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Walz announces $7.7M in support of farmers affected by COVID-19

Gov. Tim Walz, along with Minnesota Commissioner of Agriculture Thom Petersen, made three stops in southeast Minnesota Monday ... Read more | Add your comment

Arik Matson returns home

FREEBORN — Led by an escort of law enforcement officers and first responders, Waseca Officer Arik Matson returned ... Read more | Add your comment

The time has come

Albert Lea bus dispatcher retires after 25 years on the job Read more | Add your comment

The great pumpkin patch

Halverson Elementary School kindergarteners and preschoolers usually take field trips to a pumpkin patch each year. This year, ... Read more | Add your comment

Health Updates

Daily COVID-19 update: 13th Mower County death reported; hospitalizations continue rising

Mower County reported its 13th COVID-19 death on Tuesday as over 1,000 new cases were reported across the state. According to the Minnesota Department of ... Read more | Add your comment

by Staff Reports.

Education

School board voices continued concerns over MSHSL fees

Albert Lea school board members expressed continued concern Monday night with increased Minnesota State High School League membership costs, saying they were disappointed they have ... Read more | Add your comment

by Sarah Stultz.

News

Hunters urged to submit samples in CWD areas

Minnesota deer hunters should be aware of chronic wasting disease regulations and sampling as they plan ahead for upcoming deer seasons, including the opening weekend ... Read more

by Submitted, Tuesday, October 20, 2020 3:35 pm

Elections & Campaigns

Republicans pledge to lift COVID restrictions if elected

Republicans in the Minnesota House and Senate are pledging to lift COVID-19 restrictions on businesses, churches and schools if they’re put in charge next year. Read more

by Minnesota Public Radio, Tuesday, October 20, 2020 12:01 pm

Cops, Courts & Fires

AP review finds most arrested in protests aren’t leftist radicals

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump portrays the hundreds of people arrested nationwide in protests against racial injustice as violent urban left-wing radicals. But an Associated ... Read more

by Associated Press, Tuesday, October 20, 2020 11:57 am

Cops, Courts & Fires

Vacant house damaged by fire

A vacant house in Albert Lea was damaged by fire Monday morning.  The Albert Lea fire and police departments were dispatched at 6:12 a.m. for ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Tuesday, October 20, 2020 9:45 am

Cops, Courts & Fires

Man arrested for drug possession, other violations

Police arrested Teontae Tazjion Thomas, 19, for felony removal of a serial number on a firearm, felony fifth-degree possession of over 42.5 grams of marijuana, ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Tuesday, October 20, 2020 9:28 am

News

Indiana man rescued from northern Minnesota wilderness

ELY — An Indiana man is safe and warm after rescuers found him cold, wet and alone in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness of ... Read more

by Associated Press, Tuesday, October 20, 2020 5:00 am

News

Is that snow in the forecast?

Though snow is expected to fall across most of the state on Tuesday, Albert Lea is expected to avoid major accumulation, according to the National ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Monday, October 19, 2020 8:52 pm

Elections & Campaigns

Some things to know about Minnesota’s atypical election

MINNEAPOLIS — After enduring months of bitter and polarizing political campaigning, Minnesotans eager for the finish line with next month’s election may have to wait ... Read more

by Associated Press, Monday, October 19, 2020 8:21 pm

News

Video: Matson welcomed home to Freeborn

FREEBORN — Led by an escort of law enforcement officers and first responders, Waseca Officer Arik Matson returned home Monday afternoon to a small crowd ... Read more

by Sarah Stultz, Monday, October 19, 2020 4:12 pm

News

Sparks tests positive for COVID-19

District 27 Sen. Dan Sparks announced Monday he tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this month and has been quarantined. Sparks, DFL-Austin, said in a statement ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Monday, October 19, 2020 1:09 pm

Health Updates

Daily COVID-19 update: High new case numbers across the state

Minnesota continued its streak of large new COVID-19 cases on Monday with 1,636 cases reported. The new cases increased the state’s cumulative count to 124,439, ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Monday, October 19, 2020 11:23 am

