Drivers rescued in Minnesota snow; Wisconsin pileup kills 1
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities have rescued dozens of people stranded by a blizzard that howled across southern Minnesota and dumped about a foot of snow in some places. In east-central Wisconsin,...
Walz, Flanagan to host their 1st Gov Fishing Opener in May
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Here's a warm thought for Minnesotans shivering in the cold and snow — the annual Governor's Fishing Opener is only three months away.
Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan will host their inaugural Minnesota Governor's Fishing Opener since winning election in November. This year's event will be held in the Albert Lea area of southern Minnesota from May 9-12.
Authorities identify man shot, killed by Albert Lea police
ALBERT LEA, Minn. (AP) — Authorities have identified a man who was shot and killed by police officers in Albert Lea.
Investigators say 27-year-old Joseph Roberts died of multiple gunshot wounds after officers responded to a 911 call involving a disturbance about 10 a.m. Thursday.
1 person dead after police shooting in Albert Lea
ALBERT LEA, Minn. (AP) — One person is dead after a police shooting in Albert Lea.
The police department says officers responded to a 911 call involving a person in an alley about 10 a.m. Thursday and ended up shooting the person, who died at the scene.
No one else was hurt. Further details about the incident were not immediately released.
Ellison plans to target drug prices as attorney general
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Keith Ellison says prescription drug prices, student debt and housing costs will be among his top priorities when he's sworn in next week as Minnesota's attorney general.
Occupants of vehicle beat up trooper in southern Minnesota
ALBERT LEA, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say a Minnesota State Patrol trooper was injured after he was assaulted during a traffic stop in southern Minnesota.
The patrol says the trooper pulled over a vehicle Thursday afternoon on Interstate 90 in Blue Earth County. Several occupants of the vehicle beat up the trooper and fled the scene.
After a brief pursuit was called off, the vehicle was found abandoned in Albert Lea and two suspects were arrested at a bar. The suspects have not yet been identified.
Albert Lea 4, Mankato East/Loyola 3, OT
Alexandria 7, Fergus Falls 2
Andover 3, Elk River/Zimmerman 2
Benilde-St. Margaret's 4, AC Wings 0
Buffalo 5, Chaska 4
C-E-C Lumberjacks 10, Hibbing/Chisholm 0
Cambridge-Isanti 15, WSFLG Blizzard, Wis. 3
Crookston Pirates 5, Park Rapids Area 3
Delano/Rockford 7, Waconia 1
Duluth East 3, Centennial 2
Eagan 6, Lakeville North 0
East Grand Forks 6, Bemidji 2
East Ridge 4, Chanhassen 2
Farmington 4, Eastview 2
Greenway/Nashwauk-Keewatin 8, Eveleth-Gilbert Area 0
Minnesota farmers worry about wet weather during harvest
GENEVA, Minn. (AP) — Farmers in southern Minnesota are hoping for some drier weather as they begin the fall harvest.
Some farmers have expressed concern about the possible impact that recent wet weather will have on tillage, the Albert Lea Tribune reported. Tillage work involves preparing soil for planting by uprooting weeds, as well as cultivating soil after planting.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — State health officials are warning residents of southeastern Minnesota about possible exposure to measles.
The Minnesota Department of Health learned this week that a non-Minnesota resident with confirmed measles traveled through Minnesota from another state.
According to the department, people may have been exposed to measles on April 13 at a McDonald's on Main Street in Winona and on April 16 at the Freeborn County Co-op gas station in Albert Lea.
Mayo Clinic is posting about 100 nursing jobs that will be created or become available in the next two years as part of its controversial consolidation of the Austin and Albert Lea campuses.
ALBERT LEA — Eminent domain may throw a twist into a dispute between the city of Albert Lea and Mayo Clinic over the hospital in Albert Lea.
The Albert Lea City Council met in closed session Monday night.
Judy Kinsey knew what she wanted, and what the teenager wanted for the 1958 Albert Lea High School Senior Prom was a floor-length red dress.
No blush-red, mind you. Something closer to crimson, a shade that turns heads.
Albert Lea Seed House still thriving as it adjusts to the same forces changing the farm industry
Wes Swieter backed up his pickup truck to the loading dock at Albert Lea Seed House, making his annual run to buy triticale. He had ordered 22 bags of a particular variety of that seed, a cross between wheat and rye, that he can find only at the 95-year-old company.
The National Labor Relations Board has scheduled a public hearing in front of an administrative law judge to litigate the ongoing dispute between Mayo Clinic and SEIU Healthcare Minnesota.
Mayo Clinic, union to meet with judge over lockout of Albert Lea health care workers
A lockout of health care workers at the Mayo Clinic hospital in Albert Lea, Minn., last Christmas in the midst of bitter contract talks may have been a violation of federal labor law, the National Labor Relations Board has ruled.
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- Post-BulletinEllen M. Hunt -- Cannon FallsNovember 28, 2018
- Post-BulletinEleanor R. Lovett -- RochesterNovember 11, 2018
- Post-BulletinLegislative District 27A: Bennett-GjersvikNovember 1, 2018
- Star TribuneAlbert Lea-based Mortarr offers online showcase for office designOctober 27, 2018
Minnesota writer Cheri Register, who told stories with far-reaching resonance, dies at 72
Cheri Register didnt expect her memoir about the 1959 Albert Lea meatpackers strike to interest many readers beyond her corner of the Upper Midwest.
After failing two noise monitoring reports, Minnesota utilities regulators have taken the rare step of ordering a utility to justify why it should still have a permit to operate its wind farm.
