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s the temperatures this summer heat up, so do activities in the lakes area. Anywhere you look, you’ll find something exciting at your fingertips, whether it be running, swimming, biking, or just exploring all the attractions that Alexandria has to offer. If you’re a sports nut, one of the favorite activities in our area is baseball, and Alexandria has one of the premier events in the area – the Blue Anchors, featuring some of the top college prospects in the nation. You can hit the golf courses, and Lori Mork of course, who can forget our many VACATIONER lakes? Cool, clear water. Perfect for EDITOR boating, skiing, sailing, fishing, pontooning and swimming. What could be more perfect in the summer?

I love photography, and the possibilities for snapping unique shots are unlimited. You can grab a camera and take in the annual Tour of Gardens, where the flowers and plant life will take your breath away. There are also our many parks as well as the Central Lakes Trail, with all the beauty of nature at your disposal. You can enjoy many top-notch marching bands at the Vikingland Band Festival as schools and communities from around the state vye for titles. The event will also feature the Stabekk School Band from Oslo, Norway. Watch some high-flying fun at the Vikingland Speedway race track or even its smaller version of racing – the Runestone Raceway go-karts. Lots of fun packed into a small space, just waiting for you! Check out our magazine for many more events. We hope you will love our area as much as we do!

Arts & Entertainment Vikingland Band Festival...................................................4 Fourth of July....................................................................6 Shrine Circus ....................................................................8 Churches...........................................................................9 Calendar of Events .........................................................12 Theatre L’Homme Dieu...................................................20 Tour of Gardens ..............................................................22 Summer Solstice ............................................................24 Alexandria Area Arts Association Student Theatre ........25 Dining Guide ...................................................................28 Shop Downtown Alexandria...........................................35

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Osakis Festival................................................................10 Vikingland Speedway .....................................................14 Runestone Raceway Go-karts ........................................15 Osakis Lions Walleye Tournament .................................16 Osakis Area Events.........................................................17 Golf Courses ...................................................................18 30 Things to do in Douglas County ................................23

Parks & Lakes Big Ole/Runestone Parks................................................26 Parks ...............................................................................30 Central Lakes Trail...........................................................34 Area Lakes ......................................................................36 Beaches ..........................................................................38

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Marching into its 29th year

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f you love a parade – and who doesn’t – make sure you find your way to Alexandria June 30 for the 29th annual Vikingland Band Festival’s Parade Marching Championship. This event features the elite among marching bands from the Midwest and will be highlighted

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by the Stabekk School Band from Oslo, Norway, as the honor band. Last year, 19 bands with 2,000 members performed along Broadway to the delight of more than 20,000 spectators. Since the Festival’s beginning in 1985, 85 different bands from seven states, two Canadian provinces and Norway have been a part of this unique event. For more information on the band festival, visit www.VikinglandBandFestival.com.

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2013 Parade Entries Alexandria Jefferson, host Stabekk School Band (Oslo, Norway) - honor band Albany Bemidji Bertha-Hewitt Champlin Park Fergus Falls Henry Sibley Kerkhoven-MurdockSunburg Mankato 77 Lancers Maple Grove

Maple Lake New York Mills Park Center St. Cloud All-City Sauk Rapids-Rice Virginia Waconia Winona Cotter 212 Regiment (Montevideo/Yellow Medicine East) 728 Cadets (Elk River/ Rogers/ Zimmerman)

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS Saturday, June 29 - Root Beer Float Concert Sunday, June 30 - Parade Marching Championship, 1:30 p.m.


Norwegian band featured STABEKK SCHOOL BAND IS HONOR BAND The Stabekk School Band from Oslo, Norway, will perform as the Honor Band for this year’s parade and will also perform with the Jefferson High School Band of Alexandria at the Root Beer Float Concert Saturday. SECOND TIME AROUND This is a return trip for the Stabekk band, which first marched in the festival in 2008. ALL AGES PERFORM From age 9 to 19, some of the youngest students from the first trip are returning as senior members.

2012 Vikingland Band Festival Winners AAAA – Mankato Lancers COLOR GUARD – Mankato Lancers PERCUSSION – Mankato Lancers WIND SECTION – Mankato Lancers

AAA – Park Center COLOR GUARD – Park Center PERCUSSION – Park Center WIND SECTION – Park Center

AA – Winona Cotter COLOR GUARD – Winona Cotter PERCUSSION – Sauk Rapids-Rice WIND SECTION – Winona Cotter

GRAND CHAMPION – Park Center

PEOPLE’S CHOICE – 728 Cadets

EXHIBITION – Jefferson High School

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Celebrate our nation’s Independence Day

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appy Fourth of July! From land, lakes and air, many events will take place in and around the Alexandria area to celebrate Independence Day. Here in the land of 10,000 lakes, we know how to celebrate the right way with plenty of fireworks displays and summer fun. The Alexandria area is full of traditional and non-traditional fire-

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works displays for you to enjoy, and many of the surrounding communities put on light shows for you to enjoy. And if you’re looking for something a little different, there’s Star Storm 2013, held at Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center on Thursday, July 4, beginning at dusk. Choreographed fireworks are computer synchronized to music and broadcast on the radio. There are also boat parades on local lakes, and the Viking Speedway will hold its Minnesota Modified Nationals races, highlighted by a spectacular fireworks display. For the most up-to-date information on all Fourth of July celebrations, check out Alexandria’s Echo Press newspaper or go online to www.echopress.com closer to the holiday.

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JOHN ADAMS, WRITING TO HIS WIFE after the Continental Congress had decided to proclaim the American colonies independent of England; “The day will be most memorable in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival...It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade...bonfires and illuminations (fireworks) from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forevermore.” From Fireworks in America FOLLOWING THE ADOPTION OF the final draft of the Declaration of Independence, it was read to the public in various American cities and patriots erupted in cheers and celebrations. IN 1977, PHILADELPHIANS remembered the 4th of July and bells were rung, guns fired, candles lighted and firecrackers were set off. CONGRESS ESTABLISHED Independence Day as a holiday in 1879, and in 1938, Congress reaffirmed it as a holiday. Today, communities across the nation mark this major midsummer holiday with parades, fireworks, picnics and the playing of the “Star Spangled Banner” and marches by John Philip Sousa.


WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE? Here’s a list of some of the most popular music played for Independence Day:

SINGIN’ ALONG

Popular music for the Fourth of July Star Spangled Banner America the Beautiful Battle Hymn of the Republic You’re a Grand Old Flag Yankee Doodle When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again This Land is Your Land God Bless The U.S.A. Stars and Stripes Forever 1812 Overture

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It’s the event for the child in everyone

he Shrine Circus will once again be back in Alexandria on Friday, June 21 at the Douglas County Fairgrounds and is sure to bring out the child in you.

Last year’s circus highlighted Daniel Raffo, a fifth generation circus performer, and his group of tigers consisting of Siberian, Sumatra and Bengal tigers. There were also elephant rides for all ages. Be sure to make time for this special event.

Friday, June 21

SHOWTIMES 2:30 and 7 p.m. Douglas County Fairgrounds

Tickets are available at the fairgrounds on the day of the performances

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Come Worship With Us! Lakes Area Churches Welcome You

ALEXANDRIA Alexandria Covenant 4005 Dakota St., 320-763-5659 John LeVahn, Sr. Pastor. Trinity Opp, Exec. Pastor. Rollie Mossberg, Assoc. Pastor Brian Farka, Pastor of Student Ministry. Julie Barnes, Dir. of Children’s Ministry. For worship times & event info: www.alexandriacovenant.org

Alexandria United Methodist 2210 6th Ave. E, www.alexumc.org Jeffrey Hansen, Pastor Sunday Worship: 8am & 9:30am Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Coffee & Fellowship 9am.

