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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To help readers reach a more informed decision on Election Day, the Echo Press sent questionnaires to all the candidates who are running for Douglas County commissioner. The responses for the districts that held a primary on August 14, Districts 2, 3 and 4, have already been published. The newspaper will now be printing the responses from the other two districts, beginning with the District 1 race between challenger Bonnie Huettl and incumbent Jerry Johnson. Candidates were limited to a 500-word response to five questions selected by the newspaper.
Wow, what a fair! Picture-perfect, sunny weather - not too hot, not too cold - helped boost attendance to the Douglas County Fair. But the turnout likely fell short of a record breaker. The numbers are still being tallied, but it appears the four-day total attendance will be up just slightly from last year's 45,000 - shy of the 50,000 the fair organizers were hoping for. But they're still very happy with how things went at the annual county gathering, which dates back to 1888. "Everybody was smiling this year - the vendors, the concessionaires, the fair-goers," said Dale Buchholz, secreta
Alexandria firefighters responded to two house fires within three blocks of each other in three days. The first fire happened at 520 5th Avenue East near Lake Street shortly before midnight on Friday. Alexandria police officers responded to the scene and found the outside of the home near the porch area engulfed in flames and smoke. The officers kicked down a door and rescued two people who were sleeping inside, a tenant, Jordan Palm, and his guest, Rachel Bones, according to Alexandria Fire Chief Jeff Karrow. The home, valued at about $120,000, is owned by David Prchal.
All three Douglas County commissioners survived Tuesday's primary election and will appear on the ballot this fall. If Tuesday's vote is any indication, they'll face stiff competition from their challengers. In the District 2 race, challenger James Stratton received the most votes, 315, followed by incumbent Norm Salto with 253. Jim Hafdal is out of the race after receiving 226 votes. Stratton was pleased with the results. "I feel the voters that turned out for the primary in District 2 were making a statement.
It's here! The time all you corn-dog devourers, thrill-ride seekers, 4-H exhibit lovers and arts-and-crafts appreciators have been looking forward to all year long. It's the Douglas County Fair. The fair kicked into action Thursday and will continue through Sunday, offering all kinds of family fun -- rides and games; musical entertainment; piggy races; senior spelling bee; dog, horse and rabbit shows; mutton bustin' rodeo; coin hunts; a Log Cabin Native American Cabin; contests for best aprons, quilts, flower arrangements and seed art; vintage car parade; demolition derby; tractor and truck
Changes may be made soon in the Alexandria's nuisance ordinance. At its meeting Monday night, the Alexandria City Council gave preliminary approval to an amendment that would allow the city to take quicker action against violators. City Attorney Tom Jacobson said the current ordinance gives violators 10 days to fix the problem while the changes would allow the city to take swift action, setting the time on the notice of violation, which is then posted, served or mailed. The changes were modeled at the League of Minnesota Cities' recommendations and the city of St.
With the primary election over, voters can now turn their attention to the general election - and those who are running in local school and city races. The filing period for those positions opened July 31 and closed Tuesday. There will be more than a few local races spicing up the election. The city of Alexandria will have a race for mayor. As announced earlier, Sara Carlson, who is currently serving as a city council member for Ward 2, is seeking the position and she will be opposed by Mark Pederson. Two other Alexandria City Council positions up for election are also being contested.
The final results are finally in for the primary election in Douglas County. Alexandria Ward 1, precinct 1 arrived at the courthouse a few minutes before 11 p.m. and all the votes have been counted. Charlie Meyer is the winner in District 4 and incumbent Paul C. Anderson also advanced but only by 28 votes. In the District 2 race, James Stratton and incumbent Norm Salto prevailed. As reported earlier, the winners in District 3 were incumbent Bev Bales and Jerry Rapp.
Garfield whooped it up Saturday during its annual Summer Celebration. The town was buzzing with activity - a pancake feed, citywide garage sales, parade, pork chop and corn dinner, beer garden, pie and ice cream social, kids' tractor pull and the always popular water ball fights that pitted fire departments throughout the area in a friendly competition to see who had the most accurate aim at blasting water at an overhead target. Rounding out the events were a bean bag tournament at City Park and a dance. Another big celebration over the weekend was the annual Rose City Threshing and Heritag
Today is the primary election -- have you voted yet? Turnout was reported as "very good" at Lake Community Church, which is the polling place for Alexandria Ward 1, precincts 1 and 2. As of 12:30 p.m. today, more than 150 people had voted. Polls will remain open until 8 p.m. throughout Douglas County. Contested local races in the primary include: Douglas County Commissioner District 2 -- Norm Salto, Jim Hafdal and James Stratton. Douglas County Commissioner District 3 -- Bev Bales, David Erickson, Bert Pexsa and Jerry Rapp. Douglas County Commissioner District 4 -- Paul C.