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agriculture & industry • community • faith & charities Education • down through the years • family & home business & health • life • neighbors • people A PUBLICATION OF THE ALBERT LEA TRIBUNE • FEBRUARY 2014

Your charity dollars at work

Community Chest


tips for giving wisely

Donating locally is as important as shopping locally By Sarah Stultz


on the phone. In the mail. In person. Or online. The opportunities to give to charities are at every turn. How should people choose where to give and how can they ensure their donation will support a local cause? Ann Austin, executive director of the United Way of Freeborn County, said people may have many motivations for donating to a charity. For some people, Austin said, they have given to charities in the past simply because they have felt good about doing it. “They feel like they want to invest back in the community,” she said. Lance Skov, with Albert Lea accounting firm Hill, Larson, Walth & Benda, said people should donate to groups they are passionate about and have a connection with. Austin echoed his sentiments. “I think it’s important to participate in the organizations that have impacted you in your life,” she said. People, she said, should research nonprofits and even consider volunteering at them before giving monetarily. Albert Lean Jan Jerdee said she likes her money to stay as local as possible, so she feels more comfortable donating to an organization she knows well. “You like to know how your money is getting used,” she said. “Otherwise, I could just drive down the road and throw my money out the window and

Charities have an obligation to provide detailed information to interested donors. Never give to a charity without finding out about it first.

2. Find out where the money goes.

hope that a kid who needs it finds it.” She said a majority of the nonprofits she gives to have impacted her or someone she knows. Austin said people can look at how much of an organization’s donations support administrative costs versus program costs. They can also look at how the nonprofit raises its money. When someone donates to the United Way, for example, 87 percent goes to support programs, while 5 percent goes to management, 6 percent goes to fundraising, 1 percent is designated to other counties and 1 percent goes to the United Way Worldwide, she said. United Way leaders have from Sept. 1 through Dec. 31 each year to collect funds. They do so through a workplace campaign, mailers and community outreach and fundraisers. “We’re looking into new ways of engaging people, especially the younger audience,” Austin said. The organization has an agreement with its partner agencies — what is called a blackout period — where the agencies are asked not to fundraise on their own from Sept. 1 through Nov. 15. The idea behind the blackout period, Austin said, is to allow the community to focus its donation efforts on the United Way. The organization used to be known in several areas across the country as Community Chest because it acts as an agent to collect money from local businesses and workers and then

Advance token to nearest nonprofit Where does your United Way dollar go? 1 percent is sent to United Way Worldwide, which goes toward support, conferences, other services 1 percent is designated to other counties 6 percent goes toward fundraising and time spent reaching out to businesses 5 percent pays for management 87 percent supports United Way of Freeborn County partner agencies

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The total budget of the Albert Lea Salvation Army is about $1.1 million, with about 13 percent of that going to support administration and fundraising. Capt. Jim Brickson said the remainder goes to support the food pantry, community meals five days a week, rental assistance, heating and electrical assistance, emergency assistance, transportation, lodging and Christmas and Thanksgiving meals.

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1. Know your charity.

distributes those funds to community projects. After the annual fundraising campaign is complete, a committee of community members allocates the United Way donations. This year, 16 nonprofits, focusing on the areas of education, income and health will receive funding. Austin said how much is given to the agencies depends each year on their request for funding, combined with the community’s needs and how much was raised. One of those agencies is the Albert Lea Salvation Army, which in 2014 will receive $65,000 from the United Way. Salvation Army Capt. Jim Brickson said his organization has a total budget this year of about $1.1 million. Of that, about 13 percent goes toward administration. What do charities do when there are gaps in funding? Brickson said sometimes he has to be creative in how he approaches his programs because the need for the services remains despite the gaps. He said the Salvation Army has benefited greatly through volunteers. “I don’t think we always have to be standing there with our hands out saying, ‘Can you fill the bucket again?’” Austin said at some point, though, the community needs to reassess what its nonprofits are doing in the community. “There are so many ways we can solve problems collectively without having to raise funds,” she said.

Do not pass go; Go directly to aid United way agencies

Find out how much of the donation goes for general administration and fundraising versus how much is left for the program services you want to support.