Mayo Clinic is flaunting its success, reflected in Becker's Healthcare report in having two of the eight Minnesota hospitals that recently received top, five-star ratings from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
100-turbine wind farm proposed near Glenville
ALBERT LEA, Minn. (AP) — A proposed wind energy project could add 100 turbines in southern Minnesota's Freeborn County and northern Iowa's Worth County.
The Freeborn Wind Farm is planned for 40,000 acres near Glenville. Consultants spoke to the Albert Lea City Council Thursday night to provide an overview of the project, which needs permit approval from the Minnesota Public Utility Commission. The wind farm has been approved at the county level in Iowa.
Memorial services for Joy D. Johnsrud, of Albert Lea, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, at the First Lutheran Church in Albert Lea. The Rev. John Holt will officiate. Interment will be at a later date in Lakewood Cemetery, Albert Lea. Friends may visit with family one hour before services at the church. Bonnerup Funeral Service is assisting the family.
More than a foot of snow expected in southern Minnesota
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A winter storm is expected to intensify as the day goes on, bringing more than a foot of snow to southern Minnesota.
Rochester, Albert Lea and Winona are among school districts closed Monday as road conditions deteriorate. The National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning to the south where the storm could drop 10 to 14 inches of snow in an area from Fairmont to near Mankato and Red Wing.
Snowflakes have started to fall in the south and southwest metro, the first sign of a winter storm that will bring heavy snow to parts of the Twin Cities and a large portion of southern Minnesota later Monday morning and into the afternoon.
State Rep. Liebling comes out in favor of legalizing marijuana at DFL gubernatorial candidate forum
ALBERT LEA, Minn. — Tina Liebling, a DFL state representative from Rochester and a candidate for governor, said Saturday that she supports the legalization of marijuana in Minnesota.
Mayo shares ’95 agreement in Albert Lea — but it remains ‘business confidential’
ALBERT LEA — Mayo Clinic has shared its 1995 affiliation agreement with Naeve Hospital with local elected officials, who have long requested it. However, the document is still considered "business confidential" and will not be shared with the public.
June Mary Ann Menke, 78, died Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018, at St. John’s Lutheran Community in Albert Lea, Minn.
June was born June 12, 1939, to parents, Floyd S. and Ella (Hansen) Chadbourne in Mankato, Minn. June grew up in Winona and attended Winona Senior High.
Mitchell L. "Mitch" Thompson, 54, of Rushford, died on Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017, in Glenville, Minn., due to an apparent heart attack.
RUSHFORD -- Mitchell "Mitch" L. Thompson, 54, of Rushford died Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017, in Glenville, Minn. due to an apparent heart attack.
Boys hockey: Fornwald hopes to build on Nystrom’s legacy at Albert Lea
Jason Fornwald could have approached this season with the idea that he has some massive skates to fill.
On the other hand, Fornwald has a great opportunity to build his own legacy.
ALBERT LEA — Dozens of union workers returned to their Mayo Clinic jobs today after a contentious week away that saw SEIU Healthcare Minnesota representatives deliver a bag of coal to Mayo's front door.
The Mayo Clinic locked out some 79 hospital workers Wednesday morning, one day after the group of nursing assistants, housekeepers and other workers went on a one-day strike over stalled labor negotiations.
ALBERT LEA — About 50 people gathered outside Mayo Clinic's Albert Lea campus today to support SEIU Healthcare Minnesota in what's believed to be the first strike in Mayo's 128-year history. The crowd was expected to grow into the hundreds throughout the day.
Union begins 1-day strike at Mayo Clinic Albert Lea branch
ALBERT LEA, Minn. (AP) — Maintenance and general workers at Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea are walking the picket line in what they're calling an effort to revive stalled contract talks.
Albert Lea hospital workers call one-day strike to protest Mayo withdrawal
ALBERT LEA, Minn. About 80 maintenance and general workers picketed the Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea Tuesday hoping to revive stalled contract talks.
ALBERT LEA — Up to 85 employees represented by SEIU Healthcare Minnesota will take part Tuesday in a one-day strike at Mayo Clinic's Albert Lea campus.
SEIU is touting the Unfair Labor Practices strike over contract language as the first in Mayo Clinic history.
ALBERT LEA — The state has provided public schools with a baseline policy on how to address issues of bullying, but some educators say the approach individual districts or schools take to resolve the problem can vary widely.
Minnesota schools looking for ways to address bullying
ALBERT LEA, Minn. (AP) — The state has provided public schools with a baseline policy on how to address issues of bullying, but some educators say the approach individual districts or schools take to resolve the problem can vary widely.
A man rolled his car into a ditch in southern Minnesota and was killed, authorities said Tuesday.
The crash on the northeast side of Albert Lea occurred about 8:30 p.m. along Hammer Road between Paradise and Sorenson roads, police said.
The driver was identified as Jason C. Kraft, 45, of Albert Lea.
MPR News has a story on the Web today, with the headline: 'They threw us to the wind': Mayo hospital closures rankle small towns."
A newly published consultants report that says the city of Albert Lea could support a full-service hospital has emboldened citizens there who are fighting a Mayo Clinic decision to reduce services.
ALBERT LEA — Amidst rising tensions in Albert Lea, SEIU Healthcare Minnesota and Mayo Clinic have made dueling allegations of unfair labor practices.
In small and medium-sized communities, hospitals and schools are often at the center of community life. They provide core services for area families and are usually one of the largest employers in town, contributing to sustained economic vitality.