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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Alexandria Light and Power workers install Christmas decorations and lights above Broadway in Alexandria Monday. The lights will be turned on Friday night during the annual Christmas in the Fort event at the Runestone Museum. The free event starts at 3 p.m. The community also can view the Parade of Trees on Friday, and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Lowell Anderson — Echo Press)
State Rep. Paul Anderson, R-Starbuck, will remain chairman of the House Agriculture Policy Committee for the 2017-18 biennium. Anderson, elected to a fifth House term earlier this month, has served on agriculture committees throughout his time in office. It was announced by House Republicans on Nov. 22 he will chair the Agriculture Policy Committee for a second consecutive term.
A 46-year-old Kensington man was sentenced in Douglas County District Court earlier this month for fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle on May 31. Scott Dennis Armstrong pleaded guilty to the felony charge and was sentenced to one year and one day in prison and 120 days in Douglas County Jail. Judge Dave Battey stayed the prison sentence for three years, meaning that Armstrong won't have to serve the time if he obeys the 22 conditions that were part of the sentence.
A shed caught fire near Osakis Tuesday morning, damaging farm machinery that was inside. The Douglas County Law Enforcement Center received a 911 call about the fire at the Morrison farm on 13681 Hope Road SE in Osakis Township at 7:10 a.m. Osakis firefighters and Douglas County sheriff's deputies responded and the fire was extinguished.
Schools in the Douglas County area are closed today, Tuesday, because of the weather. The districts are Alexandria, Brandon-Evansville, Osakis, Parkers Prairie, Minnewaska and West Central Area. Douglas County is...
The Minnesota Board of Medical Practice took action against a doctor at the Alexandria Clinic, claiming he's shown an inability to practice medicine because of an addiction to alcohol. In a news release issued Nov. 12, the board said that Dr. John W. Emblom, who holds a degree in osteopathic medicine and specializes in internal medicine, violated the terms of his Health Professionals Services Program participation agreement with the state.
With Republicans taking control of the Minnesota Senate and increasing their majority in the House, what can rural Minnesota expect in the upcoming session? The chances of passing a comprehensive transportation bill or a gas tax to support it are bleak; a bonding bill will likely be much smaller; a tax bill probably won't be negotiated until the end of the session; and another government shutdown is likely because of simmering conflicts between GOP leaders and DFL Gov. Mark Dayton.
A perfect storm of circumstances last Friday created treacherous road conditions in the area — built-up patches of thick ice ruts that lingered for days around Douglas County. It made for bumpy, slippery patches on several roads, including Interstate 94, County Road 82, Highway 29 and several city streets. The patches were so thick and stuck to the surface that snow plows couldn't scrape them away. Here's what happened, according to Dave Robley, Douglas County highway engineer:
The Alexandria Clinic's locations in Alexandria and Osakis, including Express Care, are closing at 4 p.m. today, Friday, because of the bad weather. People with emergency medical conditions can seek...