Vacationer - Aug/Sept 2022

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VACATIONER AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2022

Your free guide to the Alexandria Lakes Area

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Resorters Golf Tournament.......................................4 Alexandria Area Golf.....................................................4 Douglas County Fair.....................................................5 Douglas County Festivals.......................................... 7 Taste of Osakis................................................................ 7 Rail Trails 100 Bike Tour..............................................8 Grape Stomp at Carlos Creek Winery.................9 Calendar of Events......................................................10

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Ring of Fire Bull Ride....................................................8 Alexandria Area Arts Association........................ 14 Central Lakes Concert Association.................... 14 Red Willow Arts Coalition........................................ 16 Lakes Area Theatre..................................................... 16 Music In The Garden.................................................. 16 Fire Pit Productions..................................................... 16 Theatre L’Homme Dieu............................................. 16 Alexandria Art Guild................................................... 20

LAKES, PARKS AND MUSEUMS

Legacy of the Lakes Museum............................... 20 Runestone Museum................................................... 20 Veterans Memorial Park.......................................... 20 Big Ole and Big Ole Webcam............................... 22 Central Lakes Trail...................................................... 22 Glacial Ridge Trail....................................................... 22 Lake Brophy County Park....................................... 22 Mountain Bike Trails.................................................. 22 Alexandria Area Lakes.............................................. 24 Beaches............................................................................ 28 City Parks........................................................................ 28 State Parks...................................................................... 28

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RESORTERS GOLF

Tournament

The 101st Resorters Golf Tournament will take place July 31 through Aug. 6. The Resorters is one of Minnesota’s largest and most renowned golf tournaments and it is hosted annually at the Alexandria Golf Club. The annual tournament is a family affair, providing traditions that connect the past to the present, bringing new generations of families to the lakes area. Many of the best golfers in the state will be competing in the week-long event. The galleries will be filled with family and golf enthusiasts, all on hand to share the beautiful drives, the errant shots and the game-winning putts on a course filled with history and signature holes. Many high profile athletes have competed in this tourney, most notably professional golfer and Alexandria graduate Tom Lehman, who won the Resorters title in 1980. The Alexandria Golf Club is where the PGA Tour professional and USA Ryder Cup captain learned the game of golf. For more information, visit www.alexandriagolfclub. com.

ALEXANDRIA AREA GOLF

For winter weary Minnesotans, warm weather offers freedom from the confines of their homes and among the first places they head to are the golf courses. The Alexandria area certainly doesn’t lack for green fairways, with more than 15 courses available for those hungry for the challenge. Many think Minnesota’s golf season is short, but most years there are six full months of golf opportunities on courses that are lush and full. Whether a beginner at the game or a scratch golfer, the Alexandria area holds the perfect course for you. From small, 9-hole courses to 27-hole masterpieces, this area’s courses are beautifully designed and well kept; perfect for a long afternoon of outdoor entertainment with friends.

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The sport of golf’s economic output (direct, indirect and induced) contributes more than $2.4 billion to the economy. The Land of 10,000 Lakes has more than 500 golf courses and employs more than 34,000 people. Alexandria native and golf pro Tom Lehman is the only golfer to win Player of the Year honors on the PGA Tour, Champions tour and Web.com tour. Minnesota is the only state to have hosted all USGA national championships, the Walker Cup, Curtis Cup and the men’s and women’s state team championships.

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Fair

DOUGLAS COUNTY Summer may be winding down in the Alexandria lakes area, but not the fun as one of the most memorable events of the summer, the Douglas County Fair, gets set to open Aug. 17. This year’s fair will be taking place from Wednesday to Saturday, allowing for a full four days of fun. Family-friendly, the fair is filled with familiar attractions, entertainment, competitions, rides and, of course, food, and is truly the place to celebrate the kid in everyone. The fair will offer entertainment on the main stage, as well as various other entertainment venues on the fairgrounds. The Alomere Health Main Stage entertainment this year will include the Fabulous Armadillos, Blonde and the Bohunk, Generation Rock and the Shane Martin Band as well as much, much more. You can check out the Kathryn LeBrasseur Heritage Square for an antique tractor display as well as the Kids Pedal Pull. Check out Calorie Lane and all the vendors, along with the beer gardens when you need a relaxing break. Don’t miss fish education with the DNR fisheries staff, the lawn mower demo derby, the Douglas County’s Got Talent contest and the demolition derby for fun

and excitement along with the sheriff’s K-9 demonstration. There’s fun all day for the kids of all ages with a kid’s bike giveaway, children’s barnyard, arts and crafts, carnival games and turtle racing. Gates open at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 17. All in all, it’s a great four days of fun at the Douglas County Fair. Get all the details at dcmnfair.com.

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CHECK OUT THE COMPETITIONS Competitions and contests will be plentiful during this year’s Douglas County Fair, so be sure to take them in. Girls between the ages of 4 and 9 are eligible for the Douglas County Princess Pageant, which will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 17 at 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, will be highlighted by Douglas County’s Got Talent State Fair Contest at 5:30 p.m. There will also be contests for pie baking, scarecrows, floral arranging, quilt blocks, barn quilts, table-decorating, gift baskets and freaky vegetables. For more information on all the events held at the Douglas County Fair, visit www. dcmnfair.com.

