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Kristine Brink

Age: 36 Family: husband, Sean Brink; children Elisa and Kameron City: Albert Lea Livelihood: lender, Home Federal Savings Bank, Albert Lea

What is your favorite quotation? “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.” — Albert Einstein

If you could have a super power, what would it be? The ability to stop time whenever I wanted to. Life seems to go too fast.

What would you eat if you could have only one kind of food for the rest of your life? Any type of potato! I love baked, mashed, fried. You name it, I love it!

What is your favorite latest technological gadget? My Droid cellphone! I use it for everything: communication, calendar, direction, reading and many other things.

What was the most challenging aspect of your childhood? Sports! I was never very good at them and I’m still not.

What turn of events brought you to the Albert Lea area? My husband and I both are from Albert Lea, but once we got married and had our daughter, we wanted to live close to our parents. I don’t know what we would do without them!

What song is your song? “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz. It’s our wedding song. Anytime it’s on the radio my daughter says, “Mommy, it’s your song.” Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? I think I will still be here in Albert Lea. I think it’s a great place to raise kids. What is your favorite Kool-Aid flavor? Grape. Preferred items: Camping Wine Pepsi products PC General Motors Beatles City living Facebook

Amber Steele

Age: 28 Family: son, Haayden; pets Daisy (Chinese Shar Pei); Fred (box turtle) City: Twin Lakes Livelihood: sergeant, nurse and recruiting and retention NCO, Albert Lea Training and Community Center, Minnesota National Guard What is your favorite quotation? “Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius, and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.” — Marilyn Monroe If you could have a super power, what would it be? The Zach Morris Timeout. What would you eat if you could have only one kind of food for the rest of your life? Who needs food? I would just drink Red Bull the rest of my life! What is your favorite latest technological gadget? The smartphone. There’s an app for everything!

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What song is your song? It’s a three-way tie between “Seventeen” by Winger, “Jessie’s Girl” by Rick Springfield and “Faithfully” by Journey. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? Sgt. Maj. Steele, in a fulfilling nursing position, raising my son.

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What is your favorite Kool-Aid flavor? Mystery packets. Preferred items: Camping Beer Pepsi products PC General Motors Beatles City living Pinterest

What was the most challenging aspect of your childhood? I grew up an Army brat so we moved a lot. I had to learn quickly how to adapt to change and make new friends. I was an expert “new kid on the block.” What turn of events brought you to the Albert Lea area? My father left active-duty Army and we moved here to be closer to his family.

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Mike Hanson Age: 36 Family: wife, Michelle; children Mackenzie, Michaele and Lola City: Albert Lea Livelihood: Owner of M&M Mechanical/Plumber, Albert Lea

What is your favorite quotation? “Do you remember that guy who gave up? Nobody else does either.” — Unknown If you could have a super power, what would it be? To read people’s minds, so you can tell who is being truthful. What would you eat if you could have only one kind of food for the rest of your life? Jake’s Pizza, pepperoni.

Running a successful business and spending as much time with my family as possible. What is your favorite Kool-Aid flavor? Tropical punch. Preferred items: Hotel Beer Coke products Macintosh General Motors Rolling Stones City living Facebook

Amber Busall

Age: 23 Family: mom, Deb; stepdad, Matt Borland; siblings Chris, Nick and Tonya Busall; step-siblings Brooke Lopez, Andy Borland and Jake Borland City: Albert Lea Livelihood: cosmetology/hair and makeup, Great Clips and Albert Lea Community Theatre What is your favorite quotation? “Don’t let someone get to you by telling you you can’t do something, because nothing hurts those people worse in the end than rubbing in your sweet success.” — Unknown If you could have a super power, what would it be? To fly! Of course, no more car breakdowns.

What is your favorite latest technological gadget? My iPhone. I can’t live without it!

What would you eat if you could have only one kind of food for the rest of your life? Favorite kind? If it is not a specific thing, then it would be seafood.

What was the most challenging aspect of your childhood? Growing up in a divorced family. What turn of events brought you to the Albert Lea area? I was born in Albert Lea, then moved away for 10 years to pursue my career. I met Michelle and moved back to Albert Lea to be close to family.

What is your favorite latest technological gadget? The iPad 2, because I can bring it everywhere, write notes, keep updated on my career field, send emails, etc.

What song is your song? Too many to choose only one. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?

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What was the most challenging aspect of your childhood? The loss of all my grandparents within a small amount of time and then my senior year losing my dad, as well as the negative people telling me and my family at a young age I wouldn’t be a cheerleader, hairstylist or ever go to California and work on a celebrity. Well, it looks like I’ve proved them wrong so far. That’s what determination and positive thinking gets you! What turn of events brought you to the Albert Lea area? My birth on Sept. 14. What song is your song? “California Dreamin’” by The Mamas

and the Papas or anything by Nicki Minaj. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? Oh wow, 10 years?! Owning my own business dealing with hair and makeup. The business would have to in some aspect give back to people in my community, especially children, positvely touching someone’s heart. What is your favorite Kool-Aid flavor? Blue raspberry. Preferred items: Camping Wine Coke products Macintosh Ford Motor Co. Beatles City living Pinterest

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Kelly Goskeson Age: 31 Family: husband, Mark; daughters Morgan and Marlee City: Albert Lea Livelihood: controller, office manager, Mrs. Gerry’s Kitchen, Albert Lea What is your favorite quotation? “If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it.” If you could have a super power, what would it be? It’s a difficult decision, but I would choose telepathy. What would you eat if you could have only one kind of food for the rest of your life? A calorie-free, fat-free, deep-fried, chocolate something. What is your favorite latest technological gadget? My Droid. I love being able to Google totally useless information at any time, check email and Facebook, listen to the radio and above all, play the Dr. Droid app (modeled after Dr. Mario for Gameboy). It’s my favorite! What was the most challenging aspect of your childhood? I continue to feel so badly for children who are bullied, as I know how they feel due to the fact that I was “made fun of” as a kid for all sorts of things, but mainly my weight. It is so sad, and I believe parents really need to take responsibility for their

children, and if they see or hear them bullying to take it seriously and teach them that it won’t be tolerated. What turn of events brought you to the Albert Lea area? I was born here; however, I lived most of my childhhood in New Richland, and I graduated from New RichlandHartland-Ellendale-Geneva High School. I also lived in Duluth while I attended the University of Minnesota, Duluth. I love this community and feel fortunate that Mark and I are able to raise our children here. What song is your song? “I Cross My Heart” by George Strait because it always makes me smile and think about my husband. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? Ten years older and right here in Albert Lea. I feel very fortunate and am very happy with my life in Albert Lea. I have a great job that I enjoy, and we are able to have a lot of family time, including time with grandmas, grandpas, aunts, uncles and cousins, which is very important to me.

Alison Grunwald Age: 26 Family: son, Will City: Ellendale Livelihood: head accountant, 4 Seasons Advertising, Albert Lea What is your favorite quotation? “Live every day as it many be your last.” — Dillon Gordon “You should always smile and look forward to the better things.” — Lindsay Lembke If you could have a super power, what would it be? To be able to be three places at once! What would you eat if you could have only one kind of food for the rest of your life? Cheese.

years from now? In 10 years I see myself being married, having another kid and just simply enjoying the little things in life. What is your favorite Kool-Aid flavor? Strawberry kiwi. Preferred items: Camping Coffee Coke products PC General Motors Rolling Stones Country living Facebook

What is your favorite latest technological gadget? Smartphone. What was the most challenging aspect of your childhood? Divorced parents. What turn of events brought you to the Albert Lea area? Work. What song is your song? “Livin’ On A Prayer” by Bon Jovi. Where do you see yourself 10

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Paul Schuster Age: 30 Family: wife, Tia City: Albert Lea Livelihood: manager at Vern Eide Chevrolet, Albert Lea

Any songs by Metallica.

What is your favorite quotation? “Confidence is contagious; so is lack of confidence.” — Vince Lombardi

Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? Raising my family here in Albert Lea and continuing to grow the Vern Eide Chevy store into the best dealership in the region.

If you could have a super power, what would it be? The ability to fly.

What is your favorite Kool-Aid flavor? Cherry.

What would you eat if you could have only one kind of food for the rest of your life? Pizza.

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What is your favorite latest technological gadget? The iPhone. It has apps that are relevant to business life as well as personal life — and ease of use. What was the most challenging aspect of your childhood? Living out in the country and having to drive so far to hang out with friends while growing up. What turn of events brought you to the Albert Lea area? Vern Eide purchased the Chevy store. What song is your song?