3. Do not respond to pressure.

Do not be pressured into contributing on the spot. Request additional information in writing if not familiar with a charity.

4. Keep records of your donations.

Do not give credit card numbers to a telephone solicitor or through an unfamiliar website. Obtain a receipt or printed copy of the donation for tax purposes. For all tax-deductible contributions of $250 or more, the Internal Revenue Service requires a receipt from the charity.

5. Ask if the charity is registered by federal, state or local authorities.

Nearly all non-church charities with more than $25,000 per year in income must file financial information annually with the IRS. But remember, registration in itself is not a stamp of government approval or an endorsement of the charity.

6. Beware of charities offering gifts.

Direct mail solicitations are often accompanied by greeting cards, address stickers, calendars or key rings. Charities do this because it can increase donations, but do not feel you have to make a contribution to keep the items. It is against the law for a charity to demand payment for any unordered merchandise. — Information from

How the United Way of Freeborn County allocated funds in 2014: • Adult Basic Education: $12,000 • Freeborn-Mower chapter of the American Red Cross: $10,000 • Group Support Services: $35,000 • The Children’s Center: $52,000 • The Arc of Freeborn County: $30,000 • The Salvation Army: $65,000 • The Albert Lea Family Y: $30,000 • Healthy Families: $20,000 • Crime Victims Crisis Center: $18,000 • Senior Resources of Freeborn County: $57,600 • Parenting Resource Center: $20,000 • Cedar Valley Services: $40,000 • Catholic Charities: $5,000 • Semcac Community Action: $8,000 • Community Technologies & Services: $14,000 • Crisis Response Team: $1,500 Total: $418,100

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Dorothy Simonsen, left, and Betty Buffington help stock the Ecumenical Food Pantry.

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Ecumenical Food Pantry does a lot with a little By Tiffany Krupke

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Volunteers Dorothy Simonsen and Betty Buffington stay busy keeping the Ecumenical Food Pantry stocked. The pantry, in the basement of the First Presbyterian Church, serves about 200 people a month. For more than 30 years, the pantry has rotated between churches in town. It has been at its present location since 2005. With rising heating costs, the need for assistance continues to grow. Simonsen and Buffington volunteer because they enjoy helping people. Simonsen has been volunteering for 12 years. Simonsen and her husband, Orv, are in charge of ordering food. The food they order comes from Channel 1 Regional Food Bank in Rochester. They also receive food from local donors. Simonsen said the support from the community has been excellent. “Everyone has been willing to help in any way they can,” she said. She said people are appreciative for the food, often thanking the volunteers after every item of food they are given. Simonsen has enjoyed being with people. After retiring

Hours • Ecumenical Food Pantry • First Presbyterian Church • 9 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Tuesdays and Fridays from running her own secretarial business, she looked for ways to get involved. She also volunteers at the Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea. “I can’t go more than a few days without being around people,” Simonsen said. Buffington, who is a retired teacher, agreed. “I enjoy working with people and providing not just food, but nutritional food,” Buffington said. Buffington was a family and consumer science teacher for the Albert Lea school district for 36 years. Her love of people drives her to volunteer. “I have met some really fine people,” Buffington said. “They are so appreciative.” Each person who visits the pantry for the first time has to register at the front desk. A picture ID and a current bill are required. Cloth bags are also encouraged because the pantry does not provide plastic bags. After registering, volunteers walk people through the food and allow them to select a number of items based on the size of their

family. People really enjoy choices, Buffington said. “We get to know people in the community. Soon we know who gets the brown rice and what kind of bread they prefer,” she said. When not donating her time, Buffington teaches a human relations class at Riverland Community College. The Ecumenical Food Pantry is gearing up for March, which is National Nutrition Month. The food pantry is participating in the statewide campaign. It is the biggest fundraiser of the year. All dollar and food donations stay local, with an opportunity to receive a percentage of a larger pool of money. Cash or food donations can be sent or delivered to 208 Water St., Albert Lea, MN 56007. The volunteers are thankful for the support they have received this year. Simonsen and Buffington know that without the generosity of others, the food pantry wouldn’t be running. They hope March will bring enough food to help people in the community who are struggling. “If it wasn’t for the community, we wouldn’t be here,” Simonsen said. “I’m glad we can help.” The Ecumenical Food Pantry is open from 9 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Betty Buffington, left, demonstrates the registration process with the help of Dorothy Simonsen.

