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Lowell Anderson | Echo Press Many people came to Nelson Gables in Alexandria on Tuesday to try two different bean soups and vote on which they thought was the best. The event was a fundraiser for the Douglas County Historical Society.

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They came. They tasted. They voted. And the winner of Tuesday's "Bean Soup Taste-Off" at the Douglas County Historical Society was NOT the recipe used by Alexandria's famous Senator Knute Nelson.


Instead, the honor went to Idaho Senator Fred Dubois' bean soup recipe that includes - heaven, forbid - potatoes.

The recipe was recently featured by Echo Press food column writer Sue Doeden, who attended the event and served guests.

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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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