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Woman wants new coffee shop to be ‘a hub of activity’

LAKE MILLS — Kelly Gau said Lake Mills has needed a coffee shop for a while. So she decided ... Read more | Add your comment

‘I’m going to miss it’

Albert Lea barber retires after 52 years at same location Read more | Add your comment

Dealing with the long-term impacts of life-changing storms

Women share their stories of how storms affected them Read more | Add your comment

Throne named conference Coach of the Year

LAKE MILLS — In his third year as head coach of the Lake Mills baseball team, Chris Throne ... Read more | Add your comment

News

5 things to do this week

In honor of what would have been the week of the Freeborn County Fair, the Albert Lea Family Y is hosting food vendors this week ... Read more | Add your comment

by Colleen Harrison.

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Woman wants new coffee shop to be ‘a hub of activity’

LAKE MILLS — Kelly Gau said Lake Mills has needed a coffee shop for a while. So she decided to do something about it. Read more | Add your comment

by Colleen Harrison.

Editorial --FEATURE SPOT

Editorial: Don’t slip back into old habits with cell phones

Law enforcement agencies across the state began a stepped-up enforcement campaign this week focused on hands-free cell phone use and distracted driving. Distracted driving can ... Read more

by Editorial Board, Tuesday, August 4, 2020 9:06 pm

Editorials

Editorial Roundup: Trashing the outdoors harms everyone

The loons aren’t laughing. The forest is falling tree by chopped-down tree. The open water is clogged by boat traffic and the ditches with human ... Read more

by Editorial Roundup, Tuesday, August 4, 2020 9:05 pm

Columnists

Al Batt: The music drowned out the sounds of many clarinets

Tales from Exit 22, by Al Batt “You live in the middle of nowhere.” The visitor who said that was from a big city. That ... Read more

by Al Batt, Tuesday, August 4, 2020 9:03 pm

Columnists

Sarah Stultz: It’s odd not to be covering the fair this year

Nose for News, By Sarah Stultz Covering the Freeborn County Fair is one of the busiest weeks of the year for us at the Tribune, ... Read more

by Sarah Stultz, Tuesday, August 4, 2020 9:03 pm

Columnists

Guest column: Compromise is critical in state leadership

I am Joe Pacovsky and am on the 27A primary ballot to be the DFL challenger to Peggy Bennett. I have not been actively campaigning ... Read more

by Submitted, Tuesday, August 4, 2020 9:03 pm

Letters to the Editor

Paid political letter: Bennett failed working families

I’m dismayed by Rep. Peggy Bennett’s comments in the Q and A article in last Sunday’s paper. She stated that “many people on unemployment (are) ... Read more

by Submitted, Tuesday, August 4, 2020 9:00 pm

Letters to the Editor

Paid political letter: Bennett sidelined bonding bill projects for area

It was frustrating to see the bonding bill fall short again in the Legislature’s second special session. This bill included funding to complete the Blazing ... Read more

by Submitted, Tuesday, August 4, 2020 9:00 pm

News

Hy-Vee stores now accept SNAP/EBT cards as payment for grocery pickup ordering

Hy-Vee Inc. announced Tuesday that all of its store locations that offer Hy-Vee Aisles Online grocery pickup now accept Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)/Electronic Benefits ... Read more

by Submitted, Tuesday, August 4, 2020 9:00 pm

Letters to the Editor

Letter: Armed Forces deserved better

I am an Iraq War veteran. I have the deepest respect for my fellow members of our Armed Forces, risking their lives in service to ... Read more

by Submitted, Tuesday, August 4, 2020 9:00 pm

Letters to the Editor

Letter: Support medical aid in dying law

What is medical aid in dying? It allows terminally ill, mentally capable adults to request and receive medication they can self-administer (or not as they ... Read more

by Submitted, Tuesday, August 4, 2020 9:00 pm

News

Emerging farmers can receive help getting started

A loan program designed to help nontraditional farmers start or expand their businesses is doubling the maximum amount that emerging farmers can borrow, according to ... Read more

by Submitted, Tuesday, August 4, 2020 9:00 pm

News

Honored cancer survivor encourages people to not ignore symptoms, strive for positivity

