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    State Numbers Show COVID Numbers Rise in All Area Countys

    05/29/2020

    5-29-20

    State of Minnesota Reports 6 Additional COVID-19 Cases for Freeborn County, 23 for Mower.

    In today's Minnesota Department of Health's morning update, Freeborn County has 108 positive cases of Coronavirus, or COVID-19, that number is up 6 from Thursday. Of the new cases, one person is under the age of 10, three people are in their 30's, one in their 50's and one in their 70's. The total hospitalized is now at 10 with 4 being currently hospitalized. At this time 74 people are out of isolation and recovering from their illness.

    As of today's 11:00 results, Mower County had reported 254 cases, up 23 and 1 total death. Faribault had 15, up 2. Waseca County with 26, up 1. Steele reported 151, up 2, and Olmsted County topped the area with 594, up 12, and 10 total deaths.

    In total, Minnesota reported 23,531 positive cases, up 590 from yesterday, and 996 deaths, up 29 since yesterday. Over 233,873 tests have been conducted. 16,930 of the 23,531 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.

       

    Freeborn County Adds 5 New COVID Positives, Mower 15

    05/28/2020

    5-28-20

    State of Minnesota Reports 5 Additional COVID-19 Cases for Freeborn County, 15 for Mower.

    In today's Minnesota Department of Health's morning update, Freeborn County has 102 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 231 cases, up 15 and 1 total death. Faribault had 13, unchanged. Waseca County with 25, up 1. Steele reported 149, up 1, and Olmsted County topped the area with 582, up 7, and 10 total deaths.

    In total, Minnesota reported 22,947 positive cases, up 438 from yesterday, and 967 deaths, up 35 since yesterday. Over 225,208 tests have been conducted. 16,655 of the 22,947 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.

       

    FMCS Presses On in the Face of COVID-19

    05/28/2020

    Area businesses are adjusting to the coronavirus issue in the best ways possible. Jim Kruger, President and CEO of Freeborn Mower Cooperative has been weathering the storm. KQPR's Ron Budrik has more.

       

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    State Reports No New COVID Cases for Freeborn County

    05/27/2020

    5-27-20

    State of Minnesota Reports 0 Additional COVID-19 Cases for Freeborn County, 10 for Mower.

    In today's Minnesota Department of Health's morning update, Freeborn County has 97 positive cases of Coronavirus, or COVID-19, that number is unchanged from Tuesday.

    As of today's 11:00 results, Mower County had reported 216 cases, up 10 and 1 total death. Faribault had 13, unchanged. Waseca County with 24, unchanged. Steele reported 148, up 4, and Olmsted County topped the area with 575, up 5, and 10 total deaths.

    In total, Minnesota reported 22,464 positive cases, up 504 from yesterday, and 932 deaths, up 33 since yesterday. Over 216,532 tests have been conducted. 16,314 of the 22,464 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 City Manager to Resign After Less than 1 Year on the Job

    05/27/2020

    The Albert Lea City Council met via teleconference last night at 7 p.m. Mayor Vern Rasmussen Jr. announced that City Manager of less than 1 year, David Todd, was resigning his position as City Manager. Todd was not present at last nights teleconference, in his place was Assistant City Manager Jerry Gabrielatos. Todd had officially presented the city with his intent to resign last week citing personal reasons. Mayor Rasmussen read from Todd's letter...

    After the announcement, the Council voted and accepted the City Managers resignation.

    The Council designated $150,000 to go toward a forgivable loan program set up to provide relief to small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The program, which involves the County, City and the Albert Lea Economic Development Agency, focuses on small businesses with the greatest need for funding, with a priority for those that were not eligible for state or federal funding through other programs. Loans available will range from $3,000 to $20,000, depending on certain criteria.

    The council also passed a resolution closing the city pool for the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 Risks.

       

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    Freeborn and Mower COVID Numbers Rise Again

    05/27/2020

    5-26-20

    State of Minnesota Reports 4 Additional COVID-19 Cases for Freeborn County, 17 for Mower.

