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 Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed reports of zebra mussels in Sauk Lake, near Sauk Centre in Todd County. A resident on the northeast side of Sauk Lake contacted the DNR after finding numerous zebra mussels up to one-half inch in length on a boat lift being removed for the season. DNR invasive species staff found zebra mussels on rocks in the same area of the lake. Sauk Lake is downstream from Lake Osakis and the Sauk River to Guernsey Lake, where zebra mussels were previously confirmed.
Wednesday, September 19 4:30 to 7 p.m. Backpack Attack packing event, Osakis High School cafeteria. Friday, September 21 7 p.m. Homecoming football game, Osakis Silverstreaks vs. Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City. Tuesday, September 25 7 p.m. Community Memorial Home (Galeon) annual business meeting in the dining room of West View Assisted Living Apartments. All members and prospective members are encouraged to attend. Sunday, September 23 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Salem Lutheran Church pork chop dinner and bazaar. A free-will offering will be taken.
St. Alexius Catholic Church Father Greg Paffel, pastor Father Jim Maderak, parochial vicar 11 West Oak St., West Union (320) 352-2563 Wednesday, September 19 — 8:15 a.m. Mass. Sunday, September 23 — 8:30 a.m. Mass. Wednesday, September 26 — 8:15 a.m. Mass. Salem — Sauk Valley Lutheran Parish 16134 170th St., Osakis 13958 150th St., Osakis (320) 859-3137; 859-3727 Handicapped accessible at Salem.
Osakis High School is all fired for homecoming week. Festivities began Sunday with a "powder puff" football game and "power volleyball." On Monday morning, a coronation ceremony took place. Elli Clasemann was crowned homecoming queen and Johnny Lara was selected as king. They will rule over a week filled with sports activities and days that carry a special theme: Monday — Color Day. Tennis at Benson and cross country at Pierz. Tuesday — Denim Day. Tennis at home vs. Parkers Prairie and volleyball at Upsala. Wednesday — Rainbow Day.
A Long Prairie man with a suspended driver's license was pulled over on Highway 27 after reaching speeds of nearly 130 miles per hour with a blood alcohol concentration over the legal limit and with a teenage boy who was riding in the vehicle with him, according to authorities. Pedro Emmanuel Reyes Cartagena, 32, was charged in Todd County District Court Aug. 20 with two gross misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence of alcohol. According to the criminal complaint:
The Osakis School District received overall high marks on a new Minnesota Department of Education "report card" on all public schools that was released Thursday, Aug. 30. The report card is part of the new North Star accountability system for measuring and evaluating school performance and it is a departure from older systems that focused solely on standardized test results.This new system was designed to satisfy the requirements of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the federal education law enacted in December 2015. ESSA replaced No Child Left Behind.
St. Alexius Catholic Church Father Greg Paffel, pastor Father Jim Maderak, parochial vicar 11 West Oak St., West Union (320) 352-2563 Wednesday, September 12 — 8:15 a.m. Mass. Sunday, September 16 — 8:30 a.m. Mass. Wednesday, September 19 — 8:15 a.m. Mass. Salem — Sauk Valley Lutheran Parish 16134 170th St., Osakis 13958 150th St., Osakis (320) 859-3137; 859-3727 Handicapped accessible at Salem. Thursday, September 13 — 1:30 p.m. Joint Bible study, place to be announced.
Property taxes shouldn't increase much in Osakis next year. At its Sept. 4 meeting, the Osakis City Council set its 2019 preliminary general levy at $594,500 — a 3 percent increase from this year's levy of $573,000. The levy is an overall amount and each property owner's taxes may be greater or less than the 3 percent increase, depending on property values, real estate sales and other entities that collect taxes. This year's general fund revenues amounted to $1,266,190 — $11 more than expenditures.
Wednesday, September 12 5:30 p.m. Osakis Economic Development Corporation annual meeting and election of two board seats at the Osakis Information Center, 11 Main St. E. Thursday, September 13 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. Friday, September 14 7 to 10 p.m. Senior Dance at the Osakis VFW, featuring the "Nite Owls." Sunday, September 16
Downtown Osakis was buzzing with activity for the fifth annual Moonshine Madness Day Saturday. "We had a great turnout," said Laura Backes, a member of the Moonshine Madness Committee. "The weather was beautiful and we had no issues. The street dance was great. People participated in activities, watched the chainsaw carvers. Everything went very well and we lucked out with the weather." Mother Nature provided plenty of sunshine and 70-degree temperatures.