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June/July 2012

Your Free guide to the Alexandria Lakes Area

Band Festival • Tour of Gardens • Shrine Circus
An Echo Press publication


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eautiful! There’s simply no other word to describe the Alexandria lakes area, especially in the summer. Cool clear lakes, soft sandy beaches and fun, fun, fun! June and July bring perfect beach weather for swimming, skiing, fishing, boating and picnicking. And if you’ve never experienced the 4th of July at the lake, you’re in for a wonderful surprise. Alexandria and the surrounding communities are well versed in presenting a fun-filled holiday; complete with fireworks displays that will make your heart beat a little faster. Located on Interstate 94 midway between Fargo and Minneapolis, Alexandria truly is “easy to get to – hard to leave.” With glacierformed lakes, rolling hills and trees, it’s truly a vacationer’s dream come true. Nine golf courses dot the Alexandria area and the Central Lakes Trail is just waiting for skaters, hikers and bikers. There are many state, county and city parks where you can enjoy camping or maybe a picnic. Get a little taste of America’s favorite pastime – baseball – by taking in a game at Knute Nelson Memorial Stadium, home of the Alexandria Beetles, a college-level baseball team, or spend a Saturday night at the Viking Speedway where the racing action is hot and

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heavy. You can browse for antiques, shop Alexandria’s historic downtown or the Viking Plaza Mall, see a movie at the nine-screen theater or tour a winery. You can explore the area’s fascinating museums and history, including the controversial Kensington Runestone. If your taste runs toward the artistic, there are many wonderful theater productions and concerts to enjoy. Alexandria and the surrounding area provide a variety of summer parades, celebrations, and arts and crafts shows throughout the summer. There’s even an amusement park, go-cart racing, horseback riding and a water park for you to enjoy. Flavor your day with a stop at one of the fine local restaurants or coffee shops where the food and the ambience will refresh you. It’s all here for you, so take your time and enjoy. Browse through our Vacationer for the endless opportunities that await you. Make the Alexandria lakes area your summer destination!

Arts & Entertainment
Theatre L ’Homme Dieu .....................................................4 Tour of Gardens ................................................................6 45 things to do in Douglas County....................................7 Vikingland Corvette Club...................................................8 State Firemen’s Convention ............................................10 Vintage Car Club Show and Swap Meet .........................11 Big Ole and the Runestone .............................................12 State high school clay target championships ..................13 Church directory..............................................................29

4th of July celebrations ...................................................14 Events Calendar ..............................................................16 Vikingland Band Festival..................................................18 Dining Out.......................................................................20 Osakis Festival ................................................................22 Osakis area events..........................................................23 Shrine Circus...................................................................24 Shop Alexandria ..............................................................25 Golf directory ..................................................................26 Runestone Raceway .......................................................28

Publisher: Jody Hanson Vacationer editor: Lori Mork Graphic Designer: Karla Mikkelson Cover photo submitted by Lori Downing Echo Press • (320)763-3133 • A Publication of the Echo Press

Parks & Lakes
Area parks .......................................................................30 Area fishing contest........................................................32 Central Lakes Trail ...........................................................34 Public beaches ................................................................35 Area lakes information ....................................................36

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niceties are observed but as the evening progresses the parents become increasingly childish - the gloves come off, and the situation quickly morphs into laugh-out-loud, comedic train wreck (replete with adult language). LEGACY- A Tribute to the King of Pop features Michael Jackson impersonator Luis Castillo and the cast of LEGACY, who keep audiences on the edge of their seats, or on their feet, as they are taken through a journey of Michael Jackson’s classic songs such as Beat It, Thriller, Smooth Criminal, Billie Jean, Black or White, Bad, and more! Season ticket packages are now available for the 2012 season and can be purchased online at The box office opens one hour before showtime.


or more than 50 years, Theatre L’Homme Dieu (TLHD) has presented exceptional and entertaining theater in the Alexandria lakes area. TLHD partners with national and regional theaters to present five comedies and musicals throughout the summer. Opening the season will be God of Carnage, featuring the Guthrie Theater's 2011 cast and director. God of Carnage is a Tony Awardwinning comedy of grown ups behaving badly. The play begins as two highlystrung couples meet for a civil discussion about a playground fight between their sons. At first,


JUNE 26-JULY 1 God of Carnage Tuesday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m. / Sunday, 2 p.m. JULY 10-15 LEGACY - A Tribute to the King of Pop Tuesday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m. / Sunday, 2 p.m. JULY 17-22 The 39 Steps Tuesday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m. / Sunday, 2 p.m. JULY 24-29 Doubt: A Parable Tuesday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m. / Sunday, 2 p.m. AUGUST 7-12 Gilligan’s Island: The Musical Tuesday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m. / Sunday, 2 p.m. DIRECTIONS 1875 County Road 120 NE, Alexandria I-94 to Alexandria, MN Take the Alexandria exit (HWY 29) north to Co Rd 42 (Holiday gas station intersection). Go left, continue 4 miles to Co Rd 120, and turn right. The theater is 0.1 mi. on the left.

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of Minnesota Extension Division, the event features six different area gardens each year. The gardens may be viewed in any order in an open house format. Tickets are $5 and are available at any tour location the day of the event, or at the Douglas County Extension office in advance. Hosts will be available at each site to guide you and answer questions.
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he annual Douglas County Tour of Gardens offers a breathtaking display of some of the area’s finest gardens. The 2012 event is set for Sunday, July 8 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sponsored by the Douglas County Master Gardeners and the University

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JULY 8 Douglas County Tour of Gardens 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tickets are $5 THE EVENT IS SPONSORED By the Douglas County Master Gardeners and the University of Minnesota Extension Division GARDEN FEATURES This year’s featured Alexandria gardens: Jim and Carol Fette 1474 E. Lake Brophy Road NW Warren Schmidt 2383 Highland Trail Wayne and Avis Johnson 108 Lake Street North Wally and Julie Drexler 120 Maple Street N. Bruce and Carol Wenner 103 Carlos Avenue Woodland Elementary School 1410 McKay Avenue

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

45 things to do in the Alexandria Area
Grab some new reading material from a bookstore before heading to the beach. at local clubs. society.



32. Go shopping at the mall. 33. Watch the kids play at an area

3. Have your picture taken with Big
Fish off the pier at Alexandria City Park. Take a hike up Inspiration Peak to enjoy the view. chain of lakes.

18. Check out the music and nightlife 19. Step back in time at the historical

34. Photograph nature at a local

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35. Go to the stock car or go-kart

20. Watch the ducks at Noonan Park. 36. Walk the historic Silk Stocking 21. Go for a bike ride on the Central district on Douglas and Cedar streets
Lakes Trail. Millerville. in Alexandria.

6. Take a boat tour of Alexandria’s

22. Visit the Lady of the Hills near

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

son’s home.

7. Build a sand castle at the lake. 23. Take a scenic drive around Lake 8. Attend a Beetles baseball game at Osakis. Knute Nelson Memorial Stadium. 24. Make a decision – is the Runestone real or fake? 9. Go horseback riding. 10. Take a tour of Senator Knute Nel- 25. Fly a kite at Kensington Runestone County Park.

