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Albert Lea baseball drops heartbreaker in state quarterfinals

JORDAN — The Albert Lea baseball team traveled to Mini Met Park in Jordan Tuesday afternoon to compete ... Read more | Add your comment

It’s ‘a life-changer’

The Bayside Water Ski Show Team partnered with the National Wheelchair Sports Camp to provide adaptive athletes with ... Read more | Add your comment

The right direction

The Albert Lea school district’s four-year graduation rates improved by 5% overall from 2019 to 2020, according to new ... Read more | Add your comment

‘The longest and most severe heat wave to occur so early in the season’

Excessive heat will continue into today with heat indices of between 95 to 100 degrees expected. According to ... Read more | Add your comment

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5 things to do this week

The Albert Lea Farmers Market is open for the season from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays and from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays in the ... Read more | Add your comment

by Staff Reports.

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Kozelsky competing for trip to Olympics in Tokyo

Albert Lea graduate Lindsey (Horejsi) Kozelsky took the pool at the CHI Health Center in Omaha, Nebraska, Monday morning to compete in the 2021 Olympic ... Read more | Add your comment

by Tyler Julson.

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Looking to be active? Check out these opportunities in A.L.

By Abigail Chalmers Implementing exercise into your daily routine can significantly improve your overall health, and fortunately, Albert Lea has several unique fitness opportunities to ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Tuesday, June 15, 2021 9:00 pm

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Worth County Fair offers rides, concerts, shows, other activities

The Worth County Fair kicks off in Northwood Wednesday and will continue through Sunday. It will feature carnival rides, grandstand concerts, animal shows, fair food, ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Tuesday, June 15, 2021 8:51 pm

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Morin Lake Days to take place this weekend

The Morin Lake Days celebration in Alden will take place this weekend from Friday through Sunday. This festival, a tradition begun in 1990, will feature ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Tuesday, June 15, 2021 8:51 pm

Columnists

Al Batt: I felt as if I were wearing burlap underwear there

It was hot enough to complain about everything. Read more

by Al Batt, Tuesday, June 15, 2021 8:50 pm

Editorial --FEATURE SPOT

Editorial Roundup: Public safety: The state should fund body cameras

It’s good to see bipartisan support for a legislative proposal to have the state help local police departments fund body cameras. Now political leadership must ... Read more

by Editorial Roundup, Tuesday, June 15, 2021 8:50 pm

Columnists

My Point of View: Being pro-science and pro-truth is pro-life

What does it mean to be pro-life? I agree with Mary Hinnenkamp’s recent letter that it’s more important to pay attention to what people do than ... Read more

by Submitted, Tuesday, June 15, 2021 8:45 pm

Columnists

Sarah Stultz: Have patience with businesses in the community experiencing labor shortages

I heard a rumor the other day about a restaurant in town that is going to be closing one or two days a week because ... Read more

by Sarah Stultz, Tuesday, June 15, 2021 8:45 pm

Columnists

Ask a Trooper: What are the laws about loud motorcycles?

Question: I have an “Ask the Trooper a Question” question: Why are loud motorcycles allowed to operate on Minnesota highways? Read more

by Submitted, Tuesday, June 15, 2021 8:40 pm

Letters to the Editor

Letter: Congratulations Eagles players, baseball team

First off, I’d like to shout out to all the athletes, coaches and fans! Way to go! I want to congratulate all the Freeborn Eagles! ... Read more

by Submitted, Tuesday, June 15, 2021 8:30 pm

Letters to the Editor

Letter: Trump an example of narcissism

I saw a poll recently that I couldn’t believe. It showed that one out of five Republicans thought the attack on the Capitol Jan. 6 ... Read more

by Submitted, Tuesday, June 15, 2021 8:30 pm

Education

Campus notes

Bemidji State University Carter Simon of Albert Lea was named to the fall 2020 President’s List at Bemidji State University. He was one of 428 ... Read more

by Submitted, Tuesday, June 15, 2021 8:00 pm

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City to spray for mosquitoes