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FAITH & CHARITIES - PROGRESS 2014 • Sunday, February 23, 2014 • Albert Lea Tribune • Page 3

A place to Believe, Belong and Become

Micah Bader

Sunday school students gather around the Bible on Wednesday at Bricelyn Lutheran Church. From left are Blake Bullerman, Elizabeth Jacobson, Jacob Berkeland, Bella Gallardo and Myah Gormley.

Sunday School on Wednesdays?

BRICELYN — An idea by the Sunday school staff at two southern Minnesota churches gave new life to their programs. In September of 2013, Bricelyn Lutheran Church and North Blue Earth Lutheran Church near Amboy, two separate Evangelical Lutheran Church of America parishes, decided to join forces for Sunday school and move it to 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays. The day of the week is not the only change. The name changed, too. The Rev. Nancy Dreier, who serves both parishes, said the new name is Wednesday Night Live. “It originated with our teachers, and they do all the planning for it,” Dreier said. With dwindling attendance in Sunday school at both churches, the teachers proposed a new plan. “With a prayer, we just decided to try something new,” said Wednesday Night Live instructor Kim Gormley. Gormley is an elementary school teacher for United South Central School District in

Wells, and she said kids are excited to come. “I’ve had some kids come up to me at school and say, ‘Mrs. Gormley, I can’t wait for Wednesday night.’” she said. “It’s really fun to see.” Before Wednesday Night Live was created, Bricelyn Lutheran’s Sunday school had a regular attendance of about six to 12 students, instructor Kristin Bullerman said. North Blue Earth’s attendance was even thinner with about three attendees. After the changes, attendance improved to about 35 children on a consistent basis, and it’s been an outreach tool, Bullerman said. “The six to 12 kids who were attending before were mostly member’s kids, and now we’re getting kids from the community who aren’t members of the church,” she said. The increased number of students allowed the six instructors, who take turns teaching, to divide the kids, ages preschool to third grade, into separate classes. “We were doing a one-room schoolhouse with multi-aged kids grouped together, but now we’re able to break up into smaller groups

Bricelyn Lutheran Church is at 404 N. Secor St. in Bricelyn.

Inviting people to actively particpate in the life of Jesus

and do more ageappropriate activities,” Gormley said. Wednesday night is also when seventh- and eighth-grade students have confirmation class. Donations allowed the staff to provide food like pizza and snacks. “We feed them supper, and it’s all free to the kids,” Gormley said. “We get donations from people who want to donate a pan of bars or cash donations that we can put toward it.” During its five months

Sunday: 8:45 a.m. - Adult Sunday School 9:45-10:45 a.m. - Children’s Church 10:00 a.m. - Worship (Nursery Provided) Wednesday 5:30 p.m. - Supper served $2 each Family Night: 6:30 p.m. - Adult Bible Study, Awaken Youth Group & Kidz 4 Jesus

2 churches join forces for teaching youth

By Micah Bader

Albert Lea Assembly of God

of operation, interest in Wednesday Night Live hasn’t fallen off. “We didn’t know if the novelty would wear off for the kids when winter set in,” Gormley said. “But Pastor Nancy has made the church more kid-friendly. It’s enticing to come.” Moving Wednesday Night Live back to Sunday morning isn’t in the cards, at least for now, Bullerman said. “I don’t think so,” Bullerman said. “I think it’s going really well.”

First Lutheran Church

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8:00 a.m. Traditional Service 9:15 a.m. Blended Service 10:30 a.m. Praise & Worship Service 9:15 a.m. Sunday School 6:30 p.m. Thursday Chapel Service

Pastor: Lee Freshour 1540 South Shore Dr. (507) 373-7989 Albert Lea, MN

Our18358 Father’s House Hwy 69, Albert Lea, MN 507-373-7799 9:00 a.m. Fellowship 9:30 a.m. Christian Education 10:30 a.m. Sunday Worship

Making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. 9:00 a.m. Contemporary Service 9:15 a.m. Sunday School 11:00 a.m. Traditional Service

301 W Clark St.


Pastor Tom Biatek


We follow only God’s Word. Hear & delight in Salvation through Christ alone!

