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Al Batt: Why do birds stand on one leg?

It was a lovely day. I hoped everyone recognized it as such. I walked amongst the trees while trying not to think of Leif Erickson, Branch ... Read more

1 day ago by Al Batt.

Across the Pastor’s Desk: Who stands with us during hard times?

Psalm 46 has popped into my head of late. I have to admit it is one of my favorite psalms. It is dramatic and real. ... Read more

3 days ago by Submitted.

Robin Gudal: In these days of uncertainty

At my in-loves they have a striped yellow/gold 1970s (now considered vintage) style couch. It’s not the most comfortable, but, oh, I really must admit ... Read more

3 days ago by Submitted.

Fun during quarantine

Photographers hold neighborhood photoshoots while social distancing Read more

6 days ago by Colleen Harrison.

‘Keeping morale up and keeping the positivity’

Arts, fitness instructors teach online amid COVID-19 outbreak Read more

1 week ago by Staff Reports.

Adams & Kasper

Zach Adams and Steph Kasper were married Sept. 13, 2019, at Country View Acres in Joice, Iowa. The groom is the son of Dean and ... Read more

1 week ago by Submitted.

Shelley Pederson: Gardening can be great stress reliever during strange times

“We went down into the silent garden. Dawn is the time when nothing breathes, the hour of silence. Everything is transfixed, and the light moves.” ... Read more

1 week ago by Submitted.

Peterson & Fossum

Chastity Peterson and Joshua Fossum, both of Albert Lea, announce their engagement. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Kathy and Rick Budd of Maplewood. She ... Read more

1 week ago by Submitted.


Joel Thomas Brooks Joe and Nicole Brooks of Albert Lea announce the birth of a son, Joel Thomas Brooks. Joel was born March 1, 2020, ... Read more

1 week ago by Submitted.

Al Batt: How old was the oldest duck you’ve ever seen?

My neighbor Crandall stops by. “How are you doing?” I ask. “Everything is nearly copacetic. I bought a new garden hose. I buy a new one every year.” “Why ... Read more

1 week ago by Al Batt.

Robin Gudal: Choose joy, and maybe chocolate, too

I got the crabby lady. Have you ever had this happen? I have! Have you ever been the crabby lady (or man)? I have.  Many years ago, ... Read more

1 week ago by Submitted.

States differ on exempting worship from coronavirus closures

NEW YORK — As multiple governors issue orders to curb large gatherings and implore residents to stay home in a bid to slow the spread ... Read more

1 week ago by Associated Press.

Tony-winning playwright McNally dies at 81

NEW YORK — Terrence McNally, one of America’s great playwrights whose prolific career included winning Tony Awards for the plays “Love! Valour! Compassion!” and “Master ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Associated Press.

‘Peaceful and cathartic’

Freeborn County Arts Initiative hosts photography exhibit Read more

2 weeks ago by Ashley Ladlie.

Simple, plant-powered summer meals

With more than half of Americans willing to eat more plants and less meat in 2020 (and beyond), according to a study conducted by Yale ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Submitted.

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