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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More than 650 motorcycle riders enjoyed a rumbling good time in Alexandria over the weekend. Alexandria hosted the 22nd annual Minnesota State Harley Owners Group (HOG) Rally. Organizers were hoping to draw about 500 motorcycle drivers into town and were pleasantly surprised when registrations quickly exceeded that mark. "It went really well," said DeWayne Nelson, 2011 rally coordinator. "It definitely exceeded our expectations." One of the rally's highlights was a parade of motorcycles that cruised along Alexandria's Broadway on Saturday.
A former Alexandria resident died in an apparent drowning in Daytona Beach, Florida last Thursday, June 16. Mark Howe, 52, was wading in the ocean with two friends when he stumbled, fell and drowned in knee to waist-deep water. He was pronounced dead about an hour later, according to a story printed in the Daytona Beach News-Journal. The incident happened near the Zelda Boulevard beach approach in Daytona Beach.
A former Alexandria resident died in an apparent drowning near Daytona Beach, Florida last Thursday, June 16. Mark Howe, 52, was wading into the ocean with two friends when he stumbled, fell and drowned in knee to waist-deep water. He was pronounced dead about an hour later, according to a story printed in the Daytona Beach News-Journal. The incident happened near the Zelda Boulevard beach approach in Daytona Beach.
The Alexandria Technical and Community College (ATCC) dodged a bullet. Because of a looming state government shutdown, it was faced with the possibility of closing its doors on July 1, laying off teachers and holding up students' plans. The college had already sent letters to 70 of its employees, telling them they could be out of a job.
The mood was light and happy among the dozens of people who gathered along 3rd Avenue West in Alexandria Tuesday afternoon. They were there to take a peek at the new Alexandria Police Department, a 24,000-square-foot facility that's a giant leap from the department's old 9,000 feet of space inside the Douglas County Services Center. The grand opening's festive atmosphere was quite a change from some of the meetings members of the Alexandria City Council and Douglas County Board had regarding the project over the last couple of years.
It's been a familiar part of the Alexandria lakes area summer scene for more than 50 years. And it's back again this year - with a new-and-improved look. It's the Vacationer - a free guide that's filled with all kinds of information for summer visitors and local residents. The Echo Press, which has been publishing the Vacationer for many years, made some changes to the publication this summer. For starters, it's now a full-color, 40-page glossy magazine that will be printed four times this summer.
A group of residents in Leaf Valley Township - 112 of them - scored a victory in Douglas County District Court on June 6. Judge David Battey ruled in favor of their civil lawsuit against the Leaf Valley Township Board involving sanitary sewer system charges. To cover the debt from a proposed Central Lakes Region Sanitary District (CLRSD), which was later dissolved, the township board decided to impose a fee on every tax parcel in the township, including those outside of the CLRSD. The fee, approved through a township board resolution in 2009, was set at $751.15, plus interest, per parcel.
Wow! That was the reaction of most of us here at the Echo Press last Thursday when our open house to celebrate the newspaper's 120th anniversary was winding down. The four hours flew by in a whirlwind. We were that busy. We figured a lot of people would be coming in to take advantage of a subscription special and take a look around our offices but the numbers far exceeded our wildest expectations. We should have had a clicker to keep track of the visitors.
Two city parking lots in Alexandria may be getting a makeover soon. At its meeting Monday night, the Alexandria City Council requested a feasibility report to study the costs of reconstructing the lots. They're located at the southwest corner of 5th Avenue and Hawthorne Stret, and at the north side of 7th Avenue between Broadway and Hawthorne. The city set a meeting with property owners, primarily downtown merchants, on June 24 to get their input. A variety of other issues popped up at Monday's meeting.
A new project in Alexandria would help low-income families find housing. Deer Ridge Townhomes is a joint effort proposed by the Alexandria Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA) and a developer, D.W. Jones Inc. It would provide 24 affordable housing units east of the proposed site of a new high school and Knute Nelson's new senior living campus, Grand Arbor. It would be built along a proposed new street, 45th Avenue East. The Alexandria City Council approved a "resolution of support" for the project at its meeting Monday night.