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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A request to use Fillmore Park for a splash pad will be considered by the Alexandria City Council Monday night. Splash pad supporters Sara Reif and Brandon Johnson have been pursuing the idea for a year and half. A splash pad is a play area that offers water fountains, geysers or sprays that people of all ages can use to cool off in the summer. Sauk Centre recently added one and there are splash pads in Sartell, Waite Park, Sauk Rapids and three in St. Cloud.
A vicious influenza outbreak continues to sweep across Douglas County, impacting school attendance, putting people in the hospital and triggering reminders of how to keep the virus from spreading. This year's influenza outbreak is so widespread that the Douglas County Hospital enacted visitor restrictions on Jan. 2 and the precautions are still in place (see related story). From Jan. 29 to Feb. 4, 34 percent of patients who were tested for influenza at Douglas County Hospital and Alexandria Clinic had the virus, according to Infection Control Officer Emma Von Feldon.
Fire destroyed a barn near Evansville Wednesday afternoon. At 3:38 p.m., the Douglas County Sheriff's Office and Evansville Fire Department responded to a report of the fire at 20932 Horseshoe Road NW, Evansville, the home of Svetlana Fedje and Vladislav Connell. When deputies arrived, they found a small barn, used to house chickens and sheep, was on fire. The Brandon Fire Department was called for mutual aid to assist in extinguishing the fire. The fire was believed to be caused by a heat lamp located inside the barn.
Douglas County Hospital continues to see an increased number of influenza cases, and as a precautionary measure for patients and staff, visitor restrictions are still in effect. The restrictions were put in place on January 2 and will remain remain in effect until further notice, according to Infection Control Officer Emma Von Feldon, registered nurse. Only immediate family members should visit patients only if it is necessary.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. — A legal clash unfolded in a Douglas County courtroom Friday about whether the family of Jacob Wetterling has a right to privacy that should prevent some information in the criminal investigation from being released to the public. In the courtroom, Jerry and Patty Wetterling, the parents of Jacob, the 11-year-old St. Joseph boy who was abducted and murdered in 1989, listened intently during the two-hour hearing. Judge Ann Carrott heard from the Wetterlings' attorneys who are trying to keep 168 pages in a 58,000-page casefile private.
Gail Kulp of Alexandria told a roomful of supporters on Jan. 18 that she will run for office again in 2018. As she did two years ago, Kulp is vying for the District 8B seat in the Minnesota House of Representatives currently held by Mary Franson, R-Alexandria. Kulp plans to visit with voters at the Douglas County DFL Caucus on Feb. 6 at Discovery Middle School. She said she looks forward to town hall meetings and knocking on doors in Douglas and Otter Tail counties.
One of Long Prairie's largest employers, the printing company LSC Communications, is closing. The company plans to permanently close the plant at 100 Banta Road in early April, leaving 236 workers without a job, according to a notice filed with the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. The company cited "changing market conditions" as the reason for the shutdown. Positions affected by the closure include press operators, technicians, mechanics, maintenance workers and several managerial positions. The layoffs will begin in March.
John R. Stone of Glenwood, a former editor of the Echo Press, was inducted into the Minnesota Newspaper Association's "Half Century Club" for working in the newspaper industry for 50 years. Stone received the honor at the association's 151st annual convention in Bloomington on Jan. 25. Stone, who is still writing columns for both the Pope County Tribune and the Echo Press, is also a past president of the Minnesota Newspaper Association, serving as president in 2007, and was on the association's board for a decade. Family history
Diann Drew of Alexandria will play a leadership role in the Minnesota Newspaper Association. Drew was named treasurer at the association's 150th annual convention and awards banquet in Bloomington last week. Drew, a controller for the Echo Press, has worked for the newspaper for more than 16 years. Christerfer Schultz, the publisher and majority independent owner of Herald Journal Publishing, Inc. and Greater Minnesota Communications, Inc., was elected MNA president. He is the 137th president of MNA, representing more than 325 newspapers across the state.
Several businesses that have electrical service through ALP Utilities received a scam phone call recently. The caller stated the customer's payment did not process and they needed to make a payment or their electrical service would be disconnected. ALP Utilities does not make collection phone calls demanding payment, the utility noted in a news release Thursday. If a customer is delinquent, notices will be sent by mail.