United Methodist church 702 Highway 69 S Albert Lea

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grace lutheran church 918 garfield • 373-6496

St. Theodore Catholic Church 315 E. Clark St, Albert Lea Confession: 4 p.m. Saturday Mass Schedule: 5:15 p.m. Saturday 9:30 a.m. Sunday Broadcast on KATE 1450 AM 11 a.m. Sunday Español We Are Five Individual Churches Working Together To Share Christ in Our World By Sharing Staff and Resources We Strengthen Our Congregations and Communities

St. James Catholic Church, Twin Lakes: Mass 8 a.m. Sunday

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SALEM LUTHERAN CHURCH (ELCA) 115 N Washington, Albert Lea, MN

507-373-2184 8:00 & 10:30 a.m. Sunday Worship 9:15 a.m. Sunday School

Bethany Lutheran Church – Joice, IA Sunday School 10:15 a.m. Worship 9:00 a.m. Immanuel Lutheran Church – Scarville, IA Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Worship 8:00 a.m. Lunder Lutheran Church – Rural Albert Lea Sunday School 9:30 a.m.

Worship 11:00 a.m.

EDUCATION HOUR • 9:45 a.m.

Silver Lake Lutheran Church – Rural Northwood, IA Sunday School 10:30 a.m. Worship 9:30 a.m Winnebago Lutheran Church – Rural Lake Mills, IA Sunday School 9:00 a.m. Worship 10:30 a.m.

wednesday worship • 5:30 p.m.

We invite you to worship with us this week! sunday worship • 8:30 and 11:00 a.m.

Pastors: Rev. Todd M. Walsh, Rev. Andrea J. Myers

Worship times run March through May

Parish Office 641-567-3550 Pastor Bill Peters • Pastor Randy Baldwin

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Brandi Hagen

Members of the Flatlanders chapter of ABATE of Minnesota gather at the Moose Lodge in Albert Lea on Jan. 25.

The ninety-nine percenters

ABATE chapter works to education people about motorcyles

By Brandi Hagen

It’s time to realize that the stereotype of all motorcyclists being big, bad and up to no good is just that — a stereotype. That’s what ABATE wants people to know. ABATE is a motorcycle rights organization, many locals are unaware that there is a local chapter called the Flatlanders. The Flatlanders are in their 25th year. Their region spans from Blue Earth to the east side of Austin and has an active core group of about 45 members. “There’s also a lot of members who join the chapters, not just Flatlanders, but all over the state that pay the membership fee just to support,” member Jacquie Deml-Mauseth said. The acronym ABATE is spelled out in different ways in different states, but in Minnesota it stands for American bikers for awareness, training and education. It comprises advocates of motorcyclists whether they own a bike or not.

We welcome you to learn more about our club by attending one of our weekly meetings

FRIDAYS, 7AM-8AM Albert Lea American Legion Kiwanis — ­ changing the world, one child and one community at a time.

Our Projects:

Kettle Korn • Highway Cleanup Geneva Cancer Auction Scholarship Fish Fry Fundraiser Salvation Army Red Kettle Ringing Freeborn County American Cancer Society Bike-a-Thon Aktion Club (with Noon Kiwanis) Eliminate Golf Tournament For more info please visit:

Noon Kiwanis (Founded 1922)

Meetings every Monday at American Legion


• Pastors’ Day • Highway Cleanup • Bell Ringing • Scholarships for students in Freeborn County area high schools & Riverland Community College • Aktion Club • Christmas Shopping for children & families • Builders Club • Frank Hall Park Playground • New Basketball Courts • Bringing Up Grades Program These projects are supported through various fundraising efforts President: Tim Engstrom President-Elect: Lance Skov Vice President : Kristie Jordahl Past President: Rhonda Allison Co-Secretaries: Larry Forster & Iris Tarvestad Treasurer: Judy Verdoorn

district,” Deml-Mauseth said. Legried said this year at the state level one of the issues to be addressed is an enhanced penalties bill. In addition to its lobbying, the Flatlanders chapter does a lot of work to increase motorcycle education and safety and it does charity work to help surrounding communities through bike runs and other fundraisers. One of those runs is the Buddy Bear Run. The chapter gives out biker-looking teddy bears to fire departments and ambulance personnel to give to children. “It’s a comfort tool,” Deml-Mauseth said. For example, if a family’s home is on fire, a bear may be given out as a child watches it burn. “This is the first new, clean thing they get,” Legried said. The Buddy Bear Run is done each year on a Saturday in August. Last year there were 22 bikes on the run and 76 bears were given out. This summer the chapter will be giving out 96 bears.



