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Walz announces $7.7M in support of farmers affected by COVID-19

Gov. Tim Walz, along with Minnesota Commissioner of Agriculture Thom Petersen, made three stops in southeast Minnesota Monday ... Read more | Add your comment

Arik Matson returns home

FREEBORN — Led by an escort of law enforcement officers and first responders, Waseca Officer Arik Matson returned ... Read more | Add your comment

The time has come

Albert Lea bus dispatcher retires after 25 years on the job Read more | Add your comment

The great pumpkin patch

Halverson Elementary School kindergarteners and preschoolers usually take field trips to a pumpkin patch each year. This year, ... Read more | Add your comment

Health Updates

Daily COVID-19 update: 20 new deaths reported statewide

Minnesota recorded 20 more COVID-19 deaths on Thursday and more than 1,500 new cases. The new deaths follow a record high day for deaths on ... Read more | Add your comment

by Staff Reports.

News

Watershed District to reapply for bonding funds for dredging next year

The Shell Rock River Watershed District administrator said Wednesday the district will reapply for state bonding funds next year to complete the Fountain Lake dredging ... Read more | Add your comment

by Sarah Stultz.

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Zimmer, Vikings left to ponder where to turn in 1-5 season

EAGAN — Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer was assessing his team’s 40-23, Week 6 loss to the Atlanta Falcons with reporters on Monday when the ... Read more

by Associated Press, Thursday, October 22, 2020 11:01 am

Cops, Courts & Fires

GOP-led Senate panel advances Barrett despite Dems’ boycott

WASHINGTON — Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans powered past a Democratic boycott Thursday to advance Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court nomination to the full Senate, keeping ... Read more

by Associated Press, Thursday, October 22, 2020 10:11 am

Cops, Courts & Fires

Judge dismisses 1 charge against former officer in Floyd’s death

MINNEAPOLIS — A Minnesota judge has dismissed a third-degree murder charge filed against the former Minneapolis police officer who pressed his knee against George Floyd’s ... Read more

by Associated Press, Thursday, October 22, 2020 10:07 am

Cops, Courts & Fires

Counterfeit money and other reports

Police received a report at 2:16 a.m. Thursday of two fake counterfeit $20 bills at 906 W. Front St. The customer did not remember where ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Thursday, October 22, 2020 10:04 am

News

Walz signs public works bill into law

Gov. Tim Walz signed a massive public works bill into law Wednesday that he said will improve Minnesota’s infrastructure and ensure construction crews are kept ... Read more

by Minnesota Public Radio, Wednesday, October 21, 2020 6:18 pm

Health Updates

Mayo Clinic Health System to transition COVID-19 testing sites indoors

Mayo Clinic Health System will transition its COVID-19 testing sites to new indoor locations next Wednesday for safety of patients and staff during the winter, ... Read more

by Submitted, Wednesday, October 21, 2020 4:30 pm

News

Barrett was trustee at private school with anti-gay policies

Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett served for nearly three years on the board of private Christian schools that effectively barred admission to children of ... Read more

by Associated Press, Wednesday, October 21, 2020 4:13 pm

News

Pandemic relief faces uncertainty in postelection session

WASHINGTON — Negotiations on a COVID-19 relief bill are inching forward, but it’s clear the window for action before the Nov. 3 election is closing ... Read more

by Sarah Stultz, Wednesday, October 21, 2020 4:11 pm

Health Updates

Daily COVID-19 update: Minnesota reports 35 new COVID-19 deaths, 2 in Mower County

Minnesota reported 35 new COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday, including two additional deaths in Mower County, tying a single-day record set May 28, according to the Minnesota ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Wednesday, October 21, 2020 11:28 am

Cops, Courts & Fires

Dirt bike stolen and other reports

A 1980 red Honda dirt bike was reported taken from the back of a trailer at 6:20 a.m. Tuesday at 2019 E. Main St. The ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Wednesday, October 21, 2020 9:07 am