38. Paddle a canoe along the shoreline of an unpopulated lake.

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39. Go water-skiing. 40. Take in a play at Theatre 41. Have a pontoon picnic. 42. Go hiking at Spruce Hill County 43.

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

13. Have lunch at a small town café. 14. Take in a matinee movie. 15. View the exhibits at the Rune-

Terrace Learning Garden. County Park.

26. Go bowling. 27. Go to the waterpark. 28. Tour a winery. 29. Examine the many plants at the 30. Go for a swim at Chippewa


Take a plane ride over the lakes of Douglas County.

44. Attend an event at the Alexanan amusement park.

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45. Race go-karts or bumper boats at

16. Rent a kayak and try a new sport. 31. Play a round of golf.
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ny given Sunday from June through August, you just might witness a classic sight – Chevy Corvettes out for a ride. Members of the Vikingland Corvette Club are out and about for an hour-long drive Sunday evenings to showcase their passion – their cars. What began in the spring of 2011 by Tom Hayes and Rick Schoenrock of Alexandria has morphed into a 20member group of enthusiasts whose cars encompass

Corvettes from many years. Hayes’ vehicle is a red 2007 C6 coupe with the license plate “WAY2FUN,” while Schoenrock himself has nine, all from different eras and includes six Indy pace cars. Membership in the club also spans the decades from 20-something owners just getting started to veterans in their 70s. Anyone interested in the club can contact the club by emailing or


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ALEXANDRIA WILL PLAY HOST to the 137th Minnesota State Fire Department Association Conference FIREFIGHTERS WILL BE HERE Thursday-Saturday June 14-16 SEVERAL EVENTS WILL BE open to the public, including the live sideby-side burn on Thursday from 6-9 p.m. at the Runestone Community Center parking lot THERE WILL ALSO BE a Down and Dirty Firefighter challenge at Fat Daddy’s on Friday at 5 p.m. EVERYONE IS INVITED TO WATCH the Grand Parade in downtown Alexandria beginning at 2:45 p.m. on Saturday, June 16


any of Minnesota’s bravest will be together in Alexandria June 14-16 as the 137th Minnesota State Fire Department Association Conference takes place. Fire departments from around the state will convene at Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center, but visitors and residents of the area

will also have a chance to see these men and women in action as the convention will also hold a live side-byside burn, fire sprinkler demonstration at the Runestone Community Center parking lot on Thursday, June 14 at 6 p.m. to highlight the importance of sprinklers. Firefighters will also have a chance to take part in the Down and Dirty firefighter challenge at Fat Daddy’s Ballroom as challengers compete on a timed obstacle course, performing a series of tasks while wearing turnout gear. Spectators can also celebrate the fire departments at the Grand Parade set for Saturday at 2:45 p.m. in downtown Alexandria.

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t’s a classic! Reminisce at the Vintage Car Club Car Show and Swap Meet. For those with a love for classic vehicles, the 23rd annual Vintage Car Club Car Show and Swap Meet is the perfect step back in time. Held at the Douglas County Fairgrounds on Sunday, June 24, the gates open at 7:30 a.m. and the show typically boasts 125 to 175 vehicles. Along with the cars on display, there will be food and beverages for sale on site, and a swap meet with

car-related items, models, replicas and hard-to-find parts. There is going to be a give-away for children with the drawing being held at noon. The prize for those ages 6 to 12 is a bike, for chidren 5 years and younger, the prize is a pedal car. The car show will go on rain or shine and proceeds from the Car Show and Swap Meet will be used to put on the car show in 2012, and to fund the various activities the club participates in throughout the year. The club also gives back to the community by donating to various charities. The Vintage Car Club now has more than 130 member families. Their meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m., usually at the Knights of Columbus Hall on 6th and Nokomis, Alexandria. To learn more about the club or to join the club, call Don Kingston, president, at (320) 846-3637.

ABOUT THE CLUB Vintage Car Club is a small group of automobile enthusiasts who wish to share their interest in vintage automobiles, as well as provide involvement for the whole family. An official meeting of the Vintage Car Club was held for the first time on December 18, 1969 with 23 paying for their memberships. This past December they celebrated their 40th anniversary and had nine charter members and/or spouses in attendance. For the first few years, just the men attended the monthly meetings. Since help was needed in increasing amounts, the wives became more involved. The women were included on the membership roster in 1978 and in March of 1979 the women were granted the privilege to vote. The club has displayed members’ cars for the enjoyment of everyone at various locations, and has participated in many parades and car shows. Fun activities throughout the year include a midwinter party, an annual car show, a progressive dinner, a three-day fall tour and a Christmas party.


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1965 and was transported to New York just in time for the World’s Fair. Big Ole arrived at his home in Alexandria in front of the Runestone Museum in December of 1965. Now, almost 45 years later, he still stands strong. KENSINGTON RUNESTONE It’s a controversy more than 100 years in the making: Did an immigrant Swedish farmer find a buried rock in 1898 that contained an ancient runic message carved by Viking explorers 100 years before Columbus landed in America? Or is the whole thing a hoax, perpetrated by the farmer or some other prankster? A large replica of the Kensington Runestone is located at a small, wayside rest. Visitors can read the inscription and take a photo by the replica. The replica is located in a small park at the east end of 6th Avenue in Alexandria. Explore the controversy for yourself at the Runestone Museum, located at 206 Broadway in Alexandria. For more information call (320) 7633160, or visit the museum’s website at


erhaps one of the most eyecatching “landmarks” in Alexandria is Big Ole – a 28foot 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


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 handson 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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State high school clay target championships head to Alexandria

THE 2012 STATE HIGH SCHOOL Clay Target tournament is slated for Saturday and Sunday, June 9-10 at the Alexandria Shooting Park EVENTS WILL INCLUDE School and individual competitions, with honors for individual novice, junior varsity and varsity outstanding performances. Team awards will be given for the top five score category. THE SHOOTING PARK IS LOCATED just south of I-94 off Highway 29 from the Alexandria exit. DID YOU KNOW? The Minnesota State High School Clay Target League (MSHSCTL) began in 2001 and in 2008 had just three teams, growing to six in 2009, 13 in 2010 and 29 in 2011. There are now 57 teams representing 100 schools FOR MORE INFORMATION Visit


lexandria will be the site of the state tournament for the Minnesota State High School Clay Target League (MSHSCTL) in June. The Alexandria Shooting Park will host the tournament June 9-10, when individual and team champions will be recognized. Students were trap shooting weekly in April and May at shooting ranges across

the state of Minnesota. MSHSCTL’s program attracts students in grades 6-12 to participate in shooting sports while creating a “virtual” competition among high schools throughout Minnesota. Shooting practices and competition are conducted at a shooting range near the school’s location. A true team scoring system is used in three shooting performance categories – top score, top five scores and team average score. The numbers of athletes on a team are used to define the eight different conferences that teams compete within. Scores are submitted and posted on the league’s website and compared with other school’s performances to determine the earned points for a team. For more information, visit