The city of Alert Lea will be spraying for mosquitoes Wednesday with Thursday as the alternate date if weather conditions warrant. For questions, contact Ryan ... Read more

by Submitted, Tuesday, June 15, 2021 8:00 pm

Health Updates

Tying communities together

AUSTIN — In a move symbolizing completion, Mayo Clinic Health Systems in Austin and Albert Lea on Monday signified the official closing of its latest ... Read more

by Eric Johnson, Tuesday, June 15, 2021 12:53 pm

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Landlords sue to force end to Minnesota eviction moratorium

ST. PAUL — A group representing Minnesota landlords announced a lawsuit Tuesday to force an end to the eviction moratorium imposed by Gov. Tim Walz, ... Read more

by Associated Press, Tuesday, June 15, 2021 12:34 pm

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A sendoff to the state tournament

Family, friends and community members gathered at Jim Gustafson Field Plaza at Hammer Complex Tuesday morning to send-off the Albert Lea baseball team to the ... Read more

by Sarah Stultz, Tuesday, June 15, 2021 10:47 am

Cops, Courts & Fires

1 arrested on obstruction and other reports

1 arrested on obstruction Police arrested Seth Galen Kilian-Bock, 25, on obstruction and an arrest and detain hold at 8:09 a.m. Monday at 610 Garfield ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Tuesday, June 15, 2021 8:47 am

Health Updates

Pandemic data solid 1 month after mask mandate’s end

Minnesota public health leaders were worried the end of the statewide masking mandate on May 14 might lead to an uptick in COVID-19 cases. A month later, ... Read more

by Minnesota Public Radio, Tuesday, June 15, 2021 6:29 am

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Minnesota lawmakers convene special session to finish budget

ST. PAUL — Minnesota lawmakers returned to unfinished business at the Capitol on Monday as they convened for a special session to finalize a two-year ... Read more

by Associated Press, Tuesday, June 15, 2021 6:28 am

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Council voices support for $30M in state bonding funds for wastewater treatment plant

The Albert Lea City Council on Monday approved a letter supporting the city’s request for $30 million in state bonding funds to go toward the ... Read more

by Sarah Stultz, Monday, June 14, 2021 9:19 pm

Health Updates

New MercyOne clinic about six weeks out from opening

About six weeks ahead of the open house for the new MercyOne Albert Lea Family Medicine & Specialty Care clinic in the former Herberger’s building ... Read more

by Sarah Stultz, Monday, June 14, 2021 3:02 pm

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Action at open state Capitol aims to avert shutdown

The part-time Minnesota Legislature is back in session Monday for a remarkable 17th straight month.  Read more

by Minnesota Public Radio, Monday, June 14, 2021 10:44 am

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Minnesota court affirms approval of Line 3 oil pipeline

ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Court of Appeals on Monday affirmed state regulators’ key approvals of Enbridge Energy’s Line 3 oil pipeline replacement project, in ... Read more

by Associated Press, Monday, June 14, 2021 10:33 am

Cops, Courts & Fires

Matson named Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association 2020 Officer of the Year

The Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association on Saturday named Waseca Officer Arik Matson as the 2020 Office of the Year during its annual convention ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Monday, June 14, 2021 9:37 am

Cops, Courts & Fires

1 arrested for DWI and other reports

Police arrested Irene Monique Valenzuela, 29, for second-degree driving while intoxicated after a traffic stop at 1:17 a.m. Saturday near the intersection of East Front ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Monday, June 14, 2021 9:24 am

Cops, Courts & Fires

Police: Vehicle plows into Minnesota protesters, killing 1

MINNEAPOLIS — A woman was killed and another person was injured after being struck by a car during a protest in Minneapolis’ Uptown neighborhood where ... Read more

by Associated Press, Monday, June 14, 2021 8:26 am