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Building piece by piece

Puzzle-making becomes loved hobby in pandemic Last March when the COVID-19 pandemic began, Albert Lean LaVerne Seberson, 92, ... Read more | Add your comment

Closer to completion

Construction at the new $6 million Albert Lea Community Based VA Clinic on East Main Street is winding ... Read more | Add your comment

CineMagic 7 Theatre in Austin to close end of day Sunday

Odyssey Entertainment announced on Friday that it will be closing CineMagic 7 Theatre in Austin. The closing will ... Read more | Add your comment

State mulls closure of Freeborn County driving test exam station

Freeborn County residents needing to complete a driving test for licensing may need to shuttle to Austin or ... Read more | Add your comment

Health Updates

COVID-19 update: Waiting on shots as pandemic picture improves

Minnesota’s COVID-19 vaccination effort is still searching for traction following a mild upswing. Officials, though, hope the arrival of some 45,000 weather-delayed shots on top ... Read more | Add your comment

by Minnesota Public Radio.

News

Bills would give tax credit to farmers for riparian land

Companion bills before the Minnesota Legislature that would shift waterfront agricultural property from the tax rolls to tax credits for farmers have been set aside ... Read more | Add your comment

by David Mayberry.

Health Updates

70% of older Minnesotans to be vaccinated before next phase

MINNEAPOLIS — At least 70% of Minnesotans age 65 and older will get at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine before the state moves ... Read more

by Associated Press, Thursday, February 25, 2021 10:06 am

Cops, Courts & Fires

1 arrested for DWI and other reports

Police arrested Anthony Duane Hauge, 28, for driving while intoxicated after a traffic stop at 6:48 p.m. Wednesday near the intersection of S.E. Broadway and ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Thursday, February 25, 2021 8:47 am

Cops, Courts & Fires

Freeborn County District Court dispositions: Feb. 23

Deviany Del Angel, 30, 509 Triangle Drive. Count 1: No proof of insurance. Fees $280. Sherman James Haugland, 39, 406 Main St. W, Bronwsdale. Count ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Thursday, February 25, 2021 6:00 am

Health Updates

Amid COVID-19 pandemic, flu has disappeared in the US

NEW YORK — February is usually the peak of flu season, with doctors’ offices and hospitals packed with suffering patients. But not this year. Flu ... Read more

by Associated Press, Thursday, February 25, 2021 5:07 am

News

GOP rallies solidly against Democrats’ virus relief package

WASHINGTON — Republicans rallied solidly against Democrats’ proposed $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill as lawmakers awaited a decision by the Senate’s parliamentarian that could bolster or potentially kill ... Read more

by Associated Press, Thursday, February 25, 2021 5:05 am

Health Updates

Minnesota officials ask families to get tested every 2 weeks

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota public health officials are asking families to get tested for the coronavirus every two weeks from now until the end of the ... Read more

by Associated Press, Wednesday, February 24, 2021 6:30 pm

Health Updates

FDA says single-dose shot from J&J prevents severe COVID

WASHINGTON — Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose vaccine offers strong protection against severe COVID-19, according to an analysis released Wednesday by U.S. regulators that sets the ... Read more

by Associated Press, Wednesday, February 24, 2021 6:24 pm

Cops, Courts & Fires

Federal grand jury hearing evidence in death of George Floyd

WASHINGTON — Several witnesses have been subpoenaed to appear before a federal grand jury considering charges against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who is ... Read more

by Associated Press, Wednesday, February 24, 2021 11:34 am

Cops, Courts & Fires

License plates stolen off of vehicle and other reports

License plates were reported stolen off a vehicle at 4:24 p.m. Tuesday at 1824 Bayview Drive.   Theft by fraud reported The Freeborn County Sheriff’s ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Wednesday, February 24, 2021 10:33 am

