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Albert Lea father Al Mullenbach looks at his three daughters, Jordan, 7, Jada, 9, Whitney, 8. Like many families who have been in the Ronald McDonald House, they save pop tabs to raise funds for the Rochester charity.

Tim Engstrom Stacey Bahr

By Tim Engstrom Will Schafer Mullenbach was born July 8, 2003, at the hospital in Albert Lea. He was a blue baby and doctors immediately diagnosed him as having transposition of the great arteries. He was flown by helicopter to St. Marys Hospital in Rochester. The boy’s parents, Al Mullenbach and Michelle Schafer, spent the next 77 days living in the Med City. Fortunately, after the first few days, they were able to move into the Ronald McDonald House. To this day, their children save their aluminum pop tabs. Walking down the hallways in schools in and around Albert Lea or at preschools such as The Children’s Center, people spot a poster about pop tabs. It’s a well-known fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House. People collect flip-top tabs from aluminum cans and save the proceeds for the Ronald McDonald House. They take containers of tabs to the house

itself, if they reside in Olmsted County, but where do they take them if they live in Freeborn County? Maggie Schoepski is the community development director for the Ronald McDonald House. She said people can bring them to a McDonald’s Restaurant in Albert Lea. Or people can recycle them and have the check made payable to the Ronald McDonald House. “Thousands of young people and families participate every year,” she said. “Past guest families often host large pop tab drives back home to raise awareness of our mission.” The Ronald McDonald House in Rochester is at 850 Second St. SW. It is just two blocks from St. Marys Hospital, where infants and children in the region get medical care for serious illnesses. Parents already bear plenty of expenses when raising children, so long hotel stays can add up. And staying in a hotel for days or weeks on end can be rough for siblings of the young ones in the hospital. It is the mission

of the Ronald McDonald House to provide community living at no cost to families, though most make a donation of about $15 a night. It all started in 1979 when four Rochester families sought to provide a home away from home for families with seriously ill children, and in 1980 with community support they formed Northland Children’s Services, a 12-bedroom home at 613 Second St. SW. The place was called

the Northland House. The Northland House became a licensed Ronald McDonald House in 1990, providing a familiar face for children and better recognition in the region, plus a strong tie to McDonald’s Corp. The board sought a new location, and in 1995 moved to the 850 Second St. SW location. It had 24 rooms for guests, and it had living areas, kitchens, laundry, playroom, game room and offices. In 2004, the Ronald McDonald House

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Tristan Register might have been to the Rochester many times for medical care, but he seems like any other happy 4-year-old boy these days.

expanded, adding 18 more guest rooms. Six of them are specifically for longterm stays. There is also a community dining room, and volunteer groups come one or two nights a week to make meals for the families. Maggie Schoepski is the community development director for the Ronald McDonald House. She said the house is full nearly every night. “We often have a waiting list of families hoping to get in,” she said. In 2012, the house had 778 families stay there — but 1,170 families were unable to stay because the place was full. “Our board and staff are exploring strategies to address this capacity situation,” Schoepski said. The Ronald McDonald House provides bed linens, towels, cleaning supplies and cooking appliances and utensils. It also offers books, DVDs, toys and video games, mainly for kids. But there is a pinball machine that grown-ups often enjoy, too. All the rooms are slightly different, and they have a capacity 4P. 4

A PUBLICATION OF THE ALBERT LEA TRIBUNE • FEBRUARY 2013

The Ronald McDonald House gives families with sick children a home away from home


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89-year-old

5 to Albert Lea tours 5 changes

through the years By Tim Engstrom Andy Dyrdal has witnessed the changes in Albert Lea through the years. He turns 90 in April. He was born south of Lerdal and moved to the city at age 14. He recalls those cherished pre-World War II days when the downtown had three hotels, three ice cream shops and a dance hall called The Casino. There have been many changes since then, and Dyrdal took me to five places he wished to share with Tribune readers.

City Beach

Dyrdal lived in a house overlooking City Beach for 40 years. The house, 715 North Shore Drive, now is owned by Tom Dyrdal, one of his two sons. Andrew Dyrdal, a widower, resides at Village Cooperate and enjoys boasting about how good it is there,

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Andy Dyrdal stands in front of the home near City Beach that he resided in for 40 years. He now lives at Village Cooperative, 2201 Stevens St.

calling it Lazy Man’s Living. The elder Dyrdal, whose career was as a letter carrier with the U.S. Postal Service, bought the house in 1967, he said, after living for 13 years in a house on Fourth Street. Day in and day out, he and his family saw activities at the beach.

