Weekend Planner: Historical open house featured this weekend

Published 11:26 am Thursday, July 7, 2016

By Sam Ehrhardt

The Lake Mills Area Historical Society will host its annual wine tasting and hors d’oeuvres fundraising event at a special location this year.

The event will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Bakken-Pederson century house at 201 E. Main St. in Lake Mills.

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The house was built in 1916 by the M.O. Bakken family and has only had four owners — according to a press release from the Lake Mills Area Historical Society — the longest span being the Pederson family’s ownership, which has lasted 55 years.

The event will include hor d’oeuvres, wine and the chance to speak with the home’s owner, Phyllis Pederson, as well as some of her family. The cost of the event is $12 and will include a complimentary wine glass etched with the Bakken-Pederson house.

All proceeds from the event will go to the Lake Mills Area Historical Society.

The Freeborn County area will have many more events this weekend. The following is a taste of the upcoming festivities:


The Conger Volunteer Fire Department will have its annual pork chop supper from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Food served will include pork chops, potato salad and beans. Tickets are $9 for adults, and $6 for children 12 and under.

The Pelican Breeze will have a pizza cruise from 6 to 8 p.m. Reservations must be made by 4 p.m. Friday. The cost of $20 covers the cruise and pizza.

A 5:30 event in Clear Lake City Park with free blues music, cycling-related vendors and barbecue will kick off the Clear Lake Bicycle, Blues and Barbeque Festival. The two-day festival will also include a time trial and criterium bicycle race, more barbecue and free music on Saturday. Sunday a 51/85-mile road race will start at 10 a.m.

Friday Night Out in Osage City Park will start at 5:30 p.m.


Wedgewood Golf Club will host the Albert Lea High School Hall of Fame tournament at 9 a.m.

The Alden American Legion will have a steak fry from 5 to 8 p.m. Food served will include a 10-ounce. Ribeye, a baked potato and garlic toast. The cost of $13 will cover the entire meal.

The Albert Lea Knights of Columbus will have a steak fry from 6 to 8 p.m. Along with the steak dinner, a salad bar and dessert are included.

The Albert Lea Art Center “Art Works From Our Travels” exhibit will close at 2 p.m.


The Albert Lea American Legion will have a breakfast from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Food served will include pancakes, sausages, fruit cups, potatoes and coffee.

A radio-controlled air show at 10 a.m. will mark the end of the annual July Jubilee in Lake Mills. Events throughout the weekend will include a bake sale and street dance on Friday and a 5k and a parade on Saturday.

The Pelican Breeze will have a cruise starting at 1:30 p.m. tickets are $10 per person. No reservation is necessary.

Fountain Lake Park in Albert Lea will host the Walking Eagle Band at 3:30 p.m. The performance will feature oldies, classic country, ’50s and ’70s music.