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Legacy weekends kick off in Glenwood/Alexandria areas

GLENWOOD -- Twelve communities will celebrate engaging arts, history and outdoor events during Legacy Destination Weekends around the state during 2011.

"Minnesotans voted to dedicate funds to our state's great resources," said Paul Austin, Executive Director of Conservation Minnesota, "and now they'll see firsthand how the Legacy Amendment's dedicated funds are protecting the state they love."

Each month in 2011, one community will showcase its lakes, parks, trails, arts and history assets that received funding through the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment passed in 2008. These communities throughout Minnesota will highlight local cultural and outdoor opportunities by drawing residents and visitors to an eclectic assortment of fun activities.

The first Legacy Weekend of the year will be Feb. 11-13 in Alexandria and Glenwood.

Glenwood events include guided tours Saturday at two locations:

The nationally recognized Ann Bickle Heritage House will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with tours at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

The Pope County Historical Society, which features the Smithsonian worthy Helbing Collection of Native American Arts and Crafts, will be also open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be guided tours and kids crafts and activities at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Glenwood will also be celebrating Winterama on Feb. 12 with children's activities on the ice, a Polar Plunge and minnow eating contest on Lake Minnewaska in front of the Lakeside Ballroom.

A number of events are being offered in Alexandria including productions of the "Dixie Swim Club," the 11th annual Ice Fishing Challenge on Lake Agnes, candlelight skiing and snowshoeing at Lake Carlos State Park, community education classes, snowmobile trail rides and more.

For more information on dates, times and locations for the Alexandria/Glenwood weekend, go to

It is being organized by Alexandria Hotel and Hospitality in partnership with Alexandria Area Arts Association, The Pope County Historical Society, The Douglas County Library, The Ann Bickle Heritage House, School District 206 Community Education, Lake Carlos State Park and the Sertoma/Viking Sportsmen's Ice Fishing Challenge.

Other legacy weekends will be in March in St. Paul, April in Crookston, May in Bemidji, June in Lanesboro, July in Winona, August in Rochester, September in Park Rapids, October in Fergus Falls, November in Cook County and December in Minneapolis.