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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All Lee Backhaus of Alexandria wanted to do was take a shower. At the time, he had no way of knowing that it would trigger a media frenzy that would make the Associated Press news wires. To back up... Backhaus played the part of Jesus in the annual outdoor Passion Drama of Easter organized by Zion and Good Shepherd Lutheran churches. The part required him to dress for his role, complete with fake blood. After completing his acting assignment in the Tuesday, March 30 production, he headed over to his health club, Racquetball Plus, to take a quick shower.
A 49-year-old Minneapolis man was arrested Sunday afternoon after a stabbing in Alexandria. It was triggered over a dispute involving an iguana, according to the criminal complaint. Alexandria police officers were called to a residence at 1102 Hawthorne Street at 2:50 p.m.
It was a vintage year for Alexandria's two city-owned liquor stores. Combined, Downtown Liquor and Plaza Liquor turned a net profit of just under $500,000, according to LarsonAllen's 2009 liquor store audit approved by the Alexandria City Council Monday night. That's about $100,000 more than the stores made in 2008. Out of the profits, $400,000 was transferred into the city's general fund - $25,000 more than the city had budgeted to receive. The transfer, which matches the 2008 amount, ultimately helps reduce taxes, according to City Administrator Jim Taddei. Mayor Dan Ness noted that wit
It was a homecoming to remember. After nearly a year of communicating with his wife and loved ones only through letters, phone calls and e-mails, Josh Brummond of Alexandria had the chance to hug them Saturday. He was among the 120 soldiers from the 1-151 Field Artillery "Charlie" Battery that returned to Minnesota Saturday. Most of the soldiers were from the Morris-Ortonville area where a big welcome home ceremony took place at the University of Minnesota, Morris PE Center. There were at least a couple of Alexandria area soldiers in the mix - Brummond and Chad Lorenzen, also of Alexandria
Lake L'Homme Dieu's last bit of ice melted away on Friday, April 2 this year, making it the earliest ice out in 10 years. The last time the ice retreated so soon was in 2000 when it left on March 25. This year's ice out - as determined by official Echo Press lake watchers - was 19 days earlier than last year's April 21 date and a full month ahead of 2008's May 2 ice out. The April 2 date is tied for the fifth earliest ice out in the 143 years the newspaper has been keeping track of the occurrence. The other earliest ice outs are: March 25, 2000; March 27, 1910; April 1, 1921; April 1, 1945
Bug-A-Boo Bay, one of Alexandria's hot spots for dining and fun, will re-open on May 1. The restaurant, which has been closed since January 1, was sold to Randy Stodola; the closing was official on Wednesday. Stodola and a managing partner, Jason Hartmann, live near the Twin Cities but have connections to the lakes area. Hartmann has a lake cabin near Villard and Stodola has a summer place on Big Sauk Lake near Sauk Centre. "So we're not big city people," said Hartmann in an interview with the newspaper Wednesday. "We love the lakes area.
Mark Andrew Ruder, the driver involved in the snowmobile crash that resulted in the death of off-duty Alexandria Police Officer Patrick Callaghan, was sentenced Friday. Ruder, 25, of Alexandria was fined $90 and will pay another $85 in court fees.
March came in like a lamb and is forecast to go out like a lamb. In fact, a lion was nowhere in sight during the entire month. For the first time in 14 years, it didn't snow once in Alexandria for the whole month of March. Even though there's still five more days to go, no precipitation is forecast for the weekend and temperatures next week are predicted to climb into the 60s. Temperatures were mild most of the month; they rose above the freezing mark every day and hit the 50s five times. That's quite a change from the last couple of years. Last March brought 19.4 inches of snow and the
The Runestone Community Center in Alexandria is "ahead of the curve" in making sure its air quality is safe. That's according to RCC Manager Vinnie Hennen. In fact, when the newspaper contacted him on Wednesday, he knew what the topic was going to be before the reporter started asking questions. Hennen said that the RCC is already meeting or exceeding about 95 percent of the rules the ice rink air quality bill is proposing. "We're hopefully on top of it," he said. "We always have been.
The Alexandria Police Department will soon be getting a new patrol officer. At its meeting Monday night, the Alexandria City Council ratified Mayor Dan Ness's decision authorizing Alexandria Police Chief Rick Wyffels to hire an officer. This will allow the department to fill the vacancy left when officer Pat Callaghan died in a snowmobile crash while he was off duty in January. Because of budget concerns, the council had previously placed a moratorium on creating new city jobs, the mayor noted, but this action fills an existing vacancy. "And you hate to say it's a replacement because you c