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Antique store arsonist sentenced

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A 54-year-old Benson man was sentenced to five years in prison for setting fire to an antique store in downtown Alexandria.

Bernard Michael Drivdahl received the sentence from Judge Ann Carrott in Douglas County District Court on February 15.

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He pleaded guilty to second-degree arson on October 10, 2011.

As part of a plea agreement, other charges were dismissed, including first-degree arson, third-degree burglary and theft.

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Al Edenloff
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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