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ou’ve noticed it – the shadows lengthening and the days growing shorter. The days are still steamy, but there’s that little bit of coolness to the evenings. There’s a little nostalgia as cooler air brings back childhood memories – the excitement of returning to school tinged with a little sadness at the end of summer fun. Summer is coming to an end, and with that end comes the final Vacationer issue for the summer. But the change in seasons doesn’t bring an end to the fun here in the lakes area. Still ahead of us is fair time – 4-H exhibits, carnival rides and cotton Lori Mork candy – an event that has always, to me, been the VACATIONER kickoff to autumn. EDITOR Autumn. I love when fall brings crisp leaves that crunch under my shoes as I walk along the trail at a state park or listen to the sound of geese as they gather for their southbound journey. Autumn also brings apple picking – crisp, juicy apples that make your mouth water – and the bounty of wonderfully fresh produce that can be found at local farmers’ markets.

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Maybe one of my favorite things about autumn are the bazaars and church suppers at this time of year. Great crafts, great food, great people – what’s not to love? So browse through our final Vacationer and see what’s waiting for you. It’s a great time to be here and you won’t be disappointed that you’ve decided to spend these days with us.

Inside the August/September issue:
Arts & Entertainment
Festival of the Lakes..................................................16 Meet an Author .........................................................17 Douglas County Historical Society............................18 Theatre L’Homme Dieu..............................................22 Women’s Showcase..................................................23 Dining Guide..............................................................28 Osakis Area Events ...................................................38

Quilts Along the Trail ...................................................4 Alexandria Blizzard hockey ..........................................5 Grape Stomp ...............................................................6 Applefest .....................................................................7 Douglas County Fair ....................................................8 Taste of Home Cooking School.................................10 Resorters Golf Tournament .......................................11 Area Events Calendar ................................................12 Strike Out Illiteracy ....................................................14 Church Directory .......................................................19 Golf Directory ............................................................20 Shop downtown Alexandria ......................................27 Dining Guide..............................................................28 Fish Tales ...................................................................32

Parks & Lakes
Publisher: Jody Hanson Vacationer editor: Lori Mork Graphic Designer: Karla Mikkelson Cover photo by Lori Mork Echo Press • (320) 763-3133 • A publication of the Echo Press
Kensington Runestone Park ......................................24 Big Ole and the Runestone .......................................26 Parks ..........................................................................30 Central Lakes Trail......................................................34 Beaches.....................................................................35

Coming in our Winter issue:
The Ice Fishing Challenge, Alexandria Area Arts Association and snowmobiling in Douglas County.
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Colorful cloth stitched with love
hey’re colorful, intricate and exquisite – a kaleidoscope of designs and patterns all carefully stitched together into one-of-a-kind heirlooms. And they’ll be on display September 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. as the 10th annual Quilts Along the Trail show in Osakis opens.

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WHAT 10th annuversary of Quilts Along the Trail WHEN Saturday, September 7 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. WHERE Central Lakes Trail, downtown Osakis HUNDREDS OF QUILTS were on display last year in five categories: Antique, Contemporary, Challenge, Quilts of Valor and the special section “Star Patterns” THE “BED-TURNING” will have several individuals bedside featuring 10 quilts. The presenters will turn through each quilt, giving a brief narrative on each


Quilts of all styles and sizes will be displayed for public viewing along a two-block area of the Central Lakes Trail in downtown Osakis as the exhibit showcases the talents and skills of central Minnesota quilters in many varieties and time periods from antique and vintage to traditional and contemporary. This event also includes vendor booths featuring arts and crafts, entertainment, food and beverages and quilts and quilted items for sale. Each year there is a special showcase that focuses on a specific theme

in addition to the annual “Bed Turning” and “Challenge Quilt Show.” Free to the public, the event allows visitors to enjoy the art and beauty of quilts. In case of rain, visitors are invited to see the displays and challenge quilts at the Quilts Along the Trail Museum at 2nd Avenue and Main Street in Osakis.

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Cool down with Junior hockey action
IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR ENTERTAINMENT that showcases some of the very best amateur hockey players from the United States and beyond, take in an Alexandria Blizzard game. Players must be younger than 21 years of age. THE NORTH AMERICAN 3 HOCKEY LEAGUE (NA3HL) is one of six USA Hockey-sanctioned Tier III Junior leagues and serves as one of the top training grounds in the country by providing the best coaching, exposure and developmental vehicles available for student athletes. ACTION BEGINS IN SEPTEMBER and continues through March and April with home games being played at the Runestone Community Center in Alexandria.

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DAYS INN 4810 Hwy 29 S Alexandria, MN 320.762.1171 alexdaysinn Our friendly staff invites you to be our guest. Located near I-94 at exit 103, lakes and outdoor activities, sporting events, shopping and dining are all just minutes away. Enjoy our free continental breakfast, indoor pool and hot tub. All rooms include a 42” flat screen TV w/cable/HBO, free Wi-Fi, microwave, coffee maker, alarm clock and many new upgrades. Pet friendly rooms and AAA/AARP discounts are available. Open all year. 60 units. www.americasbestvalueinn. com/bestv.cfm?idp=2085

HAMPTON INN, 2705 S Broadway St, Alexandria, MN 320.763.3360 The newest hotel in the Alexandria Area! Our 80 room hotel offers standard rooms along with studios that are designed with you in mind. Enjoy a comfortable bed, free high-speed wireless/wired internet access and well-appointed bathrooms. For breakfast either a quick bite or a hot breakfast buffet option and of course it’s on the house! Our guest convenient rooms include: microwaves, refrigerators; swimming pool, hot tub, fitness center, business center, guest laundry, and our Hilton Honor program. Conveniently located next door to Broadway Ballroom Event Center/Fat Daddy’s Bar and Grill/Garden Center Lanes.  

Very accommodating!

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.

