Editorial: Tribune Thumbs

Published 8:31 pm Friday, June 1, 2018

To the dredge being on Fountain Lake’s Edgewater Bay.

It has been a long time coming, but a dredge finally arrived at Edgewater Bay this week, signaling the upcoming start of the much-awaited project on Fountain Lake.

The dredge, under the direction of J.F. Brennan, a dredging and marine construction company, arrived at the Edgewater Bay boat ramp Wednesday.

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The company’s site manager said it will take about a week to assemble everything, and then dredging is slated to begin June 15.

This is a historic moment for Albert Lea, and we are excited to see how this project plays out.


To damage from a storm near Geneva this week.

Straight line winds of nearly 80 mph caused extensive damage southeast of Geneva this week, injuring two people and leading to the collapse of a turkey barn, which ultimately killed approximately 7,600 turkeys.

The National Weather Service stated the damage was not caused by tornado.

We wish the owner of the barn, Larry Schultz, our condolences and hope the best for him as he picks up the pieces from this devastation.


To the completion of a pergola at the splash pad site.

Visitors to the Albert Lea splash pad saw a new feature Thursday night with the completion of a pergola on the west end of the site.

The pergola was made possible through donations from Kjos Construction LLC, Freeborn Lumber Co. and Edwards Manufacturing Co.

We’re glad to see children and parents flocking to this new attraction in our community, and we thank all those people who made it possible.


To a successful first Thursdays on Fountain.

Thursdays on Fountain kicked off Thursday in Fountain Lake Park with the Albert Lea Community Band. There appeared to be a good turnout, and we only expect that to grow as the summer goes on.

Entertainment the rest of the summer includes the Holly Rocka Rollaz, Patrick Murphy, The Ripdoozers, Wayward, Easy Heart (Aaron and Ariel Winter), Skunk River Band, Six Mile Grove, 3 Wheels and a Flat, Casi Joy, Patchouli and Emerson Avenue Band.

We encourage residents to come out with their lawn chairs and enjoy live music right next to Fountain Lake. Music begins each week at 5:30 p.m. and runs until 7 p.m.