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‘We’re going to get through it’

WELLS — The morning of Feb. 24, Dawn Navara, owner of Jake's Pizza in Wells, went into the ... Read more | Add your comment

‘A champion for them and for us’

Albert Lea High School math teacher Kevin Gentz was named the 2021 Albert Lea Teacher of the Year ... Read more | Add your comment

Extra distracted driving campaign on Minnesota roads this month

So many distractions can make your mind wander these days, but when you are behind the wheel, it ... Read more | Add your comment

‘It’s a way to pay back’

Two local men last week officially opened a new store specializing in men’s clothing on Marshall Street in ... Read more | Add your comment

Health Updates

COVID-19 update: 14 new cases in Freeborn County; 49% of adults with at least 1 vaccine dose

Freeborn County reported 14 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday as part of the state’s 2,736 new cases. The state has now had 549,830 cases since ... Read more | Add your comment

by Staff Reports.

News

Liquor store owners speak out about proposed change in sales hours

Several liquor store owners on Monday spoke out against a possible change in Albert Lea’s city ordinance that would allow for extended weekday sales by ... Read more | Add your comment

by Sarah Stultz.

Cops, Courts & Fires

Chauvin won’t testify at murder trial in Floyd’s death

MINNEAPOLIS — The defense at the murder trial of former Officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd wrapped up its case Thursday without ... Read more

by Associated Press, Thursday, April 15, 2021 9:42 am

Cops, Courts & Fires

2 arrested for intoxicated driving and other reports

Police arrested Brett Milton Neeley, 53, for probable cause fourth-degree driving while intoxicated at 9:43 pm. Wednesday at 820 Happy Trails Lane. Police arrested Trayce ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Thursday, April 15, 2021 9:10 am

News

US jobless claims plunge to 576,000, lowest since pandemic

WASHINGTON — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits tumbled last week to 576,000, a post-COVID low and a hopeful sign that layoffs are ... Read more

by Associated Press, Thursday, April 15, 2021 9:02 am

Cops, Courts & Fires

Defense expert: Floyd died from heart trouble, not restraint

MINNEAPOLIS — George Floyd died of a sudden heart rhythm disturbance as a result of his heart disease, a forensic pathologist testified for the defense at ... Read more

by Associated Press, Thursday, April 15, 2021 5:15 am

Cops, Courts & Fires

Ex-Minnesota cop faces hearing in shooting of Daunte Wright

BROOKLYN CENTER — Black community leaders and family members of Daunte Wright were calling for more serious charges against a white police officer in Wright’s ... Read more

by Associated Press, Thursday, April 15, 2021 5:11 am

News

Minnesota extends COVID-19 state of emergency for 13th time

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota officials extended the peacetime emergency for another 30 days on Wednesday in order to boost the state’s response to more infectious variants ... Read more

by Associated Press, Wednesday, April 14, 2021 5:18 pm

Health Updates

COVID-19 update: Vaccinations slow amid Johnson and Johnson ‘pause’

Minnesota’s vaccination rate has slowed slightly over the past week, with around 25,000 people per day getting their first shot, down from around 30,000 per ... Read more

by Minnesota Public Radio, Wednesday, April 14, 2021 2:14 pm

News

Electric vehicle sharing company looking to bring scooters to Albert Lea

A stand-up electric vehicle sharing company is looking to bring 50 to 75 of its rental scooters to Albert Lea in the coming weeks.  The ... Read more

by Sarah Stultz, Wednesday, April 14, 2021 11:08 am

Cops, Courts & Fires

Judge refuses request to acquit Chauvin in Floyd’s death

MINNEAPOLIS — The judge at Derek Chauvin’s murder trial Wednesday turned down a defense request to acquit the former officer in George Floyd’s death, rejecting ... Read more

by Associated Press, Wednesday, April 14, 2021 10:10 am

Cops, Courts & Fires

Break-ins and other reports

Police received a report of a break-in at 8:22 a.m. Tuesday at 501 W. Main St. Several items were taken, including a chandelier, tools and ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Wednesday, April 14, 2021 10:07 am

