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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The hallways of Early Childhood Family Education in Osakis were rockin' and rollin' last Tuesday, April 9. Wearing comfortable pajamas, kids jumped up and down, twirled, twisted, hula-hooped and found out how low they could go for the limbo. DJ Sabrina spun the tunes while kids — and many parents — moved to the beat. It was all part of the ECFE Family Fun Dance. "It was a fun and busy night!" said Jan Campbell, ECFE instructor. "We counted 138 kids that signed in for the dance and meal."
Here comes Peter Cottontail, hoppin down the bunny trail... This Saturday, April 20 is Osakis Easter Day. Children of all ages are welcome to come to the Pollard Community Center from 10 a.m. to noon. Children and their families are invited to have their picture taken with the Easter Bunny, enjoy children activities and win prizes. For the third straight year, the event is being put on by the Osakis Fire Department Auxiliary. Last year, more than 100 kids turned out for the event.
Thursday, April 18 1 p.m. Drug Abuse Resistance Awareness (DARE) graduation, Osakis High School Auditorium. Friday, April 19 6 to 10 p.m. Osakis Alumni Basketball Tournament at high school and elementary gyms. Saturday, April 20 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Osakis Alumni Basketball Tournament at high school and elementary gyms. 10 a.m. to noon. Osakis Easter Day, organized by the Osakis Fire Department Auxiliary. Take your picture with the Easter Bunny and enjoy children's activities. Thursday, April 25
St. Alexius Catholic Church Father Greg Paffel, pastor Father Jim Maderak, parochial vicar 11 West Oak St., West Union (320) 352-2563 Wednesday, April 17 — 8:15 a.m. Mass. Thursday, April 18 — No Holy Thursday mass. Friday, April 19 — 3 p.m. Good Friday mass. Saturday, April 20 — 8 p.m. Holy Saturday mass. Sunday, April 21 — 8:30 a.m. Easter mass. Wednesday, April 24 — 8:15 a.m. Mass. Salem — Sauk Valley Lutheran Parish Pastor John Hopper
A sign by the entrance to the Osakis High School gym Friday noted, "Shhhh...Please whisper. History is speaking." And there was a lot of speaking going on from the likes of Amelia Earhart, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Edison, Babe Ruth, Martin Luther King Jr., Neil Armstrong and dozens of other historical figures. It was the annual Wax Museum presented by Osakis Public School fourth-graders.
The invasion of the emerald ash borer is creeping closer to Douglas County. Last week, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture placed Stearns County under an emergency quarantine after the tree pest was found in the city of Sauk Centre. City workers there noticed several trees that showed signs of EAB damage and alerted the MDA. Department of Agriculture staff then examined the trees and collected samples of emerald ash borer larvae for confirmation.
A presentation by Liz Goldstein of Jews for Jesus that was scheduled for Thursday, April 11 at First Presbyterian Church in Osakis has been canceled because of bad weather, along with the Friendship Table meal that evening.
Thursday, April 11 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.
St. Alexius Catholic Church Father Greg Paffel, pastor Father Jim Maderak, parochial vicar 11 West Oak St., West Union (320) 352-2563 Wednesday, April 10 — 8:15 a.m. Mass. Sunday, April 14 — 8:30 a.m. Mass. Wednesday, April 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 Salem.
U.S. soldiers serving overseas frequently find themselves working in all types of weather conditions. Spending so much time outdoors often wreaks havoc on their face and lips. The Todd County Corn and Soybean Growers came to their rescue last month by donating soy-based lip balm to soldiers in Iraq.