Fair mother is safe at hospital

Published 9:53 am Thursday, August 2, 2012

The carnival worker who gave birth in a bathroom at the Freeborn County Fair on Tuesday evening was taken to Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea. She declined to be interviewed, and the Albert Lea Tribune respects her wishes.

Todd Merriam of Merriam’s Midway Shows said some churches in Albert Lea are collecting baby supplies and clothing. The parents both work for the Texas-based carnival. The mother is from Minnesota, and arrangements are being made so that after she leaves the Albert Lea hospital she will spend time with her family instead of going back on the road with the carnival.


Signs missing

Two Realtor signs were reported missing from houses on the 2200 block of Bridge Avenue at 10:17 a.m. Wednesday, according to reports. The price of the signs was estimated at $150.


Man arrested for probation violation

Albert Lea police arrested Shawn Allan Richards, 23, for a probation violation at 1:51 p.m. Wednesday near the intersection of Blake Avenue and East Main Street. The vehicle he was riding in reportedly ran out of gas. According to reports, Richards is also expected to be charged with fifth-degree drug possession.


Window smashed

The driver’s side window was reported smashed out of a vehicle in the Shopko parking lot, 2610 Bridge Ave., at 5:24 p.m. Wednesday, according to police.


Laptop missing

A laptop was reported missing from an apartment at 221 1/2 Pearl St. at 6:41 p.m. Wednesday, according to police.


Tractor damaged

A tractor was reported damaged at the Freeborn County Fair, 1105 Bridge Ave. at 11:36 p.m. Wednesday, police stated.