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Sawyer Brown kicks off fair week

Sawyer Brown got the Grandstand entertainment at the Freeborn County Fair off to a hot start Tuesday night. Read more | Add your comment

Scenes from the first day at the fair

Photos by Bryce Gaudian/for the Tribune The Freeborn County Fair officially opened Tuesday and was busy with all ... Read more | Add your comment

County fair kicks off

Children at the Kiddie Farm Zone got the Freeborn County Fair off to a good start Tuesday morning. Read more | Add your comment

It’s fair time

The Freeborn County Fair was busy with activity Sunday and Monday as people checked in entries and finished ... Read more | Add your comment

News

HRA awarded $3.5M for Shady Oaks repairs

The Albert Lea Housing and Redevelopment Authority was awarded $3.5 million to repair the exterior of the Shady Oaks high-rise building and install additional security ... Read more | Add your comment

by Sarah Stultz.

Cops, Courts & Fires

County board approves back pay for sheriff salary

The Freeborn County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday approved an increased salary for Freeborn County Sheriff Kurt Freitag each year for 2019 through 2021 as ... Read more | Add your comment

by Sarah Stultz.

Cops, Courts & Fires

‘We’ve had enough’: Law enforcement frustrated by continued speeding

Minnesota State Patrol Lt. Gordon Shank was cruising on westbound Interstate 94 outside of downtown St. Paul when he spotted someone to pull over. Read more

by Minnesota Public Radio, Tuesday, August 3, 2021 9:00 pm

News

Former, current state leaders receive awards

Former state Sen. Dan Sparks and state Rep. Jeanne Poppe were honored with the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities’ Legacy Award on July 29 during ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Tuesday, August 3, 2021 9:00 pm

Editorial --FEATURE SPOT

Editorial: Get out and enjoy the Six Best Days of Summer

Freeborn County Fair week is one of the best times to live in or near Albert Lea each year. Whether you go to the fair ... Read more

by Editorial Board, Tuesday, August 3, 2021 8:50 pm

Columnists

Sarah Stultz: What’s your favorite food at the county fair?

Well, it has arrived. You know, that week where it’s probably best to set aside your high hopes of sticking to a healthy eating plan so ... Read more

by Sarah Stultz, Tuesday, August 3, 2021 8:45 pm

Columnists

My Point of View: There is renewed hope for America right now

A close family member lost a loved one to old age, and as we spoke as a family, my mother in-law looked at me and ... Read more

by Submitted, Tuesday, August 3, 2021 8:45 pm

Columnists

Al Batt: The first motorcycle in all of the township of Hartland

We learn to live in a new way each new day. Read more

by Al Batt, Tuesday, August 3, 2021 8:45 pm

Columnists

Ask a Trooper: The rules behind white lines on a highway

Question: What is the purpose of solid white lines, separating traffic moving in the same direction? Example: the ones leading up to the Lowry tunnel ... Read more

by Submitted, Tuesday, August 3, 2021 8:40 pm

Letters to the Editor

Letter: Don’t let anyone steal your reality

“I hate a liar more than I hate a thief. A thief is only after my salary, a liar is after my reality.” So says ... Read more

by Submitted, Tuesday, August 3, 2021 8:30 pm

Letters to the Editor

Letter: Season ticket prices are a great deal

It is so great to live in Albert Lea! We have a beautiful city that hosts a wide variety of activities. This September, another enjoyable ... Read more

by Submitted, Tuesday, August 3, 2021 8:30 pm

Letters to the Editor

Letter: Friends of the Library book sale a success

Thank you to everybody who made the Friends of the Library fall book sale a big success. We raised $1,938.65 from sales of books and ... Read more

by Submitted, Tuesday, August 3, 2021 8:30 pm

Cops, Courts & Fires

Ex-officers charged in Floyd death want separation from Chauvin

MINNEAPOLIS — Three former Minneapolis police officers charged with violating George Floyd’s civil rights are asking that their federal trials be separated from the trial of ... Read more

