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 more fire departments have been called to help fight the industrial fire at SunOpta in Alexandria this morning. A few minutes ago, firefighters in Evansville, Kensington, Parkers Prairie and Glenwood were contacted to provide extra manpower.
Alexandria stands to lose $661,124 - 6.5 percent of its total budget - if the latest budget proposal from the Minnesota Legislature is enacted. House Republican leaders announced the plan Tuesday as part of an effort to plug the state's $6.2 billion budget deficit. The plan leans heavily on reducing the amount of Local Government Aid (LGA) and Market Value Homestead Credit (MVHC) that cities expect to receive from the state this July. When contacted by the newspaper and told what the proposal's impact would be on Alexandria dollar-wise, Mayor Dan Ness had a three-word response: "That's pret
For the second time in a week, a U.S. senator visited Alexandria to glean information about creating jobs and technological opportunities. On Wednesday, Al Franken toured one of the area's largest employers, Douglas Machine and its new bioscience division, Douglas Scientific. "This has been an inspiring morning for me," Franken told reporters after his tour.
Alexandria School District 206 is coping with the unexpected death of an 18-year-old student. Lance Lundsten, a senior at Jefferson High School, died Saturday. According to preliminary autopsy results that were shared with the family, Lundsten had cardiac edema, a medical condition caused by an enlarged heart. There was no evidence that drugs or alcohol played any role in the death, according to a family member interviewed Tuesday by the newspaper. The family was told that it would be six to eight weeks before complete toxicology results are determined. At 9:54 p.m.
How many homeless people are there in Douglas County? A survey is trying to find out - and you can help. Some sons and daughters and moms and dads, whether families or individuals, struggle to maintain a safe or decent place to stay in Douglas County, according to Wings Family Services. Wings is partnering with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Community Impact Coalition (CIC) to see how many there are. On January 27 and 28, a shelter survey called "The Point in Time Count" will take place. The count asks four simple questions, the most important being: "Where
They dribbled, took aim and fired away. Participants in the Alexandria Elks Hoop Shoot tested their skill from the free-throw line at the Lakes Area Recreation gym Sunday afternoon. Boys and girls ages 8-13 competed in the annual event. They took 10 straight shots and then another 15 while Elks organizers kept track of their success. Those with the highest percentage of baskets made earned first place trophies and the opportunity to advance into the competition's next stage, the state semi-finals in Baxter on January 29.
Alexandria School District 206 is trying to cope with the unexpected death of an 18-year-old student. Lance Lundsten, a senior at Jefferson High School, died Saturday. According to preliminary autopsy results that were shared with the family, he died from cardiac edema, a condition caused by an enlarged heart. There was no evidence that drugs or alcohol played any role in the death, according to a family member interviewed by the newspaper. The family was told that it would be six to eight weeks before complete toxicology results are determined. At 9:54 p.m.
U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar came to the Alexandria Technical and Community College Wednesday after she found out how successful the college has been in training students. Despite the difficult job market, 96 percent of its graduates found jobs last year. The senator left with an appreciation of the cutting edge technology the college teaches students in its Center for Applied Mechatronics.
Ducks, geese and pheasants in the area are finding it hard to find food and Viking Sportsmen members are asking Douglas County residents to help. The club is seeking emergency food fund donations. The Viking Sportsmen set aside funds every year for various local feed projects but with a bushel of corn priced at $6.50 or more, its food feeder budgets won't last through the winter, according to the club. The game birds are hungry but the ice and snow has made it difficult for them to forage. A Viking Sportsmen member recently distributed a 50-pound bag of shell corn that was consumed to the
Douglas County can clear an unpaid bill of $204.05 from its books. That was how much the county charged the Minnesota Republican Party for its request for copies of documents during the recount of the Mark Dayton-Tom Emmer race for governor. The recount wrapped up more than a month ago.