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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Township residents elected leaders and took care of business at elections and annual meetings on Tuesday, March 13. Here are the results for townships in the Osakis area: Belle River Township: Andy Miller was voted in as supervisor and voters approved combining the clerk and treasurer position by a 10-5 vote. Although it won't be official until the township's organizational meeting on Monday, March 19, Jesse Lusty should be appointed as clerk/treasurer. Total voters: 15.
Thursday, March 15 6 p.m. The Osakis Hunger Coalition invites everyone to join a packing event at the Osakis Public School. The packing for Backpack Attack will start at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 17
Will you be able to wake up if a fire breaks out in your home in the middle of the night? Don't take the chance. Make sure your smoke alarms are working and the batteries aren't dead. And if you don't have a smoke alarm, here's help. The Osakis Police Department is partnering with the local chapter of the American Red Cross to provide free smoke alarm installations in the Osakis community. They will provide and install up to three smoke alarms in your home, completely free of charge. Hearing impaired alarms are also available.
Osakis area families enjoyed food, prizes and fun at the annual St. Agnes School Carnival Sunday. The fundraising event took place at the Osakis Public School and featured a silent auction, games for children, a vendor fair, bounce house and a performance from the Osakis Just for Kix Dancers. About 500 people attended the event and the school raised roughly $8,000, according to Principal Pat Pospisil. "It was definitely a success," she said, adding that the money will help the school meet the needs of the moment.
The 2018 Todd County DFL Convention will be held on Sunday, March 11 at the Hewitt Community Center, 512 Wisconsin Street, Hewitt. A full meal will be available starting at 12:30 p.m., prepared and served by the Hewitt Lions Club at a cost of $12. The convention meeting will began at approximately 1:15 p.m. Participants will elect county DFL directors and district delegates to the DFL 7th Congressional District Convention.
Dr. David Hetland of Osakis — the owner of Comfort Chiropractic clinics in Long Prairie and Sauk Centre — said he feels blessed to be able to return to his hometown. He lives in Osakis with his wife, Tara, a teacher at St. Mary's School in Alexandria, and his three young boys.
When will Big Bob sink? That's a question that could win you $500 in Osakis Chamber Bucks. Big Bob is a giant bobber on Lake Osakis, just out from the public access. He will stay there until warm weather melts enough ice for the bobber to fall and become fully submerged. The Osakis Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the first-ever contest. To play, buy a $5 raffle ticket, available at local businesses, and fill out the entry form with the date, hour and minute you think that Big Bob will sink.
Tonight's Osakis City Council meeting (March 5) is canceled because of the snowy, icy weather. It is rescheduled for Monday, March 12 at the same place, City Hall, and time, 7 p.m.
Schools in the Douglas County area are closed today, Monday, March 5, because of an expected winter storm.
Help is on the way to improve water and sewer systems in Osakis. The city received $1.13 million in loans from the Minnesota Public Facility Authority, which announced the funding last week. Osakis was approved for a $653,961 loan from Clean Water Revolving Fund for sanitary sewer rehabilitation work and a $475,604 loan from the Drinking Water Revolving Fund for improvements to the city's water distribution system.