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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Here's a pop quiz: What is the number one threat to teenagers? Hint: It's not drugs or crime. The answer is traffic crashes. Another fact: Teens who text while driving increase their risk of crashing by more than 20 times. An event in Alexandria will take place Monday, May 21 to underscore the dangers of distracted driving. Douglas County Safe Communities Coalition, in partnership with Casey's Amusement Park and Partington, Zimny Insurance is inviting teens ages 14 to 17, accompanied by at least one parent or guardian, to experience the dangers associated with distracted driving - but und
A new $500 million bonding bill passed by the Minnesota Legislature and signed into law includes an option for public buildings to take advantage of solar energy. Advocates say it will help state schools, hospitals, police stations, and other public buildings to install solar energy this year and into the future. Solar Works for Minnesota said the measure is a good first step toward creating jobs in both construction and manufacturing across Minnesota.
Is the breakthrough to build a $975 million Viking stadium a huge victory or a costly boondoggle? It all depends on how you feel about the Minnesota Vikings, state funding and gambling. On Monday, Governor Mark Dayton signed the proposal.
A major upgrade is in the works for 50th Avenue in south Alexandria. City leaders say it will make the road safer, match it up with an existing wider section of the road, and provide better access to the new high school that will open in 2014. At its meeting Monday night, the Alexandria City Council agreed to proceed with the project, estimated to cost $3.1 million, after holding a public hearing that drew concerns from landowners who will be assessed some of the costs. The plan is to completely reconstruct and widen a 3,040-foot section of 50th Avenue between South Broadway and the railroa
"Do a good turn daily" is the Boy Scouts' slogan. It also applies to Chuck Nettestad of Alexandria. As a Scouting volunteer, he's been doing good turns for others for more than 25 years. Last Wednesday, the Alexandria Sertoma Club turned the table on Nettestad, recognizing his many good deeds in Scouting and other capacities by presenting him with its highest honor to a non-member - the Service to Mankind Award. The award is given to the area's most deserving volunteer.
Last November, Sergeant Jesse Grabow of the State Patrol was at the right place at the right time to help rescue a driver from a sinking car near Alexandria. On Monday, he was honored with the State Patrol Life Saving Award, along with a fellow trooper, Chris Halder, and a passerby, Aanders Jackson, at an awards ceremony in Eagan. Here's what happened on that chilly afternoon on November 10: Grabow was driving west on Interstate 94 near Alexandria when the car in front of him started to drift off the road. That particular stretch of I-94 splits Lake Latoka, and Grabow could only watch as t
I have a hobby that's hard for some people to understand: running. I know why it's hard to grasp. We can look downright miserable out there, slogging alongside the road or on the trail - huffing away, sweating from every pore, eyes grimaced in pain and concentration. Why on earth would someone submit themselves to that kind of torture? There are the health benefits, of course.
A tantalizing array of food, from doughnuts to prime rib, was served up at the Runestone Community Center in Alexandria last Thursday - along with a big helping of economic impact. Henry's Foods in Alexandria hosted its annual Pro Show, an event that's targeted toward vendors and Henry's Foods' customers, not the general public. Henry's Foods is a wholesale distributor of food products, tobacco, disposable items and containers. Its customers include restaurants, bars, cafes, service stations, convenience and grocery stores in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.
Here's another item that boaters should add to their checklists before heading out on the water: A sticker. The stickers - which are free - explain Minnesota's new rules targeting the spread of aquatic invasive species. The stickers are not required by law - yet. There is no penalty in effect right now, but conservation officers can issue a warning for not displaying the decal. After August 1, 2014, it will be a petty misdemeanor for boaters who fail to display the decal on their watercraft. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) said the stickers, also called decals, are ava
A staff person at Nelson Gables Senior Care in Alexandria admitted stealing money from five clients and has since been fired. Last week, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) released details of its investigation, which concluded that the employee committed financial exploitation of vulnerable adults when she took money out of residents' purses or rooms without their permission. Knute Nelson, which fully cooperated in the investigation, released the following statement: "The safety of our residents is our first priority and we take many steps to ensure their safety every day.