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Remembering the war

GLENVILLE — It has been 75 years since since Glenville veteran Tony Chavez was stationed overseas during World ... Read more | Add your comment

Jury finds Chauvin guilty of murder, manslaughter in Floyd killing

A Hennepin County jury on Tuesday found ex-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin guilty of murder and manslaughter in ... Read more | Add your comment

4th year of dredging on Fountain Lake begins

After a break for the winter, dredging began again Monday on Fountain Lake.  Shell Rock River Watershed District ... Read more | Add your comment

‘It’s just too much’

After serving the Clarks Grove area for 42 years, the Clarks Grove Golf Course closed for business before ... Read more | Add your comment

News

Woman shares joy of volunteering through Mayo’s Albert Lea hospice program

In 2011, area resident Renee Ruble lost her sister to cancer. Ruble said it was the third time for her sister to be diagnosed with ... Read more | Add your comment

by Sarah Stultz.

News

Advocates of 4-H encourage use of county fairgrounds

Advocates for Freeborn County 4-H’ers on Tuesday spoke in favor of having an in-person showcase for students open to spectators in August at the Freeborn ... Read more | Add your comment

by Sarah Stultz.

Editorial --FEATURE SPOT

Editorial Roundup: Keep moving forward on expanded telehealth

The COVID-19 pandemic forced sweeping changes in how we work, with many workers doing their jobs remotely for much of the past year. A swift ... Read more

by Editorial Roundup, Tuesday, April 20, 2021 8:57 pm

Columnists

Sarah Stultz: A bond as sisters that will never go away

As the middle child of three daughters, I’ve always had what I like to think of as built-in friends in my sisters. Read more

by Sarah Stultz, Tuesday, April 20, 2021 8:56 pm

Columnists

Al Batt: Whatever happened to that whatchamacallit?

It begins with, “I can’t find the whatchamacallit.” Read more

by Al Batt, Tuesday, April 20, 2021 8:53 pm

Columnists

My Point of View: The Republican Party is not a working class party like it claims

In the GOP column in this space last week, Brad Kramer articulated the elitism of the Republican Party. Socialism is for the rich and business-minded, ... Read more

by Submitted, Tuesday, April 20, 2021 8:45 pm

Columnists

Guest column: What small business owners should understand

A local small business CEO asked us recently “I am frustrated that I am not getting traffic to my website like I need, how can ... Read more

by Submitted, Tuesday, April 20, 2021 8:40 pm

Letters to the Editor

Letter: Resisting arrest

People get shot when they resist arrest. But the news media never tells us that piece. Our people in blue are here to help me ... Read more

by Submitted, Tuesday, April 20, 2021 8:30 pm

Opinion

Letter: The silent killer

Addiction is the only disease that tells you that you don’t have a disease. This is a powerful statement about the disease of addiction. The ... Read more

by Submitted, Tuesday, April 20, 2021 8:30 pm

Education

Head Start applications accepted

Families First of Minnesota Head Start and Early Head Start programs are accepting applications for the 2021-22 program year. Head Start serves children who are ... Read more

by Submitted, Tuesday, April 20, 2021 8:00 pm

News

Reporting fish die-offs helps the DNR and others respond

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources would like the public’s help in reporting fish die-offs in lakes and streams, which happen occasionally and usually result ... Read more

by Submitted, Tuesday, April 20, 2021 8:00 pm

News

Does COVID-19 vaccination impact blood donation eligibility?

