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ag & INdustry Poet, an ethanol plant in Glenville, is shown on a sunny day in February. — Danielle Boss

Most field corn grown in America is used for feeding livestock and for producing cereals, alcohol, starches, sweeteners and corn flour. Food in the form of kernels comes from sweet corn and is about 2 percent of the U.S. corn crop. Popcorn is a different species altogether.

Poet Glenville General Manager Rick Mummert said market access remains the biggest challenge facing the ethanol industry. He noted that the United States is trying to get OPEC to raise oil production when meanwhile ethanol is being exported to Brazil and Saudi Arabia.

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Poet constructed a cellulosic ethanol facility that makes ethanol from corncobs, which is an example of an advancement that gives a value-added aspect to corn growers without taking away from the many uses for the kernels.

Poet Glenville General Manager Rick Mummert said in Minnesota, 10 percent of ethanol is blended into gasoline resulting in substantial environmental and economic benefits. He also said creating access to higher blends will further reduce greenhouse gas emissions and displace significant volumes of imported oil.

Poet’s website said the Glenville plant became operational in 1999 and has 50 employees.

Some of the farmer owners of the plant, Poet Glenville General Manager Rick Mummert and officials with Sioux Falls, S.D.based Poet Biorefining have told legislators they would like to see a phasing out of federal subsidies for ethanol in exchange for government support of investments in blender pumps and ethanol pipelines and encouraging automakers to build flex-fuel vehicles. The plan is called the Freedom Fueling Plan.

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February 2012: Bent Tree Wind Farm reports to the state how much production it had in 2011.

Late 2010: Bent Tree Wind Farm becomes operational.

reeborn County is anxiously awaiting its first full year of funding it receives from the state’s energy production tax — the tax that’s collected from wind farms. Bent Tree Wind Farm is the only wind farm in Freeborn County so far, but others may come in the future. The state collects an energy production tax from all wind farms and then sends a portion back to the county. The county then gives 20 percent to the affected townships, in the Bent Tree Wind Farm case, Manchester and Hartland. “The tax is calculated on the previous year’s production,” Freeborn County Administrator John Kluever said. Because Bent Tree Wind Farm is so new, the county still doesn’t know what it will receive from a full year of operation. The wind farm was operating for a small portion of 2010, and the county received that funding in June of 2011. The county received $55,115, from its 80 percent of the local funding. There’s a formula for how much Manchester and Hartland receive based on how many turbines are in each township, so in 2011 the two townships split about $10,000 from its 20 percent of the local funding. Kluever said he won’t know how much funding

the county and townships will receive from 2011’s production, which would be a full year. Companies like Wisconsin Power & Light, who operate Bent Tree Wind Farm, have to report by Feb. 1 their production levels to the state. He said it’s likely much more than the $55,000 the county received from 2010 production. “I could try to project, but we don’t know what we’re going to get,” Kluever said. The funding from the tax goes straight into the county’s general fund, and Kluever said it would be up to county commissioners to allocate the funding to anything specific. Since the county still hasn’t received a full year of funding, he said it will likely be a future conversation for the commissioners. The amount counties and the townships get could also change from year to year. Kluever said that since wind farms are built in windy areas there will likely always be some production, but some years could be more or less windy than others. It could also depend on how much energy is needed, like if there’s a cool summer one year the turbines may not be needed as much as another year. Kluever said since the funding may vary, it will be difficult for budgeting over the next 25 years,

which is the length the wind farm is contracted to be in the county. Kluever said he tends to budget low for revenues and high for expenditures when he works on the budget each December. He said it’s also possible the state could change the funding formula for how much counties and townships would receive, but that would take legislative action. Kluever also said that while any funding is always good for the county, even if the county gets something like $400,000, it would be a small percentage of its multi-million dollar budget. For townships, funding from this production tax will make a much different impact. Townships like Manchester and Hartland could potentially get funding that may more than double their budgets. Bent Tree has 122 turbines and is capable of producing up to 201 megawatts of energy, enough to power 50,000 homes. It is Wisconsin Power & Light’s second owned and operated wind farm. The first is Cedar Ridge Wind Farm, a 68-megawatt wind farm in Fond du Lac County in Wisconsin. It became operational in December 2008. Madison, Wis.-based Wisconsin Power & Light is a subsidiary of Alliant Energy. — Kelli Lageson

