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Alexandria student seeking national office
Red Bull Band performs with high school band
Battling the elements for cancer: Fish tournament raises more than $50,000
Missing 27-year-old pregnant woman found dead in Minnesota's Chippewa National Forest
Five ways Minnesota is tackling the opioid crisis
Wrestling: Cardinals fall in the first round of section tournament
Blizzard hockey: Alexandria goes undefeated on the road
Girls hockey: Cardinals seeded fourth in Class A state tournament
Sports schedule for Sunday, Feb. 18
Boys basketball: Imdieke secures one point victory for Silverstreaks
Alexandria Area Community Calendar
The day Curt Felt died
Bonding over books
Toys for Kids reaches 165 children
What would Mr. Fitzgerald think?
Rose Cummings (Mom of Pat Gustafson)
Wayne & Berdeen Benson
Northeast's Minnesota moose population remains low but stable
Is feeding the ducks helping or hurting them?
Wolf, entangled in snare, shot and killed in Duluth
Albert takes a position with the DNR
Outdoor briefs: Pheasants Forever banquet set for Feb. 24
Ryan L. Beers
David "Dave" R. Collins
Edward "Ed" Kenneth Grussing
Dorothy M. Weaver
OUR TURN: It's not easy, but it's pretty simple
COMMENTARY: Stop supporting dirty polluters
COMMENTARY: Infrastructure — a bipartisan job creator
Take flu seriously and it's not too late to get a shot
IT'S YOUR TURN: Readers react to splash pad idea
Extension schedules land rent meeting for farmers, landowners
Managing boxelder bugs as the cold sets in
Step away from that pruning saw!
Going far with 4-H horses
County crafting buffer compliance rules
Alexandria J.C. Penney store to close
USDA: Farm profits to fall in 2018
Adding some kick to downtown: Martial arts studio moves into new location, expands classes
Report: Minnesota solar jobs jumped 48 percent last year
Estate planning seminar on Tuesday
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February 12, 2018
New restrooms by Big Ole?
The Alexandria City Council is trying to solve a problem that has long been a concern in downtown Alexandria — no public restrooms. At its Monday meeting, the council agreed to call for bids to build restrooms at Big Ole Central Park. They would be placed near the corner of...
February 12, 2018 - 10:48pm
October 13, 2017
Letter: Tear down Big Ole statue?
To the editor: What would happen if a group of people came to Alexandria and said that history says Vikings were nasty, savage people? That they stole and murdered for a living? That the statue of Big Ole at the north end of Broadway offends them and they want it removed? What would...
October 13, 2017 - 9:57am
March 10, 2017
Big Ole Round-Up delivers stories of strength, hope
The 13th annual Big Ole Round-Up is a fellowship weekend for members of Alcoholics Anonymous and Al-anon. Everyone is invited to attend this event starting on Friday, March 17, at 3 p.m. to Sunday, March 19, at noon at the Holiday Inn in Alexandria. Speakers over the three-day weekend...
March 10, 2017 - 9:00am
February 1, 2017
Big Oles and Little Lenas
Music and laughter could be heard inside the Runestone Museum on Friday, Jan. 27, as the inaugural "Big Ole — Little Lena Ball," a father...
February 1, 2017 - 7:00am
January 20, 2017
Fathers and daughters invited to Big Ole – Little Lena Ball
It's time for fathers to escort their daughters to an evening of dancing and entertainment. The Big Ole — Little Lena Ball will be held...
January 20, 2017 - 11:00am
August 26, 2016
A prop for Big Ole: Viking 'Gjallahorn' to stop in Alexandria, Kensington
Big Ole has a fresh paint job, and next week, he'll briefly have an accessory to complement it. On Tuesday, Aug. 30, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.,...
August 26, 2016 - 12:00am
August 17, 2016
LETTER: Big Ole's makeover a success
To the editor: As a resident of Alexandria, it has been interesting to watch the progress on the repair/restoration/makeover of our landmark statue. It appears the project was completed this week and Big Ole is one good looking Viking. The craftsman who worked so diligently on the...
August 17, 2016 - 12:00am
July 27, 2016
End is near for Big Ole repairs
Big Ole, in all his 28-foot-tall fiberglass stature, is getting closer and closer to being completely repaired. Some unforeseen circumstances...
July 27, 2016 - 12:00am
May 13, 2016
Walk for mental health
To celebrate May as Mental Health Month, the Douglas County Local Advisory Council on Adult Mental Health will sponsor a Mental Health Walk on Thursday, May 19 from 1 to 4 p.m. Walkers will meet at Big Ole in Alexandria and walk to and from City Hall. The Evansville Arts Coalition...
May 13, 2016 - 12:00am
May 6, 2016
Big Ole stands vulnerable; new shield to be built
Big Ole is looking a bit vulnerable this week. The Fiberglas giant was forced to set down his shield. Structural and aesthetic repairs continue...
May 6, 2016 - 12:00am
February 17, 2016
Big Ole Round-Up delivers strength, hope to alcoholics
The 12th annual Big Ole Round-Up, a fellowship weekend for members of Alcoholics Anonymous and Al-anon, will be held Friday through Sunday, March 11-13 at the Holiday Inn in Alexandria. Everyone is invited to attend. Speakers over the three-day weekend include recovering alcoholics...
February 17, 2016 - 12:00am
October 30, 2015
Feeling the blues
Big Ole is feeling a little blue these days. Primer paint covers the back of his cape down to his boots. But he will be better off in the...
October 30, 2015 - 12:00am
September 25, 2015
Big support for big statue
Fundraising goal met; public can help decide Big Ole’s new look
September 25, 2015 - 12:00am
August 14, 2015
Grant to help cover Big Ole’s repair job
Runestone Museum ramps up fundraising momentum
August 14, 2015 - 12:00am
July 30, 2015
In the Know: Big Ole needs a big party for his 50th
Alexandria! My Home Town! I was privileged to be born and raised here. I was always proud to say I was from here. I always intended to return here. This past year has proven that the world is starting to discover that I was right. That’s a good feeling. Being right, that is. Every...
July 30, 2015 - 11:51am