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Albert Lea, Minnesota
City
The historic downtown
The historic downtown
Motto(s): Land Between the Lakes
Location of the city of Albert Lea within Freeborn County in the state of Minnesota
Location of the city of Albert Lea
within Freeborn County
in the state of Minnesota
Albert Lea, Minnesota is located in Minnesota
Albert Lea, Minnesota
Albert Lea, Minnesota
Location of the city of Albert Lea
within Freeborn County
in the state of Minnesota
Coordinates: 43°38′52.3″N 93°22′7.5″W / 43.647861°N 93.368750°W / 43.647861; -93.368750
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Freeborn
Settled 1855
Incorporated (village) 1859
Incorporated (city) 1878
Government
 • Mayor Vern Rasmussen Jr.
 • City Manager Chad Adams
 • City Attorney Kelly Martinez
 • Public Safety Director JD Carlson
Area [1]
 • 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) [2]
 • Total 18,016
 • Estimate (2017) [3] 17,703
 • Density 1,200/sq mi (480/km2)
 •  Demonym Albert Leans
Time zone UTC-6 (Central)
 • Summer ( DST) UTC-5 (Central)
ZIP Code 56007
Area code(s) 507
FIPS code 27-00694
GNIS feature ID 0639247 [4]
Website cityofalbertlea.org

Albert Lea is a city in Freeborn County, in the southeastern part of the State of Minnesota. [5] It is also the county seat. Its population was 18,016 at the 2010 census. [6]

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 on agriculture, farming support services and manufacturing, and it 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. As in many U.S. towns, Albert Lea's manufacturing base has substantially diminished. A longtime center of the city's job opportunity was the Wilson & Company meatpacking plant, later known as Farmstead and Farmland. This facility was destroyed by fire in July 2001.

History

Albert Miller Lea

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. [7] Captain Nathan Boone, a son of Daniel Boone, was the scout for Lea's unit.

The city 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. [8] 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. [9] A Federal district court in Minneapolis ruled against Freeman on December 23, and the plant turned back to Wilson & Co. just days later. [10]

Government

The city hall is at 221 East Clark St, Albert Lea, MN 56007. Albert Lea is in Minnesota's 1st congressional district, represented by Mankato educator Tim Walz, a Democrat (DFL). Its Minnesota State Senate District is 27, represented by State Senator Dan Sparks, also a member of the DFL. And the city is in Minnesota's House District 27A, represented in the Minnesota House of Representatives by Peggy Bennett, a Republican. [11]

Geography

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. [1] 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:

43°38′52.3″N 93°22′7.5″W / 43.647861°N 93.368750°W / 43.647861; -93.368750

Climate

Albert Lea has a humid continental climate of the hot-summer subtype ( Köppen Dfa). Albert Lea varies from 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.

Climate data for Albert Lea, Minnesota
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 63
(17)
61
(16)
82
(28)
93
(34)
104
(40)
104
(40)
106
(41)
100
(38)
102
(39)
90
(32)
77
(25)
63
(17)
106
(41)
Average high °F (°C) 23
(−5)
28
(−2)
37
(3)
55
(13)
68
(20)
77
(25)
82
(28)
81
(27)
72
(22)
61
(16)
41
(5)
28
(−2)
54
(13)
Daily mean °F (°C) 14
(−10)
19
(−7)
30
(−1)
45
(7)
57
(14)
66
(19)
72
(22)
70
(21)
61
(16)
48
(9)
32
(0)
21
(−6)
45
(7)
Average low °F (°C) 5
(−15)
9
(−13)
21
(−6)
36
(2)
46
(8)
55
(13)
61
(16)
59
(15)
50
(10)
37
(3)
25
(−4)
12
(−11)
35
(2)
Record low °F (°C) −40
(−40)
−31
(−35)
−22
(−30)
5
(−15)
23
(−5)
34
(1)
41
(5)
34
(1)
23
(−5)
−6
(−21)
−18
(−28)
−26
(−32)
−40
(−40)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 0.79
(20)
0.79
(20)
1.18
(30)
2.36
(60)
3.94
(100)
4.33
(110)
3.54
(90)
3.54
(90)
3.15
(80)
1.57
(40)
1.18
(30)
0.79
(20)
27.16
(690)
Source: [12]

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860262
18801,966
18903,30568.1%
19004,50036.2%
19106,19237.6%
19208,05630.1%
193010,16926.2%
194012,20020.0%
195013,54511.0%
196017,10826.3%
197019,41813.5%
198019,200−1.1%
199018,310−4.6%
200018,3560.3%
201018,016−1.9%
Est. 201617,667 [13]−1.9%
U.S. Decennial Census [14]
2015 Estimate [15]

2010 census

As of the census [2] 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.

2000 census

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.

Education

Sites of interest

Myre-Big Island State Park

Myre-Big Island State Park is a state park 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 park's more distinctive aspects is the 116-acre Big Island, covered with a maple and basswood forest. Another is the glacial esker in the park's northeast section. Blazing Star Trail bike trail runs from Albert Lea to the state park. The park also offers birdwatching, hiking, canoeing, and camping. [16]

Marion Ross Performing Arts Center

Marion Ross Performing Arts Center

The Marion Ross Performing Arts Center is a historic building in downtown Albert Lea. The 255-seat theater is used for the arts, business meetings, and seminars. [17]

Lakes

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. The lakes offer boating, fishing, canoeing, and boat tours.

Freeborn County Fair

The annual county fair takes place in Albert Lea. It 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. [18]

Notable people

Sports

The Albert Lea Thunder was a junior hockey team that played at Albert Lea Ice Arena and was a member of the North American Hockey League. The team operated for two seasons in 2008-10 and 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 2010-11 season.[5] Their roster was officially sold to the expansion Amarillo, Texas franchise the Amarillo Bulls on May 26, 2010. [20]

See also

Other American cities with a personal name and surname as the municipal name:

References

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  5. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  6. ^ "2010 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File". American FactFinder. United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 27 April 2011.
  7. ^ "The Early Settlement of Albert Lea". Sequicentennial History. City of Albert Lea. Archived from the original on 2007-06-16. Retrieved 2007-03-26.
  8. ^ Register,Cheri (2001) Packinghouse Daughter, HarperCollins. ISBN  0-06-093684-3
  9. ^ "Martial Law Ordered in Meat Strike", Oakland Tribune, December 11, 1959, p1
  10. ^ Frost, Richard T. (1961) Cases in State and Local Government, Prentice-Hall LCCR: 61008224
  11. ^ Minnesota House of Representatives; Peggy Bennett, District 27A
  12. ^ "Albert Lea, Minnesotia". Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  13. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  14. ^ United States Census Bureau. "Census of Population and Housing". Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved September 12, 2013.
  15. ^ "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on October 19, 2016. Retrieved June 13, 2016.
  16. ^ "Myre – Big Island State Park". Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved August 9, 2017.
  17. ^ "Marion Ross Performing Arts Center". City of Albert Lea.
  18. ^ "Freeborn County Fair | The Six Best Days of Summer". www.freeborncountyfair.com. Retrieved 2017-01-29.
  19. ^ Damien Pierce, Rockets' legendary voices finishing their final season, Houston Rockets, April 15, 2008
  20. ^ NAHL.com, [1], 8th May 2008

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