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Robin Viktora is the 2011-12 president of Albert Lea’s FFA chapter. Viktora is the first female in junior standing to become president in the chapter’s history. — Brandi Hagen and Stacey Bahr


efore joining the Albert Lea FFA, Robin Viktora was the quiet girl in a corner only concerned with her schoolwork. Now, three years into the program, Viktora leads the chapter as the first female president in junior standing. “I’ve learned to come out of my shell,” Viktora said. “I was terrified of speaking in front of people. Absolutely terrified to the point I didn’t want to come to school when we had to give a speech.” Last year through FFA, Viktora took second place in public speaking and went on to compete at the state level. “I can talk in front of people, and it doesn’t phase me anymore,” Viktora said. “It’s amazing.” Albert Lea FFA Adviser Kim Meyer said the program has a lot of activities to offer, and it is up to the students to get involved. “You get out of FFA what you put in,” Meyer said. “Just by paying dues you aren’t going to gain leadership.” In 1988, FFA changed its name from Future Farmers of America to National FFA Organization. “You don’t have to be a farmer to join because in Albert Lea we’d probably have five members,” Viktora said. “It’s about leadership now and it helps you out in life. You become such a better person.” As word spreads that it is a leadership program and not just for farmers, Albert Lea’s FFA has continued to grow in

numbers. Viktora said this year there are about 70 members, roughly 20 more than last year. Meyer picked Viktora as a model for the leadership that can be gained. “I saw her as a shy freshman girl going into class,” Meyer said. “I see her now as a dynamic junior leading the whole chapter.” Besides running the chapter’s meetings, Viktora has managed the FFA food stand at the Freeborn County Fair, was in charge of volunteers during the national Red Power Roundup Show last summer, served as chairwoman of the fruit sales committee, took first in fruit sales by selling more than $2,000 worth, served on the state nomination committee and is currently on the ag sales team. “Once I do something, I just want to get to the top,” Viktora said. “That’s my attitude on everything.” She said in order to keep up with the workload of FFA and get straight A’s in school, she makes sure to stay organized through the use of an agenda and calendar. “I love being in charge,” Viktora said. “This is really good because FFA is pretty much leadership now, and I get to a chance to put all those skills to work. I’m not good at sports so I finally have something I’m good at.” Meyers agrees FFA is her niche. “Robin’s personal growth from a ninthgrader has been tremendous,” he said. “She’s passionate, and I think

students who are passionate about it surface to the top.” The chapter as a whole has gained and shown their leadership in many ways. Examples of their involvement include attending camps, selling fruit, adopting a highway, giving farm tours to third-graders and doing a corn drive. The corn drive is done during harvest season as a fundraiser. Farmers are asked to donate corn and then the corn is sold to an elevator. This year, the chapter raised $16,000. Some of the money is used to help people in need. This year they donated to two charities, Camp Courage and Camp Friendship, and adopted two families from the Salvation Army for Christmas. Viktora said they’re always looking for more places to donate to. The fundraising also helps to cut costs for the programs and activities the FFA members participate in. “Mr. Meyer is great with covering stuff so it’s affordable for everyone,” Viktora said. “It’s from fundraising but he’s great at keeping us going.” Something that has pushed Meyer to continue as an adviser is his belief in agriculture being the most important industry. He said by producing leaders in agriculture, it can pretty much be guaranteed that the food supply will always be healthy and safe to consume. In regards to leadership, Meyer said, “It’s not an overnight deal.” — Brandi Hagen

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The exhibitions in the 4-H building at the Freeborn County fair have been the most visible display of 4-H’s engagement of the youth in Freeborn County. Participants compete in a variety of categories ranging from showing beef to craftwork. During the last few years, the number of available project categories has been expanding. Many of the new categories are spin-offs of other combined categories, products of newfound interest or opportunities to incorporate more technology into the program. “Whenever there is enough interest, we add something new,” said county 4-H coordinator, Amy Wadding. “Some of the newer categories include scrapbooking, llama showing and robotics.” Malory Mattson, 16, is a sophomore at the Alden-Conger school. She has been involved in 4-H since second grade, and she decided to join because her father used to be involved with the program when he was younger. “I look forward to participating in 4-H every summer,” Mattson said. “My favorite part is showing my cattle at the county and state fair.” Mattson has competed in many categories, including beef and swine. In fact, she was the grand champion at the Minnesota State Fair in 2010 in the dairy beef category. In addition to showing beef and swine, Mattson now also competes in the scrapbooking category. “Scrapbook was added as a new project category this past year,” said Wadding. “It used to be combined with another category, but because there was enough interest in it, we made it its own category. However, it’s still a very small category; there are only about 10 participants in it.”

