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Shorty Olson has been feeding the ducks at Lake Winona in Alexandria faithfully almost every day since moving back to the area about six years ago.

Faithful following

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Shorty Olson has a faithful following.

Every day he can be seen with hundreds crowding around him, listening intently to his easy banter and eagerly partaking of the treats he shares.

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Sometimes they fight with each other for his attention, but for the most part, he says they are "attentive and well behaved."

"I have about 28 that I call my own," Olson said of the mallard ducks waddling at his feet. "The rest aren't mine, but they still get a little something."

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Tara Bitzan
Tara Bitzan is editor of the Echo Press. She joined the company in 1991 as a news reporter. A lifelong resident of Douglas County, Tara graduated from Brandon High School and earned a bachelor of arts degree in mass communications and English with a minor in Scandinavian Studies from Moorhead State University. She and her husband, Dennis, and their children live near Alexandria.
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