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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Coming soon to a street near you in northwest Alexandria - new overlays. At its meeting Monday night, the Alexandria City Council approved the first step in next year's local street improvement projects, an engineering agreement for the work. The city agreed to pay Widseth Smith Nolting and Associates an estimated $29,960 based on overall project costs of $196,000 for the following projects: --Ridgewood Drive, from County Road 44 to Autumn Drive. --Autumn Drive, from County Road 44 to Ridgewood Drive. --Wood Duck Lake, from Ridgewood Drive to Autumn Drive. --Winter Green Lane, from Sherm
Voters searching for differences between Minnesota Senate candidates in Districts 8 and 12 found plenty to mull over Monday night. The office seekers clashed over the environment, renewable energy, the state budget, health care reform, the effectiveness of the last legislative session and more. The exchanges took place at a legislative candidate forum at the Alexandria Technical and Community College that was sponsored by the Alexandria Area Economic Development Commission and the Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce. About 110 people attended the forum, including the candidates: Repub
A new way of flowing traffic in and around Highway 29 just south of the Interstate 94 interchange is being proposed - a "roundabout" intersection. The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) met with city and county leaders this week to talk about placing the roundabout on Highway 29 South and County Roads 28 (the road to Lake Andrew) and 87 (that leads to Central Specialties and the shooting range). Designed to lower the incidents of crashes, roundabouts direct traffic into a one-way, counter-clockwise flow around a central island.
Once upon a time, there was a huge gathering of everyone in the village who ate bowl after bowl of a magical concoction called chili. One of the chilis, "Satan's Ice Cream," was hotter than a fire-breathing dragon. Others were not too hot or not too cold. They were just right. Some chilis, which were not red in color like the others, contained an unusual blend of spices and ingredients not found in this part of the kingdom. Many of those serving the chili were dressed in flowing garments and had their faces decorated as the fairest in the land.
Are you ready to vote? Residents throughout Douglas County will have some key decisions to make come Election Day, November 6. The purpose of this Voters Guide is to help residents be more prepared when they're handed their ballots. The guide contains questions-and-answers from candidates on the local, state and national level, as well as voting and precinct information. The stakes are high for the 2012 election. Not only will voters cast their ballots for president and U.S.
It's time to turn the spotlight on a problem that's too often shrouded in secrecy and shame: domestic violence. As part of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Douglas County is joining thousands of communities across the nation in stopping the cycle of abuse. It happens more often than people like to admit: One in four women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime, and an estimated 30 to 60 percent of the perpetrators also abuse children in the household. Someplace Safe of Douglas County, United Communities Advocating Non-Violence (UCAN) and WINGS Family Supportive Servi
Friday morning brought bad news for the Alexandria Park Department. A staff person was doing a regular garbage and restroom check at the Alexandria City Park when he came upon significant damage. All the partition doors were either knocked off, bent or broken. Vandals also destroyed a sink, hand towel dispensers and toilet paper dispensers. The damage estimates are about $4,000 for materials alone, according to Bill Thoennes, park director. The restrooms, which opened in the spring of 2008, will be closed until further notice, possibly until next spring. "This is a senseless act of viole
Firefighters are teaching it. Kids are talking about it. Families are practicing it. October 7-13 is National Fire Prevention Week - a time when area fire departments bring their safety message into schools, homes and businesses and at fire stations as well. The Osakis Fire Department hosted an open house on Sunday. Children explored the Douglas County Fire Chiefs' Safety House to learn about preventing kitchen fires and how to escape a smoke-filled room.
Alexandria City Council members will meet with Douglas County commissioners tomorrow, Wednesday, to talk about a new way of flowing traffic in and around Highway 29 just south of the Interstate 94 interchange. Officials with the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) will lead the meeting.
A 42-year-old Alexandria man died following a one-vehicle crash on Highway 29 Friday night. Kyle Neitzert was driving his 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix GT2 north, just south of the intersection with County Road 13 at about 10:30 p.m. when he lost control of the vehicle, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. The car went off the road, through a field and into a grove of trees. Neitzert, who was wearing a seat belt, was taken to the Douglas County Hospital, where he died the following day. Memorial services will be held Friday, October 5 at 11 a.m.