    In today's Minnesota Department of Health's morning update, Freeborn County has 97 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 206 cases, up 17 and 1 total death. Faribault had 13, up 1. Waseca County with 24, down 1. Steele reported 144, up 3, and Olmsted County topped the area with 570, up 8, and 10 total deaths.

    In total, Minnesota reported 21,960 cases, up 645 from yesterday, and 899 deaths, up 18 since yesterday. Over 209,898 tests have been conducted. 15,523 of the 21,960 cases no longer need to be isolated.

    The MDH reported that Unknown or Missing is now the most likely source of transmission.

       

    Albert Lea City Council to Meet Tonight Via Zoom

    05/26/2020

    The Albert Lea City Council will be in session tonight via Zoom Teleconference, at 7:00 p.m. On the agenda will be a resolution closing the city pool for the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 risks.

    The city will also be looking for a resolution that will allow the city to sell general obligation bonds in the amount of $4,885,000.00 dollars. The $4,885,000.00 would be used to finance city improvement projects, including the Bridge Avenue Project, the 2020 Neighborhood and Overlay Project, the Clark Street Project and the Newton and College Parking lot. The proposed bond would have a term of 10 years and be sold competitively. There will also be a proposal heard that would allow for an adopt a street reconstruction plan to go along with the general obligation bonds.

    A resolution identifying funds to be used to establish The Freeborn County / City Of Albert Lea / Albert Lea Economic Development Agency Recovery & Relief Grant Program to aid businesses directly and that have been adversely affected by COVID-19's economic impact will also be made.

    While City Hall is closed, 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.

       

    A Legislative Win Wont Slow Down Anti-Tobacco Group

    05/26/2020

    The people behind Minnesota's smoking prevention efforts say they won't let up, even though they've seen a major victory this legislative session. Mike Moen explains.

    The 2019 Minnesota Student Survey found that more than one in four 11th-graders and more than one in ten 8th-graders had used e-cigarettes in the previous month. From 2016 to 2019, 8th-grade vaping rates nearly doubled.

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    State of Minnesota Reports 3 Additional COVID-19 Cases for Freeborn County, 25 for Mower

    05/22/2020

    5-22-20

    State of Minnesota Reports 3 Additional COVID-19 Cases for Freeborn County, 25 for Mower.

    In today's Minnesota Department of Health's morning update, Freeborn County has 76 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 112 cases, up 25 and 1 total death. Faribault had 11, unchanged. Waseca County with 23, up 1. Steele reported 134, up 12, and Olmsted County topped the area with 525, up 32, and 10 total deaths.

    In total, Minnesota reported 19,005 cases, up 805 from yesterday, and 842 deaths, up 33 since yesterday. Over 180,971 tests have been conducted. 12,696 of the 19,005 cases no longer need to be isolated.

    The MDH reported that Unknown or Missing is now the most likely source of transmission.

       

    Between Friends Boutique Happy to Restart Business

    05/22/2020

    Area businesses are adjusting to the coronavirus issue in the best ways possible. Becky Johnson, owner of Between Friends Boutique in Albert Lea, has been weathering the storm. KQPR's Ron Budrik has more.

       

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    State Reports 5 New COVID Cases in Freeborn County

    05/21/2020

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

    In today's Minnesota Department of Health's morning update, Freeborn County has 73 positive cases of Coronavirus, or COVID-19, that number is up 5 from Wednesday. One person is under the age of 10, three people are in their 20's, and 1 is in their 50's. Of the total cases in Freeborn County, 7 total have been hospitalized some time during their illness.

    As of today's 11:00 results, Mower County had reported 87 cases, up 9 and 1 total death. Faribault had 11, up 1. Waseca County with 22, unchanged. Steele reported 122, up 6, and Olmsted County topped the area with 493, up 5, and 10 total deaths.

