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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After months of campaigning and cajoling, candidates running for political office could only wait for the results to come in Tuesday. Polls were still open when this issue of the Echo Press went to press Tuesday morning. Complete election results will be printed in Friday's newspaper. Douglas County residents can also find up-to-the-minute results on www.echopress.com .
In an extremely close race for Alexandria School District 206, Angie Krebs won by just 55 votes out of more than 13,000 ballots that were cast. Results from all 37 precincts in Douglas County have now been tabulated. As reported earlier, two challengers have defeated incumbents in Douglas County commissioner races. The winners are Jim Stratton and Charlie Meyer.
Two candidates vying for a spot on the Alexandria School Board talked about bullying, early childhood education, the budget, teacher evaluations, class sizes and more Tuesday night. The forum, which drew a crowd of more than 50 people to Alexandria City Hall, was sponsored jointly by the Alexandria Area League of Women Voters and the local chapter of the American Association of University Women. Laura Knudsen and Angie Krebs are the candidates for the school board seat, now held by Jim Hafdal, who did not seek re-election. Douglas County Attorney Chad Larson was moderator, asking questions
They've been out there for more than a month in the fall chill, trying to get their message across, trying to save lives. They are the local participants in "40 Days for Life," a pro-life prayerful vigil that went nationwide five years ago. Working in shifts, about 200 volunteers have been gathering outside of the Planned Parenthood office on Broadway in Alexandria from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Big changes are happening on Geneva Road. A bridge replacement project on Douglas County Road 111 (Geneva Road) started Tuesday, October 23 and should be completed within a week. Landwehr Construction of St. Cloud is the contractor on the $228,000 project. County Road 111 is now closed at the bridge located at the Geneva/L'Homme Dieu Channel. Road closed signs are in place at County Road 73 on the north end and at Birch Avenue on the south. A detour has been set up on Highway 29 and Birch Avenue.
An effort to kill zebra mussels discovered in Lake Irene and Rose Lake was unsuccessful, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Last fall, DNR biologists investigated two separate cases where boat lifts used in zebra mussel infested lakes had been moved to non-infested waters -- Lake Irene in Douglas County and Rose Lake in Otter Tail County. In both lakes, only juvenile zebra mussels were found in a small, localized area.
It could have been much worse. Randy Gene Bye, 53, of Kensington was driving his Jeep on Highway 27 near Interstate 94 last Thursday afternoon when he collided into the side of a semitrailer. The Jeep ended up partially underneath the trailer. The hood and front end of the vehicle were crumpled, the windshield was smashed and both front tires were flattened. A law enforcement officer on the scene said that it was fortunate that the Jeep struck a jack underneath the trailer.
Sure, the "big" races for president, Congress and state Legislature are grabbing headlines. But voters also have key decisions to make at the local level where they'll select mayor, city council and school board candidates.
A big project is taking shape at the SunOpta Ingredients plant on 3rd Avenue West in Alexandria. Demolition crews used heavy machinery to tear down the front part of the building last week and the site is being prepared for a new 27,000-square-foot warehouse with a 1,000-square-foot attached office. The project is being done in response to a fire that burned down the company's unattached warehouse in January 2011.
Jim and Aimee Masterson were sleeping in their home on West Lake Jessie Drive in southeast Alexandria on October 11 when their neighbor, Mark Meuwissen, banged on their door and told them their shed was on fire. The fire, which happened a little before midnight, is believed to have started from a wood burner. When Alexandria firefighters arrived, the 8-by-10-foot shed was fully engulfed. The shed was a total loss.