Meet some of the people who have chosen to “Live Wide Open” in the Alexandria area, as well as some of the Alexandria employers who would love for you to work for them!


The Kirscht Family

Whenever Dan Kirscht visited Alexandria with his wife Leslie and their two daughters, the backroads were always taken. The sights were always shown, and reminiscing always took place.  

"We'd go to one area of town, and I'd tell Leslie a memory, and then we'd find another spot that would make me think of another memory," Dan says.  

Talking about these memories when coming to Alexandria always made Dan and his family discuss the idea of coming back. The Kirschts felt "out of balance," with life in the Twin Cities, and they wanted to find an area where they could unwind.  

Luckily, opportunity struck in Alexandria. 

Both Leslie and Dan were able to find jobs in the area, and they decided to take the chance on living wide open this past year.  


The Runcks

North Dakota native Del Mari Runck was working as an executive for a banking firm in North Dakota when a recruiter called her. Would she be interested in becoming an executive officer at an Alexandria bank?

Del Mari’s job was going well, although she knew she would have limited leadership opportunities there, due to the family-owned nature of the bank she was working for.

“I’m not really at a point where I want to move,” she told the recruiter. She suggested Del Mari visit Alexandria—and that was all it took. Once Del Mari saw the town, the lakes and the close proximity to state parks, she was hooked.

She accepted the job and has lived in Alexandria ever since. Her husband, Kim, joined her after their oldest child graduated from high school in North Dakota. Kim owns All Is Well Property Care, a business that cares for properties of area residents.

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The Staie Family

Lynette and Kent Staie are the owners of Your Turn Boardgames in Alexandria, MN. They had lived in the Twin Cities for several years but decided they wanted to raise their children elsewhere. “I was raised in a small community and I really wanted to let our children have the opportunity to be able to be more active,” Kent said. “Spreading horizons, teaching our kids, allowing families to be family again–that’s my thoughts on living wide open.”