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Update: Police arrest alleged shooter at Shady Oaks

Authorities arrested a 21-year-old man Sunday afternoon who allegedly shot three people, including one officer, at Shady Oaks ... Read more | Add your comment

‘We’re so grateful for all the local shopping’

Black Friday offers beacon of hope to area stores Read more | Add your comment

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Mayo officials: Help decrease surge, burden on hospitals

Mayo Clinic officials are reemphasizing the importance of masking, social distancing and robust hand hygiene in the coming ... Read more | Add your comment

A new leader at the helm

In his third week as Albert Lea’s new city manager, Ian Rigg is busy getting to know the ... Read more | Add your comment

Cops, Courts & Fires

State Supreme Court hears arguments in sheriff salary case

The Minnesota Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday about the Court of Appeals decision earlier this year regarding Freeborn County Sheriff Kurt Freitag’s 2019 salary. ... Read more | Add your comment

by Sarah Stultz.

Cops, Courts & Fires

County board approves salary increases for sheriff, attorney

On the same day the Minnesota Supreme Court was slated to hear oral arguments about the Minnesota Court of Appeals decision regarding the salary of ... Read more | Add your comment

by Colleen Harrison.

Featured News

United Way starts holiday lights contest

As United Way of Freeborn County launches its annual campaign, it has added a new fundraiser to the mix that hopes to brighten everyone’s holidays. ... Read more

by Colleen Harrison, Tuesday, December 1, 2020 8:19 pm

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Health Updates

Mayo Clinic Health System employees share their experiences and stress tied to pandemic

Mayo Clinic Health System employees on Tuesday got the opportunity to give people an idea of what they are going through during the COVID-19 pandemic. ... Read more

by Eric Johnson, Tuesday, December 1, 2020 8:18 pm

News

This Week in History: MADD distributes red ribbons ahead of holidays

Dec. 3, 1990: Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) of Freeborn County began distributing 9,000 red ribbons as part of an awareness campaign going into the ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Tuesday, December 1, 2020 8:17 pm

Cops, Courts & Fires

Court Dispositions: Nov. 30, 2020

Freeborn County District Court   Nov. 30 Adam Robert Burt, 34, 1211 St. Joseph Ave., Albert Lea. Count 1: 3rd degree assault (felony). Commit to ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Tuesday, December 1, 2020 8:16 pm

Cops, Courts & Fires

Dissolutions: November 2020

The following dissolutions were granted in Freeborn County in November 2020: Read more

by Staff Reports, Tuesday, December 1, 2020 8:15 pm

Editorials

Editorial: Watch out for possible scams from many angles

It has been awhile since we have run a story about a reported scam, but we find ourselves back to that subject thanks to a ... Read more

by Editorial Board, Tuesday, December 1, 2020 8:12 pm

Columnists

Sarah Stultz: A whirlwind of a day bringing you the news

My day on Sunday started with a text message from Albert Lean Tom Jones. He had sent it right before 2:30 a.m., but I didn’t ... Read more

by Sarah Stultz, Tuesday, December 1, 2020 8:11 pm

Columnists

Al Batt: The junk drawer that just couldn’t seem to hold it all

I woke up one morning. That was the good part. I woke up and realized I had too much junk, and I’m the only one who wants ... Read more

by Al Batt, Tuesday, December 1, 2020 8:10 pm

Columnists

Ask a Trooper: Driving smart is the best gift this holiday

Did I hear there is extra DWI enforcement going on over the holidays? Read more

by Submitted, Tuesday, December 1, 2020 8:09 pm

Columnists

My Point of View: Republican Party is not as pro-life as it often claims

If the COVID-19 pandemic has made one thing more clear than ever, it’s that the Republican Party is not “pro-life.” It’s merely anti-abortion, and its ... Read more

by Submitted, Tuesday, December 1, 2020 8:08 pm

Letters to the Editor

Letter: Albert Lea needs growth

Has anyone else ever noticed that there have never in the 20 years we have lived in Albert Lea that there are no Christmas decorations ... Read more