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Festivals

If you’re looking for some small town fun, check out the festivals in the Douglas County area this summer. There’s Brandon Summerfest, as well as celebrations in Garfield and Parkers Prairie. These little communities do things up right, from parades featuring clowns and dignitaries, water fights, baseball and softball tournaments, street dances, craft sales, garage sales and kids’ games. And if you’re hungry, there’s nowhere better to find that perfect something to satisfy you. You can feast on barbecues, pork chops, brats, pancakes and every kind of food on a stick, in a basket or on a plate, ready and waiting for you. To keep up with all the festivities, check out the Echo Press newspaper’s website at www.echopress.com for up-to-date information on the celebrations in your favorite town.

Making its way to the streets of Osakis will be the third Taste of Osakis celebration Saturday, Sept. 10. The event will include food, live music and craft vendors, and is filled with food, fun and activities. Several bands will be on tap to entertain visitors Saturday night: Junkyard Caddy; a second band to be determined and the Eli Young Band. For more information, visit the Osakis Chamber of Commerce and Taste of Osakis Facebook pages for updates and more details as they become available.

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Do you love to bike? Then challenge yourself with the Rail Trails 100 Bike Tour Aug. 6 on the Central Lakes and Lake Wobegon Trails. Offering some of the best trail riding in the state, the two trails will be featured during the one-day riding event that begins in Fergus Falls and ends in St. Joseph. You’ll traverse the Central Lakes Trail that includes beautiful glacial lakes, then pass through the green fields and dairy farms of the Lake Wobegon Trail, stopping to rest in the communities along the way. The Rail Trails 100 Bike Tour is co-sponsored by Parks and Trails Council of Minnesota. For more information, visit www.centrallakestrail.com/ rail-trail-100/

This ain’t their first rodeo. Some of the best bull riders in the upper Midwest will be deep in the action during the Ring of Fire Bull Ride event in Parkers Prairie. A major fundraiser for the Parkers Prairie Fire Department, the Ring of Fire Bull Ride first kicked off in 2017 to the great delight of riders and spectators, becoming a major event for the community. This year’s event will be Friday, Aug. 5 with gates opening at 4 p.m. and bull riding beginning at 7 p.m. The Parkers Prairie Fire Department contracted with Triple B Rodeo Company and Mirror W Productions to create this event, which has been a major draw for the town and the surrounding areas. The field of riders will include some of the most accomplished riders in the upper Midwest as well as local amateurs, all trying to keep their seat on a twisting, bucking bull for 8 seconds. Along with the bull ride, there will be food and drink vendors during this family-friendly event. With just 1,200 general admission tickets available and none sold at the door, tickets

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CALENDAR AUGUST

2-14 - CLUE, Theatre L’Homme Dieu 3-6 - 7 p.m. The Little Mermaid JR, Andria Theatre 3-7 - Summerfest, Brandon 4 - 7 p.m. Concert on the Courthouse Lawn, Front Fenders, Alexandria 4-8 - Crazy Days, Downtown Alexandria 5-7 - Parkers Prairie Fall Festival 6 - 6:30-8:30 p.m. Mick Sterling Concert, “A Billy Joel State of Mind,” Legacy of the Lakes Museum & Gardens 6 - 3rd Annual Community Auction for Mission, New Life Christian Church 6-7 - Forada Days 10 -13 - 7 p.m. The Little Mermaid JR, Andria Theatre 11 - Pledge A Paddle Artist’s Reception and Awards Presentation, Legacy of the Lakes Museum 11 - 7 p.m. Concert on the Courthouse Lawn, Robby Vee, Alexandria 12 - 7 p.m. Festival of the Lakes Chamber Music Opening Night, First Lutheran Church, Alexandria 12-13 - Garfield Days 13 - 6:30-8:30 p.m. Joyann Parker Concert, Legacy of the Lakes Museum & Gardens 14 - 7 p.m. Festival of the Lakes Chamber Music Concert No. 2, First Lutheran Church, Alexandria 17-20 - Douglas County Fair 18 - 7 p.m. Concert on the Courthouse Lawn, Salty Dogs, Alexandria 18 - 7 p.m. Festival of the Lakes Chamber Music Concert No. 3, First Lutheran Church, Alexandria 21 - 7 p.m. Festival of the Lakes Chamber Music Final Concert, First Lutheran Church, Alexandria 25 - 7 p.m. Concert on the Courthouse Lawn, Red Letter Band, Alexandria

SEPTEMBER

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4 - 9 a.m. Alexandria Area Walk to End Alzheimer’s, Carlos Creek Winery 8-10 - 7 p.m. Tiny Beautiful Things, Fire Pit Productions, Lakes Area Theatre 9-11 - Oletober Fest, Downtown Alexandria 15 - 4-7 p.m. Cultural Diversity Festival, Alexandria Technical & Community College

