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Four women from the Alexandria area who qualified for the Boston Marathon included (left to right) Julie Miller, Jeanne Barlage, Shawn Severson and Sabrina Hoppe. Barlage is from Carlos and the others live in Alexandria. (Echo Press file photo by Eric Morken)

UPDATE 4:05 P.M.: Local runners safe after explosions rock Boston Marathon

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All four of the Alexandria area women who were competing at the Boston Marathon today are OK after two bombs reportedly exploded near the finish line of race.

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Preliminary reports say that two people were killed and at least 100 injured by the blasts.

The explosions occurred in a sidewalk area at about 1:45 p.m.(Central Standard Time), about two hours after the first finishers crossed the line.

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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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