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Put down that grilled hotdog and eat up these fun facts about the Fourth of July provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. HISTORY On this day in 1776, the Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress, setting the 13 colonies on the road to freedom as a sovereign nation. As always, this most American of holidays will be marked by parades, fireworks and backyard barbecues across the country. PATRIOTIC NAMES 35: The number of places that have “eagle” in their names. The most populous one is Eagle Pass, Texas (26,248). 11: Places that have “independence” in their names. The most populous one is Independence, Missouri (116,830). 9: Places that have “freedom” in their names. The most populous one is New Freedom, Pennsylvania (4,464). 5: Places that have “America” in their names. The most populous is American Fork, Utah (26,263). 1: Places with “patriot” in the name – Patriot, Indiana (209). PRESIDENTIAL NAMES 138: Ranking of the frequency of the surname of our first president, George Washington, among all last names tabulated in the 2000 Census. Other early presidential names that appear on the list, along with their ranking, were Adams (39), Jefferson (594), Madison (1,209) and Monroe (567). JULY 4 COOKOUTS More than 1 in 4: The chance that the hot dogs and pork sausages consumed on the Fourth of July originated in Iowa. Chances are good that the beef hot dogs, steaks and burgers on your backyard grill came from the Lone Star State, which accounted for about one-sixth of the nation’s total production. PLEASE PASS THE POTATO Potato salad and potato chips are popular food items at Fourth of July barbecues. Approximately half of the nation’s spuds were produced in Idaho or Washington state in 2010.


appy Fourth of July! From land, lakes and air, many events will take place in and around the Alexandria area to celebrate Independence Day. Here in the land of 10,000 lakes, we know how to celebrate the right way with plenty of fireworks displays and summer fun. The Alexandria area is full of traditional and non-traditional fireworks displays for you to enjoy and many of the surrounding communities put on light shows for you to enjoy. And if you’re looking

for something a little different, there’s Star Storm 2012, held at Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center on Wednesday, July 4, beginning at sunset. Choreographed fireworks are computer synchonized to music and broadcast on the radio. There are also boat parades on local lakes and the Viking Speedway will hold its Minnesota Modified Nationals races, highlighted by a spectacular fireworks display. For the most up-to-date information on all Fourth of July celebrations, check out Alexandria’s Echo Press newspaper or go online to closer to the holiday.

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WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE? Here’s a list of some of the most popular music played for Independence Day: Star Spangled Banner America the Beautiful Battle Hymn of the Republic You’re a Grand Old Flag Yankee Doodle When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again This Land is Your Land God Bless The U.S.A. Stars and Stripes Forever 1812 Overture


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SATURDAY, JUNE 2 Let’s Go Fishing Walk-a-Thon at Alexandria City Park; SUNDAY, JUNE 3 5 p.m. – Vikingland Corvette Club “Sunday cruise.” Meet at Apol’s Harley Davidson parking lot in Alexandria. Anyone with a corvette welcome. MONDAY, JUNE 4 Noon to 6:30 p.m. – Duffers Delight Golf Tournament at Alexandria Golf Club; (320) 763-3161, THURSDAY, JUNE 7 7 p.m. – Singer/songwriter Michael Johnson to teach free workshop for amateur singers, guitar/piano players and songwriters at Central Square Auditorium, Glenwood; (320) 634-0400. 7 p.m. – Red Willow Arts Coalition free Music on the Courthouse Lawn at Douglas County Courthouse, Alexandria; (320) 7637161. SATURDAY, JUNE 9 8 a.m. – Holy Moly Ole Five Race Series –ORB-10 Years Running, 10K, 5K, 1K at Voyager School, Alexandria;, search for Holy Moly Ole Five. 9 to 10 a.m. – Free sausage/pancake breakfast, United Methodist Church, 2210 6th Ave. E, Alexandria; (320) 763-4624. SUNDAY, JUNE 10 4 to 8 p.m. – Lakeside Dance Club dance at Lakeside Ballroom, Glenwood, featuring Myron Sommerfeld; (320) 762-0441. 5 p.m. – Vikingland Corvette Club “Sunday cruise.” Meet at Apol’s Harley Davidson parking lot in Alexandria. Anyone with a corvette welcome. THURSDAY, JUNE 14 7 p.m. – Red Willow Arts Coalition free Music on the Courthouse Lawn at Douglas County Courthouse, Alexandria; (320) 763-7161. 7 to 10 p.m. – Live music by Kate Skinner Trio at Sixth Avenue Wine and Ale, Alexandria. SATURDAY, JUNE 16 7 a.m. – Lions Annual Walleye Fishing Tournament, Lake Osakis. 9 a.m. – Osakis 5K Run starting at Just Like Grandma’s. SUNDAY, JUNE 17 Lions Annual Walleye Fishing Tournament, Lake Osakis. 5 p.m. – Vikingland Corvette Club “Sunday cruise.” Meet at Apol’s Harley Davidson parking lot in Alexandria. Anyone with a corvette welcome. THURSDAY, JUNE 21 11 a.m. – Osakis Festival Salad Luncheon at Pollard Community Center, (320) 859-3777, 7 p.m. – Red Willow Arts Coalition free Music on the Courthouse Lawn at Douglas County Courthouse, Alexandria; (320) 763-7161.

7 to 10 p.m. – Live music by Emergency Stop at Sixth Avenue Wine and Ale, Alexandria. FRIDAY, JUNE 22 9 a.m. – Osakis Festival Senior Citizen Day at Pollard Community Center, (320) 859-3777, 2:30 and 7 p.m. – Alexandria Shrine Circus at Douglas County Fairgrounds, Alexandria. 7 to 10 p.m. – Live music by Adam Hammer at Sixth Avenue Wine and Ale, Alexandria. SATURDAY, JUNE 23 9 a.m. – Osakis Festival Kids Day and Flea Market at Park Osagi, (320) 859-3777, 8:30 p.m. – Osakis Festival Street Dance at Osakis Liquor Store parking lot; (320) 859-3777, SUNDAY, JUNE 24 7:30 a.m. – Vintage Car Club Show/Swap Meet at Douglas County Fairgrounds, Alexandria. 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. – Evening Lions Waffle Feed at First Congregational Church, Alexandria; (320 763-3341. 1 p.m. – Osakis Festival Grand Parade, downtown Osakis to Park Osagi, (320) 859-3777, 1:30 p.m. – Vikingland Band Festival along Broadway, Alexandria; 5 p.m. – Vikingland Corvette Club “Sunday cruise.” Meet at Apol’s Harley Davidson parking lot in Alexandria. Anyone with a corvette welcome. TUESDAY, JUNE 26 5:30 p.m. – Mystery and Wine Book Club at Sixth Avenue Wine and Ale, Alexandria. 7:30 p.m. – God of Carnage at Theatre L’Homme Dieu, Alexandria; (320) 846-3150, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27 7:30 p.m. – God of Carnage at Theatre L’Homme Dieu, Alexandria; (320) 846-3150, THURSDAY, JUNE 28 7 p.m. – Red Willow Arts Coalition free Music on the Courthouse Lawn at Douglas County Courthouse, Alexandria; (320) 763-7161. 7 to 10 p.m. – Live music by Enterprise at Sixth Avenue Wine and Ale, Alexandria. 7:30 p.m. – God of Carnage at Theatre L’Homme Dieu, Alexandria; (320) 846-3150, FRIDAY, JUNE 29 7 to 10 p.m. – Live music by Anthony Miltich at Sixth Avenue Wine and Ale, Alexandria. 7:30 p.m. – God of Carnage at Theatre L’Homme Dieu, Alexandria; (320) 846-3150,

