Editorial: Tribune Thumbs

Published 7:35 pm Friday, January 17, 2020

To new Albert Lea company Infinite Recycled Technologies.

Welcome to Infinite Recycled Technologies, which recently purchased the former Bridon Cordage building to open a new business in Albert Lea, according to city officials.

The Albert Lea City Council on Monday approved a loan out of the city’s economic development loan fund for the business. The loan is $100,000 to be paid back at 3% interest over seven years and an additional $25,000 that will not have to be paid back if the company sustains 15 new jobs through 2025.

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The company is a sister company of Watson Recycling in Rochester and is capable of recycling several types of glass, including laminated glass, insulated glass, coated glass and others.

It is good to see this building be put to use and for the new jobs the company will bring.

We wish it the best into the future.


To mentors.

This month is National Mentoring Month, and we wish to take a moment to recognize all of the mentors in the community.

According to STARS Mentoring Program Coordinator Mary Jo Volkman, one in three children in the United States does not have anyone they can turn to or talk to.

Thanks for the people who take time to mentor a child, whether it be officially through the STARS program or unofficially through some other means. Research shows that mentored youth are less likely to begin using alcohol or drugs, skip school or fight.

We encourage those who have free time and who would like to make a difference to consider joining this program.


To snowplow operators

Thanks to all of the snowplow operators at the local and state levels who are out in some of the worst conditions to help keep our roadways safe during times of inclement weather.

According to the Minnesota Department of Transportation, there are 101 snowplows that work the state highways in the 11-county region in southeast Minnesota that makes up MnDOT’s District 6.

In southeast Minnesota, MnDOT is in charge of plowing 3,778 lane miles, with the average route for drivers being 31 miles.

These snowplow drivers often work long hours during storms, and we appreciate them for their efforts.

We remind drivers to watch out for snowplows on the road and to stay at least 10 car lengths behind a plow.