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Jenni Harnack Age: 30 Family: boyfriend, Ryan Immel; children Morgan and Andrew City: Albert Lea Livelihood: registered dental assistant at Aurora Dental and Uptown Dental, Albert Lea What is your favorite quotation? “I’m selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.” — Marilyn Monroe If you could have a super power, what would it be? Invisibility. What would you eat if you could have only one kind of food for the rest of your life? Steak. What is your favorite latest technological gadget? Hands-free Microsoft Sync in my truck because I can talk on my cellphone through the speakers in my truck and everything (music) that comes from the phone syncs to the truck. What was the most challenging aspect of your childhood? Leaving California at the age of 12 and starting at a new school. What turn of events brought you to the Albert Lea area? I am originally from San Diego. My dad was originally from Alden, and we moved here because he was looking for employment.

What is your favorite Kool-Aid flavor? Tropical punch. Preferred items: Hotel Orange juice Pepsi products PC Ford Motor Co. Beatles Suburban living Facebook

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Rachel Danny Nolander-Poppel Halvorsen Age: 31 Family: husband, Kevin; dog, Skyy (sheltie) City: Albert Lea Livelihood: dentist at Advanced Family Dental, Albert Lea

hometown). So here we are, and we love it!

What is your favorite quotation? “Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” — Anatole France

Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? Still living and practicing in Albert Lea and hopefully the mom to three wonderful children. My husband and I are excited to start a family.

If you could have a super power, what would it be? I would love to be able to fly. What would you eat if you could have only one kind of food for the rest of your life? Italian food. Yummy! What is your favorite latest technological gadget? The Nook. I love the ease of downloading books online. There’s no having to go to the store or wait for them to be shipped. It’s great! What was the most challenging aspect of your childhood? I had to overcome a speech impediment. I went to speech therapy from third through sixth grade.

What song is your song? “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper.

What is your favorite Kool-Aid flavor? Cherry. Preferred items: Hotel Wine Coke products Macintosh Ford Motor Co. Beatles City living Facebook

thing that is upbeat and can have a good time, too. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? I’d still be doing what I love — working at the movie theater and spending time with my two kids and husband.

What is your favorite quotation? “When we love a person, we accept him or her exactly as is: the lovely with the unlovely, the strong along with the fearful, the true mixed with the facade.” — Mr. Rogers

What is your favorite Kool-Aid flavor? Grape.

If you could have a super power, what would it be? I would love to be able to read minds.

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What would you eat if you could have only one kind of food for the rest of your life? Supreme pizza, that way I wouldn’t get sick of the toppings. If I didn’t like a certain one I could just pick it off for the day. What is your favorite latest technological gadget? Digital projectors. They save a lot of time! What was the most challenging aspect of your childhood? Learning patience, which I’m still learning.

What turn of events brought you to the Albert Lea area? My husband, Kevin, and I were getting married and wanted to return to one of our hometowns to start a family. Albert Lea had a dental office come up for sale before Breckenridge, Minn. (my husband’s

What turn of events brought you to the Albert Lea area? Nothing too life altering. My job and to be close to family. What song is your song? I don’t have a song, really. I like any-

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What song is your song? “Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? I see myself married with more children, taking care of my family and working.

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Kristen Dulas Age: 31 Family: husband, Ike; dog, Miley; baby expected Oct. 16 City: Easton Livelihood: cheerleader (whether I’m at my job, teaching aerobics or directing the ski team, I cheer!) at Wells Federal Bank, Wells (I travel to all 10 locations.)

What is your favorite quotation? “Around here, we are realists — realists who expect a miracle every day.” — Mary Kay Ash If you could have a super power, what would it be? To be fearless. What would you eat if you could have only one kind of food for the rest of your life? French baguette bread. What is your favorite latest technological gadget? My Apple iPhone. It’s my favorite and latest because I rarely buy tech gadgets, but it’s very easy to use, reliable and I live for the calendar on it. I’m a calendar girl.

with the students next to me and apparently it was disruptive to class. What turn of events brought you to the Albert Lea area? The biggest promise I ever made: marriage. My husband, Ike, is from the area and already was part of the Wells family business, Dulas Excavating. What song is your song? “Just Breathe” by Pearl Jam. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? Apparently not in this special feature since I’ll be 41. I really don’t know, I admit I’m not much of a long-term goal setter or dreamer. I hope I’m enjoying life and cheering someone along the way. What is your favorite Kool-Aid flavor? I haven’t had KoolAid for years, but I would definitely pick grape.

What was the most challenging aspect of your childhood? Not talking to the student sitting next to me in the classroom. My teacher would move me several times because I became too chatty

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Age: 26 Family: Keaton Bremer City: Albert Lea Livelihood: manager, Cheers Liquor, Albert Lea

“Whiskey Girl” by Toby Keith.

What is your favorite quotation? “You shouldn’t take life too seriously. You’ll never get out alive.” — Van Wilder If you could have a super power, what would it be? To be able to freeze time. What would you eat if you could have only one kind of food for the rest of your life? Any type of potato chips. What is your favorite latest technological gadget? My iPhone, because I truly have the world at my fingertips and all of my questions answered in seconds. What was the most challenging aspect of your childhood? I would have to say the most challenging aspect of my childhood was my parents’ divorce just because we went back and forth from house to house every other week, and at times it was overwhelming. What turn of events brought you to the Albert Lea area? The turn of events that brought me to Albert Lea were we found out I was expecting, and we wanted to be closer to some family.

Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? In 10 years from now, I hope to have my own liquor store or be working for a liquor company as a salesman. I have to be able to do a little more traveling and let my son get to see a little more of the world. What is your favorite KoolAid flavor? Grape.

Natalie Runden Age: 28 Family: father, Mark; mother, Sue; siblings Samantha Klukow and Philip Runden; significant other, Thomas Martinez City: Hayward Livelihood: attorney at Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services, Albert Lea What is your favorite quotation? “Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.” — Mark Twain If you could have a super power, what would it be? Teleportation, to go anywhere I wanted immediately. What would you eat if you could have only one kind of food for the rest of your life? White chicken chili.

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What is your favorite latest technological gadget? Smartphones. Instant information at the tips of your fingers. What was the most challenging aspect of your childhood? Living in the country as a pre-teen and not being able to get rides into town.

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What turn of events brought you to the Albert Lea area? I graduated from Albert Lea High School in 2002, moved to Northfield for undergrad and then to St. Paul for law school before working in Fargo. I moved back to Albert Lea when I was offered this job in June 2010. I love it here because I’m close to my family.

What is your favorite Kool-Aid flavor? I don’t like Kool-Aid. Preferred items: Hotel Wine PC General Motors Beatles Country living Facebook

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Rachel Bakken Age: 25 Family: husband, David; daughter, Isabelle; dogs Cooper and Chance City: Albert Lea Livelihood: mortician, Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home, Albert Lea

What is your favorite quotation? “If ever there is a tomorrow when we’re not together, there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we’re apart, I’ll always be with you.” — Christopher Robin “If you tell the truth you don’t have to remember anything.” — Mark Twain If you could have a super power, what would it be? To read minds so I can know what Isabelle is thinking when she is smiling. What would you eat if you could have only one kind of food for the rest of your life? Spaghetti. What is your favorite latest technological gadget? My iPhone; however, we did just get the Internet at home for the first time.

What was the most challenging aspect of your childhood? My childhood was a pretty wonderful and the most challenging part was probably convincing my parents that moving away for college was a good thing. But really the challenging parts of my life started when I was an adult. What turn of events brought you to the Albert Lea area? I grew up in Alden, moved to Pennsylvania for college and while I was away my dad got sick, so after graduating I was moved closer to be with my family again. What song is your song? Well, for the last three months it has been “Sammy the Spider” by Jewel. I sing it to Isabelle every morning when I get her ready for day care, and she gives me big smiles! Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? Living in Albert Lea. What is your favorite KoolAid flavor? Black cherry. Preferred items: Camping Orange juice Coke products PC Chrysler Group Beatles Country living Pinterest

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What song is your song? “Good Day, Sunshine” by the Beatles. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? I can’t predict the future. It’s not one of my superpowers.

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Brady Nelson Age: 22 Family: mom, Nikki; dad, Dwane; siblings, Jack, Aimee and Barrett; boyfriend, Andrew City: New Richland Livelihood: funeral director, Bonnerup Funeral Service, Albert Lea

What is your favorite quotation? “We’re all a little weird, and life is a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutal weirdness and call it love.” — Dr. Seuss If you could have a super power, what would it be? Hmm. Teleporting would be neat. I would love to see different parts of the world, and I hate to fly. What would you eat if you could have only one kind of food for the rest of your life? Jimmy John’s sandwiches. I’ll drive to Owatonna any day to get one! What is your favorite latest technological gadget? I love my Kindle Fire. It is very easy to download books, surf the web, watch movies and play games. What was the most chal-

lenging aspect of your childhood? I had a pretty good childhood, so the most challenging thing I can think of would be dealing with the loss of any of my numerous pets I had growing up. I love my animals! What turn of events brought you to the Albert Lea area? I graduated from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities in December 2011 from the mortuary science program and moved down for work. What song is your song? I listen to a lot of different music, but right now, anything by Fair to Midland is on repeat! Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? Still working in funeral service. Where? I don’t know! I’ll go where life takes me! What is your favorite Kool-Aid flavor? Grape. Preferred items: Camping Beer Coke products Macintosh Chrysler Group Rolling Stones Suburban living Facebook

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Mark Skellenger Age: 29 Family: wife, Jennifer; daughters Ashlyn and Avarie City: Northwood Livelihood: accounting manager, Diamond Jo Casino, Northwood

“Nuisance” by John Reuben.

