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‘People just need to laugh right now’

When Albert Lea Community Theatre actors first started reviewing “Doublewide, Texas” a year and a half ago, they ... Read more | Add your comment

‘If we can help one person we’ve made it all worth it’

Out of Darkness Walk aims to raise mental health awareness The third annual Albert Lea Out of Darkness ... Read more | Add your comment

Albert Lea firefighters, law enforcement reflect on where they were on 9/11

Remembering the attacks on 9/11 brings back a variety of emotions for people — especially for first responders. ... Read more | Add your comment

Tow company offers to wave Old Glory for vets, events

An Albert Lea towing company is looking to give back to the community through a new service that ... Read more | Add your comment

News

Pheasant numbers down slightly, but maintain 10-year average

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources recently released the results from its annual roadside survey and the overarching conclusion is that not much has changed. ... Read more | Add your comment

by Eric Johnson.

Health Updates

Freeborn Co.’s active COVID cases down from one week ago

Freeborn County reported 24 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, along with two new hospitalizations. The county currently has 145 active cases, which is down from ... Read more | Add your comment

by Staff Reports.

Education

Absentee voting for school district referendum begins

Absentee voting began Friday for the only item on the ballot Nov. 2. The Albert Lea school district is seeking a renewal of its operating ... Read more

by Sarah Stultz, Friday, September 17, 2021 8:55 pm

Editorial --FEATURE SPOT

Editorial: Tribune Thumbs

We are pleased to see that after a year and a half break for the COVID-19 pandemic, Albert Lea Community Theatre will return next week ... Read more

by Editorial Board, Friday, September 17, 2021 8:50 pm

Editorials

Editorial Roundup: Climbing rate of hate crimes affects all of us

Hate crimes across the country and much of Minnesota are climbing and all of us — no matter where we live, our skin color, ethnicity, ... Read more

by Editorial Roundup, Friday, September 17, 2021 8:50 pm

Columnists

April Jeppson: It’s never too late to adjust your lens in life

I have a good life. I get to do a lot of fun things, and I know some great people. This past week has really ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, September 17, 2021 8:45 pm

Columnists

Live United: Community support vital for work of United Way, nonprofits

I’m always gratified to hear the results of my columns. My “return on investment” shows up in the form of phone calls, of emails, people ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, September 17, 2021 8:45 pm

Columnists

Senate Report: New district lines will come out next year

The new district lines should be completed early next year. In the meantime, my colleagues and I will continue to serve the communities that have ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, September 17, 2021 8:45 pm

Columnists

Ask a Trooper: Gas cans on cargo carriers can be problematic

Question: I see vehicles go by with extended carriers attached to their hitch with several full gas cans. We discuss what could happen if a ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, September 17, 2021 8:40 pm

Letters to the Editor

Letter: Thank you for support of the STARS Mentoring Program

STARS Mentoring Program is running strong in Freeborn and eastern Faribault counties. For those of you who are unfamiliar with our program, it is a ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, September 17, 2021 8:30 pm

Letters to the Editor

Letter: Where did Albert Lea go off the rails — a bit of history

The impetus for this letter is the level of negative chatter in the coffee shops, on social media and in the Tribune claiming Albert Lea ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, September 17, 2021 8:30 pm

News

Food for Backpacks fundraiser this weekend

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by Submitted, Friday, September 17, 2021 8:30 pm

News

Lakeview Lions donate to trap shooting club

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by Submitted, Friday, September 17, 2021 8:00 pm

News

Duplicate bridge results

Five and a half tables played duplicate bridge on Tuesday at the Austin Senior Center, starting at noon. Winners were the following: First: Gail and ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, September 17, 2021 8:00 pm

Education

Administrator’s Corner: School patrol helps keep school safe

There is a group of students who play a very important role within our Lakeview Elementary School community. Before and after school you can find ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, September 17, 2021 8:00 pm

News

Farmers market basket winner

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by Submitted, Friday, September 17, 2021 8:00 pm

Education

Standout Student: Caden Hanke      

Age: 13 Parents: Amy and Nick Hanke Where are you from? Albert Lea If you are from the Albert Lea Area, which elementary school did ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, September 17, 2021 8:00 pm

News

Applications accepted for SMIF Economic Development Grants

Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) is accepting applications for its Economic Development Grant program. Requests of up to $20,000 will be considered. The goal of ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, September 17, 2021 8:00 pm

Cops, Courts & Fires

Court dispositions: Aug. 26, 2021

Freeborn County District Court The Tribune publishes all convictions where the financial obligation to the court is $180 or greater, or resulted in jail time, ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, September 17, 2021 8:00 pm

Education

Sibley Star Class

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by Submitted, Friday, September 17, 2021 8:00 pm

Cops, Courts & Fires

Traffic fatalities rapidly climbing as unbelted deaths surpass previous year-to-date figures

Law enforcement participating in Click-It or Ticket campaign through the end of the month Even with fewer motorists on the road in 2020, unbelted deaths ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, September 17, 2021 5:13 pm

Health Updates

US panel backs COVID-19 boosters only for elderly, high-risk

WASHINGTON — An influential federal advisory panel overwhelmingly rejected a plan Friday to give Pfizer COVID-19 booster shots to most Americans, but it endorsed the ... Read more

by Associated Press, Friday, September 17, 2021 3:55 pm

Cops, Courts & Fires

4 arrested on warrants and other reports

Police arrested Jacob Alan Gardner, 34, on an EOD warrant and cited him for driving after suspension after a traffic stop at 4:03 p.m. Thursday ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Friday, September 17, 2021 9:16 am

Cops, Courts & Fires

Minnesota high court OKs ballot question on Minneapolis PD

MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Supreme Court cleared the way Thursday evening for voters in Minneapolis to decide on the future of policing in the city ... Read more

by Associated Press, Friday, September 17, 2021 6:49 am

News

Investigation requested into any mistreatment at Fort McCoy

SPARTA, Wis. — Democratic U.S. Reps. Gwen Moore and Ilhan Omar have asked the secretary of defense to investigate claims of possible mistreatment of Afghan ... Read more

by Associated Press, Friday, September 17, 2021 6:46 am

Cops, Courts & Fires

Chauvin pleads not guilty to violating teen’s civil rights

MINNEAPOLIS — The former Minneapolis police officer convicted of murder in the death of George Floyd pleaded not guilty Thursday to violating the civil rights ... Read more

by Associated Press, Friday, September 17, 2021 6:44 am

Arts & Culture

Riverland Theatre and Music announce upcoming fall productions

Riverland Community College Theatre and Music on Thursday announced the fall productions. This year’s plays will return to the Frank W. Bridges Theatre, which has ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, September 17, 2021 6:43 am