Freeborn County Communities

The Albert Lea – Freeborn County Chamber of Commerce has nearly 550 business and professional members throughout all of Freeborn County, and we draw your attention to our outlying communities. They are an important part of our organization and we want to share their information with you.

Alden lies west of Albert Lea on I-90 and is located on the shores of Morin Lake. Alden is on the western edge of Freeborn County and is in the midst of an extremely rich agricultural area. Alden is a proud community, with well-kept buildings, streets, and a school district that is applauded by its peers. Alden’s progress can be credited to its forward thinking men and women. It is the honesty, uprightness, and fair dealings of its people that make the community worth living and working in. Alden’s development corporation was developed in the early 1960s and offers guidance, impetus and assistance to those interested in increasing the economic, industrial, cultural and social growth of Alden.

Clarks Grove lies directly north of Albert Lea, just west of I-35, and is home to several family-owned businesses. Clarks Grove was named after a grove of trees owned by J. Mead Clark, and settled by Danish Baptists. The community was long known for having the first cooperative creamery in the state.

Conger is located about seven miles west of Albert Lea. The city is home to 133 residents, and growing! The city’s beginnings go back to 1901 when a depot was erected by the New Germainia Rail Line, later the Rock Island line. The area was named Conger in 1902, in tribute to the honorable E.H. Conger, an Iowa legislator, who served as U.S. Minister to China. Shortly after the depot was erected, there followed a creamery, grain and coal company, hardware store, bank, blacksmith shop, lumberyard, and stockyards. Today there are approximately 12-15 businesses in and around Conger.

Emmons “The Gateway to Minnesota” is a small community that is nestled between Albert Lea and the Iowa border. This scenic town is small-town living at its best. The city of Emmons is a community family that has the convenience of a large city only 12 miles away.

Freeborn is located along the north shore of beautiful Freeborn Lake, one of southern Minnesota’s largest lakes. The village was originally platted in 1857, and was incorporated as a city in 1949. The city is also in the process of revitalizing its downtown area with the debut of a number of new business ventures and, recently, has welcomed the construction of several new homes. For more information, visit their website at

Geneva is one of the state’s oldest towns, located about 13 miles north of Albert Lea, just east off of I-35 on County Road 35. Geneva is home for about 449 people. The city is part of the New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva School district.

Glenville, Minnesota is a small town located just north of the Minnesota-Iowa border in Freeborn County, south of Albert Lea on highway 65. Glenville has a long history in Freeborn County, being the home town of the county’s first primary school established in 1856. For more information, visit Glenville’s website at

Hartland derives its name from a small town on the Connecticut River in Windsor County, Vermont. Hartland Township was settled in 1857, and was incorporated as a city in 1893. For many years Hartland has been noted for its excellent marching band, its excellent baseball teams, and its progressive attitude.

Hayward was named after early settler David Hayward. It was settled in 1857 and platted in 1877. Hayward is noted for its unique businesses, including Nick’s Meats, famous for their award-winning meat products. Hayward is a busy, welcoming community.

Hollandale is located in the northeast part of Freeborn County, just off of I-35. The community was developed as farmland, after its 15,000 acres of swampland was drained in 1923. The Hollandale Christian School is known for its excellent faith-based education for young students in kindergarten through eighth grade.

Manchester, originally platted in 1882, received its name from an Illinois settler named Mathias Anderson. Located on Minnesota Highway 13, Manchester is home to the following Chamber member businesses: Jensales (tractor manuals and toy tractors), Jen’s Print (commercial printing), and Jordahl Meats.

Myrtle is named after Mrs. Myrtle Lane, who was the postmistress of a small post office located about a mile east of the present town from 1886 to 1900. The building of the Illinois Central Railroad in 1900 between Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Albert Lea resulted in the building of a depot in Section Seven of London Township.

In 1901, Albert A. Schuhmacher had a portion of his nearby farm surveyed and platted into lots. This resulted in the start of the present community. This community became the center for the Bohemian (Czech) settlement in Freeborn County. This was emphasized with the location of what was once the ZCBJ Wooden Hall, and the present historic Brick Hall on County Road 30 north of Myrtle.

Twin Lakes is located six miles south of Albert Lea in Nunda Township. The first village of Twin Lakes was platted in 1858 and developed in 1869. The village was incorporated by popular vote on April 3, 1957. The first election took place one month later. Twin Lakes is the home of 168 people, with 47 homes and a 25 unit trailer park.

