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On Saturday, surveyors from Widseth Smith Nolting positioned the Big Ole 2011 Control Point in Big Ole Central Park. The point is precisely located at Latitude N 45° 53' 26.79987" and Longitude W 95° 22' 37.66931" - give or take a few millimeters. That specific spot on Earth can serve as a reference point for local surveys.

Survey says - Big Ole pinpointed to the millimeter

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Seeing a surveyor working on the side of a road or in a field is usually the first clue that something new is coming through - maybe a new road or building.


But what exactly are surveyors doing with that leggy equipment?

This is National Surveyor's Week and to kick off the event, a crew from Widseth Smith Nolting (WSN) set up their equipment at the foot of Big Ole in Alexandria on Saturday.

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Amy Chaffins
Amy Chaffins is a journalist working for the Echo Press newspaper. After graduating from St. Cloud State University, Amy’s first job was at KSAX-TV working as an anchor and reporter. From 2003-2010, Amy worked as an editor and reporter for the Pope County Tribune and Starbuck Times newspapers. During her journalism career, Amy earned writing and photography awards from the Associated Press, Minnesota Newspaper Association and Society of Professional Journalists. Amy and her husband, Brandon, live in Alexandria and together write “He Sez, She Sez,” a humor column in the local women’s magazine, Chicz
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