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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The case of a 42-year-old Sauk Centre woman charged with hitting a 23-month-old toddler with her car while driving drunk in Alexandria on April 23, 2016, is scheduled to go before a jury. A hearing for Becky Laforge took place in Douglas County District Court on Jan. 31 and the trial was set for March 6. Laforge was initially charged with six counts. Three charges were dismissed — two felony counts of criminal vehicular operation causing "great bodily harm" and a misdemeanor of driving a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.
A candlelight event set for this Saturday, Feb. 4 at Lake Carlos State Park has been canceled because of icy and rutted trail conditions. "We have to think about visitor/participant safety," said Ben Eckhoff, area naturalist for the park. "With the event being at night, this is a major concern. We don’t like to cancel events, but unfortunately we believe this is the best decision." Even though there is not an event on the park's calendar in March, it will try and hold one if the conditions allow, Eckhoff said.
A Long Prairie man who was convicted of first degree manslaughter for fatally striking his ex-wife with a shoe hammer was sentenced to 12 and a half years in prison Wednesday. Craig Lamont Williams, 49, will serve the time at the St. Cloud Correctional Facility. Judge Douglas Anderson handed out the sentence, which is below the maximum penalty of 15 years, in Todd County District Court. Williams received credit for the three years and 164 days he's spent behind bars while his case was prosecuted.
A Starbuck woman was injured in a one-vehicle rollover south of Alexandria on Tuesday afternoon. The Minnesota State Patrol said Michaela Hippe, 19, sustained non-life-threatening injuries in the crash. The patrol said Ford Explorer was southbound on Highway 29 near Douglas County Road 88 at 3:48 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 31, when Hippe slowed down for stopped traffic and lost control. The Explorer left the road and rolled into the west ditch. Hippe was taken to the hospital for treatment, according to the State Patrol. A passenger, Elvis Wood, 21, was not listed as injured in the State Patrol report. North Ambulance and the Douglas County Sheriff's Office responded.
The Echo Press picked up 17 awards from the Minnesota Newspaper Association at the annual awards banquet and convention in Bloomington Jan. 25-27. The honors cut across all categories — reporting, advertising, design, editorial writing, photography and more. All the awards are given point values and the Echo Press ended up with the second highest point total in the state, finishing closely behind another Forum Communications Company publication, the Detroit Lakes Tribune, which received the coveted Mills Trophy for the seventh time.
So many memories. So many pranks and jokes shared with coworkers. So many listeners who will miss him. Dennis Anhalt, KXRA Radio news director and a host of the popular Open Line talk show, is retiring after spending nearly 30 years at the station. Well, kind of. He'll still appear on Open Line and he'll fill in for Joe Korkowski, the new news director, when needed.
Old propane tanks, beat-up grills, broken-down metal fire pits ... Many Douglas County residents have these junky items lying around but don't know what to do with them. A reader, for instance, asked the newspaper where he could dispose of a 20-pound propane cylinder he no longer uses. For answers, we turned to Nathan Reinbold, environmental coordinator for Pope-Douglas Solid Waste Management in Alexandria.
The Alexandria Technical and Community College will receive a $100,000 grant to develop a three-part credentialing program for retail workers. The funding was among $2.9 million in grants the League for Innovation in the Community College awarded to 12 community colleges across the country. "We are excited to be selected to participate in this project," said Dr. Laura Urban, president of Alexandria Technical and Community College. "We appreciate the leadership of the League for
The complex process of changing Alexandria's charter — the 57-year-old document that serves as the city's constitution — hit a rocky patch Monday night. Out of 14 amendments the city council considered, only four received preliminary approval, five failed to get the required unanimous approval, and five were tabled to get more information.
TIF request fails again For the second time in a month, the Alexandria City Council considered a request to extend tax increment financing for Torborg Builders, but the result was the same. It failed when the council and mayor, acting as the city's Economic Development Authority, were deadlocked 3-3. Virgil Batesole, Bob Kuhlman and Bobbie Osterberg voted no while Todd Jensen, Dave Benson and Mayor Sara Carlson, who votes as an EDA member, voted for it.