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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GOP: SANTORUM RIDES BIG WAVE OF SUPPORT Rick Santorum was the clear favorite in the presidential race among Douglas County Republicans at their caucus Tuesday night. In a non-binding straw poll vote, Santorum picked up 209 votes. The next closest candidate was Newt Gingrich with 49 votes, followed by Mitt Romney with 36 and Ron Paul with 27. Santorum prevailed in every county precinct where more than five votes were tallied. The results mirrored the rest of Minnesota.
A fast moving fire destroyed a duplex at 823 Kenwood Street in Alexandria Monday afternoon. Shortly after 1 p.m., a renter in the house woke up, smelled smoke, opened a hallway door and saw flames and smoke. "He did everything right - he got out quickly and called 911," said Alexandria Fire Chief Jeff Karrow. The house is owned by Dean Roering, who also lives in the duplex but was out of town at the time of the fire. Karrow estimated the damage, including personal property that was lost, at between $95,000 and $100,000. The fire is believed to have started in the kitchen and isn't conside
A project to overlay Rosewood Lane - a $360,000 undertaking - will likely be delayed at least another year. At its most recent meeting, the Alexandria City Council received a memo in its information package from Assistant City Administrator Marty Schultz to remove the project from this year's capital improvement plan because of budget concerns. The council hasn't acted on the request yet. At the end of last year, the capital improvement fund had a balance of $1.59 million and now has about $650,000 available for projects. Schultz noted that city staff takes a conservative approach and want
A decision last summer to pump excess storm water into a Garfield wetland is set to land in Douglas County District Court Friday. Lake associations representing Cowdry, Taylor, Stony, Union (CTSU) and Brophy lakes filed notices to appeal the Douglas County Board's pumping decision last August. A hearing between the lake associations and the Douglas County Board, acting as the drainage authority, is set for February 3 at 10:45 a.m. The associations claim that when the city of Garfield, with the county's approval, pumped water down County Road 82 into Ditch 1 on July 8 using two eight-inch pi
When President Obama starting talking about training workers to fill high-tech jobs during his State of the Union message Tuesday night, Kevin Kopischke took a keen interest. But he didn't have to turn up the TV from the couch. All he had to do was lean forward a bit. Kopischke, president of Alexandria Technical and Community College (ATCC), was sitting in the balcony of the U.S. House of Representatives chamber in Washington, D.C. where the president delivered his hour-long speech. U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, who toured the ATCC a year ago, invited Kopischke to attend the event with her.
Attention all Alexandria residents: City leaders want your ideas and input about a sweeping document that will shape the city for decades to come. The city is just beginning to update its comprehensive plan, which was adopted in 1995 and tweaked in 2002 and 2007. It's like a blueprint of the city's future, touching all aspects of the community - demographic trends, natural resources, future land uses, development, housing and neighborhoods, transportation, parks, trails, recreation and more. At Monday night's Alexandria City Council meeting, City Planner Mike Weber invited residents to che
Attention all Alexandria residents: City leaders want your ideas and input about Alexandria's comprehensive plan - a sweeping document that will shape the city for decades to come. The city is just beginning to update the plan, which was adopted in 1995 and tweaked in 2002 and 2007.
Another tactic to stop the spread of zebra mussels will take place throughout the state this winter - training sessions for those who are hired to install and remove boats, docks and lifts. According to Minnesota Waters, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is initiating the training as part of a new state law passed in 2011. The law states that individuals or businesses hired to install or remove water-related equipment from lakes are required to obtain a permit from the DNR before providing any of those services. The DNR will begin to implement and enforce this during the 2
The Alexandria City Council geared up for another year at its meeting Monday night. It appointed citizens, and in some cases, council members, to serve on the city's boards and commissions in 2012 (see fact box for details). Open positions are still available on the Arts Advisory Committee (one position), Cable TV Commission (three positions) and Economic Development Board, Ward 4 (one position).
Editor's note: The following story contains corrections to a previous version of this story. This story corrects the fact that one of the assault charges - pointing a gun at deputies - was not dismissed.