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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Republican candidates dominated Douglas County on Election Day, as voters didn't support a single DFL candidate. All three incumbent Republican state representatives were returned to office. In District 8B, Mary Franson garnered 59 percent of the county's votes to DFLer Gail Kulp's 41 percent. Districtwide, Franson received 62 percent of the vote. When contacted by the Echo Press, Franson said it was an honor and a privilege to be representing District 8B for another two years.
A two-vehicle crash southwest of Alexandria sent three people to the hospital Thursday night, Nov. 8. Ronald Berneking, 63, of Farwell was driving a 2008 Chevrolet Equinox west on 34th Avenue and Payton Edevold, 21, of Bagley was turning left in her 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix from Nevada Street onto 34th Avenue when the vehicles collided at about 6 p.m., according to the State Patrol. Edevold, Berneking and his passenger, Jolee Berneking, 60, of Farwell all suffered non-life-threatening injuries and were taken to Alomere Hospital.
Noxious fumes at a pig barn near Sauk Centre killed 50 pigs and made two men ill on Nov. 7, according to authorities. At 6:30 p.m., Stearns County deputies and Sauk Centre police were notified of a possible exposure of noxious fumes at Fiedler Finishing, 34496 415th Ave. in Getty Township, about five miles south of Sauk Centre. According to Sheriff Don Gudmundson, Robert Alverson, 27, of Osakis and Bradley Kettering, 31, of Glenwood, were working inside the pig barn agitating and pumping manure throughout the day.
A familiar face will be returning to the Alexandria City Council. Roger Thalman, who was appointed to an open council seat in 2013-2014 before losing to Bob Kuhlman, will be back in Ward 2. He defeated Kuhlman in a tight race Tuesday, getting 522 votes to Kuhlman's 500. Thalman expected the race to be close, but not that close. "I was ecstatic to win," he said. "I think I have some good ideas to bring to the council and know how to work with others on the council."
The old building on North Broadway in Alexandria that once housed United Building Center is getting a brand new look. Gone are the overgrown weeds on the property and much of the building that stood vacant after the building supply company closed five years ago. In its place will be new offices for Real Estate by Jo's eight employees and 6,000 square feet of retail/office space that's open to a variety of other uses.
In a battle of newcomers in Douglas County District 2, Tim Kalina edged Judy Backhaus for county commissoner. Meanwhile, incumbent Charlie Meyer prevailed in the District 4 race.
Because Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 6, results and candidate reactions will be printed in the Friday, Nov. 9 Echo Press. But readers can find up-to-the-minute results on the newspaper website — www.echopress.com — on Election Night. An Echo Press reporter will be at the Douglas County Courthouse when results start coming in an hour or so after the polls close at 8 p.m. and will be updating results throughout the night and into the early morning hours. Races that will be highlighted in our Election Night coverage: Alexandria City Council
A new Mexican restaurant will be opening in downtown Alexandria soon. Fajitas Place Family Mexican Restaurant will be located at 523 Broadway in the building that last housed Art with a Purpose and Bella's on Broadway Italian restaurant. The company is applying for a liquor license, which the Alexandria City Council will consider at its Nov. 13 meeting.
Looking for local information about the 2018 election? The Echo Press Voter's Guide is available online. The newspaper printed a special eight-page Voter's Guide section in the Friday, Oct. 26 issue. You can find it by clicking on this link . The guide includes information from candidates for Alexandria City Council, Douglas County Board and the Minnesota House of Representatives. There's also an overview story listing mayor, city council, township and school districts throughout Douglas County.
Halloween fun has begun in the Douglas County area! Children in a variety of colorful costumes collected candy at Bethesda Lutheran Church's "Trunk or Treat" Sunday afternoon in the church parking lot in Alexandria. The event will continue until 4 p.m. Many other activities will take place in the next few days. For a list of of Halloween fun, click here. More Halloween coverage will be in this week's Echo Press.