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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Gail Kulp of Alexandria told a roomful of supporters on Jan. 18 that she will run for office again in 2018. As she did two years ago, Kulp is vying for the District 8B seat in the Minnesota House of Representatives currently held by Mary Franson, R-Alexandria. Kulp plans to visit with voters at the Douglas County DFL Caucus on Feb. 6 at Discovery Middle School. She said she looks forward to town hall meetings and knocking on doors in Douglas and Otter Tail counties.
One of Long Prairie's largest employers, the printing company LSC Communications, is closing. The company plans to permanently close the plant at 100 Banta Road in early April, leaving 236 workers without a job, according to a notice filed with the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. The company cited "changing market conditions" as the reason for the shutdown. Positions affected by the closure include press operators, technicians, mechanics, maintenance workers and several managerial positions. The layoffs will begin in March.
John R. Stone of Glenwood, a former editor of the Echo Press, was inducted into the Minnesota Newspaper Association's "Half Century Club" for working in the newspaper industry for 50 years. Stone received the honor at the association's 151st annual convention in Bloomington on Jan. 25. Stone, who is still writing columns for both the Pope County Tribune and the Echo Press, is also a past president of the Minnesota Newspaper Association, serving as president in 2007, and was on the association's board for a decade. Family history
Diann Drew of Alexandria will play a leadership role in the Minnesota Newspaper Association. Drew was named treasurer at the association's 150th annual convention and awards banquet in Bloomington last week. Drew, a controller for the Echo Press, has worked for the newspaper for more than 16 years. Christerfer Schultz, the publisher and majority independent owner of Herald Journal Publishing, Inc. and Greater Minnesota Communications, Inc., was elected MNA president. He is the 137th president of MNA, representing more than 325 newspapers across the state.
Several businesses that have electrical service through ALP Utilities received a scam phone call recently. The caller stated the customer's payment did not process and they needed to make a payment or their electrical service would be disconnected. ALP Utilities does not make collection phone calls demanding payment, the utility noted in a news release Thursday. If a customer is delinquent, notices will be sent by mail.
A donkey basketball game in Osakis Saturday, Jan. 27 provided fun entertainment for a good cause — the Osakis First Responders. About 600 people came out to the Osakis High School for Dairyland Donkey Ball. First, they watched two 16-minute elimination games. The first one featured local business people going up against local firefighters, emergency medical services personnel and law enforcement officers. Then, Osakis teachers then took on community members.
If you're growing weary of winter, here's a way to think spring: Enter the Echo Press Ice Out Contest. The person who comes closest to guessing when the ice will be gone on Lake L'Homme Dieu in Alexandria will win a $50 gift certificate from Elden's Fresh Foods. In case of a tie, a drawing will be held to determine the winner. Look for a registration blank in today's newspaper or in the Lakeland Shopping Guide.
State Rep. Mary Franson, R-Alexandria, announced Tuesday that she will seek re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2018.
It's time for grassroots politics to start growing. Caucuses will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 6. Precinct caucuses mark the beginning of the 2018 election in Minnesota. They are meetings run by the state's political parties where the candidate endorsement process begins, delegates are selected, and goals and values — called party platforms — may be set.
Alexandria leaders presented their case to key state legislators Thursday for getting a $4.4 million bond to help pay for an $8.8 million expansion of the Runestone Community Center. Members from the Senate's Capital Investment Committee, including its vice chairman, Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen, R-Alexandria, toured the center, learned about its history, asked questions and found out why the project is needed.