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Local day-care provider loses appeal

An Albert Lea day-care provider lost an appeal of the suspension of her license, according to a ruling made public near the end of June by the state Office of Administrative Hearings.

Angela Thostenson, of Louis Street in Albert Lea, had her license temporarily suspended by the Freeborn County Department of Human Services after a report of violence at her home.

The Albert Lea Police Department responded to a call of domestic violence at Thostenson’s home on March 13. The incident was between Thostenson’s 17-year-old son and 35-year-old Russell Besco, according to the Albert Lea Police Department. The two were involved in an altercation that resulted in broken bones.

After her license was temporarily suspended she appealed to the state and the state supported the findings of Freeborn County’s human services department and immediately suspended her license temporarily. She was allowed to care for children until she lost the appeal.

Because she lost the appeal the human services department in Freeborn County is working on the revocation process to revoke Thostenson’s license permanently, according to Human Services Director Brian Buhmann. The process to revoke a license takes about 30 to 45 days.