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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 […]

Small Business is Something to Celebrate

By AAEDC | April 12, 2018 | 0 Comments
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In the next few weeks, our area will celebrate two nationally recognized weeks that celebrate small businesses and the quality jobs they create. National Small Business Week 2018 kicks off at the end of this month with an awards ceremony in Washington D.C. where national award winners will be recognized and awarded for their achievements. National Small Business Week […]

Upcoming Events

  1. Alexandria Farmers Market

    August 16 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  2. Wild Angels and the Handsome Devils :: Women of Rock, Pop & Country

    August 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
  3. Concerts on the Courthouse Lawn

    August 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  4. Douglas County Fair 2018

    August 17
  5. Douglas County Fair 2018

    August 18
  6. Breakfast with Betty :: Eat, Learn & Grow

    August 18 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
  7. Alexandria Farmers Market

    August 18 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
  8. Kids Open Paint Studio :: Art Bar 39

    August 18 @ 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
  9. Live Music at Carlos Creek Winery

    August 18 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  10. Races at Viking Speedway

    August 18 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

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  • 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 […]
  • Goin’ to the Lake : Alexandria!
    WCCO’s Pat Kessler & Esme Murphy visited Alexandria for their Goin’ to the Lake segments! Lots of unique Alexandria attractions were visited, and they also tried a few things for the first time including stand up paddleboarding and being in a radio theatre play. See the segments below as they visited Spirit Cove Lodge Bed […]
  • Hungry Fish in their Summer Patterns
      We are well into the summer patterns at this point and the fish are hungry.  Sunfish, crappie, bass and northern have been fairly aggressive.  The walleye fishing also remains good, but the best time to catch them has been during the low light time periods.  Early morning and evening have produced a lot of […]
  • Getting Started in Golf
    If you didn’t grow up playing golf or have never played golf before it can be very intimidating.  Am I able to come to the course without being a member? How do I learn to play golf? What do I wear? When can I play…do I need to call in advance? What kind of clubs […]
  • Share Your 4th of July Photos and WIN!
    There is endless fun in the Alexandria Lakes Area over the 4th of July holiday, from the Star Storm fireworks show to all the summer lake fun! Explore Alexandria wants to see your great photos, so we are giving away gift certificates for area businesses! All you have to do is share your pictures using […]
  • Hot Summer Bite in the Alexandria Lakes Area
    The fishing around the Alexandria area remains strong.  The bass, northern and panfish seem to bite at will on almost every lake right now.  The walleye on the other hand have been a bit more hot and cold. One night the walleye are jumping in the boat and the next you have to work for […]
  • Terrific Bite for 2018 Fishing Opener!
    The Alexandria Lakes Area arguably produced the best “Opener Walleye Fishing” in the state this past weekend.  There were numerous lakes, big and small, that treated their anglers very well.  Limits of 15”-20” walleye were had by many, along with a decent number of fish going 25”-30”.  Our group was among the fortunate and we […]
  • Ice Out on Alexandria Area Lakes
    This year’s late ice out has to have broken some records.  Believe it or not we were on the ice sleeping overnight with a truck and an Ice castle only a couple weeks ago! Now with the ice gone for the most part, we have just over a week to wait until the MN walleye […]
  • Giant Crappies in Alexandria Lakes
    This is going to just be a quick report. In fact I’m on the ice right now. We have close to 30 in of ice everywhere I’ve checked.  The ice is very solid and we had the wheel house out last weekend.  The accesses are getting a little beat up now but you should be […]
  • Ice Fishing Update for Early April
    We are a couple weeks into spring and it appears we are still making ice in the Alexandria area.  In fact, as I type this the thermometer reads only 15 degrees!  There is still 30” of ice in most areas and the edges that were melting have all refroze.  Keep in mind it is spring […]

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