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The Park Region Echo printed this issue in the days that followed President Kennedy’s assassination. (Echo Press)

Newspaper covers ‘shocked numbness’ over JFK’s assassination

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From the stark black-and-white front page of the November 27, 1963 Park Region Echo, a four-word headline still resonates: “Community mourns president’s death.”


The story began, “Alexandria and Douglas County joined the rest of the nation and the free world in mourning the death of President John F. Kennedy.”

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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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