Alexandria has been named Minnesota Monthly Magazine's Best Minnesota Town for 2019. The Echo Press reported:

The selection process used wide-ranging criteria including responses from the towns to questions about its traits and engagement, qualitative and quantitative research, as well as an online public vote.

Early in 2019 the magazine sent out a call to towns across the state for entries into the third year of this contest. The main question they were trying to answer was which town most embodies the Spirit of Minnesota?

Reed Fischer, senior editor of Minnesota Monthly said, “It’s a beautiful year-round destination with a rich history and a bright future.”

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I have a lot of family that live, work, and own businesses in the Alexandria area. It's an area that has a thriving tourist industry in the summer, and a small-town community feel year round. Plus a lot of great lakes for boating and fishing. I think the town of Alexandria is more than deserving of this new "Best Town" title. Congrats Alex!