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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The Minnesota Legislature's cuts to cities are coming home to roost. At its meeting Monday night, the Alexandria City Council amended its 2011 budget to make up for $673,695 in reduced Local Government Aid (LGA) and the elimination of the market value homestead credit (MVHC). The council couldn't raise its levy - taxes have already been collected for this year - so it had to make cuts within the budget that had been based on the certified LGA amounts. Read Wednesday's Echo Press to find out what the council decided to cut. A variety of other items were also on Monday's agenda, including a
The 90th annual Resorters Golf Tournament is in the history books and an Alexandrian stands at the top. Ben Vangsness of Alexandria defeated another Alexandrian and his friend, Tyler Whiting, in the final match at the Alexandria Golf Club this afternoon, 5-4. It's Vangness' first Resorters' championship. Whiting won it all in 2008. Vangsness advanced into the finals with a 2-1 victory this morning over the defending champion, Donald Constable of Deep Haven.
The city of Miltona will receive nearly $2 million from U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development to improve the city's wastewater treatment infrastructure. The funding comes in the form of a $1,396,000 loan and a $570,000 grant. "These funds are critical to meeting Miltona's need for wastewater treatment improvements," said Congressman Collin C.
A two and a half year process to revise Douglas County's Comprehensive Plan is nearing the end. Douglas County will be hosting three "community input meetings" to present the final draft of the Comprehensive Plan and receive input from county residents. Representatives from the county and SEH, Inc.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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