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    State Reports 1 New COVID Case for Freeborn County

    08/10/2020

    State of Minnesota Reports 1 New COVID-19 Case for Freeborn County.

    In today's Minnesota Department of Health's morning update, the State of Minnesota reported Freeborn County holds at 360 positive cases of Coronavirus, or COVID-19 and 1 death.

    As of today's 11:00 results, Mower County had reported 1,103 cases and 2 total deaths. Faribault had 87. Waseca County with 149. Steele reported 351 and 1 death, Olmsted County topped the area with 1,747 and 23 total deaths.

    In total, Minnesota reported 61,516 positive cases, up 625 from yesterday, and 1,660 deaths, up 3 since yesterday. Over 1,172,118 tests have been conducted. 54,364 of the 61,516 cases no longer need to be isolated.

    The MDH reported that Community, (no known contact with confirmed case), is now the most likely source of transmission.

       

    Albert Lea City Council to Meet Tonight

    08/10/2020

    Albert Lea's City Council will hold a work session tonight at 5:30 via zoom teleconference the move into the regular session of the council beginning at 7 p.m.

    During the regular session, the city will look to accept a bid and award the contract for 2020 bio-solids removal. The council will decide on extending the Minnesota Proclamation and Declaration of Emergency that was approved back on March 17th after Gov. Walz put Minnesota in a state of emergency due to the COVID 19 pandemic.

    The city will look for a resolution approving a joint powers agreement between Freeborn County Family Services and Children"s Mental Health Collaborative.

    The city will also look to add $76,600.00, and designate those funds, along with the prior $150,000, be paid from the city"s CARES funds and put into the joint grant program which includes Freeborn County and the Albert Lea Economic Development Agency.

    That program aids local small businesses directly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Both meetings will be recorded and uploaded to the city's YouTube channel www.youtube.com/cityofalbertlea. The regular meeting is also aired on the Government Access channel, 180 on Charter Communications.

        

    State Reports 0 New COVID Cases for Freeborn County, 1 for Mower

    08/07/2020

    State of Minnesota Reports 2 New COVID-19 Case for Freeborn County, 6 for Mower.

    State of Minnesota Reports 0 New COVID-19 Cases for Freeborn County, 1 for Mower.

    In today's Minnesota Department of Health's morning update, the State of Minnesota reported Freeborn County holds at 358 positive cases of Coronavirus, or COVID-19 and 1 death.

    As of today's 11:00 results, Mower County had reported 1,095 cases, up 1 and 2 total deaths. Faribault had 85, up 2. Waseca County with 138, unchanged. Steele reported 338, unchanged and 1 death, Olmsted County topped the area with 1,700, up 12 and 23 total deaths.

    In total, Minnesota reported 59,185 positive cases, up 556 from yesterday, and 1,640 deaths, up 4 since yesterday. Over 1,121,299 tests have been conducted. 51,940 of the 59,185 cases no longer need to be isolated.

    The MDH reported that Community, (no known contact with confirmed case), is now the most likely source of transmission.

       

    State Reports 2 New COVID Cases for Freeborn County, 6 for Mower

    08/06/2020

    State of Minnesota Reports 2 New COVID-19 Case for Freeborn County, 6 for Mower.

    In today's Minnesota Department of Health's morning update, the State of Minnesota reported Freeborn County now has 358 positive cases of Coronavirus, or COVID-19 and 1 death.

    As of today's 11:00 results, Mower County had reported 1,094 cases, up 6 and 2 total deaths. Faribault had 83, unchanged. Waseca County with 138, up 5. Steele reported 338, up 4 and 1 death, Olmsted County topped the area with 1,688, up 39 and 23 total deaths.

    In total, Minnesota reported 58,640 positive cases, up 867 from yesterday, and 1,636 deaths, up 7 since yesterday. Over 1,105,094 tests have been conducted. 51,604 of the 58,640 cases no longer need to be isolated.

    The MDH reported that Community, (no known contact with confirmed case), is now the most likely source of transmission.

       

    I-90 Will See Overnight Closures Next Week

    08/06/2020

    The Minnesota Department of Transportation will detour Interstate 90 motorists next week for bridge beam placement over the highway north of Stewartville.

    Detours are planned for 7 p.m.-5 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 11 and Wednesday, Aug. 12, when I-90 will be closed at Stewartville.

    Crews will be placing the bridge beams for the Hwy 63 northbound bridge over I-90.

    Detours will be in place to facilitate the replacement of those beams.

