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Editorial: Tribune Thumbs

To the Freeborn County Fair Board.

It surely can’t be an easy task to plan Freeborn County’s biggest event of the year, but these board members have done it — and they’ve done it several years in a row. Thank you for your dedication to the community in planning what has come to be known as The Six Best Days of Summer. Thanks also to the fair office staff and all other workers and volunteers who helped this week go off with ease. Congratulations!


To the 2019 Outstanding Senior Citizens of the Year in Freeborn County.

Congratulations to Judy Popp-Anderson and Paul Anderson, who this week were recognized as the 2019 Outstanding Senior Citizens of the Year.

Both Popp-Anderson and Anderson have a history of giving back to the community, and we thank them for their dedication in helping others.

We encourage others to follow their example and find an effort to get behind or way you can give back.

As presenter Jean Eaton said at the awards ceremony, communities cannot prosper without volunteers.


To allegations of mistreatment by a former employee at St. John’s Lutheran Community.

We were sad to hear the allegations against a former St. John’s Lutheran Community certified nursing assistant, who is accused of slapping a man with dementia at the organization’s nursing home and calling him vulgar names.

It is disheartening to hear these type of incidents against anyone — let alone the elderly.

Our thoughts are with this man and his family in the coming days.


To Albert Lea High School graduate Lindsey (Horejsi) Kozelsky.

Congratulations to Albert Lea High School graduate Lindsey (Horejsi) Kozelsky, a rising senior on the Gophers swim team, who has made Olympic Trials cut times in two events.

On July 6, Kozelsky swam the 200 breast in 2:33.11 to earn her second cut in a span of two weeks. The weekend prior, she put the finishing touches on her first Olympic Trials cut, finishing the 100 breast with a time of 1:09.52.

Albert Leans have loved watching Kozelsky’s journey since her time here in the community, and we look forward to seeing her again compete to swim in the Olympic games.

The trials will be in June 2020, and we wish her the best of luck. Albert Lea will be cheering her on!