5 things to do this weekend

By Sarah Stultz [email protected] 1 Boathouse opens Want to get out on the water? The Albert Lea Community Education Boathouse opened to the public on Tuesday and offers canoes, kayaks, paddle boards and bikes for the public to enjoy. Rental is free for the whole month of June. Equipment is limited, and registration is required […]
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Sharing her cancer story to give life to others

Honorary survivor has battled multiple cancers By Sarah Stultz [email protected] Rosemary Bloomquist was 48 years old when she was first diagnosed with cancer. At that time, in 1997, she had just changed doctors, and her new doctor found a lump in her right breast during a routine physical. After having a mastectomy of that breast […]
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Building broken into and other reports

A burglary was reported at 7:58 a.m. Monday at 75903 230th St., Albert Lea. A window was broken, and floor jacks were missing.    Mower stolen A zero turn mower was reported stolen at 9:16 a.m. Monday at 70846 220th St., Albert Lea.    Gas drive-off reported A gas drive-off was reported at 5:06 p.m. […]
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Senate report details sweeping failures around Jan. 6 attack

WASHINGTON — A Senate investigation of the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol has uncovered broad government, military and law enforcement missteps surrounding the violent attack, including a breakdown within multiple intelligence agencies and a lack of training and preparation for Capitol Police officers who were quickly overwhelmed by the rioters. The Senate report released […]
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School board hears results of transportation and start time survey

The Albert Lea school board Monday night heard the results of the transportation and start time survey that was sent out to faculty, students and parents a number of weeks ago.  Survey takers were presented with four options on busing and start time schedules at all the district’s schools. Survey takers were then asked to […]
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Public is welcome back to the Minnesota Capitol

A sign of the post-pandemic times: The Minnesota Capitol will reopen to the public on Thursday after a 440-day closure.
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Queensland Museum confirms discovery of Australia’s largest dinosaur near outback Eromanga

Robyn Mackenzie and her husband Stuart were mustering cattle on their property near Eromanga in south-west Queensland when they discovered dinosaur bones in 2006. Now, after 15 years of painstaking…

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Largest dinosaur discovered in Australia a true world heavyweight

The dinosaur was named Australotitan to reflect its huge size, with the name meaning “southern titan”. The second part of its name, cooperensis, refers to Cooper Creek, the area near…

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COVID-19 update: Active cases dwindle in Freeborn County

Freeborn County has had two days in a row with no new lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases, according to the Freeborn County Public Health Department. Active cases have again dipped below 10 and now sit at eight. The county has had 3,459 people who have tested positive for COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. According to […]
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Albert Lea motorcyclist injured in crash in Mower County

A 60-year-old Albert Lea man was injured Saturday evening after he reportedly lost control of his motorcycle on U.S. Highway 218 in Mower County. Brooks Daniel Fisher was taken to Mayo Clinic Health System in Austin for injuries deemed not life-threatening, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. The report stated Fisher was riding a 2004 […]
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