What is your favorite quotation? “Drive for show, putt for dough.” — a professional disc golfer

What is your favorite Kool-Aid flavor? Grape.

If you could have a super power, what would it be? I don’t really want one, but I suppose I would take strength but only if my physical stature didn’t change. I don’t want to look like Mr. Incredible. What would you eat if you could have only one kind of food for the rest of your life? It’s got to be pizza!

Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? The same place. I enjoy where I am at and what I am doing.

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What is your favorite latest technological gadget? I just got my first smartphone, a Samsung Galaxy Nexus, a couple of months ago. It can do almost anything. My last phone could only make calls and text. Not even take a picture! What was the most challenging aspect of your childhood? Talking to and in front of others or sharing my ideas and thoughts. What turn of events brought you to the Albert Lea area? I grew up in Northwood and have always lived there. What song is your song?

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Age: 26 Family: father, Tom; stepmother, Angie; siblings Katelynn and Kameron Nelson City: Albert Lea Livelihood: sales and event director at Wedgewood Cove Golf Course, owner of Rhino Portable Pressure Washing, both of Albert Lea What is your favorite quotation? “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” — Albert Einstein If you could have a super power, what would it be? To be able to “heal” everything. What would you eat if you could have only one kind of food for the rest of your life? Chicken.

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Entrepreneur/salesman and traveling the world. What is your favorite Kool-Aid flavor? I don’t drink Kool-Aid. I like Monster Energy Drink. Preferred items: Hotel Beer Pepsi products Macintosh Chrysler Group Rolling Stones City living Facebook

What is your favorite latest technological gadget? The iPhone, because of the mobility and the applications for personal and work use. What was the most challenging aspect of your childhood? Not fighting with older brother. What turn of events brought you to the Albert Lea area? Born and raised here. What song is your song? “Good Feeling” by Flo Rida. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?

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Jill Freeman Age: 23 Family: father, Ron; mother, Dawn; brother, Tyler; sister-in-law, Emily; dog, Ollie City: Albert Lea Livelihood: fourth-grade teacher, Alden-Conger School

What is your favorite quotation? “Happiness keeps you sweet. Sorrows keep you human. Life keeps you humble. Success keeps you glowing.” — Anonymous If you could have a super power, what would it be? Teleportation, so you can take mini-vacations all over the world whenever you want.

times for things I did, but mostly to get him back for picking on me and practicing his wrestling moves he saw on WWE that week. What turn of events brought you to the Albert Lea area? My family moved here when I was still in my mom’s tummy. After college, I returned here for student teaching in Alden and started my teaching career here. I really enjoyed working where I grew up and being close to family. What song is your song? “Love like Crazy” by Lee Brice. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? Happily married working as an elementary or math teacher with my master’s and have a few kiddos of my own.

What would you eat if you could have only one kind of food for the rest of your life? Something seafood or fish. What is your favorite latest technological gadget? Any of my Apple products, especially my iPhone. Between my Macbook, iPod and iPhone I always have everything I need. And Siri knows everything.

What is your favorite Kool-Aid flavor? Kool-Aid? How about Crystal Light? Raspberry lemonade. :)

What was the most challenging aspect of your childhood? Finding ways to get my brother in trouble with my parents, some-

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Brady Flatness Age: 22 Family: dad, Keith; mom, Angie; brothers Joshua and Dalton City: Albert Lea Livelihood: locksmith, Southern Lock & Glass, Albert Lea

What is your favorite quotation? “All hockey players are bilingual. They know English and profanity.” — Gordie Howe If you could have a super power, what would it be? Be able to see what happens in the future. What would you eat if you could have only one kind of food for the rest of your life? Pasta with chicken.

What song is your song? “I’m Gonna Miss Her” by Brad Paisley. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? Living with my parents and being a locksmith. What is your favorite Kool-Aid flavor? Cherry. Preferred items: Camping Beer Pepsi products PC Ford Motor Co. Rolling Stones Suburban living Facebook

What is your favorite latest technological gadget and why? The cellphone, so people can get a hold of me when they need me. What was the most challenging aspect of your childhood? Staying out of trouble with my parents.

Becca Johnson

Age: 23 Family: parents Nancy and Terry Johnson; sister, Amanda; dog, Toben City: Albert Lea Livelihood: eligibility worker for public assistance programs, Freeborn County Department of Human Services; part-time server, Perkins and Wedgewood Cove, Albert Lea What is your favorite quotation? “Appreciate the little things in life and enjoy them. Some of the best things really are free. Do not worry, less wrinkles are more becoming. Forgive — it frees the soul. Take time for yourself. Plan for longevity. Recognize the speical people you’ve been blessed to know. Live for today. Enjoy the moment.” — Bonnie Mohn If you could have a super power, what would it be? To be able to read people’s minds.

What would you eat if you could have only one kind of food for the rest of your life? Pasta. What is your favorite latest technological gadget? Lawn mower because I just learned how to use it after buying a new house.

What turn of events brought you to the Albert Lea area? I was born here.

What was the most challenging aspect of your childhood? Developing psoriasis.

Congratulations Brady! We are glad you are part of our team!

What turn of events brought you to the Albert Lea area? Born and raised here. What song is your song? “Time of Your Life” by Green Day. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? A happy, well-adjusted, hard-working individual enjoying life to the fullest. Or winning the Powerball.

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What is your favorite Kool-Aid flavor? Grape.

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Alicia Schumacher Age: 28 Family: husband, Andy Schumacher City: Albert Lea Livelihood: assistant sales manager at Cellular Only, Albert Lea What is your favorite quotation? “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” — Maya Angelou If you could have a super power, what would it be? Mind reading. What would you eat if you could have only one kind of food for the rest of your life? Potatoes. Any variety with a Diet Coke, of course.

years from now? I live my life one day at a time. But I would suspect to see myself spending time with those who mean the most to me and everything else will just happen.

Nathan Nicholson Age: 32 Family: wife, Amber; children Maygan and twins Eleanor and Isaiah City: Frost Livelihood: general manager, Applebee’s, Albert Lea

What is your favorite Kool-Aid flavor? Orange, I think. I don’t know the last time I drank Kool-Aid.

What is your favorite quotation? “You build up your weaknesses, and they become your strong points.” — Michael Jordan

Preferred items: Bed & Breakfasts Beer Coke products Macintosh Imports Beatles Suburban living Facebook

If you could have a super power, what would it be? Power to heal myself and others.

What is your favorite latest technological gadget? My iPhone keeps me connected; Facebook, Twitter, texts, calls, you name it.

What is your favorite Kool-Aid flavor? The kind I don’t drink. Preferred items: Hotel Wine Coke products PC Chrysler Group Country living Facebook

What would you eat if you could have only one kind of food for the rest of your life? Applebee’s? Or my wife’s cooking. What is your favorite latest technological gadget? Oldest daughter’s new phone. It allows me to share more often with her — texts, pictures, etc. What was the most challenging aspect of your childhood? Having two brothers (middle child syndrome).

What was the most challenging aspect of your childhood? I grew up on a dairy farm in small town South Dakota. Enough said.

What turn of events brought you to the Albert Lea area? Job promotion.

What turn of events brought you to the Albert Lea area? My husband and I opened Cellular Only on Dec. 1, 2011.

What song is your song? “Yellow Ledbetter” by Pearl Jam.

What song is your song? “Proud Mary” by Tina Turner

Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? Being honored in Albert Lea Tribune’s 30 Under 50.

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Jacob Stockwell Age: 29 Family: wife, Hillary; son, Grant; daughter, Claire City: Albert Lea Livelihood: police officer, Albert Lea Police Department

25 years.

What is your favorite quotation? “Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” — Albert Einstein

Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? Still in Albert Lea enjoying life with my family.

If you could have a super power, what would it be? The power to fly.

What is your favorite Kool-Aid flavor? Orange.

What would you eat if you could have only one kind of food for the rest of your life? Pizza.

