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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It was hard to tell what was clicking better at Osakis Public Schools on Friday morning, Dec. 7 — the students keying in information on their laptops or the older students connecting with younger ones over computer coding. The "Hour of Code" event, held during Computer Science Week, was organized by technology integration specialist, Stan Moore.
Back on Aug. 25, the fourth annual Bob Sinotte Open was held at the Osakis Country Club. A total of 64 golfers played in the fun event, but their scores were not as important as the cause — raising money for cancer research at the Mayo Clinic in honor of Sinotte, who passed away from pancreatic cancer in 2015. Organizers recently finalized the proceeds from the event and it turns out that 2018 was the tournament's best year yet. They were able to raise $5,549 and with Mayo's match, the final result was an $11,098 donation, which raises the four-year total to $36,946.
St. Alexius Catholic Church Father Greg Paffel, pastor Father Jim Maderak, parochial vicar 11 West Oak St., West Union (320) 352-2563 Wednesday, December 12 — 8:15 a.m. Sunday, December 16 — 8:30 a.m. Mass. Wednesday, December 19 — 8:15 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, December 12 1:45 p.m. and 7 p.m. Osakis Public School Elementary, K-3rd grade, Holiday Program in the Auditorium. Thursday, December 13 1:15 p.m. and 7 p.m. St. Agnes School students in preschool through 6th grade will present their Christmas musical, A Piece of Christmas, at the Immaculate Conception Church. Refreshments will be served following both programs. Friday, December 14 7 to 10 p.m. Senior Dance at Osakis VFW Club, featuring "Nite Owls." Saturday, December 15
Thursday, December 6 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. Noon through noon on Friday, December 7. Radiothon to End Child Abuse airs on KIK-FM 100.7, COOL 94.3, KWAD/KNSP 1430 AM, Superstation K-106, 105.9 FM.
Here's a way to brighten the Christmas of a child whose family is struggling financially: Support the Osakis Mitten Tree. The Osakis Women's Association has conducted the Mitten Tree service project for more than 20 years. In the past, the OWA has helped to provide a Merry Christmas to anywhere from 40 to 80 families, and 70 to 120 children a year. Families who are financially struggling and need help with Christmas gifts can pick up and drop off an application at City Hall. The deadline for applications is Wednesday, Dec. 7. Here are the rules:
Sleigh bells were jingling, wish lists were given to Santa and stockings were decorated in Osakis Saturday, Dec. 1. Santa Day attracted a big crowd of children, their parents and even a few girls basketball players from out of town who were competing in a tournament. Santa gave out treat bags, talked to children and posed for photos. Kids also had fun decorating cookies, making reindeer food and Christmas cards, and putting stickers on Christmas stockings. Donations to the Osakis Mitten Tree effort were also accepted.
Something suspicious is popping up in lawns around Osakis — plastic pink flamingos. But don't let it ruffle your feathers. There's a way to stop them from roosting in your yard: Buy "Anti-Flocking Insurance" for $20. And you can, for a price, arrange for the flamingos to show up on a friend's property. This kind of shenanigans may sound like it's for the birds but it all goes toward a good cause — a fundraiser to help 10 Osakis students fly to Washington, D.C. in the spring. Osakis Close Up students are the ones spreading the flamingo cheer.
St. Alexius Catholic Church Father Greg Paffel, pastor Father Jim Maderak, parochial vicar 11 West Oak St., West Union (320) 352-2563 Wednesday, December 5 — 8:15 Mass. Friday, December 7 — 7:30 p.m. Sunday, December 9 — 8:30 a.m. Mass. Wednesday, December 12 — 8:15 a.m. 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.
Two fishermen escaped serious injuries after their ATV fell through the ice on Lake Oscar west of Alexandria Friday night. The Douglas County Sheriff's Office received a call about a Yamaha Grizzly 700 4-wheel ATV falling through the ice at about 7:30 p.m. Steven Miller, 53, of Osakis and Ethan Miller, 26, of Lakeville had driven the ATV out onto the lake to fish, according to the sheriff's office. As they returned from fishing, their ATV fell through the ice and sunk to the bottom.