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Echo Press photo by Al Edenloff Family members of Max Beilke reacted with tears and applause when a memorial plaque was unveiled at the Alexandria VA clinic honoring Beilke's life. They included (left to right) Beilke's daughter, Sylvia Hess, his wife, Lisa, cousin, Ray Beilke, and sisters Doris Brunelle, Carol Wachter, Mildred Johnson and Lucille Johnson.

A hero's legacy: VA clinic renamed in honor of Max Beilke

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It was a solemn but exciting day for those who gathered at the Alexandria Veterans Affair (VA) clinic on Saturday, September 11.

The clinic was renamed to honor a former Alexandrian who was hailed as an American hero and a staunch supporter for veterans medical care - Max J. Beilke.


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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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