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Past articles by Hannah:

Former pastor now executive director for global ministry

Change can seem like jumping into the unknown, but one Albert Lean ... → Read More

Internationally known sumi-e brush painter to display art in Albert Lea

A world-class art show will soon come to downtown Albert Lea. Dee Teller, of Faribault, will show her sumi-e brush scroll and fan paintings at the Freeborn County Arts Initiative from Sept. 3 to Oct. 29 in the Asia Speaks exhibit. Teller began sumi-e painting in 1986. She said she got hooked on the brush used for sumi-e painting — it’s made from bamboo and animal hair and will always come to a… → Read More

Families share stories of pet adoption success from shelter

Families share stories of pet adoption success from shelter Published 10:07am Thursday, August 27, 2015 For a large percentage of people, pets are an important member of the family. Pets can come from many places, such as pet stores, breeders, friends or the street. However, three local families have had great success adopting animals from the Humane Society of Freeborn County. These families… → Read More

Weekend Planner: Big Island Bar-B-Que slated for this weekend

The Big Island Bar-B-Que contest will be Friday and Saturday at the Freeborn County Fairgrounds. The contest is for state championship in barbecue, steak and chili. The barbecue will be from 5 to 11 p.m. Friday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. The event is open to the public and has a beer garden, area barbecue food vendors and free entertainment. There will be a public chili tasting for $5… → Read More

Riverland prepares students for next steps

Sometimes, a boost of confidence can come from an unexpected place. → Read More

Graduation, population changes contributing to workforce shortage

Smaller numbers of graduating seniors could be contributing to having less workers to fill jobs in Albert Lea. There are 212 students in the Albert Lea High School senior class of 2016. This is the second smallest class presently in the district, with the smallest class being 11th grade, with 210 students, said Albert Lea Area Schools Superintendent Mike Funk. Comparatively, the largest grades… → Read More

Severe storms pass through area

Severe weather passed through the area today with thunderstorm warnings that lasted until 8 a.m. Faribault and Freeborn counties were affected by the storm that impaced Albert Lea, Alden, Hayward, Brush Creek, Conger and Walters. The storm had wind gusts up to 60 mph that created tree damage near Ellendale, according to the National Weather Service. There may be damage to roofs, siding and trees… → Read More

Popular Des Moines store opens in downtown Albert Lea

A new, yet familiar pop-up shop opened in Albert Lea during Wind ... → Read More

Education program receives books to promote early literacy

Early childhood education students in Albert Lea will get a chance to start their reading skills early. Early Childhood Family Education was one of 28 organizations to receive donated books through Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation’s BookStart program, a partnership between SMIF and Capstone — based in Mankato — according to a press release. The grant program, which awarded a total of… → Read More

Busing changes coming to Albert Lea preschools this fall

All preschools in Albert Lea will not be providing transportation this fall, but other options are available and are being explored. Transportation will still be provided for special education preschool students, but all other students must have additional forms of transportation this year. On June 11, Albert Lea Area School District officials had a meeting with local preschools to discuss… → Read More

No live bird shows at county fair this year

The Freeborn County Fair will have no live poultry this year due ... → Read More

A.L. couple adopts 2nd child, a boy from China

For one Albert Lea couple, the decision to adopt a child wasn’t ... → Read More

Children conduct experiments at Albert Lea library

Children conduct experiments at Albert Lea library Published 10:13am Wednesday, June 24, 2015 The summer reading program at the Albert Lea Public Library is in full swing, but children can get much more than reading from the program. One of the activities children can do beyond reading is Science Blast, a weekly event where children can experience science and do experiments. The experiments are… → Read More

Young Eagles flight rally to come to Albert Lea

Area youth will have a chance to take to the skies with the Young Eagles Flight Rally. Free airplane rides will be given for children ages 8 to 17 beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Albert Lea Airport. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. The Experimental Aircraft Association Vintage Chapter No. 13 will host the rally, which is part of the EAA Young Eagles Program. The Young Eagles Program was… → Read More

Early childhood education expanding in A.L. district

Early childhood education programming through the Albert Lea School District will expand this fall due to more space at Brookside Education Center. Community Education Director Chris Chalmers and Early Childhood and Community Education Coordinator Jenny Hanson presented to the Albert Lea School Board on Monday. With the Albert Lea Area Learning Center moving to Riverland Community College, more… → Read More

Progressive Agriculture Safety Day teaches children about multiple areas of safety

Nice weather and excited participants bolstered the first Progressive Agriculture Safety Day in Albert Lea. The Progressive Agriculture Safety Day, which was Wednesday at the Freeborn County Fairgrounds, was organized by Katie Pestorious. Around 60 kindergarten- through third-grade-aged children attended the event. While it was a bit breezy, Pestorious said she was glad the weather cooperated… → Read More

Riverland gala is returning

For its 75th anniversary, Riverland Community College will bring back a major ... → Read More

Auxiliary sale, Take a Kid Fishing slated for the weekend

The Naeve Hospital Auxiliary will host a linen and bedding sale from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday in the Foundation Board Room, located on the lower level at Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea. Super soft sheet sets, baby blankets, mink blankets, Sherpa throws, seven-piece comforter sets and authentic Egyptian cotton sheets will be for sale. All proceeds from this… → Read More

Geneva resident aims to bring more people to the market

A lifelong resident of Freeborn County is starting up his second year ... → Read More

Weekend Planner: Russian ballet coming to Marion Ross arts center

A 20th-century classic ballet will be coming to Albert Lea this weekend. “Ivan the Terrible” comes to the screen from the Bolshoi Ballet at 5 p.m. Sunday at the Marion Ross Performing Arts Center. “Ivan the Terrible” follows Ivan IV of Russia. Ivan must pick a wife and tsarina from one of the 13 Boyar daughters, and he picks Anastasia and the two fall in love. But the Boyar family plots against… → Read More