Albert Lea is a city in Freeborn County, in southern Minnesota. It is the county population was 18,016 at the 2010 census.. The city is at the junction of Interstates 35 and 90, about 90 miles (140 km) south of the Twin is on the shores of Fountain Lake, Pickerel Lake, Albert Lea Lake, Goose Lake, School Lake, and Lake Chapeau.