Preferred items: Camping Beer Pepsi products PC Ford Motor Co. Beatles Country living Facebook

What is your favorite latest technological gadget? It’s not new, but it’s the smartphone. Allows me to do a lot on the go.

What song is your song? “Free Falling” by Tom Petty.

Jennifer Hovendick Age: 27 Family: mom, Laurie; dad, Marvin; brother, Jason; sister, Becky; sister-inlaw, Ashley City: Albert Lea Livelihood: girls’ basketball coach, fitness center coordinator and elementary sports coordinator at AldenConger School What is your favorite quotation? “There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.” — Epictetus If you could have a super power, what would it be? Jedi mind trick. I would never need to disagree with a referee again! What would you eat if you could have only one kind of food for the rest of your life? Pizza. What is your favorite latest technological gadget? Smartphones; my Blackberry has made my life so much easier. Having email, Facebook and all the others modes of communication at your fingertips is incredible.

What was the most challenging aspect of your childhood? My childhood was pretty good. At times, the most challenging part would be getting along with older sisters, but things are great now.

What was the most challenging aspect of your childhood? Suffering from migraine headaches and having to be different when all you want is to be normal like everyone else.

What turn of events brought you to the Albert Lea area? I grew up in Albert Lea and have lived here for the past

Jacob, we appreciate your dedication to serving our community. RESPECT • INTEGRITY • SERVICE •ACCOUNTABILITY 221 E. Clark St. Albert Lea, MN 507-377-4330 www.city.albertlea.org

What turn of events brought you to the Albert Lea area? My family moved here from Nebraska when I was 4. After spending a number of years in St. Peter, I was ready to be closer to home, and heard about a coaching apportunity in Alden last summer. The rest, they say, is history. What song is your song? “Heart of a Champion” by Nelly. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?

I can’t see myself doing anything different! What is your favorite Kool-Aid flavor? Black cherry. Preferred items: Hotel Coffee Pepsi products PC Chrysler Group Rolling Stones Country living Facebook

Megan Morris

Age: 28 Family: sons Trae and Josiah; fiancé, Zack Jensen City: Albert Lea (from Waseca) Livelihood: manager, Anytime Fitness, Albert Lea What is your favorite quotation? I don’t know a lot of quotes, but one that comes to mind is something my cousin says: “It is what it is.” If you could have a super power, what would it be? If I could have a super power it would be to cure all types of sickness, especially in children. It’s so hard to see them suffer when they are so innocent and haven’t had a chance to live their lives. What would you eat if you could have only one kind of food for the rest of your life? I can’t really decide on one thing. I love pasta, seafood and steak. So my choice would have to be seafood pasta. What is your favorite latest technological gadget? I am not much into technology. The latest gadget I got was my phone. What was the most challenging aspect of your childhood? I would have to say learning to do things on my own. I lived with my dad growing up, and he

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worked long hours. I had to learn to basically be an adult before my time. I still was a kid outside of the house but while at home I fended for myself a lot. Which I don’t regret. What turn of events brought you to the Albert Lea area? I started school in 2007 here at Riverland Community College where I was going to school for auto tech. I met my fiancé there and moved here in 2008. I have lived here ever since and now have a house on a farm, which I have always wanted. What song is your song? I don’t know that I have a song that is my song. I have many that I can relate to, and they are all country. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? Ten years from now I see myself still living in the country with a reconstructed farm and working here at Anytime Fitness. What is your favorite Kool-Aid flavor? Lemon-lime. Preferred items: Camping Beer Coke products Macintosh Ford Motor Co. Beatles Country living Facebook

Chad Cahill

Age: 38 Family: wife, Jessica; children Nolan, Hannah and Henry City: Mason City Livelihood: used car manager, Dave Syverson Auto Mall, Albert Lea What is your favorite quotation? “You are guarenteed one thing in life — nothing.” — Grandpa Henry If you could have a super power, what would it be? To cure cancer.

What would you eat if you could have only one kind of food for the rest of your life? Buffalo Wild Wings.

Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? I’d still be at Dave Syverson Auto Mall selling cars. What is your favorite Kool-Aid flavor? Blue moon. Preferred items: Hotel Beer Pepsi products neither Ford Motor Co. neither Suburban living Facebook

What is your favorite latest technological gadget? My iPhone. All my work stuff is on there. What was the most challenging aspect of your childhood? Having divorced parents. What turn of events brought you to the Albert Lea area? My job at Dave Syverson Auto Mall. What song is your song? “Fishing in the Dark” by Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.

Thank you Chad for your outstanding work ethic! 1-800-423-6663 507-373-1438 2310/2320 E. Main Albert Lea, MN


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Susie Hulst

Age: 25 Family: husband, Weston; son, Ryker City: Albert Lea Livelihood: sports and fitness director, YMCA, Albert Lea What is your favorite quotation? “We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncraved for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty.” — Mother Theresa If you could have a super power, what would it be? Be two places at once. What would you eat if you could have only one kind of food for the rest of your life? Cereal. What is your favorite latest technological gadget? Ha ha. I don’t have a smartphone or iPad, so I’d have to say my heart rate monitor. It tracks average heart rate, calories burned, etc. What was the most challenging aspect of your childhood? Being overweight, but it made me who I am today! What turn of events brought you to the Albert Lea area? My husband was hired at Thorne Crest Retirement Community.

What song is your song? Hard question! If I had to pick, “Party Rock Anthem” by LMFAO. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? Working at the Y either in Albert Lea or another location. I love the Y and its mission. I think I’ll be with the Y for a very long time. What is your favorite Kool-Aid flavor? You know how much sugar is in that? But grape. Preferred items: Hotel Beer Pepsi products PC General Motors Beatles Country living Facebook

Weston Hulst

Age: 27 Family: wife, Susie; son, Ryker City: Albert Lea Livelihood: wellness director, Thorne Crest Retirement Community

What is your favorite quotation? “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have recieved from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” — Corinthians 6:19-20 If you could have a super power, what would it be? Super strength. What would you eat if you could have only one kind of food for the rest of your life? Quiznos subs.

Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? Life is unpredictable. This is a tough one. I hope to have a larger family, be older and wiser and be in good shape for the shape I’m in. What is your favorite Kool-Aid flavor? Two cups of sugar per gallon? I don’t think so. Preferred items: Hotel Orange juice Pepsi products PC Ford Motor Co. Beatles Suburban living Facebook

What is your favorite latest technological gadget? My cellphone; it is necessary for daily function. What was the most challenging aspect of your childhood? Seven people in a small house with one bathroom. What turn of events brought you to the Albert Lea area? I started a new job as the wellness director at Thorne Crest Retirement Community. What song is your song? “Awful Beautiful Life” by Darryl Worley.

Thanks Weston

for helping the residents of Thorne Crest and the community change the way we age!

Matt Larson Name: Matt Larson Age: 29 Family: wife, Kristin; sons Ryley, Brekyn and Adler City: Albert Lea Livelihood: owner, Allure Salon & Spa, Albert Lea What is your favorite quotation? No answer If you could have a super power, what would it be? I’d like to slow down time, because there is never enough time in the day. What would you eat if you could have only one kind of food for the rest of your life? Shrimp (from Red Lobster). What is your favorite latest technological gadget? PlayStation 3. I have always loved video games; they provide an escape from real-life stresses. What was the most challenging aspect of your childhood? I never really enjoyed school. What turn of events brought you to the Albert Lea area? I was born in Albert Lea and always lived here. What song is your song?

“Anything” by Eminem. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? I’d still be running a successful salon in Albert Lea. We have put a lot of hard work into our business and plan to be around a long time.

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Kristin Larson Name: Kristin Larson Age: 29 Family: husband, Matt; sons Ryley, Brekyn and Adler City: Albert Lea Livelihood: owner and stylist, Allure Salon & Spa, Albert Lea

What is your favorite quotation? “Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you.” — Dr. Suess

What is your favorite Kool-Aid flavor? Orange.

If you could have a super power, what would it be? To randomly get to be invisible.

Preferred items: Camping Orange juice Pepsi products PC Ford Motor Co. Beatles City living Facebook

What would you eat if you could have only one kind of food for the rest of your life? Casa Zamora. What is your favorite latest technological gadget? My laptop. It goes everywhere and is more convenient than a desktop computer.

A successful salon owner who continues to do what I love — hair. What is your favorite Kool-Aid flavor? Tropical punch. Preferred items: Hotel Orange juice Coke products PC Ford Moror Co. Beatles City living Facebook

What was the most challenging aspect of your childhood? Probably dealing with holidays due to having divorced parents. What turn of events brought you to the Albert Lea area? I was born here. I’m a lifer. What song is your song? “The Cupid Shuffle” always makes me smile. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?

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Increase your health and vitality at one of Thorne Crest’s wellness classes.

