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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Mark Ratajesak of Eagle Bend was found not guilty of transporting zebra mussels into Lake Irene in Douglas County. After a one-day trial on December 13, a jury deliberated for about 20 minutes before returning with the not guilty verdict. Ratajesak, owner of Dock Doctors, was charged in November 2011 under a new law that prohibits people from moving a piece of lake equipment that has aquatic invasive species such as zebra mussels attached to it. In charging Ratajesak with a misdemeanor, authorities with the Department of Natural Resources claimed that he removed a boat lift from a lake and
Terry Quist will step down as superintendent of Alexandria School District 206 on December 31, turning the reins over to Rick Lahn. The Echo Press asked Quist to reflect back on his six years as the district's leader and answer the following 10 questions. Call it his final exam: 1. What will you miss most about your job? In the end, this job is about building positive and on-going relationships within the school district and in the community. I will miss the opportunity of working and collaborating with people. 2.
It started out as a silly little thing. Last year, an informal group of adult organizers, including Craig McMillan of Alexandria, just wanted to do something fun and different for the community during the holidays. They discovered that while there were plenty of programs for children and families, there wasn't anything that was geared specifically for local senior citizens at Christmas time. The organizers asked a few seniors what they wanted.
The Canadian Pacific's Holiday Train rolled into Alexandria last Friday, bringing festive Christmas music and help for the hungry. Those who showed up to watch a concert performed from a boxcar donated about 360 pounds of food and $385 in cash for the Douglas County Outreach Food Shelf.
An Alexandria man who pleaded guilty to committing a series of residential burglaries in Alexandria last February and March was recently sentenced in Douglas County District Court. Cody Eugene Pedersen, 28, initially faced 20 counts involving burglary, criminal damage to property, child endangerment and contributing to the delinquency of a child. After a plea agreement, Douglas County District Judge Dave Battey sentenced Pedersen on three felony counts of second-degree burglary. He received 51 months in prison on each count, which will be served concurrently.
December 12, 2012 wasn't just your run-of-the-mill Wednesday. It was 12/12/12 - reason enough for a group of local running enthusiasts to organize a special event. Fourteen members of the Alexandria Runners of Unusual Speed (ROUS), two more than expected, gathered for a race at Big Ole Central Park. They took off at 12 minutes and 12 seconds after 12 noon, duplicating a feat they staged on November 11, 2011 when their start time was a bit later, 11 seconds after 11:11 at night. ROUS is comprised of runners from all levels, from once-a-year 5K participants to hardcore marathoners and Ironme
Douglas County residents will have a little less of a tax bite to swallow next year than other communities in Minnesota. That's according to proposed property tax levies that local governments are pursuing. Although the levies don't translate directly into how much an individual property owner will pay in taxes, they do make up one piece of the tax puzzle. Locally, Douglas County is proposing a tax levy decrease of 0.15 percent.
The Alexandria City Council tightened its budget belt by a couple of notches Monday night, adopting a levy of $5.69 million for 2013. That's an increase of 2.82 percent from this year's levy of $5.54 million but 0.27 percent less than the preliminary levy the council set this past September. The council made the last-minute adjustments by holding off the starting dates of a new police officer and an engineer/public works director by a couple of months. The levy would have dropped a bit more but the city had to increase the amount it contributes to the Alexandria Lakes Area Sanitary District
Douglas County is recount central this year. Political observers know about a state House recount (see related story), but there also will be one for the Douglas County Commissioner District 5 race between incumbent Dan Olson and Carol Wenner. Olson appeared to be the winner on election night by an 18-vote margin, 1,534 to 1,516. Then came the race for House District 8B between incumbent Republican Mary Franson and DFLer Bob Cunniff, which was even closer, with Franson winning by one vote. When local election officials were certifying the results, they came across errors, a total of 35 ove
The race in Minnesota House District 8B is still razor thin following a state-ordered recount in Douglas County Wednesday morning. After ballots from all 17 precincts were recounted, Republican incumbent Mary Franson and DFL challenger Bob Cunniff each picked up one additional vote. The recount will now switch to the other county in the district, Otter Tail, where ballots will be scrutinized tomorrow. When votes were tallied on election night, Franson held a one-vote lead.