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‘It’s always good to see the first step’

Several Albert Lea restaurants are reopening with outdoor seating this week with the loosening of state restrictions in ... Read more | Add your comment

Curfew compliance, law enforcement response eases the chaos

A rapid, overwhelming response by the Minnesota National Guard and law enforcement, together with the willingness of many ... Read more | Add your comment

Onto their next mission

Area soldiers prepare for deployment to Africa Read more | Add your comment

Clarks Grove man sets goal to walk 100 miles for COVID-19 relief

CLARKS GROVE — A Clarks Grove man has garnered national attention this week after pledging to walk 100 ... Read more | Add your comment

News

‘It’s always good to see the first step’

Several Albert Lea restaurants are reopening with outdoor seating this week with the loosening of state restrictions in place because of COVID-19.  Read more | Add your comment

by Sarah Stultz.

Health Updates

Daily COVID-19 update: No current COVID-19 hospitalizations from Freeborn County

No people remain hospitalized from Freeborn County due to COVID-19, according to the Freeborn County Public Health Department on Monday. The county so far has ... Read more | Add your comment

by Staff Reports.

News

Rally planned in Albert Lea

A rally demanding justice for George Floyd will take place Tuesday outside the Freeborn County courthouse, 411 S. Broadway in Albert Lea, according to a ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Monday, June 1, 2020 4:38 pm

Cops, Courts & Fires

Family-ordered autopsy: George Floyd died of asphyxia

MINNEAPOLIS — An autopsy commissioned for George Floyd’s family found that he died of asphyxiation due to neck and back compression when a Minneapolis police ... Read more

by Associated Press, Monday, June 1, 2020 2:27 pm

Cops, Courts & Fires

Vehicles, other items reported stolen and other reports

A 20-volt weed eater and 20-volt leaf blower was reported stolen at 11:39 a.m. Sunday at 10945 Main St. in Glenville. A vehicle was reported stolen ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Monday, June 1, 2020 1:25 pm

Cops, Courts & Fires

Walz: Minnesota attorney general to take lead in Floyd case

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz said Sunday that the state’s attorney general will take the lead in any prosecutions related to the death of ... Read more

by Associated Press, Sunday, May 31, 2020 9:06 pm

Cops, Courts & Fires

Protests flare again in US amid calls to end police violence

MINNEAPOLIS — Protesters took to the streets across America again Sunday, with violence flaring in pockets of largely peaceful demonstrations fueled by the killings of ... Read more

by Associated Press, Sunday, May 31, 2020 8:20 pm

Health Updates

Daily COVID-19 update: Mower County sees second COVID-19 death

Mower County continued to see double digit new lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases on Sunday, as well as the county’s second death, according to the Minnesota Department ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Sunday, May 31, 2020 2:58 pm

Health Updates

Daily COVID-19 update: Mower County reports almost 50 new cases

Mower County reported almost 50 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, in what was the largest daily increase for area counties since the beginning of the ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Saturday, May 30, 2020 3:44 pm

Health Updates

Minnesota goes over 1,000 in deaths due to the coronavirus

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota has topped more than 1,000 deaths from the coronavirus, the state Department of Health said Saturday. The updated report shows an increase ... Read more

by Associated Press, Saturday, May 30, 2020 3:25 pm

Cops, Courts & Fires

Cities brace for increasing unrest, call in National Guard

MINNEAPOLIS — Protesters set police cars ablaze, smashed businesses’ windows and skirmished with baton-wielding officers in streets from Atlanta to Los Angeles, as anger over ... Read more

by Associated Press, Saturday, May 30, 2020 3:16 pm

Cops, Courts & Fires

As Minneapolis burns, mayor takes heat for the response

MINNEAPOLIS — First-term Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey appeared to be doing everything right. He worked with the city’s booming business community and the City Council. ... Read more

by Associated Press, Saturday, May 30, 2020 3:13 pm

Cops, Courts & Fires

Protests over George Floyd death overwhelm authorities again

MINNEAPOLIS — Fires burned unchecked and thousands protesting the police killing of George Floyd ignored a curfew as unrest overwhelmed authorities for another night in ... Read more

by Sarah Stultz, Saturday, May 30, 2020 8:37 am

Elections & Campaigns

Albert Lea man wants another try at District 5 seat

Longtime Freeborn County resident Lynn Berven threw his hat in the ring Wednesday for the 5th District commissioner seat against incumbent Mike Lee. Berven, 68, ... Read more

by Sarah Stultz, Friday, May 29, 2020 8:24 pm

Health Updates

Recovered COVID-19 patients asked to consider donating their plasma

Mayo Clinic Health System doctors are encouraging people who have recovered from COVID-19 to consider donating plasma, as doctors are seeing success helping others fight ... Read more

by Sarah Stultz, Friday, May 29, 2020 8:23 pm

Business

Albert Lea Tribune reopens to the public with new hours

The Albert Lea Tribune office reopened to the public on Tuesday, with changed hours and different procedures in place in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Friday, May 29, 2020 8:22 pm

Business

Diamond Jo could lay off 60% of its employees

When the Diamond Jo Worth Casino in Northwood reopens on Monday, it’ll be much different than when it was ordered to close March 17. Guest ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Friday, May 29, 2020 8:21 pm

Cops, Courts & Fires

Level 3 offender moving to rural Alden and other reports

The Freeborn County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday Level 3 offender Jason Michael Sokolofsky moved May 11 from rural Albert Lea to rural Alden. Read more

by Staff Reports, Friday, May 29, 2020 8:20 pm

Editorial --FEATURE SPOT

Editorial: Paid political letter policy to start next week

Starting June 3, after the closing of the candidate filing period in Minnesota, the Albert Lea Tribune will implement a new policy on letters to ... Read more

by Editorial Board, Friday, May 29, 2020 8:18 pm

Editorials

Editorial: Tribune Thumbs

To area Minnesota National Guard soldiers who are preparing to deploy. Thank you to all of the soldiers from the area who are preparing to ... Read more

by Editorial Board, Friday, May 29, 2020 8:17 pm

Columnists

Guest Column: United Way busy in response to community in recent weeks

My little girl turns 8 this week. I’m not quite sure how that happened, but it did. We have plans for fishing, baking muffins and ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, May 29, 2020 8:16 pm

Columnists

April Jeppson: In uncertainty, focus on what you can control

Matthew 11:28: “ Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” I feel this in my soul ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, May 29, 2020 8:15 pm

Columnists

Guest Column: There’s reliability in a vegetable garden

Growing up near Kiester, my family had beautiful vegetable gardens. Between my mom, my aunt and grandfather, we grew tomatoes, carrots, onions, rhubarb, potatoes — ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, May 29, 2020 8:14 pm

Letters to the Editor

Letter: Walz has best interests at heart

I have great concerns about the asinine movement to recall Governor Walz. The reality is he has been able to help save many lives in ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, May 29, 2020 8:13 pm

Letters to the Editor

Letter: Bennett is appreciated in District 27A

Thank you for your solid stance to our district. Though you’re experiencing severe criticism from the Democrats, those of us who believe in you are ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, May 29, 2020 8:12 pm

Letters to the Editor

Letter: Bennett wants to drown Obamacare

For decades, beginning at least since the Ronald Reagan presidency, the Republican Party lost its right to be called the party of conservatism. What is ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, May 29, 2020 8:11 pm

Editorial Cartoon

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by Editorial Board, Friday, May 29, 2020 8:10 pm