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 85 people, including many men walking gingerly on high heels, took to the streets of Alexandria Tuesday night in a new communitywide effort against sexual assault. Someplace Safe of Douglas County organized the "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes: Men's March to End Sexual Assault and Gender Violence." It partnered with the Lakes Area Professional Women and LifeSTAGE Wealth Management Group, LLC, to present the event as part of National Sexual Assault Awareness Month, "We had a fantastic first year event!" said Susan Keehn, crime victim advocate with Someplace Safe.
A slow bicycle race at the Eco Fair Thursday not only offered a unique competitive challenge, it also provided a peek into new bicycles that will pedal around the trails in Alexandria this summer. Active Living Douglas County's BikeShare program is expanding its fleet of free, green bikes from four to 10, according to Jessica Peterson. "A big part of our mission is getting more people out on bikes," Peterson told onlookers at the second annual Slow Bike Challenge. Just as last year, four adult bicycles are now available, free of charge, at the Central Lakes trail head bike rack at Big Ole P
State Senators Torrey Westrom, R-Elbow Lake and Bill Ingebrigtsen, R-Alexandria are critical of DFL leadership for not giving nursing homes, group homes, and their employees a long overdue and adequate pay raise. "It's inconceivable to think that after proposing an increase of $2.8 billion in state spending that will impact every hardworking Minnesotan, DFL leadership will not provide nursing homes and senior living with the funding they deserve over the next two years," Westrom said.
Douglas County and Alexandria's Beyond the Yellow Ribbon program was a hit at Target Field. Before a Minnesota Twins game began on April 16, this announcement came over the PA system: "Please direct your attention to home plate. The Minnesota Twins are pleased to recognize our commitment to Beyond the Yellow Ribbon.
The so-called "man in black" - a suspect in a series of armed bank robberies, including Glenwood State Bank in Alexandria - pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to one of the heists. Mark Edward Wetsch of Shakopee pleaded guilty to holding up the Rolling Hills Bank in Brewster on January 3, 2012. The robbery led to his capture; he was arrested later that day near St.
Here's a bright idea: Recycle those burned-out fluorescent bulbs. Residents and businesses who are customers of Agralite Electric Cooperative, Alexandria Light and Power (ALP) or Runestone Electric Association (REA) may recycle their fluorescent bulbs at Pope/Douglas Solid Waste Management (PDSWM) free of charge. Customers of other power companies are not eligible as recycling is paid for by Agralite, ALP and REA. Pope/Douglas Solid Waste Management manages the program but does not pay any of the fees involved. Businesses with more than 50 bulbs must complete a recycling form or call in ad
Signs of spring glimmered through Monday night's Alexandria City Council meeting. Topics included street projects, tree planting, stock car races, baseball field work, even a Frisbee-throwing robot. Students from Jefferson High School's For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) demonstrated the robot they created in an effort to get young people more excited about the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. Students talked about how much they enjoy the robotics team, which is coached by Jeremy Bydlon, and their accomplishments.
Alexandria is not the only city asking the state Legislature for a new way to pay for street projects. New street improvement district legislation has received the endorsement from 75 city councils from all regions of the state, according to the League of Minnesota Cities, which also supported the measure. The legislation would allow cities to collect fees from property owners to fund municipal street maintenance, construction and reconstruction. If enacted, the bill, Senate File 607 and House File 745, would provide cities in Minnesota with an additional tool to build and maintain city str
As a sign of respect for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings, Governor Mark Dayton has signed a proclamation ordering all flags to be flown at half-staff at all state and federal buildings in the state of Minnesota until sunset on Saturday, April 20. President Barack Obama has also ordered flags at the White House and all government buildings to be flown at half-staff in honor of the Boston Marathon explosion victims. The president signed a proclamation making the order Tuesday morning.
All four of the Alexandria area women who were competing at the Boston Marathon Monday are OK after two bombs exploded near the finish line of the race. Three people were killed and more than 140 injured by the blasts, according to news reports. The explosions occurred in a sidewalk area at about 1:45 p.m. (Central Standard Time), about two hours after the first finishers crossed the line.