HOLIDAY INN, Hwy 29 & I-94 Alexandria, MN 320.763.6577 Features 149 very comfortable rooms on 2 floors, including 41 rooms with direct access to our indoor recreation center. Rooms recently remodeled and all have free Internet. In the heart of the lakes area, with easy access off I-94. Use the Central Lakes trail and area golf courses,or enjoy wine tasting and seasonal activities at the famous Carlos Creek Winery or see the controversial Kensington Runestone. Enjoy the volleyball courts, basketball hoops, hockey net, ping pong tables, arcade and more. Use the 24-hr. fitness center and enjoy a great meal at Rudy’s Redeye Grill, surf the high-speed Internet access and use our complimentary guest laundry service.

OAK PARK CAMPGROUND 9561 CR8 NW Garfield MN 320.834.2345 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:

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Wine time

THE GRAPE STOMP AND FALL FESTIVAL is in its 13th year at Carlos Creek Winery MORE THAN 150 artisans, comedians and magicians, as well as 10 live bands will entertain you THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE EVENT is the stomping of the grapes competition and the “I Love Lucy”look-alike competition THE EVENT RUNS Noon-7 p.m., Friday, September 13 10 a.m.-7 p.m. , Saturday, September 14 Noon-4 p.m., Sunday, September 15 ADMISSION IS $3 per person Friday and Saturday, with free admission on Sunday. Ages 12-younger, free.


It’s a stompin’ good time!

t’s fun. It’s messy. It’s a stompin’ good time. Whether you’re a stomper or just cheering the teams on, there’s a weekend of fun waiting for you at Carlos Creek Winery in Alexandria when its annual Grape Stomp and Fall Festival gets going. Held September 13-15, the festival attracts more than 15,000 visitors from all over the country during the three-day celebration. And it’s not just the stomp you can enjoy. The festivities include the All American Lumberjack show chainsaw carving, wine tasting, 10 live bands, Tina and Lena performances, belly dancers, come-

dian/juggler and more than 150 artisans. Then roundout the experience with a huge variety of food booths. The highlight of the event is the Grape Stomp each day, with the best dressed costume grape stomp on Friday and Saturday, and the Lucy LookAlike contest and “Grapes of Laugh” competition. The festival is handicap accessible, and is held rain or shine. There is plenty of free parking for passenger vehicles and buses on site For more information about the event, including how to participate in the grape stomping fun, visit the Grape Stomping and Fall Festival website at You can also get a more detailed events calendar online closer to the event, or check out the Echo Press website at as the event draws near.

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Fifth annual Applefest October 20
Celebrate the closing of apple harvest at Carlos Creek Winery as the winery hosts its fifth annual “Applefest” Saturday, October 20, featuring fun for the whole family. Join in on the fun with the catapult pumpkin tossing, horse drawn wagon rides, pumpkin carving and winery tours. There will also be wonderful foods for sale, including apple pie, panini and pizza. For information, visit the website or you can check out the Echo Press website at as the event nears.

Fun times at Applefest
LOOKING FOR SOME ENTERTAINMENT? Here are some of the things going on at this year’s Carlos Creek Winery Applefest: Catapult demonstrations Pie eating contest Horse drawn wagon rides Quilt show and auction for Luther Crest Bible Camp Food vendors, wine and beer




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Vacationer time! It’s fair



Douglas County Fair
WHEN Thursday-Sunday, August 15-18 8 a.m. -10 p.m. Thursday-Saturday 8 a.m. -6 p.m. Sunday ADMISSION Adults $6, Children 12 and younger free, Season ticket per person $15 WHERE Douglas County Fairgrounds off County Road 82, west of Alexandria


Family fun for everyone!
ummer 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 August 15. 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. This year, the fair will offer entertainment on two stages: the 4-H stage and a new mini-stage directly across the street. There will also be new entertainment and several new food vendors for you to enjoy. At the children’s tent, you can find clowns, Scandinavian Ring Dance training and other dance instruction, face painting and a flower arranging contest. There’s also the Mutton Bustin’ rodeo, piggy races, demolition derby, tractor pull and, of course, WISSOTA racing. For more information, visit the Douglas County Fair website at

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Entertainment at the 4-H Stage
11:45 a.m. – Senior Citizen of the Year Noon – Chuck and Jason Thiel 3 p.m. – Chuck and Jason Thiel 7 p.m. – Island Time Band


Noon – Alexandria Aces 3 p.m. – Brass Menagerie



11 a.m. – Alexandria Aces 1 p.m. – Matt Velline 3:30 p.m. – Thomas and the Rain 5:30 p.m. – Amazing Hoopsters 7:30 p.m. – Mama’s Wranglers

10 a.m. – Church service 11:30 a.m. – Century Farm 1:30 p.m. – The Jorgenson Family 3 p.m. – 4-H Presents (4-H stage)

Entertainment at the Mini-Stage
2 p.m. – Blonde and the Bohunk 5 p.m. – Just for Kix 6 p.m. – Blonde and the Bohunk

1 p.m. – Raptor Center 2 p.m. – Raptor Center


Noon – Peggy Weise

Noon – Amazing Hoopsters

August 15 - 18, 2013
Douglas County Fairgrounds • Alexandria

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8 a.m. GATES OPEN. Senior Day 1 p.m. CARNIVAL OPEN, tickets at the Midway Ticket Booth 4 p.m. BIKE DRAWING at RCC East. Must be present to win; ages 4-12. Register at site. 6 p.m. DEMOLITION DERBY Viking Speedway (grandstand) Admission: Ages 13 & older: $9.00 Ages 7-12: $5.00 Under 7: Free

8 a.m. GATES OPEN 1 - 5 p.m. KIDS DAY on the Midway. Prices on most rides are reduced for ages 12 & younger. 4 p.m. BIKE DRAWING at RCC East. Must be present to win; ages 4-12. Register at site. 6 p.m. DEMOLITION DERBY Viking Speedway (grandstand) Admission: Ages 13 & older: $9.00 Ages 7-12: $5.00 Under 7: Free

8 a.m. GATES OPEN 11 a.m. PORK CHOP FEED East of Erickson Pavilion. 1 - 5 p.m. KIDS DAY on the Midway. Prices on most rides are reduced for ages 12 & younger. 3 - 4p.m. TURTLE RACES East of Bus Garage 5:30 p.m. WISSOTA RACING Viking Speedway (grandstand) FREE Admission for fair attendees

