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Tuttle Enters West Virginia Prison

Tuttle Enters West Virginia Prison

(ABC 6 News) - Former Freeborn County Commissioner Linda Tuttle is serving her first full day of her 3 1/2 year prison sentence.

Her lawyer says Tuttle checked into Alderson Prison in West Virginia Wednesday. That's the same facility Martha Stewart was sent to in 2004.
    
Tuttle must also pay more than $1 million in restitution to her former clients at Albert Lea Abstract Company.

"Excellence in Energy Efficiency Awards" Presented

"Excellence in Energy Efficiency Awards" Presented

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- An Alliant Energy company presented five Minnesota businesses with "Excellence in Energy Efficiency Awards" Wednesday in Albert Lea.

Interstate Power and Light Company (IPL) honored Sauer Valley View Farms, LLC; Ostrander Farmers Cooperative; Technical Die-Casting, Inc.; and Lou-Rich, Inc. (an Innovance Company.)

The awards are for their leadership and vision in integrating energy efficiency into the design, construction or operation of their businesses.

"Businesses are looking for ways to save money, energy cost is one line item that businesses have the power to control," said Tom Aller, President - IPL.

Each of the organizations are saving more than 310,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity every year.  They're also saving a large amount of natural gas and liquid propane.

Strong Winds Thursday

Strong Winds Thursday

Today's summer-like warmth will be punched out tomorrow by a powerful cold front. This cold front will deliver gusty winds to the entire viewing area late Thursday morning through the overnight hours. I am forecasting wind gusts between 40-45 mph during the afternoon and evening hours tomorrow. The front will not have any showers with it in our area, so we're looking at a dry 7-day forecast.

Today's forecast is simply beautiful. We're looking at a partly to mostly sunny sky through the rest of the day. Temperatures will surge into the lower to middle 70s this afternoon. The day definitely has more of a summer flavor than fall one.

Sun's Back Wednesday!

Sun's Back Wednesday!

Even though any of the rain falling out there has been much lighter today, skies are pretty dismal. That's about to change in a big way. We're headed into some beautiful weather tomorrow as the sun reappears and warms temperatures back into the 70s. The air will have a much warmer feel than it has the last few days.

It really is a winning pattern if you like sunshine straight through early next week. Once we dispose of the clouds late tonight, nothing in terms of extensive cloud cover is coming back to town through early next week. We're in for a bit of a ride temperature-wise with 70s tomorrow, 60s Thursday through Saturday, and then back to some warmer 70s Sunday into Monday.

I am concerned about the wind on Thursday. Gusts could reach over 40 mph during the evening. Another windy period is Monday into Tuesday. That's about the most extreme our weather will get around here for the next 7 days.

Albert Lea Man Injured In Motorcycle Accident

Albert Lea Man Injured In Motorcycle Accident

The Minnesota State Patrol reports that  a 50 year old man from Albert Lea was injured in a motorcycle accident on Sunday afternoon.  It happened shortly after 5pm.

The driver, Robert Hillmer, was riding on a 2004 Harley Davidson motorcycle on Highway 13 in Freeborn County.  The report says Hillmer was driving southbound when he lost control and landed in the west ditch.

He was taken to St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester with non-life threatening injuries.

 

Keeping College Affordable

Keeping College Affordable

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- U.S. Senator Al Franken is continuing his fight to keep college affordable for working Minnesota families.

Franken introduced a resolution to defend the Pell Grant program in the senate.  The program provides need-based college grants to working families.  The resolution says the program should not be cut, because it would do more harm than good.

"An educated workforce is key to our country's future economic prosperity," Franken said.  "I urge my colleagues to reject any cuts to Pell Grant funding.  Cuts would hurt Minnesota students' ability to go to college today and our economy tomorrow and in the long run."

Members of the House of Representatives tried to slash funding for Pell Grants, while at the same time the number of students receiving the grants went up by 26 percent.

The grant can cover up to 34 percent of the cost of four year public university tuition.  That's down from 72 percent in 1976.

Crummy Early Fall Weather

Crummy Early Fall Weather

Not exactly great outdoor weather today and tomorrow as a stubborn upper-level low pressure system swirls across Illinois. The weather system is responsible for the cool, gray, damp and breezy conditions we're seeing around here for the next two days.

Overall, I'm not forecasting a lot of rain out of this system. Less than 0.25" for most of us. The bark is certainly worse than the bite with all of the gray. We'll see occasional showers this afternoon and evening as another spoke of rain rotates into the area. I expect the rain to quickly taper off overnight tonight with overcast and cool conditions. Look for temperatures to stay in the 50s for most of today. The wind will also be on the gusty side out of the N @ 15-30 mph.