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Echo Press photo by Heather Huwe A sign along Highway 29 South indicates that Alexandria's population is 10,165. It hasn't been updated for awhile and is expected to be changed after the census is completed.

Signs send mixed messages on population

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Editor's note: The following is part of an Echo Press feature, "You Asked." Readers are invited to send the newspaper a simple question and we'll try to get to the bottom of it.

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A reader asked: Whatever direction you enter Alexandria, the population number is different on each road. Why is that?

Depending on which road travelers enter, it does appear as if the population changes. Some signs put Alexandria's population at 12,415. Others place it at 10,165.

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