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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If you add up the number of people who attended events at the Alexandria Runestone Community Center (RCC) in the past year, it would fill the Xcel Energy Center in St.
A "Level 3" predatory offender - considered the highest risk level for committing similar sex crimes - has moved to Alexandria. The Alexandria Police Department released information about the offender on Wednesday in compliance with Minnesota laws regarding community notification of released sex offenders. The offender, Gale Joseph Landeen, 57, is not wanted by the police and has served the sentence imposed on him by the court, authorities stressed.
What's good about living in Alexandria? Is it good for all ages? Are there more ways the community can come together? What are the challenges ahead? These questions and more were explored by a group of city officials, businesspeople, civic leaders and concerned citizens from the Alexandria area. They came together last Wednesday at an Alexandria Community Breakfast organized by West Central Initiative to share their thoughts, ideas and concerns about the community. The group discussed the following topics.
Last week, the Minnesota State Fire Chiefs Association (MSFCA) held its annual fall conference in St.
When Herman Felt of Alexandria lost his wife, Darlene, to cardiac arrest last December, something didn't feel right about her death. He remembered the pain she was in while recovering from congestive heart failure at Bethany Home in Alexandria days before she was rushed to the hospital. He remembered talking with a doctor who was concerned about the high levels of potassium in her blood. He requested copies of her medical records and found a big discrepancy.
Alexandria Park Department workers do more than cut grass. They're actively involved in a variety of activities that not only keep the parks looking good but also make the city more appealing and fun for residents and visitors. Bill Thoennes, park director, gave an update on the park activities at Monday night's Alexandria City Council meeting - at a time when the council is scrutinizing every penny in its budget because of deep cuts in state aid. Thoennes said the park department is operating slightly under budget.
It's time to fear the deer. Deer are on the move because of the breeding season and crop harvest. That's means drivers should be on extra alert, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety. The chances of hitting a deer may be greater than you think. In the last three years (2008 to 2010) in Douglas County alone, there have been 231 crashes involving deer, according to DPS statistics. The consequences go beyond a dented-up vehicle.
Imagine an igloo, 50 feet by 50 feet, that's 77 stories high. That's how much snow the Alexandria Street Department hauled away last winter. Public Works Coordinator Bryan Bjorgaard filled the Alexandria City Council in on his department's work during his "State of the Streets" address at Monday's meeting. The council requested reports from both the street and park departments to find out how they are doing with their budgets this year. Bjorgaard didn't have specific numbers compiled but he told the council that some parts of his budget were over for this time of the year and some parts we
A proposal to pave a one-mile section of Thomas Drive in northeast Alexandria drew an hour's worth of comments, mixed reaction from property owners and a 4-1 vote to proceed with the project during Monday night's Alexandria City Council meeting. The city has been looking into fixing up the flood-prone gravel road for more than three years. The latest proposal is to widen and pave the road to a 24-foot urban design with two-feet-wide shoulders, grade the adjacent ditches and replace culverts to fix the drainage problems. The project would take place on a 4,995-foot section of Thomas Drive fr
In addition to making a decision about Thomas Drive (see related story), the Alexandria City Council acted on a variety of other issues at its meeting Monday. The council: --Approved a $42,588 engineering agreement with Widseth Smith Nolting and Associates for city street projects next year.