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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Maybe it was the corn dogs. Or the mild, sunshiny weather. Or all the fun new things to see and do. Whatever the reason, the Douglas County Fair was a big success, drawing about 50,000 people during its four-day run that ended Sunday. That's about 1,000 more than last year. The Douglas County Agricultural Association was more than pleased with the big turnout. "It was a terrific success," said the association's secretary, Dale Buchholz on Monday.
Here's another reason for going to Alexandria's City Hall: You'll soon be able to see displays by local artists. At its meeting Monday night, the Alexandria City Council heard about the new Mayor's Choice Artist Program. It's a partnership of the Alexandria Arts Advisory Committee and Alexandria Mayor Dan Ness, explained city council member Sara Carlson, who also serves on the committee. Visual artists in the Alexandria area are encouraged to apply to have their artwork displayed within city hall. The mayor will select one artist to feature every three months. The public is encouraged to
A crowd gathered last Wednesday to remember loved ones by watching butterflies gently open their wings and take flight. Hospice of Douglas County sponsored the butterfly release at Alexandria City Park. The goal of the annual event is to honor loved ones who have passed on. Butterflies represent the cycle of life, death, renewal and hope - ideas that are at the heart of the hospice program. Participants purchased a butterfly for $10 and released them.
Three years ago, Tyler Whiting knocked Ben Vangsness out of the Resorters Golf Tournament in the semifinals on his way to winning the championship. This year, it was Vangsness' turn. In a battle between friends, both from Alexandria, Vangsness defeated Whiting 5-4 in Saturday's final match at the Alexandria Golf Club to become the 2011 Men's Division champion. Vangsness, who was in Whiting's wedding a year and a half ago, said that playing against his friend was fun - even with a championship on the line. "We always joke around that out of all of our friends, the two of us play the least a
An alien. An albino pig with long claws. A government experiment gone wrong. A werewolf. Those are just some of the guesses about what a weird looking dead animal found near Alexandria last week could be. The mystery began when Lacey Ilse and her husband were driving to Walmart at about 1 p.m.
The 90th annual Resorters Golf Tournament is in the history books and an Alexandrian stands at the top. Ben Vangsness of Alexandria defeated another Alexandrian and his friend, Tyler Whiting, in the final match at the Alexandria Golf Club Saturday afternoon. Champions emerged in six other divisions as well: Women's - Emily Kvidera of Ramsey, a junior at Augustana. Senior Men's - Jon Empanger of Chaska, who won his eighth Resorters title. Executive Men's - Tim Peterson of Lino Lakes, who won all the marbles in 2002 and 2003. Masters - Pat Vincelli of Rosemount. Junior, ages 13-
The Minnesota Legislature's cuts to cities are coming home to roost. At its meeting Monday night, the Alexandria City Council amended its 2011 budget to make up for $673,695 in reduced Local Government Aid (LGA) and the elimination of the market value homestead credit (MVHC). The council couldn't raise its levy - taxes have already been collected this year - so it had to make cuts within the budget that was already set. The result? It slashed equipment funds for streets, parks, the Runestone Community Center, and police and fire departments in half.
The Minnesota Legislature's cuts to cities are coming home to roost. At its meeting Monday night, the Alexandria City Council amended its 2011 budget to make up for $673,695 in reduced Local Government Aid (LGA) and the elimination of the market value homestead credit (MVHC). The council couldn't raise its levy - taxes have already been collected for this year - so it had to make cuts within the budget that had been based on the certified LGA amounts. Read Wednesday's Echo Press to find out what the council decided to cut. A variety of other items were also on Monday's agenda, including a
The 90th annual Resorters Golf Tournament is in the history books and an Alexandrian stands at the top. Ben Vangsness of Alexandria defeated another Alexandrian and his friend, Tyler Whiting, in the final match at the Alexandria Golf Club this afternoon, 5-4. It's Vangness' first Resorters' championship. Whiting won it all in 2008. Vangsness advanced into the finals with a 2-1 victory this morning over the defending champion, Donald Constable of Deep Haven.
The city of Miltona will receive nearly $2 million from U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development to improve the city's wastewater treatment infrastructure. The funding comes in the form of a $1,396,000 loan and a $570,000 grant. "These funds are critical to meeting Miltona's need for wastewater treatment improvements," said Congressman Collin C.