Timeline March: This month includes a Dad’s Belgian waffle breakfast and the winter retreat for 4-H members.

June: Animal training for county fair begins.

May: Deadline to have animals identified for county fair.

Mattson started her scrapbook two years ago, and so far she has completed 86 pages. “I got the idea to start scrapbooking when I went to my cousin’s graduation open house,” Mattson said. “She had a scrapbook full of her sports pictures and school work. I thought it would be cool to start one for my 4-H because that’s what I live for. And if I start now, I won’t have to try to scrapbook 10 years worth of work at one time.” Mattson and the other participants in the category compete at the Freeborn County fair by bringing their scrapbooks to the judging table. Then they are asked a series of questions including how it was made and which part of the scrapbooking process was the hardest and which part was their favorite. “For me, the hardest part is picking out colors,” Mattson said. “I’m really anal about what matches and making sure each page is unique. My favorite part is shopping for all the supplies and seeing the page when it’s done.” The next judging for the scrapbooking category is in August at the Freeborn County Fair. Tirzah Larson, 11, is a fifth-grader at AldenConger school. She has been involved in 4-H since she was a kindergartner. She joined after moving from Alden to Conger in order to make some new friends. Larson’s favorite part about

September: State fair general exhibitions.

July 31-Aug. 5: Projects on display at Freeborn County Fair.

4-H is participating in her project category: llamas. “I like the costume part of showing llamas the best,” Larson said. “You get to pick a theme, and you and your llama dress up at the Freeborn County Fair. It’s a fun category.” Besides the costume aspect of showing llamas, each participant and their llama must also score well in public relations, obstacles, inspection and overall showmanship. “Public relations is when you bring your llama from the farm to a populated area and how it reacts to the public, the sounds, the people and petting it,” Larson said. During the obstacles course, the llama has to walk around swimming pool noodles, jump over logs and a variety of other small obstacles. “One time when I was riding my llama through the obstacle course, her halter slipped and I fell off into the swimming pool we were walking around,” Larson said. “It wasn’t too bad since that was probably one of the hottest days in the summer.” Larson started showing llamas out of a shared interest in them between her and her uncle. She has two llamas, Dolly and Packy. One llama lives on her uncle’s farm, the other lives on a farm just outside of Albert Lea. There are 17 other people that show llamas at the Freeborn County

Austin Attig poses for a photo with a Unimog 400, his project for the Freeborn County Fair this summer.

Fair along with Larson and according to Wadding, the participant pool is continuing to grow every year. Austin Attig, 11, is also a student at the AldenConger School. Attig is one of 15 participants in the newest 4-H project categories: robotics. “As robotics becomes more popular, there will definitely be more kids joining,” Wadding said. Attig joined 4-H two years ago along with a number of his friends. His favorite part about the program is participating in all of the activities and having something to do over the summer. In the past, Attig has had exhibitions in forestry, photography, canned goods, vegetables and fruits. His current focus, however, is robotics. “I’m really into science and I’m also into Legos,” Attig said. “I noticed that by adding a motor and battery boxes to things I could build out of Lego kits, I could make them do different things. Ever since then I’ve been building stuff and showing them at the Freeborn County Fair.” One of the rules in the robotics category is that the participant’s creation must have the ability to move. Previous projects range from Ferris wheels to monster trucks. Some projects are remote controlled while others have controls built onto them and many are born out of starter kits from brands like Lego NXT Brick. “The project I showed

Malory Mattson holds up her scrapboook, which is opened to her favorite page. The spread is a display of the photos from when she was the dairy beef grand champion at the Minnesota State Fair in 2010. — Nya Lony last year was called the Excavator,” Attig said. “I built it out of a Lego kit. After showing it, I took it apart and built 150 new creations out of it. The one that I’m showing this year is the Unimog 400 model, but I just call it the Big Car.” Projects like those created by Mattson, Larson

and Attig and many others will be on exhibition at the Freeborn County Fair in August. Although they have opportunities to show their work in special clubs or science fairs, the county fair is where their hard work and creativity gets the most recognition. — Nya Lony

Tirzah Larson is holding a variety of products made of llama fur. She also displayed these with her poster in 2011.

Tirzah Larson shows her project poster about llamas that she presented at the Freeborn County Fair in 2011.