The biggest change is the tennis courts are now a skate park. He said he and other players would stop between games and take a quick swim to cool off, then resume play. Wind off the lake made games unpredictable some days. People parked on what now is beach because houses

Dyrdal stands at the corner of College Street and Broadway in front of the Broadway Theater. He said lines for blockbuster movies would reach down College Street toward what is now the Aragon Bar, which in the 1940s was an auto repair garage.

existed where the current parking lot exists. In the 1940s, people at City Beach would look across Fountain Lake and see what’s going on at The Casino, a dance hall built on wooden piles keeping it above the water. It had boat rentals, too. People swam at Shore-

College Street at Broadway He recalls lines of people outside the Broadway Theater and snaking down the College Street side the building, on the northwest corner. People tended to call the movies “shows” back in those days. (People nowadays relate “shows” to television these days.) Shows were at 7 and 9 p.m. and Sunday nights were big. Thursday nights were bank nights, when the theater staff drew names to give away cash. The building, 340 S. Broadway, still exists. Across the street, on the northeast corner, was the five-story Hotel Albert, torn down in the mid-1970s to make room for the new location of Freeborn National Bank. The location is now US Bank. Dyrdal was a bellhop at the Hotel Albert in the summer of 1941. He said the place touted itself as the largest hotel in the country for the size of city in which it was located. Yet in 1941 it managed to be filled three nights a week. Dyrdal left to go work for Lockheed Martin in California. On the southwest corner was the

land Beach, too, which was near the Shoreland Heights residential development. Back then, only a few of the older homes existed. And people swam at College Dock, which was down the hill along Abbott Street, near where Lakeview Elementary School exists today.

Albert Lea Tribune. Carriers went downstairs from the outside to get their papers. Routes were so much in demand that people had to inherit them, and Dyrdal substituted for a friend, usually on Fridays, which took longer because it was the collection day. One building down from the Trib was Western Union. Its workers would take bicycles to deliver messages. College Street also had Stieler’s Cafe and Burnsmoor Dairy, and across Washington Avenue was the Methodist Church, where an apartment building now exists. Of course, on the southeast corner then as now was the Freeborn County Courthouse, which back then had a bell tower with a clock and stood without the eastern addition, built in 2003 and 2004. The jail existed where the parking lot is now. America hadn’t entered World War II; obviously, where the Freeborn County Veterans Memorial is today was just courthouse lawn. A brick in the memorial has Dyrdal’s name. He served in the Air Force during World War II.

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Albert Lea Country Club Dyrdal has played golf since he was 16 years old. Last summer, at the 18-hole Rice Lake Country Club south of Lake Mills, he scored an 89 twice. In other words, he golfed his age. Dyrdal recalls playing a nine-hole course with sandy greens and tees north the Wedge property. It was named the Recreation Golf Course and was built in 1932. With many young men gone during World War II, it was plowed under to become farmland, he said. After the war, many

people played golf at the nine-hole private course called the Albert Lea Country Club. It had hills and overlooked Edgewater Bay. Dyrdal, who exited the Air Force in 1945, was a member of the club in 1946, ’47, ’48 and ’49. He enjoyed the course and recalled the hook down by the lake that Hole 7 had. Gambling was popular in the spacious clubhouse. It even had slot machines. That came to an end in 1947 when Gov. Luther Youngdahl — “the Sunday school governor” — convinced the Legislature to outlaw slot machines and

eventually many other forms of gambling. The Recreation Golf Course was easier and flatter than the Albert Lea Country Club, Dyrdal said. The country club’s back nine was added years later. He said many people miss the course and have many memories of events and ceremonies at the clubhouse. He dislikes seeing the old course left to grow over. It closed in 2006 when a developer bought it and sought to turn it into a residential development, but his plan failed when legal battles with contractors arose. Dyrdal stands at the entrance to the Albert Lea Country Club, which offered a view of Edgewater Bay. He said the clubhouse was a place many locals miss.

Dyrdal stands in front of Fuller’s Bay, a place often reached by going to the end of Mariner Lane off of Park Avenue.

