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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A level-three sex offender, who has moved in and out of Alexandria several times, is returning to the area. Calvin Maurice Larkins Jr., 24, is being released from a state correctional facility and will be moving to Alexandria on March 13, according to a news release issued by the Alexandria Police Department Monday as part of the state's community notification process regarding sex offenders. Larkins is classified a level-three predatory offender — which is considered to be at the highest risk of reoffending. He will be living on the 700 block of Nokomis Street.
A rear-end crash between two sports utility vehicles in Alexandria sent one person to the hospital Friday afternoon. The crash happened on North Nokomis NE, just north of Voyager Dr. at about 3:45 p.m. One of the vehicles ended up in the ditch off of the driveway to The Meadows townhomes. A man was complaining of head and neck injuries and was transported by North Ambulance to the Douglas County Hospital.
When people hear that a sex offender is moving to their town, alarm bells ring in their heads. Another one? Why are they moving here? Should I be afraid? How can I keep my children safe? With news that a level-three sex offender — considered to be at the highest risk of reoffending — will be moving to Alexandria soon, the Echo Press talked to Alexandria Police Chief Rick Wyffels to answer those questions and more. The numbers
Dancing, a fitness demonstration, hypnosis and lots of vendor exhibits added up to fun and excitement at the 23nd annual Echo Press Lifestyles Expo at the Viking Plaza Saturday, Feb. 25. More than 50 exhibitors were at the mall, showcasing their products and services at the free event. It offered fun for all ages, plus specials on new subscriptions and renewals to the newspaper. The event was co-sponsored by Cub Foods, Cub Pharmacy and Viking Plaza.
College students are hungry. But with their budgets stretched thin by the cost of going to school, many don't have enough money to pay for regular meals. Alexandria Technical and Community College has come up with a way to help: Campus Cupboard, a food shelf for students. Staff at the college had been talking about the student hunger problem for some time.
Even though the weather hasn't been warm lately, it's still a good time to start thinking about spring — and when the ice will melt away on Lake L'Homme Dieu in Alexandria. The Echo Press' annual Ice Out Contest is off and running. Official spotters from the newspaper will determine when the ice is essentially gone from the lake. The person who comes closest to guessing that date will receive a $50 gift certificate from Elden's Fresh Foods. In case of a tie, a drawing will be held to determine the winner.
A landlord responsibility ordinance that drew heated debate in Alexandria last fall will get another shot later this month when a revised version will go before the public. At its meeting Monday night, the Alexandria City Council scheduled a public hearing for its March 27 meeting. One of the key changes was to remove the terminology of landlords being "responsible" for tenant behavior — a description that was widely opposed at a public hearing on Nov. 28.
New branding for city? A new logo and design that promotes the city of Alexandria will soon replace the current sunrise, wavy lines and the slogan, "Easy to Get To, Hard to Leave." The Alexandria City Council unanimously agreed Monday night to seek requests for proposals to freshen up the city's branding, which is roughly 19 years old. The current logo has too much detail that isn't suitable for online marketing, converting electronically or to put on clothing, said Communication Coordinator Sara Stadtherr.
Changes to the budget committee, financing for public works vehicles and action against domestic violence were among some of the other business the Alexandria City Council took care of Monday. Here's a closer look at other odds and ends from the meeting: Budget committee The council gave preliminary approval at a previous meeting to add a second council member to the city's budget committee, increasing the total members to four — two council members, the mayor and the city administrator.
A historic Minnesota House vote to legalize the sale of liquor on Sundays drew mixed feelings from local lawmakers. The measure passed by an 85 to 45 margin on Monday, marking the first time in state history that a legislative chamber has passed a bill that would lift the ban. It's been in place since Minnesota became a state in 1858. It will now go before the Senate.