News

Report: Broad missteps left Capitol Police unprepared Jan. 6

WASHINGTON — A blistering internal report by the U.S. Capitol Police describes a multitude of missteps that left the force unprepared for the Jan. 6 ... Read more

by Associated Press, Wednesday, April 14, 2021 5:11 am

Cops, Courts & Fires

Minnesota officer will be charged in shooting of Black motorist

BROOKLYN CENTER — A prosecutor said Wednesday that he will charge a white former suburban Minneapolis police officer with second-degree manslaughter for killing 20-year-old Black ... Read more

by Associated Press, Wednesday, April 14, 2021 5:05 am

Editorial --FEATURE SPOT

Editorial Roundup: Remote work a valuable permanent business option

For many employees, punching a clock would be like revisiting history. Our smartphones, our laptops, our Fitbits report our work time all the time. And ... Read more

by Editorial Roundup, Tuesday, April 13, 2021 9:00 pm

Editorials

Tribune Editorial: College Hoops contest winners are announced

Our recent College Hoops contest has drawn to a close, and we’re happy to announce the winners of this fun contest. Amy Bell of Hollandale ... Read more

by Editorial Board, Tuesday, April 13, 2021 8:59 pm

Columnists

My Point of View: Democrats are focused on participation trophies for all

America is a beautiful country, rich with opportunity, resources, natural beauty and grit. We have not always gotten everything right in our history, but we ... Read more

by Submitted, Tuesday, April 13, 2021 8:45 pm

Columnists

Sarah Stultz: Thank you to all working in Public Health

I covered the Freeborn County Board of Commissioners workshop on Tuesday and was impressed after hearing a presentation by three members of the county’s Public ... Read more

by Sarah Stultz, Tuesday, April 13, 2021 8:45 pm

Columnists

Al Batt: Potatoes, popcorn and a rabbit walk into a story

Tales from Exit 22 by Al Batt “I don’t have enough rabbits.” I couldn’t muster any pity for the man who said that. “I have ... Read more

by Al Batt, Tuesday, April 13, 2021 8:45 pm

Columnists

Guest Column: Keep fighting for our local newspapers

Guest Column by Amy Klobuchar On May 7 of last year, the Hastings Star Gazette printed its last issue. The paper’s first issue as The ... Read more

by Submitted, Tuesday, April 13, 2021 8:45 pm

Letters to the Editor

Letter: Letters formed around simple common sense

I really have to answer a letter to the editor on April 3 titled “There is no more local control.” The writer started out saying ... Read more

by Submitted, Tuesday, April 13, 2021 8:30 pm

Health Updates

Lighting event to recognize need for more organ donations

More than 107,000 people in the U.S. are on the waiting list for an organ transplant. Sadly, 20 people die every day while waiting for ... Read more

by Submitted, Tuesday, April 13, 2021 8:00 pm

News

Dredging project left out of House bonding bill

Funding for the final phase of dredging on Fountain Lake was not included in the Minnesota House Capital Investment Committee’s bonding bill released Monday, the ... Read more

by Sarah Stultz, Tuesday, April 13, 2021 4:44 pm

Health Updates

COVID-19 update: Vaccinations, hospitalizations rising across state

There’s no doubt Minnesota is seeing another COVID-19 wave. The questions that can’t be answered exactly right now are — how long will it last ... Read more

by Minnesota Public Radio, Tuesday, April 13, 2021 3:26 pm

Health Updates

Minnesota asks providers to halt Johnson & Johnson shots

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota officials told healthcare providers around the state Tuesday to pause use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine amid fears the shots ... Read more

by Associated Press, Tuesday, April 13, 2021 2:35 pm

News

What will happen with the 2021 Freeborn County Fair?

The Freeborn County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday discussed the impact COVID-19 restrictions could have on the county fair board’s ability to have a financially ... Read more

by Sarah Stultz, Tuesday, April 13, 2021 1:32 pm

Cops, Courts & Fires

Minnesota police chief, cop quit after Black driver’s death

BROOKLYN CENTER — A white Minnesota police officer who fatally shot a Black man during a traffic stop in a Minneapolis suburb and the city’s ... Read more

by Associated Press, Tuesday, April 13, 2021 12:54 pm