by Submitted, Tuesday, December 1, 2020 8:07 pm

Letters to the Editor

Letter: Thanks to voters who chose to help end corruption

This is the time to be thankful to the 6,889 people in Freeborn County who voted for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris to be president ... Read more

by Submitted, Tuesday, December 1, 2020 8:06 pm

Letters to the Editor

Letter: Keeping up the good work

COVID-19 and the ripple effect in our community have challenged us all. That doesn’t stop the members on the Community Health Care Collaborative (CHCC). We ... Read more

by Submitted, Tuesday, December 1, 2020 8:05 pm

Letters to the Editor

Letter: Get your donation matched Saturday

On Saturday, Dec. 5,  members of the Mason Lodge Temple Western Star Lodge No. 26 of Albert Lea and members from the Albert Lea Shrine ... Read more

by Submitted, Tuesday, December 1, 2020 8:04 pm

Opinion

Poll results: Do you plan on downloading the free COVIDaware MN smartphone app to notify you if someone who has been near you tests positive for COVID-19?

We asked readers at www.albertleatribune.com: “Do you plan on downloading the free COVIDaware MN smartphone app to notify you if someone who has been near ... Read more

by Editorial Board, Tuesday, December 1, 2020 8:03 pm

News

Transfer station, landfill hours updated for the winter season

The Albert Lea transfer station and demolition landfill winter hours will be  11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday and Friday, and 9 a.m. to 3 ... Read more

by Submitted, Tuesday, December 1, 2020 8:00 pm

Education

Funds available to encourage urban agricultural education

Businesses, schools, nonprofits, local governments and tribal entities seeking to promote urban youth agricultural education and urban agricultural community development can apply for the Minnesota ... Read more

by Submitted, Tuesday, December 1, 2020 8:00 pm

Albert Lea Tigers

Tribune announces All-Area football team

The 2020 fall season has presented many challenges to all area athletes. While some have enjoyed a full season, other teams have only been allowed ... Read more

by Tyler Julson, Tuesday, December 1, 2020 8:00 pm

News

Pest management webinar offered

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture and the University of Minnesota Extension invite those interested in learning the basics of integrated pest management to sign up ... Read more

by Submitted, Tuesday, December 1, 2020 8:00 pm

Business

DEED encourages Minnesotans and restaurants to share #GetTakeoutMN photos to help economy

As Minnesota takes necessary steps to battle COVID-19, the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development is encouraging Minnesotans to shop and eat local this ... Read more

by Submitted, Tuesday, December 1, 2020 8:00 pm

News

Builders seminar canceled

With thought and consultation with staff, administration and health advisors, the city of Albert Lea will not hold a builders seminar in spring 2021, according ... Read more

by Submitted, Tuesday, December 1, 2020 8:00 pm

News

Hitting a career milestone

LaDonna Struck has worked in the dietary department of St. John’s Lutheran Community for 30 years and is a positive and upbeat employee, according to ... Read more

by Submitted, Tuesday, December 1, 2020 8:00 pm

Business

Christmas tree farmers adopt COVID-19 rules

Minnesota Christmas tree growers are hard at work readying for the holidays with new precautions in place to help buyers have a fun and safe ... Read more

by Submitted, Tuesday, December 1, 2020 8:00 pm

Cops, Courts & Fires

Nestle, Cargill at high court in child labor case

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court seemed concerned Tuesday about the impact of siding with food giants Nestle and Cargill and ending a lawsuit that claims ... Read more

by Associated Press, Tuesday, December 1, 2020 6:15 pm

News

Enbridge starts construction on Line 3 pipeline in Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS — Enbridge Energy began construction on its Line 3 crude oil pipeline replacement in Minnesota on Tuesday, a day after state regulators approved the ... Read more

by Associated Press, Tuesday, December 1, 2020 6:13 pm