Latest Progress 2021


Principal, pastor named as this year’s Citizens of the Year

Though the COVID-19 pandemic has put a strain on many areas of society, there have also been many ...


The perfect pair

For Andrea Strom and Penny Thompson, owners of The Perfect Pair Estate and Downsizing Services, helping people through ...


Albert Lea-based renewable energy consulting business is expanding

Mariah Lynne, president and CEO of Good Steward Consulting, started her business as a one-person operation in 2017. ...


A ‘calming, caring presence’

After starting with St. Croix Hospice as a case manager servicing Albert Lea and the surrounding areas, Albert ...


Spreading kindness throughout the community

Two groups started around the holidays to inspire giving hope their similar work expands to year-round acts of ...


Alden business adds new services, celebrates 5 years at current space

ALDEN — For Emily Hassing, owner and operator of Sparkling Image in Alden, her business started out focusing ...


A special visit during a difficult time

Editor’s note: After this story was completed, we received word of Jack Peterson’s passing. We decided to keep ...


Little by little, the Ellendale Community Center is getting updated

ELLENDALE — Another project at the Ellendale Community Center was completed last summer thanks to a collaboration between ...


‘It’s an industry that’s always going to be there’

Meat markets have been an integral part of small-town living since their creation, and in south-central Minnesota it’s ...


Glenville bar and grill celebrates one-year anniversary

GLENVILLE — Bubba’s Bar and Grill opened for business in February 2020 at its location on Main Street ...


Work to begin soon on Vikings Activity Center in Northwood

NORTHWOOD — Officials will begin work on the Vikings Activity Center in the spring, as fundraising efforts place ...


Building was ‘love at first sight’

EASTON — As the pandemic winds down, the mood at Margaret’s Pub will improve.


Former contract chiropractor for NASA is looking to grow his business in Lake Mills

LAKE MILLS — Kyle Sprecher is happy to be home, and if his plans play out, he’ll be ...


Look-alikes enjoy reactions they get often all over town

Two years ago was the first time Andrew Schwarz became aware of Lance Skov.


Building on relationships in the community

The United Way of Freeborn County is hoping to expand the good it can do in the community ...

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