Alexandria, Minnesota

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As of the census
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of 2000, there were 8,820 people, however the most recent count suggests a population upwards of 10,000, which is displayed on Alexandria's city limits signs. The census lists 4,047 households, and 2,011 families residing in the city. The population density
Population density
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 was 992.5 people per square mile (383.1/km²). There were 4,311 housing units at an average density of 485.1 per square mile (187.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.94% White, 0.42% African American, 0.34% Native American, 0.57% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.18% from other races
Race (United States Census)
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, and 0.50% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.80% of the population.

There were 4,047 households out of which 23.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 36.5% were married couples
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 living together, 10.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 50.3% were non-families. 41.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.06 and the average family size was 2.81.

In the city the population was spread out with 20.0% under the age of 18, 15.7% from 18 to 24, 24.0% from 25 to 44, 16.7% from 45 to 64, and 23.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 87.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $26,851, and the median income for a family was $38,245. Males had a median income of $27,871 versus $20,254 for females. The per capita income
Per capita income
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 for the city was $16,085. About 7.8% of families and 13.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.2% of those under age 18 and 15.7% of those age 65 or over.


Article for media in Alexandria, MN
Alexandria media
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 containing lists of local radio stations, television stations, newspapers.


Alexandria offers one local television
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 station under ABC affiliation, KSAX. KSAX-TV provides greater Minnesota with local news, weather, and sports. The station airs ten minute segments during KSTP’s newscast.

The Alexandria area is additionally served by Selective TV, Inc.
Selective TV, Inc.
Selective TV, Inc. is an over-the-air broadcasting company in Alexandria, Minnesota. It is notable for retransmitting several pay television channels for free over the air, one of only a few known broadcasters to have such an arrangement Selective TV, Inc. is an over-the-air broadcasting company in...

, a non-profit, viewer-supported organization which transmits several cable channels free-to-air
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 over standard UHF television frequencies, viewable in any area home without subscription. Selective TV operates under low power television rules of the FCC and as such was not subject to the analog to digital conversion in 2009. Residents still need a converter box to view KCCO and KSAX on the digital band, though KSAX ia still rebroadcast via Selective TV.


Several radio
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 stations serve Alexandria and the surrounding area. There are eight radio stations in Alexandria; three are locally owned by Paradis Broadcasting: KXRA, KXRA-FM
KXRA-FM is a classic rock music radio station in Alexandria, Minnesota, USA, owned by Paradis Broadcasting Inc, which also owns KXRZ and KXRA....

, and KXRZ
KXRZ is a Hot Adult Contemporary/Adult Top 40 formatted radio station in Alexandria, Minnesota, USA. "Z99" is owned by Paradis Broadcasting Inc. which also owns KXRA-FM and KXRA....

. Louis H. Buron, Jr. owns two stations: KULO
KULO is a radio station in Alexandria, Minnesota, with an oldies format. COOL 94.3 plays 'Good Time Oldies' including the best music from the 1950s to the 1970s....

 and KIKV
KIKV-FM is a radio station airing a country format. Its sister station is KULO 94.3 FM. Both studios are located at 604 3rd Ave...

. The other three stations (K208EQ, K215BL, and K219FA) are translator radio stations. There are five other stations in the surrounding area including KKOK from Morris
Morris, Minnesota
As of the census of 2000, there were 5,068 people, 1,929 households, and 985 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,183.2 people per square mile . There were 2,067 housing units at an average density of 482.6 per square mile...

KRVY-FM is an adult contemporary music formatted radio station serving Alexandria, Minnesota and airs Dial Global's AC Pure format at all times besides the morning show....

 from Starbuck
Starbuck, Minnesota
Starbuck is a city in Pope County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 1,302 at the 2010 census.-Geography:Minnesota State Highways 28, 29, and 114 are three of the main routes in the city.-History:...

KMGK, also known as Smooth Magic 107.1, is a radio station with a Soft Gold format based in Glenwood, Minnesota owned by Branstock Communications. Smooth Magic 107 plays "smooth" songs from the 1950s to the 1990s...

 and KRFG
KRFG is a proposed radio station, licensed to Glenwood, Minnesota, USA, the station serves the Alexandria, MN area. The license is currently held by Refuge Media Group , and, if constructed, would become a translator of Refuge Radio....

 under construction permit from Glenwood
Glenwood, Minnesota
As of the census of 2000, there were 2,594 people, 1,131 households, and 629 families residing in the city. The population density was 466.0 people per square mile . There were 1,202 housing units at an average density of 215.9 per square mile...

