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Sam Wilmes, Author at Austin Daily Herald

Sam Wilmes covers crime, courts and government for the Albert Lea Tribune.

Albert Lea

Federal grant awarded for Blazing Star Trail bridge

ALBERT LEA — A nearly $1 million federal grant has been awarded for a bridge over Albert Lea Lake to connect Blazing Star Trail from ... Read more

by Sam Wilmes, Monday, March 18, 2019 2:39 pm

Crime, Courts & Emergencies

Austin man charged for alleged sex crimes

An Austin man who allegedly raped a female last month was charged with felonies Friday in Freeborn County District Court. Dallas Clinton Britt, 34, is ... Read more

by Sam Wilmes, Wednesday, March 13, 2019 7:54 am

Albert Lea

The Baby Place to move to Austin mid- to late-2020; Construction expected to start in July

ALBERT LEA — The Baby Place is now slated to move from Albert Lea to Austin in mid- to late 2020. “We’re closer to a ... Read more

by Sam Wilmes, Monday, March 11, 2019 3:02 pm

News

Bennett, Sparks speak against proposed gun bills

Local legislators are speaking against two gun-related measures being discussed at the Minnesota Legislature. A Minnesota House committee voted Wednesday night to require universal background checks ... Read more

by Sam Wilmes, Tuesday, March 5, 2019 6:43 am

Albert Lea

‘It was a loss that touched the entire community’ – Albert Lea advocate, former KAAL-TV cameraman Dan Borland dies

Longtime Albert Lea advocate and volunteer Dan Borland, who died of an apparent heart attack Sunday, is being recognized by friends and family as a ... Read more

by Sam Wilmes, Thursday, February 28, 2019 8:11 am

Albert Lea

Treacherous conditions on I-35 reportedly caused by light snow, flat land

Poor road conditions Thursday that led to a 30 vehicle pileup are reportedly part of a longer trend of treacherous conditions on Interstate 35 south ... Read more

by Sam Wilmes, Saturday, February 16, 2019 10:10 am

Crime, Courts & Emergencies

Austin man enters plea to charge of molesting girl

An Austin man who allegedly molested a girl he knew multiple times entered an Alford plea Wednesday in Freeborn County District Court. By entering the ... Read more

by Sam Wilmes, Friday, February 1, 2019 7:33 am

Albert Lea

Group plans inclusive park for Albert Lea

Plans for a new park in front of Albert Lea City Arena are coming into focus. Organizers said the inclusive park is expected to include ... Read more

by Sam Wilmes, Wednesday, January 30, 2019 8:48 am

Albert Lea

Area leaders hope health care among topics covered at Capitol

The Minnesota Legislature reconvened Tuesday, and local legislators and officials hope health care, infrastructure, education and many other topics are tackled this year. District 27A ... Read more

by Sam Wilmes, Thursday, January 10, 2019 8:06 am

Albert Lea

BCA called in to investigate Albert Lea officer-involved shooting death

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has been called in to investigate an officer-involved shooting death Thursday morning in Albert Lea. The BCA has not ... Read more

by Sam Wilmes, Friday, January 4, 2019 7:19 am

Crime, Courts & Emergencies

Pair accused of assaulting trooper charged with felonies

The two Wisconsin men who allegedly assaulted a Minnesota State Patrol trooper and threw nearly 16 pounds of marijuana from a vehicle last week during ... Read more

by Sam Wilmes, Wednesday, December 26, 2018 8:24 am

Albert Lea

Man charged with being married to 2 women at once

  An Albert Lea man who has allegedly been married to two women at the same time has been charged with a felony in Freeborn ... Read more

by Sam Wilmes, Wednesday, December 12, 2018 8:15 am

Crime, Courts & Emergencies

Appeal denied in murder case

The Minnesota Court of Appeals on Monday rejected an appeal by the man convicted of second-degree murder in fall 2017 in Freeborn County. David Michael ... Read more

by Sam Wilmes, Wednesday, November 21, 2018 8:37 am

Crime, Courts & Emergencies

Accused Freeborn County offender who triggered search arrested in Lyle

An accused Freeborn County offender who triggered a two-day search was arrested Sunday at a home in Lyle. The Mower County Sheriff’s Office arrested Weston ... Read more

by Sam Wilmes, Monday, November 19, 2018 10:37 am

Albert Lea

Taco Bell franchise is heading back to Albert Lea

A Taco Bell location is expected to open by spring 2019 at Trail’s Travel Center. The restaurant, which serves Tex-Mex food, will come less than ... Read more

by Sam Wilmes, Monday, November 12, 2018 8:30 am

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