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    Police Still Quiet Over Austin Death Investigation

    10/22/2019

    Austin police are revealing few details over a body found in residential SW Austin, ABC 6 News Anchor Brianna Cook has more.

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    The Weiss Shooting Trial Could go to Jury Today

    10/22/2019

    Final witnesses were called to testify in the 2nd-degree murder retrial of Alexander Weiss of Rochester yesterday, closing arguments begin today and a jury could receive the case as soon as today to begin their deliberations.

    Weiss is accused of shooting and killed 17-year-old Muhammed Rahim in January of 2018.

    During the week-long trial, the judge and jury heard from eyewitnesses, watched surveillance camera footage and listened to Weiss' 911 call. They also had heard from an agent from the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension who tested Weiss' face and clothing for DNA. The jury also heard testimony from Rahim's passenger and Weiss himself also took the stand.

    In Weiss' last trial, the jury deliberated for about 12 hours. Before telling the judge that they were deadlocked, and a mistrial was declared.

       

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    DNR Orders Mandatory Testing for CWD

    10/22/2019

    The DNR has implemented mandatory CWD testing on harvested deer, ABC 6 News Anchor Rachel Wick reports.

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    Body Reported in SW Austin

    10/21/2019

    Austin officials and the BCA are being tight lipped over a body found in SW Austin, ABC 6 News Anchor Ross Becker has more.

       

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    The Albert Lea School Board will be in Session Monday Evening

    10/21/2019

    The Albert Lea School Board will be in session Monday at 5 p.m. at the Brookside Education Centers Boardroom to conduct the official business of the district.

    The district will celebrate their success in being named the Freeborn County Large Business of the Year by the Freeborn County Chamber of Commerce.

    The board will discuss substitute teacher pay, produce a Memorandum of Understanding with Albert Lea Education Association, and receive updates from Southwest Middle Schools Chris Dibble, and Albert Lea High Schools Mark Grossklaus.

    The board also is planning on 3 policy updates that will be presented.

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    MNDOT to Host Open House Over I-90 Project

    10/21/2019

    An I-90 resurfacing open house will be held this week, ABC 6 News Anchor Ross Becker reports.

       

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    Freeborn County Commissioners to Hold Workshop on Tuesday

    10/21/2019

    The Freeborn County Commissioners will have a workshop Tuesday at 8:30 in the Government Center. The commissioners will hold a review of county personnel, discuss the Fund Balance and Investment policy changes.

    They will receive a DHS quarterly update and discuss an additional mental health therapist for 2020.

    The commissioners will hold a Final 2020 Budget discussion and discuss the household waste facility

    There will also be discussion between the Commissioners and the Sheriff, however the content of that discussion has not yet been made public.

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    House Capital Investment Committee Members to Visit Albert Lea

    10/21/2019

    State Rep. Peggy Bennett, R-Albert Lea, and members of the House Capital Investment Committee will be in Albert Lea Monday, Oct. 21, to discuss local bonding project proposals.

    A presentation will be held at the Edgewater Park Pavilion regarding Phase 2 of the Shell Rock River Watershed District Fountain Lake Restoration. Members will also hear presentations on flood mitigation for East Main St. and Hwy 65, and Blazing Star Trail on the bus ride between stops. That presentation will be from 4:30pm-6:00pm.

    The Committee will then head to Riverland Community College for another presentation from 6:15pm-7:30pm that will include a tour and presentations on the Chatfield Center for the Arts Phase II and Blazing Star Landing

       

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    Hormel and Union Reach Agreement

    10/17/2019

    An agreement has been reached between Local 9 in Austin and Hormel Foods Corporation on a new contract between employees and the company.

    Just a month ago, ninety-nine percent of union workers rejected a contract with strike authorization.

    66 percent of workers voted for the new contract.

    Terms of the new contract include that workers in Austin are to get a primary care clinic by June 1. Wages will increase along with pensions by Monday, October 21, 2019.   

    Hormel says it's pleased to have reached an industry-leading agreement.

    The four-year contract covers workers in Georgia, Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota.

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    Vaping Kills Two in MN

    10/17/2019

    Vaping has claimed the lives of two Minnesotans, ABC 6 News Anchor Rachel Wick has more.

       

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    1st Congressional District has a Second DFL Challenger

    10/16/2019

    Dan Feehan has a challenger for the 1st Congressional District"s DFL nomination.

    58-year-old Ralph Kaehler of St. Charles has entered the race for the DFL nomination. In a campaign announcement Tuesday, Kaehler says he"s a fourth-generation family farmer and businessman.

    Saying quote: I am not a politician. But I"m so fed up with the lack of real work being done in Washington that I"ve decided to get off the sidelines and take action,.

    He"ll be facing Dan Feehan, who lost to now Rep. Jim Hagedorn in 2018.

    The primary will take place Aug. 11, 2020.