, and KBHL from Osakis
Osakis, Minnesota
As of the census of 2000, there were 1,567 people, 661 households, and 405 families residing in the city. The population density was 779.4 people per square mile . There were 760 housing units at an average density of 378.0 per square mile...


Other Forms

The city's unofficial mascot "Big Ole" is featured on the cover of the debut album of the National Beekeepers Society.


The Alexandria Blizzard
Alexandria Blizzard
The Alexandria Blizzard are a Junior A ice hockey team in the North American Hockey League's central division. For the 2005-2006 season, the team was known as the Minnesota Blizzard, one of four expansion teams that started operations that year...

 are a Junior A ice hockey
Ice hockey
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 team in the North American Hockey League's
North American Hockey League
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 central division. For the 2005-2006 season, the team was known as the Minnesota Blizzard, one of four expansion teams that started operations that year. The Blizzard play out of the Runestone Community Center
Runestone Community Center
The Runestone Community Center is a multi purpose ice arena and recreational facility located in Alexandria, Minnesota. The ice arena serves as the home to the Alexandria Blizzard of the North American Hockey League The facility is also home to several local high school ice hockey teams, local...


The Alexandria Beetles
Alexandria Beetles
The Alexandria Beetles are a baseball team that plays in the Northwoods League, an NCAA-sanctioned collegiate summer baseball league. The team plays at Knute Nelson Memorial Park in Alexandria, Minnesota.- External links :* - official site...

 are a baseball team that plays in the Northwoods League
Northwoods League
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 that play out of Knute Nelson Memorial Park
Knute Nelson Memorial Park
Knute Nelson Memorial Park is a baseball venue located in Alexandria, Minnesota, USA. The park was opened in 1938 and renovated in 1967. It was named for former Governor of Minnesota and U.S. Senator Knute Nelson....


Viking Speedway host weekly Saturday night dirt track racing from April–September and also periodic special, weekend events throughout the year. Five WISSOTA classes run there. Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, Modifieds, and Late Models. Viking Speedway was awarded WISSOTA's "2005 Track of the Year".

Notable natives

  • Dave Dalby
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  • John Hammergren - CEO of McKesson Corporation
  • Duane Hanson
    Duane Hanson
    Duane Hanson was an American artist based in South Florida but born in Minnesota, a sculptor known for his lifecast realistic works of people, cast in various materials, including polyester resin, fibreglass, Bondo and bronze...

     - Sculptor
  • Edward Hanson
    Edward Hanson
    Edward William Hanson was a United States Navy Rear admiral and the 28th Governor of American Samoa from June 26, 1938 to July 30, 1940. Hanson was born and lived in Alexandria, Minnesota. Hanson served at the Naval War College. He was the commanding officer of the USS Indianapolis ...

     - 28th Governor of American Samoa
  • John Hawkes
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     - Actor
  • Peter Krause
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     - Actor
  • Tom Lehman
    Tom Lehman
    Thomas Edward Lehman is an American professional golfer.Lehman was born in Austin, Minnesota, but Alexandria, Minnesota is credited as his official Minnesota hometown. He attended the University of Minnesota, graduating with a degree in Business/Accounting and turned professional in 1982. It took...

     - PGA
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  • Brock Lesnar
    Brock Lesnar
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     - Former WWE Superstar and current UFC fighter
  • Rena Mero
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     - Former WWE diva and model
  • Knute Nelson
    Knute Nelson
    Knute Nelson was an Norwegian American politician. A Republican, he served in the Wisconsin Legislature and Minnesota Legislature, in the U.S. House of Representatives, as the 12th Governor of Minnesota, and as a U.S...

     - United States Senator
  • Richard A. "Pete" Peterson - World War II ace, 357th Fighter Group
    357th Fighter Group
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  • Gary Serum
    Gary Serum
    Gary Wayne Serum is a retired Major League Baseball pitcher. He played during one season at the major league level for the Minnesota Twins. He was signed by the Twins as an amateur free agent in...

     - Minnesota Twins
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    The Minnesota Twins are a professional baseball team based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. They play in the Central Division of Major League Baseball's American League. The team is named after the Twin Cities area of Minneapolis and St. Paul. They played in Metropolitan Stadium from 1961 to 1981 and the...

  • Cliff Sterrett
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     - Cartoonist
  • Zoey Weltzin - Liar

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