16-18 - Grape Stomp Festival, Carlos Creek Winery 17 - 7:30 a.m. Wake Up Alexandria! State Farm Insurance - Amy Christopherson 17 - 7-9 p.m. Southern Raised Bluegrass Gospel Group, Central Square, Glenwood 26 - 11:15 a.m. Chamber of Commerce’s Fall Luncheon, Broadway Ballroom 27 - 7:30 p.m. Portrait of a Queen, Aretha Franklin tribute, Alexandria Area High School Performing Arts Center

OCTOBER

4 - 11 a.m.-1 p.m. 23rd Annual United Way of Douglas & Pope Counties Chili Cook-off, Broadway Ballroom 13 - 7:30 p.m. Copper Street Brass, 27 - 7:30 p.m. Portrait of a Queen, Alexandria Area High School Performing Arts Center 20-22 - 7:30 p.m. Young Frankenstein at the Andria Theatre 21-22 - 7 p.m. Category E, Fire Pit Productions, Lakes Area Theatre 22 - 12-7 p.m. Oktoberfest, Carlos Creek Winery 22 - 7-9- p.m. Legends Of Soul featuring Gwen Matthews and Bruce A. Henry with Special Guest Kathleen Johnson, Central Square, Glenwood 23 - 2 p.m. Young Frankenstein at the Andria Theatre 27-29 - 7:30 p.m. Young Frankenstein at the Andria Theatre 27-29 - 7 p.m. Category E, Fire Pit Productions, Lakes Area Theatre 30 - 2 p.m. Young Frankenstein at the Andria Theatre 31 - Downtown Alexandria Trick or Treating

NOVEMBER

19 - 7-9 p.m. Branden and James, Cello And Vocals, Central Square, Glenwood 25 - Christmas in the Fort, Downtown Alexandria 26 - 12-6 p.m. Minnesota Made Christmas Market, Carlos Creek Winery


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2210 Sixth Ave. E.,Alexandria 320-763-4624 / alexumc.org Pastors: Amy VanValkenburg-Dinkel Worship Services: Sunday 9am School/Adult Discipleship: Sunday School 10am, Adult Discipleship at 10am (Sept - June) 605 Douglas Street, Alexandria 320-763-5178 / www.calvaryalex.org Pastors: Hans Dahl & Angie Larson Worship Services: Sundays 8:30am Traditional; 10:30am Modern (Memorial Day - Labor Day outdoors at Luther Crest Bible Camp) Watch on demand at www.calvaryalex.org KXRA radio at 10:30am on Sundays Public Access TV channel 181 at 9:30am on Sundays

FIRST CONGREGATIONAL UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST

221 Seventh Ave. W., Alexandria 320-763-3341 / firstcongregationaluccalex.com Reverend: Dr. Jill Sanders Worship Service: Sunday 10 am Service on Youtube: First Congregational UCC Alexandria, MN Sunday Worship Radio Rebroadcast: KXRA First Sunday of the month 11 am Communion second Sunday of the month

FIRST LUTHERAN CHURCH(ELCA)

1655 18th Ave. E. and S. McKay, Alexandria 320-762-2196 www.firstlutheranalexandria.com Pastors: PJ Malin, Judy Holmen, Tom Kolden Worship Services: Sundays: 8:30 am Traditional 10:00 am Outdoor at First Lutheran Memorial Day thru Labor Day Facebook Live on Sundays at 8:30 am KXRA radio at 10am Sundays Public Access TV Channel 181 at 10:45 am daily

2702 Hwy. 29 N., Alexandria 320-762-5152 / goodshepherdalex.com Pastor: James Walberg Worship Service: Sunday 9am Bible Study & Sunday School: 10:15 am Holy Communion first and second Sunday of the month 490 Voyager Dr., Alexandria 320-762-5424 / lakecommunity.org Pastor: Jon Ewton Worship Service: Sunday 9 am & 10:30am Kids Ministry: Sunday 9 am & 10:30am

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1910 Co Rd 82 SE, Alexandria 320-763-7051 / www.your-newlife.com Pastor: John Taplin Worship Services: Sundays 9 am & 10:30 am Youth Programming: KidZone/Sunday School 10:30 am AWANA Wednesdays at 6:25 pm, Jr High Youth Wednesdays at 6:30, High School Ministry Sundays at 6:30 pm

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300 Lake St., Alexandria 320-763-4842 / zionalex.org Pastors: Paul Dare, Donald Wilke & Matt Lorenz Praise Worship: 2nd Sunday 8 am, 3rd Sunday 10:00 am Holy Communion: 1st & 3rd Sunday 8 am, 2nd & 4th Sunday 10:00am

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ALEXANDRIA AREAArts Association The Alexandria Area Arts Association (AAAA) strives to foster appreciation, understanding and love of the performing arts by providing experiences that entertain, educate and enrich the community. The AAAA presents a variety of plays and concerts at the Andria Theatre at 618 Broadway in Alexandria, as well as the annual two-day Art in the Park

held at Alexandria City Park. For information, visit www.andriatheatre.org.

