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Family purchases former Pheasant Links property

After many years of being owned by Diamond Jo Casino, the land formerly known as Pheasant Links has ... Read more | Add your comment

‘A beacon’ for rural America

Albert Lea-Freeborn County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors and other local, state and federal officials celebrated the completion of ... Read more | Add your comment

MercyOne clinic to open in less than a week; open house slated for Saturday

MercyOne Albert Lea Family Medicine & Specialty Care, in partnership with the Albert Lea Healthcare Coalition, will host ... Read more | Add your comment

A new school leader

Southwest Middle School will have a new leader at the helm this fall when teachers and students return ... Read more | Add your comment

Cops, Courts & Fires

Freeborn County commissioner, family in crash; 1 taken to hospital

An Albert Lea woman was injured Friday morning in a crash in Aitkin County. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Victoria Thresa Edwin, 63, was ... Read more | Add your comment

by Staff Reports.

Cops, Courts & Fires

Albert Lea man sentenced to 11 years in prison in federal meth trafficking case

An Albert Lea man was sentenced to 11 years in federal prison Friday for his role in a methamphetamine trafficking conspiracy with another man from ... Read more | Add your comment

by Sarah Stultz.

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Editorial: Support each other, offer kindness to all you meet

This past year has been a challenging one for everyone with added stress and obstacles for many to endure during the pandemic. Some who have ... Read more

by Editorial Board, Friday, July 23, 2021 8:50 pm

Editorials

Editorial: Tribune Thumbs

To poor decorum during recent public forums. We love that there have been more people out to attend local government meetings recently, but we have ... Read more

by Editorial Board, Friday, July 23, 2021 8:50 pm

Columnists

Ask a Trooper: Am I required to wear shoes while driving?

Question: Is it illegal to drive barefoot in Minnesota? Read more

by Submitted, Friday, July 23, 2021 8:45 pm

Columnists

Senate Report: One bill, one vote needed in Minnesota

Now that session is over, I wanted to talk about one of the things I ran on: “one bill, one vote.” I got an in-depth ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, July 23, 2021 8:45 pm

Columnists

April Jeppson: Take time to refresh for yourself as needed

I’m writing this week from the comfort of the Coralville, Iowa, Drury Inn. I met some of my Scentsy team down here to watch our ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, July 23, 2021 8:45 pm

Columnists

Guest Column: Continuing ed opportunities close to home

Continuing education in a business or profession is critical for future growth, but trainings can be difficult to participate in when events are held far ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, July 23, 2021 8:45 pm

Columnists

Live United: Help share the joy of reading with children in community

My biggest hobby and way to relax is by reading. I read every day and can read for hours. Sitting outside in the sunshine, in ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, July 23, 2021 8:45 pm

Faith

Guests to speak on issues pertinent to Israel

What’s happened, happening and going to happen in Israel and what does it  have to do with us? At 7 p.m. on Thursday at the ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, July 23, 2021 8:00 pm

News

Duplicate bridge results

Players from Albert Lea, Austin and Rose Creek  formed six tables for duplicate bridge on Tuesday, starting at noon. Winners were the following: • First: ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, July 23, 2021 8:00 pm

News

4th of July Car Show winners

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by Submitted, Friday, July 23, 2021 8:00 pm

News

As smoke dissipates in Minnesota, health experts urge people to stay aware of the air quality

By Laurel Poole, Minnesota Public Radio News As smoke dissipates in Minnesota, health experts urge people to stay aware of air quality The thick wildfire smoke ... Read more

by Minnesota Public Radio, Friday, July 23, 2021 4:59 pm

Health Updates

AP-NORC poll: Most unvaccinated Americans don’t want shots

Most Americans who haven’t been vaccinated against COVID-19 say they are unlikely to get the shots and doubt they would work against the aggressive delta ... Read more

by Associated Press, Friday, July 23, 2021 3:51 pm

News

Labor agreements reached for thousands of state employees

ST. PAUL — Thousands of state employees in Minnesota would get a raise and a new paid holiday if labor contract agreements are finalized. Minnesota’s ... Read more

by Associated Press, Friday, July 23, 2021 3:50 pm

Cops, Courts & Fires

1 arrested for DWI after crash

Police arrested Thomas Casimir Dziura, 61, for driving while intoxicated after he reportedly ran into a parked car at 9:40 p.m. Thursday near the intersection ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Friday, July 23, 2021 9:10 am

News

Big Ten says schools will decide on COVID-19 protocols

Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren said the conference will take take a “decentralized” approach to COVID-19 protocols by allowing each school to put in place ... Read more

by Associated Press, Friday, July 23, 2021 4:55 am

Health Updates

Vaccinations rise in some states with soaring infections

Vaccinations are beginning to rise in some states where COVID-19 cases are soaring, White House officials said Thursday in a sign that the summer surge ... Read more

by Associated Press, Friday, July 23, 2021 4:53 am

Cops, Courts & Fires

Albert Lea man charged with criminal sexual conduct of teen

An Albert Lea man is facing charges of criminal sexual conduct tied to alleged sexual assaults of a teenage girl over a two-year span. Matthew ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Thursday, July 22, 2021 4:07 pm

News

US jobless claims rise to 419,000 from a pandemic low

WASHINGTON — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits rose last week from the lowest point of the pandemic, even as the job market appears ... Read more

by Associated Press, Thursday, July 22, 2021 12:37 pm

Cops, Courts & Fires

Vehicles broken into, items taken and other reports

Fishing equipment was reported taken from a truck at 2:03 p.m. Wednesday at 1710 Canary Drive. The theft occurred overnight.  Two $50 cosmetic masks were ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Thursday, July 22, 2021 9:27 am

News

Talk begins about post-COVID rules for Minnesota Legislature

Minnesota lawmakers have started discussing how to recalibrate pandemic-related accommodations for members and the public heading into future sessions.  Read more

by Minnesota Public Radio, Thursday, July 22, 2021 9:04 am

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Minnesota’s share of opioid settlement could top $300M

ST. PAUL — Minnesota stands to collect more than $300 million under a $26 billion settlement among states and opioid manufacturers and distributors, Attorney General ... Read more

by Associated Press, Thursday, July 22, 2021 9:03 am

Cops, Courts & Fires

2 cats die in house fire in Wells

WELLS — Two cats died in a fire Tuesday afternoon on Seventh Street in Wells that badly damaged a home.  Wells Fire Chief Guy Kimpton ... Read more

by Sarah Stultz, Wednesday, July 21, 2021 7:29 pm

Health Updates

Leader at St. John’s impressed with ‘welcoming attitude’ on the campus

The new director of nursing at St. John’s Lutheran Community’s Fountain Lake campus has had a history of nursing at many levels throughout the years. ... Read more

by Sarah Stultz, Wednesday, July 21, 2021 2:35 pm

Health Updates

New Thorne Crest leader has worked in a variety of health care settings

Thorne Crest Senior Living Community’s new director of nursing said she likes the opportunity her new position gives her to build connections with both residents ... Read more

by Sarah Stultz, Wednesday, July 21, 2021 2:32 pm

News

Emerald ash borer confirmed in Freeborn County

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has confirmed emerald ash borer in Freeborn County for the first time.  Read more

by Sarah Stultz, Wednesday, July 21, 2021 1:23 pm