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Contributed photo courtesy of Matter of Trust Donated hair and fur from collection points across the country are stuffed into nylons to make "hair boom" that soak up oil.

A hair-raising idea to clean up oil spill

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The next time you get a haircut at an Alexandria salon, it could end up fighting one of the country's worst environmental disasters in decades - the oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico.


At least eight local salons have joined a non-profit public charity's efforts to clean up the oil spill using "hair booms" made out of donated nylons, human hair and pet fur.

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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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