UPCOMING PERFORMANCES ▶The Little Mermaid Jr. – Performances will take place Aug. 3-6 and Aug. 10-13 with shows at 7 p.m. ▶Young Frankenstein – Performances will take place Oct. 20-23, 27-30. Thursday, Friday and Saturday shows

are at 7:30 and Sunday shows are at 2 p.m. ▶ The Sound of Music – Performances will take place Dec. 8-11 and 15-18. Thursday, Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:30 and Sunday shows are at 2 p.m.

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The Central Lakes Concert Association was formed in 1983 with the goal of offering an expanded program of quality concerts, affordable to the general public. The

annual membership allows members to attend all concerts in Alexandria, as well as concerts presented by the Sauk Centre, Ortonville/Milbank, Brainerd, Fergus Falls and Wadena concert associations. All concerts take place at the Performing Arts Center at the Alexandria Area High School, 4300 Pioneer Rd, Alexandria. For more information on the Central Lakes Concert Association, call Randy Morken, president,

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at 320-491-6308 or visit www. concertassociation.net. CONCERT SELECTIONS FOR THE 2022-2023 SEASON (ALL CONCERTS AT 7:30 P.M.) ▶ Sept. 27 – Portrait of a Queen, Aretha Franklin tribute ▶ Oct. 13 – Copper Street Brass, Twin Cities based brass sextet

▶ Dec. 1 – Brancy and Dugan, music from the post-war world ▶Feb. 17 – Travis Anderson Trio, familiar program of 60s TV theme music, Disney and pops/jazz standards ▶ March 28 – The Everly Set, a tribute to the Everly Brothers ▶ May 4 – Troupe Vertigo, dynamic L.A. based circus-dance-theater ensemble


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L’Homme Dieu

For more than 50 years, Theatre L’Homme Dieu has contributed to the vibrancy and allure of the lakes area by presenting exceptional and entertaining theater. The 2022 season offers a variety of performances - there’s something for everyone! For information, call 320-846-3150 or visit www.tlhd.org. The theater is located at 1875 County Road 120 NE, Alexandria. UPCOMING PERFORMANCES ▶ Clue – Aug. 9 through Aug. 18

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FIRE PITProductions MUSIC IN THE Fire Pit Production was started in 2018 by Quincy Roers. Excited by the idea to push local theater to new levels, Roers proposed using the stage at Lakes Area Theatre for small production plays. The idea was supported by local actors interested in providing the community with edgy, thought-provoking stage plays. For more information, visit lakesareatheatre.com/firepit or email lakesareatheatre@gmail.com. UPCOMING PERFORMANCES ▶Sept 8-10 at 7 p.m. – Tiny Beautiful Things, stage play ▶ Oct 21-22 and Oct 27-29 at 7 p.m. – Category E, stage play ▶ Dec 2-3 and Dec 8-10 at 7 p.m. – Sorry! Wrong Chimney!, stage play

Enjoy outdoor music surrounded by beautiful landscaping, water features and flowers during Music in the Legacy Gardens at the Legacy of the Lakes Museum this summer. Open daily and free to the public, the Legacy Gardens are situated on the shores of Lake Winona and include a large paved patio and marquee tent. You can stroll along the pathways to view the wide variety of ornamental grasses, shrubs and trees, along with lush gardens of flowers. There are quiet alcoves along the way that offer a place to relax. On select Fridays throughout the summer, the Legacy Gardens hosts musical entertainment on the Pohlig Family Stage. Davina and the

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RED WILLOW ARTS The Red Willow Arts Coalition was formed in 2009 to promote the arts and provide entertainment events for the lakes area. The coalition offers “Concerts on the Courthouse Lawn” every Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Douglas County Courthouse, 305 Eighth Avenue West, Alexandria throughout the summer. The coalition is strictly made up of volunteers, and business sponsorships and free-will donations cover the performers’ fees, making all

concerts free to the public. Visit www. redwillowartscoalition.org for more information. UPCOMING PERFORMANCES ▶ Aug 4 – Front Fenders, 50s and 60s ▶ Aug 11 – Robby Vee, 50s and 60s ▶ Aug 18 – Salty Dogs, variety ▶ Aug 25 – Red Letter Band, christian country

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Vagabonds will perform Friday, Aug. 5. Seating is on a first-come, first -serve basis when the doors open at 6 p.m. Music begins at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the gate. There are two types of seating for the concerts: Gar Wood seating, which is in the front section with chairs provided with the cost $20 and $10 for museum members. The Grassland seating is $10 a ticket or $5 for members with concert goers bringing their own chair or blanket. Children 12 and younger are free. Watch the Legacy of the Lakes website for more concert dates, legacyofthelakes.org.