The group is highly concerned with lobbying at the state level, but also locally and nationally. “Our main focus is on the rights of all motorcyclists,” Flatlanders chapter representative Virgil Legried said. Legried said the organization successfully pushed for the passage of a road guard law. The law allows a road to be temporarily blocked off so that a procession of bikers can pass through an intersection without getting stopped by traffic control devices. The rules within the law are still being written with hopes of being ready by summer 2015, Legried said. Another political issue ABATE is passionate about is helmet laws. “We’re not anti-helmet; we’re pro-choice,” Legried said. “We’re about our rights and less government.” On March 12 anybody who rides a bike, trike or is in support of riders will gather for Biker Day at the Capitol. “You’re given a special session with your representatives from your

The chapter has been known to help with benefits, hold chili feeds and donate to Toys for Tots, food shelves and other people and groups in need. The Flatlanders’ next chili feed is at the Moose Lodge in Albert Lea on March 15. The proceeds will help pay for the new buddy bears. One of the ways the chapter helps to educate the public is by doing something it calls WashOut. On a Saturday in May, which is Motorcycle Awareness Month, the chapter will go to a rest stop on Interstate 90, wash windows and hand out literature. “The idea was there long before we were involved,” Legried said. It also has a program called Share the Road in which it offers DVDs

and other materials to give to schools about motorcycle awareness. Deml-Mauseth said ideally the chapter would like to go to those schools and driver’s education classes and speak to the students, instead of just sending them materials. “It’s all about making people aware,” she said. “We aren’t that little and invisible.” One other program to mention that the Flatlanders chapter runs is Dial-A-Ride. The program runs from April 25 into October. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights anyone who needs a ride home after a night of fun, instead of riding their bike home can call an ABATE member to give them a ride home

and store their bike. “You don’t have to be an ABATE member either,” Deml-Mauseth said. “Anybody anywhere can use it.” The program is not promoting drinking, but rather to keep people who ride and those around them safe. Deml-Mauseth and Legried said the chapter would like to see an increase in members and also to do more fundraisers. The chapter does about five rides a year and its members participate in runs that other chapters hold, too. “We are very active,” Deml-Mauseth said. The Flatlanders meet once a month. The chapter can be found on Facebook at “Flatlanders Chapter, ABATE of Minnesota.”

3 great area rides By Tim Engstrom

The Four-State Loop

This 344-mile ride mainly highlights Wisconsin but it also veers through Illinois, Iowa and Minnesota. It is a two-day ride. Start in La Crescent and cross the Mississippi River to La Crosse, Wis. Go downtown and you’ll find one of the stars of this ride — Wisconsin Highway 33, an old route that crosses the state. It heads east from La Crosse and goes through St. Joseph, Middle Ridge, Portland, Cashton, Ontario and Hillsboro. Turn south on state Highway 80, which dances with Buck Creek to Richland Center. Take U.S. Highway 14 east to Spring Green and scenic state Highway 23. It’s the curvy road that passes the famous House on the Rock. Follow it south through historic Dodgeville and make double sure you cruise through downtown Mineral Point. After Darlington and Avon, the route ends. Cut east on Highway 11 to Gratiot, then south on state Highway 78 into Warren, Ill. In Stockton, you hit U.S. Highway 20. Take it through scenic Galena on your way to Dubuque, Iowa. After crossing the Mississippi, look for U.S. Highway 52 heading north. Stay on it through several small towns, turning north in Luxemburg. You part with Highway 52 north of Guttenberg. Follow County Road X56 north to twin cities McGregor and Marquette. You probably figured out by now that this is the Great River Road. Follow those signs on Iowa Highway 76, then take County Road X52 and Iowa Highway 26. You’ll hit Harper’s Ferry, Lansing and New Albin. Highway 26 rolls along

the river and will take you back to La Crescent. Make sure you visit Brownsville along the way.

