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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Douglas County and Alexandria's Beyond the Yellow Ribbon program was a hit at Target Field. Before a Minnesota Twins game began on April 16, this announcement came over the PA system: "Please direct your attention to home plate. The Minnesota Twins are pleased to recognize our commitment to Beyond the Yellow Ribbon.
State Senators Torrey Westrom, R-Elbow Lake and Bill Ingebrigtsen, R-Alexandria are critical of DFL leadership for not giving nursing homes, group homes, and their employees a long overdue and adequate pay raise. "It's inconceivable to think that after proposing an increase of $2.8 billion in state spending that will impact every hardworking Minnesotan, DFL leadership will not provide nursing homes and senior living with the funding they deserve over the next two years," Westrom said.
Signs of spring glimmered through Monday night's Alexandria City Council meeting. Topics included street projects, tree planting, stock car races, baseball field work, even a Frisbee-throwing robot. Students from Jefferson High School's For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) demonstrated the robot they created in an effort to get young people more excited about the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. Students talked about how much they enjoy the robotics team, which is coached by Jeremy Bydlon, and their accomplishments.
Alexandria is not the only city asking the state Legislature for a new way to pay for street projects. New street improvement district legislation has received the endorsement from 75 city councils from all regions of the state, according to the League of Minnesota Cities, which also supported the measure. The legislation would allow cities to collect fees from property owners to fund municipal street maintenance, construction and reconstruction. If enacted, the bill, Senate File 607 and House File 745, would provide cities in Minnesota with an additional tool to build and maintain city str
As a sign of respect for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings, Governor Mark Dayton has signed a proclamation ordering all flags to be flown at half-staff at all state and federal buildings in the state of Minnesota until sunset on Saturday, April 20. President Barack Obama has also ordered flags at the White House and all government buildings to be flown at half-staff in honor of the Boston Marathon explosion victims. The president signed a proclamation making the order Tuesday morning.
Students at Jefferson High School stepped into the high-fashion world of espionage and mystery Saturday. This year's prom carried a 007 James Bond theme. More than 400 students participated in the prom.
Three and a half months after a fire badly damaged the shop, Wade's Automotive and Repair in downtown Miltona is reopening. The shop is opening on Monday, April 22. "It has been a long road but we are finally at the end," said Karie Eide, wife of owner, Wade Eide. A benefit for the shop was held last Friday and the Eides were overwhelmed by the big turnout. "People say living in a small town has its downside because everyone knows your business, but it also has its perks," said Karie.
All four of the Alexandria area women who were competing at the Boston Marathon Monday are OK after two bombs exploded near the finish line of the race. Three people were killed and more than 140 injured by the blasts, according to news reports. The explosions occurred in a sidewalk area at about 1:45 p.m. (Central Standard Time), about two hours after the first finishers crossed the line.
All four of the Alexandria area women who were competing at the Boston Marathon today are OK after two bombs reportedly exploded near the finish line of race. Preliminary reports say that two people were killed and at least 100 injured by the blasts. The explosions occurred in a sidewalk area at about 1:45 p.m.(Central Standard Time), about two hours after the first finishers crossed the line.
On the morning after the Alexandria City Council supported a new idea to pay for street projects, the Douglas County Board also talked about the need for more transportation funding. The board approved a resolution that encourages the Legislature to enact a law that brings adequate funding to Minnesota's statewide transportation system. The county's resolution notes that the overall transportation and transit funding gap for Minnesota exceeds $2.1 billion per year for the next 20 years. Right now, most transportation funding comes from user fees. The resolution states that a wheelage fee a