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Marisa Ostendorf of Alexandria is taking the lead in collecting golf balls to send to U.S. troops serving in the Middle East. Many of the golf balls were brought in during a golf ball collection drive and indoor putting event last Saturday at Geneva Golf Club. Photo by Amy Chaffins.

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A simple e-mail request has produced an outpouring of local generosity.

Marisa Ostendorf of Alexandria picked up on a particular request made by U.S. soldiers serving in the Middle East - please send golf balls.


While serving in the desert, many soldiers spend their free time hitting golf balls.

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Amy Chaffins
Amy Chaffins is a journalist working for the Echo Press newspaper. After graduating from St. Cloud State University, Amy’s first job was at KSAX-TV working as an anchor and reporter. From 2003-2010, Amy worked as an editor and reporter for the Pope County Tribune and Starbuck Times newspapers. During her journalism career, Amy earned writing and photography awards from the Associated Press, Minnesota Newspaper Association and Society of Professional Journalists. Amy and her husband, Brandon, live in Alexandria and together write “He Sez, She Sez,” a humor column in the local women’s magazine, Chicz
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