Albert Lea, Minnesota
|Albert Lea, Minnesota|
The historic downtown
|Motto: Land Between the Lakes|
Location of the city of Albert Lea
within Freeborn County
in the state of Minnesota
within Freeborn County
in the state of Minnesota
|• Mayor||Vern Rasmussen Jr.|
|• City Manager||Chad Adams|
|• City Attorney||Lee Bjorndal|
|• Public Safety Director||Dwaine Winkels|
|• Total||14.42 sq mi (37.35 km2)|
|• Land||12.59 sq mi (32.61 km2)|
|• Water||1.83 sq mi (4.74 km2) 12.69%|
|Elevation||1,243 ft (379 m)|
|Population ( 2010) |
|• Estimate (2016) ||17,667|
|• Density||1,200/sq mi (480/km2)|
|• Demonym||Albert Leans|
|Time zone||Central ( UTC-6)|
|• Summer ( DST)||Central ( UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||0639247 |
The city is at the junction of Interstates 35 and 90, about 90 miles (140 km) south of the Twin Cities. It is on the shores of Fountain Lake, Pickerel Lake, Albert Lea Lake, Goose Lake, School Lake, and Lake Chapeau. Fountain Lake and Albert Lea Lake are part of the Shell Rock River flowage.
The city's early growth was based upon agriculture, farming support services and manufacturing and was a significant rail center. At one time it was the site of Cargill's headquarters. Other manufacturing included Edwards Manufacturing (barn equipment), Scotsman Ice Machines, Streater Store fixtures, and Universal Milking Machines. Like many U.S. towns much of the manufacturing base has diminished. A long-time center of the city's job opportunity was the Wilson & Company meat packing plant, later known as Farmstead and Farmland. This facility was destroyed by fire in July 2001. The largest employer is currently Mayo Clinic Health System with over 1,500 employees.
The city is named after Albert Miller Lea, a topographer with the United States Dragoons, who surveyed southern Minnesota and northern Iowa in 1835, including the current site of Albert Lea.  Captain Nathan Boone, a son of Daniel Boone, was the scout for Lea's unit.
Albert Lea received national attention in 1959 after Local 6 of the United Packinghouse Workers of America went on strike against Wilson & Co. (one of the Big Four meatpacking plants at the time) over issues involving mandatory overtime requirements.  When Wilson & Co. attempted to operate the plant with replacement workers, violence erupted and split the town. During the 109-day strike, Governor Orville Freeman acted to quell the violence by closing the plant, calling in the Minnesota National Guard, and (on December 11) declaring martial law.  A Federal district court in Minneapolis ruled against the Governor on December 23, and the plant turned back to Wilson & Co. just days later. 
The city hall is located at 221 East Clark St, Albert Lea, MN 56007. Albert Lea is located in Minnesota's 1st congressional district, represented by Mankato educator Tim Walz, a Democrat (DFL). The Minnesota State Senate District is 27, represented by State Senator Dan Sparks, a member of the DFL. It is in Minnesota's House District 27A, represented in the Minnesota House of Representatives by Peggy Bennett, a member of the GOP. 
According to the
United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 14.42 square miles (37.35 km2), of which 12.59 square miles (32.61 km2) is land and 1.83 square miles (4.74 km2) is water.
Myre-Big Island State Park is nearby. There are three main lakes in Albert Lea: Fountain Lake, Pickerel Lake and Albert Lea Lake.
ALBERT LEA MINNESOTA Latitude and Longitude:
|U.S. Decennial Census
2015 Estimate 
As of the census  of 2010, there were 18,016 people, 7,774 households, and 4,644 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,431.0 inhabitants per square mile (552.5/km2). There were 8,410 housing units at an average density of 668.0 per square mile (257.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 90.0% White, 1.1% African American, 0.3% Native American, 1.1% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 5.3% from other races, and 2.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 13.2% of the population.
There were 7,774 households of which 25.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.0% were married couples living together, 10.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 40.3% were non-families. 34.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.24 and the average family size was 2.85.
The median age in the city was 44 years. 21.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22% were from 25 to 44; 26.3% were from 45 to 64; and 22.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.3% male and 51.7% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 18,356 people, 7,785 households, and 4,826 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,702.5 people per square mile (657.4/km²). There were 8,133 housing units at an average density of 754.3 per square mile (291.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 92.80% White, 0.37% African American, 0.29% Native American, 0.80% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 4.54% from other races, and 1.18% from two or more races. 9.48% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
Of the 7,785 households, 26.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.5% were married couples living together, 9.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.0% were non-families. 33.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 2.88.