    In total, Minnesota reported 18,200 cases, up 530 from yesterday, and 809 deaths, up 32 since yesterday. Over 173,556 tests have been conducted. 12,488 of the 18,200 cases no longer need to be isolated.

    The MDH reported that Unknown or Missing is now the most likely source of transmission.

       

    130 Year Old Albert Lea Retail Business Aims for 131

    05/20/2020

    Area businesses are adjusting to the coronavirus issue in the best ways possible. Linda Knutson, owner of Plymouth Shoes in Albert Lea is no exception. KQPR's Ron Budrik has more.

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    New Albert Lea Boutique Ready to Serve

    05/20/2020

    Area businesses are adjusting to the coronavirus issue in the best ways possible. Kelli Steele, owner of Ellen and Jane Boutique in Albert Lea is no exception. KQPR's Ron Budrik has more.

       

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    Big Island Rendezvous Canceled for 2020

    05/19/2020

    The organizers of the Big Island Rendezvous, that normally takes place the first week of October, have announced that this years Big Island Rendezvous has been canceled for 2020. Perry Vining, the founder of the Rendezvous and Festival said the event does not want to place anybody at risk stating the safety of the public, volunteers, participants school children and teachers is the primary importance in making the decision to postpone the event until 2021.

       

    United Way of Freeborn County and the American Legion Partner to Help Vets

    05/19/2020

    The United Way of Freeborn County and the American Legion have partnered for a Veterans United & Food Drive program for veterans.

    The United Way of Freeborn County states that there are approximately 2,300 veterans living in the county.

    Rather than duplicating services from government and local veterans" groups, Veterans United focus' on coordinating services, and providing additional resources in order to bridge the gap.

    Current programming includes food delivery, assistance filling out COVID-19 applications for relief and providing workstations for those who need access to computers.

    If you are a Veteran in Freeborn County needing assistance, please call 507-373-8670 for more information.

       

    Freeborn County Chamber Offices to Open May 26th

    05/19/2020

    The offices of the Albert Lea Freeborn County Chamber of Commerce and the Albert Lea Economic Development Agency will be open to the public beginning May 26, 2020.

    All guidelines and orders form the State and the City of Albert Lea will be followed including social distancing, frequent sanitation, and all other best practices as dictated by the State of Minnesota Department of Health and the State of Minnesota.

    Staff will still be accessible by phone and email during this time.

       

    Freeborn County Reports Rise in COVID Cases

    05/19/2020

    Freeborn County Reports Additional COVID-19 Cases.

    In today's Minnesota Department of Health's morning update, Freeborn County has reported 63 positive cases of Coronavirus, or COVID-19, that number is up 2 from Monday. One person is in their 20s, 1 in their 30s and 1 in their 40s. There was one that was listed yesterday that belonged to another county, so that one has been removed from the list making the total case count 63. The total out of isolation remains at 28. Of the total cases in Freeborn County, 6 have been hospitalized some time during their illness.

    As of today's 11:00 results, Mower County had reported 72 cases, up 7. Faribault had 11, up 1. Waseca County with 21, up 1. Steele reported 115, up 4, and Olmsted County topped the area with 461, up 18, and 10 deaths.

    In total, Minnesota reported 17,029 cases, up 657 from yesterday, and 748 deaths, up 17 since yesterday. Over 161,835 tests have been conducted. 11,540 of the 17,029 cases no longer need to be isolated.

    The MDH reported that Unknown or Missing is now the most likely source of transmission.

       

    District 241 School Board to Meet Monday

    05/18/2020

    The Albert Lea School Board will hold their meeting tonight in the Brookside Education Center Boardroom at 5:00 p.m. Monday, May 18th, in order to conduct the official business of the district.

    In addition to board member reports, meal prices are expected to be set for the 20-21 school year. Seven resignations and two retirements are expected to be accepted, in addition, five contracts are expected to be terminated due to the expiration of provisional teaching licenses.

