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Al Batt: Where’s a Sears Big Book when you need one?

I threw a boomerang three years ago, and I’ve lived in fear ever since.  Each time I step outside, I expect to be conked on the ... Read more

24 hours ago by Al Batt.

Sarah Stultz: Now more than ever, it is vital to seek facts

The past two or three weeks have been interesting for our staff at the Albert Lea Tribune. About half of our employees are working remotely from ... Read more

2 days ago by Sarah Stultz.

My Point of View: President has done great job reacting to COVID-19

The Democrats in Congress put the brakes on the economic stimulus package in order to add extraneous add-ons that were pet projects of Nancy Pelosi. ... Read more

2 days ago by Submitted.

Dan Sparks: More help in the fight against COVID-19

Minnesotans are facing one of our greatest challenges in generations as we work to combat the spread of COVID-19. On one front, we are doing ... Read more

5 days ago by Submitted.

April Jeppson: Reach out to friends, family during this uncertain time

Last night as I was preparing dinner, I smiled at my giant container of rice. It’s a white plastic five-gallon bucket. I have three of ... Read more

6 days ago by Submitted.

Ask a Trooper: State Patrol has 770 marked squads in the state

I was approached at a gas station and asked several questions about the State Patrol squads. I was recently issued a 2019 Dodge Charger, and ... Read more

7 days ago by Submitted.

Al Batt: I’m washing my hands while writing this

I’m trying to enjoy myself while social distancing. I’ve nowhere to go but where I am. COVID-19 has become those ubiquitous orange barrels closing lanes. I’ve ... Read more

1 week ago by Al Batt.

Sarah Stultz: Be part of the good amid COVID-19 pandemic

On the wall in my living room hangs a wooden sign that reads: “Believe there is good in the world.” Certain letters are painted a different ... Read more

1 week ago by Sarah Stultz.

My Point of View: Will nation unite when COVID-19 pandemic is over?

There are significant moments in history that are ingrained in our memories. Nov. 22, 1963, President Kennedy was assassinated. March 30, 1981, President Reagan was shot. Sept. 11, ... Read more

1 week ago by Submitted.

Guest Column: Business owners should stay optimistic amid pandemic

Tips for small business during the coronavirus outbreak: Read more

2 weeks ago by Submitted.

Peggy Bennett: Still working for you amid COVID-19 pandemic

The spread of COVID-19 has caused unprecedented changes in our communities and around the world, and it has now altered our work at the state ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Submitted.

April Jeppson: Living at a time with that which we shall not name

So, this thing that’s happening. It’s huge and it’s all consuming, and it can really bum you out if you let it. When I’m scrolling ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Submitted.

Guest Column: Staying safe, healthy and smart

Every time I pick up the paper or go online, it feels to me as if we’re characters in a film — an approaching virus, ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Submitted.

Ask a Trooper: The zipper merge has many traffic benefits

Could you explain the zipper merge for merging into construction zones in Minnesota? I have tried using the zipper merge many times, and it seems ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Submitted.

Al Batt: The story of my first and only wife, Gail, and me

I was at that age where men believe their own mythology and the barbershop’s broom had a part in the middle.  Gail and I were young, ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Al Batt.

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