Berea Lutheran Brethren Church 1405 6th Ave E., 320-762-1092 www.welcometoberea.org Steve Walswick, Pastor Sunday Worship: 9:30am Holy Communion 1st Sunday of the month

Calvary Lutheran (E.L.C.A.) 605 Douglas St., 320-763-5178 www.calvaryalex.org Pastors: Hans Dahl, Mike Widner, Rollen Halvorson Summer Worship: Sat. 6pm; Sun. 8 & 9:15am @ Calvary. Sunday 10:45am Calvary at the Lake Worship at Luther Crest Bible Camp w/10am brunch Worship (Labor Day - Memorial Day): Sat. 6pm and Sun. 8:30am & 10:45am at Calvary Fellowship & Sunday School: Sun. 9:30am Sunday Broadcast: 10:30am KXRZ-FM 99.3

Cornerstone Church

St. Paul’s Lutheran (WELS)

202 7th Ave. E, 320-762-1565 www.cornerstoneofalexandria.com Darryl Knappen, Pastor. Sunday Worship: 10am Holy Communion 1st, 2nd & 4th Sundays

Rosewood & Scandia - Victoria Heights 320-762-1644. www.stpaulalex.com Michael Neuman, Pastor Sun. Worship: 9am; Bible Class: 10:30am Communion 1st & 3rd Sun. of the month

Emmanuel Episcopal 12th Ave. E & Lake St., 320-763-3201 www.alexmnepiscopal.org Rev. Tom Sinning, Deacon Adult Bible Study: 9am; Sun. Worship: 10am

First Lutheran (E.L.C.A) 822 Douglas St., 320-762-2196 Pastors: Marilee Bergerson, Greg Billberg, Kari VanWakeren Sat. Worship: 5:30pm Sun.Worship: 8:30am, 9:45am, 10:30am & 11am. 10:30am at Carlos State Park. 11am at City Park. Holy Communion 1st & 3rd Sundays & opposite Saturdays Radio Broadcast: 9:45am KXRA 1490AM

Good Shepherd Lutheran 2702 Hwy. 29 N, 320-762-5152 www.goodshepherd-LCMS.org Eric Van Scharrel, Pastor Sunday Worship: 8am & 9:45am Holy Communion 1st & 2nd Sundays

Zion Lutheran (LC-MS) 3rd Ave. E. & Lake Street, 320-763-4842, zionluth@zionalex.org, www.zionalex.org David Hinz, Sr. Pastor. Wm. Moeller, Visitation Pastor. Sunday Services: 8am & 10am Holy Communion 8am 1st & 3rd Sundays, 10:30am 2nd & 4th Sundays. Praise worship: 8am 2nd Sun. of month & 10:30am 3rd Sun. of month

OTHER AREAS Our Saviour’s Lutheran

3020 Rosewood Ln SE, 320-762-0828 www.hopci.com. Lynndene Way, Pastor Sun. Worship: 10am Communion 1st & 3rd Sun. of the month

Nelson, 762-0140 Jeremy Peterson, Pastor Sunday Worship: 9am

Lake Community Church

Please call 320-834-5095 for weekday Mass times: Sacred Heart Catholic Church,

1401 So. McKay, 320-759-1800 (Woodland School) www.catalystcov.org Steve Eng, Pastor Sunday Worship: 10am Holy Communion 1st Sunday of month

Church for the Harvest

New Testament Church

1910 Aga Dr., 320-759-1400 www.cfthonline.com Sunday Worship: 10am. Holy Communion 1st Sun. of month. Youth: Wed. 6:30pm

420 Irving Street, 320-763-5781 www.stmaryalexandria.org Father Steven M. Binsfeld Saturday Masses: 5pm; Sunday Masses: 8am & 10am Weekday Masses: Contact church for times. Sacrament of Penance: 4pm Saturday

House of Prayer

490 Voyager Dr., 320-762-5424 www.lakecommunity.org Ron Berget, Senior Pastor. Melody Warren, Minister of Women. Jeff Pankratz, Student Pastor Sun. Worship: 9am Weekdays: Student Mentoring and Activity Groups. Vacation Bible School, Soccer Camp, and Day Camp.

Catalyst Covenant Church

St. Mary’s Catholic Church

2505 Hwy 29 North, 320-762-2444 Peter Reishus, Pastor. Sun. Worship: 10am

Spirit Life Church

Urbank. Saturday Worship: 7:30pm

Seven Dolors Catholic Church, Millerville. Sunday Worship: 10:30am

St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Brandon Sat. Worship: 4pm . Sun. Worship: 9:30am

St. Williams, Parkers Prairie Sunday Worship: 8:30am

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et ready to celebrate all things Osakis during June 21-24! The 45th annual Osakis Festival is a familyoriented celebration with lots of activities for everyone – from long-time residents to first-time visitors. The events line-up includes a

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IF YOU ATTEND

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2013 OSAKIS FESTIVAL has something for all ages during the four-day event

THE ANNUAL FESTIVAL SALAD LUNCHEON will be held on Thursday, June 20 at 11 a.m. in the Osakis Pollard Community Center. Cost is $10

SENIOR CITIZEN DAY runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, June 21 at the Pollard Community Center

THE SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL 5K race, salad luncheon, special day for seniors, lots of music, a street dance, a flea market, kiddie parade and much more. The highlight of the Osakis Festival is the big parade on Sunday, June 24. Beginning at 1 p.m., dozens of floats will roll down the main drag through Osakis. For specific details on times and locations, go to www.visitosakis.com.

will feature the Greater Minnesota Children’s Choir concert at 5:30 p.m. Friday in the Osakis High School auditorium. Admission is $2

KIDS’ DAY AND FLEA MARKET will be Saturday, February 22 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Osagi Park


LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL TOURNAMENT will be held on Saturday, June 22

FIRE DEPARTMENT WATER FIGHTS begin at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Osagi Park

ANNUAL STREET DANCE

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will begin at 8:30 p.m. Saturday at the Osakis Liquor Store parking lot

FLEA MARKET, CRAFT SALE AND FOOD VENDORS will all be on hand on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Osagi Park

GRAND PARADE begins at 1 p.m. on Sunday with the route running through downtown Osakis and finishing at Osagi Park.

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EVENTS CALENDAR

MONDAY, JUNE 3 Noon to 6:30 p.m. Duffer’s Delight Golf Tournament presented by Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce; (320) 763-3161. THURSDAY, JUNE 6 7 p.m. Red Willow Arts Association presents Salty Dogs on the Douglas County Courthouse lawn, Alexandria. 7 to 10 p.m. Live music by Emergency Stop at Sixth Avenue Wine and Ale, Alexandria; (320) 759-2277; www.sixthavenuewineandale.com. FRIDAY, JUNE 7 7 to 10 p.m. Live music by Derelicts at Sixth Avenue Wine and Ale, Alexandria; (320) 759-2277; www.sixthavenuewineandale.com. SATURDAY, JUNE 8 7:30 a.m. Lakes Area Recreation Holy Moly Ole 5k walk, 5k run and 10k run at Voyager Elementary School in Alexandria; family 5k walk is $15; pre-register by June 3; www.holymolyole.org. 9 to 10 a.m. Free breakfast at United Methodist Church, 2210 East 6th Avenue, Alexandria; (320) 7634624. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. National Get Outdoors Day at Lake Carlos State Park; (320) 852-7200. 7 to 10 p.m. Live music by Jacob John at Sixth Avenue Wine and Ale, Alexandria; (320) 759-2277; www.sixthavenuewineandale.com. TUESDAY, JUNE 14 7 to 8 p.m. Evening campfire nature program at Lake Carlos State Park amphitheater; (320) 852-7200. 7 to 10 p.m. Live music by Uncle Willie’s Gut Bucket Blues at Sixth Avenue Wine and Ale, Alexandria; (320) 759-2277; www.sixthavenuewineandale.com. THURSDAY, JUNE 13 7 p.m. Red Willow Arts Association presents Douglas Wood and Wild Spirit on the Douglas County Courthouse lawn, Alexandria. 7 to 10 p.m. Live music by Enterprise at Sixth Avenue Wine and Ale, Alexandria; (320) 759-2277; www.sixthavenuewineandale.com. FRIDAY, JUNE 11 Osakis Lions 33rd annual Walleye Fishing Tournament, Lake Osakis; (320) 859-1230. 9 to 11 a.m. Fishing Frenzy Friday at Lake Carlos State Park amphitheater; bring bait, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses and water bottle; fishing rods limited; MN state park vehicle permit required ($5/day, $25/year); (320) 8527200. SATURDAY, JUNE 15 Osakis Lions 33rd annual Walleye Fishing Tournament, Lake Osakis; (320) 859-1230. 10 a.m. Just Like Grandma’s 5k Run/Walk starting at 113 West Main Street, Osakis; (320) 859-4504; www.just-like-grandmas.com. 7 to 8 p.m. Evening campfire nature program at Lake Carlos State Park amphitheater; (320) 852-7200. 7 to 10 p.m. Live music by Loose in the Tooth at Sixth Avenue Wine and Ale, Alexandria; (320) 759-2277; www.sixthavenuewineandale.com. SUNDAY, JUNE 16 Osakis Lions 33rd annual Walleye Fishing Tournament, Lake Osakis; (320) 859-1230. Old fashioned barbecue, pie and ice cream social at Solem Lutheran Church in Kensington following the Runestone Days Parade; (320) 9862478. 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Feed My Sheep free community supper hosted by First Lutheran Church, Alexandria; (320) 762-2196.

