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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Alexandria taxpayers got an idea for how much they'll pay in city taxes next year. At its meeting Monday night, the Alexandria City Council approved a preliminary levy increase of 4.01 percent for 2018. That's a bit more than the 2.75 percent levy increase that was collected this year.
Plans for a veterans memorial in Alexandria are getting clearer. On Monday night, Gabe Pipo, representing the group that’s pursuing the project, gave the Alexandria City Council an update and asked the council to approve its proposed location – Legion Park, which was also recommended by the city’s park board. The council tabled the request but encouraged the group to continue to work with city staff to iron out the details — parking, what will be written on the monuments, a timeline and who will pay for the project.
People will soon have the option of paying for city services at Alexandria City Hall with credit cards or e-checks as well as online through the city's website. The council approved an agreement for electronic payment services through Point and Pay, which was highly recommended by the cities of New Brighton and Hutchinson. It will take about five to seven weeks to get the credit card machine up and running. Fees for the service, amounting to 3 percent per purchase, will be absorbed by users, not the city.
A man who went on Facebook and threatened to shoot himself in Starbuck Sunday night was arrested unharmed. Shortly after 10 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24, the Starbuck Police Department responded to an apartment on West 9th Street after getting a call about a 34-year-old suicidal man who was posting a live video feed on his personal Facebook page. The caller stated that the man made comments about hurting himself and could be seen on Facebook holding a firearm in his hand.
A 16-year-old Alexandria boy was injured in a hunting accident Saturday. At about 5:11 p.m., Douglas County sheriff's deputies responded to the Douglas County Hospital Emergency Room for a gunshot wound related to a waterfowl hunting, according to a news release. Deputies learned two teenage boys were duck hunting together in a boat on North Lake Union in LaGrand Township near Alexandria. The victim was seated facing forward in the front of a 14-foot aluminum boat and a 17-year-old was seated in the rear of the boat.
About 75 people took off on a 3.1 mile run/walk in Alexandria Saturday morning to support suicide awareness and education. Organizers with the local Community Suicide Awareness Education Group (CSAEG -- pronounced as "see seg") were thrilled with the participation in the "End the Silence 5K Run/Walk."
Alexandria taxpayers will get their first look at the city's proposed 2018 budget and levy on Monday night. The Alexandria City Council will hold a public hearing on the issue at 7:30 p.m. during its regular meeting at City Hall, which starts at 7 p.m. Once the council approves a preliminary budget, it can decide to decrease it before taking final action, but it is not allowed to increase it.
A 30-year-old Alexandria man who had second-degree murder charges dismissed against him three years ago is back in court facing the same charges. On Tuesday, Kody Lee Klimek was booked into the Douglas County Jail on two second-degree murder charges — intentional and unintentional — and a third-degree murder charge in connection with the stabbing death of Phillip Altstadt, 28, on June 1, 2013, near the Lincoln Estates apartment complex at Sixth Avenue East and McKay Avenue in Alexandria.
A thunderstorm that passed through the Douglas County early this morning caused widespread power outages, mainly north of Alexandria. Runestone Electric Association crews have been working through the night and will continue to do so until power is restored, according to the association. If you have no power, do not assume that REA knows you are without power. To report an outage, call 1-800-473-1722 .
Some days, it's easy to feel old. When you get into your 40s, 50s or beyond, there are times when sad-but-true thoughts can wreck your mood — like when you realize that you have more yesterdays behind you than days ahead. It's depressing stuff and I try not to dwell on it. I try to focus on today, be grateful for the time I've already been given, for my good health and other good fortunes. But still, that feeling of age anxiety creeps in.