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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To boost awareness and help promote the Douglas County Relay for Life, organizers plan to "Paint the Town Purple" next week. They're encouraging businesses to help decorate Alexandria in purple as a way of uniting against cancer. The kick-off will take place Tuesday, July 5 at 6 p.m. at the Big Ole Viking statue on North Broadway with a small ceremony.
A tax abatement request to help build a new eye clinic in Alexandria received a green light Monday night. The Alexandria City Council approved the application from Hoven and Anderson Properties LLP. The clinic will be built at 1610 Broadway and Aga Drive, the site of the old China Buffet - one of the last, large vacant lots along the Broadway corridor. Read Wednesday's Echo Press for more details about the project and find out about other council items, including a city audit, a pending bond sale of $2,475,000, a new way of measuring the city's performance based on citizen surveys and more.
Three people were injured in a two-vehicle crash on Highway 27 about eight miles west of Alexandria Wednesday at about 4:15 p.m. Jacob Lee, 27, of Cottage Grove was driving south on County Road 7 west of Holmes City and, according to the State Patrol, failed to yield to a Lincoln MKS driven by Loralie Bolgrean, 20 of Hoffman, who was eastbound on Highway 27. After the crash, both vehicles came to rest in the southeast ditch of the intersection. Lee, Bolgrean, and a passenger in the Lincoln, Cindy Stark-Bolgrean, 56, of Hoffman all suffered non-life-threatening injuries and were transported
A former Alexandria resident died in an apparent drowning in Daytona Beach, Florida last Thursday, June 16. Mark Howe, 52, was wading in the ocean with two friends when he stumbled, fell and drowned in knee to waist-deep water. He was pronounced dead about an hour later, according to a story printed in the Daytona Beach News-Journal. The incident happened near the Zelda Boulevard beach approach in Daytona Beach.
More than 650 motorcycle riders enjoyed a rumbling good time in Alexandria over the weekend. Alexandria hosted the 22nd annual Minnesota State Harley Owners Group (HOG) Rally. Organizers were hoping to draw about 500 motorcycle drivers into town and were pleasantly surprised when registrations quickly exceeded that mark. "It went really well," said DeWayne Nelson, 2011 rally coordinator. "It definitely exceeded our expectations." One of the rally's highlights was a parade of motorcycles that cruised along Alexandria's Broadway on Saturday.
A former Alexandria resident died in an apparent drowning near Daytona Beach, Florida last Thursday, June 16. Mark Howe, 52, was wading into the ocean with two friends when he stumbled, fell and drowned in knee to waist-deep water. He was pronounced dead about an hour later, according to a story printed in the Daytona Beach News-Journal. The incident happened near the Zelda Boulevard beach approach in Daytona Beach.
The mood was light and happy among the dozens of people who gathered along 3rd Avenue West in Alexandria Tuesday afternoon. They were there to take a peek at the new Alexandria Police Department, a 24,000-square-foot facility that's a giant leap from the department's old 9,000 feet of space inside the Douglas County Services Center. The grand opening's festive atmosphere was quite a change from some of the meetings members of the Alexandria City Council and Douglas County Board had regarding the project over the last couple of years.
The Alexandria Technical and Community College (ATCC) dodged a bullet. Because of a looming state government shutdown, it was faced with the possibility of closing its doors on July 1, laying off teachers and holding up students' plans. The college had already sent letters to 70 of its employees, telling them they could be out of a job.
A group of residents in Leaf Valley Township - 112 of them - scored a victory in Douglas County District Court on June 6. Judge David Battey ruled in favor of their civil lawsuit against the Leaf Valley Township Board involving sanitary sewer system charges. To cover the debt from a proposed Central Lakes Region Sanitary District (CLRSD), which was later dissolved, the township board decided to impose a fee on every tax parcel in the township, including those outside of the CLRSD. The fee, approved through a township board resolution in 2009, was set at $751.15, plus interest, per parcel.