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Indoor service for bars, restaurants resumes in Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota bars and restaurants may resume indoor service with limits starting Monday, as COVID-19 cases have been declining. The eased restrictions return bars ... Read more

1 week ago by Associated Press.

Farmers State Bank of Hartland announces name change

Farmers State Bank of Hartland announced Monday that it is changing its name to Arcadian Bank. The name change and brand refresh reflect the bank’s ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Submitted.

Chamber names Business of the Year awards

The Albert Lea-Freeborn County Chamber of Commerce on Friday announced it had named St. John’s Lutheran Community as the Large Business of the Year.  It ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Sarah Stultz.

2nd round of business, nonprofit relief available

Freeborn County is now accepting applications for a second round of financial assistance for businesses and nonprofit agencies through the COVID-19 Relief Grant Program.  The ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Staff Reports.

Bait shop opens for business in Albert Lea

Just two weeks ago, Mark Conley noticed a need in the Albert Lea community. With ice fishing season just around the corner, fishermen would soon ... Read more

3 weeks ago by Tyler Julson.

Walz extends in-person dining pause through holidays, allow gyms to reopen with restrictions

Gov. Tim Walz on Wednesday said he is extending his current monthlong ban on indoor bar and restaurant service through the year-end holidays as the ... Read more

1 month ago by Minnesota Public Radio.

Local business owner completes OSHA training

Brad Kramer of Provenio Consulting in Albert Lea recently completed the process to teach OSHA outreach classes for the general industry. Kramer can now teach ... Read more

1 month ago by Submitted.

Minnesota Legislature OKs virus aid for businesses, workers

MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Legislature voted Monday night to pass a $216 million relief package aimed at businesses and workers who took the biggest hit ... Read more

1 month ago by Associated Press.

Walz delays announcement on business limits until Wednesday

MINNEAPOLIS — Gov. Tim Walz said Friday that while he’s encouraged by some coronavirus trends in Minnesota, he’s holding off until next week on deciding ... Read more

1 month ago by Associated Press.

Chamber starts new initiatives centered around mental health

The Albert Lea-Freeborn County Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with several other organizations in the community, has started offering new benefits to its members revolving ... Read more

1 month ago by Sarah Stultz.

Gift guide makes buying local easy

Responding to unprecedented demand from Minnesota shoppers to buy local this holiday season, the Minnesota Grown program is launching a comprehensive gift guide, according to ... Read more

1 month ago by Submitted.

DEED encourages Minnesotans and restaurants to share #GetTakeoutMN photos to help economy

As Minnesota takes necessary steps to battle COVID-19, the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development is encouraging Minnesotans to shop and eat local this ... Read more

2 months ago by Submitted.

Christmas tree farmers adopt COVID-19 rules

Minnesota Christmas tree growers are hard at work readying for the holidays with new precautions in place to help buyers have a fun and safe ... Read more

2 months ago by Submitted.

Black Friday sees record online as U.S. shoppers stay home

Black Friday online sales hit a new record this year as pandemic-wary Americans filled virtual carts instead of real ones. Consumers spent an estimated $9 ... Read more

2 months ago by Associated Press.

‘We’re so grateful for all the local shopping’

Black Friday offers beacon of hope to area stores Read more

2 months ago by Staff Reports.

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