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Past articles by Madeline:

Weekend Planner: Albert Lea Floats returns to town with free activities

The Albert Lea Lakes Foundation presents Albert Lea Floats from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday at Frank Hall Park. Albert Lea Floats is a free non-motorized floating festival that is open to the public. The event is sponsored by the Albert Lea Lakes Foundation, which is a non-profit group that raises awareness to restore and preserve natural resources such as the lake. Free kayaks, canoes and… → Read More

Honored survivor shares her story about battling cancer

Cancer can be tough. Albert Lea resident Monica Nelson can attest to that first-hand. Nelson, now 44, was 36 when she was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer. Five years later, Nelson can proudly say she is cancer free. She is one of two honored survivors at this year’s Freeborn County Relay for Life. Monica Nelson’s daughter gave her this piece of art when she came out of the hospital on… → Read More

Weekend Planner: Duo will perform gospel and bluegrass program

Bethany Lutheran Church in Thompson, Iowa, will host a gospel and bluegrass music program on Saturday. Gary Froiland, a former area musician, will sing in the program, along with Mark Sand, of Forest City, who will join him on several songs playing a saw. Froiland and Sand worked together at Stoyles Printing Co. in Lake Mills in the ’80s. While working together, they discovered their mutual love… → Read More

Canoe and kayak rental open to the public

Boat equipment can now be checked out online If you have been by Frank Hall Park in the last few weeks then you’ve probably noticed a new rental station containing canoes and kayaks. Those canoes and kayaks are now available to the public for use. Last year, Laura Lunde and her team on the Lakes Foundation won a contest called Celebrate Your Lake. They won with the completed project of Golden… → Read More

Men traveling to 50 states in less than a week

Four friends have set out to do the unthinkable: travel across all ... → Read More

Weekend Planner: Carson & Barnes Circus coming to town

The Carson & Barnes Circus family will come to Albert Lea this Friday. The circus has toured North America for four generations with their more traditional of American big top circuses. Barbara Miller Byrd and Geary Byrd own and manage the circus. Their daughters also fill various managerial functions as the families continuing legacy of ownership. The Carson & Barnes Circus brings family… → Read More

Police, deputies to step up speed patrols

The Albert Lea Police Department and Freeborn County Sheriff’s Office will conduct increased speed patrols starting today through July 26, as part of a statewide speed enforcement effort. Jeff StromDuring the three months of summer, an average of 28 people lose their lives due to unsafe speeds on Minnesota roads, according to a press release. “Speeding not only puts your life in danger, but the… → Read More

Weekend Planner: Area runners prepare for eighth annual April Sorensen Memorial Half Marathon

The April Sorensen Memorial Half Marathon will have its eighth race this year. The race begins at 7:30 a.m. Saturday near Country Inn & Suites in Albert Lea and finishes in Hayward. The 13.1-mile race is in memory of April Sorensen, an Albert Lea High School graduate who was found dead in her Rochester home in 2007 in an apparent homicide. The case is still unsolved. At 10 a.m., awards will be… → Read More

Family of singers slated to perform at Crossroads

Crossroads Church will host the Benson Family Singers from Faribault on Sunday. → Read More

New pastor brings a love of music to church

By Madeline Funk Meet Albert Lea’s newest pastor: Nick Roen. Roen is the new worship pastor at Sojourners Church. Roen was born Jan. 4, 1989, in Freeport, Illinois, to Faye and Scott Roen. He lived there until he was 2 and then his family moved to Detroit. When he was 11 Roen moved to La Crosse, Wisconsin, where he stayed for middle school, high school and college. The family moved quite a few… → Read More

Corey Goodnature golf tournament this weekend

This weekend will be the 10th annual Corey Goodnature Memorial Scholarship Golf ... → Read More

Woman keeps Eddie Cochran legacy alive

Since Eddie Cochran first became popular, Gloria Fitzgerald has bought his memorabilia ... → Read More

Weekend Planner: Bikes for Barker ride to begin in Albert Lea, raises money for scholarships for students

The Bikes for Barker eighth annual scholarship fundraiser will begin on Saturday ... → Read More

Historical society in Wells raises money to save USC arches

The Wells Historical Society has raised almost $39,000 to save a piece ... → Read More