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Daily COVID-19 update: New deaths reported in area counties

Minnesota reported 37 new COVID-19 deaths on Saturday, including one each from Faribault, Mower and Waseca counties. The Faribault County person was between 90 and ... Read more

18 hours ago by Staff Reports.

State expresses worry over high COVID positivity rate in county

Minnesota Department of  Health officials are showing concern about Freeborn County’s high COVID-19 positivity rates from tests conducted at the National Guard-operated testing site at ... Read more

1 day ago by Sarah Stultz.

Hy-Vee to offer COVID-19 rapid antibody testing

Hy-Vee Inc. will begin offering COVID-19 rapid antibody testing at more than 250 Hy-Vee pharmacy locations on Monday, including in Albert Lea. Patients will receive ... Read more

1 day ago by Staff Reports.

Officials: Extremist threat to Minnesota Capitol has faded

MINNEAPOLIS — Authorities now believe there is no credible, immediate threat from extremists to Minnesota in the runup to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, Public Safety ... Read more

2 days ago by Associated Press.

Recognizing local health care workers

An area bank is paying it forward to health care workers with a new initiative that in turn supports local restaurants.  Read more

2 days ago by Sarah Stultz.

Residents digging out from snowstorm

Albert Lea residents began digging out Friday from a snowstorm that swept through the area. According to the National Weather Service, Albert Lea had received ... Read more

2 days ago by Staff Reports.

Bill introduced to increase penalty for those who attempt to kill police

Roughly one year after Waseca Police Officer Arik Matson was shot in the head while responding to a call of a suspicious person, a bill ... Read more

3 days ago by Staff Reports.

Daily COVID-19 update: 35 new cases reported in Freeborn County

Freeborn County reported 35 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday out of a total 1,598 new cases across the state, according to the daily update from ... Read more

3 days ago by Staff Reports.

Minnesota health officials wait on feds for vaccine guidance

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota health officials say they’re waiting for more information from the federal government on its new guidance to expand who’s eligible to get ... Read more

3 days ago by Associated Press.

6 to 9 inches of snow expected

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for the Albert Lea area from noon today through Friday evening as a storm is ... Read more

3 days ago by Staff Reports.

Minnesota House Democrats unveil legislative priorities

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota House Democrats unveiled their first priorities of the 2021 legislative session on Wednesday, a package of five bills to assist workers, families ... Read more

4 days ago by Associated Press.

Hagedorn votes against impeachment

First District Congressman Jim Hagedorn was one of 197 House Republicans who voted against impeaching President Donald Trump Wednesday. Following the vote, Hagedorn, of Blue ... Read more

4 days ago by Staff Reports.

Weather Service issues winter storm watch ahead of snowstorm

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch from Thursday morning through Friday evening as a storm system is expected to move through ... Read more

4 days ago by Staff Reports.

Walz extends Minnesota’s coronavirus state of emergency

MINNEAPOLIS — Gov. Tim Walz on Wednesday won legislative approval to extend Minnesota’s peacetime state of emergency by another 30 days so he can continue ... Read more

4 days ago by Associated Press.

Daily COVID-19 update: 46 new cases in Freeborn County

Freeborn County reported 46 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday out of the total 1,504 new cases across the state. Forty-three of the cases were lab-confirmed ... Read more

4 days ago by Staff Reports.

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