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The Minnesota Legislature began its new session yesterday, Thursday.

What is at stake? What will be the highlights, the lowlights and the challenges ahead?


Here's how the three legislators representing District 11 in Douglas County - Senator Bill Ingebrigtsen, R-Alexandria, Mary Ellen Otremba, DFL-Long Prairie and Torrey Westrom, R-Elbow Lake - assessed the session in e-mails sent to the newspaper:

Senator Ingebrigtsen

Top issues Ingebrigtsen listed included:

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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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