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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Drivers on Highway 29 between McKay Avenue and 3rd Avenue in Alexandria may experience delays when a construction project begins Monday, September 12. Motorists will encounter short lane closures, shoulder closures and heavy machinery where crews are working, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT). MnDOT leaders said that crews will ensure the public can access all businesses in the work zone throughout the project. The project includes: Resurfacing the road. Extending the two northbound lanes north of Robert Street. Closing the Lisa Avenue access to Highwa
Covering the Douglas County Fair is one of my favorite assignments. It's fun to stroll through the fairgrounds, snapping photos of people enjoying the many sights and sounds of the fair. The entertainment acts are always fun to shoot. Because I'm usually up front near the stage, I have the best seat in the house. And did you know, by the way, that the entertainment acts at the fair are different every single year? That's one of the great things about the fair. There's always something new happening. Taking photos of children is always fun.
Eight-year-old Riese Kluver of Alexandria has undergone six open-heart surgeries and will eventually need a heart transplant. Hazel Heidelberger of Mankato was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome in January 2010. She underwent an open-heart surgery and was unable to come off a heart machine. Sadly, she died 13 days after she was born. Children like Riese and Hazel are the inspiration behind Alexandria's second annual Congenital Heart Disease Awareness Walk. The two-mile walk will take place Saturday, September 10 at Alexandria City Park. Registration is from 8 to 9 a.m.
A 73-year-old man with a summer home in Alexandria died when his float plane crashed in northern Ontario, Canada Monday. James R. Riley Sr.
Walking and bicycling to Lincoln Elementary School in Alexandria will soon be safer. The Minnesota Department of Transportation reported on Friday that Alexandria's application to receive a $268,432 grant through the "Safe Routes to School" program was approved. The project calls to build sidewalks on both sides of 12th Avenue and, as a second priority, on the south side of 13th Avenue between Lark and Elm Street. The plan also includes six new streetlights, 20 stop signs, crosswalks, crossing guard areas and other improvements designed to improve safety and encourage walking and biking. "
Score two more for the zebras. Biologists with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) have confirmed a report that zebra mussels are now in Brophy and Cowdry lakes west of Alexandria. The two lakes are part of a small chain less than a mile upstream of Lake Darling and the Alexandria chain of lakes, which were confirmed to have zebra mussels in June 2009. A local homeowner found several zebra mussels attached to rocks in Brophy, near his property, and reported it to the DNR. The DNR surveyed Brophy and downstream in Cowdry, and found young zebra mussels in both lakes. "It is
Did you see something unusual streaking across the sky Tuesday night? You're not alone. Echo Press reader Brian Alvstad posted this on the newspaper's Facebook page Wednesday: "Find out what the heck that meteor or asteroid or comet was that flew in the sky around 9:45 last night [Tuesday]...it was green and purple and you could tell when it broke through the atmosphere.
Here's another reason to go to Alexandria's city hall: Seeing displays by local artists. At its meeting Monday night, the Alexandria City Council heard about the new Mayor's Choice Artist Program. It's a partnership of the Alexandria Arts Advisory Committee and Alexandria Mayor Dan Ness, explained city council member Sara Carlson, who also serves on the committee. Visual artists in the Alexandria area are encouraged to apply to have their artwork displayed within city hall. The mayor will select one artist to feature every three months. The public is encouraged to view the art and may als
Maybe it was the corn dogs. Or the mild, sunshiny weather. Or all the fun new things to see and do. Whatever the reason, the Douglas County Fair was a big success, drawing about 50,000 people during its four-day run that ended Sunday. That's about 1,000 more than last year. The Douglas County Agricultural Association was more than pleased with the big turnout. "It was a terrific success," said the association's secretary, Dale Buchholz on Monday.
Here's another reason for going to Alexandria's City Hall: You'll soon be able to see displays by local artists. At its meeting Monday night, the Alexandria City Council heard about the new Mayor's Choice Artist Program. It's a partnership of the Alexandria Arts Advisory Committee and Alexandria Mayor Dan Ness, explained city council member Sara Carlson, who also serves on the committee. Visual artists in the Alexandria area are encouraged to apply to have their artwork displayed within city hall. The mayor will select one artist to feature every three months. The public is encouraged to