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Ninth grade students were congratulated by District 206 staff, business leaders and Alexandria Mayor Sara Carlson for showing their commitment to the district’s new learning program, known as academies, which help prepare students for college and careers. (Echo Press photo by Al Edenloff)

Ninth graders start chasing their dreams

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Excitement and anticipation filled the Jefferson High School gym in Alexandria Friday morning.

The class of 2017 – this year’s ninth-graders – started their transition to a brand new school, Alexandria Ar

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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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