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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High winds wailed through Douglas County again Monday, toppling numerous trees - while rain waterlogged the area. The southwest corner of the county was especially hard-hit. A wind gust of 68 miles per hour was reported at 7:22 a.m., according to KSAX meteorologist Mark Anthony. Dorothy and Harvey Thurston's Oriole Lane property on Lake Mary was hit severely in Monday's storm. The rain was coming down hard about 7 a.m. when Dorothy heard "a big boom." The Thurstons discovered their large shed had been torn from the ground and flipped up against a nearby tree.
The Alexandria Police Department and the city of Alexandria are joining forces with thousands of communities nationwide in a celebration against crimes and drugs called the "28th Annual National Night Out." The event will take place on Tuesday, August 2 at Alexandria City Park from 5 to 7 p.m. The theme this year is "Growing Stronger by Building Strong Community Partnerships." The Alexandria Police Department invites the public to attend an evening of special events planned and organized in a community crime prevention effort that sends a strong message to children and the community. "It i
Question: Why are there yellow flags waving all over Alexandria? Answer: It's Art in the Park time. Featuring a wide variety of unique art, relaxing entertainment and tasty food, it's billed as Central Minnesota's finest outdoor craft festival. The annual Alexandria Area Arts Association (AAAA) event will take place at City Park this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This year's sponsors include the AAAA, West Central Sanitation and the Echo Press. Here are 10 other questions and answers about Art in the Park.
An Alexandria man who was convicted of killing his 4-month-old daughter in 2004 is getting a new trial. Michael Hansen, now 34, was found guilty in Douglas County District Court after a jury trial five years ago.
Does a city have the authority to prohibit residents from drilling private wells? The question triggered a lively debate at Monday night's Alexandria City Council meeting. The council, which had already approved a preliminary reading of an ordinance to regulate wells, was poised to take final action - until it heard from Kevin Hoppe of Anoka, who spoke on behalf of a group of well drilling companies in Minnesota. Hoppe, who also runs a well service business, told the council that cities don't have the authority to take away the rights of citizens to drill new wells unless it constitutes a h
When bids were opened for two big utility projects in Alexandria, it was like Christmas in July. The city council unanimously approved the money-saving bids at its meeting Monday night. The first "gift" was a favorable bid to issue $2,475,000 in general obligation bonds for the city's phase three, part two waterline extension project in Alexandria Township. The low bid, submitted by UMB Bank, came in with an interest rate of 2.33 percent - well below the 2.67 percent the city's bond consultant, Springsted Incorporated, estimated. "You hit a very good day," said Terry Heaton with Springsted
It was like Christmas in July for two big projects that came before the Alexandria City Council Monday night. The city received very favorable bids for a waterline extension project and an electrical distribution upgrade. The news, however, wasn't so merry when it came time to look at the bids for an improvement to Cardinal Lane. Read Wednesday's Echo Press for complete details on the bidding projects, along with other council action concerning private well drilling, a tax increment financing request for a new recreational vehicle and marine dealership, an amendment to the city's comprehens
State government is up and running again and the fallout from the shutdown and the budget agreement is being felt locally. Here are some of the local impacts: LOCAL GOVERNMENT AID Under the agreement that was approved in Wednesday's special session, most cities in Douglas County will receive the same amount of Local Government Aid (LGA) this year and next year that they received in 2010. But it won't be as much as they were initially certified to receive. Alexandria, for instance, will receive $1,204,947 in LGA this year - about $400,000 less than it expected and based its budget on, acc
A 36-year-old Hoffman man was arrested for possession of bath salts and synthetic marijuana Tuesday. The investigation involved the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, West Central Minnesota Narcotics Task Force the U.S.
The Alexandria City Council shared some good news at its last meeting. The city's application to place a sculpture in Big Ole Central Park was approved by the state. The city will receive a $10,000 Arts Legacy Grant to cover all the costs for the sculpture - "Gathering Tree." Minneapolis artist Marcia McEachron, who has 25 years of public art experience, is expected to begin working on it this month. "This is a big deal," said council member Sara Carlson, who also serves on the park board.