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    State Reports 3 New COVID Case for Freeborn County, 4 New for Mower

    07/02/2020

    State of Minnesota Reports 3 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 289 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 932 cases, up 4 and 2 total deaths. Faribault had 54, up 1. Waseca County with 62, up 4. Steele reported 223, up 4 and reported their first COVID related death , and Olmsted County topped the area with 1,076, up 18, and 15 total deaths.

    In total, Minnesota reported 37,210 positive cases, up 500 from yesterday, and 1,458 deaths, up 13 since yesterday. Over 630,427 tests have been conducted. 32,163 of the 37,210 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 -1 New COVID Case for Freeborn County, 10 New for Mower

    06/30/2020

    State of Minnesota Reports -1 COVID-19 Case for Freeborn County, 10 New Cases for Mower.

    In today's Minnesota Department of Health's morning update, the State of Minnesota reported Freeborn County has 281 positive cases of Coronavirus, or COVID-19, that number is down 1 from Monday.

    As of today's 11:00 results, Mower County had reported 921 cases, up 10 and 2 total deaths. Faribault had 53, unchanged. Waseca County with 57, unchanged. Steele reported 215, unchanged , and Olmsted County topped the area with 1,047, up 23, and 15 total deaths.

    In total, Minnesota reported 36,303 positive cases, up 444 from yesterday, and 1,441 deaths, up 6 since yesterday. Over 605,316 tests have been conducted. 31,601 of the 36,303 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, 1 for Mower

    06/29/2020

    State of Minnesota Reports 2 Additional 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 has 282 positive cases of Coronavirus, or COVID-19, that number is up 2 from Sunday.

    As of today's 11:00 results, Mower County had reported 911 cases, up 1 and 2 total deaths. Faribault had 53, up 5. Waseca County with 57, up 2. Steele reported 215, up 3 , and Olmsted County topped the area with 1,027, up 7, and 15 total deaths.

    In total, Minnesota reported 35,861 positive cases, up 315 from yesterday, and 1,435 deaths, up 10 since yesterday. Over 592,955 tests have been conducted. 31,225 of the 35,861 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 3 New COVID Cases for Freeborn County, 21 for Mower

    06/26/2020

    State of Minnesota Reports 3 Additional COVID-19 Cases for Freeborn County, 21 for Mower.

    In today's Minnesota Department of Health's morning update, the State of Minnesota reported Freeborn County has 265 positive cases of Coronavirus, or COVID-19, that number is up 3 from Thursday.

    As of today's 11:00 results, Mower County had reported 868 cases, up 21 and 2 total deaths. Faribault had 44, up 3. Waseca County with 51, up 5. Steele reported 209, up 3, and Olmsted County topped the area with 970, up 22, and 15 total deaths.

    In total, Minnesota reported 34,616 positive cases, up 498 from yesterday, and 1,411 deaths, up 5 since yesterday. Over 557,278 tests have been conducted. 30,008 of the 34,616 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 3 New COVID Cases for Freeborn County, 15 for Mower

    06/25/2020

    State of Minnesota Reports 3 Additional COVID-19 Cases for Freeborn County, 15 for Mower.

    In today's Minnesota Department of Health's morning update, the State of Minnesota reported Freeborn County has 262 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 847 cases, up 15 and 2 total deaths. Faribault had 41, up 6. Waseca County with 46, up 1. Steele reported 206, up 4, and Olmsted County topped the area with 948, up 10, and 15 total deaths.

    In total, Minnesota reported 34,123 positive cases, up 365 from yesterday, and 1,406 deaths, up 9 since yesterday. Over 542,696 tests have been conducted. 29,854 of the 34,123 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.

       

    Council Approves Search for New City Manager

    06/24/2020

    The search for Albert Lea's new City Manager is now underway.

    That search for candidates being conducted by DDA Human Resources, David Drown Associates. The human resources company said they would have a listing up today soliciting applications the position. The City of Albert Lea is looking for a new City Manager after the resignation of David Todd at the end of May citing personal reasons.

    Applications have to be submitted by July 23 with finalists selected on Aug. 24. Final interviews will be held on Sept. 17.

       

    State Reports 0 New COVID Cases for Freeborn County, 15 for Mower

    06/24/2020

    State of Minnesota Reports No Additional COVID-19 Cases for Freeborn County, 15 for Mower.

