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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Four candidates are vying for a two-year term on the Alexandria School Board. They are Bob Cunniff, Greg Odell, Tom Smith and David Wiener. The Echo Press asked the candidates...
Two positions on the Douglas County Board are up for election and both are contested. District 1 candidates are Keith Englund and Dick Gulbranson. District 3 candidates are Karen Hunt...
Booze is big business in Douglas County. Sales of wine, beer, hard liquor and other alcoholic beverages last year topped a combined total of $7.4 million at five cities in the county that operate liquor stores — Alexandria, Brandon, Millerville, Miltona and Osakis. With its higher population and two stores, Alexandria accounted for more than $5 million of the sales but the smaller stores did OK too, making a combined profit of $66,945. All the stores made money, although profits dipped locally in all cities except for Alexandria.
Jon Koll, chair of the Douglas County DFL Party, has announced that he's registered as a write-in candidate for House District 12B, which is held by Paul Anderson, R-Starbuck. Before Koll's write-in campaign, Anderson had been running unopposed. Koll is a licensed psychologist with 30 years of experience providing psychological care for children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. He has specialized knowledge in the area of domestic violence and has worked throughout his career with both victims and perpetrators of such violence.
Crews completed the traffic switchover on Highway 29 in south Alexandria this week. The Minnesota Department of Transportation is working on improving the signal timings near I-94, but it will not be a quick process. The signals are all spaced very closely together, and the coordination work could not begin until the permanent signals were activated, which occurred yesterday, according to MnDOT officials.
Editor's note: The following story was written by Philip Drown, a consultant with Brook Street Media in Morris. More than 120 people gathered at the Broadway Ballroom Event Center in Alexandria on Oct. 7 to discuss issues surrounding mental health services in Minnesota and in the five-county region.
I've had a few adventures while running races. I've gone "off course" — a polite term for "got lost" — many times. Once, I missed the start of a race because I lined up in the walkers only line. And for one race, I forgot to pack my shoes. But last Saturday, the Fargo Mini-Marathon took the cake. My wife, even though she was battling bronchitis and an asthma flare-up, signed up for the half-marathon, a 13.1-mile race that I'm still amazed and proud she conquered.
When it comes to the Kensington Runestone, the debate over its authenticity seems to be chiseled in stone: It's either a fraud perpetrated by the farmer who found the stone, or it's real proof that explorers from Norway were here more than 100 years before Columbus. But could there be another story line? An expert on runes, Professor Henrik Williams from Uppsala University in Sweden, will talk about that intriguing possibility and more during two presentations in the Twin Cities on Nov. 1 and Nov. 2.
Midway Mall Cinema 9 in Alexandria is being sold. Cinema Entertainment Corporation (CEC Theatres) in St. Cloud is purchasing Cinema 9 from Tentelino Enterprises. The final paperwork was signed Friday and takes effect Nov. 1, according to John Perino, owner of Tentelino Enterprises. The theater will be closed from Nov.1 to Nov. 3 to make the transition before reopening Nov. 4. Showtimes will be posted on the website, www.cectheatres.com .
Rental registration revoked An owner of residential rental property at 923 Irving Street in Alexandria had his rental registration revoked. The Alexandria City Council took the action against Harvey Jacquin, who initially filed an appeal but later withdrew it after the tenant found another place to live and Jacquin decided to put the property up for sale instead of renting it.