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 famous rock and roll guitar player almost became a Forada City Council member. Well, kind of. Here's what happened: For the Nov. 8 election, a position on the Forada City Council was up for grabs because no one filed for it. Whoever received the most write-in votes would be the winner. As it turned out, 11 voters wrote in 11 different names. An absentee ballot contained yet another different write-in candidate.
It was a big night for Republicans in Douglas County. Not a single DFL candidate came close to carrying Douglas County. Many lost by two-to-one margins. Even long-time DFLer Collin Peterson couldn't hold back the county's conservative tidal wave. Douglas County favored his Republican challenger, Dave Hughes, by 6 percentage points in the U.S. House 7th District. Hughes received 11,205 votes to Peterson's 9,960. Peterson prevailed districtwide, however, receiving 53 percent of the vote, with 96 percent of the precincts reporting.
A 3 percent lodging tax added to the bills of guests staying at Alexandria area motels, hotels, resorts and bed and breakfasts may not seem like much, but it's generating a big promotional bang for the area. And it continues to grow. Proceeds from the first eight months of this year are up 46 percent from 2015, mainly because nine new businesses in LaGrand Township joined the membership, including Arrowwood Resort.
Brewing licenses issued Copper Trail Brewing Company LLC received an on-sale brewer's taproom and Sunday malt liquor (beer) license from the Alexandria City Council Monday night. It also received a brewer off-sale liquor license so customers can purchase beer in large 64-ounce containers known as growlers. Owners Adam Graf and David Gibbons plan to open the new brewery at 410 30th Ave. East, the Willow Creek complex, later this fall. Other items addressed at the council meeting follow. City wins award
Here are some other odds and ends from Monday night's Alexandria City Council meeting that weren't included in other stories.
An Orange Township man was injured in a hunting accident Saturday morning. The Douglas County Hospital notified the Douglas County Sheriff's Office at 11:39 a.m. about a patient who had...
Several contested races for mayor and city councils, along with write-in votes, added spice to the ballots in Douglas County on Tuesday, In Carlos, a write-in campaign for Jason Thimmesh for mayor made things interesting. Thimmesh, who sits on the city council, collected 115 votes but fell short of defeating the lone candidate who filed for the office, Daniel Plowman, who received 128 votes.
Incumbent Republicans won by wide margins in state Senate and House races in Douglas County Tuesday. In Senate District 8, Bill Ingebrigtsen, R-Alexandria, defeated Shawn Olson, DFL-Alexandria, with 69 percent of the vote. Districtwide, Ingebrigtsen received 66 percent of the vote to win his fourth term.
Once again a telephone scam is trying to swindle utility customers across the country, including residents and businesses in Alexandria. The scam involves telephone callers claiming to be from a utility company and then employing a variety of techniques to defraud customers. Some threaten customers with disconnecting electric service to their home or business if they don't make a payment immediately.
This is November, right? Douglas County residents might be pondering that after a surprise "heat wave" in the past week delivered temperatures in the 50s, 60s, and then all the way up to 73 degrees on Saturday. The weather was so summer-like, it prompted Scott and Brayden Steidl to go waterskiing on Lake Miltona. They included a one word headline with the photo they emailed to the Echo Press: "Unbelievable!" Saturday's peak was an oddity — 29 degrees higher than the normal high for Nov. 5 and the first time November temperatures have hit the 70s since 2008.