Ad Spot

Letter: Support small businesses and freedom of religion

Governor Walz has gone too far with his emergency order and his latest “spin of the dial” on Wednesday.

Restaurants are now allowed to have outside seating if they choose to go beyond curbside service. Local restaurants in Albert Lea will need to redesign their business, which is not realistic considering the revenue loss they have experienced since the middle of March. Face masks are required at restaurants — the mask is going to be off more than on in order for the person to eat. Governor Walz encourages local government to help restaurants make it possible, but no one has any control over weather, which will impact eating outside.

Second, restaurants can serve a group of 50, but churches are still limited to a group of 10. Please, what is the difference? Walmart, grocery stores and other big box businesses are not limited to 10 people. For those of you who have written letters saying you support Governor Walz on what he has been doing — do you still support him now that he has continued to violate the First Amendment in regards to religion?

If you are afraid of COVID-19, then stay home, but I am one who wants to move forward and have a state that truly supports small business and the freedom of religion.

Lisa Holz

Glenville

Cops, Courts & Fires

Trump taps ’eminently qualified’ Barrett for Supreme Court

Health Updates

Minnesota COVID-19 deaths pass 2,000

Elections & Campaigns

Trump to return to Minnesota for Duluth rally on Wednesday

Education

Food pantries at Riverland campuses aim to alleviate food insecurity for students

Albert Lea Tigers

‘We’re ready to get after it’

Arts & Culture

Art created during pandemic to be on display at Freeborn County Arts Initiative

Cops, Courts & Fires

Celebrating the new fire station

Cops, Courts & Fires

Court Dispositions: Sept. 22-24, 2020

News

Shoreline restoration project planned at Itasca State Park

News

Know where, when to apply fall nitrogen fertilizer

News

Contingency plan released for livestock producers

News

Grant money available to livestock owners to prevent wolf attacks

Elections & Campaigns

Campaign signs to be removed from state highway rights of way

News

Farm safety and health channel launched

News

Farm, ranch stress assistance available

Education

Fall Farm to School virtual field trips announced

Education

Star class: Getting outside

News

WCTA holds meeting

Education

Principal’s Corner: Using Second Step program at Sibley

Education

Albert Lea High School standout student

Cops, Courts & Fires

Ginsburg makes history at Capitol amid replacement turmoil

Cops, Courts & Fires

COVID-19 fact-finding leads to threats against health workers in Minnesota

News

Red Cross blood donors have new opportunities

News

Hunters reminded to avoid spreading aquatic invasive species