       

    Auto Dealers Join Forces and Merge

    08/06/2020

    Motor Inn Co. and Chevrolet of Albert Lea announced via press release on Wednesday they have merged and will now be known as Wuerflein Honda and Wuerflein Chevrolet Buick GMC.

    The Buick and GMC brands are moving to the Chevy dealership on Bridge Avenue, which is now Wuerflein Chevrolet Buick GMC, and the Honda brand will remain at its existing location on Main Street, which is now Wuerflein Honda.

       

    County Commissioners to Hold Work Session

    08/06/2020

    The Freeborn County Board of Commissioners will be holding a workshop via zoom teleconference Tuesday, August 11th, from 8:30 to 11 a.m.

    Commissioners will be conducting a 2021 budget review, discuss their travel policy in the wake of COVID-19, and receive a County COVID update. Commissions will also receive updates on public works projects such as the Bridge Avenue reconstruction project and the UP Public Trails project.

       

    State Reports 1 New COVID Case for Freeborn County, 4 for Mower

    08/05/2020

    State of Minnesota Reports 1 New COVID-19 Case for Freeborn County, 4 for Mower.

    In today's Minnesota Department of Health's morning update, the State of Minnesota reported Freeborn County now has 356 positive cases of Coronavirus, or COVID-19 and 1 death.

    As of today's 11:00 results, Mower County had reported 1,088 cases, up 4 and 2 total deaths. Faribault had 83, down 1. Waseca County with 133, up 3. Steele reported 334, up 1 and 1 death, Olmsted County topped the area with 1,649, up 14 and 23 total deaths.

    In total, Minnesota reported 57,779 positive cases, up 629 from yesterday, and 1,629 deaths, up 9 since yesterday. Over 1,090,303 tests have been conducted. 51,223 of the 57,779 cases no longer need to be isolated.

    The MDH reported that Community, (no known contact with confirmed case), is now the most likely source of transmission.

       

    School District 241Sets Start Date for School Year

    08/04/2020

    After months of doubt and speculation, Albert Lea Area Schools now have a start date. The first day of school was voted on and passed by the School Board, and that first day is Monday, August 24th. The date allows for more planning and getting things situated including setting up distance learning for those students who's parents opted for that via a survey that was sent out by the district late last week.

    There will be changes for this school year at all schools in the district. Temperatures will be taken and screening questions asked each day. Masks will be worn by all students in attendance with the only exception being gym class and outdoor recess. Lunch will be served in the classrooms. K-5 will be in attendance Monday thru Thursday, and Friday will be a distance learning day so the schools can be deep cleaned. Grades 6-12 will be a hybrid model with both in class and distance learning Friday will be a distance learning day for those students as well.

    If your child is not enrolled in Kindergarten yet and needs to be, the kindergarten round up will be held at all schools on August 17th.

    For those parents looking for school supply shopping lists, they are available on the district website at www.alschools.org. Just select your school from the drop down menu and the grades shopping lists are listed.

    For those that are looking for more information about reopening and the three educational models available, the district has a new page that outlines the COVID plans for the district, that web page can be accessed at www.alschools.org/covid19

       

    1 New COVID Case for Freeborn County, 3 for Mower

    08/04/2020

    State of Minnesota Reports 1 New COVID-19 Case for Freeborn County, 3 for Mower.

    In today's Minnesota Department of Health's morning update, the State of Minnesota reported Freeborn County now has 354 positive cases of Coronavirus, or COVID-19 and 1 death.

    As of today's 11:00 results, Mower County had reported 1,084 cases, up 3 and 2 total deaths. Faribault had 84, up 1. Waseca County with 130, up 2. Steele reported 333, up 3 and 1 death, Olmsted County topped the area with 1,635, up 6 and 23 total deaths.

    In total, Minnesota reported 57,162 positive cases, up 606 from yesterday, and 1,620 deaths, up 4 since yesterday. Over 1,078,695 tests have been conducted. 50,426 of the 57,162 cases no longer need to be isolated.

    The MDH reported that Community, (no known contact with confirmed case), is now the most likely source of transmission.

       

    No New COVID Case for Freeborn County

    08/03/2020

    State of Minnesota Reports 1 Additional COVID-19 Cases for Freeborn County, 5 for Mower.

    State of Minnesota Reports No New COVID-19 Cases for Freeborn County for Second Day in a Row.

    In today's Minnesota Department of Health's morning update, the State of Minnesota reported Freeborn County now has 354 positive cases of Coronavirus, or COVID-19 and 1 death.

