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One after another, 21 marching bands from across Minnesota - and one all the way from Oslo, Norway - wowed a big crowd with their precision, percussion and performances in downtown Alexandria Sunday.


The 29th annual Vikingland Band Festival played out under a perfect sunny sky and temperatures in the upper 70s.

In the end, the band, 728 Cadets from Elk River, Rogers and Zimmerman shined the brightest, earning its first Grand Champion title with the program, "A Simple Gift."

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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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