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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Owners of Wade's Automotive and Repair in downtown Miltona plan to rebuild after a fire badly damaged the shop Tuesday. Karie Eide, wife of owner Wade Eide, thanked all the firefighters who responded to the blaze and said they appreciate all the support they've been receiving from friends and the community. Firefighters from three departments battled the fire at 109 Main Street for about five hours. It's believed to have started when something ignited gasoline that leaked from a pickup truck that was being worked on, according to Al Lange, former Miltona fire chief. When Miltona firemen ve
Newly elected members of the Alexandria City Council took their oath of office Wednesday at City Hall. Mayor Sara Carlson is Alexandria's second female mayor. Dorothy Kobs was the first, winning the position in 1987. Carlson, who has represented Ward 2 for the last nine years, won the mayoral seat by defeating challenger Mark Pederson by a margin of 3,771 votes to 2,216 this past election. The council formed a committee that is screening applicants for the Ward 2 seat.
A 50-year-old Evansville man died in a work-related machinery accident at the Pope Douglas Solid Waste Management (PDSWM) facility Thursday night. Alexandria police officers responded to the scene at 2115 Jefferson Street at about 9 p.m.
A 50-year-old Evansville man died in work-related machinery accident at the Pope Douglas Solid Waste Management facility Thursday night. Alexandria police officers responded to the scene at 2115 Jefferson Street at about 9 p.m.
They've been called ice flowers, ice ribbons, ice grass and frost flowers. Whatever the name, they are a special sight to see - and one that Gary Bahn of Alexandria captured on camera on Lake Mary on December 17. "I was going out to my fish house that morning, and I had never seen anything like it before on the ice," Bahn said in an e-mail to the Echo Press. "Then, a few days later on ABC's World News with Diane Sawyer, they had a quick blip with pictures of the same thing, taken up at the North Pole.
TOP 10 NEWS STORIES Here are the top 10 news stories of 2012 as determined by the Echo Press editorial staff: 1. Six lives lost in three hours (three crashes in the snow) 2. Zebra mussel battle 3. Political shakeups 4. New school, college housing 5. Health mergers 6. KSAX unplugged 7. Bad fires 8. Rash of robberies/burglaries 9. Leaders move on 10. Weird critters 2012 was a year of new beginnings and tragic endings in Douglas County. The year marked the start of construction on a new Alexandria high school.
It was a night of tear-filled goodbyes and rousing applause at Wednesday's Alexandria City Council meeting for two long-standing public servants, Mayor Dan Ness and council member Elroy Frank. Ness, who has served as mayor for 12 years, longer than any mayor in the city's history, conducted his final meeting. He'll turn the reins over to Ward 2 council member Sara Carlson next month. Ness thanked his family for all their support, and said it was a pleasure to work with a harmonious group of council members, staff and department heads throughout the years.
Alexandria police have now released surveillance photos and a more detailed description of a man suspected of robbing Mike's Car Wash in Alexandria Thursday night. A night attendant who had closed the business at about 9 p.m. was walking to his vehicle when he was assaulted by a male suspect wearing a white jacket, black pants and a white ski mask, according to the Alexandria Police Department. The suspect is described as approximately 5 feet, 10 inches tall weighing 200 pounds.
Mark Ratajesak of Eagle Bend was found not guilty of transporting zebra mussels into Lake Irene in Douglas County. After a one-day trial on December 13, a jury deliberated for about 20 minutes before returning with the not guilty verdict. Ratajesak, owner of Dock Doctors, was charged in November 2011 under a new law that prohibits people from moving a piece of lake equipment that has aquatic invasive species such as zebra mussels attached to it. In charging Ratajesak with a misdemeanor, authorities with the Department of Natural Resources claimed that he removed a boat lift from a lake and
Terry Quist will step down as superintendent of Alexandria School District 206 on December 31, turning the reins over to Rick Lahn. The Echo Press asked Quist to reflect back on his six years as the district's leader and answer the following 10 questions. Call it his final exam: 1. What will you miss most about your job? In the end, this job is about building positive and on-going relationships within the school district and in the community. I will miss the opportunity of working and collaborating with people. 2.