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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Schools in the Douglas County area are closed today, Monday, March 5, because of an expected winter storm.
Alexandria area parents of 6th- through 12th-graders are being asked to share their opinions regarding underage drinking through a new survey. Sponsored by the Healthy Voices, Healthy Choices Coalition, the survey is being distributed as part of a five-year project to reduce youth alcohol use in the Alexandria area. It asks parents of middle and high school students about their attitudes and opinions regarding youth substance use.
Help is on the way to improve water and sewer systems in Osakis. The city received $1.13 million in loans from the Minnesota Public Facility Authority, which announced the funding last week. Osakis was approved for a $653,961 loan from Clean Water Revolving Fund for sanitary sewer rehabilitation work and a $475,604 loan from the Drinking Water Revolving Fund for improvements to the city's water distribution system.
Help could be on the way for three cities in Douglas County that want to improve their water systems. Last week, Gov. Mark Dayton proposed spending $167 million in his $1.5 billion public works funding bill for clean water projects. The governor said that while at least 22 projects were funded through last year's public works bill, a new analysis shows that 171 local clean water projects will require additional state funding to move forward this year, or in the years ahead.
Sometime this past December or January, the Douglas Soil and Water Conservation District's tree shed building was broken into and numerous items were stolen. The district's 1980 three-quarter ton manual transmission pickup, baby blue in color, was stolen, along with an assortment of hand tools, hardware, shovels and saw horses. The Natural Resources Conservation Service's Polaris four-wheeler, a green 400 model, and its aluminum trailer were also stolen. Those are just a few of the items that were taken.
The Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce joined the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce to launch a legislative agenda at an annual "session priorities" event on Feb. 20, outlining initiatives that the chambers say will grow the state's economy for the benefit of all Minnesotans. Four major priorities will frame the Minnesota Chamber's lobbying at the Capitol. The Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce will advance this agenda as part of the Minnesota Chamber Federation. The top priorities this year are:
Sexual abuse of minors by priests in the Diocese of St. Cloud over the course of many years is prompting the diocese to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The diocese made the announcement Wednesday afternoon in a news release.
A new neighborhood may soon spring up near Latoka Drive in west Alexandria. At its meeting Monday night, the Alexandria City Council approved Doug and Joan Wenzel's development that would build 28 market-rate townhomes and a three-story, 56-unit apartment complex. "Green Pastures" would be located east of County Road 45 on the north side of Latoka Drive SW (County Road 90). If an average of three people move into each townhome and apartment unit, the neighborhood's population would amount to about 250 residents.
A project to extend 44th Avenue has hit a dead end. At its meeting Monday, the Alexandria City Council was informed that the city's application for a grant through the Minnesota Department of Transportation was denied. Last October, the city applied for a state grant to extend 44th Avenue by about 1,855 feet, from where it ends northeast of Doolittles Woodfire Grill to a new connection with South Broadway.
The Minnesota State Patrol has made several large marijuana busts in recent weeks — including one on Interstate 94 near Alexandria when the odd behavior of a driver and passenger of a car caught a trooper's attention. On Jan. 24, a trooper stopped a rental vehicle near Alexandria with a police dog leading to the discovery of 24 pounds of marijuana and $8,200. Two New Jersey men face felony charges in the case. According to the criminal complaint: