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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Several Alexandria area restaurants received scam phone calls over the weekend regarding their electric service. A caller, posing as someone from Alexandria Light and Power Utilities, stated the restaurant needed to make a credit card payment or their electrical service would be disconnected. ALP Utilities does not make collection phone calls demanding electronic payments, the utility said in an email alert Monday. If a customer is delinquent, they will receive a notice by mail.
Six people were injured in two separate crashes that happened in a work zone on Interstate 94 about eight miles west of Alexandria Sunday afternoon.
You can't hold a public dance in Alexandria without a license if the dancers have to pay a fee. If you do get a license, you still have to follow some rules: No alcohol. No prostitutes. No drunks. At least one city police officer has to be at every dance. All Saturday night dancing must end promptly at 1 a.m. No public dances on Sundays. Those are just some of stipulations listed in Alexandria City Code Section 4.32 that regulates dances. But all that may soon change.
Cherry Street Books in Alexandria will host a book signing by popular Minnesota author, Faith Sullivan, on Saturday July 22 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the store.
More than 600 bicyclists will roll through the Douglas County area this week as part of The Ride Around Minnesota or TRAM. They're doing more than just pedaling along from place to place. They expect to raise more than $650,000 to help people affected by multiple sclerosis. The annual Bike MS: TRAM Ride is a five-day 300-mile journey that will start in Alexandria at the Douglas County Fairgrounds this Wednesday, July 19, at 6:30 a.m. and end at the same location on Sunday, July 23, at 4 p.m.
Tornado sirens sounded Monday night as a severe thunderstorm rumbled through Douglas County. There were several reports of trees and branches that were blown down. Carlos Creek Winery was among the areas that were hit. So much debris was scattered about, the winery is asking for volunteers to help with the clean-up. The work began at 8 a.m. Tuesday.
Criminals who drive drunk or sell drugs not only risk spending time behind bars or paying fines. They often forfeit their vehicles, cash and other property used in the commission of their crimes. Last year, law enforcement agencies in Minnesota seized cash or property that netted more than $7.4 million — an 8 percent jump from the previous year, according to the annual Criminal Forfeitures Report recently released by State Auditor Rebecca Otto.
Drivers on Interstate 94 between Evansville and Garfield will encounter a traffic shift starting Friday, July 14, as crews begin resurfacing the eastbound lanes and re-decking two bridges. Traffic will be reduced to a single lane in each direction using the current westbound lanes, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
Alexandria firefighters responded to a shed fire at 721 Roosevelt Street shortly before 7:30 a.m. Thursday. When firefighters arrived, the shed was engulfed and thick clouds of smoke were billowing into the air. The shed was located behind a two-story home on Roosevelt Street. Watch for updates when more information becomes available.
An Osakis man whose home was searched during an investigation into business theft allegations against his wife was sentenced on a felony drug charge while a credit card fraud charge was dropped. Curtis Dale Waldvogel, 45, will not have to serve jail time if he obeys the conditions of his 20-year probation. His wife, Denise Waldvogel, 48, was charged with felony theft by swindle from the Osakis Creamery Association. Her jury trial is scheduled for Aug. 7.