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SATURDAY, JUNE 30 7 p.m. – Military All Stars vs. Alexandria All Stars baseball game, Knute Nelson Ballpark, Alexandria; 7 to 10 p.m. – Live music by Lisa Lynn at Sixth Avenue Wine and Ale, Alexandria. 7:30 p.m. – God of Carnage at Theatre L’Homme Dieu, Alexandria; (320) 846-3150, SUNDAY, JULY 1 2 p.m. – God of Carnage at Theatre L’Homme Dieu; (320) 846-3150, 5 p.m. – Vikingland Corvette Club “Sunday cruise.” Meet at Apol’s Harley Davidson parking lot in Alexandria. Anyone with a corvette welcome. WEDNESDAY, JULY 4 Evansville 4th of July events including parade; Sunset – Star Storm Fireworks Show at Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center, Alexandria; Sunset – Fireworks Display at Osakis Country Club. THURSDAY, JULY 5 7 p.m. – Red Willow Arts Coalition free Music on the Courthouse Lawn at Douglas County Courthouse, Alexandria; (320) 763-7161. 7 to 10 p.m. – Live music by Finestra at Sixth Avenue Wine and Ale, Alexandria.

FRIDAY, JULY 6 Evansville 4th of July events, SATURDAY, JULY 7 Evansville 4th of July events including all-town garage sale, bake sale, street dance, 6 p.m. – MN Modified Nationals car race at Viking Speedway, Alexandria; SUNDAY, JULY 8 Evansville 4th of July events including community church service, 3 p.m. – MN Modified Nationals car race at Viking Speedway, Alexandria; 5 p.m. – Vikingland Corvette Club “Sunday cruise.” Meet at Apol’s Harley Davidson parking lot in Alexandria. Anyone with a corvette welcome. TUESDAY, JULY 10 7:30 p.m. – LEGACY – A Tribute to the King of Pop at Theatre L’Homme Dieu, Alexandria; (320) 846-3150, WEDNESDAY, JULY 11 Alexandria Downtown Merchants Sidewalk Sales. 7:30 p.m. – LEGACY – A Tribute to the King of Pop at Theatre L’Homme Dieu, Alexandria; (320) 846-3150,

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2012 Parade entries
Entries as of April 23: • Alexandria Jefferson - Host • 212 Regiment - Montevideo/ Yellow Medicine East • 728 Cadets - Elk River/Rogers/Zimmerman • Albany • Bemidji • Bertha-Hewitt • Buffalo • Fergus Falls • Henry Sibley • Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg • Mankato Lancers • Maple Lake • New York Mills • Osseo • Park Center • St. Cloud All-City • Sauk Rapids- Rice • Waconia • Winona Cotter


f you love a parade – and who doesn’t – Alexandria is the place to be on Sunday, June 24 as the 28th annual Vikingland Band Festival’s Parade Marching Championship will head down Broadway.The annual event features some of the Midwest’s finest high school marching bands, which gather in Alexandria to compete in this prestigious marching championship. The 2,000 marching band participants are joined by approximately 20,000 spectators who line Broadway to

witness the best in action. Last year’s winner in Class A was Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg, while Sauk Rapids-Rice won the Class AA title. Park Center grabbed the Class AAA crown and the 728 Cadets of Elk River/Rogers reigned as the Class AAAA champions. Bemidji won the People’s Choice award with Park Center receiving the Grand Champion trophy. Since the Festival’s beginning, 84 different bands have competed in the presigious event. Seven different bands have claimed the Grand Champion title. Come on out and see who rises to the top in 2012! The event kicks off at 1:30 p.m., but come early to ensure getting a good seat!

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Did You Know?
THE VIKINGLAND BAND FESTIVAL was founded in 1985 and is the highlight of the summer parade marching season. In the past 27 years, the event has drawn 85 different bands from seven states, two Canadian provinces and Norway. PARADE ROUTE The Vikingland Band Festival parade travels south on Alexandria’s main street (Broadway) from 4th Avenue to 15th Avenue. TOP NOTCH SEATING Tickets for bleacher seating, in prime viewing areas along the route. This is a convenient option since your ticket ensures that you’ll have a great seat along the parade route, you don’t have to carry your own lawn chair and you don’t have to arrive early to claim a good seat. You can order tickets online at


Timeless Treasures

Unique Boutiques of the Lakes Area!
A Fun Shop! Multi-antique dealers, offering two floors of quality antiques and collectibles!

Grandpa’s Attic

Antiques & Collectibles


Good Used Furniture, Primitives, Books, Framed & Unframed Les Kouba Prints, Antiques, Glassware, Hummels & So Much More!
Open 10am-5pm Daily!

26 West Main, Osakis | 320-859-3200
Open Daily May 12 – Nov. 4, 10am-5pm. Air conditioned comfort!

210 1st Ave. E, Osakis

Antique Store

Recycle Reuse • Renew

Sandi Johnson & Ron Moritz • Mon–Fri 9-6, Sat 9-5:30, Sun 12-4

320-762-8990 • 517 Broadway, Alexandria
Furniture • Pottery • Vintage Clothing & Jewelry • Glassware • Primitives • Unique Home Décor

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your local dining guide

at Geneva Golf Club
3 miles East of Alexandria on Hwy. 27 to Liberty Road, North 3/4 mile

320-762-7092 • Full Service Bar • Finest Quality & Wide Variety of Menu Choices • More than 50 Lunch Choices • Dinner Specialties Hand Cut Steak, BBQ Ribs, Pan Fried Walleye, Prime Rib, Broasted Chicken

• Daily /Nightly Specials • Most Items available for Take Out

What’s for Dinner Tonight?
Home of “Shoot The Minnow” Fridays and Fishing Opener thru Labor Day An 80 year tradition of bringing you the BEST Chicken and Fall-off-the-Bone Ribs you will find anywhere!
Open 7 days a week!
11am - 10pm Dining Room • 11am - 1am Bar

The Area’s premier wine bar and restaurant
• Over 70 wines by the glass • Specializing in unique craft beers • Eclectic gourmet food all from scratch • Live music every Thurs. & Some Sat.

