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Minnesota Manufacturing Week – October 1-7

By AAEDC | October 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

Minnesota Manufacturing Week, October 1st-7th, is designed to showcase Minnesota’s diverse manufacturing and technology industries in order to increase legislative and public awareness of their importance in providing high-wage and high-skilled jobs for our communities. The manufacturing industry is a dynamic segment of Minnesota’s economy, and an integral part of Minnesota’s economic development strategy. Manufacturing […]

Experiencing the Alexandria Area Culture

By AAEDC | July 9, 2018 | 0 Comments

Meet Andres Rodriguez I’m originally from Bogota Columbia. After attending high school and undergrad there, I applied for, and was accepted into a graduate program at the University of Missouri. Bogota has roughly 10 million people in the City, so I was looking for a community that I could be part of that would allow […]

Hilltop Lumber to Receive 2018 BIAD Award

By AAEDC | June 8, 2018 | 0 Comments

Hilltop Lumber has been selected as the recipient of the 2018 Business & Industrial Appreciation Day award by the Boards of Directors of the Alexandria Area Economic Development Commission and Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce. The Business & Industrial Appreciation Day (BIAD) event has honored a Douglas County company each year since 1984 and […]

What Does Economic Development Do?

By AAEDC | May 10, 2018 | 0 Comments
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What is and what does economic development organizations do? Being that there’s no one definition for economic development is why these two questions are often asked. Although economic development organizations can be a bit different in the services they provide they all tend to have the same similar goals of job creation, community growth and […]

Upcoming AAEDC Events

  1. How to Start Up an Internet Business

    January 15, 2019 @ 11:45 am - 1:00 pm
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    February 6, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

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  • Early December Ice Update
    We are just entering December and we already have small lakes with as much as 10” of ice!  Of course the larger lakes like Minnewaska, Miltona, Ida and Carlos will have far less ice and possibly still areas of open water.  With that said many of the smaller to medium sized lakes have a significant […]
  • Early Ice Report in Alexandria Lakes Area
    The colder than normal temperatures has the ice forming quite fast this year.  We are seeing 3”-6” of ice on many of the small to mid-sized lakes.  There have been quite a few anglers out over the past week.  They are reporting good crappie action and fair numbers of walleye.  I’m comfortable saying, we have […]
  • Fishing Report and Tactics for November
    Every fall seems to have its own twist.  Just when you think you know what to expect from year to year you get a fall like this.  We had our fair share of rain and much cooler temps than we would normally see for the early part of fall.  This unseasonably cool weather dropped our […]
  • Fall Fish Patterns in Alexandria Lakes Area
    What a difference a couple weeks can make!  Two weeks ago the heat was nearly unbearable at 7:30 in the morning… now we need heavy jackets, hats and gloves!  Along with lower air temperatures come falling water temps.  It’s truly amazing how fast animals in nature react to these cooler temps.  Almost immediately the skies […]
  • Fall Colors Beginning to Appear in Alexandria Lakes Area
    The autumn hues are starting to pop up around the Alexandria Lakes Area! While they appeared slow to start at the beginning of September, they are starting to progress more. Cool overnight temperatures along with plenty of bright and sunny days will help accelerate the pace along with helping entice vibrant colors out of the […]
  • Fall Color Hotspots in the Alexandria Lakes Area
    “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” — Albert Camus The Autumn Season is arriving in Minnesota, and it’s one of the best times of the year to get out and explore the Alexandria Lakes Area! Not only are there tons of things to do and great places to stay, the colorful hues from […]
  • Must-Do Fall Fun in the Alexandria Lakes Area
    Autumn is a much-adored season for many reasons…cool nights around a campfire, pumpkin patches, cozy sweatshirts, and of course the beautiful vibrant colors of foliage during a Minnesota fall. Couple all that with some fun activities and special events, and you have the recipe of a perfect Autumn Getaway! Here is a list of some […]
  • Decent Walleye bite as Bass frenzy approaches
    Fall is on the horizon and the fishing is still very good.  We are catching good numbers of walleye, bass and panfish.  Generally, by this time of year the walleye bite will get hit and miss, but it’s about as consistent as it can get right now.  We are catching eater sized walleye as well […]
  • Grape Stomp Festival
    Come experience the Grape Stomp and Fall Festival held annually at Carlos Creek Winery! The three day festival, September 14-16, is packed with excitement including 18 bands on 4 stages, over 150 food, juried art and marketplace vendors, a man cave featuring craft beer, wine tasting, and of course Grape Stomping!! Each day has a […]
  • Late Summer Update and Finding the Fish
    We are still catching walleye along with a good number of crappie, sunfish and bass.  The walleye bite has best in the evenings, but the day bite has been very good at times too.  The rest of the species are usually willing to bite all day long. Finding the fish is always the key to […]

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