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Sarah Stultz: Make memories in the kitchen this holiday

Isn’t it funny how certain foods — be it the taste or the smell — can bring back ...


Al Batt: I’m a wonder — I wonder what I’m looking for 

I remember my uncle smoking cheap cigars. When flush with cash, he’d move up to affordable White Owl ...


Ask a Trooper: What are the rules for plows on the roads in Minnesota?

Question: Last week, I noticed a truck with a snow plow blade on it. It took up the ...

Letters to the Editor

Letter: It was a big election for DFL

Trifecta! Voters flipped the Minnesota Senate to a DFL majority, returned Tim Walz as our governor, and retained ...


Golden K Kiwanians ring bells

Arts & Culture

Organizations: Freeborn American Legion Auxiliary 552

The Freeborn American Legion Auxiliary No. 552 met at the Freeborn American Legion Hall on Nov. 19. President ...


Duplicate bridge winners announced in Austin

Duplicate bridge takes place every Tuesday and Wednesday at the Austin Senior Center with games starting at 11:30.  ...


Local legislator responds to projected $17.6 billion budget surplus

Minnesota is projecting a $17.6 billion budget surplus — up $5 billion from the state budget agency’s previous ...


Federal judge orders slaughterhouse cleaners not to hire minors at plants

OMAHA, Neb.  — A federal judge ordered a Wisconsin company that cleans hundreds of slaughterhouses nationwide to ensure ...


Facebook parent Meta threatens to remove news from platform

Facebook parent Meta Platforms Inc. said Tuesday it will be “forced to consider” removing news content from its ...

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Health Updates

Pfizer asks FDA to clear updated COVID shot for children under age of 5

Pfizer is asking U.S. regulators to authorize its updated COVID-19 vaccine for children under age 5 — not ...


Trump Organization convicted in executive tax dodge scheme

NEW YORK — Donald Trump’s company was convicted of tax fraud on Tuesday in a case brought by ...


Ask SCORE: Start your planning now for Small Business Saturday for next year

Small Business Saturday (SBS) is an initiative created by Amex to help encourage consumers to shop small and ...


The Real ID deadline has been extended. Here’s what Minnesotans need to know

Minnesota travelers have more time to upgrade identification for airport checkpoints and other federal facilities.


Minnesota projects massive $17.6 billion budget surplus

ST. PAUL — Minnesota lawmakers will head into the 2023 legislative session with a massive $17.6 billion projected ...


School board hears proposal for continued pre-Labor school starts for next 2 years

Albert Lea students would continue having a pre-Labor day school start in the coming years under proposed 2023-24 ...


Albert Lea woman surprised with money for good works in the community

Home Federal bank in Albert Lea announced Tuesday they have rewarded Carol Jolly with $1,000 in cash as ...

Cops, Courts & Fires

Car window broken, items stolen and other reports

A window was reported broken with a rock and a computer bag and wallet taken from a vehicle ...

Cops, Courts & Fires

Prosecutor seeks to introduce evidence of former A.L. coach, counselor from previous school district

A Freeborn County prosecutor has filed an intent to introduce evidence of alleged inappropriate communication between a former ...

Cops, Courts & Fires

Former used car dealership owner pleads guilty to 2 counts; 69 other counts dismissed

The owner of a former used car dealership charged with selling vehicles without a license and failing to ...