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Sam Wilmes, Author at Albert Lea Tribune

Sam Wilmes covers crime, courts and government for the Albert Lea Tribune.

Cops, Courts & Fires

Prairie Profiles: Jail administrator likes a challenge, motivated to give back

Freeborn County jail Administrator Mike Stasko is using his passion to serve in his position  as the head of the local detention center. Read more

by Sam Wilmes, Monday, April 1, 2019 6:16 pm

Elections & Campaigns

County votes to support 2 appointed positions

The Freeborn County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday supported state legislation allowing for the appointment of auditor/treasurer and county recorder positions. The measure passed on ... Read more

by Sam Wilmes, Wednesday, March 20, 2019 8:49 pm

Cops, Courts & Fires

2 injured in rear-end collision on Bridge Avenue

Two teenagers were injured Tuesday in a three-vehicle, rear-end collision south of the intersection of Bridge Avenue and Hammer Road. Grace Okland, 17, of Lake ... Read more

by Sam Wilmes, Wednesday, March 20, 2019 8:48 pm

Arts & Culture

Middle school students bring a classic to the stage

School gears up for ‘The Adventures of Tom Sawyer’ play Read more

by Sam Wilmes, Tuesday, March 19, 2019 8:25 pm

Featured News

County delays vote on wind farm agreement

Agreement covers liability for damage to county infrastructure Read more

by Sam Wilmes, Tuesday, March 19, 2019 8:22 pm

Featured News

Farm Family of the Year

Couple recognized for work in the industry and community Read more

by Sam Wilmes, Tuesday, March 19, 2019 1:00 pm

Cops, Courts & Fires

Level 3 offender breaks sprinkler head in jail

A Level 3 offender who intentionally broke a sprinkler head Saturday in the Freeborn County jail pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors Monday in Freeborn County ... Read more

by Sam Wilmes, Monday, March 18, 2019 8:02 pm

Featured News

Federal grant awarded for Blazing Star Trail bridge

A nearly $1 million federal grant has been awarded for a bridge over Albert Lea Lake to connect Blazing Star Trail from Albert Lea to ... Read more

by Sam Wilmes, Friday, March 15, 2019 7:45 pm

Cops, Courts & Fires

Prison for man who led cops on chase, had stolen property

A St. Paul man who reportedly jumped out of a stolen car while it was moving during a chase in November was sentenced to more ... Read more

by Sam Wilmes, Friday, March 15, 2019 7:37 pm

Cops, Courts & Fires

Handful of roads closed because of ice, water

Freeborn County is advising limited travel on gravel roads until further notice. Freeborn County Emergency Management Director Rich Hall said the roads are still available ... Read more

by Sam Wilmes, Thursday, March 14, 2019 12:24 pm

Business

Building gets a new use

Indoor storage units to open at former bowling alley site Read more

by Sam Wilmes, Wednesday, March 13, 2019 8:40 pm

Cops, Courts & Fires

What should go in the old fire station space?

City exploring use for Senior Center, library Read more

by Sam Wilmes, Wednesday, March 13, 2019 8:38 pm

Featured News

‘You just want to go someplace local’

Weather impact on hospital distance concerns residents Read more

by Sam Wilmes, Tuesday, March 12, 2019 7:16 pm

Featured News

County fairgrounds horse barn roof collapses under snow

The roof of a horse born north of the Beer Garden location in the Freeborn County Fairgrounds reportedly collapsed Sunday under the weight of heavy ... Read more

by Sam Wilmes, Tuesday, March 12, 2019 7:12 pm

Cops, Courts & Fires

Austin man charged with alleged rape at Albert Lea hotel

An Austin man who allegedly raped a female last month was charged with felonies Friday in Freeborn County District Court. Dallas Clinton Britt, 34, is ... Read more

by Sam Wilmes, Monday, March 11, 2019 8:03 pm

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