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An outdoor concert

Man returns to area to perform for his mother, other residents Read more | Add your comment

A memorable occasion

Grad celebrates prom before leaving for National Guard Read more | Add your comment

Gallery: Fourth of July in Northwood

Residents enjoyed fireworks in Northwood Saturday night for the Fourth of July. Read more | Add your comment

A lake house for the whole family

House with rich history gets upgrades Read more | Add your comment

News

Freeborn County under severe thunderstorm warning

Freeborn, Steele and Waseca counties are under a severe thunderstorm warning, according to the National Weather Service. The warning is in effect through 5 p.m. ... Read more | Add your comment

by Staff Reports.

Health Updates

Daily COVID-19 update: More than 800 new cases reported in state

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Minnesota jumped by more than 800 on Saturday — the biggest single-day increase in seven weeks. Saturday’s update ... Read more | Add your comment

by Minnesota Public Radio.

News

Feds deny Minnesota request for aid to rebuild after unrest

MINNEAPOLIS — The federal government has denied a request from Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz for federal funds to rebuild and repair fire damage from the ... Read more

by Associated Press, Saturday, July 11, 2020 7:26 pm

News

Special session renews hopes for those seeking state money

MINNEAPOLIS — The city of Bemidji has a problem: firefighter training that used so-called “forever chemicals” has left the city’s water supply so contaminated that ... Read more

by Associated Press, Saturday, July 11, 2020 9:39 am

Business

Bruss-Heitner to build in new Wells Business Park

WELLS — Owners of Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home in Wells since 2008, Susan and Nathan Nasinec have recently started plans for a new building that will ... Read more

by Tyler Julson, Friday, July 10, 2020 8:20 pm

Cops, Courts & Fires

Court Dispositions: July 7-9, 2020

Freeborn County District Court   July 7 Corinna Venita Rodriguez, 46, 208 College St. W. Unit 8, Albert Lea. Count 1: Driving without a valid ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Friday, July 10, 2020 8:17 pm

Editorials

Editorial roundup: Feeding the hungry is a priority as economy hurts

As many of us make another shopping list to get groceries, maybe making sure to hit the minimum purchase for curbside pickup popular during the ... Read more

by Editorial Roundup, Friday, July 10, 2020 8:16 pm

Editorials

Editorial: Tribune Thumbs

To the businesses and residents who took part in the ‘Flare for the Fourth’ initiative. Thanks to the businesses and residents who took time out ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, July 10, 2020 8:15 pm

Columnists

Live United: Golf event to raise funds for United Way and food banks

My husband’s parents met while working at a factory. She worked the line, and he was a millwright. My mother-in-law worked there for about 20 ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, July 10, 2020 8:09 pm

Columnists

April Jeppson: Don’t worry about what others think — be you

“There is nothing wrong with loving the crap out of everything. Negative people find their walls. So never apologize for your enthusiasm. Never. Ever. Never.” ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, July 10, 2020 8:08 pm

Columnists

Guest Column: United and ready to move Albert Lea forward

“Finding good players is easy. Getting them to play together is another story.” — Casey Stengel I thought of that Stengel quote when reading the headline ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, July 10, 2020 8:07 pm

Columnists

Guest Column: Stop California rules from becoming Minnesota reality

Since September 2019, the Walz administration and its Minnesota Pollution Control Agency have been moving forward with plans to adopt “Clean Cars Minnesota” via rulemaking. ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, July 10, 2020 8:06 pm

Letters to the Editor

Letter: Consider online school this fall

After attending my freshman year at my local brick-and-mortar school, I felt completely overwhelmed by the social pressures and constantly exhausted by a jam-packed schedule. ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, July 10, 2020 8:05 pm

News

Grazing resources available for livestock farmers

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources have joined forces to help Minnesota livestock farmers in need of additional forage ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, July 10, 2020 8:00 pm

News

Reporting fish die-offs helps DNR

Anyone who finds several or more dead fish in a lake or stream can help by reporting these fish die-offs, which happen occasionally and usually ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, July 10, 2020 8:00 pm

Health Updates

State opens long-term care to visits from outside ‘essential caregivers’ after COVID-19 restrictions

For the first time since mid-March, outsiders will be allowed into Minnesota’s long-term care homes to visit residents. Read more

by Minnesota Public Radio, Friday, July 10, 2020 1:32 pm

Albert Lea Tigers

Tigers get back on the field

After taking the Fourth of July week off, the Albert Lea girls’ soccer team resumed optional practices Tuesday morning. Read more

by Tyler Julson, Friday, July 10, 2020 11:40 am

Health Updates

Daily COVID-19 update: Area counties see increased cases

All area counties had increases in new lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases on Friday, according to the Minnesota Department of Health’s daily update. Freeborn County had seven ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Friday, July 10, 2020 11:26 am

News

Guard mobilized quickly, adjusted on fly for Floyd unrest

It was the Minnesota National Guard’s largest deployment since World War II, and it occurred with remarkable speed and, fortunately, few injuries or incidents. Read more

by Minnesota Public Radio, Friday, July 10, 2020 9:51 am

Cops, Courts & Fires

Man arrested for domestic assault and other reports

Police arrested Brian Lee Egeness, 44, for domestic assault at 9:03 p.m. Thursday at 215 E. Third St.   1 arrested for meth possession Police ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Friday, July 10, 2020 9:42 am

Cops, Courts & Fires

Medical experts: Floyd’s speech didn’t mean he could breathe

MINNEAPOLIS — As George Floyd repeatedly pleaded “I can’t breathe” to police officers holding him down on a Minneapolis street corner, some of the officers ... Read more

by Associated Press, Thursday, July 9, 2020 6:01 pm

Business

Local small business COVID-19 relief fund grows

Addition of CARES Act funds pushes fund to $800K More relief funding is available than initially planned for small businesses in Freeborn County hurt by ... Read more

by Sarah Stultz, Thursday, July 9, 2020 3:24 pm

Elections & Campaigns

Hagedorn visits Austin during district tour

U.S. House Rep. Jim Hagedorn visited Austin on Wednesday as part of a tour of Minnesota’s 1st Congressional District. During his stop, Hagedorn visited Mower County ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Thursday, July 9, 2020 2:54 pm

Cops, Courts & Fires

Judge imposes gag order on attorneys in George Floyd case

MINNEAPOLIS — A judge on Thursday imposed a gag order on attorneys in the case involving four former Minneapolis police officers who are charged in ... Read more

by Associated Press, Thursday, July 9, 2020 2:17 pm

Education

State survey: Majority would feel comfortable sending students back to school in fall

Sixty-four percent of respondents to a Minnesota Department of Education survey said they would feel comfortable sending their students back to school in the fall. ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Thursday, July 9, 2020 1:04 pm

Cops, Courts & Fires

Items stolen and other reports

Police received a report at 12:10 p.m. Tuesday of a woman who left without paying for her meal at 2219 E. Main St.  A tier ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Thursday, July 9, 2020 12:45 pm

News

Area under severe thunderstorm watch

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch through 7 p.m. Thursday for Freeborn and Mower counties.  The watch is also in effect ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Thursday, July 9, 2020 12:40 pm