As COVID-19 vaccines become more available and people resume some of their favorite activities, the American Red Cross is reminding the public that the need ... Read more

by Submitted, Tuesday, April 20, 2021 8:00 pm

Cops, Courts & Fires

Crowds react with joy, wariness to verdict in Floyd’s death

London Williams stood in Black Lives Matter Plaza in Washington, D.C., moments before the verdict was read in George Floyd’s murder trial Tuesday, wondering how ... Read more

by Associated Press, Tuesday, April 20, 2021 7:38 pm

Cops, Courts & Fires

Albert Lea Area Schools releases statement following Chauvin verdict

Albert Lea Area Schools Superintendent Mike Funk released a statement following the Chauvin verdict: “At Albert Lea Area Schools we understand that our students may ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Tuesday, April 20, 2021 4:23 pm

Health Updates

Cases continue to fall, vaccinations hold steady

As the state races to beat out a new, more contagious variant of COVID-19 with vaccines, COVID-19 cases — and case positivity rate — continue ... Read more

by Minnesota Public Radio, Tuesday, April 20, 2021 3:04 pm

News

SBA announces application and guidelines for official Restaurant Revitalization Fund

SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman on Tuesday announced key details on application requirements, eligibility and a program guide for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RFF). The ... Read more

by Submitted, Tuesday, April 20, 2021 2:40 pm

News

Local chamber Governmental Affairs Committee announces Highway 65/Main Street working group

The Governmental Affairs Committee of the Albert Lea-Freeborn County Chamber of Commerce, met and discussed the U.S. Highway 65/Main Street reconstruction proposal. The plan is ... Read more

by Submitted, Tuesday, April 20, 2021 2:33 pm

Cops, Courts & Fires

3 arrested on warrants and other reports

Police served a warrant on Angel Antonio Gonzales, 32, at 12:44 p.m. Monday at 411 S. Broadway.  Police arrested Satera Marie Kontz, 34, on a ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Tuesday, April 20, 2021 9:35 am

Cops, Courts & Fires

Out of sight but center stage, jurors weigh Chauvin’s fate

MINNEAPOLIS — The jurors who sat quietly off-camera through three weeks of draining testimony in Derek Chauvin’s murder trial in George Floyd’s death moved into ... Read more

by Sarah Stultz, Tuesday, April 20, 2021 9:00 am

Education

Albert Lea Area Schools considered ‘not in good standing’ with MSHSL

Albert Lea Area Schools superintendent Dr. Mike Funk told the district’s school board the school was now considered “not in good standing” with the Minnesota ... Read more

by Tyler Julson, Monday, April 19, 2021 9:30 pm

News

Walter Mondale, Carter’s vice president, dies at 93

MINNEAPOLIS — Former Vice President Walter F. Mondale, a liberal icon who lost the most lopsided presidential election after bluntly telling voters to expect a ... Read more

by Associated Press, Monday, April 19, 2021 8:13 pm

Cops, Courts & Fires

Missouri man faces drug charges after Albert Lea traffic stop

A Kansas City, Missouri, man was charged in Freeborn County District Court on Monday with drug charges after he was allegedly found with marijuana, cocaine ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Monday, April 19, 2021 5:54 pm

Cops, Courts & Fires

Feds weighing how to respond after verdict in Chauvin trial

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is privately weighing how to handle the upcoming verdict in the trial of former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin, including ... Read more

by Associated Press, Monday, April 19, 2021 4:14 pm

Cops, Courts & Fires

Murder case against ex-cop in Floyd’s death goes to the jury

MINNEAPOLIS — The murder case against former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd has gone to the jury. Twelve jurors ... Read more

by Associated Press, Monday, April 19, 2021 4:10 pm

Health Updates

COVID-19 update: More than half of Minnesotans are vaccinated; positivity rate down

As Minnesota races to beat back a more contagious variant of COVID-19, it reached an important milestone this weekend, with more than half of Minnesotans ... Read more

by Minnesota Public Radio, Monday, April 19, 2021 2:18 pm

News

1st Bing-Oh prize claimed

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by Sarah Stultz, Monday, April 19, 2021 2:04 pm

Cops, Courts & Fires

Catalytic converter stolen and other reports

Police received a report at 7:07 p.m. Sunday of a vehicle that had a catalytic converter stolen off of it at 1306 Southview Lane. The ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Monday, April 19, 2021 10:08 am