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    Economic Development Plan Released

    02/28/2020

    An economic development plan was unveiled in Albert Lea Last night, ABC 6 News Anchor Brianna Cook has more.

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    County Commissioners Set to Meet Tuesday

    02/28/2020

    The Freeborn County Commissioners will be in session on Tuesday, March 3rd at 8:30 a.m. in the Boardroom at the Freeborn County Government Center.

    The board will make the official presentation of the Rose Olmsted Advocacy Award to Marilyn Claassen of Albert Lea.

    Commissioners will receive reports from the Drainage Inspector, where they will consider a resolution approving repairs to the drainage system. Veterans Services will present their annual report, the Sheriffs Department will look to accept a donation for equipment, Public Works will award multiple bids for work, Commissioners will hear a report from the Auditor-Treasurers office and accept the March 13th resignation of Assistant County Attorney, Michelle Johnson, and look to pass a resolution to begin looking for a new Assistant County Attorney.

       

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    MN Dep of Health Releases Updated Flu Numbers

    02/28/2020

    Flu deaths are ticking up, ABC 6 News Anchor Brianna Cook reports.

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    Ice House Deadline Coming Up

    02/28/2020

    MN DNR warning anglers about approaching ice house deadline.

       

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    Funny Money Being Passed in Albert Lea

    02/26/2020

    Counterfeit money is being circulated in the area, ABC 6 News Anchor Brianna Cook has more.

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    5 Partner Organizations to Unveil Economic Plan on Thursday

    02/26/2020

    The economic development strategic planning process has wrapped up and staff of the five partner organizations are ready to move forward with the action items set forth in the implementation map. In September 2019, the staff and boards of the Albert Lea Economic Development Agency (ALEDA), City of Albert Lea, Freeborn County, Albert Lea - Freeborn County Chamber of Commerce, and the Albert Lea Convention and Visitors Bureau engaged Ady Advantage, Inc. to develop a join economic development strategic plan for Freeborn County.

    On Thursday, February 27th, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Wedgewood Cove there will be a presentation of the completed Economic Development Strategic Plan and Implementation Map.

    Staff and board members from all partners involved in the project will be there to present the plan, the data behind it, and the action steps the partners will collaborate on to complete over the next several years. Staff and board members will also be available to answer questions about the plan and the goals and action steps laid out in the implementation map.

    This is a public event for all residents, community members, and stakeholders in Freeborn County to attend.

       

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    One Hospitalized After Train VS Truck Crash in Freeborn County

    02/26/2020

    One man is in the hospital after a truck/train collision in Freeborn County, ABC 6 News Anchor Brianna Cook reports.

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    Audio: City Council Meeting of 2-24

    02/25/2020

    Albert Lea City Council Meeting: Audio Only

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    AL Woman Facing Charges After Vehicle Chase

    02/25/2020

    A woman is facing charges after a vehicle chase that put one local school on lock-down, ABC 6 News Anchor Ross Becker has more.

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    AL City Council Approves First Reading in Annexation Fight

    02/25/2020

    Albert Lea's City Council was in session last night where the council held the first reading of an ordinance in what is intended to annex a portion of Bancroft township into Albert Lea.

    The reading signals the city's intent to help Freeborn-Mower Co-operative move into a 25 acre plot for a new headquarters.

    The Co-Op hopes to break ground on the new 20 Million dollar facility the coming months. The annexation will allow Freeborn-Mower to have access to city sewer and water services.

    During the public forum of the council meeting, Bancroft Township Supervisor, Steve Overgaard, said his initial proposals were only starting points and said he would have agreed to smaller amounts than initially proposed.

    Albert Lea officials say negotiations broke down when the township requested more than what the city was able to give under law.

    Freeborn-Mower Cooperative Services will be constructing a new 97,000-square foot building in May after final passage of the ordinance is complete.

       

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    Minnesota Republicans and DFL Set to Caucus Tonight

    02/25/2020

    It's caucus day in Minnesota, ABC 6 News Anchor Ross Becker reports.

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    Albert Lea to Honor Wounded Officer Saturday 2-22

    02/21/2020

    Arik Matson day is tomorrow, 2-22, in Albert Lea, ABC 6 News Anchor Ross Becker has more.

       

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    Freeborn County Rose Olmstead Advocacy Award Winner Announced

    02/21/2020

    Freeborn County has announced that the 2020 Rose Olmsted Advocacy Award has been awarded to Ms. Marilyn Claassen of Albert Lea.

    The selection committee recognized the outstanding commitment provided by Ms. Claassen over her career. Ms. Claassen's nomination included testament to her “dedication to advocacy of the elderly” and the “quiet efforts to uphold the highest of standards of living possible for each individual she works with".

