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 I-94 from Evansville to Garfield exits will experience an eastbound lane closure on Wednesday, April 25. Traffic will be reduced to one lane for the next two weeks. There will also be intermittent westbound lane closures on Monday, April 30 until Friday, May 4 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Crews will install culverts in the median and work on erosion control.
A request to make changes to a big housing development spread over 30 acres of land in southeast Alexandria was tabled Monday night. The Alexandria City Council voted 3-0 to delay taking action on Unique Development's conditional use permit and its proposal to amend its planned unit development near Woodland Elementary School and Rosewood Lane.
LifeLink III medical helicopters should soon be able to launch two minutes faster in Alexandria — time that could make a difference in saving lives, according to the company. The faster lift-offs will be possible because of a new lease agreement the Alexandria City Council approved Monday night. The three-year lease will put LifeLink III in its own hangar at the Alexandria Airport that's closer to the company's location.
What would happen if a disaster was so bad the hospital would run out of morgue space? The Alexandria City Council has a plan for such a scenario after it approved a memorandum of understanding with the Douglas County Hospital Monday night. It updates the morgue services provisions in the event of a disaster. If the hospital's morgue services are overwhelmed, two additional sites for morgues are identified — the Runestone Community Center and the Airport Hangar.
Changes in a large apartment development will be considered at the Alexandria City Council meeting on Monday, April 23. Unique Development LLP is seeking a conditional use permit, amendments to its planned unit development and other zoning requests for its property near Woodland Elementary School and Rosewood Lane. The development, as approved in 2016, called for three apartment buildings containing 36, 48 and 60 units, along with four four-unit townhomes, all clustered along the eastern half of the site. The first 36-unit apartment complex is complete and occupied.
Judge Ann Carrott ruled Thursday that all the documents in the investigative file in the Jacob Wetterling case must be released to the public. Patty and Jerry Wetterling, the parents of Jacob Wetterling, who was abducted near the family's St. Joseph home in 1989, filed suit to prevent the release of 168 pages within the 56,373 page file that was compiled by law enforcement during the three-decade long investigation.
A new name is in the works for the Douglas County Hospital and its partner clinics. On Wednesday, Douglas County Hospital CEO Carl Vaagenes officially announced what hospital and clinic employees learned a few weeks ago. "I'm thrilled about what this means for our organization, our team and our community," said Vaagenes in an email to the newspaper. He cited three key reasons for the upcoming name change, which will be unveiled at a communitywide celebration on May 11.
A long-range plan would transform Alexandria's Big Ole Central Park into a "trail head art park." It would improve the farmers market, expand the parking lot, install interactive fountains and sculptures, and add picnic tables, benches, sidewalks and more. The Alexandria City Council's decision on April 9 to accept a bid for public restrooms in the park is part of the Big Ole Central Park Concept Master Plan, according to Bill Thoennes, parks department director.
Motorists on I-94 between Garfield and Evansville will experience alternating lane closures along the eastbound lanes today, Wednesday, April 18. The lane closures will take place from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and are to prepare the lanes to carry head to head traffic when construction begins on the westbound lanes. Last year, crews resurfaced the eastbound lanes and replaced the eastbound bridge decks over Highway 79 and Highway 114.
A 32-year-old St. Paul man was injured in a one-vehicle rollover near Evansville Sunday morning. Andrew Charles Peterson was driving a Chrysler Pacifica east on Highway 79 just west of Interstate 94 at about 6 a.m.