8 a.m. GATES OPEN 10 - 11a.m. CHURCH SERVICE 4-H Stage 1 - 5 p.m. & 6-10:30 p.m. WRISTBAND DAY on Midway. 1 p.m. 4-H OLYMPICS at Erickson Pavilion 4 p.m. TRACTOR & TRUCK PULL Viking Speedway (grandstand) Admission: Ages 13 & older: $8.00 Ages 7-12: $5.00 Under 7: Free

*Discounted wristbands are available at Pete’s County Market, Elden’s Fresh Foods and J.C.’s Foods one week prior to fair. (Out-In Privilege)

• Adults: $6.00* • Children 12 and Younger: Free • 4-H and FFA Exhibitors: Free • 4-Day Wristband: $15.00

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Vacationer Home f o e t s a T
Cooking school offers fun, tips for everyone


What’s cooking?
WHAT Taste of Home Cooking School WHEN Tuesday, September 24 Begins at 6:30 p.m., doors open at 3 p.m. for VIP ticket holders, general admission at 3:30 p.m. WHERE Lake Geneva Christian Center, Alexandria Ticket sales begin Monday, August 5, at the Echo Press office and at Elden’s Fresh Foods. VIP tickets are available only at the Echo Press office. Cost is $35 for VIP tickets and $12 for general admission.


here can you learn a new chocolate recipe, master your mom’s manicotti, and experience cooking in an entirely new way? At a Taste of Home Cooking School, of course, and you can attend one right here in Alexandria! The Echo Press is proud to again host this popular event at the Lake Geneva Christian Center on September 4, featuring culinary specialist Karen Davis. Elden’s Fresh Foods is a

major sponsor of this event. At each show, you’ll experience a demonstration of exciting recipes and step-by-step instructions on how to create satisfying and flavorful dishes. In addition, every cooking school attendee receives a gift bag filled with free products, coupons and magazines. Door prizes are also awarded throughout the show, and there will be local vendor booths to visit before the show begins. As the world’s largest cooking magazine, Taste of Home understands that every individual is looking for something

different when it comes to cooking. Whether you are just getting started with cooking or are looking to refine your skills and expand your recipe collection, Taste of Home Cooking School events have something for everyone!

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2013 Resorters Champions
1213 Broadway, Alexandria • 320-763-4455


The winners of the championship flights in the 2012 Resorters Golf Tournament were (left to right) Steve Herzog, Senior Men’s Division; Maggie Leland, Women’s Division; Nathaniel Adams, Junior 10-12 Division; Ben Vangsness, Men’s Division; Daryl Schomer, Executive Men’s Division; Tom Eidsvold, Masters Division; Peter Dierks, Junior 13-15 Division.

We can all live without many luxuries...


Resorters under way at Alexandria Golf Club
ction in the 92nd annual Resorters Golf Tournament is under way at the Alexandria Golf Club and features many of the best amateur golfers from several states. Past tournaments have even had players from out of the country. This year, the tournament celebrates its 92nd anniversary, and again, 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. The tournament, which runs July 28 through August 3, will include not only some very serious competition that kicks off with the annual Pro-Am on opening Sunday, but some lively fun as well with a putting contest sure to coax a laugh from even the most serious player. The Alexandria Golf Club and the Resorters Golf Tournament are nothing short of spectacular. Of the three largest golf competitions in out-state Minnesota – the Pine-to-Palm in Detroit Lakes and the Birchmont in Bemidji – the Resorters is the longest-running tournament. The Alexandria Golf Club is the oldest golf course in Alexandria, dating back to 1915 and is an 18-hole facility that plays 6,504 yards from the back tees. It is the home of the Minnesota hole, or the 7th hole, which is shaped like the state of Minnesota. You can stay up to date with all the action by visiting the newspaper website at


Take your road trip to the next level.

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*ATVs in the category G are recommended for use only by those aged 16 and older. ATVs in the category S are recommended for use only by an experienced operator aged 16 and older. Bombardier Recreational Products Inc. (BRP) highly recommends that all ATV riders take a training course. For safety and training information, see your dealer or call the ATV Safety Institute at 1-800-887-2887 (in the U.S.) or the Canadian Safety Council at (613) 739-1535, ext. 227 (in Canada). ATVs can be hazardous to operate. For your safety, always wear a helmet, eye protection, and other protective clothing. Always remember that riding and alcohol / drugs don’t mix. Never ride on paved surfaces or public roads. Never carry passengers. Never engage in stunt driving. Avoid excessive speeds and be particularly careful on difficult terrain. Ride responsibly. **WEAR PROTECTIVE CLOTHING. Severe internal injuries can occur if water is forced into body cavities as a result of falling into water or being near jet thrust nozzle. Normal swimwear does not adequately protect against forceful water entry into lower body opening(s) of males or females. All riders must wear a wet suit bottom or clothing that provides equivalent protection (see Operator’s Guide). Footwear, gloves and goggles / glasses are recommended. WEAR A PERSONAL FLOTATION DEVICE (PFD). All riders must wear a Coast Guard approved PFD that is suitable for personal watercraft (PWC) use.

