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Volunteers who helped break down 30 turkeys Monday for St. Mary’s Church’s free Thanksgiving dinner included (foreground, left to right) Michele Neale (co-chair of the dinner, along with her husband, Bob), Anna Solheid and Jeanie Brever. Pat Osterberg and Randy Kinney also helped with the prep work. (Al Edenloff/Echo Press)

Turkey teardown

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Think your Thanksgiving prep work is hectic?

Step into the shoes of the volunteers at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Alexandria.

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They were up to their elbows in turkeys Monday night, breaking down 30 of the golden-skinned birds to serve as the centerpiece of the church’s free community Thanksgiving dinner, an Alexandria tradition for decades.

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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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