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Community Introduction

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Albert Lea-Freeborn County welcomes you to the southern gateway of Minnesota, conveniently located at the intersection of Interstates 35 and 90. This “crossroads” is rich in agriculture, industry, retail and residential assets, and the natural beauty of our local lakes!

Albert Lea-Freeborn County is an ideal community, offering a quality education for our children, a variety of cultural and recreational opportunities, convenient access to work, play and services, and a low cost of living. It is a place where you can feel safe and secure.

Albert Lea-Freeborn County history is rich! From a bountiful countryside to a thriving retail and commercial hub, the culture and growth are boundless. Surrounded by picturesque lakes and landscapes, the community continues to thrive.

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Albert Lea and Freeborn County boasts abundant natural beauty. Several lakes throughout the county provide recreation, fishing, wildlife watching, and scenic beauty. Myre-Big Island State Park features hiking trails to observe glacial formations and spectacular examples of the vanishing oak savanna landscape.

The Blazing Star Bike Trail explores the beautiful countryside and will soon connect to several rural communities adjacent to Albert Lea and Freeborn County.

Known for extremely fertile soils, Freeborn County is a state leader in corn, soybean, hog, and potato production. Agriculture is a thriving industry, providing a strong base for the area’s economy.

As the largest city and County Seat, Albert Lea thrives with a variety of manufacturing, service, and retail businesses.

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Numerous businesses have made the Albert Lea–Freeborn County area their home because of its key location at the intersection of Interstates 35 and 90. Shopping abounds with a major shopping mall and new strip malls. A thriving historic downtown retail district contributes charm and provides ample shopping opportunities with plenty of character.

Events and activities scheduled throughout the year make Freeborn County an ideal place to visit or live. Take a step back in time as you visit the Freeborn County Museum and Historical Village, or attend the Big Island Rendezvous & Festival. Enjoy peace and tranquility aboard the Pelican Breeze II Cruise Boat. Walk the Blazing Star Bike Trail, or take in the natural beauty of our Myre-Big Island State Park.

Experience the thrill of zooming over 250 miles of groomed snowmobile trails during the winter months. Community Theatre, unique events, specialty shopping, two museums, and much more make Albert Lea and Freeborn County the perfect place to call home!

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