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Elections & Campaigns

Minnesota DFL to allow felons, non-US citizens to caucus

ST. PAUL — The Minnesota DFL Party will allow people without the right to vote to participate in ...

Health Updates

High numbers of new COVID-19 cases continue to be reported in area counties

With 130 new COVID-19 cases and another seven probable, Mower County recorded the highest number of new cases ...

News

AP source: Vikings hire Browns’ Kwesi Adofo-Mensah as GM

MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Vikings have hired Kwesi Adofo-Mensah as their general manager, according to a person with ...

News

Gov. Walz reveals $5B spending plan for children, families

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz on Tuesday unveiled a wide-ranging spending plan that would fund several programs ...

Cops, Courts & Fires

Dealer plate reported stolen and other reports

Albert Lea police received a report at 9:11 a.m. Tuesday of a stolen dealer plate from Main Street ...

Education

Area schools delay classes because of dangerously cold wind chills

Several schools in the area announced changes to their schedules for Wednesday because of bitter cold wind chills: ...

News

Class teaches basics of fighting fires for prospective firefighters

Being a volunteer firefighter is more than contacting someone, and being a firefighter can mean confronting dangerous scenarios. ...

Editorial --FEATURE SPOT

Editorial: Children in Albert Lea, everywhere deserve better 

The Albert Lea school board did the right thing for students Monday when it voted in a special ...

Editorials

Editorial Roundup: A needed push to protect the infants in Minnesota

Minnesota is admirably poised to take a pioneering step forward to help babies born with an underrecognized virus ...

Columnists

My Point of View: Minnesota must consider rural needs in its decisions

Minnesota’s outstate residents have unique challenges compared to metro area residents. These differences require innovative approaches. Rural areas ...

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Columnists

Ask SCORE: How to find customers for your business 

Last week several SCORE mentors were meeting and discussing the help that some small business CEOs need to ...

Columnists

Al Batt: A peacock doesn’t look that good wearing cargo shorts

couldn’t sneak up on us. On our farm, we had worthy watchdogs. One was a dog that doubled ...

Columnists

Sarah Stultz: Reunion with family will be joyous occasion

After more than two years without taking a vacation — beyond a day trip to the Twin Cities ...

News

Driver discount course to be taught at Senior Center

The Minnesota Highway Safety Center will offer a 55-plus Driver Discount Course from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Feb. ...

Cops, Courts & Fires

Court dispositions: Dec. 27-31, 2021

Freeborn County District Court Dec. 27 Javen Juan Moreno, 19, 224 Clark St. E, Albert Lea. Count 1: ...

News

DEED announces Getting to Work Grant recipients

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development on Tuesday announced the recipients of Getting to Work two-year ...

News

Boys’ basketball fundraiser Sunday

Albert Lea boys basketball will host a taco night fundraiser from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the ...

News

Blood donation appointments still critically needed in the weeks ahead amid first-ever Red Cross blood crisis

While there has been a significant and encouraging response to the dire need for blood across the nation, ...

Letters to the Editor

Letter: Make your voice heard at your local caucus

Are you tired of the current political climate in our state and across the country?  Are you tired ...

Health Updates

3 new COVID-19 deaths reported in area

Health officials reported three new deaths in the area on Tuesday, including one each in Freeborn, Steele and ...