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TUESDAY, JUNE 18 7 to 8 p.m. Evening campfire nature program at Lake Carlos State Park amphitheater; (320) 852-7200. 7 to 10 p.m. Live music by Tuesday Nightclub at Sixth Avenue Wine and Ale, Alexandria; (320) 759-2277; www.sixthavenuewineandale.com. THURSDAY, JUNE 20 45th annual Osakis Festival; www.visitosakis.com. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Alexandria Area Tennis Association, in partnership with Young at Heart Dentistry, presents Family Tennis Night at Discovery Middle School courts in Alexandria; (320) 762-2140. 7 p.m. Red Willow Arts Association presents Enterprise on the Douglas County Courthouse lawn, Alexandria. 7 to 10 p.m. Live music by Finestra at Sixth Avenue Wine and Ale, Alexandria; (320) 7592277; www.sixthavenuewineandale.com. FRIDAY, JUNE 21 45th annual Osakis Festival; www.visitosakis.com. Just a Jaunt Summer Solstice Celebrations; special tours and deals; Tastefully Simple, Carlos Creek Winery, Panther Distillery, Crooked Willow, Maritime Boat Museum; (320) 846-5443. 9 to 11 a.m. Fishing Frenzy Friday at Lake Carlos State Park amphitheater; bring bait, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses and water bottle; fishing rods limited; MN state park vehicle permit required ($5/day, $25/year); (320) 852-7200. 2:30 and 7 p.m. Alexandria Shrine Circus at Douglas County Fairgrounds, Alexandria. 5:30 p.m. Greater MN Children’s Choir Festival Concert at Osakis High School; www.visitosakis.com/events. 6 to 9 p.m. Minnesota Lakes Maritime Museum Summer Solstice KickOff at Maritime Gardens, Alexandria. SATURDAY, JUNE 22 45th annual Osakis Festival; www.visitosakis.com. Just a Jaunt Summer Solstice Celebrations; special tours and deals; Tastefully Simple, Carlos Creek Winery, Panther Distillery, Crooked Willow, Maritime Boat Museum; (320) 846-5443. 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. 10 or younger tennis workshop hosted by the Alexandria Area Tennis Association (AATA), conducted by staff from the United States Tennis Association Northern Section; check-in from 9 to 9:30 a.m.; pre-registration requested by June 1; AATA members free, non-AATA members $15; (320) 762-2140. 7 to 8 p.m. Evening campfire nature program at Lake Carlos State Park amphitheater; (320) 852-7200. SUNDAY, JUNE 23 45th annual Osakis Festival; www.visitosakis.com. Just a Jaunt Summer Solstice Celebrations; special tours and deals; Tastefully Simple, Carlos Creek Winery, Panther Distillery, Crooked Willow, Maritime Boat Museum; (320) 846-5443. TUESDAY, JUNE 25 5:30 p.m. Mystery and Wine Meet-up at Sixth Avenue Wine and Ale, Alexandria; (320) 759-2277; www.sixthavenuewineandale.com. 7 to 8 p.m. Evening campfire nature program at Lake Carlos State Park amphitheater; (320) 852-7200. 7:30 p.m. When a Man Loves a Diva at Theatre L’Homme Dieu, Alexandria; (320) 846-3150; www.tlhd.com. WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26 7:30 p.m. When a Man Loves a Diva at Theatre L’Homme Dieu, Alexandria; (320) 846-3150; www.tlhd.com.


FRIDAY, JUNE 28 Alexandria Area Tennis Association Youth Tennis Tournament at Discovery Middle School courts in Alexandria; pre-registration required by June 21; AATA Member fees: singles $10 per entry, mixed doubles $15 per entry; non–AATA member fees: singles $15 per entry, mixed doubles $20 per entry; (320) 894-7952. 9 to 11 a.m. Fishing Frenzy Friday at Lake Carlos State Park amphitheater; bring bait, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses and water bottle; fishing rods limited; MN state park vehicle permit required ($5/day, $25/year); (320) 8527200. 7:30 p.m. When a Man Loves a Diva at Theatre L’Homme Dieu, Alexandria; (320) 846-3150; www.tlhd.com. SATURDAY, JUNE 29 Alexandria Area Tennis Association Youth Tennis Tournament at Discovery Middle School courts in Alexandria; pre-registration required by June 21; AATA Member fees: singles $10 per entry, mixed doubles $15 per entry; non–AATA member fees: singles $15 per entry, mixed doubles $20 per entry; (320) 894-7952. 2 and 7:30 p.m. When a Man Loves a Diva at Theatre L’Homme Dieu, Alexandria; (320) 846-3150; www.tlhd.com. 7 to 8 p.m. Evening campfire nature program at Lake Carlos State Park amphitheater; (320) 852-7200. SUNDAY, JUNE 30 1:30 p.m. 29th annual Vikingland Band Festival Parade Marching Championship, Broadway in Alexandria; www.marching.com/events/vbf/. 2 p.m. When a Man Loves a Diva at Theatre L’Homme Dieu, Alexandria; (320) 846-3150; www.tlhd.com. THURSDAY, JULY 4 4th of July Fireworks Display at the Osakis Country Club at sunset; www.visitosakis.com. 7 p.m. Red Willow Arts Association presents Bruce Nelson on the Douglas County Courthouse lawn, Alexandria. MONDAY, JULY 8 6 to 7:30 p.m. Alexandria Area Tennis Association, in partnership with Young at Heart Dentistry, presents Family Tennis Night at Discovery Middle School courts in Alexandria; (320) 762-2140. TUESDAY, JULY 9 7:30 p.m. Lombardi at Theatre L’Homme Dieu, Alexandria; (320) 8463150; www.tlhd.com. WEDNESDAY, JULY 10 7:30 p.m. Lombardi at Theatre L’Homme Dieu, Alexandria; (320) 8463150; www.tlhd.com.

THURSDAY, JULY 11 7 p.m. Red Willow Arts Association presents Nathan’s Oldtime Band on the Douglas County Courthouse lawn, Alexandria. 7:30 p.m. Lombardi at Theatre L’Homme Dieu, Alexandria; (320) 846-3150; www.tlhd.com. FRIDAY, JULY 12 7:30 p.m. Lombardi at Theatre L’Homme Dieu, Alexandria; www.tlhd.com. SATURDAY, JULY 13 City-wide garage sales, Osakis. Roddin’ Around the Lakes Car show, Osakis; (320) 859-2887. 9 to 10 a.m. Free breakfast at United Methodist Church, 2210 East 6th Avenue, Alexandria; (320) 763-4624. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. MN Lakes Classic Boat and Car Show at Arrowwood Resort on Lake Darling, Alexandria; www.mnlakesmaritime.org; (320) 759-1114. 2 and 7:30 p.m. Lombardi at Theatre L’Homme Dieu, Alexandria; www.tlhd.com.

