Everything is pretty much black and white outside: snow, ice, leafless trees. There are a couple of exceptions. There are still the awesome sunrises that color our mornings with the brightest and most beautiful of shades. Another example is Big Ole in Alexandria, still sporting his colorful summer Viking garb. Surrounded by snow and a frozen lake it seems he should change into his winter bibbs and Carhart jacket. Well, I guess those old Viking explorers were a pretty tough bunch. Yet even they decided not to settle in west- central Minnesota, after discovering it and leaving the Runestone.