…the art of wine


lakeside inn


Tues-Wed 4-10 • Thurs-Sat 4-11:30

••• Located downtown Nelson On Central Lakes Bike Trail

Our same Family serving the sa a ame “Best “Best to the Best” Since 1953 Famous Sw Famou • Famous Swedish Chicken • Prime Rib •Fresh Walleye alleye eye Walleye •Soup n’ Salad Bar • Cocktails OPEN Monday & Wed-Sat at 5 Sundays at 11 • Closed Tues.

115 6th Ave. E, Downtown Alexandria • 320-759-2277
Rudy’s Redeye Grill has been noted as having the best steak in town. We know you will also enjoy our Walleye, Pasta, and Sandwiches, or take a look at our full menu. Also don’t forget our famous pizzas & every Wednesday Pasta Bar!
We offer our catering service for your special events.’s “ChickenShack” Just a short drive— Near Miltona! Just off Hwy. 29 on Co. Rd. 102, W Side of Lake Irene

218-943-2471 • 320-760-5639

Restaurant Restaurant

Downtown Alexandria

located at the

Karoke Friday Nights DJ Saturday Nights

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!

110 30th Avenue West • 320.763.7763
[across from Cinema 9 & Viking Plaza Mall]

Everyday 3-6 pm & 9pm-Close. L u n c h s p e c i a l s M o n d a y - F r i d a y.

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your local dining guide

Experience Classic Railcar Dining

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

Visit us at
• Full Menu from Omlettes & Pancakes, to Walleye & Prime Rib • Known for Great Breakfasts... Egg Dishes, Omelettes, Pancakes, Waffles and Biscuits & Gravy • Breakfast Specials Mon - Sat until 10 AM • Home-made Soups & Daily Specials • Deli Sandwiches – Area’s Best Salad Bar • Caramel Rolls & Home Made Pies 511 Broadway - Historic Downtown - 320-763-4000

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

HOURS: Sun.-Thurs. 11am-1am Fri. & Sat. 11am-2am

2 for 1 Happy Hour
Mon-Thurs 3-6 & 9-11 • Fri 9-11
MON. $5 Pizza Special TUES. Burger & Beer Special WED. Wing Special, 38 Flavors FRI. Prime Rib SAT. & SUN. Broasted Chicken & Ribs

115 30th Ave E, Alexandria, MN

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 • Over 25 varieties of tap beer • Nightly drink specials

Great Food, Great Music, & Great friends

found here!

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Douglas County Dining, 2010

Readers Choice Award, Echo Press, 2009

Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 11:30am-1am Fri.-Sun. 11am-1am
Full Menu including Ribs, Broasted Chicken & Burgers! Food Served Until 11 pm Full Service Bar
For more information call 320-834-2532 or 218-267-2726 during club hours.


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

4960 Co. Rd. 42 NE, Alexandria 1 Block N. of the Carlos / L’ Homme Dieu bridge

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2012 OSAKIS FESTIVAL has something for all ages during the four-day event THE ANNUAL SALAD LUNCHEON will be on Thursday, June 21 at 11 a.m. in the Osakis Pollard Communtity Center SENIOR CITIZEN DAY begins at 9 a.m. on Friday, June 22 at the Pollard Community Center SATURDAY IS KIDS’ DAY and also includes a flea market with events beginning at 9 a.m. at Park Osagi The kiddie parade begins at noon at Park Osagi for toddlers to age 11. Prizes will be given for the best unit and costume The street dance will begin at 8:30 p.m. at the Osakis Liquor Store parking lot THE GRAND PARADE begins at 1 p.m. on Sunday, June 24 with the route running through downtown to Park Osagi


et ready to celebrate all things Osakis during June 21-24! The 44th annual Osakis Festival is a familyoriented celebration with lots of activities for everyone – from long-time residents to first-time visitors. The events line-up in-

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

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Fishing Equipment and Tackle

...where the fun begins
Est. 19 1955 955

Matt’s Bait & Taxidermy


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Memorial Memorial Day Parade & Service e

11 W. Nokomis St., Osakis
Excludes Live Bait. Expires December 31, 2012

Osakis 5K Run Lions’ Walleye Fishing Tournament Osakis Festival

Convenient Walk-up Window, Inside Seating or Take-Out!
22 West Nokomis (on Hwy. 27), Osakis


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

The General Store
204 Central Ave, Osakis • 320-859-5159

300 W Nokomis St • Osakis


Douglas County Fair, Alexandria Osakis Silverstreak Golf Classic

The area’s ONLY Winchester Advisory Center & Browning Full Line Dealer Largest Winchester & Browning Firearms Dealer in Central MN

FOOD • LODGING • COLD BEER 320-859-FOOD (3663)

Family Dining, Delicious Walleye, Best Prime Rib in Town, Fish Fry every Friday & Saturday, Broasted Chicken Buffet Wednesdays, Banquet & Private Party Facilities, Patio & Dock Access

Sportsmen’s Club Corn Feed Quilts Along the Trail

County Line Marine & Storage, Inc.
•Marine & Small Engine Repair •Secure Outdoor Storage •Winterization & Shrink Wrap •Climate Controlled Storage •Retail Store •Trailer Rentals •DAKA Docks & Lifts 610 3rd Avenue E, Osakis

Christmas Boutique Community Halloween Party

Holiday Bazaar Community Thanksgiving Dinner
Authorized Service Center


Santa Day
Introductory offer! Paint & primer in one
• Our highest quality paint • Our most durable finish • Superior coverage *Limit 5 gallons per customer. Available at participating stores.

200 Central Ave E, Osakis 320-859-2161

VOLS Twin 100/50 Mile Snowmobile Race

209 Central Avenue, Osakis | 320-859-4621

25 %*


Old-Fashioned Sunday Afternoon Musicale

Pharmacy • Health & Beauty • Kodak Picture Maker • Giftware American Greetings Cards • UPS Shipping • Lk. Osakis Clothing Household & School Supplies • Home Health Care Supplies Store Hours: M-Sat 8am-6pm, Sun 8am-Noon Pharmacy Hours : M-F 8am-6pm, Sat 8am-Noon

Ice Golf Tournament

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It’s the event for the child in everyone


he Shrine Circus is coming back to Alexandria on Friday, June 22. Featuring tigers, elephants and trapeze acts, the circus is high flying fun for all ages. Last year’s spectacular included Vincenta Page’s tiger troup, along with Asian elephants, exciting the crowds with their talents.

Clowns delight the children and acrobatic feats take place high above the ground on the high wires. Two shows will be held at the Douglas County Fairgrounds on Friday, with an afternoon performance at 2:30 p.m. and an evening encore at 7 p.m.

Friday, June 22
SHOWTIMES 2:30 and 7 p.m. Douglas County Fairgrounds. Tickets are available in advance at Pete’s County Market, Eldon’s Food Fair and the fairgrounds (day of the performances only)

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women’s apparel & tanning

Support these local merchants!
Refurbished & Repurposed Furniture, Home Decor & so much more!
109 6th Ave W Alexandria

Featuring Imports from all Scandinavian Countries 604 Broadway, Alexandria • 320.763.6363


320.763.5157 • M-F 9-7; SAT. 9-5:30; SUN. 12-4

522 Broadway Alexandria
Mon-Fri.- 10am-5:30pm Sat. - 10am-5pm


418 N Broadway • Alexandria 320.762.1538 •

516 Broadway • Alexandria • 320-762-8786

Let Kyle 111 6th Avenue West, Downtown Alexandria Serve 320-762-0309 • 800-58-5336 You!

