Emerald ash borer confirmed in Albert Lea

The City of Albert Lea urges residents to have their ash trees assessed for emerald ash borer damage after the Minnesota Department of Agriculture confirmed this destructive insect in many areas of the community this spring.

Your summer adventure begins in Albert Lea!

Dive into summer fun in Albert Lea! Explore the summer fun guide to discover programs offered by the library, recreation department, and senior center. You’ll also find valuable community resources to make your Albert Lea summer unforgettable. Get ready for adventure! The guide is also available in Spanish.

Zoning for the future: Off-sale liquor, cannabis, tobacco and sexually-oriented businesses

The City of Albert Lea is studying how to best regulate off-sale liquor, cannabis, tobacco and sexually-oriented businesses.

“Cannabis is changing Minnesota in many ways. As a city government, we need to make sure the changes to Albert Lea are not detrimental to our residents and our existing businesses,” said Wayne Sorensen, building and planning official.

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Home tax refund

To spur development of more housing options for our workforce, the City of Albert Lea, Freeborn County and School District 241 have agreed to refund – or abate – a portion of property taxes for construction or improvement of housing in Albert Lea.

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Referendum a win for Albert Lea rec facilities

With overwhelming support from voters, Albert Lea is working to improve the City Arena, Aquatic Center and Marion Ross Performing Arts Center. In addition, the city plans to add public restrooms near the Splash Pad at the north end of Broadway Avenue.

City to upgrade wastewater system

The City of Albert Lea is working with local legislators to secure $40 million in state funding toward a major upgrade at the City’s wastewater treatment plant, which needs to replace aging infrastructure and meet stricter pollutant limits.

The mission of the City of Albert Lea is to deliver exceptional services that enhance the quality of life for current and future generations.

Salary Statement: Minnesota state law (Chapter 156 of the Session Laws of 2005) requires that “a city or county with a population of more than 15,000 must annually notify its residents of the positions and base salaries of its three highest-paid employees.” For the City of Albert Lea, titles and salaries as of Jan. 1, 2024, are: City Manager, $141,627.20; Director of Public Safety $132,017.60; and Director of Public Works/City Engineer $128,793.60. Date of publication: July 10, 2024