Fuller’s Bay For years the Albert Lea Parks and Recreation Department would flood the surface of the ice on Fuller’s Bay with water to create smooth skating ice and erect sideboards to create a rink. Kids would come from all over the city to figure skate or play pond hockey. On the farm his family had south of Lerdal, he wore clamp skates

and learned to skate on a pond. He even went to the Hoidal School in Riceland Township. When they moved to town, he made new friends. He got shoe skates and learned of Fuller’s Bay, which today is best spotted in front of Mayo Clinic Health System and up along the Park Avenue Peninsula. He said the hospital didn’t front the lake in

those days. Houses did. Kids who weren’t skating would sled or ski down the hills in front of the homes and out onto the ice. The city would stake lights around the skating rink and provide a warming house on the ice with a pot-belly stove inside. The place was protected fairly well from the winter winds, he said.

Dyrdal stands on a hill at the end of Fourth Street with city storage buildings behind him.The land below in the 1950s was a dump, easily seen from Frank Hall Drive.

The Dump Back in the 1950s and early 1960s, trucks would take people’s garbage to a dump right at the end of the road that now runs through Frank Hall Park, where the former wastewater treatment plant and an animal shelter now exists. People would could look down at the dump from Academy

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‘So many people in the county have stayed there’ Continued from Page 1 of five. Each room has a queen bed with a twin and a trundle or bunk beds. They each have a bathroom, air conditioning, private phone and a computer that functions as a TV and DVD player. Albert Leans likely recall seeing billboards in 2010 with the face of a smiling toddler who was promoting chocolate chip cookies that benefited the Ronald McDonald House. It was Tristan Register, son of Chris and Danielle Register. Tristan was part of the “Cookies for Kids” campaign. Tristan’s photo was on a billboard in Albert Lea and on three more in Rochester, as well as three digital billboards in Rochester, where his picture rotates with other messages. He was also on table tents and tray liners. Tristan was born three months prematurely in July 2008. It was then that the family got to know firsthand about the Ronald McDonald House in Rochester, which provides a “home away from home” and offers support to families seeking medical care for their children. There are bedrooms, laundry and kitchen facilities to use. Community volunteers prepare meals a couple nights a week. At birth, Tristan weighed 2 pounds, 6 ounces, and was 14 inches long. After he was born, he was flown from Albert Lea’s maternity ward to the neonatal intensive care unit at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester. He stayed there for 80 days, growing into a 7-pound boy when he was ready for discharge. But he would be back, and his family would return to the Ronald McDonald House. One Sunday in October of 2008, he was lethargic. Danielle and her mother, Lee Ellen Sundholm, took him to the Albert Lea Medical Center emergency room, where he stopped breathing. Medical personnel got him breathing again, and he was once again flown to Rochester. Tristan was diagnosed with late-onset step B and spent another 11 days in the hospital. A bronchoscopy to check his airway on Dec. 19, 2008, revealed a cyst in his airway. Chris and Danielle were given a choice. He could have a tracheotomy or an open airway reconstruction. They chose the reconstruction. Danielle didn’t come home once to Albert Lea between Dec. 19 and Feb. 5, 2009. Chris continued to work at his job in Fairmont, joining Danielle in Rochester whenever possible.

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Santa came to the Ronald McDonald House for Christmas, and doctors prepared a Christmas dinner for the families. Tristan ate no food by mouth until June 2009. As of January 2013, Tristan has been to operating rooms 37 times, but shows no problem with what has become a normal part of his life. The Registers say his health has been a roller coaster, but today Tristian is a “healthy, energetic and loving 4-year-old boy.” “We will never be able to give back enough to The Ronald McDonald House. They made us feel welcomed and cared for during such a difficult time in our lives. They will forever be in our hearts and our family,” Danielle Register said. On the Saturday before Christmas, Al Mullenbach

