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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Westbound Interstate 94 between the Evansville and Garfield exits will reopen today, Tuesday, Sept. 18. This section of I-94 has been under construction since May as crews were resurfacing both directions of I-94 between Highway 79 and Highway 114, and replacing the decks on the Highway 79 and Highway 114 bridges. Westbound traffic may still encounter intermittent left lane closures as crews start to remove the temporary crossovers and complete guardrail work, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
Larry Kittelson, 80, of Starbuck died after he experienced a medical problem while driving on County Road 82 west of the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Alexandria on Thursday, Sept. 13.
A vehicle caught fire southeast of Alexandria early Sunday morning. The Douglas County Sheriff's Office received a report of the fire at 2704 Golden Gate SE in Alexandria Township just before 1 a.m. The caller reported that the vehicle was possibly occupied by Donald Poczerwinski, who owned the vehicle with Marguerite Brook. When Alexandria police officers arrived on scene, they determined that Poczerwinski had gone into the vehicle as it was on fire to move it away from the residence, and had safely gotten out of the vehicle after moving it.
It's time to dress like a flapper or don a zoot suit — all to help Panther Distillery and the Osakis community. The fifth annual Moonshine Madness Day is this Saturday, Sept. 8. "There will be something for everyone — lots of hands-on crafts, make-and-takes, children games, food, music, all kinds of things," said Laura Backes, a member of the Moonshine Madness Committee.
Some drivers heading east on Third Avenue in Alexandria are putting themselves, pedestrians and other drivers in danger when they try to turn left on Kenwood Street, according to city leaders. They're ignoring the "no left turn" signs at the intersection — signs that were installed as part of a crosswalk project three years ago in an effort to give walkers, bicyclists and those with wheelchairs a safe place to get across the busy street.
More than 200 county commissioners, other elected officials, and key staff from across Minnesota heard from gubernatorial candidates Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson and Congressman Tim Walz today, Thursday, during the Association of Minnesota Counties Fall Policy Conference in Alexandria.
A Long Prairie man with a suspended driver's license was pulled over on Highway 27 after reaching speeds of nearly 130 miles per hour with a blood alcohol concentration over the legal limit and with a teenage boy who was riding in the vehicle with him, according to authorities. Pedro Emmanuel Reyes Cartagena, 32, was charged in Todd County District Court Aug. 20 with two gross misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence of alcohol. According to the criminal complaint:
A 21-year-old Fargo man was injured in a one-vehicle crash south of Alexandria Wednesday, Sept. 12. Elmi Abdikadir Elmi was driving a 2005 Jeep Wrangler north in the southbound lane of Highway 114 south of County Road 4 in Holmes City Township at about 1:30 p.m., according to the State Patrol. Southbound traffic swerved to avoid a collision and Elmi swerved to the left and ran off the road into the north ditch, striking a field approach. Elmi, who was wearing a seat belt, was taken to Alomere Health with non-life-threatening injuries, according to the State Patrol.
In his remarks at the Sept. 11 observance ceremony at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, Vice President Mike Pence paid tribute to several heroes of that fateful day — including former Alexandrian Max Beilke. Beilke, a 1950 Alexandria High School graduate, was among the first to be killed when hijackers rammed American Airlines Flight 77 into the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001. The plane crashed into a window in the office where Beilke had just attended a meeting to advocate for military retirees and veterans.
The new director of the Alexandria Lake Area Sanitary District has only been on the job three days but he likes what he sees. Introduced at Monday's Alexandria City Council meeting, Scott Gilbertson said he's impressed with the district's wastewater treatment plant, its superintendents and its staff. He said they've made excellent decisions over the years that have led to cleaner lakes. "I'd put the quality of our lakes as the best in the state of Minnesota," he told the council.