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Past articles by Sam:

Mason City man arrested after chase that reached speeds of 135 mph

FREEBORN COUNTY | A Mason City man who allegedly led law enforcement on a chase reaching speeds of more than 135 mph has been charged with a felony in Freeborn → Read More

Addressing a shortage

Mental health care faces shortage in-state and nationwide → Read More

Police investigating two attempted abductions in Albert Lea

ALBERT LEA | Two attempted abductions were reported this weekend in Albert Lea, but police say they don’t think they are related. → Read More

Albert Lea man who led officers on chase reaching 120 mph arrested in Lake Mills

An Albert Lea man is facing charges after reportedly leading officers on a 23-mile vehicle chase that reached 120 mph and ended in Lake Mills Tuesday afternoon. → Read More

Mason City man who exchanged nude photos with 14-year-old girl expected to receive probation

ALBERT LEA | A Mason City man who allegedly sent nude pictures to a 14-year-old girl in October 2016 pleaded guilty Monday in Freeborn County District Court. → Read More

Four arrested in Verizon store burglaries in Mason City, Forest City, Minnesota

Four people were arrested Wednesday morning after a series of burglaries at Verizon stores that ended when they reportedly attempted to burglarize an Albert Lea Verizon store. → Read More

Nearly 470 sign petition against Freeborn Wind Farm

ALBERT LEA, Minnesota | Nearly 470 people have reportedly signed a petition expressing their opposition to the proposed Freeborn Wind Farm project in southeast Freeborn County. → Read More

Albert Lea 'Save Our Hospital' effort raises over $100K

The Albert Lea-Save Our Hospital organization has raised more than $101,000 in tax-deductible donations since July, a number the organization said will help in its mission to keep a full-service, → Read More

Mayo Clinic doctor alleges hospital system committed antitrust violations

ALBERT LEA, Minnesota | A Mayo Clinic Health System doctor has sent numerous complaints to federal authorities since March 2015 alleging antitrust violations by his employer, a development that comes → Read More

Gold Cross breaks ground on $2M building

Gold Cross first responders broke ground Tuesday on a more than $2 million facility in Albert Lea. The planned 8,100-square foot facility will be at 109 West Ave., on the campus of Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea near Central Park. The facility will house office and training space, crew quarters and ambulance space. […] → Read More

NRHEG students get a glimpse of reality

NEW RICHLAND — NRHEG juniors were given a glimpse into life after ... → Read More

Watershed officials plan approach to inform public of projects

Shell Rock River Watershed District officials are looking to use a multi-faceted media approach to inform the public of the progress of the Fountain Lake dredging prior to November’s ballot measure to extend the district’s half-percent sales tax. Administrator Brett Behnke said he wants to educate the public on where the district is at in the dredging process beyond its current outreach, noting… → Read More

Man charged for pulling gun on a family member

An Albert Lea man is facing prison time after allegedly pulling a loaded gun on a man Thursday night in Albert Lea. Todd Seeley Todd Allen Seeley, 61, has been charged in Freeborn County District Court with second-degree assault, terroristic threats and misdemeanor domestic assault. His first appearance in court on the charges was Friday. According to court documents, Albert Lea police officers… → Read More

Jury trial scheduled in connection with fatal crash

A jury trial has been scheduled for an Austin man charged in connection with last month’s fatal crash east of Hollandale. Nathan Paul Brooks, 26, faces charges of criminal vehicular homicide and gross misdemeanor driving after cancellation in the April 16 crash that killed Alex Dylan Tapp, 30, of Austin. A settlement conference was scheduled for July 13. A jury trial was scheduled for Oct. 11,… → Read More

High-schoolers give first-hand view into the past

More than 350 area fifth-graders are getting a taste of 19th and ... → Read More

District sees higher teacher-to-student ratio

Albert Lea Area Schools officials said they are able to provide more individualized instruction to students with the district’s decreasing teacher-to-student ratio. While the district’s student population has dropped from about 4,000 students during the 1994-95 school year to a little more than 3,200 students in the 2015-16 school year, the number of full-time equivalent teachers has grown from… → Read More

2 plead not guilty to cocaine charge

Two Albert Lea residents pleaded not guilty in Freeborn County District Court on Thursday to possessing more than eight grams of cocaine at their home earlier this month. Angelita Maria Caballero, 32, and Billy Jamelle Adams, 33, each pleaded not guilty to second-degree cocaine possession and fifth-degree marijuana possession in front of Judge Steven Schwab. Angelita Cabellero Separate… → Read More

Workforce housing funding could help solve worker issues

Local leadervs view a workforce housing tax credit bill proposed by a local senator as a key piece to solving the area’s workforce shortage. Greater Minnesota Partnership Executive Director Dan Dorman said he supports the workforce housing package authored by District 27 Sen. Dan Sparks, DFL-Austin, last year that would allot $40 million over the next two years to a newly created office of… → Read More

Calif. man sentenced to 3 1/2 yrs. for meth found on interstate

A California man driving a vehicle with more than 30 pounds of methamphetamine on Interstate 35 in Freeborn County last year was sentenced to three years and five months in prison Thursday. Feliberto Rodriguez Guerrero, 49, will serve his prison sentence in St. Cloud. The sentence comes after Rodriguez Guerrero pleaded guilty to second-degree meth possession in February. Feliberto Rodriguez… → Read More

Senate passes $85M in broadband investment

The Senate passed a budget bill Thursday that includes $85 million in broadband investment, which local officials say is essential to the region’s economic development. District 27 Sen. Dan Sparks, DFL-Austin, said the Senate bill, which appropriates a one-time, $85 million investment in fiscal year 2017, stands to benefit more communities across the state than the House’s bill, which… → Read More