    Ms. Claassen has been, and continues to be, involved in the Relay for Life, Alzheimer"s fundraisers, local Red Cross instructor, Thorncrest Senior Living and has served as an EMT.

    The Freeborn County Board of Commissioners will formally recognize Ms. Claassen at the regular County Board Meeting on March 3, 2020 at 08:30 a.m. at the Freeborn County Government Center.

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    State Reaching Out to Help Farmers

    02/21/2020

    Substance abuse is up among farmers and the state is stepping in with help, ABC 6 News Anchor Ross Becker reports.

       

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    Serious Charges Filed Against Austin Man

    02/19/2020

    An Austin man is facing home invasion charges, ABC 6 News Anchor Ross Becker has more.

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    Garage Fire Under Investigation

    02/19/2020

    The Freeborn County Sheriff's office along with the Albert Lea Fire Department responded to the address of 17826 760th Ave, in Freeborn County for a garage fire at 4:00 yesterday afternoon.

    Upon Arrival, responding deputies observed thick smoke and flames coming from the attached garage of the home. All parties in the home were able to exit without injury.

    The actual cause of that fire is still under investigation and the State Fire Marshall's office has been contacted to assist in that investigation.

    Albert Lea Fire and Rescue units were assisted by the Glenville Fire Department and the Mayo Health Systems ambulance service.

       

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    Weather Related Traffic Statistics are Released

    02/19/2020

    Yesterday's weather realted traffic statistics are out for the area, ABC 6 News Anchor Ross Becker reports.

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    MN State Patrol Identifies Victim in Deadly Crash

    02/18/2020

    New information has been released from the State Patrol following a deadly crash in Freeborn County on Monday afternoon.

    According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a 2020 Peterbilt Tractor was traveling north on Highway 13 and a 2019 Ford Fiesta was traveling east on County Road 14 when they collided in the intersection of Highway 13 and County Road 14.

    The incident report indicates the road was wet at the time of the collision.

    The Ford Fiesta was driven by a 16-year-old Grace Zimmerman from Alden, Minnesota. The Peterbilt Tractor was driven by 57-year-old Daniel Petracek from Waseca, Minnesota.

    Petracek was uninjured.

    The Freeborn County Sheriff's Office, the Albert Lea Fire Department, and the Manchester Fire Department all responded in addition to the state patrol.

       

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    Bus Driver Cited in Austin Accident

    02/18/2020

    A bus driver was cited after an Austin accident, ABC 6 News Anchor Brianna Cook reports.

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    AL Police Issue New Bad Check Warning

    02/18/2020

    Albert Lea police again warning about another round of bad checks being passed on an open account. The name on the account is Shulz Farm Enterprises out of New Hampton, Iowa. The checks are drawn from First Citizens National Bank. The account holder has since closed the account, but retailers are warned over accepting the checks as payment.

    Police officials say "be wary of anyone using checks on this account that appear to have been computer printed."

    Anyone who has one of the checks or has suspicions about a presented check is asked to contact the police department at 507-377-5227

       

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    Mason City Man Suspected of Fires in Custody

    02/17/2020

    The person allegedly responsible for dumpster fires in Mason City is in now in custody, ABC 6 News Anchor Ross Becker has more.

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    241School Board to Meet Tuesday

    02/17/2020

    The Albert Lea School Board will be in session Tuesday night at 5 p.m. in the Boardroom at the Brookside Education Center.

    The board will receive various reports from board members and the student board.

    The board will also look to make a number of appointments to staff at area schools as well as authorize riders and overload positions. The board will take on a number of leaves of absences under the Family and Medical Leave Act and authorize 2 retirements, 1 resignation and 2 terminations within the district.

    Jennifer Walsh will present the amended budget for the 2019-2020 school year.

       

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    Success Continues for the Albert Lea Healthcare Coalition

    02/17/2020

    Health care options in Albert Lea are coming even closer to reality, ABC 6 News Anchor Ross Becker reports.

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    Freeborn Commissioners to Meet Tuesday

    02/14/2020

    Freeborn County Commissioners will be in session on Tuesday, February 18th at 8:30 a.m. in the Boardroom at the Freeborn County Government Center. The Commissioners plan to receive reports and take action on items from the Drainage Inspector,Probation and Pre-Trial, Environmental Services, the Sheriff, Assessor, Personnel Director, Human Services, and the County Administrator.

    The Commissioners will also tackle new business regarding the Improvement and Re-determination of Benefits from Freeborn County Ditch number 15. The board also plans to move into a closed session to evaluate the performance of an individual who is subject to its authority.

       

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    Two Killed in I-90 Rollover Crash

    02/14/2020

    Two Oklahoma men are dead after a rollover accident on I-90, ABC 6 News Anchor Brianna Cook has more.

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