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When you’re on your own, we are there with you

As the state and nation battle one of the most challenging times of this generation, we want to ... Read more | Add your comment

Fun during quarantine

Photographers hold neighborhood photoshoots while social distancing Read more | Add your comment

‘Keeping morale up and keeping the positivity’

Arts, fitness instructors teach online amid COVID-19 outbreak Read more | Add your comment

The science behind the coronavirus

What is coronavirus and where did it come from? Read more | Add your comment

BREAKING NEWS

2 confirmed COVID-19 cases reported in Freeborn County

Freeborn County has two confirmed cases of COVID-19, according to the Minnesota Department of Health on Wednesday. The first case is a person in their ... Read more | Add your comment

by Sarah Stultz.

News

Ice is out on Fountain Lake

April 1 will be recorded as the date the ice completely melted on Fountain Lake in 2020, according to Mark Malepsy, annual watcher of the ... Read more | Add your comment

by Sarah Stultz.

News

What you need to do to get your government stimulus check

The IRS and the Treasury Department say Americans will start receiving their economic impact checks in the next three weeks. The payments are part of ... Read more

by Associated Press, Wednesday, April 1, 2020 5:03 am

Featured News

Independent forecast projects Minnesota to hit COVID-19 peak by mid-April

Independent health researchers are predicting the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic in Minnesota to take place in three weeks with peak resources expected to be ... Read more

by Sarah Stultz, Tuesday, March 31, 2020 3:37 pm

Health Updates

Minnesota death toll increases to 12; 26 are in ICU with coronavirus

Twelve people have died from COVID-19 in Minnesota, up from 10 reported on Monday, while the number of cases in the state since the pandemic ... Read more

by Minnesota Public Radio, Tuesday, March 31, 2020 3:36 pm

Business

Gun sales sour amid coronavirus outbreak

Spikes in gun sales typically follow mass shootings or the elections of presidents who are Democrats, as gun owners fear government restrictions on future firearms ... Read more

by Minnesota Public Radio, Tuesday, March 31, 2020 3:35 pm

Cops, Courts & Fires

Residents reminded of leaf burning ordinance

Albert Lea Fire Rescue would like to remind residents that it is against city ordinance to burn leaves in town, according to a press release. ... Read more

by Submitted, Tuesday, March 31, 2020 3:33 pm

News

Rural Finance Authority funding to allow COVID-19 response

Assistance from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s Rural Finance Authority will be available to help farmers whose operations are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, according ... Read more

by Submitted, Tuesday, March 31, 2020 3:32 pm

News

Social Security benefits will be paid on time

Andrew Saul, commissioner of Social Security, reminded the public that Social Security and Supplemental Security Income benefit payments will continue to be paid on time ... Read more

by Submitted, Tuesday, March 31, 2020 3:32 pm

News

MDA services continued during COVID-19 pandemic

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is continuing inspection services during Gov. Tim Walz’s two-week stay at home executive order and throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, according ... Read more

by Submitted, Tuesday, March 31, 2020 3:31 pm

News

Building demolition will delay detours near Claremont

Construction crews are expected to begin demolition of buildings and removal April 6 as part of the expansion of Highway 14 between Dodge Center and ... Read more

by Submitted, Tuesday, March 31, 2020 3:30 pm

Business

DEED announces small business loan programs

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development announced the Minnesota small business loan guarantee program, which was approved by the Minnesota Legislature last week, ... Read more

by Submitted, Tuesday, March 31, 2020 3:30 pm

News

The countdown clock is clicking again for the Tokyo Olympics

TOKYO — The countdown clocks have been reset and are ticking again for the Tokyo Olympics. The model outside Tokyo Station, and others across the ... Read more

by Associated Press, Tuesday, March 31, 2020 2:49 pm

Editorials

Editorial roundup: COVID-19 pandemic cannot halt voting

The United States held a presidential election during World War II. It held one during the Civil War. It held an off-year election during the ... Read more

by Editorial Roundup, Tuesday, March 31, 2020 12:16 pm

Columnists

Al Batt: Where’s a Sears Big Book when you need one?

I threw a boomerang three years ago, and I’ve lived in fear ever since.  Each time I step outside, I expect to be conked on the ... Read more

by Al Batt, Tuesday, March 31, 2020 12:16 pm

Letters to the Editor

Letter: Thank you to the brave health care workers during crisis

“You are more ready than you think you are.” A mentor of mine gave me that advice on the eve of my first deployment. From ... Read more

by Submitted, Tuesday, March 31, 2020 12:15 pm

Letters to the Editor

Letter: Sons of Norway cancels events

Sons of Norway Normanna Lodge has regretfully canceled all events, including the April meeting and the May 17 Syttende Mai, following the recommendation of the Centers ... Read more

by Submitted, Tuesday, March 31, 2020 12:14 pm

Editorial Cartoon

Pen to paper

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by Editorial Board, Tuesday, March 31, 2020 12:14 pm

Health Updates

Department of Health releases more information about state’s COVID-19 patients

Twelve people have died, and 629 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Minnesota as of Tuesday, according to numbers released by the Minnesota Department ... Read more

by Sarah Stultz, Tuesday, March 31, 2020 11:19 am

Featured News

County commissioners approve additional emergency measures

The Freeborn County Board of Commissioners approved two resolutions Monday morning during an emergency meeting that will keep county buildings closed to the public through ... Read more

by Sarah Stultz, Monday, March 30, 2020 4:02 pm

Education

Students resume studies via distance learning

COVID-19 cases rise to 576 Read more

by Associated Press, Monday, March 30, 2020 4:01 pm

News

Tokyo Olympics rescheduled for July 23-Aug. 8 in 2021

TOKYO — The Tokyo Olympics will open next year in the same time slot scheduled for this year’s games. Tokyo organizers said Monday the opening ... Read more

by Associated Press, Monday, March 30, 2020 2:37 pm

Cops, Courts & Fires

1 cited after traffic stop and other reports

Thefts reported A gift card and check were reported stolen from a mailbox at 2:16 p.m. Friday at 209 Morningside Road. A $50 flashlight was ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Monday, March 30, 2020 1:51 pm

News

This Week in History: Fire breaks out at Golden Bubble near Wells

April 4, 1980: Firefighters from Alden, Bricelyn, Kiester, Walters and Wells joined forces to battle a fire that broke out at Golden Bubble Steak House ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Monday, March 30, 2020 1:51 pm

Editorial --FEATURE SPOT

Editorial: Look for the silver lining in Walz’s stay-at-home order

Minnesotans — like people all over the world — have been asked to make many adjustments to their lives over the last few weeks in ... Read more

by Editorial Board, Monday, March 30, 2020 1:47 pm

Columnists

Sarah Stultz: Now more than ever, it is vital to seek facts

The past two or three weeks have been interesting for our staff at the Albert Lea Tribune. About half of our employees are working remotely from ... Read more

by Sarah Stultz, Monday, March 30, 2020 1:46 pm

Letters to the Editor

Letter: Walz has shown leadership in COVID-19 response

Like many other people in Minnesota, I have been following the daily coronavirus briefings by Gov. Walz and his team. I am very impressed by ... Read more

by Submitted, Monday, March 30, 2020 1:42 pm