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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How much would an event center benefit Alexandria? Would the economic punch from a center justify the costs? What kind of events would it bring here and how many people would it draw? Those are the kind of questions a committee hopes to answer as it explores the possibility of expanding the Runestone Community Center or building a new event center somewhere else in the city. But it will take a study and money - $50,000 - to find out. At its meeting Monday night, Alexandria City Council members were receptive to the idea of having an event center in Alexandria but in a 3-2 vote, they delay
Spencer Dahlheimer of Alexandria puts his heart and soul into being a solider. He improves himself every day by sharpening his skills at the firing range, competing in long-range shooting events and taking on demanding physical activities like rock climbing, running and swimming with weights. His dedication was recognized earlier this month. He was one of just eight soldiers out of 16,000 who were selected to compete in the "I Core Soldier/NCO of the Year" competition.
The most heated debate at Monday's Alexandria City Council meeting took place during the "old and other business" part of the meeting when council member Virgil Batesole questioned how effective the city's budget committee will be this summer and fall. This year's committee, which makes budget recommendations to the full council, includes Mayor Dan Ness, council member Elroy Frank and City Administrator Jim Taddei.
If you think driving on Alexandria's Broadway is hectic right now, wait a couple of years. A major reconstruction project of Broadway from 3rd to 8th Avenue is planned for 2014. But there's a bright side: When the project is finished, the street should be safer, smoother, more bicycle and pedestrian friendly and more attractive as well. At its meeting Monday night, the Alexandria City Council approved a $708,812 engineering agreement with Widseth, Smith and Nolting for the project, estimated to cost just under $4.5 million. The project would add a bike lane on the west side of Broadway, cr
If you think driving on Alexandria's Broadway is hectic right now, wait a couple of years. A major reconstruction project of Broadway from 3rd to 8th Avenue is planned for 2014. But there's a bright side: When the project is finished, the street should be safer, smoother, more bicycle and pedestrian friendly and more attractive as well. At its meeting Monday night, the Alexandria City Council unanimously approved a $708,812 engineering agreement with Widseth, Smith and Nolting for the project, estimated to cost about $4.8 million.
A towering sight took shape in Brandon last week. A new water tower was put in place near the intersection of Front Street and Nelson Avenue. It will be painted a light cream color with dark red and brown accents. It will also include, of course, the name of the city, styled in the same font as the sign that welcomes visitors into town. The old water tower will be dismantled and hauled away. There's much more to this project than visual appeal. It will provide residents with clean drinking water and better pressure. Brandon received a $1,685,000 loan and a $957,000 grant from the U.S.
In welcoming the huge crowd that gathered in the sweltering heat inside Jefferson High School's gym for Sunday's graduation ceremony, science teacher Thomas Smith joked that the event was the hottest ticket in town. The celebration was moved indoors because of the threat of thunderstorms, but it didn't wilt the enthusiasm of the Class of 2012's last hurrah of high school. A total of 292 graduates accepted their diplomas, turned their tassels and tossed their graduation caps into the air to celebrate the special milestone in their lives. They listened to the advice from speakers, laughed a l
Jeffery Allen Brooks, 53, of Alexandria was sentenced to 35 years in prison today for murdering Diane Fortenberry of Osakis in May 2011. Todd County District Court Judge Jay Carlson sentenced Brooks, who pleaded guilty to second degree murder, later tried to change the plea and was denied. Brooks was ordered to immediately begin serving his time at a St. Cloud correctional facility.
Kids, ice skates and electrical cords are not a very safe combination. That's why the Alexandria City Council voted 5-0 Monday night to call for quotes to make electrical upgrades in all the arenas at the Runestone Community Center (RCC). The RCC hasn't had a major electrical upgrade since it was built back in 1977, Assistant City Administrator Marty Schultz told the council. A safety inspection that the city ordered a few months ago showed several safety problems at the RCC that should be taken care of right away, Schultz said. RCC staff has identified a list of 19 work items that will be
A long-simmering controversy over Lake Winona, a sewage treatment plant and how it impacts Alexandria lakes took a new turn this week. The Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy (MCEA) and the Lake L'Homme Dieu Association filed suit Tuesday against the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) for failure to protect Lake Winona and downstream waters from pollution. The groups say they're asking the state agency "to do its job" and protect the environment. The MPCA, meanwhile, contends that it is doing just that but the process of deciding what kind of discharge the lake should be hand