Mankato to Minneapolis

Everyone needs to go to the Twin Cities at some point. Why not take the best-looking route, rather than the fastest one? This is a 67-mile ride through nature. Take your chopper north out of Mankato on Third Avenue, which becomes County Road 5. You’ll cross the tracks, then turn right onto Lime Valley Road, then immediately turn left on Jayhawk Road. It will lead you to Minnesota Highway 22. Head north and go past Kasota and across the Minnesota River into St. Peter. Follow U.S. Highway 169 north out of town, and near Le Sueur you’ll branch off on state Highway 93 until you reach Henderson, a popular place to spot bald eagles. The road naturally becomes County Road 6 — as it becomes the best part of this ride along the Minnesota River — and just north of Belle Plaine it is County Road 40, which leads to East Union and Carver. This is where you hit the metropolis. County 40 intersects with state Highway 41, which takes you to U.S. Highway 212 into Eden Prairie and beyond to Minneapolis via freeways.

The Bar & Grill Ride

There are these roads that many lone bikers take. It is a way that slices through the northern portions of Faribault, Freeborn and Mower counties. We’ll describe it from Winnebago to Stewartville. It doesn’t have all the famous scenery that the other two routes have, but it does have that rural, low-traffic appeal. You will see other

bikers riding on it but usually one at a time. It’s more of one’s own way, not a big draw, and it has plenty of small towns with little restaurants and taverns, making it the Bar & Grill Ride. From Winnebago, head east through Delavan and Easton to Wells. Take Faribault County Road 32 east from Wells and about two miles out follow the curves. It becomes Freeborn County Road 29 after crossing the line. You’ll head to Freeborn, where you can soak up a view of Freeborn Lake. The road curves along the lake heading east on County 29. When you reach Minnesota Highway 13, go south one mile to Manchester. There, turn east on County 25, then turn north on County 45, which leads into Clarks Grove. Cross I-35, then County 45 resumes, heading north. It offers views of Geneva Lake before entering Geneva. Then, turn east on County 35, going through the remains of Newry and into Mower County, where it becomes County Road 1. (Why can’t they match up their numbers?) The road takes you over U.S. Highway 218 and eventually you meet Mower County Road 25. Head south on County 25 to visit Lansing Corners. Follow County 2 east from Lansing Corners, and you’ll meet Brownsdale and Dexter. Enter Dexter and find Minnesota Highway 16 going east from the other end of the city crossing I-90 and stay on it until you visit Grand Meadow. There, turn north on County Road 8 and follow it north as it aligns I-90 into Olmsted County. (Whoa! It keeps the same number as it crosses the line.) County 8 meets Olmsted County Road 6. Go east and that leads you into Stewartville.

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Cut this out! About Albert Lea parks


Regional parks Bancroft Bay Park 900 Hammer Road • 74.1 acres • walking trails • large oak trees, native prairie • 18-hole disc golf course • 9-hole disc golf course • restrooms with running water • Many picnic tables • 2 open shelters • 1 lakeside shelter for single table • 3 fire pits • 2 parking lots (1 paved, 1 gravel) • canoe launch • wildlife frequently spotted





Brookside Park 623 Richway Drive • 4.2 acres • Brookside Boathouse • boat launch on Bancroft Bay channel leading to Fountain Lake • start of paved 0.75-mile trail to Pioneer Park • 70-plot community garden • next to 15.5-acre Brookside School Edgewater Park 1600 Edgewater Drive • 62.6 acres • Edgewater Bay Pavilion • Large open pavilion • 3-season cottage • bandshell • large oak trees, open spaces • many picnic tables • views of Edgewater Bay • 2 fire pits • restrooms with running water • 2 modern playgrounds • baseball/softball field • fishing pier • shoreline for ski shows • horseshoe pits • 4 paved parking lots City Beach 300 Johnson St. • 1.6 acres • sandy beach on Fountain Lake • bathhouse with restrooms and changing rooms • paved parking lot • skate park • sand volleyball court • public dock • boat fuel concessionaire • permanent picnic tables Frank Hall Park 505 Frank Ave. • 11.8 acres • boat launch on Albert Lea Lake • fishing pier on channel • popular site for ice fishing • start of Blazing Star Trail • horseshoe pits • modern playground • restrooms with running water • permanent picnic tables • sledding hill • walking trails

