities

As spring weather starts to make an appearance in southern Minnesota, more people are walking, bicycling and running around the area lakes and neighborhoods — ... Read more

by Colleen Harrison, Monday, April 6, 2020 2:21 pm

Health Updates

Walz implores Minnesotans to continue fighting against COVID-19

ST. PAUL — Gov. Tim Walz, delivering his second State of the State address via the internet, implored Minnesotans to work together to fight the ... Read more

by Associated Press, Monday, April 6, 2020 2:20 pm

Cops, Courts & Fires

Fire damages kitchen and other reports

The kitchen in an Albert Lea home was damaged by fire Friday morning. Firefighters were dispatched at 7:38 a.m. Friday to 1202 James Ave. for a ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Monday, April 6, 2020 2:19 pm


Administrator’s Corner: Thank you for making distant learning work

We continue with distance learning in Albert Lea Area Schools and we want to thank our families and students for their extraordinary efforts in engaging ... Read more

by Submitted, Monday, April 6, 2020 2:18 pm


Sarah Stultz: Dedication of teachers has never been more clear

I’m not sure how other parents are feeling, but this distance learning stuff has taught our family quite a bit already in the one week ... Read more

by Sarah Stultz, Monday, April 6, 2020 12:06 pm


Editorial roundup: COVID-19 Minnesota response has been thoughtful, urgent

Minnesotans should have confidence in the response Gov. Tim Walz, his team and the Legislature have made to the COVID-19 pandemic. The approach to gathering ... Read more

by Editorial Roundup, Monday, April 6, 2020 12:05 pm


My Point of View: Delayed U.S. response will cost thousands of lives

Coronavirus has come to Freeborn County. The 50-state disaster is here. John Forman’s apologia for Trump in this column last week is already flotsam on the ... Read more

by Submitted, Monday, April 6, 2020 12:04 pm

Editorial Cartoon

Pen to paper

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by Editorial Board, Monday, April 6, 2020 12:03 pm

Health Updates

34% of Minn. COVID-19 cases have happened through community spread

More than 34% of COVID-19 cases in Minnesota have happened as a result of community spread of the virus, according to updated data released Monday ... Read more

by Sarah Stultz, Monday, April 6, 2020 11:29 am

Health Updates

Walz: Staying home is the only vaccine we have right now

Gov. Tim Walz used an unusual State of the State address Sunday evening to try to rally Minnesotans beset by both the COVID-19 pandemic and ... Read more

by Minnesota Public Radio, Monday, April 6, 2020 5:35 am

Health Updates

5 additional deaths reported statewide as confirmed cases rise to 935

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 rose to 935 across Minnesota on Sunday, and deaths reached 29, according to data reported by the Minnesota Department of Health. ... Read more

by Sarah Stultz, Sunday, April 5, 2020 11:10 am

Health Updates

U.S. ‘wasted’ months before preparing for virus pandemic

WASHINGTON (AP) — As the first alarms sounded in early January that an outbreak of a novel coronavirus in China might ignite a global pandemic, the Trump ... Read more

by Associated Press, Sunday, April 5, 2020 10:33 am

Health Updates

Americans brace for ‘hardest, saddest’ week of their lives

LONDON — Americans braced for what the nation’s top doctor warned Sunday would be “the hardest and saddest week” of their lives while Britain assumed ... Read more

by Associated Press, Sunday, April 5, 2020 10:30 am

Health Updates

Confirmed cases still rising in south-central Minnesota

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 continued to rise Saturday across south-central Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health, there are now 10 positive cases of ... Read more

by Sarah Stultz, Saturday, April 4, 2020 11:24 am

Health Updates

Mayo Clinic Health System modifies clinic hours

To meet evolving patient needs, Mayo Clinic Health System has launched several new services, including drive-thru testing for COVID-19, curbside pharmacy and medical equipment pickup, ... Read more

by Submitted, Saturday, April 4, 2020 8:40 am


Godfather’s in Albert Lea closing

Godfather’s Pizza on Friday announced it has closed its doors in Albert Lea after several decades in the community. Franchise President Brad Price said he ... Read more

by Sarah Stultz, Friday, April 3, 2020 7:46 pm


Small business relief program launches, hits snags

NEW YORK — The federal government’s $349 billion relief program for small businesses got off to a rocky start Friday as hundreds of thousands tried ... Read more

by Associated Press, Friday, April 3, 2020 6:45 pm

Health Updates

Face coverings recommended, but Trump says he won’t wear one

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump announced new federal guidelines Friday recommending that Americans wear face coverings when in public to help fight the spread of ... Read more

by Associated Press, Friday, April 3, 2020 6:42 pm

Featured News

Mayo Clinic reviewing plans for use of hospitals in event of surge

Mayo Clinic Health System officials are planning how to best utilize Mayo facilities in the region in the event of a surge in COVID-19 hospitalizations ... Read more

by Sarah Stultz, Friday, April 3, 2020 3:57 pm

Health Updates

Walz rolls out COVID-19 state data dashboard

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota state government rolled out a new COVID-19 dashboard Friday as a one-stop shop for residents to see the latest data on the ... Read more

by Associated Press, Friday, April 3, 2020 3:50 pm

Elections & Campaigns

District 27A candidate focused on improving area economy

A Hayward man running for the District 27A DFL endorsement said he is concerned about the local economy and would like to run for office ... Read more

by Sarah Stultz, Friday, April 3, 2020 3:49 pm


Change to death certificates could boost COVID-19 counts

With rare exceptions, Minnesota officials have decided against postmortem testing to determine if undiagnosed people who died from severe respiratory problems were infected with COVID-19. That ... Read more

by Minnesota Public Radio, Friday, April 3, 2020 3:48 pm


Over the hair on their chinny chin chins

The pig and piglet statues in the yard at the corner of Bridge Avenue and Hammer Road don face masks as a nod to the ... Read more

by Colleen Harrison, Friday, April 3, 2020 3:15 pm

Cops, Courts & Fires

Recreational fires now allowed

The burning restriction with a variance remains in place, but effective immediately, recreational fires are allowed, the Sheriff’s Office announced Friday afternoon. Recreational fires have ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, April 3, 2020 3:06 pm


Editorial: Tribune Thumbs

To Albert Lean Gilbert Johnson. Gilbert Johnson, owner and operator of The Chapel Comics and Collectibles Shoppe, has again stepped up to the plate to ... Read more

by Editorial Board, Friday, April 3, 2020 12:51 pm