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The automated washer at Red Carpet Car Wash was built in the summer of 2006 and cost $155,000. — Andrew Dyrdal


ou want to own a clean car, right? Curtis Smith wants you to, too. Smith, the owner of Red Carpet Car Wash in Albert Lea, is as passionate about keeping his own car clean as his customers’. So when he purchased the company in 2003, he bought an automatic washer within three years and did away with the old method of manually washing and waxing cars – allowing his customers 24-hour service. Smith said Red Carpet washes about 16,000 cars a year but is hoping to hit 22,000 in the future, a number the company closed in on before Smith bought it and there was less competition. “I’d like to wash every car in town,” said Smith,

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who also owns Arrow Printing and is a partner owner of Skyline Plaza. “We’re always looking to grow.” Red Carpet is not only a car wash, but does complete detailing and tinting, too. At Smith’s right hand is Matt Rahn, a six-year employee who manages the business. Rahn leads the car detailing and is a jack-of-alltrades when it comes to making Red Carpet run. Smith said there are some people in town who will only let Rahn touch their car. “Matt has detailed his whole life,” he said. “A lot of people say when the car’s done, it looks brand new. I’ve never heard a complaint about him.” Red Carpet details up to two cars per day, but no more. Smith

The cloth inside Red Carpet Car Wash’s automated washer is made of lamb’s wool. Owner Curtis Smith said his company is one of two washers in Albert Lea with cloth but the only that uses lamb’s wool.

Matt Rahn, a six-year employee of Red Carpet Car Wash, removes paneling from a Ford Fusion SE as he prepares to tint the windows. Rahn leads the complete detailing of cars and runs a snow plow for the company.

said it takes eight man hours to do a complete detail, which includes shampooing the floor mats, carpets and seats, cleaning the dash and windows, and removing the air vents and cleaning them, too. “Anything you see when you open the car door is clean,” Smith said. When a car’s interior is done, Rahn buffs, polishes and waxes its exterior. Smith said Red Carpet details about 750 cars per year but no more than two a day because he doesn’t want to compromise quality for speed. “Could we do more? Yes,” Smith said. “But we’re very thorough and don’t take shortcuts.” Car washing and detailing is not a need for

wash in town,” Smith joked. “In this day in age, everybody wants speed.” Red Carpet’s washer was installed in the summer of 2006 and cost $155,000. Another $100,000 was spent on improvement to the site and to accommodate the new equipment, including a 96-foot long tunnel. “We tried to spare no expense,” Smith said. “It would have been nice to have another $5080,000, but it’s just like building a house. After the fact you think of a few things you would have done differently.” Red Carpet’s customers have wash choices that range from $5 to $12. Smith said its $9 wash is the most popular because its sells wash tokens for $6 in counts of 10. He

also donates tokens to fundraisers. Red Carpet’s $12 was is the only one that includes hot wax within 100 miles, according to Smith. Smith sees a spike in his customers in the winter because it’s too cold to wash cars by hand. He said he averages about 1,500 cars in the winter and 1,000 in the summer. Red Carpet also does overflow detailing for Dave Syverson Ford, cleans police squad cars and has wash plans with about 20 businesses, which receive washes by punching a code and are billed monthly. “Those businesses have the cleanest cars, trucks and vans in town,” Smith said. “You know they’re customers of mine. — Andrew Dyrdal

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‘Just about any type of cleaning’

The ServiceMaster Clean shop at 308 W. Front St. — Kelli Lageson


f you weren’t looking for it, you’d probably miss the building labeled “ServiceMaster Clean” while driving down Front Street. The business provides many cleaning and restoration services for both residential and commercial properties in Albert Lea and the surrounding areas. “We do just about any type of cleaning service that someone would need,” said co-owner, Tim Smick. Smick has been working at ServiceMaster for 24 years. Fifteen years ago, Smick and Craig Diegnau began a business venture as owners of a ServiceMaster Clean. They bought out the previous owner of the Fairmont office who also happened to be Smick’s father-in-law. Smick and his partner began slowly expanding, eventually annexing the Albert Lea office in 2007. Both sites combined cover about 80 miles along Interstate 90. They employ five fulltime and six part-time employees. “We don’t have plans to continue expanding right now,” Smick said. “We cover a large area of southern Minnesota, and sometimes we even get calls from Iowa.” Smick has been work-


