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 plea agreement has been reached in the case of a 28-year-old Alexandria man who was accused of supplying heroin that resulted in an overdose that nearly killed a woman in Fergus Falls. Mathias John Turbes III entered a guilty plea in Douglas County District Court last Thursday, Aug. 3, to a felony third-degree controlled substance crime — heroin possession in excess of 3 grams, which is about three-tenths of an ounce. In exchange, another felony charge was dismissed — causing great bodily harm by distributing drugs.
An Osakis couple face felony charges for allegedly leaving methamphetamine paraphernalia in the home they share with their three young children. Jessica Jean Wagner, 28, and Dustin Kalo Wagner, 29, were charged in Douglas County District Court on Aug. 3. The Osakis Police Department obtained a warrant and searched the Wagners' house at 705 Lake Street in Osakis on Aug. 2. The Wagners have three children, aged 4, 6 and 9. According to the criminal complaint: Officers found a syringe on top of a refrigerator that field-tested positive for methamphetamine.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed a report of zebra mussels in Whiskey Lake and later found zebra mussels in connected Chippewa Lake in western Douglas County. Several other connected waters may be added to the state's infested waters list.
Momentum shifted several times in the duel for the Resorters Men's Division championship between Tom Strandemo of Delano and Paul Stankey of Eden Prairie. In the end, just when Stankey was on the brink of stealing the lead by hitting a monster drive from No. 18 with the match deadlocked, Strandemo clinched the title with a deadly accurate chip that left him with a two-foot birdie putt and a 1-up victory.
Daryl Schomer may have to get a bigger trophy case. The St. Cloud golfer won his fourth title in the Resorters Men's Executive Division, knocking out medalist Andy Petersen of Albert Lea, 4-3 Saturday. Schomer saved his best outing for last, playing a nearly flawless round; he bogeyed just one hole and was 3-under par after 15 holes.
Firefighters from Garfield, Brandon and Alexandria battled a house fire in the rain on Sunday. The Garfield Fire Department responded to the call at 10775 Moe Hall Road NW about 6 p.m. A propane grill near the house was on fire and reportedly spread to the house, accordng to communications on the police scanner. Everyone was able to get out of the house safely and the homeowner turned off the power. Brandon firefighters were called in for mutual aid and the Alexandria Fire Department also assisted. The Douglas County Sheriff's Office was also on the scene.
A 19-year-old Morris man who was injured in a rollover northeast of Hoffman early Saturday morning is recovering. At 4:17 a.m., the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call about the crash, which happened east of the Elk Lake Road SW/Sandy Hill Road SW intersection in Urness Township. Austin David Smith, the only occupant of the vehicle, suffered severe injuries because the vehicle rolled several times, according to the sheriff's office.
The 97th annual Resorters Golf Tournament is in the history books and it was an especially memorable one for the eight golfers who were crowned champions today, Saturday, at the Alexandria Golf Club. The results of the final matches were: Men's Championship -- Tom Strandemo of Delano defeated Paul Stankey of Eden Prairie, 1-up. Women's Championship -- Sophia Yoemens of Red Wing defeated Alejandra Arellano. Men's Masters -- Dan Elton of Moorhead defeated Norty Blanchard.
Medalist Andy Petersen of Albert Lea and three-time former champion Daryl Schomer of St. Cloud are still in the hunt for more Resorters glory in the Men's Executive Division. They both enjoyed fairly comfortable outings yesterday, closing out their matches after just 14 holes. Schomer, a champion in the division in 2012, 2013 and 2015, ousted another three-time title holder, Tim Peterson of Forest Lake (2011, 2003, 2002), while Petersen ended the run of ninth-seeded Nick Paulson of Alexandria.
It was the talk of the day. Seventeenth-seeded Brian Choe, playing in his second Resorters tournament, knocked out defending champion Nick Heinen, 4-3. The 18-year-old from Coppell, Texas turned in a nearly flawless round — carding six birdies and nothing else but pars through 15 holes. "We were both playing really good golf," Choe said after the match. "I kept hitting solid shots to keep the lead." There was one other fairly big upset. Andrew Lindberg, also of Coppell, who was the number-two seed, was eliminated by the 18th-seeded Andrew Israelson of Staples.