•Fabric •Fabrics •Furnit •Furniture •Windo •Window Treatments •Rugs •Acces •Accessories •Interio •Interior Design Service 609 Broadway • Alexandria •320.763.8377 •

6th & Broadway • Alexandria 320.846.1100 • 320.84

607 Broadway, Downtown Alexandria


Any One Regular Priced Item
1023½ Broadway • Alexandria 320-846-0003
Not valid with other offers, on previously purchased merchandise or special orders. One coupon per person, per visit. Excludes Beth Moore Bible Studies or Lifeway. Must have coupon. Expires 8/31/12

20% OFF

611 Broadway St., Alexandria, MN


new & used golf cars
Great Selection of Accessories


Karrow Jewelers

Alexandria Music
• Guitars • Violins • Banjos • Accessories • Music Books • Repairs • Lessons • Big Sound/Rental/Sale/Install 606 Broadway St • Alexandria

a fine diamond and jewelry company

Sales • Service • Leasing 605 Hawthorne St. Downtown Alexandria 320.762.1114

Downtown Alexandria • 320-763-3334 Viking Plaza Mall • 320-763-5833


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Golf Directory

• 18 Hole Championship Golf Course • Par 72 • 6,492 Yards • Overlooking Beautiful Lake Minnewaska! • Full Service Bar Joel Goldstrand Design • 27 Hole Championship Golf Course • Indoor Year Round Practice Facility • Best Golf Value in the Area

Twilight, $29 - Unlimited holes! Call after 4 pm! 9 Holes, Weekdays $18; Weekends $21 18 Holes, Weekdays $30; Weekends $35

Located 3 miles N on Hwy 29 to Co Rd 73, then 1 mile E and then S on Liberty Rd Pro Shop 320-762-7089 Geneva Grill 320-762-7092

Great Membership Packages Available FREE DRIVING RANGE WITH PAID GREEN FEES
15 miles S of Alexandria on Hwy 29 to Glenwood. 1.5 miles W of Glenwood on Hwy 28/29 W to Golf Course Rd

Call for Tee Times at 320-634-3680





• Pro-Shop • Snack Bar • Rentals • Open to the Public




18 Holes Overlooking Pomme de Terre Lake
• Lush, Open Fairways • Challenging Greens • Relaxed & Friendly Atmosphere • Group Rates Available • Monday & Wednesday Specials West from Alexandria 25 miles on I-94 to Evansville - Elbow Lake Exit 82, West 6 miles on Hwy 79, then North 1 mile on Golf Course (Co. 24) Rd.

Arrowwood is proud to announce Minnesota Golf at its finest! This newly renovated golf course was designed with wetland preservation in mind and focuses on scenic lake views and unique challenges. Experience the natural and undisturbed beauty of Alexandria’s most scenic golf course.


320-762-TEES (8337)

2100 Arrowwood Lane NW • Alexandria

Golf is a game that is played on a the distance between your ears.
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five-inch course,

- Bobby Jones

Your guide to area golf courses

Pine Ridge
Golf Course
• Public Golf Course • Driving Range • Club & Cart Rentals • Homemade Food GREEN FEES We accept Visa, Mastercard & Debit Cards 9 holes Mon.: $10.50 (Youths $6) Tues.-Thurs.: $12.50 • Fri.-Sun. & Holidays: $14 Call for Youth & Senior Rates & Times CART RENTAL - 9 holes: $12.50 • Additional 9 holes: $8 From I-94, Exit 90 at Brandon & five miles N on Co. Rd. 16 NW

• Scenic • Challenging • Par 35 • Food & Beverages Available 9 Holes of Golf $13 • 9 & Under FREE with Paid Adult • Jr. & Sr. Rates • Cart Rental Available • Driving Range

5 miles west of Alexandria on Hwy 27 to CR 27, follow signs Call for Tee Times or Book Online 320-834-4028 • 320-876-4028

Designed by Alexandria Native PGA Tour Professional Tom Lehman • 18 Hole Championship Layout • Located on Sauk Lake • Golf Digest “Best Places to Play” 2007-2011 • Golf Digest 4.5 Stars • Full Service Bar & Grill with Patio Seating
Hoffman, Minnesota



Don’t be distracted from your game by the natural beauty at Red Rock! Mon-Wed Specials: 2 golfers for 9 holes with cart $30 2 golfers for 18 holes with cart $40 Located 15 minutes west on State Hwy 27 N on Douglas County 25 Golf Course Road

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC 320-351-GOLF (4653) •
20 minutes east of Alexandria on Hwy 71 North of Sauk Centre Call for Tee Time or Book Online

Call for Tee Times 320-986-2342 • Follow us on Facebook

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Vacationer ne unesto
Big fun on the small oval


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Fast and Furious
THE RUNESTONE RACEWAY holds its go-kart action every Friday night at the Douglas County Fairgrounds, beginning at 7 p.m. Pit meeting is at 6:30 p.m. and the National Anthem at 6:45 p.m. WHERE IT’S LOCATED The racing oval is found at the west end of the Douglas County Fairgrounds, adjacent to the Viking Speedway. Head north on Highway 29 (Broadway) through Alexandria, passing the Viking Plaza Mall and the Douglas County Hospital. Continue on Broadway to 3rd Avenue, then turn left on County Road 82, heading west. Take a left at the stoplight into the fairgrounds. CHECK IT OUT You can find more information on the Runestone Go-kart Association’s racing program by visiting


f you enjoy your racing on a smaller scale, then the Runestone Raceway is for you. High flying go-kart action is located at the west end of the Douglas County Fairgrounds, when the Runestone Go Kart Association holds racing every Friday night at 7 p.m. Admission is free for spectators. Runestone Go-kart Racing, Inc. saw its racing roots begin at the Campbell Raceway oval in the back yard of Harlan Campbell’s home on McKay Avenue in Alexandria, and in 1978, was incorporated. The entire racing program was then moved to the site it occupies now. The original board members, according to DuWayne Nelson, one of the originators of the program, had to clear a corn field, picking each stalk by hand, to build the new track. The Runestone Raceway began as a

dirt track with no lights, racing on Sunday afternoons. It has since evolved into a clay oval, complete with lighting, an announcer and spectator stands. It’s not unusual to find the local Girl Scout troops or the racers themselves singing the National Anthem. A non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, Runestone Go-kart Racing, Inc. also offers up-close action for spectators with pit passes for just $6. The racing program at the fairgrounds provides 12 different categories for young racers - Rookie Flat, Rookie Animal, Sportsman Flat, Sportsman Animal, Junior I Caged Animal, Junior I Cageless Animal, Junior I Cageless Flat, Junior II Caged Animal, Junior II Cageless Animal, Junior II Cageless Flat, Stock Light/Medium/Heavy and Animal Light/Medium/Heavy. Check out future Viking Speedway racers as they begin their careers at the Runestone Raceway every Friday night at 7 p.m.