Community class openings available • 507-373-2311

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Susie Hulst

Age: 25 Family: husband, Weston; son, Ryker City: Albert Lea Livelihood: sports and fitness director, YMCA, Albert Lea What is your favorite quotation? “We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncraved for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty.” — Mother Theresa If you could have a super power, what would it be? Be two places at once. What would you eat if you could have only one kind of food for the rest of your life? Cereal. What is your favorite latest technological gadget? Ha ha. I don’t have a smartphone or iPad, so I’d have to say my heart rate monitor. It tracks average heart rate, calories burned, etc. What was the most challenging aspect of your childhood? Being overweight, but it made me who I am today! What turn of events brought you to the Albert Lea area? My husband was hired at Thorne Crest Retirement Community.

What song is your song? Hard question! If I had to pick, “Party Rock Anthem” by LMFAO. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? Working at the Y either in Albert Lea or another location. I love the Y and its mission. I think I’ll be with the Y for a very long time. What is your favorite Kool-Aid flavor? You know how much sugar is in that? But grape. Preferred items: Hotel Beer Pepsi products PC General Motors Beatles Country living Facebook

Weston Hulst

Age: 27 Family: wife, Susie; son, Ryker City: Albert Lea Livelihood: wellness director, Thorne Crest Retirement Community

What is your favorite quotation? “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have recieved from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” — Corinthians 6:19-20 If you could have a super power, what would it be? Super strength. What would you eat if you could have only one kind of food for the rest of your life? Quiznos subs.

Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? Life is unpredictable. This is a tough one. I hope to have a larger family, be older and wiser and be in good shape for the shape I’m in. What is your favorite Kool-Aid flavor? Two cups of sugar per gallon? I don’t think so. Preferred items: Hotel Orange juice Pepsi products PC Ford Motor Co. Beatles Suburban living Facebook

What is your favorite latest technological gadget? My cellphone; it is necessary for daily function. What was the most challenging aspect of your childhood? Seven people in a small house with one bathroom. What turn of events brought you to the Albert Lea area? I started a new job as the wellness director at Thorne Crest Retirement Community. What song is your song? “Awful Beautiful Life” by Darryl Worley.

Thanks Weston

for helping the residents of Thorne Crest and the community change the way we age!

Matt Larson Name: Matt Larson Age: 29 Family: wife, Kristin; sons Ryley, Brekyn and Adler City: Albert Lea Livelihood: owner, Allure Salon & Spa, Albert Lea What is your favorite quotation? No answer If you could have a super power, what would it be? I’d like to slow down time, because there is never enough time in the day. What would you eat if you could have only one kind of food for the rest of your life? Shrimp (from Red Lobster). What is your favorite latest technological gadget? PlayStation 3. I have always loved video games; they provide an escape from real-life stresses. What was the most challenging aspect of your childhood? I never really enjoyed school. What turn of events brought you to the Albert Lea area? I was born in Albert Lea and always lived here. What song is your song?

“Anything” by Eminem. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? I’d still be running a successful salon in Albert Lea. We have put a lot of hard work into our business and plan to be around a long time.

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Kristin Larson Name: Kristin Larson Age: 29 Family: husband, Matt; sons Ryley, Brekyn and Adler City: Albert Lea Livelihood: owner and stylist, Allure Salon & Spa, Albert Lea

What is your favorite quotation? “Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you.” — Dr. Suess

What is your favorite Kool-Aid flavor? Orange.

If you could have a super power, what would it be? To randomly get to be invisible.

Preferred items: Camping Orange juice Pepsi products PC Ford Motor Co. Beatles City living Facebook

What would you eat if you could have only one kind of food for the rest of your life? Casa Zamora. What is your favorite latest technological gadget? My laptop. It goes everywhere and is more convenient than a desktop computer.

A successful salon owner who continues to do what I love — hair. What is your favorite Kool-Aid flavor? Tropical punch. Preferred items: Hotel Orange juice Coke products PC Ford Moror Co. Beatles City living Facebook

What was the most challenging aspect of your childhood? Probably dealing with holidays due to having divorced parents. What turn of events brought you to the Albert Lea area? I was born here. I’m a lifer. What song is your song? “The Cupid Shuffle” always makes me smile. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?

The Tribune is there with you at the Freeborn County Fair.

Increase your health and vitality at one of Thorne Crest’s wellness classes.

Community class openings available • 507-373-2311

305 S. Newton Ave

(507) 369-5140


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Jacob Stockwell Age: 29 Family: wife, Hillary; son, Grant; daughter, Claire City: Albert Lea Livelihood: police officer, Albert Lea Police Department

25 years.

What is your favorite quotation? “Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” — Albert Einstein

Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? Still in Albert Lea enjoying life with my family.

If you could have a super power, what would it be? The power to fly.

What is your favorite Kool-Aid flavor? Orange.

What would you eat if you could have only one kind of food for the rest of your life? Pizza.

Preferred items: Camping Beer Pepsi products PC Ford Motor Co. Beatles Country living Facebook

What is your favorite latest technological gadget? It’s not new, but it’s the smartphone. Allows me to do a lot on the go.

What song is your song? “Free Falling” by Tom Petty.

Jennifer Hovendick Age: 27 Family: mom, Laurie; dad, Marvin; brother, Jason; sister, Becky; sister-inlaw, Ashley City: Albert Lea Livelihood: girls’ basketball coach, fitness center coordinator and elementary sports coordinator at AldenConger School What is your favorite quotation? “There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.” — Epictetus If you could have a super power, what would it be? Jedi mind trick. I would never need to disagree with a referee again! What would you eat if you could have only one kind of food for the rest of your life? Pizza. What is your favorite latest technological gadget? Smartphones; my Blackberry has made my life so much easier. Having email, Facebook and all the others modes of communication at your fingertips is incredible.

What was the most challenging aspect of your childhood? My childhood was pretty good. At times, the most challenging part would be getting along with older sisters, but things are great now.

What was the most challenging aspect of your childhood? Suffering from migraine headaches and having to be different when all you want is to be normal like everyone else.

What turn of events brought you to the Albert Lea area? I grew up in Albert Lea and have lived here for the past

Jacob, we appreciate your dedication to serving our community. RESPECT • INTEGRITY • SERVICE •ACCOUNTABILITY 221 E. Clark St. Albert Lea, MN 507-377-4330 www.city.albertlea.org

What turn of events brought you to the Albert Lea area? My family moved here from Nebraska when I was 4. After spending a number of years in St. Peter, I was ready to be closer to home, and heard about a coaching apportunity in Alden last summer. The rest, they say, is history. What song is your song? “Heart of a Champion” by Nelly. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?

I can’t see myself doing anything different! What is your favorite Kool-Aid flavor? Black cherry. Preferred items: Hotel Coffee Pepsi products PC Chrysler Group Rolling Stones Country living Facebook

Megan Morris

Age: 28 Family: sons Trae and Josiah; fiancé, Zack Jensen City: Albert Lea (from Waseca) Livelihood: manager, Anytime Fitness, Albert Lea What is your favorite quotation? I don’t know a lot of quotes, but one that comes to mind is something my cousin says: “It is what it is.” If you could have a super power, what would it be? If I could have a super power it would be to cure all types of sickness, especially in children. It’s so hard to see them suffer when they are so innocent and haven’t had a chance to live their lives. What would you eat if you could have only one kind of food for the rest of your life? I can’t really decide on one thing. I love pasta, seafood and steak. So my choice would have to be seafood pasta. What is your favorite latest technological gadget? I am not much into technology. The latest gadget I got was my phone. What was the most challenging aspect of your childhood? I would have to say learning to do things on my own. I lived with my dad growing up, and he

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worked long hours. I had to learn to basically be an adult before my time. I still was a kid outside of the house but while at home I fended for myself a lot. Which I don’t regret. What turn of events brought you to the Albert Lea area? I started school in 2007 here at Riverland Community College where I was going to school for auto tech. I met my fiancé there and moved here in 2008. I have lived here ever since and now have a house on a farm, which I have always wanted. What song is your song? I don’t know that I have a song that is my song. I have many that I can relate to, and they are all country. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? Ten years from now I see myself still living in the country with a reconstructed farm and working here at Anytime Fitness. What is your favorite Kool-Aid flavor? Lemon-lime. Preferred items: Camping Beer Coke products Macintosh Ford Motor Co. Beatles Country living Facebook

Chad Cahill

Age: 38 Family: wife, Jessica; children Nolan, Hannah and Henry City: Mason City Livelihood: used car manager, Dave Syverson Auto Mall, Albert Lea What is your favorite quotation? “You are guarenteed one thing in life — nothing.” — Grandpa Henry If you could have a super power, what would it be? To cure cancer.

What would you eat if you could have only one kind of food for the rest of your life? Buffalo Wild Wings.

Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? I’d still be at Dave Syverson Auto Mall selling cars. What is your favorite Kool-Aid flavor? Blue moon. Preferred items: Hotel Beer Pepsi products neither Ford Motor Co. neither Suburban living Facebook

What is your favorite latest technological gadget? My iPhone. All my work stuff is on there. What was the most challenging aspect of your childhood? Having divorced parents. What turn of events brought you to the Albert Lea area? My job at Dave Syverson Auto Mall. What song is your song? “Fishing in the Dark” by Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.

Thank you Chad for your outstanding work ethic! 1-800-423-6663 507-373-1438 2310/2320 E. Main Albert Lea, MN


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Brady Flatness Age: 22 Family: dad, Keith; mom, Angie; brothers Joshua and Dalton City: Albert Lea Livelihood: locksmith, Southern Lock & Glass, Albert Lea

What is your favorite quotation? “All hockey players are bilingual. They know English and profanity.” — Gordie Howe If you could have a super power, what would it be? Be able to see what happens in the future. What would you eat if you could have only one kind of food for the rest of your life? Pasta with chicken.

What song is your song? “I’m Gonna Miss Her” by Brad Paisley. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? Living with my parents and being a locksmith. What is your favorite Kool-Aid flavor? Cherry. Preferred items: Camping Beer Pepsi products PC Ford Motor Co. Rolling Stones Suburban living Facebook

What is your favorite latest technological gadget and why? The cellphone, so people can get a hold of me when they need me. What was the most challenging aspect of your childhood? Staying out of trouble with my parents.

Becca Johnson

Age: 23 Family: parents Nancy and Terry Johnson; sister, Amanda; dog, Toben City: Albert Lea Livelihood: eligibility worker for public assistance programs, Freeborn County Department of Human Services; part-time server, Perkins and Wedgewood Cove, Albert Lea What is your favorite quotation? “Appreciate the little things in life and enjoy them. Some of the best things really are free. Do not worry, less wrinkles are more becoming. Forgive — it frees the soul. Take time for yourself. Plan for longevity. Recognize the speical people you’ve been blessed to know. Live for today. Enjoy the moment.” — Bonnie Mohn If you could have a super power, what would it be? To be able to read people’s minds.

What would you eat if you could have only one kind of food for the rest of your life? Pasta. What is your favorite latest technological gadget? Lawn mower because I just learned how to use it after buying a new house.

What turn of events brought you to the Albert Lea area? I was born here.

What was the most challenging aspect of your childhood? Developing psoriasis.

Congratulations Brady! We are glad you are part of our team!

What turn of events brought you to the Albert Lea area? Born and raised here. What song is your song? “Time of Your Life” by Green Day. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? A happy, well-adjusted, hard-working individual enjoying life to the fullest. Or winning the Powerball.

507-373-9446

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What is your favorite Kool-Aid flavor? Grape.

Preferred items: Camping Wine Coke products PC Ford Motor Co. Beatles City living Facebook

Alicia Schumacher Age: 28 Family: husband, Andy Schumacher City: Albert Lea Livelihood: assistant sales manager at Cellular Only, Albert Lea What is your favorite quotation? “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” — Maya Angelou If you could have a super power, what would it be? Mind reading. What would you eat if you could have only one kind of food for the rest of your life? Potatoes. Any variety with a Diet Coke, of course.

years from now? I live my life one day at a time. But I would suspect to see myself spending time with those who mean the most to me and everything else will just happen.

Nathan Nicholson Age: 32 Family: wife, Amber; children Maygan and twins Eleanor and Isaiah City: Frost Livelihood: general manager, Applebee’s, Albert Lea

What is your favorite Kool-Aid flavor? Orange, I think. I don’t know the last time I drank Kool-Aid.

What is your favorite quotation? “You build up your weaknesses, and they become your strong points.” — Michael Jordan

Preferred items: Bed & Breakfasts Beer Coke products Macintosh Imports Beatles Suburban living Facebook

If you could have a super power, what would it be? Power to heal myself and others.

What is your favorite latest technological gadget? My iPhone keeps me connected; Facebook, Twitter, texts, calls, you name it.

What is your favorite Kool-Aid flavor? The kind I don’t drink. Preferred items: Hotel Wine Coke products PC Chrysler Group Country living Facebook

What would you eat if you could have only one kind of food for the rest of your life? Applebee’s? Or my wife’s cooking. What is your favorite latest technological gadget? Oldest daughter’s new phone. It allows me to share more often with her — texts, pictures, etc. What was the most challenging aspect of your childhood? Having two brothers (middle child syndrome).

What was the most challenging aspect of your childhood? I grew up on a dairy farm in small town South Dakota. Enough said.

What turn of events brought you to the Albert Lea area? Job promotion.

What turn of events brought you to the Albert Lea area? My husband and I opened Cellular Only on Dec. 1, 2011.

What song is your song? “Yellow Ledbetter” by Pearl Jam.

What song is your song? “Proud Mary” by Tina Turner

Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? Being honored in Albert Lea Tribune’s 30 Under 50.

Where do you see yourself 10

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Brady Nelson Age: 22 Family: mom, Nikki; dad, Dwane; siblings, Jack, Aimee and Barrett; boyfriend, Andrew City: New Richland Livelihood: funeral director, Bonnerup Funeral Service, Albert Lea

What is your favorite quotation? “We’re all a little weird, and life is a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutal weirdness and call it love.” — Dr. Seuss If you could have a super power, what would it be? Hmm. Teleporting would be neat. I would love to see different parts of the world, and I hate to fly. What would you eat if you could have only one kind of food for the rest of your life? Jimmy John’s sandwiches. I’ll drive to Owatonna any day to get one! What is your favorite latest technological gadget? I love my Kindle Fire. It is very easy to download books, surf the web, watch movies and play games. What was the most chal-

lenging aspect of your childhood? I had a pretty good childhood, so the most challenging thing I can think of would be dealing with the loss of any of my numerous pets I had growing up. I love my animals! What turn of events brought you to the Albert Lea area? I graduated from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities in December 2011 from the mortuary science program and moved down for work. What song is your song? I listen to a lot of different music, but right now, anything by Fair to Midland is on repeat! Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? Still working in funeral service. Where? I don’t know! I’ll go where life takes me! What is your favorite Kool-Aid flavor? Grape. Preferred items: Camping Beer Coke products Macintosh Chrysler Group Rolling Stones Suburban living Facebook

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Mark Skellenger Age: 29 Family: wife, Jennifer; daughters Ashlyn and Avarie City: Northwood Livelihood: accounting manager, Diamond Jo Casino, Northwood

“Nuisance” by John Reuben.

What is your favorite quotation? “Drive for show, putt for dough.” — a professional disc golfer

What is your favorite Kool-Aid flavor? Grape.

If you could have a super power, what would it be? I don’t really want one, but I suppose I would take strength but only if my physical stature didn’t change. I don’t want to look like Mr. Incredible. What would you eat if you could have only one kind of food for the rest of your life? It’s got to be pizza!

Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? The same place. I enjoy where I am at and what I am doing.

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What is your favorite latest technological gadget? I just got my first smartphone, a Samsung Galaxy Nexus, a couple of months ago. It can do almost anything. My last phone could only make calls and text. Not even take a picture! What was the most challenging aspect of your childhood? Talking to and in front of others or sharing my ideas and thoughts. What turn of events brought you to the Albert Lea area? I grew up in Northwood and have always lived there. What song is your song?

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Age: 26 Family: father, Tom; stepmother, Angie; siblings Katelynn and Kameron Nelson City: Albert Lea Livelihood: sales and event director at Wedgewood Cove Golf Course, owner of Rhino Portable Pressure Washing, both of Albert Lea What is your favorite quotation? “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” — Albert Einstein If you could have a super power, what would it be? To be able to “heal” everything. What would you eat if you could have only one kind of food for the rest of your life? Chicken.

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Entrepreneur/salesman and traveling the world. What is your favorite Kool-Aid flavor? I don’t drink Kool-Aid. I like Monster Energy Drink. Preferred items: Hotel Beer Pepsi products Macintosh Chrysler Group Rolling Stones City living Facebook

What is your favorite latest technological gadget? The iPhone, because of the mobility and the applications for personal and work use. What was the most challenging aspect of your childhood? Not fighting with older brother. What turn of events brought you to the Albert Lea area? Born and raised here. What song is your song? “Good Feeling” by Flo Rida. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?