    In today's Minnesota Department of Health's morning update, the State of Minnesota reported Freeborn County has 259 positive cases of Coronavirus, or COVID-19, that number is unchanged from Tuesday.

    As of today's 11:00 results, Mower County had reported 828 cases, up 15 and 2 total deaths. Faribault had 35, unchanged. Waseca County with 45, up 1. Steele reported 202, up 2, and Olmsted County topped the area with 938, up 22, and 15 total deaths.

    In total, Minnesota reported 33,763 positive cases, up 304 from yesterday, and 1,397 deaths, up 5 since yesterday. Over 529,643 tests have been conducted. 29,707 of the 33,763 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 1 New COVID Case for Freeborn County, 11 for Mower

    06/23/2020

    State of Minnesota Reports 1 Additional COVID-19 Case for Freeborn County, 11 for Mower.

    In today's Minnesota Department of Health's morning update, the State of Minnesota reported Freeborn County has 259 positive cases of Coronavirus, or COVID-19, that number is up 1 from Monday.

    As of today's 11:00 results, Mower County had reported 813 cases, up 11 and 2 total deaths. Faribault had 35, up 2. Waseca County with 44, up 3. Steele reported 200, up 1, and Olmsted County topped the area with 916, up 6, and 15 total deaths.

    In total, Minnesota reported 33,469 positive cases, up 245 from yesterday, and 1,393 deaths, up 9 since yesterday. Over 520,045 tests have been conducted. 29,399 of the 33,469 cases no longer need to be isolated.

    The MDH reported that Community, (known contact with confirmed case), is now the most likely source of transmission.

       

    State Reports 7 New COVID Cases for Freeborn County, 5 for Mower

    06/22/2020

    State of Minnesota Reports 7 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 258 positive cases of Coronavirus, or COVID-19, that number is up 7 from Sunday.

    As of today's 11:00 results, Mower County had reported 802 cases, up 5 and 2 total deaths. Faribault had 33, unchanged. Waseca County with 41, up 1. Steele reported 199, up 5, and Olmsted County topped the area with 910, up 7, and 15 total deaths.

    In total, Minnesota reported 33,227 positive cases, up 308 from yesterday, and 1,384 deaths, up 4 since yesterday. Over 513,137 tests have been conducted. 29,065 of the 33,227 cases no longer need to be isolated.

    The MDH reported that Community, (known contact with confirmed case), is now the most likely source of transmission.

       

    B&B Cafe Halts Operations for Two Weeks Out of Caution Due to Indirect Exposure to COVID

    06/22/2020

    Albert Lea's iconic B & B Cafe has closed for two weeks out of what owner, Holly Miller, calls the temporary shutdown a total abundance of caution after indirect exposure to COVID-19. Nobody in the landmark eatery has tested positive, nor has any staff member.

    Citing the close proximity of the work environment, the Millers have, out of caution, halted operations. Hotcakes will be back on the griddle July 6th.

    In the meantime, deep cleaning and sanitation will be performed. Miller states that a member of their extended family was exposed, but had not tested positive and that no one in the restaurant or staff was exposed. Just last week, 1910 Fresh Mexican Restaurant closed for two weeks after 2 staff members tested positive.

       

    State Health Department Reports 3 New COVID Cases for Freeborn County 11 for Mower

    06/19/2020

    State of Minnesota Reports 3 Additional COVID-19 Cases for Freeborn County, 11 for Mower, 1 New Death for Olmsted.

    In today's Minnesota Department of Health's morning update, the State of Minnesota reported Freeborn County has 243 positive cases of Coronavirus, or COVID-19, that number is up 3 from Thursday.

    As of today's 11:00 results, Mower County had reported 755 cases, up 11 and 2 total deaths. Faribault had 30, down 2. Waseca County with 36, up 1. Steele reported 183, up 2, and Olmsted County topped the area with 846, up 14, and 14 total deaths.

    In total, Minnesota reported 32,031 positive cases, up 362 from yesterday, and 1,361 deaths, up 17 since yesterday. Over 475,152 tests have been conducted. 27,566 of the 32,031 cases no longer need to be isolated.

    The MDH reported that Community, (known contact with confirmed case), is now the most likely source of transmission.

       

    State Health Department Reports 5 New COVID Cases for Freeborn County 11 for Mower

    06/18/2020

    State of Minnesota Reports 5 Additional COVID-19 Cases for Freeborn County, 11 for Mower, 1 New Death for Olmsted.

