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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It began as a mystery: Last Friday afternoon, the Echo Press received a call from a resident on South Union Lake with a weird tip: He came across what appeared to be a dead squid lying on the ground of the public access on South Lake Union, just a few feet from the lake. The newspaper checked it out and sure enough, there on the access was the carcass of a squid. It was only about a foot long but it had tentacles and suckers. Of course, squids are never found in freshwater lakes. A friendly golden retriever was also on the scene, sniffing at the squid.
It was a race: Would the ice leave the lake before the deadline to enter the Echo Press Ice Out Contest ended? As it turned out, the ice lingered long enough. This year's official ice out on Lake L'Homme Dieu was Sunday, March 25 - tying the earliest ice out date ever, which was set in 2000. The ice out is about a month earlier than last year's date of April 22. In the 145 years the newspaper has been tracking it, the ice has left in March on just two other occasions - March 27, 1910 and March 25, 2000. The latest the ice has stayed on the lake was in 1878 when it finally melted away on M
At first glance, the numbers look bleak: Sales at Alexandria's two city-owned liquor stores fell from just over $5 million in 2010 to $4.6 million last year - a 9 percent drop. But other factors brighten the outlook: The city spent 10 percent less on beer, liquor and wine than it did the previous year - $3.61 million compared to $4 million. It also cut operating expenses from $750,431 to $745,137. The end result was a net operating income of $251,203, a decrease of only 5 percent from 2010, which, according to the firm that conducted the audit, CliftonLarsonAllen, is a "great reflection
Fire caused extensive damage at an Alexandria home early Saturday morning. The Douglas County Sheriff's Office received a report of the fire at 4076 County Road 11 NE in Carlos Township at about 12:45 a.m. When Alexandria firefighters arrived at the scene, they could see flames shooting out of the house.
Representatives of three western Twin Cities lakes - Lotus, Bavaria and Christmas - have filed a lawsuit against the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. They are seeking action to prevent the spread of zebra mussels with claims DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr has not established a statewide program to prevent and curb the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS) as Minnesota statutes require. According to the suit, the city of Chanhassen is also a defendant because "it effectively allows its land to be used in the spread of zebra mussels into Lotus Lake." An April 4 court date for the
An omnibus hearing will take place next Thursday for a 28-year-old Alexandria man who is charged with committing a string of residential burglaries. Cody Eugene Pedersen faces 20 counts involving burglary, criminal damage to property, child endangerment and contributing to the delinquency of a child. The charges stem from five burglaries that were reported in the North Darling and Scenic Heights area in northeast Alexandria on March 1 and February 17. The child endangerment charges stem from the accusation that Pedersen brought his girlfriend's 10-year-old son along with him while he broke
Information impacting your pocketbook will be in the mail next week. Douglas County will send out nearly 30,000 assessment notices and tax statements starting Monday. The "assessment notice" is the document that advises all property owners of the valuation and classification assigned to their property for the 2012 assessment for property taxes they'll pay next year.
Wow, what a weekend - if you like an early spring served up with balmy, summer-like temperatures. After basking in 60-degree temps earlier in the week, Alexandria residents were treated to highs of 75 degrees on Friday and Saturday, and a 76-degree record-busting day on Sunday, according to Accuweather.com. The temperatures were more than twice as mild than the normal highs this time of year, typically the mid-30s. KSAX-TV Meteorologist Mark Anthony summed up the weather scene as "surreal." "As temperatures hit the 70s and even the lower 80s around the state, my wife and I saw people in sh
The race for the District 12A House seat is getting crowded. On Monday, Elbow Lake Mayor Jay McNamar announced that he is seeking the DFL endorsement He joins two other DFL candidates who are vying for the endorsement - Tamy Reese of Morris and Matthew Fredericks, a student at the University of Minnesota Morris. One Republican candidate has emerged - Scott Dutcher of Brandon. They are all vying for a seat that opened after long-time Representative Torrey Westrom, R-Elbow Lake, announced that he is seeking the District 12 Senate seat. JAY MCNAMAR HOUSE DISTRICT 12A McNamar said he is
Ah, spring! The return of brown lawns, robins, bluebirds, 60-degree temperatures and the Echo Press Ice Out Contest. When will the ice melt off Lake L'Homme Dieu? Readers are invited to send their best guess to the newspaper. There's more than bragging rights at stake.