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Blue Smoke BBQ torn down

Work to tear down the fire-damaged Blue Smoke BBQ on Alexandria's 3rd Avenue began this week. The owners obtained a permit for the job. (Echo Press photo by Al Edenloff)

Work began this week to demolish the fire-damaged Blue Smoke BBQ on 3rd Avenue East in Alexandria. Co-owner David Galbraith said that he received a permit to tear down the building and plans to complete the job this week. The building has been at the center of a dispute between Blue Smoke BBQ owners and Alexandria city officials for several months. The city deemed the structure, gutted by fire last August, as a public health hazard. It’s been trying to get the building razed and was pursuing court action to do so. Galbraith said he was planning to tear down the building before the city took action and was waiting for the weather to warm up. Blue Smoke BBQ may not be completely gone. Galbraith said he plans to start a food truck barbecue business next year.

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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