Editorial: Tribune Thumbs

Published 10:51 pm Friday, September 14, 2018

To the people who have participated in cleanups organized in recent months by the United Way of Freeborn County.

Hats off to the people who have donated their time on three occasions to pick up garbage at places around the community in the last few months.

It’s good to see people get involved in the community — particularly young people.

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Thanks, also, to the United Way for launching the effort. The organization plans to partner with Senior Resources this fall for the Chore Services Program. They are looking for people to drive seniors to appointments and do general home repairs.


To the announcement of a urology clinic moving to Albert Lea next month.

The community was pleased at the announcement this week that four urologists from the Mason City Clinic will begin offering services in Albert Lea.

Urology services have not been in Albert Lea for two years after the previous urologist who covered Albert Lea and Austin retired.

The new clinic is expected to offer comprehensive urologic care for kidney, bladder, testicular and prostate cancers, incontinence and men’s sexual health issues.

It will initially be open at 1 p.m. Wednesdays with the possibility of future extended hours.


To the formation of an Albert Lea High School-sponsored clay target team.

Thanks to Albert Lea High School and Albert Lea Deputy Fire Chief Jeff Laskowske, who have organized a new clay target team.

Laskowske volunteered to be coach after his son wanted to become involved and had previously had to join the team sponsored by Glenville-Emmons.

Trap shooting allows youth to be outdoors, learn safety skills and be a part of one of Minnesota’s fastest-growing sports.

We look forward to hearing more about the team as it grows.


To the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award winners.

Congratulations to those people who were recognized at the Education Foundation’s Pathways to Success Celebration on Thursday at Wedgewood Cove in Albert Lea.

Recipients were John Berthelsen, class of 1972; Lowell Barr, class of 1951; Steve Loken, class of 1968; and Florence Adair class of 1926 (awarded posthumously).

New this year, the Education Foundation also recognized 10 District 241 teachers and educators with a “They Lit the Way” award.

“They Lit the Way” honorees were Douglas Christopherson, Daniel Dittrich, Edna Gercken, Paul Goodnature, Earl “Jake” Jacobsen, Roger Lonning, Wallace Kennedy, LeRoy Maas, Robert Myers and Sybil Yates. Gercken, Jacobsen, Kennedy, Maas, Myers and Yates were honored posthumously.

Thanks to the Education Foundation for planning this annual event and for the alumni and teachers who were recognized for the dedication you have given to our community.