Editorial: Tribune Thumbs

Published 8:00 pm Friday, June 8, 2018

To all the people who filed for office.

Thank you to all the people who filed for office at the city, county and state level through the end of the business day on Tuesday.

Fifteen people filed for the various positions open on the Albert Lea City Council, Freeborn County Board of Commissioner and other county seats, and even more filed for the state offices.

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Now it is up to the voters to learn where each candidate stands as we move forward.

We encourage the candidates to take time to meet with their constituents and learn about what issues are important to them. Candidates will be elected to represent us, the people, and as such should be familiar with concerns the facing our community.


To work moving ahead on the Bridge Avenue project in 2020.

The year 2020 may still seem like a ways away, but it is exciting to see the groundwork being laid for the reconstruction of Bridge Avenue from Hammer Road to Marshall Street.

This week the Freeborn County Board of Commissioners approved a contract with SRF Consulting Group to provide the city of Albert Lea and Freeborn County joint consulting services for the preliminary design and environmental work for the project.

All of this work is necessary if the project is going to be eligible for federal dollars.

We look forward to the day when this project will become a reality as this street is in significant need of repair.


To a group of girls who made and donated blankets to women and girls in need.

Hats off to the group of 35 girls who made and donated 17 tie blankets to the Strength and Dignity program in Albert Lea and the Freeborn County foster system.

The girls, who were part of the Small Town Girls dance team through Unlimited Possibilities Dance Studio, donated the blankets during the Tuesday Freeborn County Board of Commissioner meeting.

We thank you for taking your time for this project and for thinking of others.


To the organizers of Eddie Cochran Weekend and Take a Kid Fishing Weekend.

This weekend is always a big one in Albert Lea as many residents — and others from outside of the city, too — are out in the community enjoying the classic cars on display at Eddie Cochran Weekend or reeling in some fish through Take a Kid Fishing Weekend — or both. 

Both events allow the community to get out and interact with their friends, family and neighbors for some good old-fashioned fun.

We appreciate all of the people who have spent countless hours organizing these two events, and hope the weather holds off for both events to be successful.