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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A tweet by Rep. Mary Franson, R-Alexandria, about a transgender candidate was criticized as "hateful" by Minnesota DFL Party Chairman Ken Martin. On Wednesday morning, after Minneapolis voters elected two transgender candidates to their city council, Franson tweeted, "A guy who thinks he's a girl is still a guy with a mental condition." In response, Martin issued a news release saying that Minnesota made history Tuesday night by electing Andrea Jenkins and Phillipe Cunningham as the first two openly transgender African-American candidates to city council in the nation.
For 10 years, the WDAY Honor Flight has been providing a trip of a lifetime for veterans from World War II and the Korean War. More than 1,000 vets, including a few in Douglas County, have flown free of charge to Washington, D.C., to see the memorials that stand in their honor. Now, a local group has formed to raise money for the cause so more veterans can take the flight.
A 30-year-old Alexandria man was injured in a rollover east of Hoffman in Grant County Wednesday night. Joseph Walter Hermes was driving a 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer east on Highway 27 at about 11:15 p.m. when he lost control on the icy road, according to the State Patrol. The Trailblazer went into the ditch and overturned. Hermes was taken to the Douglas County Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. It's unknown whether he was wearing a seat belt.
An Alexandria man who was accused of supplying heroin that resulted in an overdose that nearly killed a woman in Fergus Falls was sentenced Nov. 2. Mathias John Turbes III, 29, received 39 months in prison after he pleaded guilty to a felony third-degree controlled substance crime — heroin possession in excess of 3 grams, which is about one-tenth of an ounce. Turbes received credit for the 498 days he served in jail while his case proceeded, which reduces his prison time to about 22 months.
An effort to improve the water quality on Lake Osakis has received a $300,000 boost. That's the amount of a grant the Todd County Soil and Water Conservation District is receiving from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. It will work with landowners on projects that will help clean-up the lake.
One person was injured in a three-vehicle crash on Highway 27 west of Alexandria Tuesday night.
The Douglas County Agricultural Association invested heavily into the fair this year, making improvements and bringing in new attractions like a traveling exhibit that honored the victims and heroes in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The association's goal: Bring people back who haven't experienced the fair in awhile. Although the fair ended up $7,400 short of breaking even on its $335,000 budget, the strategy was still a success, according to Kevin Brezina, the association's treasurer who presented his annual report to the Douglas County Board Tuesday.
I didn't like the guy in the tan cargo pants. I didn't know why but something about him bugged me. My wife, Celeste, and I were sitting at a coffee shop inside the St. Paul River Centre. Earlier that morning, we ran the Medtronic's Twin Cities 10K race and we were waiting for the Health and Fitness Expo to open so we could return my race shirt — it was the wrong size.
The noxious weed, Palmer amaranth, has been found in Douglas County, according to a news release issued Friday by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. It has now been detected in four Minnesota counties: Douglas, Lyon, Todd and Yellow Medicine. The Douglas County infestation was found through the ag department's investigation into a Palmer amaranth find in Todd County. That investigation is still ongoing as the department searches for the source of the weed seed.
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