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 request to make changes to a 509-acre development in southeast Alexandria is back in the hands of the planning commission. Back on December 20, the commission voted 3-2 to recommend the amendment to the Johnson Family Master Plan, which is also part of the city's comprehensive plan. At its December 27 meeting, the Alexandria City Council voted to refer the request back to the planning commission to answer questions about traffic flow and why the developer, Wayside Farm, LLC, wants to change the plan. The development is located west of Lake Victoria between the new Woodland Elementary Scho
Not as many fees will go up in Alexandria as originally proposed. At its meeting Monday night, the Alexandria City Council eliminated, reduced or held off many of the fees it gave preliminary approval to last month. The new fee schedule for 2011: Does not include a proposed $10 charge for notary service. It will remain free. Leaves the rental fee for city hall rooms at the current rates - $10 for the conference rooms and $25 for the council chambers. The city was considering charging rates of $25, $50 and $100. Leaves the city park shelter reservation fee at $15.
The year 2010 was a rocky ride of ups and downs in Douglas County. There were tragedies - an off-duty police officer died after a snowmobile crash; a 6-year-old Carlos girl drowned in a hotel hot tub; a Brandon man died in a construction accident; and bad crashes claimed several other lives. There were triumphs - local events were shining successes, including a Polar Plunge to help Special Olympics, Jingle Bells to help less fortunate families and fundraisers to help the Haiti earthquake relief. There was crime - three robberies in Alexandria, a stabbing over a pet iguana, arson at an antiq
Not as many fees will go up in Alexandria as originally proposed. At its meeting Monday night, the Alexandria City Council eliminated, reduced or held off many of the fees it gave preliminary approval to last month. The new fee schedule: --Does not include a proposed $10 charge for notary service. It will remain free. --Leaves the rental fee for city hall rooms at the current rates - $10 for the conference rooms and $25 for the council chambers. The city was considering charging rates of $25, $50 and $100. --Leaves the city park shelter reservation fee at $15.
The chances of Douglas County's three legislators supporting a bill that uses tax dollars to build a new Minnesota Vikings stadium is slim - slimmer than Brett Favre returning for another season. Senator Bill Ingebrigtsen, Representative-Elect Mary Franson and Representative Torrey Westrom - all Republicans - said there are more pressing issues to pursue right now than a stadium. "We've got to move pretty quickly in dealing with a $6.2 billion deficit - that's our priority," said Ingebrigtsen, R-Alexandria.
Twinkling trees. Roof eaves shimmering with light. Brightly lit manger scenes that try to capture that special night 2,010 years ago. Some people like to go all out for Christmas by putting up bright lights and displays for everyone to see. This story will list just a few of them. The Echo Press asked readers to submit their choices for the best displays in the Douglas County area. Here they are: The home of Jim and Carol Steidl at 401 Victoria Avenue in Carlos. They worked all fall to get their Christmas lights up to cover their entire yard.
They're billed as the greatest basketball handling kids in the world. They showed their skills again at halftime of a recent boys' basketball game when Minnewaska hosted Morris. The Alexandria Aces wowed the crowd with all kinds of amazing acrobatic tricks and maneuvers. Now in its 20th year, the Alexandria Aces initially began as a basketball-handling club. The team has since progressed into one of the top half-time acts in the NBA. The Aces are?coached by Larry Novotny, former basketball trick artist who performed his basketball magic across much of the U.S.
It seemed almost too good to be true. A bid to provide security and access control at the new Alexandria Police Station came in at $43,954. It was about half of the amount of the two other bids the city received and well under the city's estimate of about $85,000. Security Professionals of Alexandria, also known as AlexTronics, submitted the low bid, which is part of the "phase three" work at the police station being built along 3rd Avenue West. The city's project manager, Mark Kragenbring with ORB Management, its information technology consultant, Shawn Larsen, and Eric Norum with Ringdah
A re-striping project will add a northbound lane to Highway 29 North in Alexandria. It should also end the problem of vehicles trying to merge into one lane after turning left onto Highway 29 (Nokomis Street) from 3rd Avenue East. The Alexandria City Council unanimously approved the new layout, which is set to take place next summer. The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) project will begin 300 feet north of Highway 29's intersection with Highway 27 - a busy corner that includes Burger King and Tiremaxx. It will continue north, past the "Y" split with County Road 42, to about a
A man with Alexandria roots was the quarterback for an NFL-sized assignment - getting the University of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium ready for the Minnesota Viking's Monday Night Football game. As the university's associate athletic director, Scott Ellison led the efforts to clear away the snow and reopen the stadium, which had been winterized and shut down shortly after the Gopher's last home game on November 27. Ellison is a 1977 graduate of Jefferson High School and has family in Alexandria, including his parents, Janet and Dale, and brothers, Tom and Tim. One of his many responsibilitie