School open house, gala and more

Published 12:00 am Thursday, April 19, 2001

The Albert Lea school district will hold a dedication ceremony and open house at the new high school Sunday from 2 to 5 p.

Thursday, April 19, 2001

The Albert Lea school district will hold a dedication ceremony and open house at the new high school Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. A dedication ceremony, ribbon cutting and laying of the cornerstone will be held at 2:30 p.m. Speeches, music, refreshments and tours of the new building will be offered throughout the afternoon.

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Parking is available in the lot accessed from Y.H. Hanson Avenue, and also at the Hammer Field parking lot. A courtesy shuttle bus will take people from the Hammer Field lot to and from the high school building.


Friday, April 20

A sloppy joe supper to benefit the Brian Akemann family will be held from 4-7:30 p.m. at the Hartland Community Center. Cost is $5 for adults, $3 for students, and preschoolers eat free. Matching funds will be provided by Aid Association for Lutherans branches 3884, 4608, 7812 and 10348.

There will also be a silent auction and raffle. The raffle drawing will be held at 7:30 p.m. Lutheran Brotherhood Freeborn Branch 8482 and Wilton Branch 8526 will match the first $750 raised with $1,500.

The proceeds will go to help the family pay for medical expenses and prescriptions not covered by insurance.

Akemann is 38 years old and has two children, ages 10 and 7. They live in New Richland and attend the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hartland. Due to the severity of his heart condition, Akemann is on a no-work status.

Medical account donations can be sent to Farmers State Bank of Hartland, c/o Akemann Trust, Hartland, MN 56042. For more information, call 845-2295 or 845-2601.

The John Kingstrom benefit will be held from 4-7 p.m. at the Albert Lea Union Center. Kingstrom, of Albert Lea, is now quadriplegic because of a car accident. His small home needs handicapped accessibility improvements and his handicapped van is only partly paid for. He also has ongoing medical and transportation needs.

Sloppy joe sandwiches, macaroni salad, baked beans, pickles, coffee, cold drinks, milk and bars will be served for a freewill donation. Aid Association for Lutherans branches 188, 1965, 2300, 4608, 4824, 6333, 6334, 6728, 6910 and 1184 will provide matching funds up to $2,050.

An auction will be held at 4:30, 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. Lutheran Brotherhood Freeborn Branch 8482 and branch 11184 will match the first $500 raised with $1,000. In addition, there will be a raffle of a handmade queen-sized quilt and a hardanger doily.

Medical trust account donations can be sent to Wells Fargo Bank, care of the Kingstrom Trust, Albert Lea. For more information, call 373-8755 or 373-2296.

St. Theodore’s Catholic Church is holding a fish fry from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in Marian Hall at the church. The menu includes fish, baked or mashed potatoes, cole slaw, rolls, and ice cream with toppings. Tickets cost $6 for adults, $3 for children under 12. Children under 3 eat free.


Saturday, April 21

Emmons Women of Today will be celebrating National Volunteer Week by honoring volunteers in the community and surrounding area. Coffee and bars will be served at the Family Tree Restaurant from 6:30-10:30 a.m. The first 100 will be served.

Partners in Health, a program of Albert Lea Medical Center, part of Mayo Health System, will conduct free cholesterol and blood-sugar testing from 8 to 10 a.m. at Skyline Mall in Albert Lea. Health and wellness information will be available along with the screening at the Partners in Health site at the Wells Federal entrance. Anyone 18 and over is eligible to participate in the screenings.

The free screenings will be offered to the first 150 people beginning at 8 a.m. Everyone present at 8 a.m. will have an equal chance to receive the testing. No special consideration will be made for those who arrive before 8 a.m.

People who want the cholesterol test should fast for eight hours before the test. Those wanting the blood glucose test should fast for two hours (no food, but may drink water) so the tests will be accurate.

For more information, call Partners in Health at 377-5960.

The annual Youth For Christ Bowl-A-Thon will be held at 9 a.m. at Holiday Lanes in Albert Lea. For more information or to register, call 377-9233 or 373-1015. Matching funds to $100 will be donated by the AAL Branch #6728.

The Family Fun Festival, featuring information on activities and programs for young children in Freeborn County, will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. at Northbridge Mall. Early childhood screening for four-year-olds will also be available.

The Alden Lions club will hold a soup and pie supper at the Alden Conger school cafeteria from 5 to 7 p.m. Money raised in the event will be donated to the community. Cost is $4 for adults and $2 for children ages 6 through 12. Children under 6 eat free. Visitors are encouraged to bring their old eyeglasses and hearing aids for the Lions to recycle.

Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Kiester will hold its annual congregational dinner and bake sale at the church from 5 to 7 p.m. A buffet-style roast beef and ham dinner will be served. Tickets are $6.50 for adults, $4 for children 10 and under. Proceeds will go to the Hafermann mission, with matching funds by Lutheran Brotherhood #8328. The public is welcome.

The Women of Today and Glenville Boosters will hold a dinner to raise funds for Glenville beautification from 5 to 8:30 p.m. at the Glenville Legion. Barbecue ribs, baked potatoes, cole slaw, dinner rolls, dessert and coffee will be served. Tickets cost $7.50 for adults, $3 for children aged 5 and under.

The Riverland Community College Albert Lea Campus Foundation will hold its annual Gala event at the Albert Lea Armory from 7 to 11 p.m. The event includes live music, gourmet food, dancing and a silent auction. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 507-433-0508.


Sunday, April 22

The Walters Volunteer Firefighters, First Responders and EMT will hold an Ultimate Firefighters Feast from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Walters fire hall. They will serve omelettes, French toast, pancakes, eggs, and sausage to raise money for the departments.

The Albert Lea school district will hold a dedication ceremony and open house at the new high school from 2 to 5 p.m. at the high school.

The March of Dimes WalkAmerica will be held at 1 p.m. starting at the Rodeo Corral at the Freeborn County Fairgrounds. Registration is at noon. New registrants are welcome until that time.