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Art Guild

ALEXANDRIA The Alexandria Art Guild is a nonprofit organized in support of the visual arts in the Alexandria community. Artists and art lovers meet monthly on the third Wednesday of each month. The annual Art deTour held mid-June invites the public to visit the artists in their studios and shop a wide array of original art. For information and to see member artists visit www.alexart.org or email alexartguild@gmail.com. EVENTS ▶ Saturday Art Market will take place every Saturday beginning May 28 and

running through the end of September from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Big Ole Central Park. There will be art, music, kid activities, theater, food and more. ▶ The Wine, Ale and Art Crawl took place July 29 in select downtown Alexandria locations. The event is a fun opportunity to support downtown business and local artists. Sample a variety of spirits and shop for unique, one-of-a-kind items in downtown Alexandria.

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RUNESTONE The Runestone Museum has been inspiring curiosity about local history and heritage for more than 50 years. The world famous and controversial Kensington Runestone was the Runestone Museum’s only artifact when it opened its doors in 1958. Since then, the museum has expanded to include exhibits celebrating native Minnesotans, emigrants and immigrants, Minnesota wildlife and events that shaped the area. Fort Alexandria, commissioned in 1862, has been recreated with rescued historical structures, such as a nearly exact replica of the stockade built in 1862,

an 1889 church, a log cabin built in the late 1860s and an 1885 schoolhouse. The fort is located in the outdoor portion of the campus that is open April-October. Housing rare and exciting artifacts like a Middle Ages Nordic fire steel and a 1920s jingle dress, the Runestone Museum is sure to impress whether you’re interested in history, heritage or the natural sciences. For more information, call 320-763-3160, or visit the museum’s website at www. runestonemuseum.org for the most up-to-date admission prices and hours. Check out the museum’s Facebook page at Runestone Museum Foundation.

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Built to serve as a public place for celebration or a quiet place for private reflection and healing, the Veterans Memorial Park honors veterans of all branches of the United States Armed Forces. Located on the corner of Eighth Avenue and Broadway Street, Veterans Memorial Park is a beautiful landmark and a source of contemplation and inspiration for all visitors. This park is the dream child of a group of veterans and has been built through the donations from individuals and organizations and grants. The focal point of the memorial is a life-size granite replica of the Liberty Bell standing in the middle of a 60-foot-wide pentagon star representing the five main branches of the Department of Defense. The bell and base are about 9 feet tall, about 6-1/2 feet in diameter and weigh about 40,000 pounds.

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Nine flagpoles display the flags of the United States of America, POW-MIA, Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Merchant Marine and Minnesota. Standing in the park are stone memorials containing the names of veterans, past and present, dating back to the Declaration of Independence. To date, more than 7,000 names have been compiled, with nearly 3,000 still living in the county. DESIGN HIGHLIGHTS ▶ Granite tablets honoring all donors who contributed over $200. ▶ A single granite tablet honoring veterans of Alexandria Industries. ▶ Engravings in granite on the base of the Liberty Bell list “freedom, honor, justice, liberty and peace.” ▶ The motto, “Let No Veteran Be Forgotten,” is affixed to the Veterans Wall of Honor. ▶ Special bronze plaques honor John Wedum, Terence Kjos, veterans of Douglas Machine, and combat veterans. ▶ A granite tablet honors Special Combatants, acknowledging names of local veterans exposed to extraordinary hardships while defending the country. ▶ Granite benches recognizing individual veterans – Dorothy Lee, Joe Koopman, Leander Hens, Louis Grosenick, Virgil Batesole, Warren Gust and sons of Gust. ▶ A Veterans Wall of Honor includes seven 24-inch bronze service insignias: Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard, National Guard and Merchant Marine.


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BIG OLE AND BIG OLEWebcam Perhaps 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, along Second Avenue. Born in 1965, the Viking has become a much-beloved 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 created by fiberglass sculptor Gordon Schumaker of Minneapolis in April of 1965 and was transported to New York just in time for the World’s Fair. When the fair ended, Big Ole was moved to Alexandria, where he stands today. Originally placed at the north end of Broadway Street in front of the Runestone Museum, Big Ole was moved from

the intersection of 3rd and Broadway to a new location onehalf block north in 1980 to make way for a new stoplight. He was moved once more in 2002 to his current location at the head of the Central Lakes Trail on the south shore of Lake Agnes. Throughout the years, Big Ole has had several repairs made and new coats of paint applied. And, his beard has changed from gray to yellow to brown. Locals and visitors alike can stop by Big Ole and take a selfie using the Big Ole webcam that is found on the ALP Utilities website – www.alputilities.com/big-ole-webcam/. It’s a fun way to get a group shot with the 28-foot fiberglass statue located in Big Ole Central Park. Once you open the website on your cell phone, just take a screenshot to capture you, your group and the famous Viking statue. You must use Firefox, Safari or Edge browsers. Chrome currently does not work with the ALP camera, which is mounted on the pole in front of Big Ole.

Trail

CENTRAL LAKES

The 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 then moves on through Ashby in Grant County and into Otter Tail County where it passes through Dalton before ending in Fergus Falls. The trailhead and parking area in Alexandria is at the north end of Broadway in Big Ole Central Park.

Other trailheads are available in Osakis, Garfield, Brandon and Evansville. These trailheads include parking areas, portable restrooms and trailside shelters. A bike shelter is also available along the trail about 1.5 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 one of the longest paved bike trails in the state. The Central Lakes Trail (www.centrallakestrail. com) is used as a snowmobile trail in the winter.