    The board is also expected to issue a memorandum of understanding between the district and the AFL-CIO union custodial employees.

       

    Pelican Breeze Cancels Cruises

    05/18/2020

    Bruce Ness, President of the Pelican Breeze Foundation, has announced that due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, and to ensure the health and safety of its passengers and crew, the Pelican Breeze Foundation has canceled all of its boat cruises for the 2020 season. The Captains and First Mates are optimistically looking forward to being your hosts for the 2021 season.

       

    Albert Lea Police Searching for Suspect in Shooting Investigation

    05/18/2020

    The Albert Lea Police Department is looking for a suspect in relation to a shooting that occurred on May 9th in the 1200 block of Gene Avenue in which a man suffered multiple gunshot wounds. Albert Lea police have obtained an arrest warrant for 26-year-old Omar Rodriguez in connection with that shooting.

    The investigation is active and still ongoing.

    Anyone having information on the whereabouts of Rodriguez are asked to call the Law Enforcement Center at 507-377-5200.

       

    5 New Cases of COVID-19 in Freeborn County

    05/14/2020

    Freeborn County Reports 5 Additional COVID-19 Cases.

    In today's Minnesota Department of Health's morning update, Freeborn County has reported 52 positive cases of Coronavirus, or COVID-19, that number is up 5 from Wednesday. The 48th case is a person in their 30s, the 49th is a person under the age of 10, the 50th is a person between 10-20 years old, the 51st case is a person in their 40s, and the 52nd is a person in their 30s. The total out of isolation remains at 28. Of the total cases in Freeborn County, 6 have been hospitalized some time during their illness.

    As of today's 11:00 results, Mower County had reported 50 cases, up 2. Faribault had 9, up 1. Waseca County with 18, unchanged. Steele reported 85, up 8, and Olmsted County topped the area with 399, up 14, and 9 deaths.

    In total, Minnesota reported 13,435 cases, up 518 from yesterday, and 663 deaths, up 25 since yesterday. Over 128,752 tests have been conducted. 9,136 of the 13,435 cases no longer need to be isolated.

    The MDH reported that Unknown or Missing is now the most likely source of transmission.

       

    Wells Cancels Youth Summer Rec Programs

    05/13/2020

    The City of Wells has canceled some of their 2020 summer recreation activities due to the COVID 19 pandemic. Baseball and T ball for ages pre K-1st and baseball grades 4-6th boys only participating in the SCYBL League have been canceled. The decision on the remaining age groups and other summer rec activities will be made in the very near future. The Council announced that further updates will be posted on the city Facebook page and their official website at www.cityofwells.net

       

    Albert Lea Census Participation Better than County and State

    05/13/2020

    The City of Albert Lea reminds residents that the Census is underway and thus far, the city response rate is better than the response rate of the entire state. As of May 11th, the state wide response rate was at 68.7 percent, the Freeborn County response rate was at 70.1 percent, and the city of Albert Lea checked in with a response rate of 71.3 percent. Census forms have been mailed out, and to make things even easier, you may also fill out the census on line at https://2020census.gov/

       

    MNSure Offers Special Ongoing Enrollment

    05/13/2020

    MNsure has announced that it is now offering an ongoing special enrollment period for Minnesotans who experience a decrease in income and become newly eligible for advanced premium tax credits.

    According to MNsure, those looking to enroll will need to have had health insurance that met the standards in the Affordable Care Act for at least one day in the 60 days immediately before their decrease in income. You then need to act within 60 days after experiencing the decrease in income to be eligible.

    Minnesotans who have recently lost or will lose insurance through their employer may also qualify for a special enrollment period through MNsure.

    You can find more information at MNsure.org

       

    Daisy Blue Naturals CEO Fills Need During Pandemic

    05/13/2020

    Area businesses are adjusting to the coronavirus issue in the best ways possible. Jena Thompson, CEO of Daisy Blue Naturals in Albert Lea is no exception. KQPR's Ron Budrik has more.

       

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