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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 AAEDC Events

  1. Pitch Your Plan – Phase 3, The Pitch

    May 2 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  2. Pitch Your Plan Luncheon

    May 7 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

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  • End of Ice Season Fishing Report
    What a winter it has been, but the end is in sight!   There is still 20” of ice on many of the lakes, but the condition of the ice is rather poor. Be extra cautious!  The north side accesses are getting tougher to walk on by the day.  In fact most of the north accesses […]
  • February Ice Fishing Update for the Alexandria Lakes Area
    My last report was all about the cold and now this one could easily be all about the snow!  We are sure getting our moneys worth out of this winter.  Snow fall after snow fall has made travel much more difficult recently.  We are getting off the roads in some areas but I think it’s […]
  • Late January Ice Fishing Report
    Cold, cold, cold!  We are definitely making ice now.  Travel isn’t too bad out on the lakes right now.  Trucks and wheel houses can get around most everywhere. But getting stuck is a real possibility, so stick to where others have been driving.  We did get a few inches of snow during the last storm, […]
  • Mid January Ice Fishing Report
    Last week we had quite a bit of slush and water coming up on the ice.  It was a combination of snow weight and melting snow, so last weekend it was a little wet out there.  Now a few days later we find ourselves with normal temperatures for January and the slush and water has […]
  • Let’s RIDE! Alexandria Area Snowmobile Trails are OPEN!
    The Alexandria Lakes Area is full of snow! The entire 360-mile system of Douglas County’s snowmobile trails are OPEN! Get your sled going and get ready to ride! Douglas Area Trails Association is busy consistently grooming the trails for good riding. For the most up-to-date trail conditions and openings, check HERE. For lodging options, many on or […]
  • New Year’s Ice Fishing Update for Alexandria Lakes
    The ice fishing remains solid going into the new year!  We are catching walleye and crappie at will for the most part.  There is 12”-14” of ice on many of the lakes so many anglers have started driving half tons with wheel houses out.  As always make sure you check the ice the entire way […]
  • December Ice Report for Alexandria Lakes Area
    It appears we’ve switched weather patterns for November and December. A month ago we were much colder than average and now we are warmer than average.  The good news is we have 10 to 13 inches of ice across the Alexandria Area. This goes without saying, but check the ice the entire way on foot […]
  • 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 […]

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