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 1 Brandon Summerfest events including classic/collector car show on Central Avenue, Brandon; 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friends of the Douglas County Library Book Sale at National Guard Armory, Alexandria; (320) 762-3014. 5 to 9 p.m. Live acoustic guitar by Brian Ott at Bug-A-Boo Bay, Alexandria; (320) 846-1122. 7 p.m. Red Willow Arts Association presents Green Lake Bluegrass Band on Douglas County Courthouse lawn, Alexandria. 8 p.m. A Comedy on the Rox Birthday Bucket List comedy at Broadway Ballroom, Alexandria; dinner starts at 6:30 p.m.; (320) 763-6565. FRIDAY, AUGUST 2 Forada Days, 5:30 to 9 p.m. Music in the Gardens Summer Fundraiser Event featuring Kool Whip and Lisa Lynn at Minnesota Lakes Maritime Museum, Alexandria;; (320) 759-1114. 6 p.m. Brandon Summerfest bean bag tournament at Brandon Lion’s Park; 7 p.m. First Friday Concert featuring Sound Idea at Evansville Art Center; (218) 948-2787. 7 p.m. Go-kart racing at Douglas County Fairgrounds, Alexandria; SATURDAY, AUGUST 3 Forada Days, Brandon Summerfest; 9 a.m. to noon: Community breakfast at Trinity Lutheran Church, Holmes City; includes farmer’s market in parking lot; (320) 886-5678. 5 to 7:30 p.m. Hawaiian luau supper renovation fundraiser at Trinity Lutheran Church, Holmes City; (320) 886-5678. 7:30 p.m. 21st Annual Festival of the Lakes Chamber Music Concert Series at Alexandria United Methodist Church; SUNDAY, AUGUST 4 Forada Days, Brandon Summerfest; 9 a.m. Pride Lions Bicycle Ride and Walk-A-Thon, Parkers Prairie City Park; (218) 639-5826, 5 p.m. Vikingland Corvette Club Sunday cruise and dinner; meet at Alexandria Clinic parking lot. TUESDAY, AUGUST 6 7:30 p.m. Sunset Boulevard produced by Minneapolis Musical Theatre at Theatre L’Homme Dieu, Alexandria; (320) 846-3150; WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 7 7:30 p.m. Sunset Boulevard produced by Minneapolis Musical Theatre at Theatre L’Homme Dieu, Alexandria; (320) 846-3150; THURSDAY, AUGUST 8 5 to 9 p.m. Live acoustic guitar by Brian Ott at Bug-A-Boo Bay, Alexandria; (320) 846-1122. 7 p.m. Red Willow Arts Association presents Cimarron on Douglas County Courthouse lawn, Alexandria. 7:30 p.m. Sunset Boulevard produced by Minneapolis Musical Theatre at Theatre L’Homme Dieu, Alexandria; (320) 846-3150; FRIDAY, AUGUST 9 Rose City Threshing and Heritage Festival, Rose City Show Grounds; Parkers Prairie Fall Festival, 5:30 to 9 p.m. Music in the Gardens featuring Pistol Whipping Party Penguins at Minnesota Lakes Maritime Museum, Alexandria;; (320) 759-1114. 7 p.m. Go-kart racing at Douglas County Fairgrounds, Alexandria; 7:30 p.m. Sunset Boulevard produced by Minneapolis Musical Theatre at Theatre L’Homme Dieu, Alexandria;

SATURDAY, AUGUST 10 Rose City Threshing and Heritage Festival, Rose City Show Grounds; Parkers Prairie Fall Festival, Garfield Day 2013; Parade at 11 a.m.; activities and car show to follow at Garfield City Park; (320) 834-3546. 7:30 a.m. Lakes Area Recreation Holy Moly Ole 5k walk, 5k run, 10k run and 15k run at Depot restaurant, Alexandria; 9 to 10 a.m. Free breakfast at United Methodist Church, Alexandria; (320) 763-4624. 9 a.m. to noon: Community breakfast at Trinity Lutheran Church, Holmes City; includes farmer’s market in parking lot; (320) 886-5678. 1 to 2:30 p.m. Book signing by author Scott Dominic Carpenter at Cherry Street Books, Alexandria; (320) 763-9400. 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunset Boulevard produced by Minneapolis Musical Theatre at Theatre L’Homme Dieu, Alexandria; (320) 846-3150; SUNDAY, AUGUST 11 Rose City Threshing and Heritage Festival, Rose City Show Grounds; Parkers Prairie Fall Festival, 2 p.m. Sunset Boulevard produced by Minneapolis Musical Theatre at Theatre L’Homme Dieu, Alexandria; (320) 846-3150; 7 p.m. 21st Annual Festival of the Lakes Chamber Music Concert Series at Alexandria United Methodist Church; TUESDAY, AUGUST 13 7:30 p.m. Almost, Maine at Theatre L’Homme Dieu, Alexandria; (320) 846-3150; WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14 7:30 p.m. Almost, Maine at Theatre L’Homme Dieu, Alexandria; (320) 846-3150; 7:30 p.m. 21st Annual Festival of the Lakes Chamber Music Concert Series at Alexandria United Methodist Church; THURSDAY, AUGUST 15 Douglas County Fair, Alexandria; 4 to 7 p.m. Alex Artworks Third Thursday Art Show at Depot Express Restaurant, Alexandria; (320) 815-6511, 5 to 9 p.m. Live acoustic guitar by Brian Ott at Bug-A-Boo Bay, Alexandria; (320) 846-1122. 7 p.m. Red Willow Arts Association presents Jazz Combo on Douglas County Courthouse lawn, Alexandria. 7:30 p.m. Almost, Maine at Theatre L’Homme Dieu, Alexandria; (320) 846-3150; FRIDAY, AUGUST 16 Douglas County Fair, Alexandria; 7 p.m. Go-kart racing at Douglas County Fairgrounds, Alexandria; 7:30 p.m. Almost, Maine at Theatre L’Homme Dieu, Alexandria; (320) 846-3150;

