Linda Lares awarded the 2024 Rose Olmsted Advocacy Award

Published 8:12 pm Wednesday, February 14, 2024

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Freeborn County announced Wednesday it will award the 2024 Rose Olmsted Advocacy Award to Linda Lares of Albert Lea.

According to a press release, the selection committee recognized Lares’ commitment.

“Linda has been a role-model in the community, an advocate for family values, showing those new to the community that Albert Lea/Freeborn County can be a great place to live,” a press release states. “Her work with SEMCAC helped connect aide to those who needed financial and physical assistance. Linda became the voice for those who didn’t have a voice, and for those who didn’t know where to go to get assistance. She served all without prejudice. Her beaming smile and confident, gentle way instilled hope in those who were underserved and struggling to make their way in the world.

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“Linda Lares embodies what the Rose Olmsted Advocacy Award represents.”

The selection committee congratulated Lares on receiving this award and all those who work diligently with advocacy issues in Freeborn County throughout the year.

The Freeborn County Board of Commissioners will formally recognize Lares at the regular county board meeting at 8:30 a.m. February 20 at the Freeborn County Government Center.