News

Highway 251 repaving and culvert replacement project completed

Paving and culvert replacement work has been completed on Highway 251 between Highway 218 and Interstate 35, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Work ... Read more

by Submitted, Monday, October 19, 2020 10:36 am

Cops, Courts & Fires

3 arrested for DWI and other reports

Police arrested Naam Latrell Matthews, 39, for fourth-degree driving while intoxicated, test refusal and obstructing with force after a traffic stop at 2:23 a.m. Saturday ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Monday, October 19, 2020 9:48 am

News

Longtime Minnesota sports columnist Sid Hartman dies at 100

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota sports columnist and radio personality Sid Hartman, an old-school home team booster who once ran the NBA’s Minneapolis Lakers and achieved nearly ... Read more

by Associated Press, Sunday, October 18, 2020 6:33 pm

Elections & Campaigns

Lewis’ hopes for Senate upset may turn on Trump’s fate

STILLWATER — Jason Lewis’ strategy for knocking off Democratic U.S. Sen. Tina Smith has been clear for over a year: For better or worse, the ... Read more

by Associated Press, Sunday, October 18, 2020 1:32 pm

News

Report: Damage from August wind storm in Midwest at $7.5B

DES MOINES — Damage estimates from a rare wind storm that slammed Iowa and some other parts of the Midwest in August are growing, with ... Read more

by Associated Press, Sunday, October 18, 2020 1:27 pm

Health Updates

Daily COVID-19 update: 17 new deaths statewide, including 1 in Mower County

Seventeen new COVID-19 deaths were reported across Minnesota on Sunday, including one in Mower County. The person, who was between 95 and 99 years old, ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Sunday, October 18, 2020 1:16 pm

Elections & Campaigns

Campaign cash piles up in final stretch

Minnesota’s congressional candidates have millions of dollars to spend in the campaign’s final weeks — though some candidates have more money on hand than others. Read more

by Minnesota Public Radio, Saturday, October 17, 2020 4:57 pm

Cops, Courts & Fires

What drove protesters in May unrest over George Floyd?

ST. PAUL — Before facing federal arson charges, the only other time McKenzy Ann DeGidio Dunn could recall appearing before a judge was three years ... Read more

by Associated Press, Saturday, October 17, 2020 12:56 pm

Health Updates

Daily COVID-19 cases: Seven new cases reported in Freeborn County

A day after recording 21 new COVID-19 cases, Freeborn County reported seven new cases on Saturday, according to health officials. The new cases increase the ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Saturday, October 17, 2020 12:35 pm

Albert Lea Tigers

Albert Lea shut out by Austin in home opener

The Albert Lea football team hosted Austin Friday night in its first home game of the season. Offensively, the Tigers struggled to move the ball ... Read more

by Tyler Julson, Friday, October 16, 2020 9:41 pm

Elections & Campaigns

‘Not just red or blue’: DFL congressional candidate Feehan visits Austin

DFL Minnesota 1st Congressional District candidate Dan Feehan stopped in Austin on Friday to conduct a farm tour in the middle of harvest. Feehan said ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Friday, October 16, 2020 8:17 pm

Elections & Campaigns

Candidate Q&A: Minnesota House District 27A

This is a continuation of the Tribune’s candidate Q&A features and the fourth such feature with District 27A Rep. Peggy Bennett (R) and challenger Thomas ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Friday, October 16, 2020 8:16 pm

Cops, Courts & Fires

Court Dispositions: Oct. 13-15, 2020

Freeborn County District Court   Oct. 13 Jaxson Edward Loecher, 18, 1603 20 Ave. SE, Austin. Count 1: Liquor – consumption by persons under 21. ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Friday, October 16, 2020 8:15 pm

Editorials

Editorial: With options available, no excuse to not vote

Even in the middle of a global pandemic, Freeborn County voters have the widest array of options to cast a ballot as they’ve ever had. ... Read more

by Editorial Board, Friday, October 16, 2020 8:13 pm