    As of today's 11:00 results, Mower County had reported 1,081 cases, and 2 total deaths. Faribault had 83. Waseca County with 128. Steele reported 330, and 1 death, Olmsted County topped the area with 1,629 and 23 total deaths.

    In total, Minnesota reported 56,560 positive cases, up 622 from yesterday, and 1,616 deaths, up 2 since yesterday. Over 1,070,925 tests have been conducted. 49,565 of the 56,560 cases no longer need to be isolated.

    The MDH reported that Community, (no known contact with confirmed case), is now the most likely source of transmission.

       

    1 New COVID Case for Freeborn County, 5 for Mower

    07/31/2020

    State of Minnesota Reports 1 Additional COVID-19 Cases for Freeborn County, 5 for Mower.

    In today's Minnesota Department of Health's morning update, the State of Minnesota reported Freeborn County has 353 positive cases of Coronavirus, or COVID-19, that number is up 1 from Thursday.

    As of today's 11:00 results, Mower County had reported 1,064 cases, up 5 and 2 total deaths. Faribault had 80, up 2. Waseca County with 128, up 5. Steele reported 321, up 3 with 1 death, and Olmsted County topped the area with 1,588, up 21, and 23 total deaths.

    In total, Minnesota reported 54,463 positive cases, up 779 from yesterday, and 1,600 deaths, up 6 since yesterday. Over 1,024,916 tests have been conducted. 47,289 of the 54,463 cases no longer need to be isolated.

    The MDH reported that Community, (no known contact with confirmed case), is now the most likely source of transmission.

       

    3 New COVID Cases for Freeborn County, 5 for Mower

    07/30/2020

    State of Minnesota Reports 3 Additional COVID-19 Cases for Freeborn County, 5 for Mower.

    In today's Minnesota Department of Health's morning update, the State of Minnesota reported Freeborn County has 352 positive cases of Coronavirus, or COVID-19, that number is up 3 from Wednesday.

    As of today's 11:00 results, Mower County had reported 1,059 cases, up 5 and 2 total deaths. Faribault had 78, up 3. Waseca County with 123, up 4. Steele reported 318, up 3 with 1 death, and Olmsted County topped the area with 1,567, up 20, and 22 total deaths.

    In total, Minnesota reported 53,692 positive cases, up 745 from yesterday, and 1,594 deaths, up 5 since yesterday. Over 1,007,882 tests have been conducted. 46,965 of the 53,692 cases no longer need to be isolated.

    The MDH reported that Community, (no known contact with confirmed case), is now the most likely source of transmission.

       

    5 New COVID Cases for Freeborn County

    07/29/2020

    State of Minnesota Reports 5 Additional COVID-19 Cases for Freeborn County, 0 for Mower.

    In today's Minnesota Department of Health's morning update, the State of Minnesota reported Freeborn County has 349 positive cases of Coronavirus, or COVID-19, that number is up 5 from Tuesday.

    As of today's 11:00 results, Mower County had reported 1,054 cases, unchanged and 2 total deaths. Faribault had 76, up 1. Waseca County with 119, up 2. Steele reported 315, unchanged with 1 death, and Olmsted County topped the area with 1,547, up 16, and 21 total deaths.

    In total, Minnesota reported 52,947 positive cases, up 681 from yesterday, and 1,589 deaths, up 9 since yesterday. Over 993,091 tests have been conducted. 46,636 of the 52,947 cases no longer need to be isolated.

    The MDH reported that Community, (no known contact with confirmed case), is now the most likely source of transmission.

       

    2 New COVID Cases for Freeborn County

    07/28/2020

    State of Minnesota Reports 2 Additional COVID-19 Cases for Freeborn County, 2 for Mower.

    In today's Minnesota Department of Health's morning update, the State of Minnesota reported Freeborn County has 344 positive cases of Coronavirus, or COVID-19, that number is up 2 from Monday.

    As of today's 11:00 results, Mower County had reported 1,054 cases, up 2 and 2 total deaths. Faribault had 75, down 1. Waseca County with 117, up 2. Steele reported 315, up 4 with 1 death, and Olmsted County topped the area with 1,531, up 6, and 21 total deaths.

    In total, Minnesota reported 52,281 positive cases, up 480 from yesterday, and 1,580 deaths, up 1 since yesterday. Over 979,988 tests have been conducted. 45,987 of the 52,281 cases no longer need to be isolated.

    The MDH reported that Community, (no known contact with confirmed case), is now the most likely source of transmission.

       

    4 New COVID Cases for Freeborn County

    07/27/2020

    State of Minnesota Reports 4 Additional COVID-19 Cases for Freeborn County.