    In today's Minnesota Department of Health's morning update, the State of Minnesota reported Freeborn County has 240 positive cases of Coronavirus, or COVID-19, that number is up 5 from Wednesday.

    As of today's 11:00 results, Mower County had reported 744 cases, up 11 and 2 total deaths. Faribault had 32, up 2. Waseca County with 35, up 1. Steele reported 181, up 2, and Olmsted County topped the area with 832, up 22, and 13 total deaths.

    In total, Minnesota reported 31,6755 positive cases, up 387 from yesterday, and 1,344 deaths, up 19 since yesterday. Over 460,879 tests have been conducted. 27,566 of the 31,6755 cases no longer need to be isolated.

    The MDH reported that Community, (known contact with confirmed case), is now the most likely source of transmission.

       

    State Health Dep Reports 13 New COVID Cases for Freeborn County 72 for Mower

    06/17/2020

    State of Minnesota Reports 13 Additional COVID-19 Cases for Freeborn County, 72 for Mower.

    In today's Minnesota Department of Health's morning update, the State of Minnesota reported Freeborn County has 235 positive cases of Coronavirus, or COVID-19, that number is up 13 from Tuesday.

    Three people are between the ages of 10-20, one is in their 20's, three are in their 30's, two are in their 40's, one is in their 50's, and three are in their 60's. The total Freeborn County residents that have been hospitalized is 15 and two are currently hospitalized at this time.

    As of today's 11:00 results, Mower County had reported 733 cases, up 72 and 2 total deaths. Faribault had 30, up 2. Waseca County with 34, unchanged. Steele reported 179, up 4, and Olmsted County topped the area with 810, up 29, and 12 total deaths.

    In total, Minnesota reported 31,296 positive cases, up 419 from yesterday, and 1,325 deaths, up 12 since yesterday. Over 448,587 tests have been conducted. 27,404 of the 31,296 cases no longer need to be isolated.

    The MDH reported that Community, (known contact with confirmed case), is now the most likely source of transmission.

       

    Albert Lea Eatery Closes After 2 Employees Contract COVID

    06/16/2020

    Albert Lea's 1910 Fresh Mexican restaurant that is attached to Nelson's Shell has made the decision to temporarily close the Albert Lea store after two employees recently tested positive for COVID-19.

    According to their Facebook page, the Mexican eatery will be closed until further notice as the business takes the necessary measures to sanitize and disinfect the entire restaurant.

       

    MDH Reports 2 Additional COVID Cases for Freeborn County, 10 for Mower

    06/16/2020

    6-16-20

    State of Minnesota Reports 2 Additional COVID-19 Cases for Freeborn County, 10 for Mower.

    In today's Minnesota Department of Health's morning update, the State of Minnesota reported Freeborn County has 222 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 661 cases, up 10 and 2 total deaths. Faribault had 28, up 1. Waseca County with 34, up 1. Steele reported 175, unchanged, and Olmsted County topped the area with 781, up 3, and 12 total deaths.

    In total, Minnesota reported 30,882 positive cases, up 197 from yesterday, and 1,313 deaths, up 9 since yesterday. Over 429,145 tests have been conducted. 27,006 of the 30,882 cases no longer need to be isolated.

    The MDH reported that Community, (known contact with confirmed case), is now the most likely source of transmission.

       

    MDH Reports Flat COVID Numbers From Sunday

    06/15/2020

    6-15-20

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

    In today's Minnesota Department of Health's morning update, Freeborn County has 220 positive cases of Coronavirus, or COVID-19, that number is up down 1 from Sunday.

    As of today's 11:00 results, Mower County had reported 651 cases, up 1 and 2 total deaths. Faribault had 27, unchanged. Waseca County with 33, unchanged. Steele reported 175, unchanged, and Olmsted County topped the area with 778, unchanged, and 12 total deaths.

    In total, Minnesota reported 30,693 positive cases, up 230 from yesterday, and 1,304 deaths, up 6 since yesterday. Over 422,922 tests have been conducted. 26,609 of the 30,693 cases no longer need to be isolated.

    The MDH reported that Community, (known contact with confirmed case), is now the most likely source of transmission.

       

    State Reports 17 New COVID Cases for Freeborn County and 34 for Mower

    06/12/2020

    6-12-20

    State of Minnesota Reports 17 Additional COVID-19 Cases for Freeborn County, 34 for Mower.

