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Big Ole

August 26, 2016
The Minnesota Vikings Gjallarhorn is on a tour of Minnesota, and two of the stops are local: Kensington Rune Stone Park and the statue of Big Ole in Alexandria.  (Contributed photo)
A prop for Big Ole: Viking 'Gjallahorn' to stop in Alexandria, Kensington
August 26, 2016 - 12:00am
August 17, 2016
LETTER: Big Ole's makeover a success
August 17, 2016 - 12:00am
July 27, 2016
Work on Big Ole is expected to be completed by the end of August.  (Photo by Lowell Anderson, Echo Press)
End is near for Big Ole repairs
July 27, 2016 - 12:00am
May 13, 2016
Walk for mental health
May 13, 2016 - 12:00am
May 6, 2016
Forced to set down his shield temporarily, Big Ole stands proud but a bit vulnerable in downtown Alexandria. Repairs to the 28-foot-tall Fiberglas Viking statue are expected to wrap up by early June. However, his shield, which is in need of total reconstruction, will be repaired and reattached later. (Photo by Amy Chaffins, Echo Press)
Big Ole stands vulnerable; new shield to be built
May 6, 2016 - 12:00am
February 17, 2016
Big Ole Round-Up delivers strength, hope to alcoholics
February 17, 2016 - 12:00am
October 30, 2015
Primer paint is starting to cover Big Ole in downtown Alexandria as the statue undergoes repairs.
Feeling the blues
October 30, 2015 - 12:00am
September 25, 2015
Big Ole will be repainted soon and the Runestone Museum is asking the public for its thoughts on what color his hair and beard will be. Email your preferences to (Al Edenloff | Echo Press)
Big support for big statue
September 25, 2015 - 12:00am
August 14, 2015
A little scrape, nip and tuck here and there and Big Ole will be good as new. The cost for a giant Fiberglas statue repair job is about $26,500 and the Runestone Museum recently received a $10,000 matching grant to help pay the bill. (Amy Chaffins | Echo Press)
Grant to help cover Big Ole’s repair job
August 14, 2015 - 12:00am
July 30, 2015
In the Know: Big Ole needs a big party for his 50th
July 30, 2015 - 11:51am
June 26, 2015
Members of the Wright family of Tulsa, Oklahoma were in Alexandria this week for a reunion and stopped to take a group photo at the Big Ole statue on North Broadway Wednesday afternoon. (Al Edenloff | Echo Press)
Big Ole gets big repairs
June 26, 2015 - 12:00am
March 13, 2015
Norwegian novelist Karl Ove Knausgaard (right) and photographer, Peter, visited the Runestone Museum and met with museum director Jim Bergquist. Knausgaard wrote about it as part of, “My Saga, Part 1 and Part 2” published online for The New York Times Magazine. (Contributed)
Part 2 of ‘My Saga’ notes visit to Runestone Museum in Alexandria
March 13, 2015 - 11:42am
October 1, 2014
(Amy Chaffins/Echo Press)
Big Ole gets his wing back
October 1, 2014 - 12:00am
September 17, 2014
The Big Ole Legend chronicles the backstory of the man behind the statue, from his journey across the North Atlantic into Canada and West Central Minnesota. (Contributed)
New book examines legend of Big Ole
September 17, 2014 - 12:00am
August 15, 2014
Loren and Kathryn Liesemeyer of Alexandria donated $1,000 to help get Big Ole’s left helmet wing repaired and reattached.
Photo by Amy Chaffins | Echo Press.
Helping out the big guy
August 15, 2014 - 12:00am