Albert Lea MN Map

TitleCategoryAddressPhone Number
Accentra Credit UnionFinacial1619 Blake Ave Albert Lea MN 55912507-373-6500
AirgasBusiness2417 Myers Rd Albert Lea MN 56007507-373-2411
Alamco Wood Products, LLCBusiness1410 West 9th St. Albert Lea MN 56007507-373-1401
Albert Lea Convention and Visitors BureauVisitors Bureau102 W. Clark St. Albert Lea MN 56007507-373-2316
Albert Lea Economic Development AgencyEconomic Development2610 YH Hanson Ave. Albert Lea MN 56007507-373-3930
Albert Lea Select FoodsBusiness2410 Y.H. Hanson Ave. Albert Lea MN 56007507-379-9269
Albert Lea-Freeborn County Chamber of CommerceChamber of Commerce504 Bridge Ave Albert Lea MN 56007507-373-3938
Alden Mercantile, LLCBusiness102 North Broadway Alden MN 56009507-874-9919
Americas Best Value InnLodging2306 E. Main St. Albert Lea MN 56007507-373-6471
Anderson-Krull & AssociatesBusiness216 E Main St #4 Albert Lea MN 56007507-377-0107
Auto Serve RepairAutomotive - Service1420 Eberhardt St Albert Lea MN 56007507-377-1275
Azteca Mexican GrillRestaurants115 1/2 East Clark Street Albert Lea MN 56007507-369-5378
Bayview Freeborn Funeral HomeFuneral Homes1415 Highway 13 North Albert Lea MN 56007507-373-4330
Bonnerup Funeral & Cremation ServicesFuneral Homes2210 E Main St Albert Lea MN 56007507-373-2461
Certified TravelTourism2560 Bridge Ave. Albert Lea MN 56007507-373-8830
Collins Auto RepairAutomotive - Service810 E. Main St. Albert Lea MN 56007507-377-0585
CrescendoBusiness118 S. Broadway Ave. Albert Lea MN 56007507-377-2425
CulliganBusiness316 Main Ct. Albert Lea MN 56007507-377-8387
Dave Syverson AutocenterAutomotive - Service2310 East Main St. Albert Lea MN 56007507-373-1438
Farmers Mutual Insurance Co.Insurance25380 State Highway 13 Manchester MN 56007507-826-3425
Freeborn County Historical Museum Library & VillageMuseum1031 Bridge Ave. Albert Lea MN 56007507-373-8003
Freeborn Lumber Company & Design CenterBusiness971 Plaza St. W Albert Lea MN 56007507-377-4268
Geno's Plumbing Heating A/CHome Maintenance/Improvement220 Elizabeth Ave. Albert Lea MN 56007507-383-7878
Grace Lutheran ChurchWorship918 Garfield Ave Albert Lea MN 56007507-373-6496
Green Mill Restaurant And BarRestaurants2218 E. Main St. Albert Lea MN 56007507-377-3000
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Albert LeaLodging77820 Main St. Albert Lea MN 56007507-377-9000
Holiday Inn Express & Suites NorthwoodLodging4712 Wheelerwood Rd. Northwood IA 50459641-323-7500
Hubbard AgencyInsurance1643 W Main St Albert Lea MN 56007507-373-1688
Hy-VeeGrocery Stores2708 Bridge Ave. Albert Lea MN 56007507-377-2257
InnovanceBusiness505 West Front St. Albert Lea MN 56007507-377-8910
Jones, Haugh & Smith Engineers SurveyorsEngineering515 S. Washington Albert Lea MN 56007507-393-4876
KIMT NewsBusiness112 N. Pennsylvania Ave. Mason City IA 50401641-423-2540
Larson ContractingBusinessP.O. Box 68 Lake Mills IA 50450641-592-5800
Master PlumbingHome Maintenance/Improvement71710 County Rd. 46 Albert Lea MN 56007507-373-7454
Mayo Clinic Health SystemHealth404 W Fountain St Albert Lea MN 56007507-373-2384
Minnesota Corrugated Box, Inc.Business2200 Y.H. Hanson Ave. Albert Lea MN 56007507-373-5006
Motor Inn CompanyLodging2114 E. Main St. Albert Lea MN 56007507-373-2311
Mrs. Gerry'sBusiness2110 Y.H. Hanson Ave. Albert Lea MN 56007507-373-6384
Northbridge MallBusiness2510 Bridge Ave. Albert Lea MN 56007507-377-3185
Overhead Door Co.Business77893 209th St. Albert Lea MN 56007507-373-4435
Parks & Recreation - City of Albert LeaRecreation221 E Clark St Albert Lea MN 56007507-377-4370
Perkins Restaurant & BakeryRestaurants2215 E. Main St. Albert Lea MN 56007507-377-1624
Peterson Excavating / I-90 RecyclingBusiness24302 755th Ave Albert Lea MN 56007507-826-3256
Power 96 & KQAQ-AMBusiness109 E. Clark St. Albert Lea MN 56007507-373-9600
Produce State BankFinacial220 East Williams Albert Lea MN 56007507-373-5500
Produce State BankFinacial109 W. Park Ave. Hollandale MN 56045507-889-4311
Riverland Community CollegeEducation2200 Riverland Dr. Albert Lea MN 55912507-379-3300
SchweigertBusiness702 E. 13th St. Albert Lea MN 56007507-377-2526
Sears Hometown StoreShopping2722 Bridge Ave. Albert Lea MN 56007507-377-2500
Security Bank MinnesotaFinacial437 Bridge Ave. Albert Lea MN 56007507-373-1481
Security Bank MinnesotaFinacial201 Main St. Emmons MN 56029507-297-5461
Sorensen Bros, Inc.Business2046 Sorenson Rd. Albert Lea MN 56007507-373-6122
Southern Lock & GlassBusiness717 Marshall St. Albert Lea MN 56007507-373-9446
State Farm - Nancy VandenWaerdtInsurance505 Bridge Ave. Albert Lea MN 56007507-377-0227
Sterling DrugBusiness148 S. Broadway Albert Lea MN 56007507-373-1486
Total Glass-Lock, Inc.Business311 W. Main St. Albert Lea MN 56007507-373-1000
Ulland Bros, Inc.Business2400 Myers Rd. Albert Lea MN 56007507-373-1960
United Employees Credit UnionFinacial430 Bridge Ave. Albert Lea MN 56007507-377-1616
US BankFinacial331 S. Broadway Albert Lea MN 56007507-377-6868
Ventura Foods, LLCBusiness919 E. 14th St. Albert Lea MN 56007507-379-9898
Vern Eide ChevroletBusiness2527 Bridge Ave. Albert Lea MN 56007507-373-5275
WalmartShopping1550 Blake Ave. Albert Lea MN 56007507-377-2998
Zenk-Read-Trygstad & Associates, Inc.Business907 Sykes st. Albert Lea MN 56007507-373-0689
Zion Lutheran ChurchWorship924 Bridge Ave. Albert Lea MN 56007507-373-8609
Zumbro River Brand, Inc.Business1215 Hershey St. Albert Lea MN 56007507-377-9776