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 17 Douglas County Fair, Alexandria; 9 a.m. to noon: Community breakfast at Trinity Lutheran Church, Holmes City; includes farmer’s market in parking lot; (320) 886-5678. 2 and 7:30 p.m. Almost, Maine at Theatre L’Homme Dieu, Alexandria; (320) 846-3150; SUNDAY, AUGUST 18 Douglas County Fair, Alexandria; 2 p.m. Almost, Maine at Theatre L’Homme Dieu, Alexandria; (320) 846-3150; 7 p.m. 21st Annual Festival of the Lakes Chamber Music Concert Series at Alexandria United Methodist Church; THURSDAY, AUGUST 22 5 to 9 p.m. Live acoustic guitar by Brian Ott at Bug-A-Boo Bay, Alexandria; (320) 846-1122. 7 p.m. Red Willow Arts Association presents Cactus Blossoms on the Douglas County Courthouse lawn, Alexandria. FRIDAY, AUGUST 23 6:30 p.m. 5-course dinner at Broadway Bistro, Alexandria; doors open at 5:30 p.m.; for reservations, (320) 846-0777. 7 p.m. Go-kart racing at Douglas County Fairgrounds, Alexandria; SATURDAY, AUGUST 24 9 a.m. to noon: Community breakfast at Trinity Lutheran Church, Holmes City; includes farmer’s market in parking lot; (320) 886-5678. SUNDAY, AUGUST 25 4 to 8 p.m. Lakeside Dance Club dancing to Tuxedo Junction at Lakeside Ballroom, Glenwood; (320) 763-6432, THURSDAY, AUGUST 29 5 to 9 p.m. Live acoustic guitar by Brian Ott at Bug-A-Boo Bay, Alexandria; (320) 846-1122. 7 p.m. Red Willow Arts Association presents Haggard Boys on Douglas County Courthouse lawn, Alexandria. FRIDAY, AUGUST 30 5:30 to 9 p.m. Music in the Gardens featuring Honkey Tonk Healers at Minnesota Lakes Maritime Museum, Alexandria;; (320) 759-1114. 7 p.m. Go-kart racing at Douglas County Fairgrounds, Alexandria; SATURDAY, AUGUST 31 9 a.m. to noon: Community breakfast at Trinity Lutheran Church, Holmes City; includes farmer’s market in parking lot; (320) 886-5678. SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 1 5 p.m. Vikingland Corvette Club Sunday cruise and dinner; meet at Alexandria Clinic parking lot. SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 9 a.m. to noon: Community breakfast at Trinity Lutheran Church, Holmes City; includes farmer’s market in parking lot; (320) 886-5678. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 10th annual Quilts Along the Trail on Central Lakes Trail, downtown Osakis; (320) 859-6777.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 Harvest Festival, featuring Gold Rush, at Solem Lutheran Church, Kensington; (320) 986-2478. TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 5:30 p.m. Dinner with author William Kent Krueger at the Clubhouse Bistro at Alexandria Golf Club; (320) 763-9400, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 Noon to 7 p.m. with barn dance from 7 to 11:30 p.m. Grape Stomp and Fall Festival at Carlos Creek Winery; (320) 846-5443; SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 9 to 10 a.m. Free breakfast at United Methodist Church, Alexandria; (320) 763-4624. 9 a.m. to noon: Community breakfast at Trinity Lutheran Church, Holmes City; includes farmer’s market in the parking lot; (320) 886-5678. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Grape Stomp and Fall Festival at Carlos Creek Winery; (320) 846-5443; SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 12 to 4 p.m. Grape Stomp and Fall Festival at Carlos Creek Winery; (320) 846-5443; 4 to 8 p.m. Lakeside Dance Club dancing to Jerry O’Hagen Orchestra at Lakeside Ballroom, Glenwood; (320) 763-6432, TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 5 p.m. (registration at 4 p.m.) Strike Out Illiteracy bowling tournament sponsored by Echo Press at Garden Center Lanes, Alexandria to raise funds for Newspapers in Education;; (320) 7633133. SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 9 a.m. to noon: Community breakfast at Trinity Lutheran Church, Holmes City; includes farmer’s market in parking lot; (320) 886-5678. TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 3:30 p.m. Taste of Home Cooking School sponsored by Echo Press at Lake Geneva Christian Center, Alexandria; (320) 763-3133. SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 9 a.m. to noon: Community breakfast at Trinity Lutheran Church, Holmes City; includes farmer’s market in parking lot; (320) 886-5678. THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Echo Press Women’s Showcase at Broadway Ballroom, Alexandria; (320) 763-3133; SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12 9 to 10 a.m. Free breakfast at United Methodist Church, Alexandria; (320) 763-4624. SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Applefest at Carlos Creek Winery; (320) 846-5443; SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9 9 to 10 a.m. Free breakfast at United Methodist Church, Alexandria; (320) 763-4624. THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 28 12 p.m. Thanksgiving dinner at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Parkers Prairie, 12 p.m. Thanksgiving dinner at First Presbyterian Church, Osakis; (320) 859-4550.

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newspapers and educational activities to area teachers for use in their classrooms and is part of the Echo Press’s Newspapers in Education program. The tournament is presented by the Echo Press with the help of the community and area businesses. Teams are welcome. Cost is $140 per team and includes three games of bowling, shoe rental, pizza and pop for the team and prizes. So if you’re looking for a little fun

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THIS YEAR’S STRIKE OUT ILLITERACY bowling tournament is Tuesday, September 17 at the Garden Center Lanes. MORE THAN 15,600 copies of the Echo Press were delivered to classrooms last year and papers are provided to schols at no cost ADMISSION is $140 per team and includes three games of bowling, shoe rental, prizes, as well as pizza and pop for the team PROCEEDS GO TO The Echo Press newspaper’s Newspapers in Education program, which provides newspapers and educational activities to area teachers for use in their classrooms


Newspaper works to promote literacy in Alexandria area schools

ove to bowl? Then grab some friends and join the Echo Press newspaper in the fifth annual Strike Out Illiteracy Bowling Tournament on Tuesday, September 17 at 5 p.m. at Garden Center Lanes in Alexandria The tournament uses the proceeds to provide

for a good cause, or would like more information, contact Lynn or Elaine at (320) 763-3133.

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38 things to do in Douglas County
1. Watch the sun rise. 2. Take a walking tour of historic downtown Alexandria. 3. Have your picture taken with Big Ole. 4. Fish off the pier at Alexandria City Park. 5. Take a hike up Inspiration Peak to enjoy the view. 6. Take a boat tour of Alexandria’s chain of lakes. 7. Build a sand castle at the lake. 8. Go horseback riding. 9. Photograph nature at a local park. 10. Take a tour of Senator Knute Nelson’s home. 11. Take an “antiquing” day trip. 12. Explore the trails at Lake Carlos State Park. 13. Have lunch at a small town café. 14. Take in a matinee movie. 15. View the exhibits at the Runestone Museum. 16. Rent a kayak and try a new sport. 17. Grab new reading material from a bookstore and head
to the beach.


29. Examine the many plants at the Terrace Learning Garden.

30. Go for a swim at Chippewa County Park. 31. Play a round of golf. 32. Go shopping at the mall. 33. Watch the kids play at an area park. 34. Photograph nature at a local park. 35. Go to the stock car or go-kart races. 36. Walk the historic Silk Stocking district on Douglas
and Cedar streets in Alexandria.