by Associated Press, Tuesday, August 3, 2021 7:39 pm

News

Lawmakers face tough math on who to pay, how much for pandemic pay plan

Minnesota lawmakers debating how to financially reward pandemic heroes discovered Tuesday how hard it will be to stretch the available dollars when one worthy sector ... Read more

by Minnesota Public Radio, Tuesday, August 3, 2021 5:24 pm

Cops, Courts & Fires

Air quality alert, burning ban to end this afternoon

The air quality alert and burning ban in place in Freeborn County will expire at 3 p.m. today, according to the Freeborn County Sheriff’s Office. ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Tuesday, August 3, 2021 12:43 pm

Cops, Courts & Fires

Minnesota AG launches unit to review wrongful convictions

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison and metro prosecutors announced the launch of a new unit on Tuesday that would review potentially wrongful convictions ... Read more

by Associated Press, Tuesday, August 3, 2021 12:16 pm

Cops, Courts & Fires

Fraudulent unemployment reported and other reports

Deputies received a report of fraudulent unemployment benefits at 3:06 p.m. Monday at 471 Hillcrest Drive in Glenville.    1 arrested on local warrant Freeborn ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Tuesday, August 3, 2021 9:54 am

News

Biles returns to Olympic competition, wins bronze on beam

TOKYO — Simone Biles found something a little more manageable than the weight of the world. Bronze. The American gymnastics superstar earned her seventh Olympic ... Read more

by Associated Press, Tuesday, August 3, 2021 7:13 am

News

Watch Olympians with Minnesota ties: Here’s the early-week lineup

Minnesota athletes continue to compete against the tough global competition in the Olympic games, and three Minnesota athletes claimed medals over the weekend. Read more

by Minnesota Public Radio, Monday, August 2, 2021 6:17 pm

Health Updates

New, active cases edging up locally, but no big surge seen yet statewide

COVID-19 cases in Freeborn County are starting to creep up again, with five to 10 new cases reported most days in the last week. Read more

by Staff Reports, Monday, August 2, 2021 6:15 pm

Health Updates

Minnesota universities mandate masks to curb COVID-19 spread

MINNEAPOLIS — Public colleges and universities in Minnesota will be requiring masks to be worn on campuses to help stop the spread of COVID-19 as ... Read more

by Associated Press, Monday, August 2, 2021 5:06 pm

Health Updates

US hits 70% vaccination rate — a month late, amid a surge

The U.S. on Monday finally reached President Joe Biden’s goal of getting at least one COVID-19 shot into 70% of American adults — a month ... Read more

by Associated Press, Monday, August 2, 2021 5:04 pm

Cops, Courts & Fires

Judge denies new trial request in Mollie Tibbetts case

DES MOINES — A judge on Monday rejected a convicted man’s request for a new trial in the 2018 killing of University of Iowa student ... Read more

by Associated Press, Monday, August 2, 2021 5:03 pm

Cops, Courts & Fires

Damage and other reports

Deputies received a report at 12:35 p.m. Thursday of a damaged electrical box at 106 W. Washington Ave. in Hollandale.  Deputies received a report at ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Monday, August 2, 2021 11:53 am

Cops, Courts & Fires

Behind the scenes in response in a year with many emergencies

When Freeborn County Emergency Management Director Rich Hall began his emergency response in March 2020 at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, little did he ... Read more

by Sarah Stultz, Friday, July 30, 2021 9:00 pm

News

Recreational coordinator served in similar role in Owatonna

Albert Lea’s Parks and Recreation Department welcomed a new recreational coordinator in mid-June. Read more

by Staff Reports, Friday, July 30, 2021 9:00 pm

News

‘People are ready to hear live music again’

The Oak Ridge Boys are set to return for their seventh concert at the Freeborn County Fair next Wednesday with something for every member of ... Read more

by Sarah Stultz, Friday, July 30, 2021 9:00 pm