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‘If it could help him in the long run, I was willing to do whatever’

When Jacy Jaeger was pregnant with her now 1-year-old son, Kael, she and her husband found out their ... Read more | Add your comment

New men’s clothing and gift store opens downtown

Albert Lean Austin Perkins has racked his brain for years about opening a business in the community.  He ... Read more | Add your comment

Chalk the Lake Walk kicks off

The Albert Lea Main Street program and ArtWalk Albert Lea on Monday kicked off Chalk the Lake Walk, ... Read more | Add your comment

Trumble’s building to get new owners in June

A landmark Albert Lea restaurant will soon be under new ownership.  Colin and Sue Minehart, owners of MineAgain’s ... Read more | Add your comment

Cops, Courts & Fires

4 from Lake Mills injured in crash near Forest City

Four people from Lake Mills were injured in a crash Wednesday afternoon on U.S. Highway 69 near Forest City. According to the Iowa State Patrol, ... Read more | Add your comment

by Staff Reports.

News

Street renamed to honor actress Marion Ross

The street that runs next to the Marion Ross Performing Arts Center will now be known as Marion Ross Street. Albert Lea Mayor Vern Rasmussen ... Read more | Add your comment

by Sarah Stultz.

Health Updates

Vaccination pace continues to fall

Minnesota has inched above the milestone of 60 percent of state residents 16 and older with at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Next ... Read more

by Minnesota Public Radio, Sunday, May 9, 2021 8:45 pm

Health Updates

Minnesota health officials get creative with vaccinations

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota health officials are trying various strategies in an attempt to get people vaccinated and slow the spread of the coronavirus. Volunteer physicians ... Read more

by Associated Press, Sunday, May 9, 2021 12:57 pm

News

Minnesota Legislature faces tough budget talks in week ahead

MINNEAPOLIS — As the Minnesota Legislature enters the last full week of its 2021 session, lawmakers face long hours of tough negotiations as they seek ... Read more

by Associated Press, Sunday, May 9, 2021 12:55 pm

News

Big Minnesota Lottery winners will get to keep names private

ST. PAUL — Big winners in the Minnesota Lottery will be able to keep their names confidential under a bill signed by Gov. Tim Walz ... Read more

by Associated Press, Saturday, May 8, 2021 7:45 pm

Cops, Courts & Fires

With civil rights charges, Justice Dept. signals priorities

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department is sending a strong message about its priorities these days. In just over the past two weeks, it has opened ... Read more

by Associated Press, Saturday, May 8, 2021 7:44 pm

News

Floyd’s brother, nephew react to ex-cops’ federal indictment

HOUSTON — George Floyd’s brother and nephew expressed gratitude Saturday after a federal grand jury indicted the four former Minneapolis police officers involved in his death. ... Read more

by Associated Press, Saturday, May 8, 2021 7:42 pm

Editorials

Tribune Thumbs

Congratulations to the owners of the new Man Between the Lakes store in downtown Albert Lea, which officially opened this week. Read more

by Editorial Board, Friday, May 7, 2021 8:50 pm

Editorial --FEATURE SPOT

Editorial: Don’t let anyone suffer from addiction alone

The sharp rise in drug overdose deaths reported by the Associated Press at the beginning of the week should come as no surprise given the ... Read more

by Editorial Board, Friday, May 7, 2021 8:50 pm

Columnists

April Jeppson: Love shown through purchasing shoes

I wrote about my mother a few weeks ago when she came down for a few days and helped me get some of my house ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, May 7, 2021 8:45 pm

Columnists

Guest Column: Vaccine offers hope to return to what we love

As a primary care physician at Mayo Clinic, it’s my job to listen to and advise my patients on the best medical care for them. ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, May 7, 2021 8:45 pm

Columnists

Capitol Comments: It’s time to bring the people’s voice back into government

Minnesota is now in its 14th month of a governor-declared “state of emergency.” Next week, Gov. Walz will announce his intentions on whether or not ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, May 7, 2021 8:45 pm

Letters to the Editor

Letter: Do you know anyone who makes over $400K a year?

Have you heard? President  Biden wants to raise the taxes on anyone making over $400,000 a year. Do you know anyone who makes $400,000 a ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, May 7, 2021 8:30 pm

Letters to the Editor

Letter: Libertarian group forming in A.L.

The newly established, Albert Lea Area Libertarians, has formed to address the local issues facing our homes, lives and community. We seek to uphold the ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, May 7, 2021 8:30 pm

Letters to the Editor

Letter: End the mask requirements for children

It is time to end the mask requirements for our children. We are well past the point of rational views on children wearing masks. It ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, May 7, 2021 8:30 pm

Letters to the Editor

Letter: Ensure this never happens again

Why has the governor waited so long to open everything? I want Mayor Rasmussen to tell City Attorney Kelly Martinez, Attorney General Keith Ellison and ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, May 7, 2021 8:30 pm

Education

Hawthorne Star Class: Growth, resiliency for kindergarteners

In any given year, the academic, social and emotional growth of students is always a top priority for staff at Hawthorne Elementary School. Supporting those ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, May 7, 2021 8:00 pm

News

4-H and FFA beef and YQCA Clinic slated

The Worth County Extension Service is inviting and encouraging all North Iowa Area 4-H and FFA Beef Project members to attend an educational beef clinic. ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, May 7, 2021 8:00 pm

Education

Administrator’s Corner: Author conferences in a new way

Albert Lea Area Schools has found a unique way to provide a creative outlet for our students. Due to the pandemic, we were not able ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, May 7, 2021 8:00 pm

Arts & Culture

This Week in History: Former sheriff dies at Naeve Hospital at 85

Local May 7, 2011: Beyond the Yellow Ribbon hosted an event to support Minnesota National Guard soldiers headed to Kuwait, took place at the Albert ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Friday, May 7, 2021 8:00 pm

News

Minnesota marijuana bill heads to House floor vote next week

MINNEAPOLIS — Legislation that would legalize cannabis use for adults and expunge most minor marijuana convictions is expected to head to a full floor vote ... Read more

by Associated Press, Friday, May 7, 2021 7:01 pm

Arts & Culture

Back on the stage

After more than a year without a theatrical or vocal performance at Albert Lea High School due to the COVID-19 pandemic, students will showcase their ... Read more

by Sarah Stultz, Friday, May 7, 2021 10:48 am

News

US job growth slows sharply in sign of hiring struggles

WASHINGTON — America’s employers added just 266,000 jobs last month, sharply lower than in March and a sign that some businesses are struggling to find ... Read more

by Associated Press, Friday, May 7, 2021 9:27 am

Cops, Courts & Fires

4 ex-cops indicted on US civil rights charges in Floyd death

MINNEAPOLIS — A federal grand jury has indicted the four former Minneapolis police officers involved in George Floyd’s arrest and death, accusing them of willfully ... Read more

by Associated Press, Friday, May 7, 2021 9:19 am

Cops, Courts & Fires

Brick thrown through window and other reports

Police received a report at 8:47 a.m. Thursday of a brick that had been thrown through a window at 411 Court St.    Possible identity ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Friday, May 7, 2021 9:15 am

Cops, Courts & Fires

Police: Suspect who held hostages at Minnesota bank arrested

ST. CLOUD — A man accused of holding five employees hostage at a Minnesota bank following a dispute was captured and arrested after an hourslong ... Read more

by Associated Press, Friday, May 7, 2021 6:53 am