37. View the Indian crafts at the
Pope County Museum.

38. Pick up the latest issue of the Chicz magazine for
your reading pleasure.

18. Check out the music and nightlife at local clubs. 19. Step back in time at the historical society. 20. Watch the ducks at Noonan Park. 21. Go for a bike ride on the Central Lakes Trail. 22. Visit the Lady of the Hills near Millerville. 23. Take a scenic drive around Lake Osakis. 24. Make a decision – is the Runestone real or fake? 25. Fly a kite at Kensington Runestone County Park. 26. Go bowling. 27. Go to the waterpark. 28. Tour a winery.

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WHAT Festival of the Lakes concert series WHEN The Festival runs August 3-18 WHERE United Methodist Church 2210 6th Avenue East, Alexandria CONCERT TIMES Saturday, August 3, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, August 11, 7 p.m.; Wednesday, August 14, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, August 18, 7 p.m. TICKETS Tickets for this year’s Festival of the Lakes are $15 for adults and free for students. Student tickets, however, are only available at the door. All seats are general admission. Tickets are available at Cherry Street Books at 5th Avenue and Broadway in downtown Alexandria or by calling (320) 763-9400. For more information, visit the Festival of the Lakes website at or call (320) 762-5666 (administrative) or (320) 7639400 (tickets). Please note that the main office is not staffed full-time, but phone messages and e-mails are checked every day.


Beautiful music in the heart of Alexandria
clude the opera Peter Grimes. Some of the pieces to be featured are Canticle III – Still Falls the Rain, Lachrymae, Canticle II – Abraham and Isaac and Charm of Lullabies. Tickets for the Festival of the Lakes go on sale in July and are available at Cherry Street Books at 5th and Broadway in downtown Alexandria, or by calling (320) 763-9400. You can also email Please know that the main office is not staffed full time, but that phone messages and e-mails are checked every day. Cost is $15 for adults and students will be admitted free at the door on concert evenings only. All seats are general admission. The Festival of the Lakes is funded in part by a grant from the Lake Region Arts Council through a Minnesota legislative appropriation. For more information, visit the Festival of the Lakes website at or call (320) 762-5666.

he Lakes Chamber Music Society of Alexandria has announced the 21st annual Festival of the Lakes chamber music series, celebrating the Benjamin Britten Centennial. Returning favorites include Tamás Strasser on viola, Sarah Lewis and Richard Bock on cello, Jill Olson Moser on violin and more. Performing August 3, 11, 14 and 18, all events are at the United Methodist Church, 2210 6th Avenue East in Alexandria, and all will include works of Edward Benjamin Britten, an English composer, conductor and pianist. Britten was a central figure of the 20th century British classical music and his best known works in-

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Cherry Street Books will host two book signings

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Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. Theory of Remainders is a suspense set in the background of Normandy and explores the secret ties between love, trauma and language. A 52-year-old divorced psychiatrist is back in France (his former wife’s homeland) for a funeral, where he reunites with a trauma he has struggled for 15 years to forget. On September 10 you will have a chance to have dinner and an evening with Krueger, author of the book Tamarack County, which is scheduled to be released August 20. This is the

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Cherry Street Books will be holding a pair of special events: BOOK SIGNING Saturday, August 10 Book signing with Scott Dominic Carpenter, 1-2:30 p.m. Cherry Street Books, 503 Broadway, Alexandria DINNER AND AN EVENING Tuesday, September 10 Dinner and an evening with author William Kent Krueger 5:30 p.m. at the Clubhouse Bistro, Alexandria Golf Club. Reservations required. FOR MORE INFORMATION Call (320) 763-9400 or visit


ere’s your chance to meet an author. Cherry Street Books will be holding two special events this fall – a book signing with Scott Dominic Carpenter and a special dinner and evening with author William Kent Krueger. Carpenter will be at the Cherry Street Books store on Saturday, August 10 from 1-2:30 p.m. Author of the novel Theory of Remainders and the collection of short fiction This Jealous Earth, Carpenter teaches French literature and critical theory at

latest in his series of Cork O’Connor novels. Krueger is also the author of Ordinary Grace, a book of fiction recently awarded the Midwest Booksellers Choice Award in the adult fiction division.

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THE DOUGLAS COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY was organized in 1976 to discover, preserve and disseminate the history of the county and its people. RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC
include a research library with church, school, cemetery and family history files, and microfilm of census records and area newspapers dating back to 1875.

slide shows of each town in the county, oral history, interviews, a photo collection, materials for identification of significant buildings and sites in Douglas County, a vintage clothing and uniform collection, and county history books.


nterested in local history? Visit the Douglas County Historical Society and take a guided tour of the famous Knute Nelson house, home of one of Alexandria’s most famous residents. Nelson, who served the people of Minnesota in public office for more than 50 years, was elected to the Minnesota Legislature, and served two terms in the U.S. Congress before becoming the state’s first foreign-born governor. He then served in the U.S. Senate for 28 years. Nelson claimed a homestead in Alexandria in 1871 and built a small house on the property in 1874. As his political career progressed, he made additions to the house, adding a formal living room and large bedroom in 1900 and a dining room and kitchen on the main floor and four more bedrooms on the second story in 1915. Nelson died in 1923. His will stated that following the death of his daughter, Ida, the house was to be

SUMMER HOURS Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 1219 Nokomis Street FOR MORE INFORMATION call (320) 762-0382 or visit

given to the Norwegian Lutheran Church as a “home for the aged.” It served in that capacity for 38 years. In 1978, the house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. On October 1, 1987, the “Knute Nelson House” became the headquarters of the Douglas County Historical Society.

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Come Worship With Us!
Lakes Area Churches Welcome You
St. Paul’s Lutheran (WELS)
Rosewood & Scandia - Victoria Heights 320-762-1644. Michael Neuman, Pastor Sun. Worship: 9am; Bible Class: 10:30am Communion 1st & 3rd Sun. of the month

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:

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

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

St. Mary’s Catholic Church
420 Irving Street, 320-763-5781 Father Steven M. Binsfeld Saturday Masses: 5pm; Sunday Masses: 8am & 10am Weekday Masses: Contact church for times. Sacrament of Penance: 4pm Saturday

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

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

Zion Lutheran (LC-MS)
3rd Ave. E. & Lake Street, 320-763-4842,, 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

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

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

Calvary Lutheran (E.L.C.A.)
605 Douglas St., 320-763-5178 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

Our Saviour’s Lutheran
Nelson, 762-0140 Jeremy Peterson, Pastor Sunday Worship: 9am

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

Lake Community Church
490 Voyager Dr., 320-762-5424 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.

