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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Coming soon to a neighborhood near you: The Traveling Tree House, offering all sorts of fun and learning for children throughout the area. The United Way of Douglas and Pope Counties is debuting the Traveling Tree House this summer. It will be staffed by Early Childhood Education professionals who will be taking the bus to outlying communities, offering games, opportunities for learning and reading times. There will also be meals on board to share with the children.
Into each life, a little rain must fall. But does it have to always happen during Rib Fest time? That's what Coni McKay, director of the Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce was thinking when for the second straight year, a deluge of rain fell during the Rib Fest portion of Awake the Lakes on Saturday. This time, however, the organizers were prepared for it.
Two big developments are seeking a little tax help from the city of Alexandria. One would renovate the former bar-restaurant, The Wharf, into Zorbaz on the Lake - a $1.7 million project. The other one calls to build two, three-story 63-unit apartment complexes on the east side of Knute Nelson's Grand Arbor development along Pioneer Road in south Alexandria - a project that would add about $8 million worth of property value. At its meeting Tuesday night, the Alexandria City Council scheduled public hearings to discuss both developments. See Friday's Echo Press for complete details and other
For years, Dennis Carstens of Alexandria has marched in the Memorial Day parade. This year, if he's able to, he'll ride in a convertible and serve as grand marshal. Carstens, 66, was diagnosed with cancer in 2009 and it has since spread to other parts of his body. He is now in hospice care. But Carstens shies away from sympathy - just as he does with the recognition of being named grand marshal. "He has always put others first and wants to help and recognize others," said his sister, Marvel Steinhorst of Alexandria.
The races for Douglas County commissioner seats are off and running. Filings opened Tuesday and as of Thursday morning, a total of 10 candidates had already filed for the five commissioner seats, including the five incumbents. The filing period runs through June 5. Because of population changes and redistricting, all five county commissioner seats are up for election this fall and some of their jurisdictions have changed. A primary election will be held on Tuesday, August 14 in districts that draw more than two candidate filings, which has already happened in Districts 2 and 3. Here's how
Hello, summer! Memorial Day weekend is viewed as the unofficial start of the summer season and the Alexandria lakes is brimming with ways to celebrate it. The Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce's "Awake the Lakes" festival offers a variety of activities - ribs, blues and other music, classic cars, yoga, bicycle stunts, zoo animals, pony rides, sidewalk sales, beer garden, stock car races, fireworks, Memorial Day parade and more. Even if the weather doesn't fully cooperate, the celebration is on.
Reconstruction of Fillmore Street, new restrooms at a city park and a new lawn mower. Those were just three of the odds and ends items the Alexandria City Council took care of and its May 14 meeting. The council: Awarded a $426,622 bid from Breitbach Construction to reconstruct Fillmore Street between 7th and 9th Avenue. It was the lowest of the five bids received and less than the city engineer's estimate of $499,427. Federal and state funds will pay for the bulk of the work.
Next Monday is much more than a day off from work or school. It's a time to honor all those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country's freedom. Here is a list of Memorial Day events in the area: Alexandria. Led by Grand Marshal Dennis Carstens, the Memorial Day parade will form at 8th Avenue and Broadway, starting at 10 a.m., and proceed to the Kinkead Cemetery where a ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. (Read Friday's Echo Press for a story about Carstens.) Brandon. The parade will start at the Brandon School at 10:15 a.m. led by Grand Marshals Bob and Marlys Olson.
Lightning is believed to have caused a fire early Saturday morning that destroyed two businesses in Parkers Prairie. Todd Quick, owner of NAPA Auto Parts, was one of the Parkers Prairie firefighters who was paged to the scene at about 12:45 a.m., and it turned out to be his own business that was in flames. "It was the worst scenario," he said. Both the NAPA store and an adjoining business in the 8,000-square-foot building, Unique Auto Body, owned by Jacob Eggert, were destroyed in the blaze.
The person in charge of the crews that maintain streets, fix potholes, plow away snow and tackle other jobs to keep Alexandria's traffic flowing smoothly, is stepping down. Bryan Bjorgaard, public works coordinator for the city of Alexandria for the last five years, submitted his resignation, effective June 27, to the Alexandria City Council Monday night. He's moving to Idaho Falls where his wife recently landed a job. "Thank you for letting me be a servant for this great city for the last few years," Bjorgaard wrote in his letter of resignation.