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 Alexandria Elks Lodge hosted the Minnesota Elks Convention on June 23-24. Elks leaders at the state and national level attended, including Michael Zellen, national president, Paul Ryan, who serves on the Elks' national board of trustees, and Dwayne Rumney, past national president. As the current national president, Zellen is visiting all 50 states to see first-hand the active role Elks members play in their communities. He encourages Elks lodges to "get involved and stay involved."
Lake associations for Alexandria's Chain of Lakes recently wrapped up a big project — dredging the channel between lakes Carlos and L'Homme Dieu. Getting rid of a lot of the sediment will improve the channel's navigability for boaters but it didn't happen overnight. It took a lot of hard work and planning, according to lake associations for L'Homme Dieu, Carlos, Darling and Geneva. "There was an unbelievable amount of time and effort put in to complete the project," said Paul McCarten, secretary for the Lake Carlos Area Association.
A proposed crackdown of vaping from electronic cigarettes drew widely different views at Monday's Alexandria City Council meeting. The council is considering whether to enact a local clean indoor air policy that would ban the use of e-cigarettes, e-cigars or e-pipes in all public places, including restaurants, bars, retail stores, commercial establishments, hospitals, nursing homes, auditoriums, common areas of rental apartment buildings and other places that are listed under Minnesota's Clean Indoor Air Act.
Many small towns in the area have a memorial park to honor their veterans. Alexandria doesn't. A group of local veterans is trying to change that. It wants to build a veterans memorial at an Alexandria park or on a new site. A representative of the group, Gabe Pipo of Garfield, asked the Alexandria City Council for support and advice at its Monday night meeting. Council members expressed support for the project and thanked the veterans for their service.
The Alexandria City Council approved a request from the Red Willow Arts Coalition to block off Seventh Ave. between Elm and Douglas Street every Thursday night during the summer for the concerts on the courthouse lawn. Many young children are crossing Seventh Ave. to get to the playground at Calvary Lutheran Church and the coalition felt that blocking off the street during the concerts would help make the area safer. The coalition will coordinate with the street department about the placement of the barricades.
One person was taken to the hospital after two vehicles crashed near Nelson Sunday afternoon. The Douglas County Sheriff's Office received a report of the crash at the intersection of County Roads 9 and 73 at 2:40 p.m. between a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado driven by Michael Clayton Erickson, 52, of Nelson and a 2006 Chrysler van driven by Vernon William Taylor, 83, of Alexandria. Taylor was taken to the Douglas County Hospital. The extent of his injuries is unknown at this time. Erickson suffered only minor injuries and was not taken to the hospital.
A driver from Blaine was injured in a one-vehicle crash on Interstate 94 near Osakis Sunday morning. Scott Wendlin Linderman, 54, was driving a 2008 Honda Civic west on I-94 near mile post 109 in Hudson Township at about 10:20 a.m. when he got too close to the edge of the pavement, which caused the Honda to veer off the road into cable barriers, according to the State Patrol report. Linderman, who was wearing a seat belt, was taken to the Douglas County Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The 29th annual Alexandria Vintage Car Club Car Show and Swap Meet is under way at the Douglas County Fairgrounds today, Sunday, offering up-close inspections of classic vehicles from bygone eras, custom-built creations and more. Registration for the event runs until 2 p.m. with general admission for adults priced at $4 each and free for children 12 and under. Non perishable food items will be collected for the local food shelf throughout the event. Show cars will be admitted free of charge with public awards given out at 2 p.m.
A public hearing to talk about a proposed crackdown on e-cigarettes will take place at the Alexandria City Council meeting on Monday, June 26. The 7:15 p.m. hearing will discuss an amendment to the city's code regarding the use of electronic delivery devices. The change would prohibit the use of e-cigarettes, e-cigars and e-pipes anywhere that smoking is prohibited by the Minnesota Clean Indoor Air Act.
Motorists on Interstate 94 between Evansville and Garfield will encounter intermittent lane closures starting Monday, June 26, for a resurfacing and bridge project. Crews will begin constructing temporary crossovers near the Highway 79 (Evansville/Elbow Lake) interchange, the County Road 7 (Brandon) interchange and the Highway 114 (Garfield) interchange, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.