Ole's Eastside Shell station in Albert Lea recently became the first in southeastern Minnesota to allow customers to buy Powerball and Mega Millions lottery tickets at the pump. "That way they don't have to come inside," said manager Tamie Mehus.
Rep. Shannon Savick was speaking at a seniors forum at the Good Samaritan Society last week when she slipped up and said she hadn't voted on the $90 million new state Senate office building, when in fact she had voted for a 2013 tax bill that authorized it. The DFLer from Wells, Minn., later clarified that she meant she played no role in the building's details, which were hashed out by legislative committees in 2014.
KIMT News 3 recently received a viewer tip from a caller who told us about an altercation between Freeborn County Sheriff candidate Kurt Freitag, and Albert Lea resident, Jim Bronson. Bronson tells KIMT it started with a campaign visit from Freitag, who asked Bronson for support in the upcoming election.
It's a type of theft that costs banks and people billions of dollars each year, and now an Albert Lea woman believes she's become a victim. Carrie Boyer-Olvera was on her way to a wedding this weekend when she stopped at an ATM to take out some cash.
Sioux Falls-based SDN Communications is expanding in Minnesota and Iowa. The communication and broadband services company is partnering with seven independent telephone companies to provide Internet service for business customers.
They're called school resource officers, or SROs, and a new study by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety says 28 percent of the state's schools have them. That's slightly below the national average.
The executive director of The Children's Center in Albert Lea is announcing they will be closing one location effective Friday, October 17. According to a prepared statement, the closure of the St. John's location at 801 Luther Place will close due to a lack of properly-trained workers. The Board of Directors of The Children's Center has decided to close our St. John's location effective Friday October 17, 2014.
Oktoberfest got underway Friday evening with the Concord Singers, Bockfest Boys and other polka bands at the Holiday Inn New Ulm. Staff photo by Fritz Busch DeEtta Marka, left, and Pam Roberts, both of Albert Lea dance Friday night at the Holiday Inn as Oktoberfest gets underway.
Educators are always looking for new and unique ways to engage their students, but when their students are online it can be more difficult. On Friday, educators with Minnesota Connections Academy, the state's online school, took their students out of the virtual classroom and into the real world.
October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and as advocates look for new ways to protect victims, a group in Albert Lea gathered Thursday to honor those who have lost their lives at the hands of a loved one. Despite wind and rain, a group of about 40 dedicated men and women met in New Denmark Park in downtown Albert Lea to try to use stories of tragedy to inspire hope.