    In today's Minnesota Department of Health's morning update, Freeborn County has 217 positive cases of Coronavirus, or COVID-19, that number is up 17 from Thursday.

    As of today's 11:00 results, Mower County had reported 638 cases, up 34 and 2 total deaths. Faribault had 25, unchanged. Waseca County with 33, up 1. Steele reported 175, up 2, and Olmsted County topped the area with 765, up 13, and 12 total deaths.

    In total, Minnesota reported 29,795 positive cases, up 490 from yesterday, and 1,274 deaths, up 25 since yesterday. Over 395,202 tests have been conducted. 25,028 of the 29,795 cases no longer need to be isolated.

    The MDH reported that Community, (known contact with confirmed case), is now the most likely source of transmission.

       

    State Reports 3 More Positive COVID Cases for Freeborn County and 30 for Mower

    06/11/2020

    6-11-20

    State of Minnesota Reports 3 Additional COVID-19 Cases for Freeborn County, 30 for Mower.

    In today's Minnesota Department of Health's morning update, Freeborn County has 200 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 604 cases, up 30 and 2 total deaths. Faribault had 25, unchanged. Waseca County with 32, unchanged. Steele reported 173, unchanged, and Olmsted County topped the area with 752, up 12, and 12 total deaths.

    In total, Minnesota reported 29,316 positive cases, up 453 from yesterday, and 1,249 deaths, up 13 since yesterday. Over 381,841 tests have been conducted. 24,870 of the 29,316 cases no longer need to be isolated.

    The MDH reported that Community, (known contact with confirmed case), is now the most likely source of transmission.

       

    State Rep. Bennett Hosting Food Drive of Impacted MSP

    06/11/2020

    State Rep. Peggy Bennett, R-Albert Lea, 27-A, announced that she is organizing a food and supply donation drive to help the communities impacted by destroyed businesses in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

    Morris Furniture, located at 1909 E. Main St. in Albert Lea, has agreed to serve as the drop-off location for non perishable food and supplies. The collection will start June 13 and run through June 20. Items can be dropped off during normal business hours: from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

       

    MDH Reports 9 New COVID Cases for Freeborn County, 37 for Mower

    06/10/2020

    6-10-20

    State of Minnesota Reports 9 Additional COVID-19 Cases for Freeborn County, 37 for Mower.

    In today's Minnesota Department of Health's morning update, Freeborn County has 197 positive cases of Coronavirus, or COVID-19, that number is up 9 from Tuesday.

    As of today's 11:00 results, Mower County had reported 574 cases, up 37 and 2 total deaths. Faribault had 25, unchanged. Waseca County with 32, unchanged. Steele reported 173, unchanged, and Olmsted County topped the area with 740, up 13, and 12 total deaths.

    In total, Minnesota reported 28,869 positive cases, up 352 from yesterday, and 1,236 deaths, up 19 since yesterday. Over 369,795 tests have been conducted. 24,675 of the 28,869 cases no longer need to be isolated.

    The MDH reported that Community, (known contact with confirmed case), is now the most likely source of transmission.

       

    MDH Reports 3 New COVID Cases for Freeborn County, 13 for Mower

    06/09/2020

    State of Minnesota Reports 3 Additional COVID-19 Cases for Freeborn County, 13 for Mower.

    In today's Minnesota Department of Health's morning update, Freeborn County has 188 positive cases of Coronavirus, or COVID-19, that number is up 3 from Monday.

    As of today's 11:00 results, Mower County had reported 537 cases, up 13 and 2 total deaths. Faribault had 25, up 2. Waseca County with 32, up 2. Steele reported 173, unchanged, and Olmsted County topped the area with 727, up 5, and 12 total deaths.

    In total, Minnesota reported 28,523 positive cases, up 307 from yesterday, and 1,217 deaths, up 20 since yesterday. Over 360,991 tests have been conducted. 24,221 of the 28,523 cases no longer need to be isolated.

    The MDH reported that Community, (known contact with confirmed case), is now the most likely source of transmission.

       

    MDH Reports 8 New COVID Cases for Freeborn County, 20 for Mower

    06/08/2020

    6-08-20

    State of Minnesota Reports 8 Additional COVID-19 Cases for Freeborn County, 20 for Mower.

    In today's Minnesota Department of Health's morning update, Freeborn County has 185 positive cases of Coronavirus, or COVID-19, that number is up 8 from Sunday.

