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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As the calendar turns to 2019, the Osakis Review decided to take a last look back at what made headlines in 2018. Last week's Review recapped January through June. Here are the top stories for July through December. July The Osakis School Board approved a projected budget for the 2018-19 school year. Total revenue, a rough estimate based on student numbers, was projected at $10,388,187, and the projected total expenditures are $10,449,595. A new organics recycling program is available through Pope/Douglas Solid Waste Management.
The Catholic Schools Raffle returns this winter to St. Agnes School in Osakis. The fundraiser gives residents the chance to turn a $5 ticket into a brand new car or $20,000 in cash while supporting the local Catholic school. Starting Jan. 11, students from St. Agnes will join students from 90 other schools across Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota in selling the $5 tickets. Each ticket purchased gives buyers the opportunity to win a 2019 Chevy TRAX (or $20,000 in cash), or other prizes totaling $40,000 in value.
St. Alexius Catholic Church Father Greg Paffel, pastor Father Jim Maderak, parochial vicar 11 West Oak St., West Union (320) 352-2563 Sunday, January 13 — 8:30 a.m. Mass. Wednesday, January 16 — 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. Thursday, January 10 — 1:30 p.m. Ladies Bible Study at Delores G's.
Friday, January 11 6 to 9 p.m. Senior Dance at Osakis VFW Club. Thursday, January 17 7 p.m. Just for Kix performance at the Osakis Public Schools Auditorium. Wednesday, January 23 5:30 to 7 p.m. First Presbyterian Church of Osakis invites everyone to its Friendship Table Meal. This month's meal will be hot beef and turkey commercials, green beans and dessert. It will take place in the church's Fellowship Hall at 101 West Oak Street. All are welcome. Free-will donations will be accepted.
January 9-16 Osakis senior meals are served at the Community Center. Call (320) 859-2325 for reservations. Wednesday, January 9 — beef roast, mashed potatoes with gravy, carrots, dessert. Thursday, January 10 — closed. Friday, January 11 — cook's choice. Monday, January 14 — sloppy Joe with bun, hash browns, beans, dessert. Tuesday, January 15 — potato soup, egg salad sandwich, cookie. Wednesday, January 16 — turkey with stuffing, mashed potatoes with gravy, squash, dessert.
With a bright, shiny year ahead, the Osakis Review decided to take a last look back at what made headlines in 2018. This first part recaps January through June. Next week's Review will highlight the last half of the year. January Teacher salaries for the Osakis School District have been settled for the next two years, 2017-18 and 2018-19, at an increase of 3.39 percent for the first year, and 2.02 percent for the second year.
St. Alexius Catholic Church Father Greg Paffel, pastor Father Jim Maderak, parochial vicar 11 West Oak St., West Union (320) 352-2563 Sunday, January 6 — 8:30 a.m. Mass. Wednesday, January 9 — No 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. Thursday, January 3 — 9 a.m. Salem Ladies quilting at Salem; 2:30 p.m. Salem Ladies meeting at Salem.
Thursday, January 3 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. 6 p.m. Community event — informational public meeting regarding preschool options at Osakis Public Schools Auditorium. Thursday, January 17 7 p.m. Just for Kix performance at the Osakis Public Schools Auditorium. • • •
Those attending the Osakis High School Music Department's Winter Band Concert Dec.17 heard a little bit of everything. There were holiday-themed songs, such as Carol of the Bells, Celtic Carol, African Noel and Feliz Navidad, along with jazzy renditions like Get Over It!, El Taco Rocko and Bad Hair Day — and a lot of other selections in-between, from El Toro Rojo Grande to the theme from the TV series, Coach.
Osakis area residents of all ages and backgrounds came together for a common cause Saturday, Dec. 15 — placing wreaths on the graves of veterans as a special remembrance of those who fought for America's freedoms. It was Wreaths Across America Day, observed on the third Saturday in December across the United States. The national nonprofit group places wreaths on the graves of veterans for the holiday season. The wreaths are purchased in advance by families or loved ones of the veterans.