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    1 Dead After Iowa Bank Shooting

    12/05/2019

    A shooting outside of an Iowa bank turned deadly, ABC 6 News Anchor Brianna Cook has more.

       

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    Mason City PD Searching for Wanted Man

    12/05/2019

    The Mason City Police Department is searching for a man involved in a Wednesday night police chase and crash.

    Officers tried to stop Jamie Mcfarland near the 200 block of N Pierce Ave just before 9:30 pm.

    Mcfarland had a valid warrant out of Black Hawk County. When officers tried to arrest him, police say he closed the door on one of their hands and drove off. The officer had minor injuries.

    Police say Mcfarland drove north on Pierce where he hit a car in traffic then lost control of his car and drove into a yard hitting a tree.

    Mcfarland then ran off and police were unable to find him.

    Anyone with information is urged to call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-383-0088

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    MN to Sue JUUL Makers

    12/05/2019

    Minnesota is suing the makers of JUUL, ABC 6 News Anchor Brianna Cook reports.

       

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    Sparks to be Challenged for MN Senate Seat

    12/04/2019

    The Minnesota State Senate has a new republican challenger to incumbent Dan Sparks, ABC 6 News Anchor Ross Becker has more.

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    Albert Lea Garage Fire Causes 15,000 in Damage

    12/04/2019

    A garage fire at 902 4th Ave South caused 15,000 dollars of damage last night.

    Fire crews were dispatched just after 8 p.m. Law Enforcement and Fire arrived on scene to find an apartment complex garage system on fire with smoke coming from 6 garage units. According to the Albert Lea Fire Department, the cause of the fire was determined to be overheated materials from a propane heater that was being used in the rear of the garage.

    The spread of the fire was to two additional adjacent garage units and smoke damage in three others.

    No one was injured in the blaze.

       

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    Harris Exits 2020 Race

    12/04/2019

    Kamala Harris is out of the 2020 race, ABC 6 News Anchor Ross Becker reports.

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    MCHS Austin Birth Center Makes Addition

    12/03/2019

    Austin"s birthplace expansion has hit a milestone, ABC 6 News Anchor Brianna Cook has more.

       

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    241 Sets a 3.6% Operating Levy Increase

    12/03/2019

    With 2 members absent and one voting against, the Albert Lea School Board voted a 3.6% raise to their 2020 operating levy. The impact of the levy will be dependent on home valuations. Should your property taxes not go up, the tax bill line item for the school district taxes should remain flat. If your home value increased, chances are you will see a bump in your taxes for the school district. The years levy now adds 328,800 dollars for a total of 8.98 million dollars to operate the district.

    Freeborn County has announced their Truth in Taxation hearing. That hearing will be held in the Freeborn County Government Center in the Boardroom on December 5th at 6 p.m. The purpose of this hearing is to discuss the proposed tax levy and annual operating budget for calendar year 2020.

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    Charitable Giving Continues in Austin

    12/03/2019

    The gift of warmth is underway in Austin, ABC 6 News Anchor Brianna Cook reports.

       

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    Albert Lea Readys for Small Business Saturday

    11/29/2019

    Albert Lea is preparing for Small Business Saturday, ABC 6 News Anchor Brianna Cook has more.

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    FC Commissioners to Meet, Truth in Taxation Meeting Planned

    11/29/2019

    The Freeborn County Commissioners will meet on Tuesday, December 3rd at 8:30 a.m. in the Boardroom at the Freeborn County Government Center. Salaries of the County Recorder, County Auditor/Treasurer, County Attorney, County Sheriff, and County Commissioners are expected to be discussed and set.

    Freeborn County has announced their Truth in Taxation hearing. The hearing will be held in the Freeborn County Government Center in the Boardroom on December 5th at 6 p.m. The purpose of this hearing is to discuss the proposed tax levy and annual operating budget for calendar year 2020.

    If you have questions concerning the property valuation listed on your tax statement, please make an appointment to meet with Freeborn County Auditor Treasurer, Pat Martinson 377-5122, or Freeborn County Assessor, Ryan Rasmusson 377-5179.

       

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    Strong Retail Foot Traffic Expected

    11/29/2019

    In store shopping looks to get a boost this shortened holiday season, ABC 6 News Anchor Brianna Cook reports.

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    ALPD FCSO Enhanced DWI Patrol Begins Today

    11/27/2019

    To help keep families together this holiday season, the Albert Lea Police Department and Freeborn County Sheriff"s Office will be participating with law enforcement statewide in an extra DWI enforcement campaign running on weekends starting Nov. 27 through Dec. 28.

    Blackout Wednesday (the day before Thanksgiving) is traditionally associated with a night of binge drinking. Many college students are returning home for a night of celebrating with friends and with no work on Thursday, many adults get together after a short work-week.

    In the last five years (2014 - 2018), there were 412 drunk driving-related traffic deaths in Minnesota, with 84 people killed in 2018 alone.

       

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    Snow Emergency Issued for Austin

    11/27/2019

    A snow emergency has been issued in Austin, ABC 6 News Anchor Brianna Cook has more.

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    Snow Emergency Declared in Kiester

    11/27/2019

    A snow emergency has been declared in Kiester.

