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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 thunde...

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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.

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 Bergquist, executive director of the Runestone Museum in Alexandria, said rotting wood inside the wing was likely the reason the wing fell off.
Currently, the 15-pound, 3-foot-long wing is at Northside Collision in Alexandria.
“They’re going to use a lot of Fiberglas, resin and Fiberglas rods that are kind of reinforcing rods,” Bergquist said.
The grand total for the giant statue helmet repair job is about $2,600.
There was no contingency plan to pay for the wing repair job so, after insurance covered most of the cost, a local couple kicked in the balance.
Loren and Kathryn Liesemeyer of Alexandria donated $1,000 toward the repair.
It’s a personal donation from the Liesemeyers and LifeSTAGE Wealth Management Group in Alexandria, which Loren owns.
The office is in the shadow of Big Ole, just north of downtown.
“When Big Ole lost one of his wings, we all started hobbling around a little bit,” Loren joked.
“The world wasn’t right when his wing fell off,” Kathryn added. “We just couldn’t let it be that way for long.”
“At our firm we talk about lasting legacies with our clients and Big Ole is the Alexandria legacy and has been and will be for another 100 years, hopefully,” Loren said. “We just wanted to do our part…”
“Lend a wing,” Kathryn added laughing.
“Everybody loves Big Ole and I think we take him for granted so when something happens to him, everybody wants to be part of it and help,” she added.

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