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 discarding of 35 ballots from three Alexandria precincts where errors occurred on Election Day has padded House District 8B candidate Mary Franson's lead over Bob Cunniff to 11. The Douglas County Canvassing Board removed the ballots at random last Wednesday, to abide by District Judge David Battey's ruling yesterday. Of the ballots removed, 22 were for Cunniff, 12 were for Franson and one was not marked. Subtracting those votes from the district-wide totals gives Franson an 11-vote edge, 10,640 to 10,629.
State House District 8B candidate Mary Franson won a legal decision involving her one-vote victory over Bob Cunniff. On Tuesday, Judge Dave Battey granted Franson's request to declare that "obvious errors" had occurred in the election, which will trigger a process Franson favored: Removing 35 votes at random from the three precincts in Alexandria where the mistakes occurred. Battey ordered the Douglas County Canvassing Board to inspect the ballots and returns of the affected precincts and correct the error in accordance with Minnesota statutes by removing the ballots before a pending recount
A judge is expected to make a decision today concerning the one-vote election win of Mary Franson over Bob Cunniff in Minnesota House District 8B. When Douglas County election officials were going over the canvassing results last week to prepare for an automatic recount, they noticed that 32 voters in Alexandria Wards 1 and 5 were given ballots that allowed them to vote in the Franson-Cunniff race when they were supposed to be voting in the neighboring House District 12B race. In addition, in Alexandria Ward 3, there were three more ballots cast than there were signatures on the voting roste
What kind of popcorn brand leaves the least amount of unpopped kernels? Which type of water makes grass grow the tallest - well, lake or city water? What type of arrow shoots the fastest? What conditions make churning butter faster? What kind of cereal absorbs the most amount of milk? Those questions and dozens more were explored, analyzed and tested by 4th, 5th and 6th grade students in Garfield, Miltona, Carlos and Alexandria recently. Their conclusions were showcased and evaluated at a science fair held Thursday at Voyager Elementary School. The event featured the work of about 180 s
The Christmas season officially kicks off in Alexandria this Friday with the "Christmas in the Fort" event. That's when Santa and Mrs. Claus will visit the Runestone Museum and flip the switch to turn on the Christmas lights on Broadway. The gates for the free event will open at 3 p.m. Several activities are planned: Santa and Mrs.
A hearing in Douglas County District Court involving the pending recount between Mary Franson and Bob Cunniff in the race for Minnesota House District 8B has been delayed a day. When Douglas County election officials were going over the canvassing results last week to prepare for the recount, they noticed that 32 voters in Alexandria Wards 1 and 5 were given ballots that allowed them to vote in the Franson-Cunniff race when they were supposed to be voting in the neighboring House District 12B race.
The search is on for who will be the new Ward 2 Alexandria City Council member. Incumbent Sara Carlson will be leaving the post on January 2 to serve as Alexandria mayor as a result of her election win. At Tuesday's Alexandria City Council meeting, council member Owen Miller made a motion to advertise the opening, encourage interested residents in Ward 2 to apply and to form a committee that will consider all the applicants and make a recommendation to the council. The committee will include Carlson, City Administrator Jim Taddei and Ward 4 council member Dave Benson. Council member Virgil
A project to build a 24-unit townhome development for low to moderate income families will receive a tax break from the city of Alexandria. At its meeting Tuesday night, the city council voted 3-2 to approve a tax increment financing (TIF) request for Deer Ridge Townhomes. The Alexandria Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA) and a private developer, DW Jones Inc. of Walker, are partners in the $4.2 million project. The vote came with controversy.
Veterans come from all walks of life. They're ordinary people living ordinary lives who are asked to do extraordinary things for their country. Their acts of bravery and sacrifice to preserve American freedoms should never be taken for granted. That was part of the message Major General Gerald E. Lang with the Minnesota Army National Guard delivered in Alexandria on Sunday, Veterans Day. Lang, who lives in Sauk Rapids, is the assistant deputy commanding general for the U.S. Army Materiel Command at its headquarters at the Redstone Army Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama.
Your one vote can make a difference. That's one of the lessons that can be learned from Tuesday's election. In the Minnesota House District 8B race, Incumbent Republican Mary Franson of Alexandria defeated DFLer Bob Cunniff of Alexandria, 10,652 to 10,651. Cunniff carried Douglas County's 17 precincts but Franson picked up enough support in the other 37 districts to win re-election, barring any changes that could occur in a recount (see related story). Other state Legislature winners included Republican Bill Ingebrigtsen in Senate District 8, Republican Torrey Westrom in Senate District 12