Please call 320-834-5095 for weekday Mass times: Sacred Heart Catholic Church,
Urbank. Saturday Worship: 7:30pm

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

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

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

Church for the Harvest
1910 Aga Dr., 320-759-1400 Sunday Worship: 10am. Holy Communion 1st Sun. of month. Youth: Wed. 6:30pm

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

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

Spirit Life Church
503 Hawthorne St., 320-808-7278 Sun. Worship 10am. Wed. Worship: 7am Jeff Ferguson, Pastor


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Twilight, $29 - Unlimited holes! Call after 3 pm! 9 Holes, Weekdays $19; Weekends $20 18 Holes, Weekdays $29; Weekends $33

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18 Holes Overlooking Pomme de Terre Lake
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Pine Ridge
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5 miles west of Alexandria on Hwy 27 to CR 27, follow signs Call for Tee Times or Book Online

9 holes Mon.: $11 (Youths $6) Tues.-Thurs.: $13 • Fri.-Sun. & Holidays: $15 Call for Youth & Senior Rates & Times CART RENTAL - 9 holes: $13 • Additional 9 holes: $8.50 From I-94, Exit 90 at Brandon & five miles N on Co. Rd. 16 NW

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Exceptional entertainment
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

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Winner of the 1995 Tony Award for Best Musical, Sunset Boulevard 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. On a cold, clear, moonless night in the middle of winter, all is not quite what it seems in the remote, mythical town of Almost, Maine. As the northern lights hover in the star-filled sky above, Almost’s residents find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and often hilarious ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. But the bruises heal, and the hearts mend – almost – in this delightful midwinter night’s dream. The box office opens one hour before showtime. 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. Daycare is available during the Sunday matinee time 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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throughout the summer. This season is winding down, but there is still plenty of exceptional entertainment to be had as Sunset Boulevard opens August 6 and Almost, Maine begins on August 13.


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Check out interesting exhibits, listen to some great music, learn about all the latest fashions and pick up some helpful cooking tips from an expert. Best of all, you can do all this for free. Whether you’re looking for information or just an entertaining outing, the Women’s Showcase is the place for you.


adies, this one’s for you! The can’t-miss Women’s Showcase in Alexandria returns to the Broadway Ballroom Thursday, October 3 from 3:30-7:30 p.m. An annual event that features more than 40 exhibitors as well as games, prizes and much more, the Women’s Showcase is fun for women of all ages.

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WHEN Thursday, October 3 3:30-7:30 p.m. WHERE Broadway Ballroom, Alexandria HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL FIND •Many exhibitors with booths tailored toward women’s interests, including jewelry, scarfs, clothing, food, fitness, wealth management, weight loss, technology and more •Food, entertainment and information for women of all ages

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KENSINGTON RUNESTONE PARK Discovery site of the Kensington Runestone in 1898 LEARN ABOUT IT Through the landscape of the park, you can learn about the history of the property, what may have attracted Swedish immigrants to the area, and see the site of the famous discovery AMENITIES Picnic tables, shelters, charcoal grills, electricity, restrooms, drinking water, heated buildig with kitchen facilities, softball field, horseshoe pit, volleyball court, playground, hiking and cross country ski trails and historic displays ANYONE INTERESTED Call (320) 762-2966 to reserve picnic shelters or the barn, which are free of charge


Home of the famed Kensington Runestone
tell the story of the runestone by making the land more closely resemble the area from 1898 to 1925. Named with a Scandinavian flair Skraelling Veien, Nokke Veien, and Trollskogen Veien - the trails in the park wind through wooded areas to hidden mooring stones and a wooden bridge. Poles at the top of the hill fly the Minnesota, Norwegian and Swedish flags. The Ohman farmhouse has been restored and is open to the public on weekends and holidays, or by special request Memorial Day through Labor Day. The barn on the property is used as a community center and displays a historical timeline. So plan a little jaunt back in history and visit the Kensington Runestone Park.

ooking for an opportunity to get outside of the city limits and do some exploring? If so, you might want to give the Kensington Runestone Park a try. Rich in history, the 193-acre Kensington Runestone Park is the home of the famed Kensington Runestone and was built around the pioneer farmstead of Olof Ohman and Karin Danielson Ohman, the site of the runestone’s discovery. There have been some changes to the park this year in an effort to help better

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HOW YOU CAN FIND IT Kensington Runestone Park is located in Solem Township of Douglas County. From Alexandria, go west on State Highway 27 approximately 14 miles to County Highway 103. Go approximately 1 1\2 miles south on Highway 103 to the entrance.

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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.


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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

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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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Renovated Old Burlington Train Depot overlooking Lake Agnes. •Large Menu •Salad Bar • Pizza - The Best in the Area •Dine In or On the Deck • Full Loung, TV’s, Pool Tables & Games •DJ Thurs-Sat Nights •Large Groups Welcome • Full Catering Available
Reservations recommended, but not a must! See you at the Depot!

