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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Saturday, July 6 was a beautiful day for a boat parade. The skies were clear and sunny and the gentle ripples on Lake Osakis were inviting for the 12th annual Lake Osakis Pontoon/Boat Parade, also known as the Ferret Drive Floaters Parade. "The shores were just packed with people, plus there were a ton more watching from boats on the lake," said Linda Hayes, a parade organizer.
The streets of downtown Osakis will turn back the clock to an era filled with hot rods and gleaming vintage vehicles this Saturday, July 13 for the Roddin' Round the Lake Show-n-Shine car show. The Central Lakes Cruzers of Osakis is hosting the event for the 28th year. The club's president, Wane Karl, can remember when only Osakis and Duluth had car shows on the second weekend in July. These days, there are about 10, he said.
Parents, your words can have a powerful influence on whether your child starts to drink or experiment with drugs. Your kids really do want to hear from you and they look to you for healthy guidance. That advice comes from Todd County Citizens Against Drugs — a group of friends, family, community leaders and neighbors who are working together to address issues relating to the prevention of underage use/abuse of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs in Todd County.
Friday, July 12 Times vary. Citywide garage sales in Osakis. 5:30 to 7 p.m. Central Lakes Cruzers' Social Night and Customer Appreciation Feed, serving pulled pork sandwiches, chips, drinks and dessert at NAPA. 6 to 9 p.m. Senior Dance at Osakis VFW Post featuring music by Jerry and Joyce. Saturday, July 13 Times vary. Citywide garage sales in Osakis. 9 a.m. to noon. Registration for the Roddin' Round the Lake "Show-n-Shine" car show. To pre-register, call Wayne Karl at 320-859-2887 or Dallas Triebenbach at 320-859-4326.
St. Alexius Catholic Church Father Greg Paffel, pastor Father Jim Maderak, parochial vicar 11 West Oak St., West Union (320) 352-2563 Wednesday, July 10 — 8:15 a.m. Mass. Sunday, July 14 — 8:30 a.m. Mass. Wednesday, July 17 — 8:15 a.m. Mass. Salem — Sauk Valley Lutheran Parish Pastor John Hopper 16134 170th St., Osakis 13958 150th St., Osakis (320) 859-3727; mobile: 307-949-0120 Handicapped accessible at both churches Thursday, July 11 — 1:30 p.m. Ladies Bible study, place to be announced.
Six friends from Osakis will be going on a bike ride in a couple of weeks. Not just any bike ride. This one will last six days, cover about 468 miles and cut through the entire state of Iowa. It's all for a good cause — Ivy's Legacy Foundation, a Sauk Centre-based nonprofit that provides comfort and support to infants and families in need. The Osakis friends came up with a catchy name for their team: "Pedaling for a Purpose." Members are team leader Adam Saltmarsh, and Cody DeWenter, Shane Massmann, Dacotah Stanek, Kasondra Collins and Kenzie Schmiesing.
It's time to celebrate America's independence. Tomorrow is the Fourth of July — a date that's been a federal holiday since 1941 but the tradition stretches back to the American Revolution. On July 2, 1776, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence. Two days later, delegates from the 13 colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence. If you're looking for Fourth of July fun, the Osakis area has celebrations taking place by air, land and water: Church celebration
Selective TV will hold its annual meeting Monday, July 8 at 7 p.m. at the Ida Township Hall, 4700 County Road 6 NW, two miles east of Garfield off County Road 22. There will be a review of the past year and a look ahead to future plans and challenges. Other business includes the election of three board of director members. The new Selective TV brochure will be available and refreshments will be served. The annual meeting also provides an opportunity for anyone with questions about the past,
Thursday, July 4 10:30 a.m. Elim Lutheran Church Independence Day celebration. Outdoor patriotic program, potluck meal, fellowship, outdoor games. See front page story for more details. 2 p.m. West Union Fourth of July parade. See front page for more details. At dusk. Osakis Fourth of July Fireworks Show at the Osakis Country Club, supported by donations from Osakis Clean-Up Day. Saturday, July 6 2 p.m. Lake Osakis Pontoon/Boat Parade. See front page for changes, more details. Friday, July 12
St. Alexius Catholic Church Father Greg Paffel, pastor Father Jim Maderak, parochial vicar 11 West Oak St., West Union (320) 352-2563 Wednesday, July 3 — 8:15 a.m. Mass. Sunday, July 7 — 8:30 a.m. Mass. Wednesday, July 10 — 8:15 a.m. Mass. Salem — Sauk Valley Lutheran Parish Pastor John Hopper 16134 170th St., Osakis 13958 150th St., Osakis (320) 859-3727; mobile: 307-949-0120 Handicapped accessible at both churches