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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Bars in Alexandria will soon have the option of serving alcohol until 2 a.m. - one hour later than they've been allowed to in the past. At its meeting Tuesday night, the Alexandria City Council voted 4-1 to approve an ordinance letting bars apply for a later last call license through the state. The ordinance takes effect as soon as it is published, which will be today, Friday.
Bars in Alexandria will soon have the option of serving alcohol until 2 a.m. - one hour later than they've been allowed to in the past. At its meeting Tuesday night, the Alexandria City Council voted 4-1 to approved an ordinance letting bars apply for a later last call license through the state. Two businesses, Bug-A-Boo Bay and Garden Center Lanes, requested the new ordinance, saying it will allow them to compete with other cities in the area. Another big decision at the meeting was the council's 4-1 vote to proceed with the "Safe Routes to School" project.
A hunting trip to Canada last November put Ultimate fighting superstar Brock Lesnar of Alexandria into some legal trouble. He was charged last week in Medicine Hat, Canada with three counts of violating the Alberta Wildlife Act in connection with the outing. He was accused of failing to tag a deer after killing it; allowing edible mule deer flesh to be wasted or abandoned; and illegal possession of a deer.
Senate Majority Leader Bill Ingebrigtsen? It's a possibility. Ingebrigtsen, a Republican senator from Alexandria, is considering a run for the Senate leadership post. Former Senate majority leader, Amy Koch, R-Buffalo, resigned from the position last week after party leaders confronted her about an "inappropriate relationship" with a Senate employee. A few senators have expressed an interest in vying for the post, including Joe Gimse of Willmar. The state's 37 Republican senators will meet on Tuesday, December 27 to vote on a new leader. Ingebrigtsen, a retired Douglas County sheriff who
Although there's not much chance for a white Christmas this year, it's guaranteed to be bright. Many residents in Douglas County went all out again this season by decorating their houses and yards in a festive display of Christmas lights. The Echo Press asked readers to submit their favorite holiday displays in the area. Here they are: Jim and Carol Steidl, Victoria Avenue in Carlos. An appreciative e-mailer noted that the Steidls started setting up their lights in the early fall and are waiting for people to drive by.
Help is on the way to provide mental health services to more children in the region, including Douglas County. A $450,000 grant from the Minnesota Department of Human Services will make mental health services available to more young children and their families in Greater Minnesota. Lutheran Social Service (LSS) of Minnesota is leading the initiative.
A building on 6th Avenue East in Alexandria that was badly burned in a fire is getting a new lease on life. The building, which once housed Off Broadway Antiques at 201 6th Avenue East, was recently sold. New owner Rod Borden, a general contractor with Lifetime Homes of Alexandria, said he plans to completely renovate the structure and put it back on the market. The building, which also houses two upper apartments, has two storefronts, Borden noted.
Like Rudolph leading Santa's sleigh, the Canadian Pacific's Holiday Train rolled through the fog and into Alexandria Wednesday afternoon. Instead of hauling toys, the train carried a message of awareness and hope for the hungry over the holidays. The Holiday Train is North America's longest running food pantry fundraiser. Since 1999, it has entertained thousands while raising more than $5.6 million and generating more than 2.45 million pounds of food donations for local food shelves. Alexandria was one of 140 communities the Holiday Train is visiting this year in its mission of "making a d
Alexandria is one sip closer to allowing Alexandria bars to serve alcohol until 2 a.m. At its meeting Monday night, the city council unanimously approved a preliminary first reading of an ordinance amendment that would permit the later last call. Two restaurants in the city requested it - Garden Center and Bug-A-Boo Bay. The council scheduled a public hearing to get input from residents and other liquor license holders in the city. It will take place during the council's next meeting on Tuesday, December 27.
An annual holiday tradition once again made Christmas brighter for hundreds of families in the Douglas County area. By the time the final tally was made late Saturday night, the Alexandria Jaycees were able to raise more than $92,000 during the 63rd annual Jingle Bells Telethon. Although they fell short of the monetary goal, organizers considered the event a success because of what took place Sunday. More than 200 volunteers showed up at H.