The children in the Al Mullenbach family place money they find in this star-shaped bank. Near Christmas, they select a charity to donate the money to. It is part of a lesson about giving. Tim Engstrom, Stacey Bahr

and Jenine Kozolek took Whitney, 8, Jordan, 7, and Jada, 9 to the Ronald McDonald House to see a room named for their brother Will. You see, Will didn’t make it. He died Sept. 23, 2003, from complications during surgery. The child had gone through several surgeries for his heart troubles and each week they thought they would be leaving the next. But after this one, the parents had little choice but to take him off life support. Meanwhile, the Ronald McDonald House was going through its expansion. The Mullenbach family began a drive to name a room for Will. With the help of small and large donations, including a big check from Minnesota Corrugated Box, the family raised $15,000 for the naming. The Al and Michelle had spent so much time at the hospital, with the

baby, but the Ronald McDonald House urged them to get away from the medical atmosphere and get some rest. Even so, they spent time briefly mornings and evenings, but that was it. “It still functioned as a home away from home,” Al Mullenbach said. The staff, Al said, always were nice and friendly, and since then they have met many other locals who have been there. “It’s amazing. You talk to so many people in the county who have stayed there,” he said. Michelle said

the Ronald McDonald support was “immeasurable.” “I could not imagine my life at that time without their support,” she said, noting family and friends still donate in Will’s memory. “It is so important to continue to donate and help families have that same feeling while they are staying there.” During the December visit, the three girls sat on a bench next to a painted statue of Ronald McDonald the clown. They liked the game room and understood what happened to Will and how they can help others. They had saved money they had found in the laundry and other places and placed it in a little bank the shape of a star. They gave their money, about $40, to the Ronald McDonald House. Whitney said the donation made her happy. “I liked it because it was helping other people, and that’s really nice,” she said.

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House is like an oasis for families It’s tough for families when a child is in the hospital. I know. I’ve been there. It’s tough to describe those days. Each and every day was different. Not only was my newborn son, Jasper, in the neonatal intensive care unit at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester, my wife was in the hospital in Albert Lea. And when she was discharged, she came to Rochester, experienced a spinal headache and was admitted to Rochester Methodist Hospital. Jasper was in the NICU for having underdeveloped lungs and having too much magnesium sulfate from his mother’s medication in his system. He was

born prematurely last August and didn’t breathe very well at birth. Medically speaking, breathing is rather important. For a while there, I had a wife in one hospital and a son in another and our other son, 5-year-old Forrest, with me nearly at all times. He and I were milkmen. We shuttled breast milk from Mommy’s hospital to Jasper’s hospital. Since the second day in Rochester, I had been staying at the Fiksdal Motel across the street from St.

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Marys Hospital. The first night, I actually stayed in a room right there at the hospital. And since the second day, we were on a waiting list to check into the Ronald McDonald House. A social worker with Mayo Clinic let me know we qualified. It took four days for a room to open up at the Ronald McDonald House. Fortunately, Lisa was discharged by that day, and the three of us stayed at the home. We were facing mounting medical bills — you won’t believe the cost of the helicopter and the insurance hassles that entails — so it was a relief we

wouldn’t have anymore lodging expenses. Thank you, Ronald McDonald House. We ended up staying five more nights. Let me tell why it was much better than a hotel. Hotels don’t offer much in the way of the comforts of home. When you stay a hotel, it’s hard to keep groceries in the little fridge. The only kitchen convenience you have is a microwave oven. The bathrooms are cramped. But you are living in this space long term, and someone comes into your space every day to clean the room, which starts to seem annoying, rather than convenient, because they move your stuff. The Ronald McDonald House provides spacious communal

kitchens with all the necessary appliances and utensils. We could actually fix a meal and dine as a family, or at least part of a family. The bathrooms are big. Our room had two beds, like a hotel room, but there was room to move, like a room at home. There was a comfy chair and a desk. A computer doubled as a TV set. Down the hall, there was a laundry room. The rooms are on the second and third floors. The first floor has offices, a meeting room, a gift shop, a lobby and a dining room, where on some nights local church groups would make meals for the families staying at the Ronald McDonald House. I recall a yummy spaghetti dinner one night. The first floor also has a game room, which Forrest enjoyed. He and I found a little time to play “Mario Kart” on the Nintendo Wii with another boy, who soon discovered how good we were at the game and didn’t want to play anymore. Little conveniences like these help normalize the hard time for Forrest, who behaved wonderfully throughout the experience. What a kid. Basically, Jasper and I lived in Rochester for 11 days, and Lisa and Forrest lived there for eight days. We absolutely didn’t want to stay any longer. We were sick and tired of the cold and inconvenient hospital life, but the Ronald McDonald House was the next best thing to actually being at home. That’s because it had the feeling and warmth of a home. It sure must be something even more of an oasis for those families who end up staying weeks or months there. There were many stories of other families much more fretful and dire than ours. The families grow close and give each other support during hard times, even though they may be total strangers. And then they might not ever see each other again. By the way, Jasper is doing fine these days, like any normal baby. Tribune Managing Editor Tim Engstrom’s column, Pothole Prairie, can be read on Tuesdays.