23.0% of Albert Lea's population were under the age of 18, 7.9% were 18 to 24, 24.6% were 25 to 44, 23.2% were from 45 to 64, and 21.3% were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 90.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.6 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $32,841, and the median income for a family was $42,407. Males had a median income of $31,383 versus $21,114 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,979. 10.2% of the population and 6.9% of families were below the poverty line. 10.6% of those under the age of 18 and 10.9% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.
|Climate data for Albert Lea, Minnesota|
|Average high °F||23||28||40||56||69||78||82||80||72||59||42||27||54.7|
|Average low °F||5||10||22||35||47||58||62||59||50||37||25||10||35|
|Average precipitation inches||0.75||0.71||1.85||3.66||4.45||4.72||4.57||4.45||3.58||2.52||1.73||1.1||34.09|
|Average high °C||−5||−2||4||13||21||26||28||27||22||15||6||−3||12.7|
|Average low °C||−15||−12||−6||2||8||14||17||15||10||3||−4||−12||1.7|
|Average precipitation mm||19||18||47||93||113||119.9||116.1||113||90.9||64||43.9||28||865.9|
|Source #1: Weatherise |
|Source #2: U.S. climate data |
Albert Lea has a warm-summer subtype of the humid continental climate with cold winters to hot summers, with significant contrasts between seasons. Its climate type is typical for inland northern United States locations, but due to its southern position in the state, its summers and winters have higher temperatures than other, more northerly regions of the state. An exception to this rule is the urban core of Minneapolis - St. Paul, which sees higher temperatures typical of an urban heat island, but Albert Lea is significantly warmer than locations such as Duluth.
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Myre-Big Island State Park is a state park of Minnesota located near Albert Lea. It is home to trails that take visitors around wet lowlands, oak savanna, and grasslands. Albert Lea Lake and park marshes draw hundreds of waterfowl during migration. Oak savanna and prairie landscape, including wetlands, dominate most of the park. One of the more distinctive aspects of the park is the 116-acre Big Island, covered with a maple and basswood forest. Another is the glacial esker located in the northeast section of the park. Blazing Star Trail bike trail runs from Albert Lea to the state park. The park also offers bird watching, hiking, canoeing, and camping. 
Known as "The Land Between the Lakes," there are three main lakes in Albert Lea: Fountain Lake, Albert Lea Lake, and Pickerel Lake. Fish typically found in these lakes include bullhead, carp, northern pike, bass, walleye, catfish, yellow perch and various panfish. Boating, fishing, canoeing, and boat tours are can be found on these lakes.
Located in Albert Lea, the county fair includes live entertainment, an antique tractor show, a draft horse show, a small and baby animal show, and a Sunday church service. It also has a beer garden, a cattle department, commercial exhibits, a conservation building, a creative arts and crafts building, fair food, a floral hall, a Freeborn County 4-H building, a heritage barn, a course arena, a kiddie farm yard, a kid's zone, and machinery hill. 
- Rockabilly musician Eddie Cochran (composer of " Summertime Blues" and " Twenty Flight Rock")
- Alexander Grinager, an artist most noted for his murals, was born in Albert Lea
- College basketball star Ben Woodside of the North Dakota State Bison was born and raised in Albert Lea
- Comedian, commentator and U.S. Senator Al Franken briefly lived in Albert Lea, where he attended Hawthorne Elementary and Abbott Elementary; he moved when his father's business failed
- Conceptual artist Mary Kelly
- Actress Marion Ross ( Happy Days); the town's civic theater in 2008 was renamed the Marion Ross Performing Arts Center
- Professional Wrestler Perry Saturn
- Former Washington Redskins general manager Vinny Cerrato
- Writer, editor and publisher Joan Claire Graham
- Former radio voice of the Houston Rockets, Gene Peterson 
- Tom Brown (Canadian football), Minnesota Golden Gophers and BC Lions football star; 1960 Outland Trophy winner and Heisman Trophy runner up; College Football Hall of Fame and Canadian Football Hall of Fame inductee
- Tim Penny, U.S. Congressman(1983-1995), born in Albert Lea
- Emily Batista (née Johnson), librarian, born in Albert Lea
- Richard Carlson writer, director and actor, best known to movie fans of '50 sci-fi and horror; starring roles include The Magnetic Monster (1953), Riders to the Stars (1954), It Came from Outer Space (1953), Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)
- John A. Lovely, Minnesota Supreme Court justice
The Albert Lea Thunder was a junior hockey team who played at Albert Lea Ice Arena and was a member of the North American Hockey League. The team operated for two seasons 2008-2010 and was folded due to financial difficulties. On May 11, 2010, it was reported that the team had found new owners and would relocate to Texas for the 2010-2011 season. Their roster was officially sold to the expansion Amarillo, Texas franchise, the Amarillo Bulls, on May 26, 2010. 
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