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THURSDAY, JUNE 27 Alexandria Area Tennis Association Youth Tennis Tournament at Discovery Middle School courts in Alexandria; pre-registration required by June 21; AATA Member fees: singles $10 per entry, mixed doubles $15 per entry; non–AATA member fees: singles $15 per entry, mixed doubles $20 per entry; (320) 894-7952. 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. United Way Food Drop at New Life Christian Church, Alexandria; www.uwdp.org, (320) 834-7800. 7 p.m. Red Willow Arts Association presents Trisko Wilken & Trisko on the Douglas County Courthouse lawn, Alexandria. 7 to 10 p.m. Live music by Salty Dogs at Sixth Avenue Wine and Ale, Alexandria; (320) 759-2277; www.sixthavenuewineandale.com. 7:30 p.m. When a Man Loves a Diva at Theatre L’Homme Dieu, Alexandria; (320) 846-3150; www.tlhd.com.

SUNDAY, JULY 14 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Douglas County Master Gardeners Tour of Gardens; www.extension.umn.edu/county/douglas. 2 p.m. Lombardi at Theatre L’Homme Dieu, Alexandria; (320) 846-3150; www.tlhd.com. TUESDAY, JULY 16 7:30 p.m. Legacy: A Tribute to the King of Pop at Theatre L’Homme Dieu, Alexandria; (320) 846-3150; www.tlhd.com. WEDNESDAY, JULY 17 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Knute Nelson’s Annual Community Picnic, 420 12th Ave. E, Alexandria; (320) 763-3161. 7:30 p.m. Legacy: A Tribute to the King of Pop at Theatre L’Homme Dieu, Alexandria; (320) 846-3150; www.tlhd.com. THURSDAY, JULY 18 6 to 7:30 p.m. Alexandria Area Tennis Association, in partnership with Young at Heart Dentistry, presents Family Tennis Night at Discovery Middle School courts in Alexandria; (320) 762-2140. 7 p.m. Red Willow Arts Association presents Doo Wop Divas on the Douglas County Courthouse lawn, Alexandria. 7:30 p.m. Legacy: A Tribute to the King of Pop at Theatre L’Homme Dieu, Alexandria; (320) 846-3150; www.tlhd.com. FRIDAY, JULY 19 Millerville Butter Days bean bag tournament and street dance. 7:30 p.m. Legacy: A Tribute to the King of Pop at Theatre L’Homme Dieu, Alexandria; (320) 846-3150; www.tlhd.com. SATURDAY, JULY 20 Millerville Butter Days - children’s tractor pull at noon, parade at 2 p.m., activities throughout the afternoon. 7:30 a.m. Lakes Area Recreation Holy Moly Ole 5k walk, 5k run and 10k run at Discovery Middle School in Alexandria; family 5k walk is $15; pre-register by July 15; www.holymolyole.org. 2 and 7:30 p.m. Legacy: A Tribute to the King of Pop at Theatre L’Homme Dieu, Alexandria; (320) 846-3150; www.tlhd.com. SUNDAY, JULY 21 2 p.m. Legacy: A Tribute to the King of Pop at Theatre L’Homme Dieu, Alexandria; (320) 846-3150; www.tlhd.com. 4 p.m. Emmanuel Episcopal Church Songfest to benefit organ renovation fund. Reception to follow, 602 12th Ave. E, Alexandria; (320) 239-4348. 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Feed My Sheep free community supper hosted by First Lutheran Church, Alexandria; (320) 762-2196.

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‘High flying half mile’ track offers thrills, spills and speed

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or 47 years, the Viking Speedway track has been home to stock car racing at its finest, and now, in its 48th season, the local oval has added a new division with the Pure Stocks, giving race fans six classes to enjoy. Many will tell you that there’s nothing like being at the track to witness a race in person, and that the best racing action can be found at a dirt track. Stock car racing got its start in Alexandria in 1953; the current Viking Speedway was founded in 1965.

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Since that initial season, race fans have witnessed some of the top racers in the country compete on the big dirt oval. The Viking Speedway is a half-mile semi-banked clay oval that races five WISSOTA sanctioned classes weekly – Late Models, Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds and Street Stocks. The regular season runs from late April through Labor Day with regular races held on Saturday nights. Numerous specials are also held on other dates throughout the year, including the Central Minnesota Ice Breaker in April, the Minnesota Modified Nationals in early July and the Viking Fall Classic in October. The Viking Speedway is located at the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Alexandria. For more information, visit the website www.vikingspeedway.net.

Upcoming race events JUNE 1 – 6 p.m., WISSOTA racing, 5 sanctioned classes 8 – 6 p.m., WISSOTA racing, 5 sanctioned classes 15 – Florian Sprinzel Street Stock Special, 5 WISSOTA classes, added purse for Street Stocks 29 – 6 p.m., WISSOTA racing, 5 sanctioned classes JULY 5-7 – 9th Annual MN Modified Nationals featuring Mods, Midwest Mods and Mod 4s Friday, July 5 – Practice 6-9 p.m. Saturday, July 6 – Racing begins at 6 p.m. Sunday, July 7 – Racing begins at 4 p.m. 13 – 6 p.m., WISSOTA racing, 5 sanctioned classes 20 – 6 p.m., WISSOTA racing, 5 sanctioned classes 27 – 6 p.m., WISSOTA racing, 5 sanctioned classes AUGUST 3 – WISSOTA racing, 5 sanctioned classes 10 – WISSOTA racing, 5 sanctioned classes Hall of Fame night 17 – Douglas County Fair WISSOTA racing, 5 sanctioned classes, MW Mods night 24 – WISSOTA racing, 4 sanctioned classes plus UMSS Sprint cars 31 – Labor Day doubleheader – 5 WISSOTA classes plus NLRA Late Model Special SEPTEMBER 1 – Labor Day doubleheader – Late Model Special plus WISSOTA racing

Photos courtesy of Shawn Swanstrom/fullthrottlephotos.net

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Fast and Furious THE RUNESTONE RACEWAY holds its go-kart action every Friday night at the Douglas County Fairgrounds, beginning at 7 p.m. Pit meeting is at 6:30 p.m. and the National Anthem at 6:45 p.m.

Runestone Raceway Big fun on the small oval

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f you enjoy your racing on a smaller scale, then the Runestone Raceway is for you. High flying go-kart action is located at the west end of the Douglas County Fairgrounds, when the Runestone Go Kart Association holds racing every Friday night at 7 p.m. Admission is free for spectators. Runestone Go-kart Racing, Inc. saw its racing roots begin at the Campbell Raceway oval in the back yard of Harlan Campbell’s home on McKay Av-

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enue in Alexandria, and in 1978, was incorporated. The entire racing program was then moved to the site it occupies now. The original board members, according to DuWayne Nelson, one of the originators of the program, had to clear a corn field, picking each stalk by hand, to build the new track. The Runestone Raceway began as a dirt track with no lights, racing on Sunday afternoons. It has since evolved into a clay oval, complete with lighting, an announcer and spectator stands. It’s not unusual to find the local Girl Scout troops or the racers themselves singing the National Anthem.

WHERE IT’S LOCATED The racing oval is found at the west end of the Douglas County Fairgrounds, adjacent to the Viking Speedway. Head north on Highway 29 (Broadway) through Alexandria, passing the Viking Plaza Mall and the Douglas County Hospital. Continue on Broadway to 3rd Avenue, then turn left on County Road 82, heading west. Take a left at the stoplight into the fairgrounds. CHECK IT OUT You can find more information on the Runestone Go-kart Association’s racing program by visiting www.freewebs.com/runestonegokart/

A non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, Runestone Gokart Racing, Inc. also offers up-close action for spectators with pit passes for just $6. The racing program at the fairgrounds provides 12 different categories for young racers – Rookie Flat, Rookie Animal, Sportsman Flat, Sportsman Animal, Junior I Caged Animal, Junior I Cageless Animal, Junior I Cageless Flat, Junior II Caged Animal, Junior II Cageless Animal, Junior II Cageless Flat, Stock Light/Medium/ Heavy and Animal Light/Medium/Heavy. Check out future Viking Speedway racers as they begin their careers at the Runestone Raceway every Friday night at 7 p.m.

