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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It typically takes the Alexandria City Council a few seconds to approve its monthly bills. At its February 14 meeting, it took 15 minutes and several split votes. Ward 1 city council member Virgil Batesole said he had many questions about the bills and asked that the bills be pulled out of the "consent agenda" the council routinely approves. He then made a motion to delay paying the bills.
Have you ever thought of giving ice fishing a try? Or how about introducing your children to the challenge of fishing through the ice? This weekend is the perfect opportunity. Minnesotans age 16 or older can try ice fishing without purchasing an angling license if they take a child younger than 16 fishing during "Take-A-Kid Ice Fishing Weekend" on Saturday, February 19 through Monday, February 21. "This is an opportunity to get outdoors with friends and family and connect with nature," said Mike Kurre, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) mentoring program coordinator.
Three eighths of 1 percent may not seem that much. But it's been doing big things for Minnesota's lakes, arts, history, parks and trails, according to Conservation Minnesota and the Minnesota Citizens for the Arts. Minnesota voters approved the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment in 2008, which increased the state sales tax by 0.375 percent. The revenue - more than $211 million so far - is divided into four funds: An Outdoor Heritage Fund to restore, protect, and enhance wetlands, prairies, forests, and habitat for game, fish, and wildlife. A Clean Water Fund to protect, enhance, a
The city of Alexandria is going to take a closer look at four of its buildings to see if it can make them more energy efficient. At its meeting Monday night, the council voted 3-1 to participate in a pilot state project, the Public Buildings Enhanced Energy Efficiency Program (PBEEEP). The city agreed to cover 30 percent of the cost, $13,951, of a study that will examine heating and cooling systems, temperatures, air flow and other energy-related efficiencies at City Hall, the fire station, park department garage and the Runestone Community Center (RCC). The state will pick up the remaining
The relationship starts off nicely. The guy seems sweet. He brings her flowers. Their conversation flows easily back and forth. He compliments her. She smiles, laughs and jokes with him. It seems to be a match made in heaven. But soon, it all starts to fall apart. The guy becomes controlling, demanding and eventually - violent. The girl, confused, doesn't know what to do. She stays in the relationship, telling herself that it's just a phase that he's moving through and that he'll soon be the sweet, loving guy she thought he was. But the violence, the abuse, the demands, only get worse.
A heated discussion at an Alexandria City Council meeting Monday night spun so out of control that Mayor Dan Ness ordered a police officer to escort Ward 1 council member Virgil Batesole out of the building. Ness and Batesole have repeatedly sparred over council procedures and decisions for months, well before Batesole was elected to the council last fall. The latest spat happened when City Administrator Jim Taddei was reviewing the budget committee's preliminary work on how to handle a proposed $673,695 state cut in Local Government Aid. The committee, which is comprised of Ness, council m
Jobs - people looking for them and employers offering them - were the centerpiece of an event at the Alexandria Technical and Community College Wednesday. The Greater Alexandria Area Job Resource Fair provided an opportunity to link job seekers with current and future openings at businesses throughout the region. It was sponsored by the Lakes Area Business and Employer Council. A total of 38 employers from throughout the region participated in this year's Job Fair, representing manufacturing, healthcare, service, retail, distribution and other industry sectors. Along with the employers wer
A new leader has been named to replace long-time Douglas County Hospital administrator Bill Flaig. The DCH board announced Tuesday that Carl P. Vaagenes has accepted the position of Douglas County Hospital CEO. Since 2001, Vaagenes has been the president and chief executive officer of Unity Family Healthcare in Little Falls. Before working in Little Falls, Vaagenes spent nine years as the CEO of Pipestone County Medical Center. "We are very pleased Mr.
With wind chills plunging to 30 below or more, it's odd to be talking about a beach. But it's a hot topic - at least for the moment. A bill was set to be heard at the Capitol yesterday, Thursday, that could possibly result in the closing of a popular Alexandria public beach on Lake L'Homme Dieu. Beach goers, however, can take comfort in this: Senator Bill Ingebrigtsen, R-Alexandria, who chairs a committee that will consider the legislation, has told beach supporters that he will not support the bill. Here's some background on the complex legal maneuverings about the beach: The beach is lo
More information has been released about an officer-involved shooting that happened at a Garfield home late Sunday night. According to Douglas County Sheriff's Sergeant Jason Peterson, the three deputies involved in the shooting were Arthur Vinson, Paul Trautman and Jacob Asfeld. Respectively, they have 13, 11 and three years of service with the sheriff's office. The deputies shot an armed suspect multiple times during a disturbance at a Garfield home after he repeatedly failed to comply with their requests, according to Sheriff Troy Wolbersen. The incident began at 10:51 p.m.