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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The clock is ticking toward a partial federal government shutdown. Unless Congress can come up with a budget agreement by this weekend, federal offices - including the Social Security Administration (SSA) office in Alexandria - could be closed on Monday. To call attention to that fact, workers staged an "informational picket" outside the Alexandria office at 1103 Broadway on Wednesday. They held signs saying: "Keep SSA Working for You!" "Stop the Budget Cuts!" "Furloughs = Poor Service" "Waiting Times Will Increase If We're Not Here" "I Am a Proud Public Employee" The sign carriers in
Alexandria's volunteer firefighters may now undergo random drug and alcohol tests. But it's not because there's been a problem. Department leaders requested the city to include the firefighters in the city's substance abuse policy as another way of demonstrating how committed firefighters are to their duties. "We're trying to be progressive," Fire Chief Jeff Karrow told the Alexandria City Council at its March 28 meeting.
The Alexandria City Council cleared the way for several different events that will be coming up soon - Memorial Day weekend events, the stock car racing season, a triathlon and a passion drama. Here's more information about the events: Awake the Lakes. The annual festival to kick-off the summer season will take place May 27-30. The Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce partners with other community groups to put on the celebration.
Students at Jefferson High School served up awareness about global hunger last Thursday. As part of the "Empty Bowls" fundraiser, pottery students hand-crafted 120 bowls to serve as a reminder of all the people who have empty bowls worldwide. Those attending could buy a student-made bowl for $10 and receive chili, cornbread, water and a cookie or they could pay $5 just for the meal. It was the first time the event has been organized locally and students had a "lofty goal" of collecting about $2,000, according to Kelly Hilbrands, senior social studies II teacher at JHS. As it turned out, th
A new restaurant is brewing to open in downtown Alexandria. Old Broadway Food and Spirits, which has been closed for four years, is in the process of being sold and if all goes as planned, it will re-open as MainStreet Brewery. Although the transaction is still pending, the new owners, Chris Anderson of Alexandria and Chuck Ronnebaum of Miltona, hope to open the new restaurant this May. With more than 15 years of experience in the restaurant business, Anderson and Ronnebaum said they look forward to continuing the tradition of "excellent food, cold drinks and warm hospitality" in the downto
This could be the most important story you'll ever read. April Fools! We asked readers and Echo Press staff to submit their favorite April Fools' memories to the newspaper - instances where they played the prank or were the victim of an April 1 joke. Here are the responses: My husband pulled this one on me a few weeks prior to April Fools' Day: I hard-boil eggs a dozen at a time, cool them, write a letter C on them, put them back in a carton and back in the fridge (I usually have a carton for cooked and a carton for raw). My husband took a raw egg, marked it with a C and put it in with t
Monday night's Alexandria City Council meeting began on a unique note. Seven people who woke up an Alexandria family and helped them out of their burning house were honored for their lifesaving rescue. Alexandria Fire Chief Jeff Karrow and Alexandria Fire Marshall Dennis Stark presented certificates of commendation to Kacie Mercil, Mark Barrett, Corey Watts, Tonya Covel, Tiff Beeler, Justin Marthaler and Jordan Henderson. The certificates credit the seven for demonstrating an outstanding lifesaving response to a March 5 fire at 1320 Bryant Street in Alexandria, the home of James and Connie
Did you ever pull off a perfect April Fool’s prank? Or did you fall for an April Fool’s joke that you can laugh at now? Please share your experience with the Echo Press. The newspaper wants to put together a story of memorable local April Fool’s jokes for its Friday, April 1 issue.
No intern for the city planning department. No dispatcher or part-time community service officer for the police department. A tree removal and replacement program cut nearly in half. Health insurance costs tightened in every department to reflect a zero percent increase. Those are just some of the budget-cutting strategies the Alexandria City Council is proposing to deal with cuts to the market value homestead credit (MVHC) - reimbursements the state pays to cities for providing property tax relief for those with low incomes. Based on what's been happening at the state Legislature, the ci
It's been a l---o---n---g winter. So long that Al Batt, the keynote speaker at the "Let's Get Growing" Workshop in Alexandria Saturday, said it's like having relatives staying at your home.