Although some people expressed mixed feelings this week about the news that Dollar Tree will be opening a second store in Albert Lea in part of the old Shopko building at Northbridge Mall, we are delighted to see that building soon to be new full.
It’s no small feat recruiting companies, and we’re glad the space is being repurposed.
In addition to the Dollar Tree, Harbor Freight Tools opened last week in the north part of the building, and Big Lots is expected to open in the middle part around Halloween. Dollar Tree will be in the southernmost part of the building next to the rest of the mall.
We look forward to having these retail options in the community and are pleased with the continued growth currently taking place in the city.
If you’ve been out this week, you can’t help but notice the drop in humidity and temperatures.
Wednesday’s high was in the lower 80s, and Thursday’s high was just 73.
We hope you were able to get out and enjoy it while you could, because warm weather is on the horizon – of course just in time for fair week.
Next week’s forecast calls for a high near 88 on Tuesday and a high near 97 on Wednesday.
We encourage people to take precautions if you are traveling to the fair, including staying hydrated; wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing; and wear sunscreen.
Take it easy and take advantage of cooling stations or air-conditioned places as much as possible. Be sure to watch your friends or neighbors and never leave children or pets in cars.
We were thrilled to learn this week that Riverland Community College and Minnesota State University-Mankato announced a new collaborative agreement that will streamline the process for nursing students to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
Through the Maverick Advance Plan, the Mankato-based college will provide 100% online training toward a registered nursing degree to those who receive their associate degree in nursing at Riverland.
Nurses who complete their associate degree at RCC will also earn 30 credits toward the RN degree at MSU.
The Riverland Dean of the Department of Nursing said it has historically been difficult to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing because students had to be on campus, but the new program provides flexibility in this regard, allowing students to do it online.
We thank both colleges for working together to establish this partnership and know that it will be beneficial for students in this field.
This expands on a previous program between Riverland and Mankato State approved in 2015 that opened pathways to four-year degrees in Mankato.