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Fountain Lake Park 100 Fountain St. • 3.9 acres • large gazebo • on lakefront of downtown • public dock • asphalt overlook • well-groomed flower beds • children’s garden • large shade trees along water • lined with crabapple trees along street Pioneer Park 100 Hawthorne St. • 3.5 acres • picnic pavilion with kitchen area • restrooms with running water • modern playground • start of paved trail to Brookside Park • gravel parking lot • mature trees • views of Fountain Lake Shoff Park 400 Highway 13 • 12.1 acres • Higbie Gardens (maintained by Shades of Jade Garden Club) • small picnic shelter • meandering sidewalk with

footbridge over creek • large open spaces • tallgrass area with walking paths • gravel parking lot

Neighborhood parks Academy Park 910 Frank Hall Drive • 3.1 acres • play park • modern playground • lighted asphalt ice/roller rink • warming house • softball/baseball field • view of Albert Lea Lake Bellview Park 934 Lincoln Ave. • 1.8 acres • mostly open space • older playground Eastgate Park 1108 Eastgate Road • 2.2 acres • mostly open space • modern playground • basketball court, 2 baskets • small picnic shelter Eberhardt Park Eberhardt St. & David Ave. • 5.1 acres • meandering sidewalk on raised bed • small picnic shelter • older playground • paved parking lot Garden Villa Park 100 McArthur Drive • 4.1 acres • mostly open space • older playground Ginkle Park 607 1/2 Cherry Ave. • 0.8 acres • mostly open space • surrounded by backyards • playground Hawthorne Park 915 Garfield Ave. • 4.3 acres (school-owned) • play park • modern playground • softball/baseball field • hockey rink in winter • warming house • next to Hawthorne School • entire school/playground is 7.4 acres Hayek Park 1215 Clark St. • 19.1 acres • play park • Hayek Field • modern playground • open space • basketball court, 1 basket • backstop, dirt infield, bleachers • hockey rink in winter • warming house Lakeview Park 102 Willamor Road • 13.1 acres • play park • mostly open space • 2 soccer fields • basketball court, 2 baskets • modern playground • rain garden • hockey rink in winter • warming house Memorial Park 1400 Margaretha Ave. • 4.9 acres • modern playground • soccer field • young trees • small gazebo Morin Park 222 St. Mary Ave. • 3.2 acres • play park • 2 small ballfields, backstops, bleachers • basketball court, 2 baskets, lighted Oakwood Park 1400 Circle Drive • 0.3 acres • mature trees • modern playground • sandbox

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Park Avenue Park 611 Park Ave. • 0.3 acres • mature trees • older playground • basketball court, 1 basket

• statue and wading pool commemorating Danish immigrants • flower beds • 4 benches • formerly Lincoln Park

Shoreland Heights Park 116 The Fairway • 2.4 acres • mostly open space • modern playground • backstop

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Shorewood Hills Park 1900 Bayview Drive • 0.8 acres • mostly open space • playground

Faville Park 400 Lakeview Blvd. • 0.1 acre • young tree

Sondergaard Park 806 17th St. • 5.1 acres • play park • mostly open space • modern playground • ballfield with backstop • basketball court, 2 goals Southwest Park Front St. & Maplehill Drive • 24.5 acres (school-owned) • play park • mostly open space • part of Southwest Middle School • modern playground • 6 tennis courts • basketball court, 4 baskets • 4 baseball/softball fields Troy-Hammer Park 603 Troy Road • 4.5 acres • play park • open space • mature trees • modern playground • basketball court, 2 baskets • backstop • small ice rink in winter

Doreda Park 200 Giles Place • 0.4 acres • open space

Mattson Park S. Broadway Ave. & W. Ninth St. • 5 acres • storage space for city • snow dump in winter • across from township hall Summer Park 824 Fountain St. • 0.4 acres • railroad that splits park is being abandoned Tiger Hills Park Paradise Road • 3.5 acres • open space Weber Park 300 Lee Circle • 0.2 acres • stone commemorates WWII veteran John A. Weber • formerly Lee Park


