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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Fifteen months before Travis Pennig of Alexandria was struck and killed by a vehicle while he was walking along 34th Avenue, a resident contacted the city of Alexandria about the possibility of installing a sidewalk on the street. No one knew it at the time, of course, but if Pennig would have been walking on a sidewalk, he likely wouldn't have been hit on March 19.
A problem that's plagued Alexandria for years — a lack of public restrooms in the downtown area — will soon be resolved for a cheaper price tag than the city envisioned. At its meeting Monday night, the Alexandria City Council accepted a low bid of $96,800 from Tradesmen Construction of Alexandria to build restrooms at Big Ole Central Park. The bid, one of four submitted, was well below the city's estimate of $125,000.
Alexandria and Douglas County have reached an agreement with SunOpta regarding its property tax appeal. The food processing company filed petitions seeking lower assessments for taxes on its properties at 601 Third Ave. West and 3915 Minnesota St. At a Monday meeting, City Administrator Marty Schultz told the council that under the agreement, SunOpta will receive a 5 percent reduction in the market value of both properties for taxes payable in 2017 and 2018. This is down from the 15 percent reduction SunOpta was demanding.
Two big city projects in Alexandria may get the final green light on Monday, April 9. The Alexandria City Council is expected to award bids to build public restrooms at Big Ole Central Park and repair the City Hall roof. The estimated cost of the restrooms is $125,000 while the roofing work estimate is $80,000.
Charges have been dismissed against a 30-year-old Minneapolis man who was arrested after authorities linked him to a pot growing operation in Garfield two years ago. Ronald Lee Hott was charged in February 2016 with four felony level marijuana crimes — two in the first degree (one for excess of 50 kilograms of marijuana and the other for 25 kilograms), one in the second degree and one in the third degree.
The 80-year-old Alexandria man believed to have suffered a medical emergency while driving west on County Road 87 early Thursday morning has died. According to the Alex Air Apparatus Facebook page, Vern Wieberdink, the company's founder and president, died Thursday after he was airlifted to the St. Cloud Hospital by Life Link III..
With a steady stream of reports of zebra mussels and other aquatic invasive species getting into lakes, the battle to stop these invaders might look bleak. But there are rays of hope, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Landwehr said a stop at the Echo Press office this past week. He said that efforts to educate boaters, anglers and the general public about zebra mussels are making a difference.
When the snow finally melts, the Minnesota Department of Transportation will begin its transition away from snowplow operations by conducting aerial mapping in west-central Minnesota, including the Evansville area. The transportation department plans to conduct aerial mapping at six locations, including Interstate 94 between Evansville and the north Grant County line.
The Alexandria Charter Commission wants to meet with the city council to review past recommendations that were made but not approved. Because many of the commission members have changed, the commission wants to review possible amendments to the charter with the council. The discussion will take place during a work session. At the Alexandria City Council meeting Monday, March 26, the council voted to find a mutually acceptable date for the meeting.
The timing seemed right for Judge Ann Carrott of Alexandria to announce her retirement. "I've been doing this for over 10 years and my husband has been retired that entire time," she told the Echo Press. "It's just time — a good transition time." Carrott's retirement is effective on June 8. The Commission on Judicial Selection officially announced the vacancy in the Seventh Judicial District last month and is starting the process of recommending a replacement. Interviews for the seat will take place April 25.