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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For the fourth straight month, Alexandria City Council member Virgil Batesole raised objections about the city's bills. At the council's April 11 meeting, Batesole said he'd vote against paying the bills because of what he described as "overruns" in several budget categories. "It is fiscally unsound and not responsible to approve the expenditures if it appears that certain sub-accounts will overrun their budget without having an explanation of the reason," Batesole told the council while reading from a prepared statement. Batesole admitted that some accounts could be seasonally affected or
A new fire engine could soon be rolling into Alexandria. At its meeting Monday night, the Alexandria City Council voted to call for bids on a new truck that's estimated to cost between $480,000 and $495,000. Fire Chief Jeff Karrow made the request, noting that it would replace a 1986 Ford pumper truck, Unit 22, that has far outlived its 20-year life expectancy and is now "nickel and diming" the department with constant repair bills. The department had to do some budget maneuvering to make sure it has enough money to pay for the truck if the bids come in under estimate. It will use $148,500
Gleaming chrome, dazzling paint jobs, nifty prizes - and overriding it all, a message of safety and personal responsibility. All that and more could be found at the Freedom First Riders' fourth annual bike show and fundraiser at the Runestone Community Center in Alexandria on Saturday. More than 1,000 motorcycle riders showed up to look at the hot new bikes and latest products. About 70 of them also registered their motorcycles in the show, competing for trophies and bragging rights.
A new fire engine pumper truck could soon be rolling into Alexandria. At its meeting Monday night, the Alexandria City Council voted to call for bids on a new truck that's estimated to cost between $480,000 and $495,000. Fire Chief Jeff Karrow made the request, noting that it would replace a 1986 Ford pumper truck, Unit 22, that has far outlived its 20-year life expectancy and is now "nickel and diming" the department with constant repair bills. The department had to do some budget maneuvering to make sure it has enough money to pay for the truck if the bids come in under estimate. Read We
The clock is ticking toward a partial federal government shutdown. Unless Congress can come up with a budget agreement by this weekend, federal offices - including the Social Security Administration (SSA) office in Alexandria - could be closed on Monday. To call attention to that fact, workers staged an "informational picket" outside the Alexandria office at 1103 Broadway on Wednesday. They held signs saying: "Keep SSA Working for You!" "Stop the Budget Cuts!" "Furloughs = Poor Service" "Waiting Times Will Increase If We're Not Here" "I Am a Proud Public Employee" The sign carriers in
Alexandria's volunteer firefighters may now undergo random drug and alcohol tests. But it's not because there's been a problem. Department leaders requested the city to include the firefighters in the city's substance abuse policy as another way of demonstrating how committed firefighters are to their duties. "We're trying to be progressive," Fire Chief Jeff Karrow told the Alexandria City Council at its March 28 meeting.
The Alexandria City Council cleared the way for several different events that will be coming up soon - Memorial Day weekend events, the stock car racing season, a triathlon and a passion drama. Here's more information about the events: Awake the Lakes. The annual festival to kick-off the summer season will take place May 27-30. The Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce partners with other community groups to put on the celebration.
Students at Jefferson High School served up awareness about global hunger last Thursday. As part of the "Empty Bowls" fundraiser, pottery students hand-crafted 120 bowls to serve as a reminder of all the people who have empty bowls worldwide. Those attending could buy a student-made bowl for $10 and receive chili, cornbread, water and a cookie or they could pay $5 just for the meal. It was the first time the event has been organized locally and students had a "lofty goal" of collecting about $2,000, according to Kelly Hilbrands, senior social studies II teacher at JHS. As it turned out, th
A new restaurant is brewing to open in downtown Alexandria. Old Broadway Food and Spirits, which has been closed for four years, is in the process of being sold and if all goes as planned, it will re-open as MainStreet Brewery. Although the transaction is still pending, the new owners, Chris Anderson of Alexandria and Chuck Ronnebaum of Miltona, hope to open the new restaurant this May. With more than 15 years of experience in the restaurant business, Anderson and Ronnebaum said they look forward to continuing the tradition of "excellent food, cold drinks and warm hospitality" in the downto
Monday night's Alexandria City Council meeting began on a unique note. Seven people who woke up an Alexandria family and helped them out of their burning house were honored for their lifesaving rescue. Alexandria Fire Chief Jeff Karrow and Alexandria Fire Marshall Dennis Stark presented certificates of commendation to Kacie Mercil, Mark Barrett, Corey Watts, Tonya Covel, Tiff Beeler, Justin Marthaler and Jordan Henderson. The certificates credit the seven for demonstrating an outstanding lifesaving response to a March 5 fire at 1320 Bryant Street in Alexandria, the home of James and Connie