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The protective detective

Frank Kohl deals with some of the worst crimes in Albert Lea By Sarah Stultz For more than 30 years, Albert Lea Police Department detective Frank Kohl has investigated cases that would make most people shudder. As a detective of homicides, sex crimes, child abuse and other major offenses, Kohl has learned to deal with the trauma he sees so that he can help other people. “That’s my goal, to help people,” he said. “I help them through tragedy, I help prevent tragedy and I hold people accountable for tragedy.” At any given time, Kohl, who is one of two detectives in the department, is investigating 10 to 12 cases. When he first started as a police officer in 1980 after serving six years in the U.S. Air Force, Kohl said he did so because he wanted an adventurous job — one that wasn’t routine. Since then, he has changed his mindset and realized how he can help others. He worked in law enforcement in Iowa for 13 years with the Northwood Police Department, the Worth County Sheriff’s Office and the drug task force for north central Iowa. He accepted a job in Albert Lea in 1992 and was promoted to detective in 2002, at which time he began investigating child abuse and sex crimes cases. He has since undergone training for forensic interviewing of children and has become successful at putting cases together. He serves as a mem-

ber of the Minnesota Sex Crimes Investigators Association and has twice been nominated for Investigator of the Year. Kohl said since he first started as a detective in 2002, his caseload has gotten heavier. “When I started it was really heavy with child abuse and child neglect,” he said. Now, he focuses his time mainly on sex crimes. He said starting in 2003, the Police Department began encouraging people to report cases of sexual abuse, and he thinks the encouragement is working. “People are more inclined now to report,” he said. “It’s not that it’s happening more than it was 20 years ago, it’s just that it’s getting reported more.” In January 2012, Kohl took a part-time position as a medicolegal death investigator with the Minnesota Regional Medical Examiner’s Office, which contracted with Freeborn County. The job gives him more experience with investigating death scenes. “It’s better for the department. It was good for the medical examiner’s office,” Kohl said. “It was a good fit all the way around.” With all of his responsibilities, Kohl said he takes time to decompress during his free time by playing the guitar or volunteering with the local Moose Club or the American Legion Leo Carey Post 56. “I learn to live with it,” Kohl said. “Sometimes people may think that I don’t show a lot of emotion. I don’t wear my heart on my sleeve, but things that I see do affect me.”

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Cases Kohl has investigated since 2006.

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George Gonzalez, Nissan/VW new car manager at Dave Syverson Auto Center, poses next to his favorite car: a 2013 Nissan Altima. Gonzalez said he likes the new look of the car.

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Nissan/VW new car manager Dave Syverson Auto Center What is your favorite car? “My favorite car would be a 2013 Nissan Altima. “I love the new look. It’s a new body style car, so I love the new look of the car. And the fuel mileage on the car is a 38-mile-per-gallon car. So with gas prices the way they are, it’s a hot seller here. “Yeah, love the look of it, and I love the fuel mileage on it.”

Mark Kness, sales associate at Vern Eide Chevrolet, takes a look under the hood of his favorite car at the dealership: A Chevy Camaro ZL1. He likes that it has the old ’60s muscle car look.

Mark Kness

sales associate Vern Eide Chevrolet “This would have to be my favorite. It’s a Camaro. It’s a ZL1 which is the highest performance Camaro that they make. Super-charged with 575 horsepower. So it’s not something you buy to save gas.” Why does this one stand out for you? “Mostly the performance. But it’s got the muscle-car look. The Corvettes are really nice too, but this has kind of got the old ’60s muscle-car look. Kind of reminds me of the Transformers. Looks like it could come to life. “So it’s got the same performance or even more than a Corvette, but it does have a backseat. So you can put four in there instead of just two. “I normally like chrome myself a little more in the wheels, but these black wheels with the black stripes gives it a uniue look. “I see a lot of cars come through here, but this is this one stands out. Nothing like I’ve ever seen. Got a 6-speed manual transmission. But the way the technology is, it’s so much smoother and easier shifting than it used to be back in the ’60s.”

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