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The Osakis Lions are in their 33rd year of hosting the event

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or 32 years, the Osakis Lions have been hosting their annual walleye fishing tournament on Lake Osakis. In its 33rd year, the

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tournament will be held on June 1516 over Father’s Day weekend “It’s a fun event,” said Mike Thesing, Osakis Lions Club member. “Last year, we brought in a lot of quality fish. This year, with the late spring, I expect it to even out by tournament time and I think the teams will catch some good fish again this year.” The tournament features two-person teams and anyone is welcome to register by midnight June 14. Entry forms can be found at various bait shops in the Osakis and Alexandria areas.

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Lions Walleye Tourney WHEN Saturday-Sunday, June 15-16 Fishing starts at 7 a.m. with weigh-ins at 3 p.m. at the downtown Osakis boat access WHERE Lake Osakis DID YOU KNOW? The Osakis Lions Club uses this as one of its major money makers for the year, and also brings in revenue for the area hotels, restaurants and bait shops. Fish are caught and released back into Lake Osakis. Those that don’t survive are donated to Galeon Senior Living Center for a fish fry for residents.

Those who try their luck could even win up to $8,000, depending on how many teams enter this year. Last year’s tournament had 38 teams and 382 walleyes caught weighing in at 935 total pounds.


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Exceptional entertainment

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or more than 50 years, Theatre L’Homme Dieu (TLHD) has presented exceptional and entertaining live theater in the Alexandria lakes area. TLHD partners with national and regional theaters to present five productions throughout the summer. Opening the season will be When a Man Loves a Diva, featuring three male comic vocalists performing hits from the Chiffons to the Supremes, Whitney to Aretha, Donna, Dolly and Adele and more, all while unleashing their inner divas.

A stellar band, led by Sanford Moore, will lead this celebration of pop’s most famous ladies. The second production, running July 9-13, will be Lombardi, a story of the life and passion of legendary Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi told through the eyes and words of his players, family and media in this Broadway hit. Lombardi’s ability to motivate and inspire those around him made him an iconic figure in the world of football and beyond. Season ticket packages are now available for the 2013 season and can be purchased online at www.tlhd.org. Cost for a season pass, which includes one admission to each performance at any time, is $85, and a flex pass, which includes five admissions to be used in any combination at any time, is $100. The box office opens one hour before showtime.

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JUNE 25-30 When a Man Loves a Diva Tuesday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m. / Sunday, 2 p.m. JULY 9-13 Lombardi Tuesday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m. / Sunday, 2 p.m. JULY 16-21 Legacy-A tribute to the King of Pop Tuesday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m. / Sunday, 2 p.m. JULY 23-28 Sisters Tuesday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m. / Sunday, 2 p.m. AUGUST 6-11 Sunset Boulevard Tuesday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m. / Sunday, 2 p.m. AUGUST 13-18 Almost, Maine Tuesday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m. / Sunday, 2 p.m. DIRECTIONS 1875 County Road 120 NE, Alexandria I-94 to Alexandria, MN Take the Alexandria exit (HWY 29) north to Co Rd 42 (Holiday gas station intersection). Go left, continue 4 miles to Co Rd 120, and turn right. The theater is 0.1 mi. on the left.

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Looking ahead at TLHD LEGACY, JULY 16-21 Legacy is a choreographic eye-popper that left a lasting impression on thousands of spectators spanning three generations in TLHD’s 2012 season. Michael Jackson impersonator Luis Castillo and the cast of LEGACY keep audiences on the edge of their seats, or on their feet, as they are taken through a journey of Michael Jackson’s classic songs such as Beat It, Thriller, Smooth Criminal, Billie Jean, Black or White, Bad, and more. The choreography, costuming, lighting, and staging of this production is heartwarming, nostalgic and breathtaking. SISTERS, JULY 23-28 Sisters is about being a middle-aged woman, Christian, and African American in the 21st century. It is about the power of sisterhood, friendship, family. It is filled with songs and yarns and is accompanied by Sanford Moore, the premier jazz and gospel musical director, orchestrator, and pianist in the region. Songstress Jevetta Steele received an Academy Award nomination for the theme song on the film Bagdad Café. Her sister and co-creator Jearlyn Steele hosts a weekly show on WCCO Radio and both are regulars on Prairie Home Companion. SUNSET BOULEVARD, AUGUST 6-11 Winner of the 1995 Tony Award for Best Musical, this Andrew Lloyd Weber musical weaves a magnificent tale of faded glory and unfulfilled ambition. Silent movie star Norma Desmond longs for a return to the big screen, having been discarded by Tinseltown with the advent of ‘talkies.’ Her glamour has faded in all but her mind. When she meets struggling Hollywood screen-writer Joe Gillis in dramatic circumstances, their subsequent passionate and volatile relationship leads to an unforeseen and tragic conclusion.

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Area’s most breathtaking gardens on display

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he annual Douglas County Tour of Gardens offers a breathtaking display of some of the area’s finest gardens. The 2013 event is set for Sunday, July 14 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sponsored by the Douglas County Master Gardeners and the University of Minnesota Extension Division, the event features six different area gardens each year.

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The gardens may be viewed in any order in an open house format, and brochures with addresses, garden features and maps will be available at the Douglas County Extension Office, Runestone Museum and many retail locations in Douglas County. Tickets are $5 and are available at any tour location the day of the event, or at the Douglas County Extension office in advance. Hosts will be available at each site to guide you and answer questions. Information is also available on Hot topics on the Douglas County Extension website at www.extension.umn.edu/ county/douglas.

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JULY 14 Douglas County Tour of Gardens 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tickets are $5 THE EVENT IS SPONSORED By the Douglas County Master Gardeners and the University of Minnesota Extension Division GARDEN FEATURES This year’s featured Alexandria gardens: Terrace Learning Garden 720 Fillmore Street Stephen and Diane Henry 1721 County Road 120 NE Eleanor Dahlquist 2819 Crestwood Drive NE Virgil and Jeanne Batesole 410 Agnes Boulevard Deb Paulzine 2655 Deer Run NW


1. Watch the sun rise. 2. Take a walking tour of historic down-

town Alexandria.

11. Take an “antiquing” day trip. 12. Explore the trails at Lake Carlos State Park.

13. Have lunch at a small town café. 3. Have your picture taken with Big Ole. 4. Fish off the pier at Alexandria City Park. 14. Take in a matinee movie. 5. Take a hike up Inspiration Peak to enjoy 15. View the exhibits at the Runestone

21. Go for a bike ride on the Central Lakes Trail.

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Visit the Lady of the Hills near Millerville.

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16. Rent a kayak and try a new sport. 25. Fly a kite at Kensington Runestone County Park. 17. Grab some new reading material from a bookstore before heading to the beach. 26. Go bowling. 18. Check out the music and nightlife at 27. Go to the waterpark. local clubs. 28. Tour a winery. 19. Step back in time at the historical society. 29. Examine the many plants at the Terrace Learning Garden. 20. Watch the ducks at Noonan Park. 30. Go for a swim at Chippewa County

Take a boat tour of Alexandria’s chain of lakes.

7. Build a sand castle at the lake. 8. Attend a Blue Anchors baseball game at

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Vacationerr Solstice Summe Just A Jaunt offers tours, tastings and special events

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elebrating the Summer Solstice on Friday, June 21 just got a little more fun as Just A Jaunt members, a group of five Alexandria area businesses, will hold a special event during the extended weekend Thursday-Sunday, June 20-23. Just A Jaunt is a collaboration between Carlos Creek Winery,

Tastefully Simple, Maritime Museum, Panther Distillery and Crooked Willow. You will be able to tour, taste and shop your way through their unique establishments, and each stop is “just a jaunt” from the other. Visitors of all ages can find something to peak their interest at these stops, whether it be painting, music, food or beverage tastings, or maybe even a special deal or two.

