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Work on the new Alexandria Area High School progressed swiftly through 2013. The school, located near 50th Avenue and Pioneer Road, will open next fall. (Echo Press)

2013 a year of extremes and transitions

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For Douglas County, 2013 was a year of extremes, for weather, violent crimes and bad fires.

It was also a year marked by big changes – the transition to a new high school, transformations at the Alexandria Senior Center, reconstruction of city streets, and saying farewell to several long-time community leaders.


Here’s a look back at the Top 10 News Stories of 2013, as determined by the Echo Press editorial team.

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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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