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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Huh? How come the value of my home dropped so low yet my taxes are going up? What will I do - I was thinking of selling my house but I can't if it's only worth this much. Those are some of the reactions Douglas County property owners have had after opening their proposed property tax statements in the past few days. The "truth in taxation" statements are especially confusing this year because of a change the state Legislature made in the homestead market value credit. What used to be paid by the state as a credit must now be paid by all taxpayers in Douglas County.
Should Alexandria bars be allowed to serve alcohol until 2 a.m.? The Alexandria City Council is once again mulling over the idea. At Monday night's Alexandria City Council meeting, Charlie Meyer, owner of Garden Center Lanes, and John Timmerman, owner of Bug-A-Boo Bay, requested to extend the time they're allowed to serve alcohol from the current 1 a.m. cutoff to 2 a.m. With a 5-0 vote, the council directed city staff to present a draft of an ordinance for its December 12 meeting that would allow the later last call. Public comment about the idea will also be accepted at the meeting.
The Alexandria City Council approved the city's 2012 budget and tax levy after holding a public hearing Monday night. A few adjustments were made from the preliminary budget set in September but the overall budget remained at just over $10.2 million - a 4.3 percent increase from this year. The total certified tax levy is $5.5 million - a 4.57 percent increase. Council member Virgil Batesole voted against it.
Should Alexandria bars be allowed to serve alcohol until 2 a.m.? The Alexandria City Council is once again mulling over the idea. At Monday night's Alexandria City Council meeting, Charlie Meyer, owner of Garden Center Lanes, and John Timmerman, owner of Bug-A-Boo Bay, requested to extend the time they're allowed to serve alcohol from the current 1 a.m. cutoff to 2 a.m. Read Wednesday's Echo Press for complete details on the 2 a.m.
You may want to act like a Boy Scout when you open your mail in the next few days. Be prepared. Your Truth in Taxation property tax statement may reveal a significant increase - or not. It all depends on where you live, your own unique property tax situation and how you'll be impacted by a big change in the homestead market value credit. It all adds up to a lot of question marks. "This has got to be one of the most convoluted years I can remember," said Douglas County Assessor Keith Albertsen.
At a special school board meeting last Wednesday, the Alexandria School District 206 Board awarded the sale of general obligation building bonds to finance the construction of a new high school to replace Jefferson High School. The $65.15 million referendum received approval from 57 percent of the voters in a special election held September 27. As a result of conservative financial management, the district said it was able to finance the new high school project at substantially lower interest rates than was projected in pre-referendum estimates. This will result in an estimated $6.5 million
All those "heads in beds" at Alexandria hotels and motels are projected to generate about $248,000 this year to help promote the community. The money was collected through a 3 percent lodging tax added on to the bills paid by guests staying at 519 rooms at 14 local lodging establishments, which includes motels, hotels, bed and breakfasts and resorts. Sara Stadtherr, executive director of Alexandria Hotel and Hospitality (AHH), which manages the funds, gave an annual report about the tax at Monday night's Alexandria City Council meeting. The tax, with interest earned, is conservatively proje
If you add up the number of people who attended events at the Alexandria Runestone Community Center (RCC) in the past year, it would fill the Xcel Energy Center in St.
An 87-year-old Alexandria man died after a one-vehicle rollover near Perham in Otter Tail County last Thursday. Roland J. Norling was driving a 1996 Ford Explorer on Highway 10 shortly after 1 p.m. when the vehicle drifted off to the medial shoulder, according to the State Patrol. He over-corrected and the vehicle ended up rolling several times. Norling, who was wearing a seat belt, was extricated from the Explorer and taken to the hospital in Perham. He was later air-lifted to Fargo and died at about 5 p.m.
Two local schools - Brandon Elementary and West Central Area South Elementary School in Kensington - can step to the head of their class. They were both named "2011 National Blue Ribbon High Performing Schools" by the U.S. Department of Education. Only six schools in the state received the honor. They're among 313 K-12 public and private schools in the nation being honored for their overall academic excellence or for their success in closing achievement gaps. "America's long-term economic prosperity and civic engagement depends on our children receiving a world-class education," U.S.