Douglas County (pop. 36,009), with more than 250 lakes, is a major tourist destination in central Minnesota.
Alexandria, the county seat, is well-known for its 25-foot statue of Big Ole the Viking.
Alexandria is growing; its population went from 8,820 in 2000 to 11,070 in 2010.
The former Great Northern Railway depot in Alexandria now houses a restaurant.
Ten miles north of Alexandria is Lake Carlos State Park.
Interstate 94 cuts through Douglas County at a diagonal, northwest to southeast.
The Central Lakes State Trail parallels I-94 for 55 miles on a former railroad bed.
Carlos Creek Winery, near Alexandria, is part of the Alexandria Lakes American Viticulture Area.
The town of Forada was named by the man who surveyed the town site. He wanted to name it for his wife, Ada, but Minnesota already had a town named Ada. So, he named it For Ada.
The town of Kensington (pop. 292) is famed for the “Kensington Runestone,” a slab of rock “found” in 1898 that “seemed” to “show” that Scandinavian explorers reached Minnesota in the 14th century.
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