    In today's Minnesota Department of Health's morning update, the State of Minnesota reported Freeborn County now has 342 positive cases of Coronavirus, or COVID-19 and 1 death.

    As of today's 11:00 results, Mower County had reported 1,052 cases, and 2 total deaths. Faribault had 76. Waseca County with 115. Steele reported 311, and 1 death, Olmsted County topped the area with 1,525 and 21 total deaths.

    In total, Minnesota reported 51,803 positive cases, up 650 from yesterday, and 1,576 deaths, up 2 since yesterday. Over 970,726 tests have been conducted. 45,198 of the 51,803 cases no longer need to be isolated.

    The MDH reported that Community, (no known contact with confirmed case), is now the most likely source of transmission.

       

    Albert Lea City Council to Meet Monday Via Zoom

    07/24/2020

    The Albert Lea City Council is scheduled to meet via teleconference Monday night at 7 p.m.

    The council is expected to approve two lot combinations one on Ulstad Ave that will combine two parcels, and one on Keystone Drive which will separate one parcel into 3.

    The council is also expected to approve a sewer pipe rehabilitation project and accept the project bid. That project will use a cured in place technique between the courthouse and College Street.

    The council is also expected to approve the purchase of a second street sander that will be used to take care of alleyways during the winter months. the old sander will be put up for sale.

    The city is also looking into an engineering services agreement. The Engineering Department has solicited proposals for engineering services for the East Main Street Resurfacing and Trail Project, that will run on East Main Street from TH-65 to State Park Road. Work will also include installation of a shared user trail.

    The Albert Lea City Council will be holding its Work Session and Regular meetings via Zoom. Both meetings will be recorded and uploaded to the City's YouTube channel www.youtube.com/cityofalbertlea. The regular meeting is also aired on the Government Access channel, 180 on Charter Communications.

       

    State Reports 0 New COVID Positives for Freeborn County, 5 for Mower

    07/24/2020

    7-24-20

    State of Minnesota Reports 0 Additional COVID-19 Cases for Freeborn County, 5 for Mower.

    In today's Minnesota Department of Health's morning update, the State of Minnesota reported Freeborn County has 333 positive cases of Coronavirus, or COVID-19, that number is unchanged from Thursday.

    As of today's 11:00 results, Mower County had reported 1,029 cases, up 5 and 2 total deaths. Faribault had 73, unchanged. Waseca County with 107, up 8. Steele reported 301, up 9 with 1 death, and Olmsted County topped the area with 1,487, up 21, and 21 total deaths.

    In total, Minnesota reported 49,488 positive cases, up 773 from yesterday, and 1,566 deaths, up 5 since yesterday. Over 922,876 tests have been conducted. 42,882 of the 49,488 cases no longer need to be isolated.

    The MDH reported that Community, (no known contact with confirmed case), is now the most likely source of transmission.

       

    State Reports 2 More COVID Positives for Freeborn County, 5 for Mower

    07/23/2020

    7-23-20

    State of Minnesota Reports 2 Additional COVID-19 Case for Freeborn County, 5 for Mower.

    In today's Minnesota Department of Health's morning update, the State of Minnesota reported Freeborn County has 333 positive cases of Coronavirus, or COVID-19, that number is up 2 from Wednesday.

    As of today's 11:00 results, Mower County had reported 1,024 cases, up 5 and 2 total deaths. Faribault had 73, up 1. Waseca County with 99, up 1. Steele reported 292, up 1 with 1 death, and Olmsted County topped the area with 1,466, up 18, and 21 total deaths.

    In total, Minnesota reported 48,721 positive cases, up 763 from yesterday, and 1,561 deaths, up 9 since yesterday. Over 905,315 tests have been conducted. 42,524 of the 48,721 cases no longer need to be isolated.

    The MDH reported that Community, (no known contact with confirmed case), is now the most likely source of transmission.

       

    State Reports 2 New COVID Positives for Freeborn County

    07/22/2020

    7-22-20

    State of Minnesota Reports 2 Additional COVID-19 Case for Freeborn County, 0 for Mower.

    In today's Minnesota Department of Health's morning update, the State of Minnesota reported Freeborn County has 331 positive cases of Coronavirus, or COVID-19, that number is up 2 from Tuesday.

    As of today's 11:00 results, Mower County had reported 1,019 cases, unchanged and 2 total deaths. Faribault had 72, unchanged. Waseca County with 98, up 3. Steele reported 291, up 1 with 1 death, and Olmsted County topped the area with 1,448, up 12, and 21 total deaths.