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Come Worship With Us!
Alexandria United Methodist
2210 6th Ave. E, Jeffrey Hansen, Pastor Sunday Worship: 8:00am & 9:30am Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend). Coffee & Fellowship 9:00am.

Lakes Area Churches Welcome You
St. Mary’s Catholic Church
420 Irving Street, 763-5781 Father Steven M. Binsfeld Saturday Masses: 5:00 pm; Sunday Masses: 8:00am & 10:00am Weekday Masses: Contact church for times. Sacrament of Penance: 4:00pm Saturday

First Lutheran (E.L.C.A)

Berea Lutheran Brethren Church
1605 E. 6th St., 762-1092 Steve Walswick, Pastor Sunday Worship: 9:30am Holy Communion 1st Sunday of the month

822 Douglas Street, 762-2196 Pastors: Marilee Bergerson & Greg Billberg Saturday Worship: 5:30pm Sunday Worship: 8:30am, 9:45am, 10:30am & 11:00am. 10:30am at Carlos State Park. 11:00am at City Park. Holy Communion 1st & 3rd Sundays & opposite Saturdays. Radio Broadcast: 9:45am KXRA 1490AM

Zion Lutheran (LC-MS)

Good Shepherd Lutheran

Calvary Lutheran (E.L.C.A.)

605 Douglas Street, 763-5178 Pastors: Hans Dahl & David Wangaard Saturday: Worship with Holy Communion 6 :00pm Sunday: Worship Services 8:30am & 10:00am Holy Communion 1st & 3rd Sundays Sunday Worship Radio Broadcast: 10:30am KXRZ-FM 99.3

2702 Hwy. 29 N, 762-5152 Eric Van Scharrel, Pastor Sunday Worship: 8:00am & 9:45am Holy Communion 1st & 2nd Sundays

3rd Ave. E. & Lake Street, 763-4842, zionluth@, David Hinz, Senior Pastor Terry Finnern, Assistant Pastor WM. Moeller, Visitation Pastor Sunday Services: 8:00am & 10:00am. Holy Communion: 8:00am 1st & 3rd Sundays, 10:30am 2nd & 4th Sundays

Lake Community Church

Catalyst Covenant Church

1401 So. McKay, 759-1800 (Woodland School) Pastor: Steve Eng Sunday Worship: 10:00am Holy Communion 1st Sunday of the month

1751 Co Rd 44 NW, 762-5424 Ron Berget, Senior Pastor Melody Warren, Minister of Women Jeff Pankratz, Student Pastor Sunday Worship: 9:00am Weekdays: Student Mentoring and Activity Groups June Vacation Bible School

Fahlun Lutheran
3550 Co Rd 74, Nelson, 763-9500 Barbara Lund Thompson, Pastor Sunday Worship: 10:30am Coffee Hour 9:45am Holy Communion 1st Sunday of the month

Living Waters Assembly of God

Our Saviour’s Lutheran

Church for the Harvest

1910 Aga Dr., 759-1400 Sunday Worship: 10:00am Holy Communion 1st Sunday of the month Youth: Wednesdays 6:30pm

1310 N Nokomis NE, 763-5224 Sam McKay, Lead Pastor Sunday Worship: 9:30am Wednesdays: Family night for kids, youth and adults at 6:30pm

Nelson, 762-0140 Barbara Lund Thompson, Pastor Sunday Worship: 9:00am

Please call 320-834-5095 for weekday Mass times: St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Brandon
Saturday Worship: 4:00pm Sunday Worship: 9:30am Millerville Sunday Worship: 10:30am

New Testament Church
2505 Hwy 29 North, 762-2444 Peter Reishus, Pastor Sunday Worship: 10:00am

Cornerstone Church

Seven Dolors Catholic Church, Sacred Heart Catholic Church,
Urbank Saturday Worship: 7:30pm

202 7th Ave. E, 762-1565 Darryl Knappen, Pastor Sunday Worship: 10:00am Holy Communion 1st, 2nd & 4th Sundays

Shalom Lutheran

800 Co Rd 44 NW, 762-8641 Grant Aaseng, Pastor Sunday Worship: 8:30am (traditional blended) 10:45am (contemporary)

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

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Lakes & Parks


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.

Pack a picnic, take a walk, feed the ducks


hether you’re looking forward to several days of camping or just want to stop for a picnic, Douglas County offers a variety of city, county and state parks perfect for your needs. Most of the communities in Douglas County maintain parks, many offering playground equipment and picnic areas. There’s even a park just for your pup! Most facilities are open year round for outdoor fun and recreation from hiking and walking to skiing and skating.

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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 Rds 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.

Your Family Fun Destination
Convenience Store Bait & Tackle Pontoon, Boat & Slip Rentals Gas Dock

Erickson’s Petting Zoo
of Osakis, MN 11890 Hope Road

Right on the Trail


Northeast Side of Lake Carlos
Lee & Joyce Hodge • 320.852.7575 9490 S Park Dr. NE, Carlos, MN 56319

Cell: 320.491.3578
Check us out on Facebook

320-763-5081 • 722 3rd Ave. E, Alexandria

Expires Aug 31, 2012




Makin’ Memories at Erickson’s Petting Zoo
Open daily from Memorial Weekend thru Halloween Day Mon.-Sat., 10am-5pm, Sun., Noon-5pm Admission: $5 per person, one & under free. Besides all the animals and birds to feed and pet, large yard & playgrounds, be sure to check out our new “Corn Box.”

4 Models to Choose From

Pop-Up Camper Rentals

• Extra Bed Space for your Cabin • Camping or Travel

(320) 762-8493

Sales & Service, Too! 805 1st Ave E, Alexandria


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To be eligible for the 2012 contest, anglers must fill out entry forms completely or they will not qualify. Fish must come from lakes inside Douglas County or Pope County.

Fishing contest makes big changes!
The annual area fishing contest has undergone some big changes for the 2012 season.Those who love fishing said they wanted to see more photos – and we listened! We’ve added an entirely new publication called Just Fish, which will be just that – fish, fish and more fish. Published twice a month, Just Fish will feature photos and information on the biggest catches from area lakes. You can find Just Fish on stands around the area. Monthly big fish will also be featured here in the Vacationer. Here’s what you’ll need to know about this year’s fishing contest: The contest will run from the opening of the walleye and northern season in May and will end after Labor Day weekend. It has been expanded to include lakes in both Douglas and Pope counties. At the end of the summer, the largest fish in six different categories in both the Junior and Senior Divisions will receive a Just Fish fishing contest T-shirt and season winner certificate. There are two divisions: a junior division for those ages 16 and younger, and a senior division for those ages 17 and older. Each division has six categories – walleye, northern, crappie, sunfish, largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. Anglers can enter their fish at Christopherson’s Bait in Alexandria or Koep’s Bait and Tackle in Glenwood. Entry forms are available in both places and must be filled out completely and clearly or it will not qualify. Fishermen can also e-mail us photos at Anglers must include their name, address, phone number, division being entered, date the fish was caught, species of fish, weight of fish, type of bait used, depth of water and name of the lake where the fish was caught. Fish entered in the contest must come from lakes inside or immediately bordering Douglas and Pope counties.



