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Bird expert Al Batt showed a slide of a starling during his "Gardening is for the Birds" presentation at the Alexandria Technical and Community College Saturday. The bills of starlings turn yellow during the breeding season. The session was just one part of the Douglas County Master Gardeners' Let's Get Growing Workshop.

Spring is for the birds

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It's been a l---o---n---g winter.

So long that Al Batt, the keynote speaker at the "Let's Get Growing" Workshop in Alexandria Saturday, said it's like having relatives staying at your home. It reaches a point when it's high time for them - and winter - to go.


And to start thinking about bird songs, green grass, tomatoes, flowers, the return of monarch butterflies and how your hands feel when they're working the soil in your garden.

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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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