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 new restaurant will soon be opening in the former Time Square building at 203 22nd Avenue West in Alexandria. Sue Nelson, owner of Bistro to Go in Alexandria, will be running the new business - "Great Cravings!" She said it will offer coffee, breakfast sandwiches, hand-dipped ice cream, lunches and its specialty - homemade gourmet doughnuts. "It will be very family oriented and kid friendly," said Nelson. The building will undergo a complete change of décor, Nelson said. She plans to open Great Cravings! by the end of May and already has some key staff people hired and ready to go.
News that Osama bin Laden was shot and killed by American troops Sunday stirred a deep range of emotions for the family of Max Beilke. Bin Laden was the mastermind of the September 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center Towers in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. nearly a decade ago. Beilke, the deputy chief of retirement services for the Army, was working in the Pentagon that morning and died when a hijacked plane crashed into the building.
Alexandria is in the running to receive a $10,000 Arts Legacy Grant that would pay for a sculpture in Big Ole Central Park. At its meeting Monday night, the Alexandria City Council authorized its Arts Advisory Committee (AAC) to apply for the grant. The sculpture - "Gathering Tree" - would be paid entirely through the grant. There is no cost to the city.
Three requests involving dining, entertainment and liquor came before the Alexandria City Council Monday night. MAIN STREET BREWERY The council issued an on-sale liquor license to Home Run Entertainment. It will open Main Street Brewery at the site of Old Broadway Food and Spirits, which has been closed for more than four years. The new bar and restaurant at 319 Broadway plans to open Tuesday, May 3 and will feature many of the items its chef, Chris Anderson, featured when he worked at Anderson's Outpost near Miltona - prime rib, chops, chicken, crab legs, steak, fresh vegetables and hand
It was a snowy, cold, endless winter but the ice finally surrendered. The official ice out date on Lake L'Homme Dieu was Friday, April 22. A total of 236 people entered the Echo Press Ice Out Contest this year.
What one council member described as taking responsibility for the budget was termed "micro-managing" by other members in a lively discussion that closed Monday night's Alexandria City Council meeting. The council voted 4-1 to reject Ward 1 council member Virgil Batesole's motion to establish ground rules for the city's budget committee. The budget committee is comprised of the mayor, the city administrator and one council member.
Three Douglas County sheriff's deputies who shot a man armed with a rifle in his Garfield home on February 6 have been cleared of any wrongdoing. Douglas County Attorney Chad Larson made that determination after studying the results of an independent investigation conducted by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. "Based on all the facts presented to me, I have concluded that each officer who fired their weapon reasonably believed that their lives, and the lives of their fellow officers, were in immediate danger," Larson said in a news release issued Friday.
What one council member described as taking responsibility for the budget was termed "micro-managing" by other members in a lively discussion that closed Monday night's Alexandria City Council meeting. The council voted 4-1 to reject Ward 1 council member Virgil Batesole's motion to establish ground rules for the city's budget committee. See Wednesday's Echo Press for the full story and a summary of other council action on these topics - a "send off" event for local National Guard soldiers; an off-sale liquor license to Coborn's, doing business as Cash Wise Liquor; an on-sale liquor license
Minnesota's "other" season is about to begin. Just as a robin signals spring, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) announced its road construction projects for 2011. The projects total $900 million and, according to MnDOT leaders, are designed to increase safety, improve mobility, expand capacity and preserve infrastructure statewide. "Minnesota's transportation system is a vital part of the state's infrastructure and is essential for a strong and vibrant state economy," said Governor Mark Dayton.
With snow in the forecast, the weather may have scared off a few people, but the outdoor Passion Drama still attracted good-sized crowds in Alexandria on Sunday and Tuesday. A total of 2,156 people turned out for both days of the event - the 15th annual.