Editorial: Tribune wishes happy new year

Published 10:00 pm Tuesday, January 2, 2018

This past year has seen several ups and downs for Albert Lea and its neighboring communities, the state, nation and world.

In Albert Lea, some of the positive things happening have included continued progress downtown in the heart of our city,  the completion of the new St. John’s on Fountain Lake campus, the growth of businesses such as Zumbro River Brand, the success of Wind Down Wednesday and the completion of Albert Lea’s splash pad. The Shell Rock River Watershed District obtained its last permit from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources for the Fountain Lake dredging, which is planned to begin in the spring.

We have seen entrepreneurs rising up to start new businesses, residents who came together to start new events and hundreds of volunteers who dedicated their time to serving others.

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Albert Lea continues to be fortunate to have dozens of wonderful teachers with the Albert Lea School District, who work tirelessly on behalf of the community. For higher education, there is Riverland Community College, a shining star not only in our community but throughout the state.

In the middle of the positive situations, there were also several difficult situations members of the community had to endure or overcome this year. There were tornadoes and fires. Some people encountered sickness, injury and even the passing of many loved ones throughout the community. In these difficult times, residents came together for benefits and fundraisers to lend a hand to those who needed support. It has been inspirational to see what this community can do when it comes together for a common purpose.

Though everyone does not always agree, the residents here have a conviction that’s hard to find in other places. We encourage people to use this conviction and strong will for good.

As we look ahead to another year, the Tribune hopes our communities continue to thrive, progress and care for each other.