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Echo Press photo by Al Edenloff Playing off the event's theme, "Ole and Lena's Chili," Gardonville Telephone Cooperative received the Best Display Award. Michelle Elmer (left) and Toni Edwards were part of the team who created "Da Smokin Lenas' Hot Flash Chili." Others included Donna Guetter and Mary Lee Korkowski. Photos from the event can be found on the echopress.com photo gallery.

Hot enough for you? United Way Chili Cook-Off winners share secrets

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Hot, spicy, peppery, tomatoey - and a few "uff dahs" thrown in for good measure.

That's a taste of what those attending the United Way of Pope and Douglas County's 13th annual Chili Cook-Off experienced Tuesday.

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A total of 38 chili cook-off contestants competed for prestigious awards at the event.

Inspired by the theme, "Ole and Lena's Chili," many of the soup servers went all out with costumes and booths proudly reflecting their Norwegian heritage.

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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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