CARLOS CREEK WINERY gallery opening for artist-in-residence Joshua Pehrson, an artist accomplished in crystalline glazes. There will also be a live Raku pottery firing, a bonfire and live music with Jeff James on Saturday and Harper’s Chord on Sunday from 2-6 p.m. each day. On Sunday from 2-5 p.m. will be a “Plein Air” painting class, led by expert artists from “Art and Elixer.” The painting class requires a $40 pre-registration fee. All other events are free. CROOKED WILLOW will hold its annual Garden Party June 20-22 and will be serving refreshments, giving away door prizes and featuring special sales and discounts MARITIME MUSEUM will be featuring “Funky Gumbo” playing from 5-9 p.m. on Friday, June 21 at the Maritime Gardens with no cover charge TASTEFULLY SIMPLE regular tours are available at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Please call at least 24 hours in advance. PANTHER DISTILLERY will be doing tours and samplings

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Do your kids have acting in their blood? Then check out the three-week long theater day camp at the Alexandria Area Arts Association Theatre (AAAA). This program takes students through the production process, from audition to curtain call and culminates with three full public performances onstage at the AAAA.

Student Theatre Projects: The Little Mermaid

All students registered for the Student Theatre Projects are automatically cast as performers in the show. This year’s project is the musical The Little Mermaid. and camp begins July 8 at 1 p.m. Productions will be August 1-3 and 8-10 at 7 p.m. Registrations are now open.

For more information, contact the AAAA Theatre at 618 Broadway, Alexandria at (320) 762-8300 or aaaa@gctel.net. The theater is also on Facebook at facebook.com/alexandriaareaarts.

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Birthplace of America

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erhaps one of the most eye-catching “landmarks” in Alexandria is Big Ole – a 28-foot tall Viking statue that stands at the north end of Broadway. Born in 1965, the Viking has become a much-respected resident in the lakes area. The idea for the statue began in January of 1964 when North Star World’s Fair Corporation in Osseo began working on an addition to the Minnesota display for the New York World’s Fair. The display was to feature the historical Kensington Runestone in an animated scene titled “Minnesota, Birthplace of America.” The new item to coincide with this display was the 28-foot, four-ton Viking statue. Big Ole was completed by Gorden Displays of Minneapolis in April of 1965 and was transported to New York just in time for the World’s Fair.

Big Ole arrived at his home in Alexandria in front of the Runestone Museum in December of 1965. Now, almost 45 years later, he still stands strong. KENSINGTON RUNESTONE It’s a controversy more than 100 years in the making: Did an immigrant Swedish farmer find a buried rock in 1898 that contained an ancient runic message carved by Viking explorers 100 years before Columbus landed in America? Or is the whole thing a hoax, perpetrated by the farmer or some other prankster? A large replica of the Kensington Runestone is located at a small, wayside rest. Visitors can read the inscription and take a photo by the replica. The replica is located in a small park at the east end of 6th Avenue in Alexandria. Explore the controversy for yourself at the Runestone Museum, located at 206 Broadway in Alexandria. For more information call (320) 763-3160, or visit the museum’s website at www.runestonemuseum.org.

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BIG OLE The 28-foot tall Viking statue is located at the north end of Broadway in Big Ole Park, across the street from the Runestone Museum at 206 Broadway. KENSINGTON RUNESTONE The world-famous Runestone is located at the Runestone Museum, 206 Broadway in Alexandria. RUNESTONE MUSEUM 206 Broadway, Alexandria. Summer hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Along with the Runestone, the museum holds exhibits on Native Americans, early immigrant history, the history of Alexandria, a memorial/gun exhibit, a Minnesota wildlife exhibit, and a hands-on children’s area. FORT ALEXANDRIA Houses the Runestone Museum and is a nearly exact replica of the stockade built in 1862 and contains several original buildings, including an 1889 church, a log cabin built in the late 1860s and an 1885 schoolhouse.

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innesota anglers who fish a lot or a little can hook newly created licenses tailored to their desires. The new license options include a 72-hour fishing license, a three-year license and a reduced price annual license for youth ages 16 and 17, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). “Based on feedback from our customers we created new options that reflect their interests,” said Jenifer Wical, customer enhancement manager for the DNR’s Fish and Wildlife Division. “Customers now have more choices for convenience and value.” Wical said the new $12, 72-hour license is likely to be popular among once-a-year weekend anglers, including those who have never fished and those who have lapsed. It does not require a trout stamp or spearing validation. The $63 three-year fishing license provides a $3 price break and is valid until 2016, a convenience. The $5 license for youth ages 16 and 17 is roughly a quarter of the cost of an annual resident fishing license, which is $22. Until this year, youth ages 16 and 17 paid full price for a fishing license. “If you love fishing, then share the passion with friends and family,” Wical said. “The new license options make it easier to recruit those who haven’t fished, retain those who do and reactivate those who have dropped out.” She said license revenue is used to manage 5,400 fishing lakes and support 150-plus field conservation officers. Moreover, the license itself is a ticket to some of the best fishing in America. “Minnesota ranks third in the nation as an inland fishing destination,” Wical said. “Wherever you are in this state, you’re close to great fishing.” Also new are individual and combination (married couple) super sports licenses that combine a variety of hunting and fishing opportunities into one license. The DNR is working with the Legislature to readjust the cost of this license as its current price exceeds that sum of its individual components. Licenses can be purchased and printed online anytime at www.mndnr.gov/BuyALicense and details of new license types can be found at http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/heritage/index.html

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Parks

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hether you’re looking forward to several days of camping or just want to stop for a picnic, Douglas County offers a variety of city, county and state parks perfect for your needs.

Most of the communities in Douglas County maintain parks, many offering playground equipment and picnic areas. There’s even a park just for your pup! Most facilities are open year round for outdoor fun and recreation from hiking and walking to skiing and skating.

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CITY PARKS ALEXANDRIA CITY PARK North Alexandria, 1 block west of Co. Rd. 42. Playground, picnic area, tennis courts, swimming beach, bathhouse and fishing pier. BIG OLE CENTRAL PARK North end of Broadway, Alexandria. Gazebo and parking area for the Central Lakes Trail. DEAN MELTON FILLMORE PARK Fillmore St. and 15th Ave West, Alexandria. FRED FOSLIEN PARK In Victoria Heights, 2 blocks south of Hwy 27 off Knut St., Alexandria. GENEVA CREST PARK West side of Lake Geneva, Alexandria. Hwy 27 East to Birch Ave., east on Basswood, two blocks east on Geneva Drive. GOOSE PARK Three blocks west of Broadway on 5th Ave. West, Alexandria. LAKE AGNES PARK South shore of Lake Agnes along Co. Rd. 37 in Alexandria LAKE CONNIE PARK 7th Ave. East between Roosevelt and Spruce streets in Alexandria LAKEVIEW PARK Hwy 27 East and Birch Ave, Alexandria. Hwy 27 East to Birch Ave, west on Runestone Place, west on Lake Park Ave. LEGION PARK Broadway and 8th Ave. West, Alexandria. MANOR HILLS PARK Hwy 29 North to Manor Drive, two blocks right on Springdale, Alexandria. MARTIN’S HOPE PARK 2nd Ave. across from Big Ole Central Park. NOONAN PARK Nokomis Street and 10th Ave., Alexandria. OAK KNOLL PARK Northeast side of Alexandria near McKay Ave. Hwy 29 North, right on McKay, left on Oak Knoll Drive.

