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On The Street
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
June 26, 2015
Big Ole gets big repairs
50-year-old statue is showing its age but will soon get $24,500 makeover
June 26, 2015 - 12:00am
March 13, 2015
Part 2 of ‘My Saga’ notes visit to Runestone Museum in Alexandria
Author tracks Vikings travels for New York Times Magazine
March 13, 2015 - 11:42am
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...
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 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...
August 15, 2014 - 12:00am