4417 St. Hwy. 27, Alexandria 3 miles east of downtown Alexandria Reservations 320-763-6677 Come home to Weston Station

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Since 1925, Alexandria’s Recommended Family Dining
Open 7 Days a Week
Breakfast served All Day

Open Daily at 11 am

Now Serving Lunch
Mon. - Fri. 11 am - 2 pm

• Burgers • Sandwiches • Baskets • Salads • Pasta • Pizza
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Hwy 29 N • Alexandria • 320-762-1324

• Outdoor Patio • Live Music • Sand Volleyball

• Full Menu from Omlettes & Pancakes, to Walleye & Prime Rib • Known for Great Breakfasts: Egg Dishes, Omelettes, Pancakes, Waffles, Biscuits & Gravy • Breakfast Specials Mon - Sat. ‘til 10am • Homemade Soups & Daily Specials • Deli Sandwiches • Area’s Best Salad Bar • Caramel Rolls, Homemade Pies

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Appetizers & Soups • Sandwiches & Wraps Pasta • Salads • Burgers • Poultry Fresh Fish & Seafood • Steaks & Ribs

320-763-6565 • 1-800-657-3294
FULL MENU FROM A VARIETY OF Appetizers to Salads, Sandwiches, Prime Rib and Steaks Fast Track Lunch Special Mon-Fri 11am-1:30pm Sunday Buffet starting at 9am

115 30th Ave E, Alexandria, MN

Weekly Specialties!
Tuesday: Build Your Own Burger 2 of ‘em for $10.95! 5-9 pm
Friday: Pasta Buffet 5-9pm
Create your own pasta dish & see it sautéed on the spot!

Sunday: Prime Rib Brunch 8am-2pm
Breakfast & lunch favorites including prime rib & glazed ham, omelette station, fresh rolls, fruit and biscuits & gravy!

320-834-3250 GARFIELD MN HOURS: Mon.-Thurs. 3pm-2am Fri. - Sun. 11am-2am

• More than 30 tap beers • Nightly drink specials

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Mon.-Sat. open at 11am. Sun. open @3pm

Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 11:30am-1am Fri.-Sun. 11am-1am
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4960 Co. Rd. 42 NE, Alexandria 1 Block North of the Carlos / L’ Homme Dieu bridge

Full Menu 11 am - 11 pm daily Hwy 94 & Hwy 29 S, Alexandria


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Lakes & Parks

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


There’s one calling your name!
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.




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

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. 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.


409 Nokomis komis • Alexandria • 320 320-763-6001 763 6001

Check out the area’s largest selection of statuary, yard art and outdoor decorations.
• Cement Statues • Birdbaths • Birdhouses • Wind Chimes • Lanterns • Planter Boxes


• Rugs • Blankets • Comforters • Sleeping Bags • Tents • Boat Tarps • Hunting Gear • Coats • Jackets

• Fresh Produce • Dairy, Meats, Frozen Foods • Gluten Free • Allergen-Free • Soy • Vitamins, Herbs • Health & Beauty • Weight Loss • Aromatherapy

307 N. Nokomis St • Nokomis Square • Alexandria


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Fish Tales
You can e-mail your photo entries to 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

Nice northern
Cooper Anderson pulled in this beautiful 33-inch, 7-pound northern while fishing with his brother, Grayson, and his grandparents, Earl and Sonya Anderson on Oscar Lake. It took Cooper five minutes to reel in his fish, which had taken the line out several times. The fish was no match for Cooper, whose arms and legs were shaking by the time he finally got him into the net held by Grayson.

ught of Northfield, ca Nate Bisel, 11, on largemouth bass this 20-1/2-inch on hing off a dock July 3 while fis as w This big fish Lobster Lake. ish. caught on a sunf

ye while is 29-inch walle th in d lle pu r ve k Ri ed in at 9 Tom Marks of El The fish weigh 6. ly Ju ke La ls minnow fishing on Devi ht on a jig and a ug ca as w d an es pounds, 14 ounc er. at w of et fe in nine Harper Gronholz, d 4, of Appleton an en iff Re Gracyn berger, 4, of Mon ht ug ca o tevide g this walleye usin r le w ra tc a nigh while fishing on Lake Mary. The two were fishing for the first time at grandma and grandpa’s cabin.

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was visOlathe, Kansas, Avery Ollig, 6, of summer other during her iting her grandm hauled e caught this fish, vacation when sh herf the hook all by it in and took it of self.

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this nice Hoffman caught Donn Lawson of Lake. It rn 28 on Freebo walleye on June was red inches long an measured 27-3/4 n. photo was take leased after the

is 26-inch Osakis caught th Dana Runge of hile castOsakis June 22 w northern on Lake a pink and from shore with ing and jigging time fishing as Runge’s first white jig. This w this season.

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E-mail us your photo and the story behind your catch at You can also take your catch to Christopherson’s Bait at 3rd Avenue in Alexandria and have your photo taken.
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Vacationer L akes Central Trail
Something for everyone
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

Lakes & Parks

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.


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 ( is used as a snowmobile trail in the winter; however, studs are not allowed.

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Public Beaches
LIFEGUARD-STAFFED LAKE L’HOMME DIEU BEACH Alexandria. Take Highway 29 north of Alexandria to the beach. LAKE LATOKA BEACH Alexandria. Take County Road 82 west from Alexandria, turn south on County Road 90, then west on Latoka Beach Road. 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. LAKE OSAKIS BEACH Osakis. Located on East Lake Street.

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Public beaches abound

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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 lifeguard staffed and non-lifeguard staffed. Cool and clean, bright and sparkling, the waters of the area lakes seem to call your name.

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AARON Size: 614 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. ANDREW Size: 918 acres Depth: 83 feet Features: Sandy beaches, spring-fed, popular recreational lake Public access: Southeast side off Co. Rd. 28 BLACKWELL Size: 307 acres Depth: 42 feet Public access: East side off Country Ln. 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

COWDRY Size: 242 acres Depth: 52 feet Features: Small, clear Public access: Northeast corner off Co. Rd. 82 and E. Lake Cowdry Rd. CROOKED Size: 281 acres Depth: 35 feet Features: Quiet Public access: North end off Co. Rd. 27 DARLING Size: 1,050 acres Depth: 62 feet Features: Water access to chain of lakes Public access: Access by water from Lake Carlos 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. 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

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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: 1,329 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 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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Memorial Day Parade & Service


Osakis 5K Run Lions’ Walleye Fishing Tournament Osakis Festival

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4th of July Fireworks Roddin’ Round the Lake Car Show Celebrity Auction Osakis City-Wide Garage Sales Flower Pots & Garden Stops Parish Festival

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Why get your whiskey from Canada or Tennessee when the best ingredients exist in your own back yard?

GIFT SHOP OPEN! Tasting glasses, flasks, caps and T-shirts now available. Bottled products in liquor stores! Samples Available!
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Open 24 hours a day & 7 days a week!
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