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POOCH PLAYLAND Dog park with fenced-in area. South end of Victor St, east side of Alexandria. RUNESTONE PARK Located about one mile east of Broadway in Alexandria on 6th Avenue East. COUNTY PARKS KENSINGTON RUNESTONE PARK 15 miles west of Alexandria, State Hwy 27. Where the Kensington Runestone was found. Picnic tables, shelters, charcoal grills, electricity, restrooms, drinking water, heated building with kitchen facilities, softball field, horseshoe pit, volleyball court, playground, hiking trails, historic displays. LAKE BROPHY PARK West of Alexandria at the intersection of Co. Roads 82 and 8. Picnic tables, charcoal grills, restroom, drinking water, playground, scenic views of Lake Brophy.

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CHIPPEWA PARK Three miles north of Brandon on Co. Rd 108. Picnic tables, shelters, charcoal grills, restrooms with showers, drinking water, swimming beach (no lifeguard), playground, horseshoe pit, camping sites. CURT FELT MEMORIAL PARK North of Alexandria off Co. Rd. 42. Volleyball court, playground, picnic shelter, restrooms, softball field.

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OSAGI PARK On Lake Street in Osakis. Picnic tables, shelter, restrooms, playground and lakeshore (no swimming area).

SPRUCE HILL PARK North of Alexandria near Miltona. Hwy 29 to Co. Rd. 5 east 5 miles. Picnic tables, shelters, charcoal grills, electricity, restrooms, drinking water, softball field, interpretive trail, hiking trails. STATE PARK LAKE CARLOS STATE PARK Near Carlos. Hwy 29 north from Alexandria, west on Co. Rd. 38 at sign. Left into park entrance. Permit is required. Hiking trails, cross-country ski trails, picnic tables, shelters, swimming beach, kids’ play area, camp sites, camper cabins, group camp, restrooms with showers, boat landing, amphitheater, equestrian area.

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OAK PARK CAMPGROUND 9561 CR8 NW Garfield MN 320.834.2345 www.oakparkcamp.com Oak Park Campground is a great place to camp with your family. It features a swimming pool, large playground, even a softball field. We have large grassy sites with full hookups, water electric or no hookups for tents. Our restrooms and showers are modern and clean, and we also have a basement in the main building in case of inclement weather. We also have a laundry room in the main building. Come see us soon! Bernie and Diana Botner. Email: oakpark@rea-alp.com

SUPER 8 4620 Hwy 9 S Alexandria, MN 320.763.6552 Located right off Interstate 94, exit 103. Free WI-FI, Free cable TV and HBO, Free Super Start breakfast. In-room micro/fridge, coffee makers, hair dryers. Dog friendly with small fee. Oversized parking available. Very friendly staff and clean rooms. Shopping and eating within walking distance. Destination Super! America’s Best Value Inn 340 CR 21S Glenwood MN 320.634.5105 or 888.305.2378 Welcome to Americas Best Value Inn Glenwood, conveniently located on Highway 55 north of Lake Minnewaska. Minutes south of Alexandria. Free deluxe continental breakfast, wireless high-speed Internet, heated indoor pool, HBO, iron, ironing board, clock radio, local calls, and wakeup service. Pets are welcome - charges and restrictions apply. 57 units available.

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Fish Tales 2013

You can e-mail your photo entries to sports@echopress.com. Include your name, address, phone number, fish species, date the fish was caught, fish weight (poundsounces), type of bait used, depth of water and name of the lake

Spectacular sturgeon Grayson Anderson, 12, of Alexandria had a great day of fishing on the Rainy River May 3, hauling in his first sturgeon. This 48-inch lunker took nearly 30 minutes to land, and needed just a little coaching from his father, Earl, as well as Joe and Will Hardy.

Send us your photos and stories behind your big catch

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Did you reel in that huge muskie? Did that largemouth bass give you trouble? Did your child catch their first fish? We know you snapped a photo of the big event, so it’s time to “weigh in” and share your fish tale. The Echo Press will be publishing photos and stories of fish caught on lakes in Douglas County and the surrounding area, so make sure we don’t miss yours. Send us a photo of your fish, and don’t skimp on the details. Include the name, age, hometown, phone number, type of fish, bait used and where the fish was caught. If there’s a good story behind the catch, give us the details. You can e-mail the photos to sports@echopress.com, complete with all the information and your fish tale, but be sure to send us the photo in a large format. You can also send us the information by mail at Sports Department, Echo Press, 225 7th Ave. East, Alexandria, 56308 or you can take your fish to Christopherson’s Bait on 3rd Avenue in Alexandria and have your photo taken. Happy fishing!


2-for-1 special Wilma (Willie) Kilker of Evansville had to wait quite a while for a bite while fishing on Devils Lake north of Brandon in 2009, but after moving to the other side of the lake, she got a surprise. “I was just casting to be casting when I felt a strike, and then another,” said Kilker. “I thought it [the fish] just got away, but I could still feel the weight. When I reeled in, I told my granddaughter to get her camera ready. She looked over the side of the pontoon and asked if it was a two-headed fish! I am so glad she had a

camera. I doubt that anyone would have believed it.” Now 73 years old, Kilker is still at it. “Bass fishing is still what I love to do best,” she said.

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E-mail us your photo and the story behind your catch at sports@echopress.com. You can also take your catch to Christopherson’s Bait at 3rd Avenue in Alexandria and have your photo taken.

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Lakes & Parks

Vacationer L akes Central Trail Something for everyone

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he Central Lakes Trail is a paved, biking and walking trail that spans Douglas County from Osakis through Evansville and on to Fergus Falls in Otter Tail County. The 55-mile-long trail, located on the old Burlington Northern rail line grade, connects the cities of Osakis, Nelson, Alexandria, Garfield, Brandon, Evansville and Melby in Douglas County. The trail head and parking area in Alexandria

is located at the north end of Broadway in Big Ole Central Park. Other trail heads are available in the cities of Osakis, Garfield, Brandon and Evansville. These trail heads include a parking area, portable restrooms and a trailside shelter. A bike shelter is also available along the trail about one and one-half miles east of Nelson. The Central Lakes Trail also connects to the Lake Wobegon trail, which runs from Osakis through Sauk Centre to St. Joseph. Together, they make the longest paved bike trail in the state. The Central Lakes Trail (www.centrallakestrail.com) is used as a snowmobile trail in the winter; however, studs are not allowed.

Share the Trail BE COURTEOUS All trail users should be respectful of each other, regardless of mode of travel, speed or skill level. RIGHT OF WAY Know the specific rules of your trail, which may be local, county, regional or state-controlled. In general, cyclists should yield to all other users. SIGNAL WHEN PASSING Bells are great to use when farther back, especially when followed by a greeting, “Good morning, I’ll be passing on your left side” as you approach. Yelling “On yer left” while passing at full speed is not courteous or safe. PASS ON THE LEFT Just like a roadway, always pass trail users on the left side and only when it is safe and clear to do so. USE CAUTION AT CROSSINGS There are many types of trail crossings in Minnesota, and they can be very dangerous when not paying full attention. Watch for signage and yield to cross traffic. If there are multiple lanes or blind spots, use extra caution. BE PREDICTABLE Trails can be great for training, but trails are for everyone. Never sacrifice your own or someone else’s safety for convenience. On busy weekends and evenings, fast training may be best left to the road. Signal your intentions and be sensitive to others. USE LIGHTS AT NIGHT Some trails may be closed after dark. If open, a white headlight is required along with a rear red reflector. Red taillights are strongly recommended. Dark trails can require brighter lights to see hazards. DO NOT BLOCK THE TRAIL Group rides are fun, but don’t take up more than your half of the trail. This often means riding single file on the trails. CLEAN UP LITTER Don’t leave trash on the trail and pick up items (especially glass or other potentially hazardous debris) to make the trail a better place for everyone. From HaveFunBiking.com

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AARON Size: 614 acres Depth: 16 feet Features: Shallow with sandy beaches Public access: South end off Lakes Rd.

COWDRY Size: 242 acres Depth: 52 feet Features: Small, clear Public access: Northeast corner off Co. Rd. 82 and E. Lake Cowdry Rd.

AGNES Size: 137 acres Depth: 31 feet Features: Fishing pier in City Park Public access: City-owned access on southwest end off Agnes Blvd.

