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.
- Member for
- 3 years 5 months
The complex process of changing Alexandria's charter — the 57-year-old document that serves as the city's constitution — hit a rocky patch Monday night. Out of 14 amendments the city council considered, only four received preliminary approval, five failed to get the required unanimous approval, and five were tabled to get more information.
TIF request fails again For the second time in a month, the Alexandria City Council considered a request to extend tax increment financing for Torborg Builders, but the result was the same. It failed when the council and mayor, acting as the city's Economic Development Authority, were deadlocked 3-3. Virgil Batesole, Bob Kuhlman and Bobbie Osterberg voted no while Todd Jensen, Dave Benson and Mayor Sara Carlson, who votes as an EDA member, voted for it.
The Beyond the Yellow Ribbon program wrapped up another busy year of offering support for local National Guard service members and their families. That's according to Jeremy Pedersen, a steering committee member who presented an annual report to the Alexandria City Council Monday night.
PrimeWest Health reported a possible breach of personal information about its members. PrimeWest is a partnership of 13 rural Minnesota counties, including Douglas County, that administers a county-based purchasing health care plan for more than 36,000 residents. In a news release issued Monday, PrimeWest said an incident occurred at Summit Reinsurance Services, Inc. that resulted in the possibility of unauthorized access to member information. Summit had the information because it provided underwriting and consulting reinsurance services to PrimeWest.
U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar’s “Minnesota Morning” coffee gatherings with constituents featured breakfast pastries from Roers Family Bakery in Alexandria this week. Klobuchar has visited dozens of Minnesota communities in recent months and, after tasting favorite local foods, she decided to showcase these Minnesota specialties at her weekly Thursday-morning coffee gatherings in her Washington, D.C. office.
Because of warm weather and last night's rain, the ice skating rinks at Alexandria's Noonan Park have been closed. Right now, there is more water on the rink than ice, said Bill Thoennes, public works director. "This seems to happen at least once a season," he said, adding that he hopes it is not too much of an inconvenience for residents and visitors of Alexandria. The rinks will be closed until further notice. The city post the status on its website.
New improvements are in the works for the Central Lakes Trail in Osakis. Dan Wessell from the Osakis Area Chamber of Commerce revealed the plans to the city council at its Jan. 3 meeting. One of the ideas is a bicycle repair station where bikers could make basic repairs and maintenance, such as fixing a flat tire, adjusting the brakes and derailleurs or filling a low tire.
If you've had something stolen out of a storage unit lately, the Alexandria Police Department may have it. As part of a long investigation of stolen property, police recently recovered several stolen items. They're asking people to look at the items in hopes they will be able to return the property to the rightful owners.
Drinking straight whiskey may not be everyone's cup of tea. That's why Panther Distillery in Osakis plans to offer something new — a cocktail room where customers can sample the distillery's whiskey and moonshine mixed with soft drinks. Owner Adrian Panther requested and received preliminary approval from the Osakis City Council at its Jan. 3 meeting for the new cocktail room. The council will ask City Clerk Angela Jacobson, who has been out on leave, to write the ordinance that would allow the cocktail room.
Help is on the way for nearly 300 households and 39 businesses in Douglas County that are frustrated with slow, unreliable Internet connections. On Wednesday, Lt. Gov. Tina Smith and the Department of Employment and Economic Development announced grants totaling $34 million for 42 broadband infrastructure projects statewide. Two grants were approved in the Douglas County area.