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Living Alexandria Area Micropolitan

Top Micropolitan in Minnesota

Our Alexandria and Douglas County community is ever growing and expanding, and this last year was no exception. Alexandria, Minnesota was ranked in the 2016 Top Micropolitans in the United States for new or expanding facilities by Site Selection Magazine. The magazine has been ranking communities since 1988, and ranked 575 of the nation’s micropolitan […]

Minnesota Ranked 3rd Best State

The U.S. News and World Report ranked Minnesota as the 3rd best state in the nation. The report cites Minnesota’s economic opportunities, education and quality of health care as factors also ranking Minnesota as the #1 state in the region. “This ranking affirms what we already know: we live in one of the very best […]

Livability

Livability and Growth

In 1990, the Commission was created to provide economic growth and stability by supporting existing businesses, or by attracting new industry, while ensuring the protection of our natural resources and quality of life.  Twenty-six years later, our organization continues to forge ahead, doing more with less and meeting the demands of our communities and businesses, […]

starting your own business

Want to start your own business…now what?

Estimates vary, but generally more than 625,000 businesses are started each year in the United States. Yet for every American who actually starts a business, there are likely many more who intend to start a business, but don’t. There are many explanations why people don’t take that step into entrepreneurship, but in my experience, there […]

Honoring Carlos Creek Winery

The Alexandria Area Economic Development Commission and the Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce had the pleasure of honoring Carlos Creek Winery as the 2016 Business and Industrial Appreciation Day recipient. As we’re wrapping up this year’s event we can’t help but feel pride at having our third highest attendance with 390 community members showing […]

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  • Sparkling Sunday at the Winery January 28, 2018
    Rise and shine! Enjoy our unlimited buffet of donuts, muffins, fresh fruit, Mimosas, Pointsettias (Cranberry Juice + Minnescato) and our weekly special mimosas all for just $10. The post Sparkling Sunday at the Winery appeared first on Alexandria MN Tourism.
  • Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap January 28, 2018
    The scene is set when a group of people gathered in a country house cut off by the snow discover, to their horror, that there is a murderer in their midst. Who can it be? One by one the suspicious characters reveal their sordid pasts until at the last, nerve-shredding moment the identity and the […]
  • Alexandria Blizzard Hockey January 28, 2018
    Catch all the action as the Alexandria Blizzard take on numerous opponents this season! Game starts at 7pm, doors open at 6pm. Find more information at www.alexandriablizzard.com The post Alexandria Blizzard Hockey appeared first on Alexandria MN Tourism.
  • Candlelight Ski & Snowshoe January 28, 2018
    Come enjoy an evening in the park by candlelight. Hit the trails, where you will be guided by the full moon and candle luminaries. Then come warm up by the wood stove or enjoy snacks and refreshments in the Lakeview Warming Shelter. There is no cost for this event, but a Minnesota state parks vehicle […]
  • Live Music at La Ferme January 28, 2018
    Join La Ferme for great food, drinks and live music! Full schedule of performers below: December 30th Ali Prestby January 6th Jackson Burns January 13th Tony Pitschka January 20th Tara Brueske January 27th Terry Kennedy February 3rd Jackson Burns February 17th Tony Pitschka February 24th Ali Prestby March 3rd Jackson Burns March 10th Tony Pitschka […]
  • Live Music at Carlos Creek Winery January 27, 2018
    Visit Carlos Creek Winery for tons of fun and activities, including great live music! Sip on wine, take a tour, check out the gift shop, pedal or walk through the vineyard and much more! Visit their website for a list of performers. The post Live Music at Carlos Creek Winery appeared first on Alexandria MN […]
  • Kids Open Paint Studio :: Art Bar 39 January 27, 2018
    Art Bar 39’s Kids Open Paint Studio every Saturday! No appointments needed, just come in between 10am-10pm. All supplies are provided and they clean up the mess! The post Kids Open Paint Studio :: Art Bar 39 appeared first on Alexandria MN Tourism.
  • Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap January 27, 2018
    The scene is set when a group of people gathered in a country house cut off by the snow discover, to their horror, that there is a murderer in their midst. Who can it be? One by one the suspicious characters reveal their sordid pasts until at the last, nerve-shredding moment the identity and the […]
  • Wine & Weaving: Viking Jewelry Making January 25, 2018
    Wine and Weaving: Viking Jewelry Making (BYOB 21+) Thursday, January 25th from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Viking women made beautiful and intricate jewelry by weaving together fibers – often metals – that were made locally as well as those that were obtained through trade. Join Donna Schumacher at the Runestone Museum and learn how […]
  • Alexandria Blizzard Hockey January 25, 2018
    Catch all the action as the Alexandria Blizzard take on numerous opponents this season! Game starts at 7pm, doors open at 6pm. Find more information at www.alexandriablizzard.com The post Alexandria Blizzard Hockey appeared first on Alexandria MN Tourism.