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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During last year's fishing opener, anglers in the Alexandria area were basking in 70-degree sunshine. This time, they were battling 30-degree temperatures on Saturday and chilly wind gusts of nearly 30 miles per hour. "The weather hurt us," said Dana Freese at Christopherson Bait in Alexandria.
(Editor's note: The following story contains some clarifications from the article that was posted this morning. The title of Paul Perovich is corrected - he is the Bass Federation's marketing director, not the president. His claim that the federation has cancelled fishing tournaments in the area is not accurate and is clarified in this story.
Imagine a five-block section of Alexandria's Broadway completely reconstructed and redesigned to include: A bicycle lane. Shorter and safer pedestrian crosswalks. Kiosks and signs to show visitors where downtown businesses and attractions are located. Streetscape touches like trees, prairie grasses, benches, bike racks, a clock tower, planters and walkway patterns. You may not have to imagine it.
A plan to build an $8.8 million housing facility for students at Alexandria Technical and Community College (ATCC) was revealed at an Alexandria City Council Monday night. The college is asking the city to act as a conduit to receive $7.5 million in industrial revenue bonds.
A plan to build an $8.8 million housing facility for students at Alexandria Technical and Community College (ATCC) was revealed at an Alexandria City Council Monday night. It would be a four-story facility with 34 four-bedroom suites, seven two-bedroom suites, a common area living room, restrooms and a kitchen. Each floor would have laundry, common area/meeting space and a resident advisor. Read Wednesday's Echo Press for more details about the project and the council's action. Also, learn about another new project in Alexandria that's on the horizon - an event center.
A new restaurant will soon be opening in the former Time Square building at 203 22nd Avenue West in Alexandria. Sue Nelson, owner of Bistro to Go in Alexandria, will be running the new business - "Great Cravings!" She said it will offer coffee, breakfast sandwiches, hand-dipped ice cream, lunches and its specialty - homemade gourmet doughnuts. "It will be very family oriented and kid friendly," said Nelson. The building will undergo a complete change of décor, Nelson said. She plans to open Great Cravings! by the end of May and already has some key staff people hired and ready to go.
News that Osama bin Laden was shot and killed by American troops Sunday stirred a deep range of emotions for the family of Max Beilke. Bin Laden was the mastermind of the September 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center Towers in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. nearly a decade ago. Beilke, the deputy chief of retirement services for the Army, was working in the Pentagon that morning and died when a hijacked plane crashed into the building.
Alexandria is in the running to receive a $10,000 Arts Legacy Grant that would pay for a sculpture in Big Ole Central Park. At its meeting Monday night, the Alexandria City Council authorized its Arts Advisory Committee (AAC) to apply for the grant. The sculpture - "Gathering Tree" - would be paid entirely through the grant. There is no cost to the city.
Three requests involving dining, entertainment and liquor came before the Alexandria City Council Monday night. MAIN STREET BREWERY The council issued an on-sale liquor license to Home Run Entertainment. It will open Main Street Brewery at the site of Old Broadway Food and Spirits, which has been closed for more than four years. The new bar and restaurant at 319 Broadway plans to open Tuesday, May 3 and will feature many of the items its chef, Chris Anderson, featured when he worked at Anderson's Outpost near Miltona - prime rib, chops, chicken, crab legs, steak, fresh vegetables and hand
Three Douglas County sheriff's deputies who shot a man armed with a rifle in his Garfield home on February 6 have been cleared of any wrongdoing. Douglas County Attorney Chad Larson made that determination after studying the results of an independent investigation conducted by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. "Based on all the facts presented to me, I have concluded that each officer who fired their weapon reasonably believed that their lives, and the lives of their fellow officers, were in immediate danger," Larson said in a news release issued Friday.