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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Firefighters from Garfield, Brandon and Alexandria battled a house fire in the rain on Sunday. The Garfield Fire Department responded to the call at 10775 Moe Hall Road NW about 6 p.m. A propane grill near the house was on fire and reportedly spread to the house, accordng to communications on the police scanner. Everyone was able to get out of the house safely and the homeowner turned off the power. Brandon firefighters were called in for mutual aid and the Alexandria Fire Department also assisted. The Douglas County Sheriff's Office was also on the scene.
A 19-year-old Morris man who was injured in a rollover northeast of Hoffman early Saturday morning is recovering. At 4:17 a.m., the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call about the crash, which happened east of the Elk Lake Road SW/Sandy Hill Road SW intersection in Urness Township. Austin David Smith, the only occupant of the vehicle, suffered severe injuries because the vehicle rolled several times, according to the sheriff's office.
The 97th annual Resorters Golf Tournament is in the history books and it was an especially memorable one for the eight golfers who were crowned champions today, Saturday, at the Alexandria Golf Club. The results of the final matches were: Men's Championship -- Tom Strandemo of Delano defeated Paul Stankey of Eden Prairie, 1-up. Women's Championship -- Sophia Yoemens of Red Wing defeated Alejandra Arellano. Men's Masters -- Dan Elton of Moorhead defeated Norty Blanchard.
Medalist Andy Petersen of Albert Lea and three-time former champion Daryl Schomer of St. Cloud are still in the hunt for more Resorters glory in the Men's Executive Division. They both enjoyed fairly comfortable outings yesterday, closing out their matches after just 14 holes. Schomer, a champion in the division in 2012, 2013 and 2015, ousted another three-time title holder, Tim Peterson of Forest Lake (2011, 2003, 2002), while Petersen ended the run of ninth-seeded Nick Paulson of Alexandria.
It was the talk of the day. Seventeenth-seeded Brian Choe, playing in his second Resorters tournament, knocked out defending champion Nick Heinen, 4-3. The 18-year-old from Coppell, Texas turned in a nearly flawless round — carding six birdies and nothing else but pars through 15 holes. "We were both playing really good golf," Choe said after the match. "I kept hitting solid shots to keep the lead." There was one other fairly big upset. Andrew Lindberg, also of Coppell, who was the number-two seed, was eliminated by the 18th-seeded Andrew Israelson of Staples.
Defending champion Dan Elton of Moorhead and medalist Norty Blanchard continue to dominate the Masters Division. Both of them were back in the clubhouse savoring their quarterfinal wins after just 14 holes yesterday. But two other dominating forces in the division were eliminated. Dave Harris of Alexandria, a two-time champion in the Senior Men's Division and the 2014 Masters Division champ, was ousted by the number four seed, David Lee of Waukegan, Illinois. And George Cliff, a six-time champion in two other divisions, was toppled by Blanchard.
Two former Resorters champions — and this year's co-medalists — will go head-to-head for all the marbles in the Women's Executive Division on Saturday. Betsy Aldrich of Minnetonka won the division in 2007 and is also a two-time champion in the Women's Division (2008 and 2003). Jodi (Krafka) Sullivan also won the Women's Division twice — 1985 and 1987.
The four golfers with the best qualifying rounds in the Men's Executive Division all survived the opening round of match play yesterday. Daryl Schomer of St. Cloud, a three-time champ in the division who had the second best qualifying round of 73, took just 10 holes to dispatch his opponent. Medalist Andy Petersen of Albert Lea, who qualified with a 68, rode to a 4-3 victory — as did Al Hagen of Harrisburg, South Dakota, who had a qualifying round of 73.
Bennett Olsen of Alexandria, the defending champion in the Junior 10-12 Division, kept his repeat chances alive with a 2-up win in the opening round Wednesday. This year's medalist, however, didn't fare as well. Colton Cavers of Alexandria, who carded a 38 during qualifying, ran into some bogey and double-bogey trouble and was defeated by Carver Larson, also of Alexandria. An odd stat from yesterday: All four golfers who took the first lead of the match ended up losing.
Carson Herron, the medalist in the Junior 13-15 Division, continues to swing a hot club. He breezed to an easy win Wednesday to advance into the semifinals. So did Davis Johnson of Chaska, who notched the third best round in qualifying. He needed only 14 holes to notch his win. The two others in the division's final four are Gabe McKeown of Lenexa, Kansas — the Junior 10-12 Division champion in 2014 — and Blake Stedronsky of Chaska. They will have a day off today before teeing it up on Friday from the No. 1 tee at noon.