Cops, Courts & Fires

Appeals court to weigh 3rd-degree murder charge for Chauvin

MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Court of Appeals has agreed to consider a request from prosecutors to reinstate a third-degree murder charge against the fired Minneapolis ... Read more

by Associated Press, Wednesday, February 24, 2021 9:00 am

News

February spike expected in Minnesotans’ home heating bills

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota’s largest gas utilities are warning about sky high heating bills because of the historic cold wave in the South and the state’s ... Read more

by Associated Press, Wednesday, February 24, 2021 8:57 am

Cops, Courts & Fires

Freeborn County District Court dispositions: Feb. 22

La Ba, 31, 309 Sheridan St. Count 1: Protection order violation. Local confinement 365 days; credit for time served 144 days; concurrent with another case. ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Wednesday, February 24, 2021 6:00 am

Editorial --FEATURE SPOT

Editorial: Digital subscriptions help support local news

The Tribune is in the middle of our first online contest set up to reward readers near or far with the opportunity to win a ... Read more

by Editorial Board, Tuesday, February 23, 2021 8:50 pm

Education

Triple threat: Theusch wins AAA region title

Abigail Theusch of Alden-Conger High School was named one of the Academics, Arts and Athletics Award winners for Region One A in 2021.  The AAA ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Tuesday, February 23, 2021 8:45 pm

Columnists

Al Batt: Meanwhile back here at the old geezer bench

I was playing the part of me. Read more

by Al Batt, Tuesday, February 23, 2021 8:45 pm

Columnists

Sarah Stultz: Looking for good news? Progress is full of it

Last Monday, we concluded the work on this year’s Progress edition. Read more

by Sarah Stultz, Tuesday, February 23, 2021 8:45 pm

Columnists

My Point of View: What can we learn from our state, nation’s history?

History is a storehouse of riches. It runs the gamut from events and artifacts that fill us with pride to episodes that are downright shameful. ... Read more

by Submitted, Tuesday, February 23, 2021 8:45 pm

Columnists

Guest Column: Greater Minnesota’s housing market is broken

There is a well-known adage about buying a new car that says you lose $1,000 the second you drive off the lot. In many Greater ... Read more

by Submitted, Tuesday, February 23, 2021 8:40 pm

Columnists

Ask a Trooper: What does it mean to drive with due care?

Question: My friend went in the ditch last weekend and was given a citation for failure to drive with due care. It seems to me ... Read more

by Submitted, Tuesday, February 23, 2021 8:40 pm

Letters to the Editor

Letter: People need the truth

A while back, Aaron Farris wrote an opinion that left me wondering where he gets his information. His parents? Lobbyists? Neighbors? Congressman Jim Hagedorn?  He ... Read more

by Submitted, Tuesday, February 23, 2021 8:30 pm

Letters to the Editor

Letter: Stand with the Burmese people

On Feb. 1, the government of Burma (also known as Myanmar) experienced a coup d’etat. The democratically elected members of the National League for Democracy ... Read more

by Submitted, Tuesday, February 23, 2021 8:30 pm

News

Ag organizations partner to save lives

Over the past 50 years, more than 900 cases of grain engulfment have been reported in the U.S., with a fatality rate of 62%. In ... Read more

by Submitted, Tuesday, February 23, 2021 8:00 pm

News

4-H club donates to food shelf

Myrtle 4-H Club recently had a food drive to help fight hunger at the local level. Read more

by Submitted, Tuesday, February 23, 2021 8:00 pm

News

Lodge donates to Salvation Army

Members from Western Star Lodge No. 26 of Albert Lea presented Salvation Army Maj. Sandy Hunt with a check for matching funds totaling $6,165.68 from ... Read more

by Submitted, Tuesday, February 23, 2021 8:00 pm

Education

Area college students receive honors

Winona State University Winona State University announced the dean’s list for fall semester 2020. To be named to the dean’s list, a student must be ... Read more

by Submitted, Tuesday, February 23, 2021 8:00 pm