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Editorial: Tribune Thumbs

To CareerForce.

Thanks to the efforts of CareerForce, previously known as Workforce Development Inc., which partners with businesses to find employees and employees to find jobs.

For employees, the organization offers monthly resume classes, practice interviews, information about job openings, consultations with career planners and computers for people to submit online job applications.

CareerForce can also play a big role in helping employees get back into the job market after layoffs or business closures.

We encourage people who are looking for a new job to visit the organization at 2200 Riverland Drive.


To longtime area youth coach and supporter Jack Rovang.

Thanks to Twin Lakes resident Jack Rovang, who has spent four decades as a champion of youth sports in the area.

Rovang started coaching in 1978, first with local park league youth hockey and a traveling hockey league.

In 1983, he started coaching baseball and gave up hockey in 1987.

He finished his last season coaching with the Albert Lea Youth Baseball Association in 2018 and finished his time serving on the board in August.

We thank Rovang for his dedication to area youth and for his service throughout the years.


To East Main Street as you come into Albert Lea.

As people come into Albert Lea by car on East Main Street, they’re met with an unpleasant drive.

While we appreciate the work that is done to fill cracks and potholes in the roads, those areas are difficult to drive on, uneven and unsightly — not only to residents of the community, but visitors to town.

We hope something can be done in the future to make sure this improves.


To the news that 21-year-old Nicholas Ramirez was found dead this week after he had been missing since the end of June.

We were saddened to hear that Nicholas Ramirez of Albert Lea was found dead Monday evening after a probable freshwater drowning, according to the Albert Lea Police Department.

Ramirez was first reported missing June 29 and was found in the channel between Albert Lea and Fountain lakes. Police have estimated his body was in the water for about 2 1/2 months.

There are still many unanswered questions in this case, and our thoughts go out to Ramirez’s family as more information continues to be found.