ing at ServiceMaster for 24 years. He and Diegnau started their business venture as owners 15 years ago with the Fairmont office when they bought out the previous owner who also happened to be Smick’s father-in-law. The two began slowly expanding, annexing the Albert Lea office in 2007. ServiceMaster provides many cleaning and restoration services including water/smoke/ fire restoration, carpet and upholstery cleaning, mold cleaning, odor removal and air duct cleaning. “We get calls from people who are selling their homes or retirees who are moving, and we come in with a truck and clean the whole thing from top to bottom,” Smick. Disaster restoration makes up a large portion of the big jobs the ServiceMaster Professionals do around the area. “We did a lot of cleaning after the tornadoes in the summer of 2010,” Smick said. “There was water restoration to be done, windows and a variety of other cleaning jobs. And last year we did a lot of ice dam clean outs. ” One of the biggest jobs Smick and his employ-

ees worked was at the Gateway Computer plant on Sioux City, Iowa. The environment in which the computer parts were being packaged and assembled had to be free of dust. The ServiceMaster Professionals had to do a lot of high vacuuming throughout the entire plant. “We do a couple of big jobs every once in a while, but most of what

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1988: Smick began working for his father-in-law at the ServiceMaster in Fairmont.

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Hy-Vee dietitian Amy Pleimling talks about the benefits of “super foods” with customer Sheri Hird last February.

Noel Hagen explains to hairstylist Jenna Johanson how she wants her hair cut at Classic Reflections Salon & Spa. The employees were decked out in Vikings garb. Even the capes were purple.

Waitstaff at Green Mill get into the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day.

People peruse silent auction items for the annual banquet for the Albert Lea-Freeborn County Chamber of Commerce in October at Wedgewood Cove Golf Club. Contractors install red siding on the new Randy Cirkensa State Farm barn, 324 E. William St., in January.

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U.S. Rep. Tim Walz and Innovance CEO Mike Larson listen to Innovance Business Development Manager Doug Olson.

U.S. Sen Amy Klobuchar examines a box during a tour this month at Minnesota Corrugated Box. Next to her is Albert Lea Mayor Vern Rasmussen.

Lily Morales, right, holds a bottle for a calf in September during a tour of the dairy farm of John and Dick Miller in Oakland.

U.S. Sen. Al Franken speaks with Poet Glenville ethanol plant manager Rick Mummert in April while the farmer owners of the plant and Franken staff mingle during a brief tour of the facility.

Valerie Kvale, a placement and marketing specialist with Workforce Development, explains a computer program to Albert Lea resident Darik Weitzel in October.

Customers pile into Shopko at midnight for the early Black Friday sale. All staff at Shopko were working that day one shift or another.

House District 27A Rep. Rich Murray, bottom left, REG President Daniel Oh and Albert Lea-Freeborn County Chamber of Commerce Director Randy Kehr, along with Chamber Ambassadors and others cut a ribbon in September for the re-opening of the former SoyMor biodiesel plant.

Mike and Amy Cooper were seen at events through the summer in their new Papa Murphy’s pizza trailer.

Kathryn Tunheim, adviser to Gov. Mark Dayton, spoke in January at Wedgewood Cove Golf Club at the annual Greater Jobs luncheon.

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton listens to the chairman of the Albert Lea-Freeborn County Chamber of Commerce’s board of directors, Doug Olson, in July, a day before he agreed to a budget deal to end a state shutdown.

Dentist Rachel Nolander holds a model of teeth and gums in September at Advanced Family Dental in the Professional Arts Building. She purchased the practice from Robert Harold on Sept. 1.

Jaden Anderson, left, and Makayla Hansen sell lemonade on Grand Avenue in Albert Lea last June.

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percent of the Freeborn County population age 24 or older with a high school diploma.

5.9 57.1 16,674 626 18 2.6 295,000 70,000 485 265

percent, the unemployment rate for Freeborn County, as of December 2011. The state posted 5.7 percent.

percent of the Freeborn County population that is of working age.

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dollars equaling the average weekly wage for workers in Freeborn County. The state average is $899.

minutes, the mean travel time to work in Freeborn County.

percent of the Freeborn County population that speaks English at a level less than “very well.”

square feet in industrial buildings managed by the Albert Lea Economic Development Agency. square feet in industrial buildings managed by the Albert Lea Economic Development Agency available for rent.

acres in industrial parks the Albert Lea Economic Development Agency oversees.

Numbers from Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development and from the Albert Lea Economic Development Agency.

acres in industrial parks the Albert Lea Economic Development Agency available has available for sale.

