Alexandria Area Economic Development Commission

Falling in Love with the Alexandria Area

Meet the Auran Family…

My husband Nathanael and I were born and raised in Minot and Maxbass, North Dakota.  We had planned to live there forever, but with the oil boom came more traffic, higher prices, and more crime.  We wanted to relocate somewhere that had the small town feel where we could raise our family.  We both worked from home, I as a childcare provider and my husband a web developer, so we could essentially choose anywhere to live.

We had never been to Alexandria, but my parents had been many times and they loved it!  Upon their suggestion, we came here to visit in April 2014. As we explored the area, it became very clear that Alexandria was the perfect fit for our family.  We packed up and moved to Alexandria in June 2014 with our son Tai (13), and our daughters Savannah (11), Adeline (7), Emory (5), and Cambree (3). My parents also moved here a week later!

We had a few requirements we wanted from our new town; excellent schools, four distinct seasons, a small town feel but with lots of action in the community, a great church, closer proximity to a large metropolis and Alexandria met every item on the list!

We recently opened a new business in Alexandria in December 2016 – Escape Room Alexandria.  Every week, we get to see people come together and use their communication and problem-solving skills to successfully escape!  It has been so much fun for us!  We are so thankful we live in a place like Alexandria, where the community is growing and thriving.  It’s the perfect place to become an entrepreneur and it has been the perfect fit for our family.

We LOVE so many things about Alexandria.  We love having so many beautiful lakes to play and fish on.  We love spending winter Friday nights snowboarding down the runs at Andes Tower Hills.  We love biking and rollerblading on the Central Lakes Trail.  We love spending Thursday evenings on the courthouse lawn listening to local musicians.  We love the Douglas County Fair.  We love camping at Lake Carlos State Park.  We feel so lucky to live in a beautiful place where it feels like you’re on vacation every day.

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