    In total, Minnesota reported 47,961 positive cases, up 507 from yesterday, and 1,552 deaths, up 4 since yesterday. Over 888,551 tests have been conducted. 42,234 of the 47,961 cases no longer need to be isolated.

    The MDH reported that Community, (no known contact with confirmed case), is now the most likely source of transmission.

       

    Area County COVID Numbers Climb

    07/21/2020

    7-21-20

    State of Minnesota Reports 4 Additional COVID-19 Case for Freeborn County, 13 for Mower.

    In today's Minnesota Department of Health's morning update, the State of Minnesota reported Freeborn County has 329 positive cases of Coronavirus, or COVID-19, that number is up 4 from Monday.

    As of today's 11:00 results, Mower County had reported 1,019 cases, up 13 and 2 total deaths. Faribault had 72, up 2. Waseca County with 95, up 6. Steele reported 290, up 11 with 1 death, and Olmsted County topped the area with 1,436, up 36, and 20 total deaths.

    In total, Minnesota reported 47,457 positive cases, up 352 from yesterday, and 1,548 deaths, up 3 since yesterday. Over 876,859 tests have been conducted. 41,511 of the 47,457 cases no longer need to be isolated.

    The MDH reported that Community, (no known contact with confirmed case), is now the most likely source of transmission.

       

    Area Counties Flat for New COVID Cases, 578 New State Infections

    07/15/2020

    State of Minnesota Reports 0 Additional COVID-19 Cases for Freeborn County, 4 New Cases for Mower.

    In today's Minnesota Department of Health's morning update, the State of Minnesota reported Freeborn County has 316 positive cases of Coronavirus, or COVID-19, that number is unchanged from Tuesday.

    As of today's 11:00 results, Mower County had reported 990 cases, unchanged and 2 total deaths. Faribault had 64, unchanged. Waseca County with 82, up 2. Steele reported 266, unchanged with 1 death, and Olmsted County topped the area with 1,336, up 17, and 20 total deaths.

    In total, Minnesota reported 43,742 positive cases, up 578 from yesterday, and 1,518 deaths, up 8 since yesterday. Over 790,497 tests have been conducted. 38,179 of the 43,742 cases no longer need to be isolated.

    The MDH reported that Community, (no known contact with confirmed case), is now the most likely source of transmission.

       

    Albert Lea High School Graduation Date Set

    07/15/2020

    According to a letter sent to parents, Albert Lea High School graduation plans have been set. Instead of all seniors receiving their diplomas at one time, there will be 2 separate groups of students having their ceremonies.

    July 24th, Jim Gustafson field will host the outdoor graduation ceremonies.

    Students with their last names starting with letters A-L will have their graduation at 5:00 p.m., and M-Z will attend their ceremony at 7:30 p.m.

    Should the weather not cooperate, the alternate date for the graduation programs will be July 25th. The events will also be live streamed via the internet.

        

    Albert Lea CVB Office to Relocate

    07/15/2020

    The organizations of the Albert Lea Economic Development Agency, Albert Lea-Freeborn County Chamber of Commerce, The Chamber Foundation, Albert Lea Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Albert Lea Main Street Program have announced their plans for all agencies to be under the same roof.

    Starting August 1st, The CVB and Main Street Program will be moving from their current space on 102 West Clark, over to the existing shared space of ALEDA and the Chamber at 132 North Broadway.

    Being housed under one roof will not only allow ease for meetings and cost sharing, but also create the ability to collaborate at any point on a project or idea without the need to set up calls, or meetings days or weeks out.

       

    State Reports 2 New COVID Case for Freeborn County, 3 for Mower

    07/14/2020

    State of Minnesota Reports 2 Additional COVID-19 Cases for Freeborn County, 3 New Cases for Mower.

    In today's Minnesota Department of Health's morning update, the State of Minnesota reported Freeborn County has 316 positive cases of Coronavirus, or COVID-19, that number is up 2 from Monday.

    As of today's 11:00 results, Mower County had reported 990 cases, up 3 and 2 total deaths. Faribault had 64, up 3. Waseca County with 80, unchanged. Steele reported 266, up 16 with 1 death, and Olmsted County topped the area with 1,319, up 17, and 20 total deaths.

    In total, Minnesota reported 43,170 positive cases, up 403 from yesterday, and 1,510 deaths, up 6 since yesterday. Over 777,614 tests have been conducted. 37,749 of the 43,170 cases no longer need to be isolated.

    The MDH reported that Community, (no known contact with confirmed case), is now the most likely source of transmission.

       

     

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