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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The Alexandria Area Community Foundation has announced its Difference Maker grants for 2016. A total of $30,000 was awarded. The Alexandria Fire Department received $9,000 for training for a hostile event response that was held earlier this month. The course taught a new integrated practice to law enforcement, firefighters, and EMS personnel in a hostile event situation in order to reduce morbidity and mortality.
Candidates for Minnesota House District 8B and Senate Districts 8 and 12 made their case before more than 100 voters Tuesday night, clashing on topics ranging from light rail and health insurance reform to the gas tax and minimum wage. The League of Women Voters and Alexandria Technical and Community College sponsored the candidate forum.
Shortly after he became a U.S. Senator in 2009, Al Franken toured the Alexandria Technical and Community College. He wanted to see how during the height of the great recession, Alexandria's unemployment rate was 2.5 percent lower than the rest of the state. Franken said he came away impressed with the partnerships between local businesses and the college in connecting students with high-skilled jobs.
Motorists on westbound Interstate 94 near Evansville will encounter a lane closure on Monday, Oct. 24. One lane will close so crews can line a culvert under the westbound lanes...
The Douglas County Sheriff's Office is seeking information about a break-in and theft that was reported at a trailer belonging to Central Specialties, Inc. On Oct. 17, Central Specialties employees reported that one of their construction trailers was broken into and several thousand dollars of equipment was taken. The theft occurred at 754 Cross Country Lane, just south of Interstate 94, exit 103. Central Specialties Inc. is offering a $2,500 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the theft.
A pickup was destroyed in a fire Wednesday night. At 8:31 p.m., the Douglas County Law Enforcement Center received a call of a vehicle on fire on Firemans Lodge Road...
A 28-year-old Alexandria man was seriously injured in a one-vehicle rollover early Tuesday morning. Jeremy Curtis Cook was driving on Hope Road NE near Homestead Road NE in Alexandria Township when he lost control of a 2002 Dodge Durango at about 1:50 a.m., according to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. The vehicle rolled multiple times and Cook was ejected. He was transported to the Douglas County Hospital and then flown to Hennepin County Medical Center by LifeLink III helicopter.
A 71-year-old Villard man was killed in a two-vehicle crash in Westport Saturday. Dominic Marthaler, 20, of Sauk Centre was driving a Ford F350 south on 110th Ave. at Highway 28 in Pope County while Susan Kuseske, 70, was driving a Buick Lucerne east at the same location at about 5:30 p.m. According to the State Patrol, Marthaler failed to yield the right of way, pulled into the intersection and was broadsided by the Buick. Kuseske's husband and passenger, Larry Kuseske, died as a result of the crash. He wasn't wearing a seat belt.
The west ramps between Interstate 94 and Highway 29 in Alexandria are set to reopen Tuesday or Wednesday of next week. The extra days will give crews a chance to pave the section of Highway 29 between the ramps and the northbound lanes, which otherwise would have opened with a gravel surface, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. After discussing the traffic situation with the contractor, MnDOT leaders agreed the extra days will lead to a better result and safer paving process.
It was hard to tell who was having the most fun at the Alexandria Fire Department's open house Monday — the children, the parents or firefighters. Held in conjunction with Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 9-15, the event included fire station tours, a bouncy house, fingerprinting, pictures with firefighter suits for children and more.