See what we can create for you! John Deere-Moline........March 29-31...................$329 John Deere-Waterloo.....April 5-6.........................$149 Washington, DC..............April 14-21...................$1159 • Guided tour of Gettysburg • The White House • Ford’s Theatre • Gettysburg Battlefield • Petersen House • Guided city tour of D.C. • Kennedy Center • National Cathedral • Arlington National Cemetery • Holocaust Museum • Tomb of the Unknown Soldier • Smithsonian’s

• World War II • Vietnam Wall • Korean • Iwo Jima • Lincoln • Roosevelt

Mystery Tour...................May 2-6...........................$699 New York City, NY.........May 20-26.....................$1299 • Pocono Mountains • Liberty State Park Our hotel is on • Ferry Ride • Statue of Liberty Time Square • Ellis Island • Guided tour of New York • Ground Zero • Broadway show • Empire State Building

• United Nation’s Building • Wall Street • Central Park • Midtown • Time Square • Lower Manhattan • Rockefeller Center • Flight 93 National Memorial • and a whole lot more!

Custom corrugate capabilities include: • On site design facility • Experienced professional sales group • Graphic intensive POP solutions • Variable run quantities of corrugated cartons and inner-packing • Extensive Min/Max or JIT Inventory programs

We are prepared to provide solutions to your challenges

Passion Play.....................June 7-15.........................$659 Canadian Rockies..........July 7-15.......................$1519 Northwest Circle............July 21-August 3.........$2099 St Louis, MO...................August 16-19..................$599 • South Dakota • Mackinac Island • New England • Norsk Hostfest • 4 - Branson Christmas

Call today for a detailed brochure or 2012 mailer 507-529-8687 Rochester, MN. 1-866-277-8687

All of our tours depart from: La Crosse, Winona, Lewiston, St Charles, Rochester, Dexter, Austin, and Albert Lea. (Some tours will also load in Sparta, Tomah and Mauston WI.)

1851 Margaretha Ave. Albert Lea, MN 56007

(507) 373-3375


Sunday, February 26, 2012 • Albert Lea Tribune • Page 11

Freeborn County industry

By the numbers

212,775,675 125,060,592 104,177,416

70,123,593 19,045,939 14,179,994 57,716,033 67,494,175 67,570,449 58,958,729 10,714,043 11,652,089 31,377,500 9,062,495 17,623,421 Numbers from Minnesota Department of Revenue. The sectors represented are only some among dozens of sectors the department tracks.

dollars of gross sales generated by the food processing industry in Freeborn County in 2009. dollars of gross sales generated by the sales of automobiles and parts in Freeborn County in 2009. dollars of gross sales generated by retail sales that occurred at gas stations in Freeborn County in 2009. dollars of gross sales of general merchandise in Freeborn County in 2009. dollars of gross sales generated through crop production agriculture in Freeborn County in 2009. dollars of gross sales generated through businesses that support agriculture in 2009. dollars of gross sales generated through utilities in Freeborn County in 2009. dollars of gross sales generated through metal fabrication in Freeborn County in 2009. dollars of gross sales generated by the sale of building materials in Freeborn County in 2009. dollars of gross sales generated at food and beverage stores in Freeborn County in 2009. dollars of gross sales of clothing and clothing accessories in Freeborn County in 2009. dollars of gross sales of furniture in Freeborn County in 2009. dollars of gross sales at restaurants and bars in Freeborn County in 2009. dollars of gross sales generated by the manufacture of wood products in Freeborn County in 2009. dollars of sales and use taxes collected from Freeborn County businesses in 2009. — Tim Engstrom

18 Hole Championship Golf Course The Wedgewood Restaurant & The Cove Bar & Grill banquet facility seats up to 450 people for weddings, meetings and parties 2200 W. 9th St, Albert Lea, MN 56007


we interview, train, assess and screen candidates every day who are ready to begin their new career path.

Northbridge Mall • 2564 Bridge Avenue • Albert Lea

507-377-7410 •


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Edgewater Pavilion

Alamco Wood Products, LLC. is a manufacturer of environmentally-friendly structurally glued laminated timber beams and arches for many uses.

We are a success thanks to our employees!

Lumber Stores Department

Lumber Prep Department

Maintenaince Department

Glue Department

Day Finishing Department

Night Finishing Department

Office Department

1410 W. 9th St., Albert Lea, MN 56007 507-373-1401 • Fax: 507-373-8166 • 877-679-9663 Visit us at

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