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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.

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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.


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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