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Jill Freeman Age: 23 Family: father, Ron; mother, Dawn; brother, Tyler; sister-in-law, Emily; dog, Ollie City: Albert Lea Livelihood: fourth-grade teacher, Alden-Conger School

What is your favorite quotation? “Happiness keeps you sweet. Sorrows keep you human. Life keeps you humble. Success keeps you glowing.” — Anonymous If you could have a super power, what would it be? Teleportation, so you can take mini-vacations all over the world whenever you want.

times for things I did, but mostly to get him back for picking on me and practicing his wrestling moves he saw on WWE that week. What turn of events brought you to the Albert Lea area? My family moved here when I was still in my mom’s tummy. After college, I returned here for student teaching in Alden and started my teaching career here. I really enjoyed working where I grew up and being close to family. What song is your song? “Love like Crazy” by Lee Brice. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? Happily married working as an elementary or math teacher with my master’s and have a few kiddos of my own.

What would you eat if you could have only one kind of food for the rest of your life? Something seafood or fish. What is your favorite latest technological gadget? Any of my Apple products, especially my iPhone. Between my Macbook, iPod and iPhone I always have everything I need. And Siri knows everything.

What is your favorite Kool-Aid flavor? Kool-Aid? How about Crystal Light? Raspberry lemonade. :)

What was the most challenging aspect of your childhood? Finding ways to get my brother in trouble with my parents, some-

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Kristen Dulas Age: 31 Family: husband, Ike; dog, Miley; baby expected Oct. 16 City: Easton Livelihood: cheerleader (whether I’m at my job, teaching aerobics or directing the ski team, I cheer!) at Wells Federal Bank, Wells (I travel to all 10 locations.)

What is your favorite quotation? “Around here, we are realists — realists who expect a miracle every day.” — Mary Kay Ash If you could have a super power, what would it be? To be fearless. What would you eat if you could have only one kind of food for the rest of your life? French baguette bread. What is your favorite latest technological gadget? My Apple iPhone. It’s my favorite and latest because I rarely buy tech gadgets, but it’s very easy to use, reliable and I live for the calendar on it. I’m a calendar girl.

with the students next to me and apparently it was disruptive to class. What turn of events brought you to the Albert Lea area? The biggest promise I ever made: marriage. My husband, Ike, is from the area and already was part of the Wells family business, Dulas Excavating. What song is your song? “Just Breathe” by Pearl Jam. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? Apparently not in this special feature since I’ll be 41. I really don’t know, I admit I’m not much of a long-term goal setter or dreamer. I hope I’m enjoying life and cheering someone along the way. What is your favorite Kool-Aid flavor? I haven’t had KoolAid for years, but I would definitely pick grape.

What was the most challenging aspect of your childhood? Not talking to the student sitting next to me in the classroom. My teacher would move me several times because I became too chatty

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Age: 26 Family: Keaton Bremer City: Albert Lea Livelihood: manager, Cheers Liquor, Albert Lea

“Whiskey Girl” by Toby Keith.

What is your favorite quotation? “You shouldn’t take life too seriously. You’ll never get out alive.” — Van Wilder If you could have a super power, what would it be? To be able to freeze time. What would you eat if you could have only one kind of food for the rest of your life? Any type of potato chips. What is your favorite latest technological gadget? My iPhone, because I truly have the world at my fingertips and all of my questions answered in seconds. What was the most challenging aspect of your childhood? I would have to say the most challenging aspect of my childhood was my parents’ divorce just because we went back and forth from house to house every other week, and at times it was overwhelming. What turn of events brought you to the Albert Lea area? The turn of events that brought me to Albert Lea were we found out I was expecting, and we wanted to be closer to some family.

Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? In 10 years from now, I hope to have my own liquor store or be working for a liquor company as a salesman. I have to be able to do a little more traveling and let my son get to see a little more of the world. What is your favorite KoolAid flavor? Grape.

Natalie Runden Age: 28 Family: father, Mark; mother, Sue; siblings Samantha Klukow and Philip Runden; significant other, Thomas Martinez City: Hayward Livelihood: attorney at Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services, Albert Lea What is your favorite quotation? “Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.” — Mark Twain If you could have a super power, what would it be? Teleportation, to go anywhere I wanted immediately. What would you eat if you could have only one kind of food for the rest of your life? White chicken chili.

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What is your favorite latest technological gadget? Smartphones. Instant information at the tips of your fingers. What was the most challenging aspect of your childhood? Living in the country as a pre-teen and not being able to get rides into town.

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What turn of events brought you to the Albert Lea area? I graduated from Albert Lea High School in 2002, moved to Northfield for undergrad and then to St. Paul for law school before working in Fargo. I moved back to Albert Lea when I was offered this job in June 2010. I love it here because I’m close to my family.

What is your favorite Kool-Aid flavor? I don’t like Kool-Aid. Preferred items: Hotel Wine PC General Motors Beatles Country living Facebook

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Rachel Bakken Age: 25 Family: husband, David; daughter, Isabelle; dogs Cooper and Chance City: Albert Lea Livelihood: mortician, Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home, Albert Lea

What is your favorite quotation? “If ever there is a tomorrow when we’re not together, there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we’re apart, I’ll always be with you.” — Christopher Robin “If you tell the truth you don’t have to remember anything.” — Mark Twain If you could have a super power, what would it be? To read minds so I can know what Isabelle is thinking when she is smiling. What would you eat if you could have only one kind of food for the rest of your life? Spaghetti. What is your favorite latest technological gadget? My iPhone; however, we did just get the Internet at home for the first time.

What was the most challenging aspect of your childhood? My childhood was a pretty wonderful and the most challenging part was probably convincing my parents that moving away for college was a good thing. But really the challenging parts of my life started when I was an adult. What turn of events brought you to the Albert Lea area? I grew up in Alden, moved to Pennsylvania for college and while I was away my dad got sick, so after graduating I was moved closer to be with my family again. What song is your song? Well, for the last three months it has been “Sammy the Spider” by Jewel. I sing it to Isabelle every morning when I get her ready for day care, and she gives me big smiles! Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? Living in Albert Lea. What is your favorite KoolAid flavor? Black cherry. Preferred items: Camping Orange juice Coke products PC Chrysler Group Beatles Country living Pinterest

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What song is your song? “Good Day, Sunshine” by the Beatles. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? I can’t predict the future. It’s not one of my superpowers.

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Paul Schuster Age: 30 Family: wife, Tia City: Albert Lea Livelihood: manager at Vern Eide Chevrolet, Albert Lea

Any songs by Metallica.

What is your favorite quotation? “Confidence is contagious; so is lack of confidence.” — Vince Lombardi

Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? Raising my family here in Albert Lea and continuing to grow the Vern Eide Chevy store into the best dealership in the region.

If you could have a super power, what would it be? The ability to fly.

What is your favorite Kool-Aid flavor? Cherry.

What would you eat if you could have only one kind of food for the rest of your life? Pizza.

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What is your favorite latest technological gadget? The iPhone. It has apps that are relevant to business life as well as personal life — and ease of use. What was the most challenging aspect of your childhood? Living out in the country and having to drive so far to hang out with friends while growing up. What turn of events brought you to the Albert Lea area? Vern Eide purchased the Chevy store. What song is your song?

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Jenni Harnack Age: 30 Family: boyfriend, Ryan Immel; children Morgan and Andrew City: Albert Lea Livelihood: registered dental assistant at Aurora Dental and Uptown Dental, Albert Lea What is your favorite quotation? “I’m selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.” — Marilyn Monroe If you could have a super power, what would it be? Invisibility. What would you eat if you could have only one kind of food for the rest of your life? Steak. What is your favorite latest technological gadget? Hands-free Microsoft Sync in my truck because I can talk on my cellphone through the speakers in my truck and everything (music) that comes from the phone syncs to the truck. What was the most challenging aspect of your childhood? Leaving California at the age of 12 and starting at a new school. What turn of events brought you to the Albert Lea area? I am originally from San Diego. My dad was originally from Alden, and we moved here because he was looking for employment.

What is your favorite Kool-Aid flavor? Tropical punch. Preferred items: Hotel Orange juice Pepsi products PC Ford Motor Co. Beatles Suburban living Facebook

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Rachel Danny Nolander-Poppel Halvorsen Age: 31 Family: husband, Kevin; dog, Skyy (sheltie) City: Albert Lea Livelihood: dentist at Advanced Family Dental, Albert Lea

hometown). So here we are, and we love it!

What is your favorite quotation? “Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” — Anatole France

Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? Still living and practicing in Albert Lea and hopefully the mom to three wonderful children. My husband and I are excited to start a family.

If you could have a super power, what would it be? I would love to be able to fly. What would you eat if you could have only one kind of food for the rest of your life? Italian food. Yummy! What is your favorite latest technological gadget? The Nook. I love the ease of downloading books online. There’s no having to go to the store or wait for them to be shipped. It’s great! What was the most challenging aspect of your childhood? I had to overcome a speech impediment. I went to speech therapy from third through sixth grade.

What song is your song? “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper.

