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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More information has been released about a single-engine, fixed-wing airplane that crashed on northwest Lake Latoka in Alexandria shortly after 10:30 a.m. this morning. No serious injuries were reported. The pilot was Hamid Reza Abbasi, 54, from Alexandria and Edina.
Tanker railcars carrying crude oil derailed north of Parkers Prairie just after 6 a.m.
Lace up your running shoes and get your bike ready for the Harvest Duathlon on Saturday, August 31. At its meeting Monday night, the Alexandria City Council approved plans for the third annual event. The course, which starts from Discovery Middle School, includes a run of 2.5 miles, followed by a 13-mile bike race and a 2.3 mile run. Last year's event drew about 150 competitors, up from the 120 in 2011. They ranged in age from 19 to 70 years old and represented 58 cities outside of Alexandria. A Kids Duathlon will be held on the Friday night before the race.
Although the profits aren't flowing in like they used to, Alexandria's two city-owned liquor stores continue to save taxpayers money. Sales at Downtown Liquor and Plaza Liquor totaled $4.4 million in 2012, according to a clean liquor store audit that was presented to the Alexandria City Council Monday night by Dennis Schmitz with CliftonLarsonAllen. That's a drop of about 4 percent from 2011's sales of $4.6 million but the city helped make up for the dip by cutting back on the alcohol it bought.
A train derailed near Parkers Prairie just after 6 a.m. this morning. The Canadian Pacific Railroad train was traveling southeast past the intersection of 150th Street and 555th Avenue when it lost air for its braking system and went into emergency mode, according to the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office. Fourteen cars derailed, some of them completely off the tracks.
The good news: The number of car accidents, domestic violence calls and drunk driving arrests in Alexandria dropped in 2012. The bad news: Burglaries skyrocketed, and assaults, felony arrests and drug-related crimes are all on the rise. That's according to Alexandria Police Chief Rick Wyffels, who presented his annual report to the Alexandria City Council Monday night. "Prescription drugs are really on the front burner right now, in an ugly way," said Wyffels. The police department logged another busy year, handling about 14,000 calls for service, which is about the same as 2011, the chief
The Brandon-Evansville FFA chapter capped off another successful year with an awards banquet on March 19. Parents, advisors, business owners and other residents from the community celebrated the occasion with a social hour, dinner, speaker, Ron Branch, and the awards program. The evening ended on a high note with drawings for door prizes, donated by local businesses. Brandon-Evansville FFA officers included Tim Fenlason (advisor), Adam Fenlason, Kannen Lund, Will Schroeder, Jordan Lund, Katie Kokett, Zach Carlson and Ethan Way. FFA students honored for sales included Kannen Lund, second pl
An idea for the city to buy the Carnegie Library Building in Alexandria has run into a wall. After studying the proposal, which was requested by the Douglas County Historical Society, city staff determined that the building wouldn't meet a city purpose, serve a city function or be fiscally cost effective. The building, which was last used for offices and as a Catholic book store, has been vacant for about 10 years. City Administrator Jim Taddei updated the Alexandria City Council Monday night.
At this time last year, Douglas County residents were walking around in shorts, soaking up the warm sunshine. This year, you'd get frostbite. The temperature difference between this year's March and the previous one is astounding. On March 19, 2012, the temperature hit 75 degrees. On March 19, 2013, the warmest it got was a shivery 13, a temperature difference of 62 degrees. For four glorious days last year, March 16-19, temperatures soared into the mid-70s. For the month, temps hit 60 degrees or higher a dozen times. This March, the warmest it's been was 34 degrees on March 14.
The big blasts of snow we've been getting made me think about skiing, which triggered memories of a fluky-but-true experience I had back in my high school days in Parkers Prairie. Our class took a trip to Sugar Hills Ski Lodge near Grand Rapids. Unlike my friends, I was a total newbie to skiing. As soon as they got their skis, they whooshed off to the big hills, leaving me in a cloud of snow. I was on my own. It took me half an hour just to figure out how to make my skis stay on. They kept falling off every time I moved.