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Often abbreviated Alex, the city of Alexandria, Minnesota is the county seat of Douglas County, in the central western part of the state. Settled in 1858, the community was named for Alexander Kinkead, an early settler who had come from Maryland with his brother, William Kinkead. Another settler, W.E. Hicks, was instrumental in the town’s development, as he purchased the townsite in 1868, established a mill, hotel, newspaper and store, and also contributed property for a courthouse, jail, and two churches. Alexandria was incorporated as a village in 1877, and became a city in 1909. The city is situated near Interstate Highway 94, along Minnesota Highways 27 and 29. Lake Carlos State Park is ten miles north of the city. The city is surrounded by several lakes, including Lake Agnes, Lake Henry, Lake le Homme Dieu, Geneva Lake, Victoria Lake, Latoka Lake, Lake Cowdrey, Darling Lake, Lake Carlos, Lake Alvin, Brophy Lake, Lake Stony, Lake Louise, Mud Lake, Lake Mary, Andrew Lake, Lake Burgon, and Union Lake. Nearby communities include Belle River, Brandon, Carlos, Evansville, Forada, Garfield, Holmes City, Kensington, Nelson, and Osakis. Edward Hanson, the 28th governor of American Samoa, was born in Alexandria.

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