Art Center kicks off annual All-Member Show

The Albert Lea Art Center’s annual All-Member Show opened this week and will continue through Feb. 20. The show takes place every year in January and gives members the opportunity to showcase what they have worked on in the preceding year, said Beth Tostenson, artistic director. She estimated 15 artists will showcase art in the […]
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State expresses worry over high COVID positivity rate in county

Minnesota Department of  Health officials are showing concern about Freeborn County’s high COVID-19 positivity rates from tests conducted at the National Guard-operated testing site at the Albert Lea Armory in recent weeks and are encouraging people to practice safety measures to prevent the spread of the virus. According to data provided by the Department of […]
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Scoreboard Jan. 16

TV Best Bets TODAY Figure skating: U.S. Championships, 3 p.m., NBC Men’s soccer: Fulham vs. Chelsea, 11:30 a.m., NBC NCAA men’s basketball: Marquette at St. John’s, 11 a.m., Fox Sports 1 NCAA men’s basketball: North Carolina at Florida State, 11 a.m., ESPN NCAA men’s basketball: Georgia at Ole Miss, 11 a.m., ESPN2 NCAA men’s basketball: […]
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Panthers narrowly fall to Eagles in season opener

NEW RICHLAND — After moving the meet up to late afternoon in anticipation of inclement weather, the NRHEG wrestling team opened its season Thursday against Maple River. The early season woes got to the Panthers, staying in the dual against the Eagles until the end, but ended up costing them in the end, losing 42-33. […]
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Country shows cancelled again across NSW in 2021 as coronavirus concerns continue

Many communities around the state are facing their second year without a country show as concerns about coronavirus and the financial impacts of running a COVID-safe event take a toll….

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What astounds about floods in Brisbane is that they continue to take us by surprise

A decade ago, as Brisbane’s record floods receded, many residents were left shocked and awed that such a devastating inundation could happen to a modern city. But Brisbane had flooded…

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Albert Lea area in blizzard warning through Friday afternoon; I-90 closed west of Blue Earth

The Minnesota Department of Transportation announced westbound Interstate 90 will be closed west of Blue Earth at 10 p.m. Thursday and remain closed all night because of blizzard conditions and zero visibility. East and westbound traffic remains open in Albert Lea. Freeborn County is now in a blizzard warning through Friday afternoon along with western […]
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Groundbreaking celebrated for new MercyOne clinic

By Hallie Cantu The Albert Lea Healthcare Coalition, representatives from MercyOne North Iowa Medical Center and community members celebrated the groundbreaking Thursday morning for the new MercyOne Clinic in Northbridge Mall. Look for a full story to follow.
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Rodger F. Christenson

Rodger Fred Christenson, 81, of Albert Lea passed away Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at St. John’s Luther Place of Albert Lea. A Memorial service is scheduled for Monday, January 18, 2021 at 2:00 pm at the First Lutheran Church of Albert Lea. A public visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at […]
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Bill introduced to increase penalty for those who attempt to kill police

Roughly one year after Waseca Police Officer Arik Matson was shot in the head while responding to a call of a suspicious person, a bill was introduced Thursday in the Minnesota Legislature that would increase the penalty for anyone who attempts to kill an officer.
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