Editorial: Tribune Thumbs – Albert Lea Tribune

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To the organizers of The Big Freeze.

Thank you to everyone who played a part in organizing The Big Freeze this year at Albert Lea.

The February festival has become an exciting part of life during the winter in the community and gives people something to look forward to during the cold months.

Whether you are planning a luncheon, the medallion hunt, the ice fishing contest, a pond hockey tournament, an ice fishing tournament or any other activity on the program, we thank you for the time and effort spent planning these events.

We hope that this event will continue to grow in the years to come and that all the events that were missing from this year’s program can return next year.

To the activities that take place in the schools of the region for the month I like to read.

We love to hear stories of all the fun things happening in the Albert Lea School District and other area schools surrounding I Love Reading Month.

Reading helps expand vocabulary and strengthen analytical thinking and writing skills, and it can also help improve focus, concentration, and general knowledge.

We encourage parents and grandparents to continue motivating their children at home to read by visiting the Albert Lea Public Library, creating a library of new or used books for your child, setting aside time to read together and letting your child see you reading, too.

Reading opens doors for lifelong learning, not just in school but beyond.

To efforts this week to honor the late Lt. Brett Boss of Albert Lea Fire Rescue.

We were touched this week to see the community come together to remember and honor Albert Lea Fire Rescue Lieutenant Brett Boss, who passed away a week ago after battling cancer.

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation classifies his death as death in the line of duty.

We have no doubt that hundreds of people will attend his funeral on Saturday, and we encourage members of the community to attend the procession from Crossroads Church to the new fire station on Newton Avenue afterwards to show further support.

Firefighters from across the state will be on hand to pay their respects to this community servant, and Governor Tim Walz ordered Minnesota flags to fly at half mast Saturday to honor Boss.

Let’s show the Boss family the impact their loved one has had on Albert Lea and surrounding areas, and our gratitude to all firefighters for the dedication and sacrifice they show every day to protect our friends and families.

The procession should leave the church around 4:15 p.m.

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