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‘They gave up their today, so we could have tomorrow’

Speakers at the small Memorial Day ceremony Monday at the Albert Lea American Legion encouraged listeners to honor ... Read more | Add your comment

The women behind the blue line

No matter what the case, officers say their primary goal is to help the community Read more | Add your comment

Finding her soul in the garden

Woman’s flower garden provides an outlet of inspiration for herself and others Read more | Add your comment

Albert Lea senior class honored with parade

Albert Lea High School seniors were honored with a parade Thursday in place of the traditional last day ... Read more | Add your comment

News

Freeborn County, surrounding area under tornado warning

Northwestern Freeborn County, northeastern Faribault County and southwestern Waseca County are under a tornado warning through 6 p.m. this evening, according to the National Weather ... Read more | Add your comment

by Staff Reports.

Cops, Courts & Fires

Court of Appeals sides with county on sheriff’s salary

The Minnesota Court of Appeals has reversed the decision of a Waseca County District Court Judge to raise Freeborn County Sheriff Kurt Freitag’s 2019 salary ... Read more | Add your comment

by Sarah Stultz.

Health Updates

COVID-19 ICU cases hit new high in Minnesota

Minnesota’s COVID-19 death toll continued its grim ascent Tuesday as the state Health Department reported 899 people have died from the disease, up 18 from ... Read more

by Minnesota Public Radio, Tuesday, May 26, 2020 5:05 pm

Cops, Courts & Fires

Four Minneapolis officers fired after death of black man

MINNEAPOLIS — Four Minneapolis officers involved in the arrest of a black man who died in police custody were fired Tuesday, hours after a bystander’s ... Read more

by Associated Press, Tuesday, May 26, 2020 4:34 pm

News

Albert Lea church hosting food drive

Grace Lutheran Church is hosting a drive-thru food drive from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the church, 918 Garfield Ave. in Albert Lea, according ... Read more

by Submitted, Tuesday, May 26, 2020 2:00 pm

News

Albert Lea pop-up food pantry planned

United Way of Freeborn County and Channel One Regional Food Bank are partnering to host a pop-up pantry 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday in ... Read more

by Submitted, Tuesday, May 26, 2020 1:11 pm

Health Updates

Area counties see additional COVID-19 cases

Area counties saw continued new lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, according to daily updates from the Minnesota Department of Health. Freeborn County had four new ... Read more

by Sarah Stultz, Tuesday, May 26, 2020 11:21 am

News

Poll: Walz approval at 65%, most support vote by mail

The results of a new statewide poll show strong support for DFL Gov. Tim Walz during the pandemic and that most Minnesotans favor a move ... Read more

by Minnesota Public Radio, Tuesday, May 26, 2020 7:05 am

News

Some churches say services still too risky as cases grow

MINNEAPOLIS — Many religious leaders in Minnesota say it’s too soon to throw open their doors to the faithful, despite the governor’s recent decision to ... Read more

by Associated Press, Monday, May 25, 2020 8:01 pm

Health Updates

Mower County sees another day of large growth in COVID-19 cases

Mower County reported 39 new lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases on Monday, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The county’s total case count has grown by ... Read more

by Sarah Stultz, Monday, May 25, 2020 4:47 pm

Health Updates

Confirmed cases climb past 20,000 in Minnesota

As crowds lined up for a second day of free COVID-19 testing at six National Guard armories around Minnesota on Sunday, the state saw its number of ... Read more

by Minnesota Public Radio, Sunday, May 24, 2020 11:30 am

News

Walz: Houses of worship can open at 25% occupancy, includes weddings and funerals

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz announced expanded guidelines for religious services during a Saturday press briefing, allowing houses of worship to reopen at 25 percent occupancy ... Read more

by Minnesota Public Radio, Saturday, May 23, 2020 3:06 pm

Health Updates

More than 20 new COVID-19 cases reported in Mower County for 2nd day in a row

Mower County reported more than 20 new lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases on Saturday for a second day in a row, according to the Minnesota Department of ... Read more

by Sarah Stultz, Saturday, May 23, 2020 11:54 am

Education

Glenville-Emmons holds alternative graduation ceremony

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact local communities, many area high schools decided to postpone their graduation ceremonies to later into the summer. Glenville-Emmons, ... Read more

by Tyler Julson, Friday, May 22, 2020 9:20 pm

Health Updates

Goyal: ‘Masks, social distancing necessary as state reopens’

With the state starting to lift restrictions on businesses, health care professionals are urging people to continue practicing appropriate measures to prevent the spread of ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Friday, May 22, 2020 9:10 pm

Featured News

Albert Lea Memorial Day ceremony to look different than in the past

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the annual Memorial Day ceremony at Graceland Cemetery in Albert Lea will not take place, but organizers are shifting their ... Read more

by Sarah Stultz, Friday, May 22, 2020 9:10 pm

Elections & Campaigns

Howland files for 3rd Ward re-election

Jason Howland has filed for re-election to the 3rd Ward Albert Lea City Council seat. Howland, 46, said he has enjoyed his first four years ... Read more

by Sarah Stultz, Friday, May 22, 2020 9:10 pm

Elections & Campaigns

27A Rep. Bennett files for re-election

Peggy Bennett filed this week for re-election for the District 27A representative seat. Bennett, 61, a former longtime first-grade teacher, was first elected in 2014 ... Read more

by Sarah Stultz, Friday, May 22, 2020 9:05 pm

Cops, Courts & Fires

1 injured while cleaning gun and other reports

Theft reported License plates were reported stolen off of a vehicle at 11:06 p.m. Thursday at 2110 Y.H. Hanson Ave.   1 injured while cleaning ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Friday, May 22, 2020 9:00 pm

Cops, Courts & Fires

Court Dispositions: May 11-20, 2020

Freeborn County District Court   May 11 Christian James Erickson, 27, 7603 W. 14th St., St. Louis Park. Count 1: Speed 70 zone 99/70. Fees ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Friday, May 22, 2020 8:55 pm

Editorial --FEATURE SPOT

Editorial: Honor the fallen soldiers

As we move into the Memorial Day weekend, let us remember the real reason for the holiday. Observed on the last Monday of May, Memorial ... Read more

by Editorial Board, Friday, May 22, 2020 8:20 pm

Columnists

April Jeppson: Did my high school prediction come true?

Going through some boxes in our basement, my husband came across an old newspaper. The paper was published when I graduated high school. All my ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, May 22, 2020 8:19 pm

Columnists

Amy Klobuchar: Honoring the United States’ heroes this Memorial Day

It’s been said that a nation that forgets its defenders will itself be forgotten. We tell the world who we are as a country by ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, May 22, 2020 8:18 pm

Columnists

Dan Sparks: Regular session ends, but the work continues in Legislature

The 2020 legislative session came to a close this week when we adjourned at midnight on Sunday, May 18. Nevertheless, these next few weeks and ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, May 22, 2020 8:17 pm

Columnists

Guest Column: A new social distancing living routine

Most days are similar to me during this distancing pattern the last several months. I awaken when it’s light, around 7 a.m., and meditate each ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, May 22, 2020 8:16 pm

Letters to the Editor

Letter: What has COVID-19 done to me?

Slowed my pace down — I used to be in the fast lane! Appreciate family and tell them. Appreciate and listen to nature. Listen to ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, May 22, 2020 8:15 pm

Letters to the Editor

Letter: Walz has helped save many lives

I am writing to thank Gov. Tim Walz for his leadership during the pandemic crisis.  There have been times over the past weeks when I ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, May 22, 2020 8:14 pm