Alexandria, Minnesota

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Alexandria is a city in and the county seat of Douglas County, Minnesota, United States.[3] First settled in 1858, it was named after Alexander and William Kinkead. The 2008 estimated population of Alexandria was 12,415.[4]

Alexandria is located near Interstate 94 (concurrent with U.S. Route 52 in this part of the state), along Minnesota State Highways 27 and 29. Lake Carlos State Park is ten miles north of Alexandria.

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Economy

Major employers in Alexandria include Alexandria Public Schools, Douglas County Hospital, Alexandria Clinic, Douglas Machine, Inc., 3M, Sun Opta, Alexandria Extrusion, Tastefully Simple, Inc., Central Specialties Inc., Donnelly Custom Manufacturing, and Henry Foods.

The city is known as a tourism center due to its many lakes and resorts. Tourism events include a Grape Stomp hosted by the Carlos Creek Winery every September, an Apple Fest in October, the Douglas County Fair every August, and Art in the Park every July. The city has a museum housing the controversial Kensington Runestone, which is thought by some to indicate that Vikings had visited the area in the 14th century. Outside the museum stands Big Ole, a 25-foot-tall statue of a Viking originally built for the World's Fair in New York in 1964.[5] The city hosts the annual Vikingland Band Festival parade marching championship.

Education

Most children in Alexandria attend school at Alexandria Public Schools-ISD 206, which consists of six kindergarten-6th grade elementary schools (Lincoln, Voyager, Woodland, Carlos, Miltona, Garfield), one 7th-9th grade junior high school (Discovery Middle School), and one 10th-12th grade senior high school (Jefferson High School). There are also multiple independent K-8 Christian schools in the area. Alexandria Technical College offers post-secondary education from certificates on up to 2 year associate degrees.

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