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    Mercy One Selects Albert Lea Home

    10/16/2019

    Mercy One has selected a place to call home in Albert Lea, ABC 6 News Anchor Brianna Cook has more.

       

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    Jury Selected for Weiss Trial

    10/16/2019

    A jury has been selected for the trial of a Rochester man accused of shooting and killing a teen in January of last year.

    14 people, seven men and seven women, were selected to hear the trial. Because this is the second trial in this case, there was a larger pool of potential jurors to choose from. About 50 people were called in originally due to potential media exposure from the first trial.

    Alexander Weiss is accused of shooting to death 17-year-old Muhammed Rahim in January 2018 after a minor traffic accident led to a confrontation. It ended with Weiss returning to his car, getting a gun and shooting Rahim, Weiss says, in self-defense.

    His last trial ended in a mistrial.

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    Hormel Workers Voting Results Expected Today

    10/16/2019

    Voting results for Hormel workers are expected today, ABC 6 News Anchor Brianna Cook reports.

       

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    Council Meeting: ALEDA Requests No Funds From City

    10/15/2019

    At yesterday"s City Council meeting, the Albert Lea Economic Development Agency Executive Director, Phillip Johnson, presented the 2020 Port Authority budget and asked for no additional funding for the organization from the city.

    The council also revised 6 ordinances giving them their first readings. The ordinance changes deal with off street parking and loading and driveway requirements as well as setbacks for structures.

    The ordinance amendments do not increase or change the existing requirements; the purpose for amending was to clean up sections that have been difficult to explain and interpret.

    In addition, two of the proposed amendments work to lessen the current requirement.

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    Hormel Workers to Vote on New Contract

    10/15/2019

    Hormel workers are off to vote on a new deal, ABC 6 News Anchor Ross Becker has more.

       

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    Freeborn County to Receive State Disaster Funds

    10/15/2019

    Governor Tim Walz sent a letter authorizing the use of funds from the state Disaster Assistance Contingency Account to assist southern Minnesota counties in their efforts to recover from severe storm damage incurred this past summer.

    A damage assessment by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety"s Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management showed that the storm damage caused by strong winds and flooding in southern Minnesota warrants the use of the state disaster funds. The damage occurred July 16 - 20, 2019 in Blue Earth, Cottonwood, Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Houston, Le Sueur, Wabasha, and Winona counties

    The state will cover 75 percent of the eligible costs from the Disaster Assistance Contingency Account, with local governments covering the remaining 25 percent.

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    Minnesota's Cold Weather Rule is in Effect

    10/15/2019

    Minnesota"s cold weather rule is now in effect, ABC 6 News Anchor Ross Becker reports.

       

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    ALPD Needs Public's Help in Identifying Woman

    10/14/2019

    Albert Lea Police are asking for the public"s help in finding a woman, ABC 6 News Anchor Brianna Cook has more.

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    County Board to Meet Tuesday Morning

    10/14/2019

    The Freeborn County Commissioners will be in session on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. in the Boardroom at the Freeborn County Government Center.

    The board will consider a resolution approving repairs to the drainage system. Look to accept a $1000.00 donation to be put toward the canine department.

    They will consider a resolution to reimburse the Freeborn County Sheriff"s Office for wages incurred for Aquatic Invasive Species.

    The board will look to decide on approving the hiring of a full time Veterans Court Coordinator for the Third Judicial District Court.

    Consider a finding and order for multiple county ditches right of way recording and look at approving out of state travel for Commissioner Shoff to attend the NACO Board of Directors meeting.

       

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    MNDOT to Visit Albert Lea Wednesday

    10/14/2019

    MN-DOT wants to hear from local residents about city and county road concerns , ABC 6 News Anchor Brianna Cook reports.

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    Austin in the States Hunting Spotlight

    10/10/2019

    The state spotlight is on Austin this weekend, ABC 6 News Anchor Brianna Cook has more.

       

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    Land Dedication Ceremony Moved

    10/10/2019

    The dedication ceremony of what is destined to become Mower County"s newest public hunting land at 4 p.m. on Friday, October 11, as part of the Minnesota Governor's Pheasant Hunting Opener has been changed.

    The ceremony, which was scheduled to take place on-site in northwest Mower County, will be moved to Torge"s Live at The Austin Holiday Inn due to muddy conditions at the site and expected inclement weather.

    The dedication ceremony will include comments from Gov. Tim Walz, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Sarah Strommen, and Explore Minnesota Director John Edman among other local leaders

    The new tract was made possible by Pheasants Forever, the Austin Area Foundation and the Outdoor Heritage Council fund and was donated by the Worlein family of Austin.

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    Students Help Stock Local Food Pantry

    10/10/2019

    Criminal Justice students help load up a food pantry, ABC 6 News Anchor Brianna Cook reports.

       

       

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    Trumps Rally to Take Place Thursday

    10/09/2019

    The Trump rally will go on Thursday in Minneapolis. ABC 6 News Anchor Ross Becker reports.

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