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Residents digging out from snowstorm

Albert Lea residents began digging out Friday from a snowstorm that swept through the area. According to the ... Read more | Add your comment

‘The citizens of Albert Lea are smiling today’

Albert Lea Healthcare Coalition, MercyOne celebrate groundbreaking on new clinic About 3 1/2 years after a group of ... Read more | Add your comment

‘We’re really happy to be opening’

Restaurants and bars in Albert Lea reopened for indoor dining on Monday after Gov. Tim Walz partially lifted ... Read more | Add your comment

A reason to celebrate

AUSTIN — From now on, New Year’s Day will have a special ring to it for Nick Riste ... Read more | Add your comment

Health Updates

Daily COVID-19 update: Active cases in Freeborn County lowering

Freeborn County on Tuesday reported its smallest daily total of new COVID-19 cases in recent weeks with six new lab-confirmed cases, according to the update ... Read more | Add your comment

by Staff Reports.

Health Updates

New pilot vaccination program expands those eligible for limited supply

Minnesota is launching a new pilot program to expedite COVID-19 vaccinations of people age 65 and older at community vaccination sites across the state. The ... Read more | Add your comment

by Minnesota Public Radio.

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Editorial: Do your part to keep the COVID-19 numbers down

Freeborn County Public Health issued a press release over the weekend about how positive COVID-19 cases have continued to rise in Freeborn County over the ... Read more

by Editorial Board, Tuesday, January 19, 2021 8:50 pm

Columnists

My Point of View: Attempts to suppress free speech in society are appalling

One of the most important aspects of our free society is the First Amendment. The ability to communicate freely, share information, build upon new ideas, ... Read more

by Submitted, Tuesday, January 19, 2021 8:45 pm

Columnists

Sarah Stultz: A sad day for journalists in the United States

Seeing photographs and videos of the riot at the Capitol earlier this month has brought on all kinds of feelings. Read more

by Sarah Stultz, Tuesday, January 19, 2021 8:45 pm

Columnists

Al Batt: We kitchen-tabled everything

The wind gained speed as it blew through the cracks of the old house. Read more

by Al Batt, Tuesday, January 19, 2021 8:45 pm

Columnists

Guest Column: Should your business sell products online?

Guest Column by Dean Swanson During these drastically challenging times for small businesses, I have been asked by several CEOs, who are trying to survive, ... Read more

by Sarah Stultz, Tuesday, January 19, 2021 8:40 pm

Letters to the Editor

Letter: A thank you to the community

Every new year brings with it the promise of a fresh start, a new beginning. We have begun 2021 with hope and optimism for good ... Read more

by Submitted, Tuesday, January 19, 2021 8:30 pm

Letters to the Editor

Letter: Work to build a culture where all life matters

A frequent writer to the Tribune has tried time and again to make the case that people who support the right to life of a ... Read more

by Submitted, Tuesday, January 19, 2021 8:30 pm

Letters to the Editor

Letter: Contribute year-round to shoebox donations

Despite a global pandemic, residents throughout the southeast Minnesota area team shared the true meaning of Christmas with children in need this past holiday season. ... Read more

by Submitted, Tuesday, January 19, 2021 8:30 pm

Letters to the Editor

Letter: The U.S. is turning into another country

I feel bad for where our country is headed. We all feel sadness because of all that happened at the Capitol. All U.S. citizens are ... Read more

by Submitted, Tuesday, January 19, 2021 8:30 pm

Cops, Courts & Fires

Owatonna man accused of threatening police arrested on charge

ST. PAUL — A Minnesota man who allegedly bragged about planning to kill a police officer at a pro-Trump rally in St. Paul was accused ... Read more

by Associated Press, Tuesday, January 19, 2021 5:24 pm

News

Both faced with COVID-19, one care provider moves in with client

ST. PAUL — When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in March, Debra Howze was more worried about her clients than anyone else. She’s a personal care ... Read more

by Associated Press, Tuesday, January 19, 2021 5:22 pm

Cops, Courts & Fires

Police: Willmar man working in his garage is killed by a stray bullet

WILLMAR — Authorities are investigating the death of a Willmar man they said was killed by a stray bullet while he was working in his ... Read more

by Associated Press, Tuesday, January 19, 2021 5:19 pm

News

Trump wishes Biden luck in farewell video

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump offered rare, kind words to his successor in a farewell video, while failing to address him by name, as he ... Read more

by Associated Press, Tuesday, January 19, 2021 4:54 pm

News

U.S. virus death toll tops 400,000

The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus eclipsed 400,000 on Tuesday in the waning hours in office for President Donald Trump.  The running total of ... Read more

by Associated Press, Tuesday, January 19, 2021 2:34 pm

News

Judge orders company to take 3M’s trademarks off N95 masks

MINNEAPOLIS — A federal judge has ordered a Florida company accused of selling counterfeit N95 face masks with 3M’s name on them to stop using ... Read more

by Associated Press, Tuesday, January 19, 2021 2:06 pm

News

Minnesota individual income tax filing season opens Feb. 12

The Minnesota Department of Revenue will open the state individual income tax filing season on Feb. 12, which is also the opening day for the ... Read more

by Submitted, Tuesday, January 19, 2021 2:05 pm

Health Updates

Behind Capitol security lines, COVID-19 is still main topic

Minnesota lawmakers return Tuesday to a fortified Capitol with their 2021 session in full swing.  Read more

by Minnesota Public Radio, Tuesday, January 19, 2021 9:31 am

Cops, Courts & Fires

Vehicle rummaged through and other reports

A vehicle was reported rummaged through at 1:49 p.m. Monday at 806 Troy Road. A handicap placard was taken.    Vehicle egged A vehicle was ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Tuesday, January 19, 2021 9:22 am

News

Martin Luther King Jr. event speaker: Uncomfortable conversations needed

The keynote speaker at Monday’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration in Albert Lea encouraged people to have what she described as uncomfortable conversations ... Read more

by Sarah Stultz, Tuesday, January 19, 2021 5:22 am

News

850 MN guard members among soldiers securing inauguration

MINNEAPOLIS — About 850 members of the Minnesota National Guard are among 25,000 soldiers streaming into Washington from across the country for Wednesday’s presidential inauguration. ... Read more

by Associated Press, Monday, January 18, 2021 1:04 pm

Health Updates

Daily COVID-19 update: New death reported in Freeborn County

Minnesota reported 12 new COVID-19 deaths on Monday, including one person from Freeborn County. According to the Freeborn County Public Health Department, the person from ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Monday, January 18, 2021 11:34 am

Cops, Courts & Fires

Snowmobile, other items stolen and other reports

A 2006 Arctic Cat Crossfire snowmobile was reported stolen at 8:56 a.m. Friday at 2004 E. Main St.  An Xbox was reported stolen at 9:51 ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Monday, January 18, 2021 8:51 am

Cops, Courts & Fires

Pedestrian struck by car on I-35 near Clarks Grove

A pedestrian was struck by a vehicle Saturday morning while on Interstate 35 near Clarks Grove. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Bobby Jo Rhodes, ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Sunday, January 17, 2021 7:51 pm

News

In inaugural address, Biden will appeal to national unity

WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden will deliver an appeal to national unity when he is sworn in Wednesday and plans immediate moves to combat the ... Read more

by Associated Press, Sunday, January 17, 2021 12:40 pm

News

Statehouses, US capital brace for potentially violent week

The threat of extremist groups demonstrating at statehouses across the country prompted some governors to roll out a show of force and ramp up security ... Read more

by Associated Press, Sunday, January 17, 2021 12:38 pm