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Pathways to Success Recognition Banquet

The Education Foundation of Albert Lea and Albert Lea Area Schools are pleased to announce their recipients of the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award.  The Foundation will be “Celebrating 18 years of Success in 2018” with all who attend this year’s banquet.

Recipients of this year’s awards were recognized at the Education Foundation’s Pathways to Success Celebration on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018, at Wedgewood Cove, Albert Lea, Minnesota.  

The event began with a social gathering/cash bar at 6 p.m. followed by dinner and program at 6:30 p.m.  Questions about the event should be directed to Lilah Aas, President of the Foundation board of directors at the Foundation email address

The following morning Friday, Sept. 14, the three living 2018 Distinguished Alumni lead an open discussion with members of the senior class in an assembly at Albert Lea High School.

Distinguished Alumni awards are given annually to graduates of Albert Lea High School who have achieved success in the area of Business and Economic Achievement or Humanitarian and Public Service Achievement.  In addition, awards may be given posthumously to candidates in either of the categories.

This year’s Distinguished Alumni follow:


Lowell W. Barr, M.D. 51'

Lowell W. Barr, M.D. 51'


In honor of his 55 year commitment to providing pediatric care to generations of Albert Lea children and to his life of volunteer service and leadership. 


John R Berthelsen 72'

John R Berthelsen 72'

Business Leadership

In honor of his talents across the printing industry and his sustained business leadership to benefit his employees and community by fostering new interest in graphic arts careers.

Florence Hansen Adair 26'

Florence Hansen Adair 26'


In honor of her pioneering leadership and advocacy to achieve the origin of educational programming into public schools for children with varying levels of special needs. 

Steven Loken 68'

Steven Loken 68'

Environmental Science

In honor of his visionary leadership in developing environmentally friendly construction companies and in teaching others to use Green Building practices, in the USA and abroad.