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Residents digging out from snowstorm

Albert Lea residents began digging out Friday from a snowstorm that swept through the area. According to the ... Read more | Add your comment

‘The citizens of Albert Lea are smiling today’

Albert Lea Healthcare Coalition, MercyOne celebrate groundbreaking on new clinic About 3 1/2 years after a group of ... Read more | Add your comment

‘We’re really happy to be opening’

Restaurants and bars in Albert Lea reopened for indoor dining on Monday after Gov. Tim Walz partially lifted ... Read more | Add your comment

A reason to celebrate

AUSTIN — From now on, New Year’s Day will have a special ring to it for Nick Riste ... Read more | Add your comment

Health Updates

Daily COVID-19 update: New deaths reported in area counties

Minnesota reported 37 new COVID-19 deaths on Saturday, including one each from Faribault, Mower and Waseca counties. The Faribault County person was between 90 and ... Read more | Add your comment

by Staff Reports.

Arts & Culture

Art Center kicks off annual All-Member Show

The Albert Lea Art Center’s annual All-Member Show opened this week and will continue through Feb. 20. The show takes place every year in January ... Read more | Add your comment

by Sarah Stultz.

Cops, Courts & Fires

Hollandale teen injured in crash in Mower County

An 18-year-old Hollandale woman was injured in a crash Saturday morning on Minnesota Highway 251 in Mower County. Aubrieana Rae Strain was taken by Mayo ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Saturday, January 16, 2021 7:44 pm

Health Updates

State expresses worry over high COVID positivity rate in county

Minnesota Department of  Health officials are showing concern about Freeborn County’s high COVID-19 positivity rates from tests conducted at the National Guard-operated testing site at ... Read more

by Sarah Stultz, Friday, January 15, 2021 9:00 pm

Editorial --FEATURE SPOT

Editorial: Tribune Thumbs

To Arcadian Bank. Thank you to Arcadian Bank, formerly known as Farmers State Bank, who this week said thank you to all Mayo Clinic Health ... Read more

by Editorial Board, Friday, January 15, 2021 8:50 pm

Editorials

Editorial Roundup: Upheaval in U.S. has global consequences

News of Trump-inspired mobs ransacking the U.S. Capitol reverberated worldwide, alarming allies and delighting adversaries as it inverted the concept of American exceptionalism. “We currently ... Read more

by Editorial Roundup, Friday, January 15, 2021 8:50 pm

Columnists

Expand your pallet, teach open-mindedness

We had recently received our latest shipment from our monthly snack box and this month our mouths were traveling to the United Kingdom. Read more

by Submitted, Friday, January 15, 2021 8:45 pm

Columnists

Capitol Comment: Evidence-based results are needed in gov’t decisions

Capitol Comments by Peggy Bennett If there is evidence that proves something isn’t working, should we just continue to do it? In state government, we ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, January 15, 2021 8:45 pm

Columnists

Ask a Trooper: Driving with earplugs and headphones

Question: Is it legal to wear earplugs or headphones driving a vehicle in Minnesota?  Does the decibel rating matter? Read more

by Submitted, Friday, January 15, 2021 8:45 pm

Letters to the Editor

Letter: People should be taxed fairly for road repairs

The way we are being taxed on road repair in this town is very unfair. How many of you have paid thousands of dollars for ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, January 15, 2021 8:30 pm

Letters to the Editor

Letter: Martin Luther King event on Monday

My husband and I went to the first Martin Luther King Day Celebration 33 years ago.  We had just adopted our baby daughter, Tess, and ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, January 15, 2021 8:30 pm

Letters to the Editor

Letter: People are sick of personal attacks

Another week, another negative attack column by Democratic writer Jennifer Vogt-Erickson. In my last letter, I called for an end to the divisive personal attacks ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, January 15, 2021 8:30 pm

Education

Administrator’s corner: Community Ed adapting in pandemic

Community Education provides lifelong learning experiences for all 23,431 residents of District 241 and beyond. While this past year has challenged traditional methods of Community ... Read more

by Sarah Stultz, Friday, January 15, 2021 8:00 pm

Arts & Culture

This Week in History: Longtime Albert Lea city councilor is sworn in as the city’s new mayor

Jan. 13, 2011: Freeborn County Sheriff Bob Kindler answered questions at a press conference about the deaths of two women found in a home in ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Friday, January 15, 2021 8:00 pm

News

Naeve Alumni and Nurses’ Club announces available scholarships

The Naeve Alumni and Nurses’ Club announces nursing scholarships available to area graduating seniors, or persons who have successfully completed one year of education in ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, January 15, 2021 8:00 pm

Health Updates

Hy-Vee to offer COVID-19 rapid antibody testing

Hy-Vee Inc. will begin offering COVID-19 rapid antibody testing at more than 250 Hy-Vee pharmacy locations on Monday, including in Albert Lea. Patients will receive ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Friday, January 15, 2021 8:00 pm

Education

Hawthorne Star Class

The Success Room is new to Hawthorne Elementary this year, and administrators said Tiffany Buchanan and her staff have done an amazing job of supporting ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, January 15, 2021 8:00 pm

News

Trump’s impeachment trial will focus on his attacks on the election

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s historic second impeachment could go to trial as soon as Inauguration Day, with U.S. senators serving not only as jurors ... Read more

by Associated Press, Friday, January 15, 2021 6:01 pm

News

Officials: Extremist threat to Minnesota Capitol has faded

MINNEAPOLIS — Authorities now believe there is no credible, immediate threat from extremists to Minnesota in the runup to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, Public Safety ... Read more

by Associated Press, Friday, January 15, 2021 3:41 pm

Health Updates

Daily COVID-19 update: New deaths in Freeborn, Mower counties

Minnesota reported 33 new COVID-19 deaths on Friday, including one person from both Freeborn and Mower counties. The person from Freeborn County was reportedly between ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Friday, January 15, 2021 2:36 pm

News

Biden unveils $1.9T plan to stem COVID-19 and steady economy

WILMINGTON, Del. — President-elect Joe Biden has unveiled a $1.9 trillion coronavirus plan to end “a crisis of deep human suffering” by speeding up vaccines ... Read more

by Associated Press, Friday, January 15, 2021 9:44 am

Cops, Courts & Fires

Vehicle stolen, recovered and other reports

Albert Lea police received a report of a stolen vehicle at 7:14 a.m. Thursday at 923 S. Fourth Ave. The vehicle was reportedly later discovered ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Friday, January 15, 2021 9:16 am

News

Recognizing local health care workers

An area bank is paying it forward to health care workers with a new initiative that in turn supports local restaurants.  Read more

by Sarah Stultz, Friday, January 15, 2021 6:23 am

Education

Area schools close because of weather

All area schools are closed today for in-person learning because of weather. Cancellations include Albert Lea Area Schools, Alden-Conger, Glenville-Emmons, NRHEG, Northwood-Kensett, Lake Mills and ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Friday, January 15, 2021 6:14 am

Cops, Courts & Fires

Bill introduced to increase penalty for those who attempt to kill police

Roughly one year after Waseca Police Officer Arik Matson was shot in the head while responding to a call of a suspicious person, a bill ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Thursday, January 14, 2021 12:20 pm

Education

Lake Mills dismissing early Thursday

Lake Mills schools will be dismissing at 2 p.m. Thursday due to impending inclement weather. The wrestling meet scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday has been ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Thursday, January 14, 2021 12:17 pm

Health Updates

Daily COVID-19 update: 35 new cases reported in Freeborn County

Freeborn County reported 35 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday out of a total 1,598 new cases across the state, according to the daily update from ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Thursday, January 14, 2021 12:03 pm