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Published 9:00 am Sunday, November 20, 2016

Albert Lea High School’s production of “Grease the Musical.”thumb.up

Congratulations to directors Diane Heaney and Lilah Aas and all of the Albert Lea High School students who showcased their talents this weekend with “Grease the Musical.” This storyline is a popular one for many, and the students did a great job bringing the story to life.

Aas advised us during rehearsals that the musical was fast-paced and a lot of fun for both the students and the audience. We agree. Congratulations on a job well done!

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Damage at Graceland Cemetery.thumb.down

We, along with the rest of the community, were shocked to see and hear this week about the damage to more than 100 gravesites at Graceland Cemetery.

Some of the gravesites damaged dated back to 1892, 1895, 1898 and 1920. Pots were also tipped over in the military section of the cemetery, and the light that illuminates the flag at the veterans memorial was broken out. Graceland cemetery board President Brad Wedge said he thinks perpetrators used baseball bats and pushed some stones over by hand. He estimated damage at $14,000.

The story spread on social media like wildfire reaching almost 30,000 people and being shared 275 times as of press time.

We are saddened that this happened, and we appreciate those who have stepped forward to fundraise or volunteer with the cleanup at the cemetery.

We encourage anyone with any information tied to the incident to contact the Albert Lea Police Department, and as always, if you see something suspicious, don’t be afraid to report that as well.

The Albert Lea Noon Kiwanis winter wear drive.thumb.up

Albert Lea Noon Kiwanis Club members are again collecting new or gently used clean winter coats, boots, hats and mittens to donate to people in need.

The drive began on Monday and will continue through Nov. 28. All sizes are needed, from infants to adults. The items will be donated to the Salvation Army and The Attic.

If you would like to donate, collection sites are at the following: Farmers State Bank, Intego Insurance, St. John’s Lutheran Community, Albert Lea Family Y, Albert Lea CVB, KATE/KCPI Radio, Freeborn-Mower Cooperative Services, Home Federal Bank, Edward Jones, Albert Lea-Freeborn County Chamber of Commerce, Celebration’s Party & Gifts and Freeborn County Historical Society.

Winter weather has arrived, and it’s important all residents be prepared with needed clothing.

To the businesses that failed the Albert Lea Police Department’s tobacco compliance checks.thumb.down

The Albert Lea Police Department checked 26 establishments for tobacco compliance this week using two 17-year-old decoys.

According to police, both Korner Mart locations, Kwik Trip on East Main Street, Tobacco Store and Walgreens conducted illegal sales. We encourage all businesses that sell tobacco products to remind your employees of the importance of following the tobacco laws. Ages are stated on both driver’s licensees, instructional permits and identification cards.