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GLACIAL RIDGE A 220-mile route through lakes, woods and farmlands, the Glacial Ridge Trail is officially designated a Minnesota State Scenic Byway and is a great getaway for those looking for a relaxing drive. This byway consists of several loops in the countryside between Willmar and Glenwood, with extensions to Alexandria and Sauk Centre for a total of 245 miles and allows you to create your own adventure. Travelers can select their own points of interest along the drive through rolling terrain filled with lakes, woods, prairie and farmland – scenes that change with the seasons.

Highlighted by three state parks – Sibley, Monson and Glacial Lakes – the byway has plenty of great stopping spots good for hiking, bird watching and fishing. The area was formed by massive glaciers as they covered the land then melted, leaving behind many unique ridges and hills. When the United States expanded westward in the 1850s, settlers moved into the area and have left their mark through their rich cultural history. To find out more about the scenic byway, visit www. glacialridgebyway.com.

Trails

MOUNTAIN BIKE Another popular activity for spring and summer is bicycling, and area bikers have plenty of options when it comes to trails, as Douglas County hosts a variety of them. One highlight is Lake Brophy County Park, which features eight bike trails of varying skill levels, from easy to difficult. Located to the north of the Central Lakes Trail, the bike trails wind through all areas of the park and offer some of the best views in the county. 22 August/September 2022 • Vacationer

Another good spot is Kensington Rune Stone Park, which is located in Solem Township. The park features nearly eight miles of multi-use trail to ride, run and hike on. The trails weave through the oak, maple and aspen forest mixing in lakes and small prairie meadows.


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ALEXANDRIA AREA LAKES AARON Size: 610 acres Depth: 16 feet Features: Shallow with sandy beaches. Public access: South end off Lakes 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.; Fishing pier on North end in Alexandria City Park. Named for early settler Will Kinkead’s girlfriend who lived out East. ANDREW Size: 922 acres Depth: 83 feet Features: Sandy beaches, spring-fed, popular recreational lake. Public access: Southeast side off Co. Rd. 28 and Lake Andrew Rd. Named for first physician in Alexandria. BLACKWELL Size: 307 acres Depth: 42 feet Public access: East side off Country Ln. Named for early settler of Holmes City. BROPHY Size: 296 acres Depth: 44 feet Features: Island, sandy beaches. Public access: Northwest shore off Co. Rd. 82 and Brophy Lane. Named for Brophy family, early residents. BURGEN Size: 174 acres Depth: 43 feet Features: Small, steeply sloped shoreline. Public access: North end off Co. Rd. 23. Named for William Burgen, who lived on the southwest shore in 1869. CARLOS Size: 2,605 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 off Co. Rd. 38; west shore off Co. Rd. 11; east shore off Prairie Rd. and E. Lake Carlos Dr. Reports vary, but one story is that lakes L’Homme Dieu and Carlos were named by an early settler in honor of two friends at West Point Academy.

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Although the size, depth and location of this mythical lake are unknown, anglers continue to report it as the home of the large fish they catch. CHIPPEWA Size: 1,185 acres Depth: 95 feet Features: Deep, headwaters of Chippewa River. Public access: Northeast corner off Co. Rd. 12. Named for Native Americans. CHRISTINA Size: 3,971 acres Depth: 14 feet Features: Large, shallow. Public access: Southwest end off Co. Rd. 82. Named for the Queen of Sweden. COWDRY Size: 242 acres Depth: 52 feet Features: Small, clear. Public access: Northeast corner off Co. Rd. 82 and E. Lake Cowdry Rd. Named for Samuel Cowdry, an early settler. CROOKED Size: 281 acres Depth: 35 feet Features: Quiet. Public access: North end off Co. Rd. 27. Named for its contour. DARLING Size: 1,050 acres Depth: 62 feet Features: Water access to chain of lakes. Public access: Access by water from Lake Carlos. Named for Andrew Darling who settled in the area in 1860.

GILBERT Size: 201 acres Depth: 17 feet Features: Quiet. Public access: North end off Co. Rd. 7 and Moe Hall Rd. Named for an early settler. GRANTS Size: 176 acres Depth: 60 feet Public access: West side off Country Lane. HENRY Size: 152 acres Depth: 32 feet Features: Next to City Park. Public access: Alexandria City Park; Accessible by water from Lake Agnes. Named for the son of Charles Cook, an early settler. IDA Size: 4,431 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 Sugar Sand Lane; southeast side off Co. Rd. 34 and Sunset Strip. Named by Myron Colony, one of the lake’s first colonists, in honor of a girlfriend out East. INDIAN Size: 98 acres Depth: 38 feet Public access: North side off Co. Rd. 6 and Indian Lake Rd.

DEVILS Size: 233 acres Depth: 35 feet Features: Spring-fed, sandy beaches, connects to county park. Public access: Chippewa Park; North side off Co. Rd. 7 and Devil’s 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. First known as Reservation Lake, renamed for Irene Roadruck, daughter of early settler.

