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Songs for the season
Osakis celebrates Christmas Downtown
House in Evansville catches fire
Search for missing teen leads to three arrests in Alexandria
Light Up the Night!
Boys basketball: Cards falter late in loss to section power Detroit Lakes
Sports roundup from Saturday, December 20
Sports roundup from Friday, December 19
Sports roundup from Thursday, December 18
Pushing for a new identity
Extra warmth for the holidays
Music video shoot reset for Monday
Veterans associations assist food shelf
You're invited to Christmas dinner
A gift of love
Engaged - Owen and Krause
Births - Douglas County Hospital through December 15, 2014
Births - Douglas County Hospital through November 30, 2014
Engaged - Pachan and Konzen
Engaged - Boyle and Sartore
Pheasant summit: Habitat improvements needed on private land
Controlling the common carp
Pheasant summit: Focus on improving private land habitat
Spring turkey hunting applications being accepted
Recipe for success: A look a few favorite venison recipes
Mayme Hokanson, 96
Memorial Service - Carl Kremer, 67
Melvin Paradis, 75
Reanie Mrnak, 87
Donald Huwe, 82
Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down: Views by the Echo Press
It's Our Turn: Holiday birthday myths debunked
Letter: Turn technology off for child’s development
Letter: The value of a quarter has risen
Letter: No one else can do it for you
Grant money available for agriculture teachers
Photo contest features birds for all seasons
More wildlife habitat approved
Last minute gifts for the constant gardener
Greater protection for specialty crop growers
Marine Corps League collects "Toys for Kids"
Solar Skies to close in Alexandria
Just a Jaunt’s $500 passport winner announced
Slumberland helps families during holidays
New building will house plumbing company
Hires and Promotions
On The Street
October 1, 2014
Big Ole gets his wing back
On Friday, Big Ole got his helmet wing back. Ole is the 28-foot-tall Fiberglas Viking statue that stands at the north end of Broadway in downtown Alexandria. In June, a blast of wind during a thunderstorm, plus rotted wood inside the wing, dropped the left wing onto the ground. Since...
October 1, 2014 - 12:00am
September 17, 2014
New book examines legend of Big Ole
The Big Ole Legend, which explains the backstory of the man behind the Big Ole statue, will debut in Big Ole’s hometown of Alexandria on Friday, September 19 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Runestone Museum. The creators and authors Marjorie Van Gorp, Julie Zuehlke and Kerry Olson will...
life / entertainment
September 17, 2014 - 12:00am
August 15, 2014
Helping out the big guy
His wing may have been clipped for most of the summer, but a repair is in the works for Big Ole. By fall, the wing will be repaired and reattached to his helmet. On June 20, the Viking statue’s left wing fell to the ground after a round of thunderstorms blew through Alexandria. Jim...
August 15, 2014 - 12:00am
June 27, 2014
Uff-da: Tough break for Big Ole
Rotting wood, strong wind likely causes of helmet wing falling off
June 27, 2014 - 12:00am
August 28, 2013
Echo Press Editorial: In defense of Big Ole
Last week, a letter writer from Bloomington blasted the Big Ole Viking statue and anyone that has a connection to it for “damaging” the community and the historical record. The writer said that Big Ole should not be used to promote the museum or the Kensington Runestone because...
opinion / editorials
August 28, 2013 - 9:31am
August 9, 2013
There he stands. At 28-feet-tall and constructed of Fiberglas, the Viking statue known as Big Ole has been keeping an eye on Alexandria from his vantage point at north Broadway for nearly 50 years. But he hasn't been without hardship. Over and over again, he's been the target of...
August 9, 2013 - 12:00am
June 15, 2012
Big Ole to leave Alexandria?
Alexandria's famous Big Ole Viking statue will sneak out of town this weekend to go to Bemidji where he'll attend the 75th birthday of his buddy, Paul Bunyan. Just kidding. Conservation Minnesota distributed a tongue-in-cheek "news release" Tuesday that contained the Big Ole scoop...
June 15, 2012 - 12:00am
August 28, 2009
5K/10K run set for September 19
The Lakes Area Humane Society will be hosting its 3rd annual Alexandria 5K/10K Run. The event is set for Saturday, September 19, and will be sanctioned by the USA Track and Field Association. In addition to the 5K/10K run, there will also be a 1K kids run for children 12 and younger...
August 28, 2009 - 12:00am
August 19, 2009
Big Ole gets his wings back
Bob Wolfe of Indigo Signworks re-installed the wings on Big Ole's helmet after one of them blew off in a storm two summers ago. At that time,...
August 19, 2009 - 12:05am