To the editor:

(In response to the May 22 letter, "Runestone is authentic; Big Ole is a joke.")

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Big Ole may not be a historical figure but I believe he is a well-liked character for most Alexandrians.

As someone that worked at a local resort and was around many out of state tourists I know everyone that made a trip into Alex had family pictures taken standing by Big Ole and they all enjoyed the experience.

Everybody knows Paul Bunyan was a fictional character but Bemidji, Brainerd and Akeley still have their statues, not to mention all the oversized fish statues that decorate our great state. I enjoy seeing Big Ole standing tall on the north end of Broadway and I think many residents feel the same.

Dale Flemming

Alexandria, MN