Elections & Campaigns

Poll: Many in U.S. distrust campaign info

In a presidential election year that has thrown the country’s divisions into stark relief, Americans can agree on this: Misinformation about government and politics is ... Read more

by Associated Press, Wednesday, October 21, 2020 8:57 am

Cops, Courts & Fires

Defense attorney argues anew to move trial of ex-officers in George Floyd’s killing

The defense attorney for one of the former police officers charged in George Floyd’s killing is arguing that the trial should be moved from Minneapolis ... Read more

by Minnesota Public Radio, Wednesday, October 21, 2020 8:45 am

Elections & Campaigns

District 27A candidates face off in forum

District 27A candidates on Tuesday shared opinions on everything from agriculture and the COVID-19 pandemic to priorities for the upcoming legislative session and whether to ... Read more

by Sarah Stultz, Wednesday, October 21, 2020 8:42 am

News

County board approves CARES Act spending

The Freeborn County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday approved various expenditures to be paid for out of the county’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security ... Read more

by Sarah Stultz, Tuesday, October 20, 2020 8:25 pm

Featured News

5 things to do this week

1. MatsonStrong drive-thru celebration Waseca Officer Arik Matson came home to Freeborn on Monday, nine months after suffering a gunshot wound to the head while on ... Read more

by Colleen Harrison, Tuesday, October 20, 2020 8:25 pm

Cops, Courts & Fires

Working to save more lives

Freeborn Fire Department hopes to get second LUCAS CPR machine Read more

by Colleen Harrison, Tuesday, October 20, 2020 8:24 pm

News

This Week in History: Vigil held for Jacob Wetterling in Albert Lea on 1-year anniversary of disappearance

Oct. 22, 1990: A candlelight vigil for Jacob Wetterling was held at Zion Lutheran Church. Wetterling was abducted at gunpoint one year earlier near St. ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Tuesday, October 20, 2020 8:23 pm

Cops, Courts & Fires

Court Dispositions: Oct. 15-19, 2020

Freeborn County District Court   Oct. 15 Erik Gamino, 19, 611 10th Ave. NW, Austin. Count 1: Driver’s license – driving without a valid license ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Tuesday, October 20, 2020 8:22 pm

Editorials

Editorial: Effects of bullying can have long-term impacts

It can happen anywhere — in the classroom, in the hallway, in the bathroom, outside on school grounds or before or after school on the ... Read more

by Editorial Board, Tuesday, October 20, 2020 8:16 pm

Columnists

Sarah Stultz: Clock is running down on campaign season

Election season is drawing to a close. As I write this, we only have two weeks until Election Day, and I don’t know about you, ... Read more

by Sarah Stultz, Tuesday, October 20, 2020 8:15 pm

Columnists

Al Batt: An eerie yearie is 2020

I looked for toad feathers. The unexpected is expected in 2020, so this might be the year to find toad feathers. The year has provided a ... Read more

by Al Batt, Tuesday, October 20, 2020 8:14 pm

Columnists

My Point of View: Looking out for each other key for success in rural areas

Freeborn County maintains a strong rural identity, and agriculture is still a shared experience among many who live here. People “stick” and rural communities succeed ... Read more

by Submitted, Tuesday, October 20, 2020 8:13 pm

Columnists

Guest Column: Goals for a next term in legislative office

I would like to say thank you to the people of 27A for allowing me the honor of serving you at the Minnesota Capitol as ... Read more

by Submitted, Tuesday, October 20, 2020 8:12 pm

Letters to the Editor

Paid political letter: Hagedorn is wrong on health care

Rep. Hagedorn tells voters government-funded health care will close rural hospitals. Hagedorn presents this as a proven fact and a reason to abolish the Affordable ... Read more

by Submitted, Tuesday, October 20, 2020 8:08 pm

Letters to the Editor

Paid political letter: I value biblical charity

What do you value? What are your values? Many people claim Christian values. Christian values are grounded in the Bible. Many people base their values ... Read more

by Submitted, Tuesday, October 20, 2020 8:07 pm