What is your favorite Kool-Aid flavor? Cherry. Preferred items: Hotel Wine Coke products Macintosh Ford Motor Co. Beatles City living Facebook

thing that is upbeat and can have a good time, too. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? I’d still be doing what I love — working at the movie theater and spending time with my two kids and husband.

What is your favorite quotation? “When we love a person, we accept him or her exactly as is: the lovely with the unlovely, the strong along with the fearful, the true mixed with the facade.” — Mr. Rogers

What is your favorite Kool-Aid flavor? Grape.

If you could have a super power, what would it be? I would love to be able to read minds.

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What would you eat if you could have only one kind of food for the rest of your life? Supreme pizza, that way I wouldn’t get sick of the toppings. If I didn’t like a certain one I could just pick it off for the day. What is your favorite latest technological gadget? Digital projectors. They save a lot of time! What was the most challenging aspect of your childhood? Learning patience, which I’m still learning.

What turn of events brought you to the Albert Lea area? My husband, Kevin, and I were getting married and wanted to return to one of our hometowns to start a family. Albert Lea had a dental office come up for sale before Breckenridge, Minn. (my husband’s

What turn of events brought you to the Albert Lea area? Nothing too life altering. My job and to be close to family. What song is your song? I don’t have a song, really. I like any-

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Mike Hanson Age: 36 Family: wife, Michelle; children Mackenzie, Michaele and Lola City: Albert Lea Livelihood: Owner of M&M Mechanical/Plumber, Albert Lea

What is your favorite quotation? “Do you remember that guy who gave up? Nobody else does either.” — Unknown If you could have a super power, what would it be? To read people’s minds, so you can tell who is being truthful. What would you eat if you could have only one kind of food for the rest of your life? Jake’s Pizza, pepperoni.

Running a successful business and spending as much time with my family as possible. What is your favorite Kool-Aid flavor? Tropical punch. Preferred items: Hotel Beer Coke products Macintosh General Motors Rolling Stones City living Facebook

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Age: 23 Family: mom, Deb; stepdad, Matt Borland; siblings Chris, Nick and Tonya Busall; step-siblings Brooke Lopez, Andy Borland and Jake Borland City: Albert Lea Livelihood: cosmetology/hair and makeup, Great Clips and Albert Lea Community Theatre What is your favorite quotation? “Don’t let someone get to you by telling you you can’t do something, because nothing hurts those people worse in the end than rubbing in your sweet success.” — Unknown If you could have a super power, what would it be? To fly! Of course, no more car breakdowns.

What is your favorite latest technological gadget? My iPhone. I can’t live without it!

What would you eat if you could have only one kind of food for the rest of your life? Favorite kind? If it is not a specific thing, then it would be seafood.

What was the most challenging aspect of your childhood? Growing up in a divorced family. What turn of events brought you to the Albert Lea area? I was born in Albert Lea, then moved away for 10 years to pursue my career. I met Michelle and moved back to Albert Lea to be close to family.

What is your favorite latest technological gadget? The iPad 2, because I can bring it everywhere, write notes, keep updated on my career field, send emails, etc.

What song is your song? Too many to choose only one. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?

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What was the most challenging aspect of your childhood? The loss of all my grandparents within a small amount of time and then my senior year losing my dad, as well as the negative people telling me and my family at a young age I wouldn’t be a cheerleader, hairstylist or ever go to California and work on a celebrity. Well, it looks like I’ve proved them wrong so far. That’s what determination and positive thinking gets you! What turn of events brought you to the Albert Lea area? My birth on Sept. 14. What song is your song? “California Dreamin’” by The Mamas

and the Papas or anything by Nicki Minaj. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? Oh wow, 10 years?! Owning my own business dealing with hair and makeup. The business would have to in some aspect give back to people in my community, especially children, positvely touching someone’s heart. What is your favorite Kool-Aid flavor? Blue raspberry. Preferred items: Camping Wine Coke products Macintosh Ford Motor Co. Beatles City living Pinterest

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Kelly Goskeson Age: 31 Family: husband, Mark; daughters Morgan and Marlee City: Albert Lea Livelihood: controller, office manager, Mrs. Gerry’s Kitchen, Albert Lea What is your favorite quotation? “If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it.” If you could have a super power, what would it be? It’s a difficult decision, but I would choose telepathy. What would you eat if you could have only one kind of food for the rest of your life? A calorie-free, fat-free, deep-fried, chocolate something. What is your favorite latest technological gadget? My Droid. I love being able to Google totally useless information at any time, check email and Facebook, listen to the radio and above all, play the Dr. Droid app (modeled after Dr. Mario for Gameboy). It’s my favorite! What was the most challenging aspect of your childhood? I continue to feel so badly for children who are bullied, as I know how they feel due to the fact that I was “made fun of” as a kid for all sorts of things, but mainly my weight. It is so sad, and I believe parents really need to take responsibility for their

children, and if they see or hear them bullying to take it seriously and teach them that it won’t be tolerated. What turn of events brought you to the Albert Lea area? I was born here; however, I lived most of my childhhood in New Richland, and I graduated from New RichlandHartland-Ellendale-Geneva High School. I also lived in Duluth while I attended the University of Minnesota, Duluth. I love this community and feel fortunate that Mark and I are able to raise our children here. What song is your song? “I Cross My Heart” by George Strait because it always makes me smile and think about my husband. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? Ten years older and right here in Albert Lea. I feel very fortunate and am very happy with my life in Albert Lea. I have a great job that I enjoy, and we are able to have a lot of family time, including time with grandmas, grandpas, aunts, uncles and cousins, which is very important to me.

Alison Grunwald Age: 26 Family: son, Will City: Ellendale Livelihood: head accountant, 4 Seasons Advertising, Albert Lea What is your favorite quotation? “Live every day as it many be your last.” — Dillon Gordon “You should always smile and look forward to the better things.” — Lindsay Lembke If you could have a super power, what would it be? To be able to be three places at once! What would you eat if you could have only one kind of food for the rest of your life? Cheese.

years from now? In 10 years I see myself being married, having another kid and just simply enjoying the little things in life. What is your favorite Kool-Aid flavor? Strawberry kiwi. Preferred items: Camping Coffee Coke products PC General Motors Rolling Stones Country living Facebook

What is your favorite latest technological gadget? Smartphone. What was the most challenging aspect of your childhood? Divorced parents. What turn of events brought you to the Albert Lea area? Work. What song is your song? “Livin’ On A Prayer” by Bon Jovi. Where do you see yourself 10

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Kristine Brink

Age: 36 Family: husband, Sean Brink; children Elisa and Kameron City: Albert Lea Livelihood: lender, Home Federal Savings Bank, Albert Lea

What is your favorite quotation? “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.” — Albert Einstein

If you could have a super power, what would it be? The ability to stop time whenever I wanted to. Life seems to go too fast.

What would you eat if you could have only one kind of food for the rest of your life? Any type of potato! I love baked, mashed, fried. You name it, I love it!

What is your favorite latest technological gadget? My Droid cellphone! I use it for everything: communication, calendar, direction, reading and many other things.

What was the most challenging aspect of your childhood? Sports! I was never very good at them and I’m still not.

What turn of events brought you to the Albert Lea area? My husband and I both are from Albert Lea, but once we got married and had our daughter, we wanted to live close to our parents. I don’t know what we would do without them!

What song is your song? “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz. It’s our wedding song. Anytime it’s on the radio my daughter says, “Mommy, it’s your song.” Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? I think I will still be here in Albert Lea. I think it’s a great place to raise kids. What is your favorite Kool-Aid flavor? Grape. Preferred items: Camping Wine Pepsi products PC General Motors Beatles City living Facebook

Amber Steele

Age: 28 Family: son, Haayden; pets Daisy (Chinese Shar Pei); Fred (box turtle) City: Twin Lakes Livelihood: sergeant, nurse and recruiting and retention NCO, Albert Lea Training and Community Center, Minnesota National Guard What is your favorite quotation? “Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius, and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.” — Marilyn Monroe If you could have a super power, what would it be? The Zach Morris Timeout. What would you eat if you could have only one kind of food for the rest of your life? Who needs food? I would just drink Red Bull the rest of my life! What is your favorite latest technological gadget? The smartphone. There’s an app for everything!

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What song is your song? It’s a three-way tie between “Seventeen” by Winger, “Jessie’s Girl” by Rick Springfield and “Faithfully” by Journey. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? Sgt. Maj. Steele, in a fulfilling nursing position, raising my son.

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What was the most challenging aspect of your childhood? I grew up an Army brat so we moved a lot. I had to learn quickly how to adapt to change and make new friends. I was an expert “new kid on the block.” What turn of events brought you to the Albert Lea area? My father left active-duty Army and we moved here to be closer to his family.

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