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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Because of the strong possibility of rain this Thursday, July 19, the Red Willow Arts Coalition's Concert on the Courthouse Lawn will be relocated to the Alexandria Area High School Performing Arts Center. The free concert features DiamondBack , a central Minnesota band that's been performing for 20 years.
Drivers heading west on Interstate 94 near Alexandria will encounter a detour Tuesday, July 17, starting at 9 p.m. The westbound lane will be closed and traffic will be detoured to Highway 27 and Highway 114, as crews complete overnight work and maintenance, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. The work is occurring during overnight hours to minimize traffic impacts, and is expected to be completed by 3 a.m., weather permitting.
For the 27th year, the streets of Osakis will be filled with gleaming automobiles from bygone eras, bringing back fond memories of the good old days. Roddin' Round the Lake — a two day event organized by the Central Lakes Cruzers of Osakis — will take place this Friday and Saturday, July 13-14. Activities begin Friday with a social night and customer appreciation feed from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Free pulled pork sandwiches, along with dessert, will be served at NAPA Auto Parts, 204 E. Nokomis St. The public is invited.
A two-vehicle crash north of Alexandria on Highway 29 sent a passenger to the hospital on Saturday, July 7. Jerry Degn, 56, of Bloomington was driving a 2010 Nissan Murano south on Highway 29 near South Riverview Drive, just north of Carlos Corners, and was slowing to 30 miles per hour when a 1999 Ford Escort, driven by Dilan Kluver-Pasche, 21, of Hoffman did not slow down and rear-ended the Murano, according to the State Patrol, which released the accident report Thursday.
Four people were arrested and booked on various drug-related charges Tuesday morning after authorities executed two search warrants on the 900 block of Elm Street in Alexandria. The suspects are Jamaal Marshall, 35; Carlee Davids, 22; Ryan Snelson, 38; and Traci Anderson, 50. All four live in Alexandria.
A house explosion June 30 in Todd County has left one person with severe burns to most of her body. The explosion happened around 3:30 p.m. at 22832 161st Ave., Osakis in Leslie Township, just northeast of the Head of the Lakes Resort. One person, identified as Christy Bearson, 34, was severely burned as a result of the explosion.
Alexandria City Council member Todd Jensen said the council's decision whether to repeal a section of city code that requires stricter installations of sprinkler systems than the state building code boils down to saving lives or saving contractors a few bucks. The issue will have to boil a little longer. By a 4-1 vote Monday night, the council approved Virgil Batesole's request to table the issue to get more information from City Attorney Tom Jacobson about what the city can and can't do about state rules governing sprinkler systems.
At its Monday meeting, the Alexandria City Council appointed 59 election judges for the Aug. 14 primary election and the Nov. 6 general election. All the judges completed the required two hours of training. Minnesota law requires the appointments at least 25 days before the election. Another item from Monday's meeting that wasn't reported in other council stories: A position is open on the city of Alexandria's Housing and Redevelopment Authority Board.
The Alexandria City Council closed its meeting a little early Monday night to discuss "pending or threatening litigation" concerning a lawsuit brought against the city by Aaron Dalton of Burnsville. Minnesota's open meeting laws allow government entities to confidentially discuss legal strategies with their attorneys. Dalton has sued other cities, including Wadena and Detroit Lakes, over allegations of handicap accessibility problems at government-owned buildings, according to a story in the March 3 issue of the Duluth News Tribune.
Work is now underway on the new "Green Pastures" housing development near Latoka Drive and County Road 45 in west Alexandria. A groundbreaking ceremony was held June 22. About 35 people from city officials to the general public attended the event. Doug and Joan Wenzel's development will build 28 market-rate townhomes and a three-story, 56-unit apartment complex. The Alexandria City Council unanimously approved the planned unit development at its Feb. 26 meeting.