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Lowell Anderson | Echo Press Volunteers Dianne Tomczik (left) and Mary New examined one of the old flags at the Douglas County Historical Society in Alexandria. The historical society recently received a grant that will help ensure that its clothing and textile collection is properly stored and preserved.

Keeping history alive

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Without a concerted effort, historic and cultural treasures are in danger of being lost to time.

That's why the Minnesota Historical Society recently awarded two grants of $6,800 and $5,600 to the Douglas County Historical Society.


The larger grant will be used to help preserve historical clothing in the organization's exhibits while the other grant will go toward keeping an oral history of local World War II veterans alive and vibrant for generations to come.

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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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