An Albert Lea woman is sharing her experiences of not just one, but three, types of cancer as one of the honored cancer survivors this ... Read more

by Sarah Stultz, Tuesday, August 4, 2020 8:00 pm

Albert Lea Tigers

MSHSL moves football and volleyball seasons to spring

The Minnesota State High School League held a board meeting Tuesday morning and voted on a sport-by-sport basis, to move the football and volleyball seasons ... Read more

by Tyler Julson, Tuesday, August 4, 2020 4:57 pm

News

Walz: 2020 Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Opener postponed

ST. PAUL — Gov. Tim Walz said Tuesday that this fall’s 10th annual Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Opener has been postponed until next year due to ... Read more

by Associated Press, Tuesday, August 4, 2020 4:04 pm

News

County organizing relief fund for nonprofits

The Freeborn County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday voted to allocate up to $500,000 of the county’s federal CARES Act funds toward a grant relief ... Read more

by Sarah Stultz, Tuesday, August 4, 2020 3:35 pm

News

Sturgis rally visitors will encounter I-90 construction

People who are traveling across Minnesota on Interstate 90 will encounter several construction work zones but no detours on their way to the Sturgis Motorcycle ... Read more

by Submitted, Tuesday, August 4, 2020 1:26 pm

Cops, Courts & Fires

Firefighters battle large fire in St. Paul building under construction

ST. PAUL — Firefighters on Tuesday battled a large fire in downtown St. Paul that engulfed a building that was under construction, causing part of ... Read more

by Associated Press, Tuesday, August 4, 2020 1:24 pm

Albert Lea Tigers

High school football and volleyball moved to winter/spring season

The Minnesota State High School League began its board meeting Tuesday morning with the intention of setting policies in place for a return to participation ... Read more

by Tyler Julson, Tuesday, August 4, 2020 12:31 pm

Health Updates

Daily COVID-19 update: Hospitalizations rise across state; one new case reported in Freeborn County

After two days without any new cases, Freeborn County had one lab-confirmed COVID-19 case reported on Tuesday, according to the Minnesota Department of Health daily ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Tuesday, August 4, 2020 11:30 am

News

A.L. woman injured in Fillmore County crash

An Albert Lea woman was injured early Sunday morning in a crash in Fillmore County. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Madison Leigh Wood, 19, ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Tuesday, August 4, 2020 11:07 am

Cops, Courts & Fires

Frank Hall Park bathroom damaged by fireworks

Police received a report at 8:12 a.m. Monday of damage in the men’s bathroom at Frank Hall Park from a candle bomb firework. Damage was ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Tuesday, August 4, 2020 8:43 am

Cops, Courts & Fires

Investigation launched into leaked Floyd bodycam video

Authorities in Hennepin County are investigating how officer body camera video of George Floyd’s final moments was leaked to a British tabloid after the newspaper ... Read more

by Minnesota Public Radio, Tuesday, August 4, 2020 6:19 am

News

Walz again requests federal help to rebuild after unrest

ST. PAUL — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz is again asking for federal help to rebuild from the unrest that followed George Floyd’s death. Walz said ... Read more

by Associated Press, Tuesday, August 4, 2020 5:58 am

Elections & Campaigns

Judge extends Minnesota vote-by-mail changes to November

ST. PAUL — A judge on Monday extended changes in Minnesota’s absentee ballot rules to the November general election. Ramsey County Judge Sara Grewing approved ... Read more

by Associated Press, Tuesday, August 4, 2020 5:56 am

News

Progress slow on virus relief bill as negotiations continue

WASHINGTON — Negotiators on a huge coronavirus relief bill reported slight progress after talks resumed in the Capitol, with issues like food for the poor ... Read more

by Associated Press, Tuesday, August 4, 2020 5:55 am