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Police officers not taken for granted

Osakis Police Chief Chad Gulbranson was surprised to be treated to barbecued ribs delivered to City Hall by David Murray from The Corral Saloon and Eatery in Nelson. (Al Edenloff / Osakis Review)

The Osakis Police Department received a couple of unexpected gifts last week.

On Friday, May 17, Police Chief Chad Gulbranson was at City Hall when a worker at The Corral Saloon and Eatery in Nelson came in to deliver a free lunch of barbecued ribs, courtesy of the restaurant.

Gulbranson shared the feast with city street department employees who were also working that day.

The Corral provided the lunch as part of National Police Week, May 12-18. It also delivered meals to the Alexandria Police Department.

David Murray, the delivery person for The Corral, said the gesture was a way for the restaurant to show its appreciation for police officers.

"I don't want to be a police officer," he said while reflecting on the dangers they face. "It's too bad they get a bad rap sometimes. I'm glad someone is willing to step in and do the job. We need them!"

Earlier in the week, the police department received a plaque, cut in the shape of Minnesota, thanking the OPD for all it does to keep the community safe.

Al Edenloff

Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  

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