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VIDEO: Having a blast in Garfield

Cooling off in the spray from the Garfield water ball fights were (left to right) Grace Reed, Madison Magnuson and Skyler Sherrett. (Photo by Al Edenloff)2 / 3
Firefighters from Garfield and Miltona congratulated one another after their water ball battle Saturday. (Photo by Al Edenloff)3 / 3

Garfield whooped it up Saturday during its annual Summer Celebration.

The town was buzzing with activity - a pancake feed, citywide garage sales, parade, pork chop and corn dinner, beer garden, pie and ice cream social, kids' tractor pull and the always popular water ball fights that pitted fire departments throughout the area in a friendly competition to see who had the most accurate aim at blasting water at an overhead target.

Rounding out the events were a bean bag tournament at City Park and a dance.

Another big celebration over the weekend was the annual Rose City Threshing and Heritage Festival.

To see video clips and more photos from both celebrations, go to

EdenloffAl Edenloff Al Edenloff was born in Alexandria and later moved to Parkers Prairie where he graduated in 1979. While in high school, he wrote sports stories for the Parkers Prairie Independent. Al graduated from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communication and started at the Echo Press as a summer intern in 1983. He worked as a reporter until 1990 when he was named editor. He's earned several writing and reporting awards from the Minnesota Newspaper Association (MNA) and the National Newspaper Association. He was presented with the Minnesota News Council's Journalism Accountability Award and is a three-time winner of the MNA's Herman Roe Editorial Writing Award. In his spare time, Al enjoys golfing, fishing, biking, watching sports, cooking and reading mystery novels.

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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