FREEBORN Size: 247 acres Depth: 18 feet Public access: Northwest side off Co. Rd. 96.

JENNIE Size: 300 acres Depth: 6 feet Public access: South end of Co. Rd. 56.

GENEVA Size: 639 acres Depth: 63 feet Features: Fishing pier on north end, access to chain of lakes. Public access: Northwest side off Hwy. 29; Southeast side off Co. Rd. 82 and E. Lake Geneva Rd. Called Rowley on early maps; renamed by Walter Scott Shotwell after resort town of Lake Geneva in Switzerland.

LATOKA Size: 766 acres Depth: 108 feet Features: Clear, deep, good water quality, public swimming beach. Public accesses: North side off Co. Rd. 82 and Latoka Beach Rd.; West side of South Basin off Hwy. 27 and Vonderheid Dr. Named for Native Americans. Continued on page 26


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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. Reports vary, but one story is that lakes L’Homme Dieu and Carlos were named by an early settler in honor of two friends who attended West Point. 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. LOBSTER Size: 1,334 acres Depth: 65 feet Features: Many bays and points, island. Public access: West end off Co. Rd. 27. Named for its shape, which resembles a lobster. It is believed this lake was first called Kinkead, but later changed. LONG Size: 201 acres Depth: 18 feet Public access: East end off Co. Rd. 55. Named for its contour. LOUISE Size: 214 acres Depth: 33 feet Public access: West side off Co. Rd. 22 and W. Lake Louise Dr. Named for a child of Charles Cook, an early settler. MAPLE Size: 830 acres Depth: 78 feet Features: Mostly shallow, spring-fed, excellent water quality. Public access: North end off Co. Rd. 4 and Maple Springs Dr.; east side off Co. Rd. 87 and Sunset Access Rd. Named for the many maple trees that surrounded the lake. 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 and Little Mary Circle. Named for Mary Kinkead, a sister to some of Alexandria’s original settlers. MILL Size: 451 acres Depth: 40 feet Features: Spring-fed, deep, clear. Public access: Southeast corner off Hwy. 27. Called Cornelia on early maps; unknown how it was renamed.

MILTONA Size: 5,724 acres Depth: 105 feet Features: Largest lake in 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. Named for Florence Miltona Roadruck, who homesteaded in Leaf Valley with husband. MINA Size: 411 acres Depth: 123 feet Public access: North side off Co. Rd. 8. Named by Fredric Von Baumback, a Prussian officer, a major in the Civil War and Secretary of State, for his mother. MOON Size: 139 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. Named for religious prophet, or possibly for a prominent Alexandria family. OSAKIS Size: 6,389 acres Depth: 73 feet Features: Large lake with many bars and fishing structures (Most of the lake is in Todd County). Public access: South end in Osakis; west side off Co. Rd. 10; north-east side off 210th Street (Todd County). Name likely derived from Ojibwe Indian name for the lake, “Oh-za-kees,” which means “place of the Sauk” and refers to Sauk Indians who roamed the area. OSCAR Size: 1,231 acres Depth: 25 feet Features: Island. Public access: North side off State Hwy. 27. Named for the King of Sweden. POCKET Size: 263 acres Depth: 40 feet Public access: South side off Hwy. 114 and Pocket Lake Rd. Named for its contour.

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RACHEL Size: 448 acres Depth: 65 feet Public access: East shore off Co. Rd. 93 and E. Rachel Rd. Named for the daughter of an early Holmes City settler. RED ROCK Size: 902 acres Depth: 22 feet Features: Shallow. Public access: East side off Co. Rd. 1 and Shorewood Dr. RENO Size: 3,808 acres Depth: 23 feet Features: Large, shallow, sandy (Most of lake is in Pope County). Public access: Northeast end off Hwy. 29: Southeast side off Co. Rd. 15 and Sugar Sand Rd. (Pope County). ROUND Size: 81 acres Depth: 30 feet Features: Quiet. Public access: South end off Co. Rd. 27. Named for its contour. SMITH Size: 666 acres Depth: 30 feet Features: Spring-fed, quiet. Public access: Northeast corner off Co. Rd. 82 and Smith Lake Rd. Named for a family that homesteaded near the lake. STOWE Size: 376 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 and Co. Rd. 86. VERMONT Size: 337 acres Depth: 59 feet Public access: Southeast side off Hwy. 29 and Vermont Access Rd. Continued on page 28


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VICTORIA Size: 416 acres Depth: 60 feet Features: Long, narrow lake with access to Lake Geneva. Public access: South end off Hazel Hill Rd. Called Scocka on early maps; renamed by Walter Shotwell in honor of English queen. His father, Daniel, homesteaded between lakes Victoria and Geneva in 1859. WHISKEY Size: 159 acres Depth: 46 feet Public access: North side off Co. Rd. 58.

Lake Latoka Beach – Alexandria. Take County Road 82 west from Alexandria, turn south on County Road 90, then west onto Latoka Beach Road. Lake L’Homme Dieu Beach – Alexandria. Take State Highway 29 north of Alexandria to the beach.

