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Progress 2021

Latest Progress 2021

Principal, pastor named as this year’s Citizens of the Year

Though the COVID-19 pandemic has put a strain on many areas of society, there have also been many bright spots in the last year of ... Read more

1 month ago by Sarah Stultz.

The perfect pair

For Andrea Strom and Penny Thompson, owners of The Perfect Pair Estate and Downsizing Services, helping people through difficult and trying times is their main ... Read more

1 month ago by Tyler Julson.

Albert Lea-based renewable energy consulting business is expanding

Mariah Lynne, president and CEO of Good Steward Consulting, started her business as a one-person operation in 2017. Now in 2021, Good Steward is moving ... Read more

1 month ago by Tyler Julson.

A ‘calming, caring presence’

After starting with St. Croix Hospice as a case manager servicing Albert Lea and the surrounding areas, Albert Lean Renae Horecka has recently taken on ... Read more

1 month ago by Sarah Stultz.

Spreading kindness throughout the community

Two groups started around the holidays to inspire giving hope their similar work expands to year-round acts of kindness and assistance. Read more

1 month ago by David Mayberry.

Alden business adds new services, celebrates 5 years at current space

ALDEN — For Emily Hassing, owner and operator of Sparkling Image in Alden, her business started out focusing on photography, but has since evolved away ... Read more

1 month ago by Tyler Julson.

A special visit during a difficult time

Editor’s note: After this story was completed, we received word of Jack Peterson’s passing. We decided to keep the story in this edition to honor ... Read more

1 month ago by Sarah Stultz.

Little by little, the Ellendale Community Center is getting updated

ELLENDALE — Another project at the Ellendale Community Center was completed last summer thanks to a collaboration between the Community Foundation of Ellendale and the ... Read more

1 month ago by Sarah Stultz.

‘It’s an industry that’s always going to be there’

Meat markets have been an integral part of small-town living since their creation, and in south-central Minnesota it’s no different. Read more

1 month ago by Sarah Stultz.

Glenville bar and grill celebrates one-year anniversary

GLENVILLE — Bubba’s Bar and Grill opened for business in February 2020 at its location on Main Street in Glenville. While the first year was ... Read more

1 month ago by Tyler Julson.

Work to begin soon on Vikings Activity Center in Northwood

NORTHWOOD — Officials will begin work on the Vikings Activity Center in the spring, as fundraising efforts place the wish list facility closer to a ... Read more

1 month ago by David Mayberry.

Building was ‘love at first sight’

EASTON — As the pandemic winds down, the mood at Margaret’s Pub will improve. Read more

1 month ago by David Mayberry.

Former contract chiropractor for NASA is looking to grow his business in Lake Mills

LAKE MILLS — Kyle Sprecher is happy to be home, and if his plans play out, he’ll be spending more time in the area with ... Read more

1 month ago by David Mayberry.

Look-alikes enjoy reactions they get often all over town

Two years ago was the first time Andrew Schwarz became aware of Lance Skov. Read more

1 month ago by Sarah Stultz.

Building on relationships in the community

The United Way of Freeborn County is hoping to expand the good it can do in the community through two new positions focused on strengthening ... Read more

1 month ago by Sarah Stultz.

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