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A haunted history

Residents recall paranormal experiences in Albert Lea theater Read more | Add your comment

‘It doesn’t feel like work when you’re having fun’

Albert Lea woman opens new salon in former barbershop Read more | Add your comment

Building memories while making signs

Rural Glenville-based business inspired by family horse Read more | Add your comment

Pumpkin spice and all things nice

Different pumpkin recipes to try out this holiday season Read more | Add your comment

Elections & Campaigns

Take ballots to drop box or vote in-person

Officials warn it is too late to mail back ballots Read more | Add your comment

by Staff Reports.

Featured News

Woman introduced to hunting by her father bags caribou in Alaska

Megan Ball may not have grown up hunting, but she has made up for lost time ever since. Ball, 32, of Albert Lea has been ... Read more | Add your comment

by Colleen Harrison.

Cops, Courts & Fires

Court Dispositions: Oct. 27-29, 2020

Freeborn County District Court   Oct. 27 Matt William Bass, 34, 509 Wedgewood Road, Albert Lea. Count 1: Driver’s license – driving without a valid ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Friday, October 30, 2020 8:17 pm

Editorials

Editorial: Turn your clocks back; check smoke detectors

Daylight saving time ends this weekend, so don’t forget to turn back your clocks an hour Saturday night before you go to bed. While you’re ... Read more

by Editorial Board, Friday, October 30, 2020 8:16 pm

Editorials

Editorial: Tribune Thumbs

To increased absentee voting in Freeborn County. The Freeborn County auditor-treasurer earlier this week said the county had received 4,500 absentee ballots — almost double ... Read more

by Editorial Board, Friday, October 30, 2020 8:15 pm

Columnists

Live United: Remember, we are all in this together this holiday season

With the exception of school decisions, about mid-June is when I found myself facing most days with peace with the pandemic. Don’t get me wrong, ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, October 30, 2020 8:13 pm

Columnists

April Jeppson: Happy 50th anniversary, Mom and Dad

Today is my parents’ 50th anniversary. Not the day I am writing this, but the day the paper is published. Yes, Oct. 31, Halloween, is ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, October 30, 2020 8:12 pm

Columnists

Amy Klobuchar: Help most vulnerable get access to support

This September was National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, which is especially important to recognize this year as the coronavirus pandemic has had an unprecedented impact ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, October 30, 2020 8:11 pm

Columnists

Ask a Trooper: Tab stickers designed to be recognizable

I’m trying to figure out if 2019 license tab stickers were blue? I can’t find anyplace online that documents the sticker color by year. I ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, October 30, 2020 8:10 pm

Letters to the Editor

Letter: How to cope with racism in Albert Lea

For our entire lives, when my husband and I attended study groups of one kind or another, we would physically attend and interact with other ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, October 30, 2020 8:09 pm

Letters to the Editor

Letter: You can find hope

Being told that you have a mental illness is not the end of the world. With help and support, you can recover and achieve your ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, October 30, 2020 8:08 pm

Letters to the Editor

Letter: Crimes against humanity

The definition of crimes against humanity are “acts that are purposely committed as part of a widespread or systematic attack directed against civilians in time ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, October 30, 2020 8:07 pm

Letters to the Editor

Letter: Roundtable event to take place

This season’s second Civil War Roundtable meeting will be at 7 p.m. Thursday in Room 109 (the former school board meeting room) at Brookside Education ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, October 30, 2020 8:06 pm

Letters to the Editor

Letter: Why is Albert Lea becoming a ghost town?

Speaking with a city employee recently, he made the comment that this city is slowly becoming a ghost town. I have to agree with that ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, October 30, 2020 8:05 pm

Opinion

Poll results: Which of the following races are you most energized about this election?

We asked readers online at www.albertleatribune.com, “Which of the following races are you most energized about this election?” Read more

by Editorial Board, Friday, October 30, 2020 8:04 pm

Education

Albert Lea High School standout student

Tasha Laue Age: 15 Parents: foster parents Scott Saltou and Roxanne Saltou Where are you from? Albert Lea. If from Albert Lea, which elementary school ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, October 30, 2020 8:00 pm

Business

SMIF announces new rural venture communities

Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation recently accepted four communities to its rural entrepreneurial venture program, according to a press release. Each of the communities will participate ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, October 30, 2020 8:00 pm

News

Fundraiser dinner planned

Bolan Trinity United Methodist Church will host a Swiss steak drive-in takeout dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 8, or until supplies run ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, October 30, 2020 8:00 pm

News

COVID-19 relief funds help farmers restructuring their debt

Eligible Minnesota farmers restructuring their debt can get half of the loan guarantee fees on USDA Farm Service Agency restructuring loans covered through a Minnesota ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, October 30, 2020 8:00 pm

Health Updates

Free online mental health support groups for individuals and families

National Alliance on Mental Illness Minnesota offers a variety of free online peer support groups for adults and young adults living with a mental illness, ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, October 30, 2020 8:00 pm

News

Local food drive starts

RE/MAX Properties is hosting a “RE/STOCK with RE/MAX” community food drive to collect donations for a local food shelf. Canned food and non-perishable items can ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, October 30, 2020 8:00 pm

Education

Administrator’s Corner: School district prepares for winter

As a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, many individuals in the media are stating that we are going to have a “dark, cold winter.” ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, October 30, 2020 8:00 pm

Cops, Courts & Fires

Quilts and candy donated to Albert Lea fire department

Golden K Kiwanians presented quilts and candy to Albert Lea Fire Rescue. Read more

by Submitted, Friday, October 30, 2020 8:00 pm

Education

Star class: Hawthorne unity tree

Hawthorne Elementary School’s elementary school counselor Larissa Rohlik incorporates distance learning and Hawthorne students in a virtual assembly every month. They created a unity tree ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, October 30, 2020 8:00 pm

News

MDA hosting free waste pesticide collection event

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is hosting a waste pesticide collection event Nov. 16 for those in Anoka, Hennepin and Isanti counties, according to a ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, October 30, 2020 8:00 pm

News

Second round of livestock processing grants now open in Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is opening up a second round of grants aimed at increasing the capacity for livestock processing plants and producers to ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, October 30, 2020 8:00 pm

Elections & Campaigns

Trump pitches ‘back to normal’ as Biden warns of tough days

WATERFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. — President Donald Trump dangled a promise to get a weary, fearful nation “back to normal” on Friday as he looked to ... Read more

by Associated Press, Friday, October 30, 2020 7:14 pm