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 help voters reach a more informed decision in the primary election on August 14, the Echo Press mailed questionnaires to the Douglas County commissioner candidates. Districts 2, 3 and 4 will hold primaries because more than two candidates have filed for the position. The two top vote-getters in each district will appear on the ballot this November. This series will start with responses from the candidates in District 2: Jim Hafdal, Norm Salto and James Stratton. District 3 will be profiled on August 1 and District 4 responses will be printed on August 3.
A Zorbaz restaurant is one step closer to opening out of the old Wharf site in north Alexandria. At its meeting Monday night, the Alexandria City Council voted 4-1 to create a tax increment financing (TIF) district for the Zorbaz development at 2710 North Nokomis Street and to approve the TIF plan for it. Zorbaz On the Lake, a pizza and Mexican food chain, will use the tax break to completely renovate the 4,400-square-foot building, which was gutted by a fire 12 years ago. The project is expected to cost between $1.5 and $1.7 million.
A year-long dispute about a decision to pump stormwater out of Garfield into a ditch that flows into area lakes has been resolved, at least for now. The Cowdry, Taylor, Stony and Union (CTSU) Lakes Association, Lake Brophy Association and the Douglas County Board reached an agreement at a court-ordered mediation hearing on July 9. It allows the city of Garfield to pump stormwater into Ditch 1 and puts in place 11 conditions for doing so. The agreement amends an order issued by the Douglas County commissioners on July 12, 2011, which allowed Garfield to use the outlet into Douglas County Dit
The show will go on - even though the TV station that was broadcasting it has ceased operations. The annual Jingle Bells telethon, hosted by the Alexandria Jaycees, is a tradition that has positively impacted families in the Alexandria area for more than 60 years. It's helped those who receive food and toys during the holiday season when they have little means to provide basic necessities for their families.
How many engineers does it take to hire an engineer? The Alexandria City Council tussled with the idea at its meeting Monday night. It eventually voted 5-0 to appoint Douglas County Engineer Dave Robley to an interview committee that will consider applicants for the city engineer/public works director. The city created the position because Bryan Bjorgaard, the city's public works coordinator for the last five years, resigned the post to move to Idaho Falls. The city received 11 applications and eight met the minimum requirements. Other committee members who will be interviewing candidates
Drum roll, please. And the winner of the 2012 Brandon Miss Tootsie Pageant is...Ginger Spicy Snaps, who also goes by the name of Bret Elmer. Agnes Beefeater, aka, Darrin Quinn, was right on Ginger's heels, finishing as the runner-up. Rounding out the top finishers was the second runner-up, Holly Ball, portrayed by Kelly Olson. A total of eight gals - actually guys dressed up as women - vied for the title.
A study to explore the benefits of building an event center in Alexandria received a surprise boost from the Alexandria City Council Monday night. On a 3-2 vote, the council voted to contribute up to $10,000 with the condition that the city's legal counsel determines it is an appropriate use of public funds. The item wasn't on the agenda.
When people go on vacations, they typically take pictures of the sights they come across - sunsets, mountains, the ocean, landmarks and such. But the most vivid part of a vacation can be found in the people you happen to meet. I discovered that on a family vacation to Key West, Florida this past May. We saw some amazing sunsets (the entire town builds a celebration around the sun going down every day).
If you're careless about spreading aquatic invasive species (AIS) such as zebra mussels and Eurasian watermilfoil, you'll face double the consequences. Civil fines for people caught violating the state's aquatic invasive species (AIS) laws are now double, thanks to new, tougher laws that took effect July 1, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The stiffer penalties come at an opportune time in the Alexandria area. Eurasian watermilfoil, an AIS, was discovered on Lake L'Homme Dieu last week (as reported in a front page story in Wednesday's Echo Press). The milfo
Eurasian watermilfoil has been discovered growing in Lake L'Homme Dieu in Alexandria, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). A small patch of the nonnative, invasive aquatic plant was discovered by an angler June 27 in the middle of the lake between the Krueger's Creek and Rotary Beach public accesses. It was later verified by a DNR staff aquatic plant biologist. One of Alexandria's premier lakes, L'Homme Dieu is part of a connected chain of lakes, which includes Carlos, Darling, Geneva and Victoria. The milfoil news was a disappointing blow for the L'Homme Dieu