    Mayor Richard Goggin made the declaration last night. Kiester"s emergency is in place for 24 hours and should be lifted about 11 p.m. tomorrow.

    In the meantime, residents are not allowed to park on city streets until the snow has been removed.

    Officials realize that for some residents that is not possible.

    Officials will make every effort to work with together with citizens so they can clear one side of the street and then have them move their vehicles so the rest of the street can be plowed.

    If a vehicle is on the street, and they are not able to contact the owner to move the vehicle, it will be towed.

       

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    City Council Recording 11-25-19

    11/26/2019

    City Council Meeting 11-25 audio only

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    Buy Local Kicks Off Saturday

    11/26/2019

    Small Business Saturday is quickly approaching, ABC 6 News Anchor Ross Becker reports.

       

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    Albert Lea City Council Recap

    11/26/2019

    The Albert Lea City Council met last night in the Council Chambers in City Hall.

    The council delayed deciding on a new donation policy that standardizes the way donations are received and requirements of the donor.

    The Minnesota Department of Transportation traffic engineer presented his findings on the speed study of Highway 13 and 69 and made recommendations that the speed limit be changed from 60 MPH to 45 MPH beginning just before Sunset Street on the south end of town and just before West 9th Street on the north end.   The recommendations will be made to MNDOT officials and the speed changes could be made as soon as mid-December.

    Final assessments were voted on for sewer and water projects in the annexation of the Stables Area Project. Three

    residents filed formal disagreements with the city thus preserving their right to challenge the city in district court over the assessments that total nearly 19 thousand dollars that would be paid back over 25 years at 2 percent interest.

    One resident made claims of constitutional violations committed by the city.

    You can listen to the council meeting on our website at www.kqprfm.com

    Tonight, the city of Albert Lea will be hosting an open house to discuss the possible locations and designs of a new water tower. That open house will be held in the Council Chambers from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

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    Some Details Emerge of Mayo's Overseas Plan

    11/26/2019

    More details over Mayo Clinic's overseas venture, ABC 6 News Anchor Ross Becker has more.

       

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    Sex Offender Sentenced

    11/22/2019

    An Austin sex offender has been sentenced, ABC 6 News Anchor Ross Becker has more.

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    Albert Lea City Council to Meet Monday

    11/22/2019

    The City Council of Albert Lea will be in session Monday evening at 7:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers in City Hall.

    The council will be deciding on a new donation policy that standardizes the way donations are received and requirements of the donor.

    The Minnesota Department of Transportation has been evaluating the speed limit on Highway 69 and Highway13 in Albert Lea to determine if the current speed limits are appropriate. MNDOT will be at the meeting to present the findings of the study and speed limit recommendations.

    Final assessments for some sewer and water projects will be voted on.

    The council is also expected to decertify the Tax Increment Financing District that facilitated the growth of Pro Manufacturing.

    Starting for taxes payable in 2020, all property taxes generated by property within this TIF District will now be distributed in the same manner as all other property taxes.

       

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    After Suffering a House Fire, a Local Family is Slowly Coming Together

    11/22/2019

    A family is slowly coming together after a house fire, ABC 6 News Anchor Ross Becker reports.

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    Area Counties Hit by Surprise Bill from DHS

    11/21/2019

    Unplanned bills take everyone by surprise, including Southern Minnesota counties. Many counties in the state received a bill from the Minnesota Department of Human Services, shocking many county administrators who are putting together their 2020 budgets and trying to keep tax levy"s low.

    For Freeborn and Mower County, $78,000 each must be paid back to the state. Faribault County is on the hook for about $32,000; in Waseca County it is about $17,000; and in Steele County it is about $128,000. Olmsted County, which was hit the hardest, owes $361,557.18

    From January 2014 to May 2019, the Minnesota Department of Human Services mismanaged funds for substance use disorder treatment.

    The federal law requires DHS to reimburse the federal government for their share of payments. However, DHS severely miscalculated funds each county needed to contribute to their payment.

    DHS officials said the number in the bill sent to each county is based on how many people went for treatment and how long they were in treatment.

    DHS went back and reviewed claims data to check the number, which means $988,147.91 will need to be collected from the 11 counties in southeastern Minnesota alone.

    Overall, DHS must pay around $70 million, $8.8 million coming from the 87 counties.

    Freeborn County officials may have to raise the tax levy in order to reimburse the state for the overpayments.

       

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    Flooding Help Available to Mower County Farmers

    11/21/2019

    Mower County farmers can receive help for flood prone crop land, ABC 6 News Anchor Brianna Cook reports.

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    City of Albert Lea to Host Open House

    11/21/2019

    The city of Albert Lea will be hosting an open house to discuss the possible locations for the placement of a new water tower on Tuesday, November 26th, in the Council Chambers from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

    The tower that is located on the corner of Fountain and Newton is deteriorating and in need of replacement.

    The engineering firm of Bolton and Menk along with the city have evaluated multiple locations and it was revealed that a downtown location would be the best choice for the new tower.

    The presentations of the identified locations will be at 6:00 p.m.

    Information of the tower styles and locations can be found on the city's website. www.cityofalbertlea.org <http://www.cityofalbertlea.org>.

       

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