Valley Park 611 Sheridan St. • 1.7 acres • play park • mostly open space • mature trees • modern playground • backstop, dirt infield • basketball court, 2 baskets

Blazing Star Trail • 10-foot wide path • 1.9 miles on city land (of that, 1.5 miles is figure-8 portion) • connects to 6-mile stateowned Blazing Star Trail • connects to Front Street bike lanes • trailhead at Frank Hall Park • parking lot at Garfield Avenue, Front Street • native prairie, mature and young trees

Virginia Place Park 1205 Virginia Place • 0.8 acres • playground • sandbox

Floodplain • stormwater park • 1.7 acres • paved trail • ponds

Wedgewood Park 500 Wedgewood Road • 7.1 acres • older playground • backstop • sledding hill

Public shoreline • 270 public dock spaces • several popular fishing spots: Dane Bay Bridge, Fountain Lake Dam, northwest corner of Albert Lea Lake, channel between lakes, Hatch Bridge, Katherine Island, among others • sidewalk with footbridge near start of Dane Bay • boat launch with paved parking lot on Edgewater Bay by Highway 13.

Passive parks Central Park 300 W. Clark St. • 1.6 acres • mature trees • picnic tables • Ten Commandments memorial • surrounded by churches • near medical center • lighted walkway through center Dress Island 802 Lakeview Blvd. • 0.2 acres • footbridge • 2 benches on island • 2 benches on shore Euclid Park 500 Euclid Ave. • 3.41 acres • mature trees • flower gardens • 8 benches Katherine Island • 0.27 acres • footbridge connects to New Denmark Park • 3 benches • 3 fountains in water between island and park New Denmark Park 411 Bridge Avenue • 1.46 acres • Little Mermaid statue

Snyder Fields Bridge Ave. & Hershey St. • 37.62 acres (state-owned, city-leased) • 5 softball/baseball fields, 4 with fencing and lights • 4 sand volleyball courts • concession stand • restrooms • batting cage • 18-hole disc golf course • adjacent to Riverland Community College • nearby to Albert Lea High School Tennis courts • 3 at Aquatic Center • 8 at Albert Lea High School • 6 at Southwest Middle School • all fenced Trail around Fountain Lake • approximately 5 miles • mix of sidewalks, paved trails • popular among walkers, runners, bicyclists (Unlisted: Rec facilities such as City Arena, Aquatic Center.)

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years ago, a group of local community members established NAEVE HEALTH CARE FOUNDATION. Their vision was simple; support local health care. Today this vision remains the same. Since 1963, Naeve Health Care Foundation has contributed over 3 MILLION DOLLARS to ensure the future of quality health care locally. Contributions to Naeve Health Care Foundation stay in the community.


(1) (1) Fish tank in pediatric waiting area (2) Hyperbaric Chamber - Wound Care (3) Clinic/hospical expansion (4) Dining room remodel (5) Project Pink - digital mammography machine (6) First chapel (7) The Beat Goes On - Purchase of AEDs for community (8) Sponsor Women’s Health Care Symposium







2014 Board of Trustees

Ask me why... Diane Clark, Secretary

Sue Loch, Vice President

Rich Murray, Treasurer

Barb Pulley

Dr. Clifford Rask

Dan Kolker

Dr. Michael Eckstrom

Dr. Ted Myers, Past President

Nancy Skophammer

Arlene Thofson

Alex Johnston

Richard Mueller

Claire Vermedahl, President

Mary Laeger-Hagemeister

Stephen Brownlow

Dr. Mark Ciota, Ex-Officio

How can you give?

Naeve Health Care Foundation accepts gifts of cash, securities and estate bequests. Go to and download a charitable gift donation form or send your chack made out to Naeve Health Care Foundation to 404 W. Fountain Street, Albert Lea, MN 56007. Provide on-going support to local health care and include Naeve Health Care Foundation in your estate plan. On-line donations can be made through Naeve Health Care Foundation is a 501(c)(3) corporation. Donations are tax deductible to the extent provided by law.

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