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‘We’re ready to get after it’

Albert Lea football and volleyball prepare for new fall seasons Read more | Add your comment

A modern-day general store

Boutique owner opens second shop in Unique building Read more | Add your comment

Gov. Tim Walz visits Albert Lea High School

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz visited Albert Lea High School on Wednesday as part of his statewide safe learning ... Read more | Add your comment

Sunflower fields of hope

Area effort dedicated to children who have died and their families Read more | Add your comment

Education

Food pantries at Riverland campuses aim to alleviate food insecurity for students

An initiative that started two years ago at Riverland Community College’s Austin campus has spread to both the Albert Lea and Owatonna campuses in an ... Read more | Add your comment

by Sarah Stultz.

Arts & Culture

Art created during pandemic to be on display at Freeborn County Arts Initiative

The Freeborn County Arts Initiative has opened its next exhibit, which focuses on work artists have created during shelter-in-place orders amid the COVID-19 pandemic. “This ... Read more | Add your comment

by Colleen Harrison.

Cops, Courts & Fires

Celebrating the new fire station

Albert Lea Fire Rescue held its ribbon cutting on Tuesday at its new location, 417 S. Newton Ave. Read more

by Submitted, Friday, September 25, 2020 8:16 pm

Cops, Courts & Fires

Court Dispositions: Sept. 22-24, 2020

Freeborn County District Court   Sept. 22 Seth Allen Larson, 40, 73971 Pinewood Drive, Albert Lea. Count 1: Domestic abuse – violate order for protection. ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Friday, September 25, 2020 8:15 pm

Editorials

Editorial roundup: Take advantage of visits

America’s two main presidential candidates visit Minnesota on the same day that early and absentee voting begins. Welcome to the official sign that Minnesota has ... Read more

by Editorial Roundup, Friday, September 25, 2020 8:14 pm

Editorials

Editorial: Tribune Thumbs

To area school districts being proactive in their responses to COVID-19. Thanks to staff at area schools who have shifted their learning models or will ... Read more

by Editorial Board, Friday, September 25, 2020 8:13 pm

Columnists

April Jeppson: Enjoy time outdoors before it gets too cold

I’m sweaty, and my feet are filthy. I’ve already rinsed them off, but there’s something semi-permanent about the sand at the volleyball courts. It’ll take ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, September 25, 2020 8:12 pm

Columnists

Live United: It is a busy season at the United Way of Freeborn County

It has been a productive week! I’ve written before about our Americorps VISTA program, and the position open with that. I’m excited to announce that the ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, September 25, 2020 8:11 pm

Columnists

Ask a Trooper: Drivers, pedestrians must share the road

My family and I have concerns about crosswalk safety due to traffic not stopping and pedestrians not knowing what to do. Can you share how ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, September 25, 2020 8:10 pm

Letters to the Editor

Letter: City should move forward with MPCA recommendations

I am writing to strongly encourage the City Council to move forward with Minnesota Pollution Control Agency recommendations. Continuing to challenge its findings will delay ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, September 25, 2020 8:09 pm

Letters to the Editor

Letter: Banner pickup time scheduled

The 2020 A.L. Grad Banner Project pickup time has been scheduled. Grad banners may be picked up from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday at Edgewater ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, September 25, 2020 8:08 pm

Letters to the Editor

Paid political letter: Hagedorn has failed Minnesota

At a recent Trump rally in Minnesota on Sept. 18, Rep. Hagedorn (MN-01) stood right next to Trump violating social distancing guidelines without a mask ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, September 25, 2020 8:07 pm

Letters to the Editor

Letter: Roundtable presentations to resume next week

Due to circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Civil War Roundtable presentations will resume in Room 109 at Brookside School at 7 p.m.  Thursday rather ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, September 25, 2020 8:06 pm

Letters to the Editor

Paid political letter: Musings of an old man

As a proud American, I am becoming increasingly alarmed by the number of voices proclaiming that they are ashamed of this great country. As a ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, September 25, 2020 8:05 pm

News

Shoreline restoration project planned at Itasca State Park

A project to restore the shoreline at the Mississippi Headwaters in Itasca State Park will begin Oct. 5, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, September 25, 2020 8:00 pm

News

Know where, when to apply fall nitrogen fertilizer

As the seasons change, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture encourages farmers and commercial applicators to know where fall nitrogen fertilizer applications are restricted, according to ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, September 25, 2020 8:00 pm

News

Contingency plan released for livestock producers

The University of Minnesota Extension livestock team has released a set of customizable forms that can be used to create an operations contingency plan for ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, September 25, 2020 8:00 pm

News

Grant money available to livestock owners to prevent wolf attacks

New money is available to Minnesota livestock producers to help prevent wolf attacks, according to a press release. A total of $60,000 will be awarded ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, September 25, 2020 8:00 pm

Elections & Campaigns

Campaign signs to be removed from state highway rights of way

The Minnesota Department of Transportation in southeast Minnesota will remove campaign signs and other advertising not allowed under state law on highway right of way, ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, September 25, 2020 8:00 pm

News

Farm safety and health channel launched

Just in time for National Farm Safety and Health Week, the University of Minnesota Extension released its new farm safety and health channel, according to ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, September 25, 2020 8:00 pm

News

Farm, ranch stress assistance available

Midwest farmers and ranchers are facing unprecedented stressors and uncertainty imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, weather related concerns and the derecho storm that impacted parts ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, September 25, 2020 8:00 pm

Education

Fall Farm to School virtual field trips announced

The Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom program is partnering with Midwest Dairy to host a series of free virtual field trips during October to celebrate ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, September 25, 2020 8:00 pm

Education

Star class: Getting outside

As schools have had to rethink how to safely educate students this year based on the Minnesota Department of Health and Minnesota Department of Education ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, September 25, 2020 8:00 pm

News

WCTA holds meeting

WCTA’s annual meeting was held virtually Thursday to hear reports on Winnebago Cooperative Telecom Association operations, according to a press release. “I am honored to ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, September 25, 2020 8:00 pm

Education

Principal’s Corner: Using Second Step program at Sibley

We all know this is a trying time for everyone, but the excitement and energy at Sibley Elementary remains high and invigorating. We have been ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, September 25, 2020 8:00 pm

Education

Albert Lea High School standout student

Jaspar Flatten   Age: 16 Parents: Jaclyn and Tony Flatten Where are you from? Albert Lea. If from Albert Lea, which elementary school did you ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, September 25, 2020 8:00 pm

Cops, Courts & Fires

Ginsburg makes history at Capitol amid replacement turmoil

WASHINGTON — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg lay in state Friday at the U.S. Capitol as the first woman ever so honored, making history again ... Read more

by Associated Press, Friday, September 25, 2020 6:07 pm