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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Fifty-nine young people achieved a major milestone in Osakis Friday night — graduating from high school. During commencement exercises, Superintendent Randy Bergquist said the Osakis Class of 2019 excelled in academics, are well prepared for the future and many already have a good jump on college.
Fifth and sixth-grade students at St. Agnes School in Osakis were busy helping the earth Friday, May 17. They filled hundreds of bags of compost and sold them to residents who wanted to use them in their gardens. The "plate to garden" effort was a collaboration with Pope/Douglas Solid Waste Management. The 20-pound bags of compost were sold for $3 each. Proceeds went to the Aurzada-Tenhoff Playground at St. Agnes School.
Calling all children: Get ready to ride to the seventh annual Bike Rodeo and Safety Day in Osakis. It will take place Sunday, June 2 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Osakis Public School south parking lot. Registration begins at 12:50 p.m. The Osakis Police Department is sponsoring the free event, in cooperation with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Jake's Bikes and North Memorial Ambulance.
It's time to give a solemn salute to those who provided the ultimate sacrifice while defending the country's freedom. The Osakis Memorial Day service will take place at the Armed Forces Memorial Monday, May 27 at 10:45 a.m. There is a change this year: The Osakis High School Band will set up as a concert band instead of a marching band so there will be no march from the Osakis school. The main address speaker and clergy at the program will be Pastor John Hopper of Salem and Sauk Valley Lutheran churches. The Gordon Men's Choir will perform.
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.
St. Alexius Catholic Church Father Greg Paffel, pastor Father Jim Maderak, parochial vicar 11 West Oak St., West Union (320) 352-2563 Wednesday, May 22 — 8:15 a.m. Mass. Sunday, May 26 — 8:30 a.m. Mass. Wednesday, May 29 — 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.
Wednesday, May 22 5:30 to 7 p.m. (or until the food is gone.) First Presbyterian Church of Osakis, 101 West Oak St., invites everyone to the Friendship Table Meal, featuring a fish fry with baked beans, potato salad and dessert. All are welcome to attend. Free-will donations will be accepted. Thursday, May 23 11:45 a.m. to 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. Friday, May 24
Here's an opportunity to help the environment, your garden and young children all at the same time. Buy a bag of compost from students at St. Agnes this Friday, May 17. From 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., fifth- and sixth-grade students will host a Compost Sale in collaboration with Pope/Douglas Solid Waste Management. The "plate to garden" initiative will take place in the lot north of St. Agnes, adjacent to County Road 82. Twenty-pound bags of compost will be sold for $3 each. Proceeds will benefit the Aurzada-Tenhoff Playground at St. Agnes School.
St. Alexius Catholic Church Father Greg Paffel, pastor Father Jim Maderak, parochial vicar 11 West Oak St., West Union (320) 352-2563 Wednesday, May 15 — 8:15 a.m. Mass. Sunday, May 19 — 8:30 a.m. Mass. Wednesday, May 22 — 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.
Friday, May 17 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. St. Agnes fifth- and sixth-graders will host a Compost Sale in collaboration with Pope/Douglas Solid Waste Management. The "plate to garden" initiative will take place in the lot north of St. Agnes, adjacent to County Road 82. Bags of compost will be sold for $3 each. Proceeds will benefit the Aurzada-Tenhoff Playground. Wednesday, May 22