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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Wednesday, July 18 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 4-H Summer Fun Day Camp at Park Osagi. Open to youth who completed grades K-3rd grade. Call 320-762-3890 for more information. Wednesday, July 18-Sunday, July 22 48th annual Sinclair Lewis Days. For more information or to sign up for events, go to www.saukcentrechamber.com . Thursday, July 19 1 to 3 p.m. Bookmobile at Community Memorial Home from 1 to 2 p.m. and at the Community Center from 2:15 to 3:15 p.m. Saturday, July 21
They came, they floated, they celebrated. The 11th annual Ferret Drive Floaters Pontoon/Boat Parade on Lake Osakis Pontoon was a bit smaller this year because it was held after the Fourth of July — on Saturday, July 7 — but the event still drew 15 watercraft. The winner of the traveling trophy for the best decorated float was "The Wizard of Ozakis" by the Hanf Family.
The city of Osakis is getting $2,000 for traffic safety equipment. The money will be used to help buy barricades, traffic cones and lighting to provide safe work zones for public works projects. The money came from CenterPoint Energy's community partnership program, which awards grants to local communities for safety-related equipment and projects.
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For the 27th year, the streets of Osakis will be filled with gleaming automobiles from bygone eras, bringing back fond memories of the good old days. Roddin' Round the Lake — a two day event organized by the Central Lakes Cruzers of Osakis — will take place this Friday and Saturday, July 13-14. Activities begin Friday with a social night and customer appreciation feed from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Free pulled pork sandwiches, along with dessert, will be served at NAPA Auto Parts, 204 E. Nokomis St. The public is invited.
St. Alexius Catholic Church Father Greg Paffel, pastor Father Sudhansu Kumar, parochial vicar 11 West Oak St., West Union (320) 352-2563 Wednesday, July 11 — 8:15 a.m. Mass. Sunday, July 15 — 8:30 a.m. Mass. Wednesday, July 18 — 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, July 12 — 1:30 p.m. Ladies Bible study at MaryAnn Forbregd's.
West Union drew a big crowd for its annual Fourth of July Parade on Wednesday. People lined the streets to watch the event -- and perhaps to have some candy thrown their way. The parade started from the north end of town and proceeded to the south to St. Alexius Church and back again. After the parade, everyone was invited to enjoy hot dogs and beverages in the park.
St. Alexius Catholic Church Father Greg Paffel, pastor Father Sudhansu Kumar, parochial vicar 11 West Oak St., West Union (320) 352-2563 Wednesday, July 4 — 8:15 a.m. Mass. Sunday, July 8 — 8:30 a.m. Mass. Wednesday, July 11 — 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, July 5 — Salem Ladies meeting.
The Osakis Women's Association Salad Luncheon was a success again this year during the Osakis Festival, according to organizers. This year's luncheon had a western theme and included a sheriff who would put people behind bars in a mock jail. The inmates could get out if they paid a $1 bail. Fred Walter provided music and plenty of vendors added to the festivities. The money raised at the luncheon will go toward the two $1,000 scholarships the association awards every year.
Wednesday, July 4 10:30 a.m. Elim Lutheran Church's 120th annual Independence Day Celebration. (See front page for more) 2 to 3 p.m. West Union Fourth of July Parade, starting from the north end of town to the south end, to St. Alexis and back again. Lots of candy for the kids. (See front page for more.) Dusk. Osakis' annual Fourth of July fireworks display will take place at the Osakis Country Club at dusk. (See front page for more.) 7 to 10 p.m. Osakis Liquor Store Summer Bean Bag League. Thursday, July 5