Category Archives: Summer

Celebrating Big Ole through the Years


Alexandria’s famed and beloved Viking statue Big Ole will turn 52 years old this April! He has had a long history over all those years in Alexandria, including slightly different looks and locations. During most of 2016 Big Ole underwent structural repairs and got a new paint coat, adding yet another chapter to his long… Continue Reading

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Big Ole through the Years


Alexandria’s famed and beloved Viking statue Big Ole, now 51 years old, has a long history including different looks and locations. Over the past year Big Ole has undergone structural repairs and a new paint coat, adding yet another chapter to his long history. Let’s take a look back at some of the past photos… Continue Reading

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Paddle the Chain of Lakes at Big Ole SUP-athon


Calling all Stand-Up Paddleboards, Kayaks and Canoes! If you love to paddle the water, the 2nd Annual Big Ole SUP-athon is a must do! This fun and adventurous event is geared for paddlers of all skill levels from experts looking to push their limits to leisure paddlers looking for some beautiful scenery on great water… Continue Reading

James is a writer for Explore Alexandria Tourism.

Alexandria Through A Camera Lens


I’ve never claimed to be a photographer. I admitted as much in the aerial tour post. I can, however, appreciate great photography of those who have honed their skills for years. The following are photos from local photographers highlighting some of their best work of the beautiful Alexandria area. There are the obligatory lake photos, but there is also much more.… Continue Reading

Tyler is an Alexandria native, commodity investor, and a developer at CYBERsprout web design.

The Adventures of Lil’ Ole


It is safe to say there are people all over the country with family and roots in Alexandria, MN. That is especially the case for Laurel and Stewart Loew, who travelled across the country with a very special member of the Alexandria family…… Big Ole’s little brother, Lil’ Ole! We had some fun with the… Continue Reading

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Late Summer Walleye Fishing In Alexandria


The walleye fishing in the Alexandria area continues to be some of the best I’ve seen in years. Other than the occasional cold front which slows the bite for a day or two, the fishing has been very consistent. We’ve been able to catch a decent number of walleye nearly every time we hit the… Continue Reading

Joe Scegura is a fishing guru with years of experience and a guide for the Alexandria area lakes.

Aerial Tour of Alexandria Minnesota


The land of 10,000 lakes is perfectly embodied in Alexandria, Minnesota. Douglas County is home to over 300 lakes, but it is hard to truly grasp the landscape until you get a bird’s eye view. Some areas are surrounded by so many bodies of water that they almost look like islands. The map below was… Continue Reading

Tyler is an Alexandria native, commodity investor, and a developer at CYBERsprout web design.

4th of July Fishing Report


The fishing over the Holiday weekend was excellent!  The weather was great and the fish were hungry. The past couple weeks has been some of the best fishing of the year for me. I’ve heard reports of all species being very aggressive. Even on my evening trips it’s common to get numerous species. The majority of the walleye have… Continue Reading

Joe Scegura is a fishing guru with years of experience and a guide for the Alexandria area lakes.

Happy 50th Birthday, Big Ole!


Talk about aging well! Our famed and beloved Viking statue, Big Ole, turns 50 years old this year. There could be a few different dates to use for his actual date of birth, but for the purpose of fun we will go with the date of July 4th as stated in the intriguing and entertaining… Continue Reading

James is a writer for Explore Alexandria Tourism.

Rediscover Downtown Alexandria: New things to Experience


It’s time to REDISCOVER Downtown Alexandria, MN! The summer of 2014 ushered in a season of complete reconstruction of Broadway Street Downtown. While all the great updates will surely catch your eye, there were also new partnerships and events formed behind the scenes that will continue to enhance a wonderful, new experience in Downtown Alexandria… Continue Reading

James is a writer for Explore Alexandria Tourism.