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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Motorists on Highway 28/Minnesota Avenue East in Glenwood will experience a lane closure of the westbound lane between First Street NE and Highway 29/Franklin Street due to a break in a city water main. Crews will further assess the situation and additional repairs may begin Friday. Motorists should slow down, be prepared for slippery conditions and eliminate distractions, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
A request to approve a tobacco license drew debate at Monday night's Alexandria City Council meeting. King Tobacco applied for the license for a second store it plans to open at 307 North Nokomis Street, Suite 106, the site of the old Premier Video store. King Tobacco's existing facility near Walmart recently completed serving a 20-day suspension for failing multiple compliance checks for underage sales. Some council members were not happy about the company's track record.
The Alexandria City Council is trying to solve a problem that has long been a concern in downtown Alexandria — no public restrooms. At its Monday meeting, the council agreed to call for bids to build restrooms at Big Ole Central Park. They would be placed near the corner of Second Avenue East and Broadway, just to the west of the entrance to the parking lot. This will allow easy access for visitors who park in the parking lot, walk from downtown or come off the Central Lakes Trail, according to Bill Thoennes, parks and facilities director.
A proposed splash pad in Alexandria has a home. At its meeting Monday night, the Alexandria City Council agreed to splash pad organizers' request to put the facility in Dean Melton-Fillmore Park. A splash pad is a play area that offers water fountains, geysers or sprays that people of all ages can use to cool off in the summer. Sauk Centre recently added one and there are splash pads in Sartell, Waite Park, Sauk Rapids and three in St. Cloud.
I didn't know what to expect when I covered a Feb. 2 hearing at the Douglas County Courthouse involving the Jacob Wetterling family. They are trying to prevent some information in an investigative file from being released to the public.
A request to use Fillmore Park for a splash pad will be considered by the Alexandria City Council Monday night. Splash pad supporters Sara Reif and Brandon Johnson have been pursuing the idea for a year and half. A splash pad is a play area that offers water fountains, geysers or sprays that people of all ages can use to cool off in the summer. Sauk Centre recently added one and there are splash pads in Sartell, Waite Park, Sauk Rapids and three in St. Cloud.
A vicious influenza outbreak continues to sweep across Douglas County, impacting school attendance, putting people in the hospital and triggering reminders of how to keep the virus from spreading. This year's influenza outbreak is so widespread that the Douglas County Hospital enacted visitor restrictions on Jan. 2 and the precautions are still in place (see related story). From Jan. 29 to Feb. 4, 34 percent of patients who were tested for influenza at Douglas County Hospital and Alexandria Clinic had the virus, according to Infection Control Officer Emma Von Feldon.
Fire destroyed a barn near Evansville Wednesday afternoon. At 3:38 p.m., the Douglas County Sheriff's Office and Evansville Fire Department responded to a report of the fire at 20932 Horseshoe Road NW, Evansville, the home of Svetlana Fedje and Vladislav Connell. When deputies arrived, they found a small barn, used to house chickens and sheep, was on fire. The Brandon Fire Department was called for mutual aid to assist in extinguishing the fire. The fire was believed to be caused by a heat lamp located inside the barn.
Douglas County Hospital continues to see an increased number of influenza cases, and as a precautionary measure for patients and staff, visitor restrictions are still in effect. The restrictions were put in place on January 2 and will remain remain in effect until further notice, according to Infection Control Officer Emma Von Feldon, registered nurse. Only immediate family members should visit patients only if it is necessary.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. — A legal clash unfolded in a Douglas County courtroom Friday about whether the family of Jacob Wetterling has a right to privacy that should prevent some information in the criminal investigation from being released to the public. In the courtroom, Jerry and Patty Wetterling, the parents of Jacob, the 11-year-old St. Joseph boy who was abducted and murdered in 1989, listened intently during the two-hour hearing. Judge Ann Carrott heard from the Wetterlings' attorneys who are trying to keep 168 pages in a 58,000-page casefile private.