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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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.
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.
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.
"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
Things are heating up in Alexandria. The city council approved plans for nine events that will take place in the coming weeks - including five foot races, a triathlon and two new Alexandria Beetles Baseball events. Here's the rundown: HOLY MOLY OLE FIVE Lakes Area Recreation (LAR) is planning a series of five running races this summer using the catchy name, "Holy Moly Ole Five." It's the first-ever series of run competitions in Alexandria. "This will benefit the whole community," said Fritz Bukowski, LAR director.
Hey, kids, how'd you like to go fishing this summer? A local group is offering the perfect opportunity. Members of Let's Go Fishing Kids hope to sign up at least 250 4th through 6th grade students in the Alexandria area to participate in this new program. Kids will spend three hours in the classroom, learning the basics of fishing, caring for the environment and the importance of kindness and working with others. Classes will take place at schools throughout the area starting on April 10 and continuing through May 2. Organizers expect between 20 and 25 students per class.
A discussion about a nuisance ordinance - and a council member's decision to seek outside opinions about it - triggered a terse exchange among council members Monday night. The changes were recommended by City Attorney Tom Jacobson and the city's legislative committee. Jacobson said they'd solve a problem the city has encountered from time to time: Trying to track down a property owner in a nuisance complaint involving long weeds, trash, deteriorating structures, junk vehicles or other problems. The proposed changes would add a "responsible party" section identifying whom the city could sen