CROOKED Size: 281 acres Depth: 35 feet Features: Quiet Public access: North end off Co. Rd. 27

ANDREW Size: 918 acres Depth: 83 feet Features: Sandy beaches, spring-fed, popular recreational lake Public access: Southeast side off Co. Rd. 28

DARLING Size: 1,050 acres Depth: 62 feet Features: Water access to chain of lakes Public access: Access by water from Lake Carlos

BLACKWELL Size: 307 acres Depth: 42 feet Public access: East side off Country Ln.

DEVILS Size: 234 acres Depth: 35 feet Features: Springfed, sandy beaches, connects to county park Public access: North side off Co. Rd. 7 and Devil’s Lake Rd.

BROPHY Size: 293 acres Depth: 44 feet Features: Island, sandy beaches Public access: Northwest shore off Co. Rd. 82 and Brophy Park Rd. BURGEN Size: 174 acres Depth: 43 feet Features: Small, steeply sloped shoreline Public access: North end off Co. Rd. 23 CARLOS Size: 2,598 acres Depth: 163 feet Features: Access to chain of lakes, clear, deep Public accesses: North shore in state park off Co. Rd. 38; northeast shore near state park; west shore off Co. Rd. 11; east shore off Co Rd. 42 and E. Lake Carlos Dr. CHIPPEWA Size: 1,175 acres Depth: 95 feet Features: Deep, headwaters of Chippewa River Public access: Northeast corner off Co. Rd. 12 CHRISTINA Size: 3,978 acres Depth: 14 feet Features: Large, shallow Public access: Southwest end off Co. Rd. 82

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FREEBORN Size: 248 acres Depth: 18 feet Public access: Northwest side off Co. Rd. 96 GENEVA Size: 640 acres Depth: 63 feet Features: Pier on north end, access to chain of lakes Public access: Northwest side off Hwy. 29 and Southeast side off Hwy. 27 GILBERT Size: 202 acres Depth: 17 feet Features: Quiet Public access: North end off Co. Rd. 7 and Moe Hall Rd.

GRANTS Size: 177 acres Depth: 60 feet Public access: Northwest corner off Co. Rd. 94 HENRY Size: 152 acres Depth: 32 feet Features: Next to City Park Public access: Accessible by water from Lake Agnes IDA Size: 4,427 acres Depth: 106 feet Features: Large, clear; sandy beaches Public accesses: North side off Co. Rd. 34 and Big Horn Bay Rd.; east side off Co. Rd. 34 and Pilgrim Point Rd.; southeast side off Co. Rd. 34 and Sunset Strip INDIAN Size: 76 acres Depth: 38 feet Public access: North side off Co. Rd. 6 and Indian Lake Rd. IRENE Size: 639 acres Depth: 44 feet Public access: Northwest side off Hwy. 29 and Irene Rd.; southeast side off Co. Rd. 64 LATOKA Size: 753 acres Depth: 108 feet Features: Clear, deep, good water quality, public swimming beach Public accesses: North side off Co. Rd. 82, West side of South Basin off Hwy. 27 and Vonderheid Dr. L’HOMME DIEU Size: 1,801 acres Depth: 85 feet Features: Access to chain of lakes, public swimming beach Public accesses: Northwest side off Co. Rd. 42; northeast side off Co. Rd. 120


LOBSTER Size: 1,329 acres Depth: 65 feet Features: Many bays and points, island Public access: West end off Co. Rd. 27 LONG Size: 218 acres Depth: 18 feet Public access: East end off Long Lake Rd. LOUISE Size: 214 acres Depth: 33 feet Public access: West side off Co. Rd. 22 MAPLE Size: 831 acres Depth: 78 feet Features: Mostly shallow, spring-fed, excellent water quality Public access: North end off Co. Rd. 4; east side off Co. Rd. 87 MARY Size: 2,450 acres Depth: 40 feet Features: Large, gradual slopes, popular recreational lake Public access: Northwest corner off Hwy. 27; southwest corner off Co. Rd. 4 MILL Size: 450 acres Depth: 40 feet Features: Spring-fed, deep, clear Public access: Southeast corner off Hwy. 27 MILTONA Size: 5,724 acres Depth: 105 feet Features: Largest lake in Douglas county; deep, clear; sandy beaches Public accesses: North shore off Co. Rd. 14 and Sandy Beach Dr.; northeast side off Hwy. 29 and North Lake Miltona Dr.; west side off Spring Lake Rd.

MINA Size: 411 acres Depth: 123 feet Public access: North point off Co. Rd. 8 MOON Size: 144 acres Depth: 38 feet Public access: North side off Co. Rd. 82 MOSES Size: 824 acres Depth: 32 feet Features: Clear, sandy Public access: West side off Co. Rd. 16 OSAKIS Size: 6,389 acres Depth: 86 feet Features: Large lake with many bars and fishing structures Public access: South end in Osakis; west side off Co. Rd. 10; north end off Co. Rd. 10 (other access in Todd County) OSCAR Size: 1,119 acres Depth: 25 feet Features: Island Public access: North side off State Hwy. 27 POCKET Size: 263 acres Depth: 40 feet Public access: South side off Hwy. 114 and Pocket Lake Rd. RACHEL Size: 442 acres Depth: 65 feet Public access: East shore off Co. Rd. 93 RED ROCK Size: 903 acres Depth: 22 feet Features: Shallow Public access: East side off Shorewood Dr.

ROUND Size: 81 acres Depth: 30 feet Features: Quiet Public access: South end off Co. Rd. 27

AREA LAKES

LITTLE CHIPPEWA Size: 269 acres Depth: 24 feet Features: Shallow, sandy, connects to county park Public access: South shore off Co. Rd. 108 Named for native Americans.

SMITH Size: 666 acres Depth: 30 feet Features: Spring-fed, quiet Public access: Northeast corner off Hwy. 27 and Smith Lake Rd. STOWE Size: 389 acres Depth: 14 feet Public access: West end off Co. Rd. 82 and Stowe Lake Rd. TURTLE Size: 218 acres Depth: 21 feet Public access: Southwest corner off Co. Rd. 88 UNION Size: 107 acres Depth: 45 feet Public access: SE side off Co. Rd. 23 VERMONT Size: 338 acres Depth: 59 feet Public access: Southeast side off Hwy. 29 and E. Lake Vermont Rd. VICTORIA Size: 417 acres Depth: 60 feet Features: Long, narrow lake with access to Lake Geneva Public access: South end off Hazel Hill Rd. WHISKEY Size: 160 acres Depth: 46 feet Public access: North shore off Co. Rd. 58 WINONA Size: 213 acres Depth: 9 feet Public access: City-owned, carry-in access on northwest end

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Lakes & Parks

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Public Beaches

Beaches

LIFEGUARD-STAFFED LAKE L’HOMME DIEU BEACH Alexandria. Take Highway 29 north of Alexandria to the beach.

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LAKE LATOKA BEACH Alexandria. Take County Road 82 west from Alexandria, turn south on County Road 90, then west on Latoka Beach Road. LAKE OSAKIS BEACH Osakis. Located on East Lake Street.

hat could be better on a hot summer day than a dip in the cool waters of a crystal blue lake! And in the land of 10,000 lakes, there are plenty of options for water lovers. Douglas County offers several options for public beaches, both life-guard staffed and non-lifeguard staffed. Cool and clean, bright and sparkling, the waters of the area lakes seem to call your name.

NON-LIFEGUARD STAFFED CITY PARK BEACH Alexandria. Lake Henry in the Alexandria City Park, one block west of County Road 42 (North Nokomis). ROTARY BEACH Alexandria. Located off County Road 42 between lakes L’Homme Dieu and Carlos. CHIPPEWA COUNTY PARK BEACH Brandon. Between lakes Little Chippewa and Devil’s off County Road 108 LAKE CARLOS STATE PARK Carlos. Located about seven miles north of Alexandria off State Highway 29 and County Road 38.

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