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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An update about a plan to build a veterans memorial in Alexandria will be presented at the Alexandria City Council meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 26. A representative from the group that's pursuing the project, Gabe Pipo, is expected to give the latest information.
The city of Alexandria has completed a mandatory Environmental Assessment Worksheet for a proposed development near Lake Andrew. Zavadil Development is proposing to construct 52 townhomes, 10 lake lots for separate sale and the related road and utility improvements along the northwestern shore of Lake Andrew within the city limits. The city of Alexandria is the responsible governmental unit for review of the EAW and is notifying the public that the Environmental Assessment Worksheet is available for review and comment.
State Rep. Mary Franson, R-Alexandria, changed her mind and decided to meet with the Alexandria Area High School Democrats on Wednesday. "I met with the Alexandria High School Democrats, and we had an engaging and productive discussion on the issues of climate change, college affordability and a carbon tax," Franson told the Echo Press on Friday morning. "I appreciate the assistance of Alexandria High School in helping to facilitate the meeting, and that we were able to meet in an appropriate venue.
A 19-year-old West Fargo man suffered non-life-threatening injuries in a rollover near Evansville Thursday night. Tyler Robert Charles Petersen was driving west on Interstate 94 east of Highway 79 when his Dodge Caravan went off the road and rolled, according to the State Patrol. Petersen, who was wearing a seat belt, was taken to the Douglas County Hospital where he was treated and released.
A 24-year-old Alexandria man faces a felony charge for allegedly selling cocaine out of his residence. Dillon Robert Anderson was charged on Dec. 21 with a first degree controlled substance crime. On five occasions since mid-November, Anderson allegedly sold cocaine to a confidential informant acting under the supervision of the West Central Minnesota Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, according to the criminal complaint. The cocaine, including the packaging, weighed 39.8 grams, according to the Douglas County Attorney's Office.
A request from a group of students — the Alexandria Area High School Democrats — to meet with state Rep. Mary Franson, R-Alexandria, to discuss legislative issues triggered a Twitter exchange that went viral over the weekend. Franson declined the group's request, tweeting that it was "not a legislator's duty to meet with a partisan Democrat group." In one exchange, Franson tweeted, "I don't meet with partisan groups in my office — besides, isn't your group actively campaigning against me? One of your members is soliciting funds for my opponent."
Fire destroyed a garage near Nelson early Saturday morning. At 5:17 a.m., the Douglas County Sheriff's Office received a report of a garage on fire at the Miles Lynch residence on Homestead Road NE. A neighbor noticed the fire from across the road and called 911. Fire Departments from Carlos and Alexandria responded to assist. The detached garage structure was a total loss, and two vehicles parked nearby were heavily damaged, according to the sheriff's office. The fire is believed to have started from a heat lamp inside the garage.
The SunOpta plant in Alexandria may soon receive a surge in job applications. The company, which makes natural food snacks, announced this week that it will close its roasting facility in Wahpeton, North Dakota, next year. SunOpta is encouraging the 35 employees who will be out of work to apply for positions at its facilities in Crookston and Alexandria. In Alexandria, SunOpta employs about 200 people, according to the Alexandria Area Economic Development Commission.
State Rep. Mary Franson, R-Alexandria, issued the following statement Wednesday morning in response to Lt. Governor Tina Smith’s appointment to the U.S. Senate.
Homeowners in Alexandria can expect a slight decrease or increase in the city portion of their tax bills next year, depending on their property values. Following a "truth in taxation" hearing Monday night, the Alexandria City Council approved a 2018 levy of $6,725,676, a 4.01 percent increase from this year's levy. The levy matches the amount the council approved back in September. No one from the public spoke at the hearing. Besides city staff, the media, the council and the mayor, only four people from the public were there.