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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A large crowd in Big Ole Central Park watched intently Saturday morning as U-Haul unveiled a new image that adorns 2,300 of the company's new 20-foot moving vans. The SuperGraphic showcases the Kensington Runestone, a stone tablet that tells of North American exploration more than a century before it was originally believed to have occurred. As one of North America's greatest unsolved mysteries, the challenging enigma of the Kensington Runestone has puzzled historians for more than 110 years. Did explorers leave clues that could rewrite history? This newest SuperGraphic featuring the Kensi
The building that once housed the American Legion in Alexandria may soon be history. The Alexandria Housing and Redevelopment Association (HRA) plans to purchase the building at 817 Fillmore Street, demolish it and put in a 24-stall parking lot. The vacant building, which has been prone to flooding, was last used and owned by the Runestone Area Education District before it moved to a new location.
Maybe it was the unusual way the ribs were cooked - on a grill under the hood of half of a pickup truck. Or maybe they had a secret ingredient.
Into each life, some rain must fall. And also into community events. A steady downpour on Friday night washed out some of the fun of Alexandria's "Awake the Lakes" kick-off to the summer season. The popular Rib Fest competition was shut down at about 8:30 p.m., the bands never had a chance to play and the fireworks that night were cancelled. But it didn't rain on everyone's parade.
Although Alexandria may not have a large population of American Indian residents, they deserve to be celebrated. That's why the Alexandria City Council has proclaimed May as American Indian Month. The council approved a proclamation at its May 23 meeting that noted the following: American Indians have played a vital role in the life and history of the city of Alexandria, the state of Minnesota and the country. American Indians should forever continue to be acknowledged as a people of great dignity, perseverance and pride. Many of the contributions made by American Indians are unknow
Rain or shine - it's time to celebrate summer. Alexandria will usher in the change of seasons with a variety of events on Memorial Day weekend as part of Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce's "Awake the Lakes" celebration. Most of the activities will take place on 2nd Avenue, east of the Big Ole Viking statue. Organizers said that rain won't stop the fun. "Tell folks to bring their umbrellas and ponchos if it's raining. We're Minnesotans - we're tough!" noted Jennifer Schmidt with the Chamber.
A day on the lake among friends turned tragic in Alexandria Saturday - two were killed in a boating accident on Lake Victoria. The victims were Nicole Marie Getz, 27, and Matthew Paul Spletzer, 30, both of Alexandria, according to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. Four other people in the boat were all transported to the Douglas County Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The Alexandria City Council took the next step toward rebuilding a five-block section of Broadway in 2014. At its meeting Monday night, the council unanimously approved a "statement of intent" to enter into an agreement with the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) to reconstruct and redesign Broadway between 3rd and 8th Avenue. MnDOT presented the city with a "unique opportunity" months ago to pursue the reconstruction project, said City Engineer Tim Schoonhoven. The project would add a bike lane on the west side of Broadway, create shorter and safer pedestrian crosswalks, replac
The Alexandria City Council took the next step toward rebuilding a five-block section of Broadway in 2014. At its meeting Monday night, the council unanimously approved a "statement of intent" to enter into an agreement with the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) to reconstruct and redesign Broadway between 3rd and 8th Avenue. One council member had concerns whether MnDOT will live up to its end of the bargain.
A fire burned an Alexandria resident out of his home early this morning but it could have been much worse. John Garrett was sleeping inside his house at 1302 5th Avenue East at about 1 a.m. Monday when a smoke detector woke him up. He was able to get out of the house without injury. "That's why it's so important to have working smoke detectors in your home," said Alexandria Fire Marshal Dennis Stark. Alexandria firefighters arrived on scene and put out the fire. It caused about $125,000 worth of water and smoke damage, according to Stark. A dog survived the blaze but a cat died.