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City Council designates $150K toward program for small businesses hurt by COVID-19

The Albert Lea City Council on Tuesday designated $150,000 to go toward a forgivable loan program set up to provide relief to small businesses affected ... Read more

3 days ago by Sarah Stultz.

Albert Lea Farmers Market prepares to open amid coronavirus pandemic

Albert Lea Farmers Market has been a local tradition for 40 years, and while it may operate a bit differently this season due to the ... Read more

3 days ago by Staff Reports.

SMIF approves loans for small businesses

Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation recently approved 41 loans to businesses in its 20-county region through the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development’s small business ... Read more

3 days ago by Submitted.

County designates $150K for program to help small businesses hurt by COVID-19

The Freeborn County Board of Commissioners on Friday approved designating $150,000 to a new forgivable loan program meant for small businesses affected by the COVID-19 ... Read more

7 days ago by Sarah Stultz.

‘The hardest time we have ever experienced’

When B&B Cafe co-owner Holly Miller heard Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz’s announcement Wednesday that restaurants would only be able to reopen June 1 for outdoor ... Read more

1 week ago by Sarah Stultz.

Walz plan slow-walks bar, restaurant restarts

In a cautious plan for reopening close-contact businesses, Gov. Tim Walz on Wednesday said restaurants can start serving sit-down customers beginning June 1 — but ... Read more

1 week ago by Minnesota Public Radio.

Small business relief plan in the works locally

Freeborn County, the city of Albert Lea and the Albert Lea Economic Development Agency are considering a recovery and relief grant program to help struggling ... Read more

1 week ago by Sarah Stultz.

Reopened for business

Retailers hopeful for coming weeks in the Albert Lea community Read more

1 week ago by Sarah Stultz.

More Minnesota restaurants announce permanent closures

While restaurants across Minnesota await the chance to resume some dine-in operations, a growing list of restaurants in the state say they won’t reopen, even ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Minnesota Public Radio.

Freeborn-Mower Co-op celebrates groundbreaking

Construction of the new Freeborn-Mower Cooperative Services’ headquarters officially kicked off with a groundbreaking on Tuesday. The site of the new facility is at 3300 ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Staff Reports.

Mall of America to reopen June 1 with new safety protocols

MINNEAPOLIS — The Mall of America, which is the largest shopping and entertainment complex in North America, will partially reopen on June 1 in compliance ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Associated Press.

Albert Lea business owners look forward to reopening

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz’s announcement that the stay-at-home order would expire and retail businesses would be allowed to open Monday brought much relief to local ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Colleen Harrison.

Iowa to reopen restaurants, salons, barber shops and gyms

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Restaurants, salons, barber shops and gyms in Iowa will be allowed to reopen Friday under new restrictions intended to slow the ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Associated Press.

Area movie theaters battle to stay alive amid executive orders

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected numerous industries in multiple ways, and the movie theater industry is no different. Mills Theatre in Lake Mills has been ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Colleen Harrison.

Multiple organizations offering resources for area small businesses affected by COVID-19

With the COVID-19 pandemic still impacting many local economies, small business owners might find themselves in need of resources just to stay in operation. Albert ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Tyler Julson.

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