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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Bad weather is once again closing schools early today, Thursday, Feb. 14. Here are the schools affected (as of 11:30 a.m.): Osakis closing at 12:30 p.m. (basketball game with Melrose is off); Alexandria closing two hours early (no afternoon early childhood program and decisions about high school activities will be made on a case-by-case basis); Minnewaska (elementary closing at 12:30 p.m. and high school at 1 p.m.).
Thursday, February 14 11:45 a.m. 3:30 p.m. Bookmobile stops — 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at Carol Radjl daycare in Nelson; 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at St. Agnes School; 1:45 to 2:30 p.m. at Community Memorial Home; 2:45 to 4 p.m. at Ed Pollard Community Center. Saturday, February 16 6 to 9 p.m. Father-Daughter Dance, an elementary school activity, at the Osakis school cafeteria, commons/upper lounge, high school gym. Friday, February 22 7 to 8 p.m. Fred Walter concert, benefitting Ivy's League Foundation at the Osakis High School Auditorium. • • •
St. Alexius Catholic Church Father Greg Paffel, pastor Father Jim Maderak, parochial vicar 11 West Oak St., West Union (320) 352-2563 Wednesday, February 13 — 8:15 a.m. Mass. Sunday, February 17 — 8:30 a.m. Mass. Wednesday, February 20 — 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 Salem.
A 19-year-old driver from Roseville was injured in a rollover on Interstate 94 east of Osakis Sunday afternoon, Feb. 10. Misael Moreno was driving east in a 1997 Ford F-150 east of the Douglas County line in West Union Township when the vehicle left the freeway. It rolled as it entered the median. The road was covered in ice and snow, the State Patrol said. Moreno, who was wearing a seat belt, was taken to CentraCare Health in Sauk Centre with non-life-threatening injuries, according to the State Patrol.
Douglas County Sheriff Troy Wolbersen is advising no unnecessary travel this evening and overnight. Visibility is expected to decrease as the winds increase this evening making driving very difficult in Douglas County. Public Works plows will complete their work Thursday at 4 p.m. and return to duty at 4 a.m. Friday.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation advises no unnecessary travel in most Central Minnesota counties due to low visibility, slippery roads and a large number of crashes. The advisory includes Stearns, Todd, Morrison, Wright, Benton, Sherburne, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, Crow Wing, Wadena counties and surrounding areas.
Friday, February 8 6 to 9 p.m. Senior Dance at the Osakis VFW Post featuring music by Jerry and Joyce. Saturday, February 9 8 to 11 p.m. Osakis High School Mid-Winter Dance in the school cafeteria. Thursday, February 14 11:45 a.m. 3:30 p.m. Bookmobile stops — 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at Carol Radjl daycare in Nelson; 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at St. Agnes School; 1:45 to 2:30 p.m. at Community Memorial Home; 2:45 to 4 p.m. at Ed Pollard Community Center. Saturday, February 16
St. Alexius Catholic Church Father Greg Paffel, pastor Father Jim Maderak, parochial vicar 11 West Oak St., West Union (320) 352-2563 Wednesday, February 6 — 8:15 a.m. Mass. Sunday, February 10 — 8:30 a.m. Mass. Wednesday, February 13 — 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 Salem.
An Osakis resident witnessed an unusual sight on Oct. 27: Two bald eagles collided mid-air, causing one to plummet into a corn field near County Road 3. The witness called police and Chief Chad Gulbranson, who was off-duty, Officer Allyssa Engfer and Douglas County Sheriff's Deputy Jake Asfeld responded. They could tell the eagle was badly injured. It was awkwardly hopping around in the harvested field, unable to take flight, and appeared to have a broken wing.
Alomere Health in Alexandria has seen a recent spike in influenza cases in the region, and as a precautionary measure for patients and staff, visitor restrictions are being implemented. Only immediate family members should visit patients, according to Emma von Felden, infection control officer at Alomere Health. Visitors should be free from any flu-like symptoms including fever, cough, sore throat or diarrhea for a minimum of 24 hours before visiting patients. The restrictions, implemented Jan. 22, will remain in place until further notice.