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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Besides hearing from Alexandria Police Chief Rick Wyffels, the Alexandria City Council acted on several other items at Monday's meeting. The council: Approved a request from Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce to close 2nd Avenue to accommodate Awake the Lakes events on Memorial Day weekend, May 26-28.
Out of the ashes of a fire that destroyed its main building, comes a new beginning for Recycled Plastics Inc. (RPI) in Garfield. By last Thursday, the company had replaced the inventory that was lost in the March 14 blaze and moved to another building on its site along County Road 82, according to owner Clair Angland. "We're up and running again," Angland said in an interview with the newspaper last week.
There's road work ahead - more than $1 billon of it. The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) announced its 2012 construction program Thursday consisting of 316 projects around the state with a total construction cost of $1.1 billion. In and around the Douglas County area, drivers can expect to see crews working on eight state road and bridge projects. One of the more visible projects will be resurfacing three miles of the main drag through Alexandria - Highway 29, which turns into Broadway, from 50th Avenue all the way to 8th Avenue. The $2 million project is designed to improve
Alexandria needs more police officers to keep the community and other officers safe. That's what Police Chief Rick Wyffels told the Alexandria City Council while giving his annual report Monday night.
Alexandria needs more police officers to keep the community and other officers safe. That's what Police Chief Rick Wyffels told the Alexandria City Council while giving his annual report Monday night. The chief listed budget cuts and officer staffing as the department's biggest challenges. Wyffels noted that the police budget has been frozen for four years, even after the city added significant population through two annexations.
It was a warm and wooly month of March in Douglas County. Weather data for the month has experts marveling at just how mild the month was. Based on preliminary temperature data released by the Midwestern Regional Climate Center Tuesday, March was the warmest on record for the nine-state Midwest region. The average temperature for the region was 50.3 degrees, which breaks the previous record of 46.9 degrees set more than 100 years ago in 1910, according to the center. In Alexandria, high temperatures climbed to 60 degrees or more 12 days this past March, even soaring into the 70s five times
Easter's powerful message of hope, forgiveness and resurrection was retold in Alexandria this week. On Sunday, a crowd of 1,552 flocked to the outdoor Passion Drama presented by Zion and Good Shepherd Lutheran churches. Another 1,149 people attended Tuesday's presentation, which put the total attendance at just over 2,701 - an exceptionally large turnout that easily surpassed last year's crowd of 2,156, according to organizers. On Thursday, members of First Lutheran Church presented their re-enactment of the Last Supper for Maundy Thursday.
When Rick Jones of Alexandria stepped outside his house at 5:30 a.m. on March 3, he noticed a set of animal tracks in the newly fallen snow right off his front steps. He noticed their unusual shape and how closely the paws were set together on each set of prints. And then he noticed the gait - how the hind foot landed ahead of the front foot and the long gap between each set of prints. "I immediately froze," Jones said. "I realized this wasn't a dog - it was a big cat." By big cat, Jones means cougar. Turns out there may have been two of them.
Legislative races impacting Douglas County voters are coming more into focus. Over the weekend, Lee Byberg won the Republican Party's endorsement to run against DFLer Collin Peterson in U.S.
"A Little Bita Everything" was the name of an Osakis ranch that brought exotic animals to the Viking Plaza Mall Saturday as part of the 18th annual Lifestyles Expo. And that's what a steady stream of expo-goers enjoyed - a little of bit of everything. They bopped along with the Just for Kix dancers, smiled in amazement at the antics of the Imaginick magic act, marveled at the chinchilla, skink, honey bear and other animals from the ranch, and browsed among the nearly 70 exhibitors that set up inside the mall. The free event went well, according to Karen Jennissen, the Echo Press coordinator