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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It was like Christmas in July for two big projects that came before the Alexandria City Council Monday night. The city received very favorable bids for a waterline extension project and an electrical distribution upgrade. The news, however, wasn't so merry when it came time to look at the bids for an improvement to Cardinal Lane. Read Wednesday's Echo Press for complete details on the bidding projects, along with other council action concerning private well drilling, a tax increment financing request for a new recreational vehicle and marine dealership, an amendment to the city's comprehens
A 36-year-old Hoffman man was arrested for possession of bath salts and synthetic marijuana Tuesday. The investigation involved the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, West Central Minnesota Narcotics Task Force the U.S.
State government is up and running again and the fallout from the shutdown and the budget agreement is being felt locally. Here are some of the local impacts: LOCAL GOVERNMENT AID Under the agreement that was approved in Wednesday's special session, most cities in Douglas County will receive the same amount of Local Government Aid (LGA) this year and next year that they received in 2010. But it won't be as much as they were initially certified to receive. Alexandria, for instance, will receive $1,204,947 in LGA this year - about $400,000 less than it expected and based its budget on, acc
The Alexandria City Council shared some good news at its last meeting. The city's application to place a sculpture in Big Ole Central Park was approved by the state. The city will receive a $10,000 Arts Legacy Grant to cover all the costs for the sculpture - "Gathering Tree." Minneapolis artist Marcia McEachron, who has 25 years of public art experience, is expected to begin working on it this month. "This is a big deal," said council member Sara Carlson, who also serves on the park board.
The Miltona community is celebrating its comeback from a tornado that caused a wide path of destruction through the town back on July 18, 1970. It's Miltona Tornado Days this weekend, July 15-17. Several fun events are in the works. Here are some of the festivities: Friday, July 15 Pork Chop Feed - 4 to 8 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church. Craft Sale - 4 to 8 p.m. at the Miltona Community Center. (To participate, call 320-852-9899.) DJ and Karaoke featuring J&L Sound - 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. and LJ's Food and Liquor. Saturday, July 16 Craft Sale - 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Those who learned to swim in its waters may have felt a wave of nostalgia this week. The old Central School pool, which has been closed since November 2002, was reduced to rubble. It was demolished to make room for an expanded parking lot next to the Douglas County Services Center. The pool, which was built by Alexandria School District 206 42 years ago as part of the junior high school, was eventually taken over by Lakes Area Recreation.
Alexandria residents will soon have a chance to rate a wide range of city services, from police and fire protection to streets, water and parks. It's part of a new "performance measurement program" the Alexandria City Council unanimously voted to participate in at its June 27 meeting. Besides getting feedback that will help the city update its comprehensive plan next year, the program offers the city financial incentives. By participating, the city will receive $1,700 in additional local government aid, based on population. The biggest appeal, however, is that it will exempt the city from
Even though a government shutdown has stopped state highway construction in its tracks, Alexandria is going ahead with two street overlay projects totaling $675,000. One project is to overlay Nokomis Street, which also doubles as State Highway 29 North, from 3rd to 6th Avenue. The Alexandria City Council agreed to call for bids on the project at its meeting Monday night.
Neither the heat nor the humidity could sap the strength of those who gathered by the hundreds at Citizens Field in Alexandria Friday. They were there to rally against cancer, support those who are battling the deadly disease as well as to pay tribute to those who fought the fight in the past. The 2011 Douglas County American Cancer Society (ACS) Relay for Life was a success, raising more than $120,000 for cancer research.
A May 21 boating accident on Lake Victoria that killed two people was the result of alcohol impairment, according to Douglas County Attorney Chad Larson. No charges, however, will be filed in the case. Larson issued the following statement to the media last Friday: "At approximately 6:20 p.m. on May 21, 2011, our community suffered a tragic loss of life on Lake Victoria.