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Those attending a ceremony in Detroit Lakes that officially designated Alexandria and Douglas County as Yellow Ribbon communities included (left to right) Governor Mark Dayton, Sergeant First Class Scott Kowski of Sauk Centre, Bev Bales (vice chair), Owen Miller (chair), Mayor Dan Ness, Eric Karlstad, U.S. Representative Colin Peterson and General R. Cayton. (Photo by Brian Basham, Detroit Lakes Tribune)

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Service members and their families have a whole new level of support in Alexandria and in Douglas County.

Governor Mark Dayton recently presented the county and the city official certification as "Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Networks."


"It was a long process taking over a year, involving many entities," said Douglas County Commissioner Bev Bales, who headed the process for Douglas County.

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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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