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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Editor's note: The following story contains corrections to a previous version of this story. This story corrects the fact that one of the assault charges - pointing a gun at deputies - was not dismissed.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is ramping up efforts to fight the spread of aquatic invasive species across the state in 2012. The new strategy, announced last week, takes a two-pronged approach: Increased inspections and decontamination of boats at and near water bodies, especially those infested with aquatic invasive species. Increased awareness that the public must do its part not to spread invasive species. Bonnie Huettl of Alexandria, president of the Douglas County Coalition of Lakes Association (COLA) and a member of Minnesota Waters, said the bolder measure
Two major street and sidewalk projects in Alexandria advanced Monday night. At its first meeting of the new year, the Alexandria City Council approved agreements for a "Safe Routes to School" project near Lincoln Elementary and a state project to pave a section of Broadway. SAFE ROUTES PROJECT The council voted 4-1 to approve an engineering agreement with Widseth Smith and Nolting for the project near Lincoln school.
Two major street and sidewalk projects in Alexandria advanced Monday night. At its first meeting of the new year, the Alexandria City Council approved agreements for a "Safe Routes to School" project near Lincoln Elementary and a state project to pave a section of Broadway this summer. Read more details about both projects in Wednesday's Echo Press.
Be careful about what you're transporting into a lake. If it turns out to be zebra mussels, you could face legal charges. That's what happened to a 54-year-old Fargo man last week and a 30-year-old Eagle Bend man in November. The men were charged in separate cases 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. If convicted, they each face misdemeanor penalties of up to 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.
Authorities may have caught a break in the search for a suspect who robbed an Alexandria bank on December 29. On Tuesday, a 49-year-old Minneapolis man was spotted driving near St. Peter in a vehicle that was used in the robbery of the Rolling Hills Bank in Brewster earlier that day. He was arrested and is being held in the Sherburne County Jail, according to the FBI. Authorities are investigating whether the driver could be the "Man in Black" - a suspect who held up several banks across the metro area.
The Alexandria Police Department and the FBI are continuing to investigate an armed robbery at Glenwood State Bank in Alexandria. Police officers responded to a report of the robbery at about 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 29. The suspect entered the bank during business hours and walked straight to the front teller in the lobby, according to police. He was wearing a green zip-up waist length jacket.
The Alexandria Police Department responded to a report of a robbery at Glenwood State Bank in Alexandria at about 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 29. The suspect entered the bank during business hours and walked straight to the front teller in the lobby, according to police. He was wearing a green zip-up waist length jacket. He also had a bright multi-colored stocking hat over the top of what appeared to be a solid dark-colored ski mask, light blue denim jeans and dark-colored gloves. The suspect demanded money while brandishing what witnesses described as a small hand gun.
Bars in Alexandria will soon have the option of serving alcohol until 2 a.m. - one hour later than they've been allowed to in the past. At its meeting Tuesday night, the Alexandria City Council voted 4-1 to approve an ordinance letting bars apply for a later last call license through the state. The ordinance takes effect as soon as it is published, which will be today, Friday.
TOP 10 NEWS STORIES OF 2011 1. Voters approve new high school 2. Murder in Osakis 3. Terrible crashes 4. Bad fires 5. Zebra mussels 6. Government shutdown 7. Forces of nature 8. Scribble leads to death 9. New police station 10.