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 pair of Legislative Candidate Forums will be taking place in Alexandria this fall. The goal is to provide Douglas County area residents with the opportunity to meet and learn about the Minnesota House and Senate candidates vying to represent the area. These candidate forums are non-partisan and are being designed as an educational opportunity for local voters. They are being organized by the Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce and Alexandria Area Economic Development Commission (AAEDC) and will be hosted by Alexandria Technical and Community College (ATCC). Two events are scheduled
Motorcycle crashes are taking a heavy toll in Minnesota this year. Through the month of August, the number of motorcycle drivers killed in the state hit 40 for the year - compared to 29 rider deaths at this time last year. On August 30, two motorcycle drivers, one from West Union, were killed in a head-on collision in Benton County about 10 miles northeast of St.
When Alexandria city leaders first started going over budget requests this summer, the numbers added up to a 22 percent tax levy increase for next year. After several budget committee meetings and work sessions, the Alexandria City Council approved a 2013 preliminary tax levy increase of 3.09 percent Monday night. Two budget items were beyond the control of the council - a $43,769 increase in Alexandria Lakes Area Sanitary District's (ALASD) budget to provide services in newly annexed areas of the city and a $15,056 increase in the firefighters' retirement benefits, noted City Administrator
More information has been released about a motorcyle accident that happened near Farwell Saturday afternoon. The Douglas County Sheriff's Office received several 911 calls about a car/motorcycle crash on Douglas County Road 7 near the Pope County line at 2:36 p.m. Witnesses reported that Curtis Nolan Osborn, 59, of Wahpeton, North Dakota was traveling south when he crossed the centerline and struck the front of a northbound car driven by Debra Kay Nygaard, 50, of Farwell. Osborn and his motorcycle ended up in the ditch.
Service members and their families have a whole new level of support in Alexandria and in Douglas County. Governor Mark Dayton recently presented the county and the city official certification as "Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Networks." "It was a long process taking over a year, involving many entities," said Douglas County Commissioner Bev Bales, who headed the process for Douglas County. In addition to city and county leaders, others also came on board, including committee members, veterans service organizations, medical, education and faith-based groups, and also local government entities su
Just like the trees turning to their fall colors, students throughout Douglas County are turning their attention back to the books. Tuesday was the first day of school. In Alexandria School District 206, about 4,000 students made the transition. The district has a long history of academic and athletic achievements.
Back in July 1962, Shannon and Erma Hazen of Sterling, Nebraska were coming back from a family vacation up North when they drove through Alexandria. Their son wanted to get in some more fishing and when they saw a fisherman along the road casting into Lake Victoria, they pulled over and asked him if there were any places nearby to camp. The fisherman told them there was a nice spot just down the road, the Broken Arrow Resort. The Hazens bit, and they've been coming back ever since.
An armed robbery was reported at Premiere Video at 307 North Nokomis Street in Alexandria just before midnight Wednesday. Alexandria police officers responded to a 911 call and were told an employee who was closing up for the night was robbed at gunpoint. There were no physical injuries to the victim, according to police. An undisclosed amount of cash was taken. The suspect is described as a white male younger than 30 years of age and between 5 feet and 5 and a half feet tall.
Don Roesner of Alexandria didn't know what was killing his raspberries. Or his hostas. Or the tomatoes, potatoes and rhubarb in his garden. He showed agricultural experts photos of the scraggly maple tree and wilted flowers in his yard. There were some theories but no clear-cut answers. A likely suspect emerged: It had to be something in the water from Lake Victoria.
Three Alexandria police officers thought they were just doing their job when they responded to a house fire on August 17. But their actions likely saved the lives of two people, according to Police Chief Rick Wyffels and Fire Chief Jeff Karrow who presented awards to Sergeant Chad Schroeder and officers Anthony Golden and Ryan Cook at Monday night's Alexandria City Council meeting. Schroeder was on routine patrol the night of the fire shortly before midnight when he spotted a slight haze in the air above 3rd Avenue, said Wyffels while retelling the events to the council. At first, Schroeder