Before buying their dream home at Beebe Lake in St. Michael last year, Scott and Tammi Pierson put a pin on the map determined not to move more than 5 miles from Albertville.
“Well, it’s about 6 miles,” Scott Pierson joked about their new location.
So, technically, Scott and Tammi — the 2019 Albertville Friendly City Days Citizens of the Year — currently reside in St. Michael. But with their history of living in and supporting the Albertville community at large, it was an easy choice to select the Piersons as this year’s honored couple.
Tammi Pierson is a lifelong resident of the area, after her family moved from Minneapolis when she was in first grade, growing up near where the current Outlet Mall is in Albertville, and attending Elk River Schools (the mall area north of the freeway is in the Elk River district).
Scott grew up in Osseo, so when he met Tammi more than 20 years ago — while they both worked for Prudential — Tammi laid down the law that she isn’t moving from Albertville.
“I wasn’t leaving, this is home to me,” Tammi said.
“It wasn’t a big jump for me coming from Osseo,” Scott added. “And I had fished the area growing up, so I liked it here.”
The couple settled in Albertville with Scott’s three daughters, all of whom graduated from STMA. The daughters, Cassandra Papa, 30, Ashley Cluka, 28, and Anna Sickman, 26, not only grew up in Albertville but still live in the area. Cassandra lives in Otsego, Ashley in Princeton and Anna works in Albertville and lives in Monticello. The sisters were 6, 4, and 2 when Scott moved the family to Albertville.
Tammi Pierson said she was a tomboy growing up in tiny Albertville on an open estate where she regularly rode horses into town to run errands.
“I enjoyed that small town feel, and I still feel like we’ve maintained that small town feel today ... but it’s nice to have a modern grocery store!” Tammi said.
“I’ve been here for 24 years,” Scott said. “I love the small town atmosphere and especially the people who live here. It’s been our roots. We’re pretty much ingrained into it.”
Scott was very active in youth sports when his girls grew up, “coaching teams and just active with youth in general,” he said.
Tammi was on the Families and Youth Community Connections (FYCC) and Albertville Royalty Committee.
As their children grew up, Scott became involved in the Albertville Lions Club, where he’ll be serving this July as its president for a second time. He’s also been on the Friendly City Days Committee for 10 years, and is active with the area Foxtailer’s Snowmobile Club.
“We’re very honored to be Citizens of the Year,” Scott said. “(Friendly City Days Director) Leroy Berning asked me, ‘What are you doing on June 9, and how about this year you start the parade?” indicating the couple’s selection, and that they will ride in the parade as the Grand Marshals.
This year’s Friendly City Days, like most, are a family affair for the Piersons, where their daughters and five grandchildren will be in attendance.
Now enjoying their dream home along the shores of Beebe Lake, the couple also has a big travel trailer they love to haul to campsites around the state. They also enjoy boating, kayaking and fishing, but especially spoiling their grandchildren. “We’ve got t-ball tonight,” they said of plans with the grandkids.
Scott now works as a credit risk manager for US Bank in downtown Minneapolis, but enjoys working from home twice per week. Tammi works at home for a small medical manufacturing company, and also travels for work.
But they’re generally not far from St. Michael-Albertville, and that’s how they prefer it.
“We’re proud of what we do, and we’re proud of the town we share, and we’re proud that our kids still call this home,” Scott said. “We all try to stay involved in the community.”