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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Changes to the budget committee, financing for public works vehicles and action against domestic violence were among some of the other business the Alexandria City Council took care of Monday. Here's a closer look at other odds and ends from the meeting: Budget committee The council gave preliminary approval at a previous meeting to add a second council member to the city's budget committee, increasing the total members to four — two council members, the mayor and the city administrator.
A historic Minnesota House vote to legalize the sale of liquor on Sundays drew mixed feelings from local lawmakers. The measure passed by an 85 to 45 margin on Monday, marking the first time in state history that a legislative chamber has passed a bill that would lift the ban. It's been in place since Minnesota became a state in 1858. It will now go before the Senate.
A reconstruction project on Alexandria's Broadway in 2014 was a big mess that ripped up the street, disrupted traffic and worried business owners. But the mess paid off. Today, Broadway looks warm and inviting. Pedestrian traffic has increased. Sales are up at many downtown businesses. Car crashes have dropped. And there's a new spirit of cooperation and communication between businesses and city leaders.
A Verndale man who was missing for three days has been found.
The Osakis School District is now saying that an idea to have girls submit photos of themselves wearing their chosen prom dress in order to attend the April 22 event was "merely a suggestion," not an official action. Interim superintendent Randy Bergquist, who attended the school board's Feb. 13 meeting, said the photo requirement was a discussion item only and nothing was finalized. "The students are not going to have to submit a photo," he told the Alexandria Echo Press. "That doesn't make sense — it's 2017."
Anglers didn't just catch fish at the 11th annual Alexandria Industries' Fishing for the Cure tournament on Smith Lake Saturday. They caught warm rays of sunshine. With temperatures hovering around 50 degrees, participants couldn't believe their good luck. "You couldn't ask for a better day," said Colter Fortenberry of Osakis. "This is not supposed to happen in February." "It turned out pretty incredible," agreed tournament organizer, Robbie Betterman. The tournament drew 926 registrants -- up about 150 anglers from last year.
A proposal by Gov. Mark Dayton to make college and career training more affordable would mean more dollars for students at Alexandria Community and Technical College. Dayton said his "Opportunity Agenda for a Better Minnesota" would expand opportunities for the more than 427,000 higher education students in the state by investing $318 million into college and career training. It would provide tuition relief to 88,800 students through the State Grant Program, and would increase access to campus programs across the state that promote student success, according to Dayton.
Douglas County Hospital has seen a recent spike in influenza cases in the region and as a precautionary measure for patients and staff, it has implemented visitor restrictions. Only immediate family members should visit patients only if it is necessary. Visitors should be free from any flu-like symptoms including fever, cough, sore throat or diarrhea for a minimum of 24 hours before visiting patients.
A reader sent us a letter to the editor, printed in today's issue, that asks what happened to the chapel that used to be at the Douglas County Hospital. There is a Meditation Room, she said, but it doesn't include a cross, altar or other religious items. According to Eddie Reif, director of community relations and development for the hospital, during the last expansion project, the existing chapel space was needed for offices for human resources.
A level three sex offender will be moving to Alexandria next week. Charles Gerald Mikkelson, 47, will be released on Feb. 21 after serving his sentence handed down by the court. He will live on the 900 block of Fillmore Street. Mikkelson engaged in sexual contact with an 11-year-old female victim that included sexual touching. The victim knew him, according to authorities. The investigating agency was the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. A level-three offender is considered at the highest risk of repeating similar crimes, based on past criminal behavior.