Board of Directors


Debbie Lunger
People’s Resource Center


Kelli Stuart
Wheaton Center Apartments


Leanne Tampier
The Sign Authority


Matthew Lupo
Mathieson, Moyski, Austin & Co.


Scott Pointner
Rathje & Woodward


Jeff Reiter
Cantigny Park & Golf


Linda Bonen
Town Square Wheaton

Dora Cheila-Georganas
Wheaton Bank & Trust

Cheryl Henriksen
Budget Blinds Wheaton & Lombard

Charlie McKenna
McKenna Capital

Mike Kessler
Orangetheory Fitness Wheaton

Marty Keller
Milton Township Trustee

Paul Ochoa
Member at Large

Alexis Wiley
Arrowhead Golf Club

Important Phone Numbers


Wheaton City Hall
303 W. Wesley St.

General Info (630) 260-2000
City Clerk/City Manager (630) 260-2012
City Manager (630) 260-2012
Finance (630) 260-2000
Water Billing (630) 260-2090
Water Turn On/Off (630) 260-2024
Forestry Division (630) 260-2122

Public Works(630) 260-2110
821 W. Liberty St.

Wheaton Park District
102 E. Wesley St. (630) 665-4710

Wheaton Post Offices
122 N. Wheaton Ave. (630) 668-3530
46 Danada Square West (630) 682-5525

Wheaton Public Library
225 N. Cross St.
(630) 668-1374

Community Unit School District 200
130 W. Park Ave.
(630) 682-2000

DuPage County Government
421 N. County Farm Rd.
(630) 407-6500

DuPage County Senior Services
(630) 407-6500

Forest Preserve District of DuPage County
(630) 933-7200

Illinois Government Resources
(217) 782-0244

Milton Township
(630) 668-1616

Secretary of State
128 W. Liberty St. (630) 653-9580
Voter Registration (630) 682-7440

Wheaton Chamber of Commerce
108 E. Wesley St.
(630) 668-6464

Downtown Wheaton Association
108 E. Wesley St. (630) 682-0633


Lakeshore Recycling Systems
(773) 685-8811

AT & T
(800) 244-4444

(866) 594-1234

(800) 334-7661

(800) 892-0123

Nicor Gas
(800) 642-6748

Telephone Books
(800) 487-6733


Attorney General Office
(312) 814-3000

Better Business Bureau
(312) 832-0500


Metra Train Service
Wheaton Station (630) 668-0176
Chicago Station (312) 322-6767

(847) 364-7223


Chicago Tribune Media Group
(800) 874-2863

Daily Herald
(630) 955-3500

My Suburban Life
(630) 368-1144

Best of Wheaton

Apparel Retail Businesses



Jeans and a Cute Top Shop

Miroballi Shoes

Arts & Entertainment Businesses

Buffalo Theatre Ensemble Corp.