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

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Take your catch and stop by Christopherson’s Bait on 3rd Avenue in Alexandria, have your photo taken for the Vacationer, then fill out a fish slip to enter the contest. The contest ends after Labor Day weekend

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Lakes & Parks

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Central Lakes Trail has something for everyone

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 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.


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

and Evansville. These trail heads include a parking area, portable restrooms and a trailside shelter. A bike shelter is also available along the trail about one and one-half miles east of Nelson. The Central Lakes Trail also connects to the Lake Wobegon trail, which runs from Osakis through Sauk Centre to St. Joseph. Together, they make the longest paved bike trail in the state. The Central Lakes Trail ( 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. County Road 82 west from Alexandria, south on County Road 90, then west on Latoka Beach Road. NON-LIFEGUARD-STAFFED LAKE OSAKIS BEACH Osakis. Located on East Lake Street. 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. LAKE CARLOS STATE PARK Carlos. Located about seven miles north of Alexandria off State Highway 29 and County Road 38.

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Public beaches abound

Lakes & Parks


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: 545 acres Depth: 16 feet Game fish: Northern, pan fish, largemouth bass, walleye Features: Shallow lake with sandy beaches Public access: Southeast end AGNES Size: 137 acres Depth: 31 feet Game fish: Pan fish, northern, bass, some walleye Features: Fishing pier in City Park, poor water quality Public access: Carry-in access from park on south side ANDREW Size: 946 acres Depth: 83 feet Game fish: Walleye, northern, pan fish, largemouth bass Features: Sandy beaches, popular recreational lake Public access: Southeast side from Co. Rd. 28 BROPHY Size: 289 acres Depth: 44 feet Game fish: Walleye, northern, largemouth bass, pan fish Features: Near Alexandria, small, heavy aquatic vegetation Public access: Northwest shore off Co. Rd. 82 BURGEN Size: 184 acres Depth: 43 feet Game fish: Northern, pan fish, some bass and walleye Features: Small, near Alexandria, steeply sloped shoreline Public access: North end of lake off Co. Rd. 23

CARLOS Size: 2,520 acres Depth: 163 feet Game fish: Walleye, northern, pan fish, largemouth bass Features: Access to chain of lakes, clear, deep Public access: North shore in state park, northeast shore near state park, west shore off Co. Rd. 11, east shore CHIPPEWA Size: 1,186 acres Depth: 95 feet Game fish: Walleye, northern, pan fish, largemouth bass Features: Deep lake Public access: Northeast corner off Co. Rd. 12 COWDRY Size: 238 acres Depth: 52 feet Game fish: Walleye, northern, largemouth bass, pan fish Features: Small, clear lake near Alexandria Public access: Northeast corner off Co. Rd. 82, west of Alexandria DARLING Size: 954 acres Depth: 62 feet Game fish: Northern, pan fish, largemouth bass, walleye Features: Water access to chain of lakes Public access: Access by water from Lake Carlos

DEVILS Size: 221 acres Depth: 35 feet Game fish: Walleye, northern, largemouth bass, pan fish Features: Small, spring-fed lake Public access: North side of lake off Co. Rd. 7 GENEVA Size: 631 acres Depth: 63 feet Game fish: Largemouth bass, northern, pan fish, walleye Features: Pier on north end, access to chain of lakes Public access: North side, east side HENRY Size: 159 acres Depth: 32 feet Game fish: Northern, pan fish, some bass Features: Near Alexandria, small, next to City Park Public access: Accessible by water from Agnes IDA Size: 4,289 acres Depth: 106 feet Game fish: Walleye, bass, northern, pan fish Features: Large, clear lake with sandy beaches Public access: North side, two accesses on east side IRENE Size: 630 acres Depth: 44 feet Game fish: Walleye, northern, largemouth bass, pan fish Features: Small lake near Miltona Public access: Northwest side, southeast side


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LATOKA Size: 776 acres Depth: 108 feet Game fish: Walleye, northern, largemouth bass, pan fish Features: Clear, deep, very good water quality Public access: North side, west side of south basin L’HOMME DIEU Size: 1,744 acres Depth: 85 feet Game fish: Walleye, largemouth bass, northern, pan fish Features: Access to chain of lakes, swimming beach Public access: Northwest side off Co. Rd. 42, northeast side off Co. Rd. 120 LOBSTER Size: 1,308 acres Depth: 65 feet Game fish: Northern, pan fish, walleye, bass, muskellunge Features: Many bays and points, heavy recreational use Public access: West end of lake off Co. Rd. 27 MAPLE Size: 815 acres Depth: 78 feet Game fish: Walleye, northern, largemouth bass, pan fish Features: Mostly shallow, excellent water quality Public access: Two accesses on north shore near Forada MARY Size: 2,371 acres Depth: 40 feet Game fish: Walleye, northern, largemouth bass, pan fish Features: Large lake, popular fishing and recreational lake Public access: Northwest corner off State Hwy 27, southwest corner off Co. Rd. 4

MILL Size: 461 acres Depth: 40 feet Game fish: Walleye, northern, pan fish, largemouth bass Features: Spring-fed, moderately developed Public access: Southeast corner of the lake MILTONA Size: 5,838 acres Depth: 105 feet Game fish: Walleye, bass, northern, pan fish, muskellunge Features: Largest lake in the county, deep, diverse habitat Public access: North shore off Co. Rd. 14, northeast side off State Hwy. 29, township access on east side MOSES Size: 822 acres Depth: 32 feet Game fish: Walleye, largemouth bass, pan fish, northern Features: Clear water, moderately developed Public access: West side off Co. Rd. 16 OSAKIS Size: 6,270 acres Depth: 73 feet Game fish: Walleye, northern, pan fish, bass 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, east side

OSCAR Size: 1,040 acres Depth: 25 feet Game fish: Walleye, pan fish, northern, muskellunge Features: Infested with Eurasian water milfoil Public access: North side off of State Hwy. 27 RED ROCK Size: 708 acres Depth: 22 feet Game fish: Northern, walleye, largemouth bass, pan fish Features: Shallow Public access: East side of lake off Co. Rd. 1 SMITH Size: 575 acres Depth: 30 feet Game fish: Northern, walleye, pan fish, largemouth bass Features: Spring-fed, diverse aquatic vegetation Public access: Northeast corner VICTORIA Size: 419 acres Depth: 60 feet Game fish: Northern, walleye, largemouth bass, pan fish Features: Long, narrow lake with access to Lake Geneva Public access: South end of lake off Co. Rd. 23 WINONA Size: 190 acres Depth: 9 feet Game fish: Bullhead, perch, crappie Features: Poor water quality, algal blooms, little fishing Public access: City-owned, carry-in access

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