Geneva Crest Park is on the west side of Lake Geneva in Alexandria. Take Co. Rd. 82 E., turn north on Birch Ave., go 3/4 mile, go east on Basswood two blocks and north on Geneva Dr. It has a playground, small ballfield and sand volleyball court.

Lake Osakis Beach – Osakis Located on East Lake Street in Osakis.

Goose Park is three blocks west of Broadway on Fifth Ave. W. in Alexandria, next to Knute Nelson Memorial Field ballpark.

Pooch Playland is a dog park with a fenced-in area located at the south end of Victor St. in Alexandria.

Rotary Beach – Alexandria Between lakes L’Homme Dieu and Carlos off County Road 42.

Lake Agnes Park is on the south shore of Lake Agnes along County Rd. 37 in Alexandria.

Runestone Park is about one mile east of Broadway in Alexandria on Sixth Ave. E.

WINONA Size: 213 acres Depth: 9 feet Public access: Carry-in access on north side of the south end off Melvina Lane. Probably named by Mary Kinkead, sister of Alexander and William, the first settlers in Alexandria. The first child born in Fort Alexandria was also named Winona.

Lake Burgen Park, on Rosewood and Snowbird lanes on the west side of Lake Burgen, has a playground. Lake Connie Park is on Seventh Ave. E. between Roosevelt and Spruce streets in Alexandria.

CITY PARKS

Most cities in the area maintain city parks, many of which offer playground equipment and picnic areas.

Lakeview Park is near County Rd. 82 East and Birch Ave. in Alexandria. Take Co. Rd. 82 E. to Birch Ave., turn west on Runestone Place and west on Lake Park Ave. It has a playground and picnic shelter.

Alexandria City Park is at the north end of Alexandria, one block west of County Rd. 42. It offers a playground, reservable picnic area, pickleball courts, swimming beach, restrooms and fishing pier.

BEACHES

City Park Beach – Alexandria Lake Henry in Alexandria City Park, one block west of County Road 42. Chippewa County Park Beach – Brandon Between lakes Little Chippewa and Devil’s off County Road 108. Lake Brophy County Park – Alexandria Take Co. Rd. 82 west of Alexandria to the Brophy Landing road. Lake Carlos State Park – Carlos Lake Carlos, seven miles north of Alexandria off State Highway 29 and County Road 38.

Big Ole Central Park is on the north end of Broadway in Alexandria, next to Lake Agnes. It features year-round restrooms, fishing pier, gazebo, kiosk shelter, bike repair station and serves as a trail head for the Central Lakes Trail. Bluebird Park is on Agnes Blvd. near Kinkead Cemetery in Alexandria. Carter Park, on Benjamin Drive off of Co. Rd. 22 in Alexandria, has a playground.. Dean Melton Fillmore Park is at Fillmore St. and 15th Ave. West in Alexandria. It features a picnic shelter, ball fields, skate park and playground. Fred Foslien Park, in Victoria Heights, two blocks south of Co. Rd. 27 off Knut Street in Alexandria, has a playground.

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Skylark Park, north of Kinkead Cemetery on Amanda Lane in Alexandria, has a playground. Summer Meadows Park, on the north side of Alexandria near Scenic Heights Road and Summer Lane, has a playground. Veterans Memorial Park is at 802 Broadway in Alexandria. It includes a replica of the Liberty Bell and granite monoliths with the names of more than 7,000 veterans, as well as restrooms and a picnic area. It also includes the Matt Kjelland Memorial basketball court. Woodland Park, on the north side of Alexandria on Woodland Dr., just north of Hwy. 29, has a playground.

Manor Hills Park is in Alexandria. Take Hwy. 29 N. to Manor Dr. and go two blocks to the right on Springdale. It has a playground and small ballfield. Martin’s Hope Park, on Second Ave. across the street from Big Ole Central Park in Alexandria, has a picnic gazebo. Noonan Park is at Nokomis St. and 10th Ave. in Alexandria. It has restrooms, picnic shelters, walking paths, playground and winter ice skating. Oak Knoll Park is on the northeast side of Alexandria near McKay Ave. Take Hwy. 29 North, turn right on McKay Ave. and left on Oak Knoll Dr. It has a playground and small ballfield. Osagi Park is on Lake St. in the city of Osakis. It features picnic tables and shelter, restrooms, playground and lakeshore (no swimming area).

STATE PARKS

Lake Carlos State Park is near Carlos. Take State Hwy. 29 north from Alexandria, turn west on Co. Rd. 38, turn left into park. Permit is required; purchase at park office ($7/day, $35/year). The park features trails for hiking, snowshoeing, crosscountry skiing and snowmobiling, as well as picnic tables, shelters, a swimming beach, play area, campsites, camper cabins, group camp, group center, restrooms, showers, boat landing, amphitheater, visitor/interpretive center, naturalist programs, geocaching and an equestrian area. Rentals are available for canoes, paddle boats, kayaks, snowshoes and fish houses, and checkouts are available for fishing and birding kits and GPS units.


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