    As of today's 11:00 results, Mower County had reported 524 cases, up 20 and 2 total deaths. Faribault had 23, unchanged. Waseca County with 30, unchanged. Steele reported 173, up 1, and Olmsted County topped the area with 722, up 11, and 12 total deaths.

    In total, Minnesota reported 28,224 positive cases, up 338 from yesterday, and 1,197 deaths, up 11 since yesterday. Over 354,226 tests have been conducted. 23,657 of the 28,224 cases no longer need to be isolated.

    The MDH reported that Community, (known contact with confirmed case), is now the most likely source of transmission.

       

    ALEDA, City and County Create Forgivable Loan Program for Small Business Impacted by COVID

    06/08/2020

    Through a partnership with the City of Albert Lea, Freeborn County, and Albert Lea Economic Development Agency (ALEDA) a new forgivable loan program has been created. Each entity has provided $150,000 to the fund for a total of $450,000. Additionally, Farmers State Bank and Home Federal Savings Bank have donated funds to help expand the program.

    Businesses that are eligible to apply include small businesses of 25 or less employees that have been affected by Stay-at-Home orders related to COVID-19 and operate within Freeborn County. The fund will give preference to businesses who have not received federal or state COVID-19 relief funds. Businesses who did receive these funds but have not received enough to meet their needs are still encouraged to apply.

    Loan amounts awarded will range from $3,000 to $20,000 and will be based on how many employees the business had as of March 1, 2020. Businesses will need to demonstrate a loss of 50% or more in revenue to be eligible.

    The loan will be forgivable at (20% per year for five years) if the business is not sold or in any way conveyed.

    Applications and instructions can be found at www.growalbertlea.com. The application period closes on June 26th.

       

    Albert Lea City Council to Meet Monday

    06/05/2020

    Albert Lea's City Council will meet via Zoom teleconference on Monday June 8th at 7 p.m.

    If approved, the 1st and 6th Ward will have a new polling places. Pending council approval, the 6th wards new polling place for elections and voting will be the Assembly of God Church. The 1st Ward would use the Edgewater Bay Pavilion as its new polling place. If approved, the City Clerk will notify, by letter, each registered voter in the ward of the polling location change. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the State of Minnesota passed a bill stating a governing body of a municipality or county must only use a school as a polling place when no other public or private location is reasonably available for use as a polling place.

    The 2019 Financial Statements have been audited by Bergen KDV and are available for City Council review. Matt Mayer from Bergen KDV will be present to provide an overview of the 2019 City Financials. That report is also available for public review.

    The City of Albert Lea received a request for tax increment financing (“TIF”) from Unique Opportunities, LLC (the “Developer”) for construction of a 48-unit apartment building to be located on a portion of the Blazing Star property. Citing a financial gap in the project, the Developer requested 26 years of tax increment Financing from the City totaling $600,000.

    This resolution, if passed, calls the Public Hearing for June 22nd.

    The council will also vote on a Resolution Approving Contract With Minnesota Public Employees Association

    (MNPEA) Representing Police Officers and Detectives. The city and the union have reached a tentative labor agreement.

       

    Freebon County Sees 17 New COVID Increase, 40 More Cases for Mower

    06/05/2020

    6-05-20

    State of Minnesota Reports 17 Additional COVID-19 Cases for Freeborn County, 40 for Mower.

    In today's Minnesota Department of Health's morning update, Freeborn County has 159 positive cases of Coronavirus, or COVID-19, that number is up 17 from Wednesday.

    One is between ages 10-20, four are in their 20's, four in their 30's, four in their 40's, three in their 50's, and one is in their 70's. Of these new cases, one person is hospitalized at this time. The total Freeborn County residents that have been hospitalized is 11. Five more people are out of isolation and recovering from their illness today bringing our total to 94 people.

    As of today's 11:00 results, Mower County had reported 446 cases, up 40 and 2 total deaths. Faribault had 22, up 2. Waseca County with 29, up 2. Steele reported 170, up 3, and Olmsted County topped the area with 689, up 17, and 11 total deaths.

    In total, Minnesota reported 26,980 positive cases, up 712 from yesterday, and 1,148 deaths, up 33 since yesterday. Over 322,340 tests have been conducted. 21,864 of the 26,980 cases no longer need to be isolated.

    The MDH reported that Community, (known contact with confirmed case), is now the most likely source of transmission.

    The MDH reported that Community, (known contact with confirmed case), is now the most likely source of transmission.

       

     

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