DuPage County Fair Assoc.

Escape For Fun – Escape Room

Fox Bowl

Wheaton College Artist Series

Wheaton Drama, Inc.

Arts Education Businesses

Jerry Evans School of Music

LOVV The Dance Studio

Moves Dance Studio, Inc.

Suburban Music

Casual Dining Restaurants

Egg’lectic Cafe – Town Square

GIA MIA Pizza Bar

Lu’s Sushi & Chinese Restaurant

Muldoon’s Irish Pub

Warren’s Ale House

Fine Dining Restaurants

Arrowhead Restaurant

Ivy Restaurant

Suzette’s Creperie

Fitness Businesses

B.R. Ryall YMCA

Charter Fitness

Essencia Yoga
Pure Barre Wheaton

Home Decor Businesses

Acosta’s Home Consignment

Andrew’s Garden

P.S. Flowers Interiors

The Perfect Thing

Home Services Businesses

Advanced Windows & Siding

Carlson Glass & Mirror

Realty Executives Premiere

Wheaton Lawn Care Service

Sweets & Treats Businesses

Graham’s Fine Chocolates

Kimmer’s Ice Cream

Red Mango Yogurt

Large Businesses

Wheaton Center Apwartments

Wheaton Park District

Wheaton Public Library

Whole Foods Market

Lifestyle Services Businesses

Elements Therapeutic Massage

Frank Gironda Salon & Day Spa

Great Clips

L.A. Tan

Marek Ashley Salon

Spotted Paw Salon

Nonprofit Organizations

Chicago Dental Society
Foundation & Clinic

People’s Resource Center

Christmas Sharing

ESSE Adult Day Care

Professional Services Businesses


PNC Bank – Wheaton Danada

The Sign Authority Inc.

Wheaton Bank & Trust Co.

Professional Wellness Services

DeMoulin Family Chiropractic

Grove Dental Associates

Margo A. McCollister, Inc.

The Hearing Doctors, Inc.

The Written Word Center
for Dyslexia & Learning

Weber Orthodontics

Wheaton Orthodontic Center

Specialty Food & Beverages

Dry City Brew Works

Jersey Mike’s Subs

Steamboat BBQ

Specialty Retail Businesses

Blick Art Supplies

Midwest Cyclery

Prairie Path Books

Two Bostons

Wheaton Meat Co.


Jackie Hardek
Realty Executives Premiere

Jerry Evans
Jerry Evans School of Music

Julianne Janus

Kelli Stuart
Wheaton Center Apartments

Kevin Clark
PNC Bank Wheaton Danada

Krunal Patel
Wheaton Bank and Trust

Lauren Blomquist
PNC Bank Wheaton Danada

Mary Lanciloti
Red Mango

Michael Barbier
DuPage County

Michael Ouellette
Wheaton Lawn Care Services

Michael Zloza
Spotted Paw Salon

Morgan Valenzuela
DuPage County Historical Museum

Natalie Salb
Pure Barre Wheaton

Scott Ott
PNC Bank Wheaton Danada

Suzanne Treudt
Realty Executives

Taylor Schmitt
Pure Barre Wheaton

William Britton
PNC Bank Wheaton Danada

Sarah Martin
People’s Resource Center

Ed Sirovatka
Wheaton Public Library

Rachel Weiss
Wheaton Public Library

D.J. Curry
Wheaton Public Library

Kimmie Reed
Wheaton Park District

Brandon McHugh
Mathieson Moyski Austin & Co.

Kristin Perkins
Essencia Yoga

Elise Schram
Wheaton-Warrenville Early Childhood Collaborative

Jenna Lindman
IgniteHope Candles

Things to Do in Wheaton

See What’s Happening in Wheaton on the Community Calendar at

Wheaton Chamber Members are eager to meet you and invite you to their events.

The Wheaton Chamber presents these events for our entire community to enjoy: Celebrating Wheaton Chamber & Businesses

Nominate and vote for your favorite businesses to be recognized as the Best of Wheaton!

January: Nominations accepted
February: Voting at
March: Awards Gala Celebration

Always held the first full weekend in June. Kick off summer at Memorial Park at this party for Wheaton featuring a carnival, live entertainment in the bandshell, food vendors, beer garden, marketplace in the park and oodles of activities for all ages.

Check out these great places for fun things to do:

Cantigny Park & Golf

Downtown Wheaton Association

DuPage Visitors and Convention Bureau

Forest preserve District of DuPage County

Wheaton Park District

Wheaton Public Library

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