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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Residents will not be allowed to drill new wells in Alexandria. On a 3-2 vote Monday night, the Alexandria City Council approved a final reading of a revised well drilling ordinance that prohibits new private wells. This shouldn't affect many residents, however. Only eight new wells have been drilled in the city since 2011.
A six-week project conducted on North Broadway in Alexandria last summer to draw pedestrians and bicyclists from the Central Lakes Trail into the downtown area was a success, according to City Planner Mike Weber who gave a report to the council Monday night. Cyclists and walkers liked the concept. Drivers — not so much. Still, there were lessons to glean from the project, Weber said. "We learned an awful lot from it," he said.
Motorists travelling between eastbound Interstate 94 and the entrance and exit ramps to Brandon and Garfield will encounter occasional ramp closures over the next month. The intermittent closures will begin today, Monday, Aug. 28, so crews can mill the existing pavement and prepare the roadway for paving, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Ramps will re-open prior to Labor Day weekend, and intermittent closures will begin again on Tuesday, Sept. 4, the department said in an email.
Members of the Alexandria Stormwater Management Committee gained a new view of Lake Winona, the discharge point for the Alexandria Lake Area Sanitary District, on Aug. 15. They, along with Mayor Sara Carlson, City Engineer Tim Schoonhoven and Streets and Stormwater Director Dane Bosl, took a pontoon ride to get a better idea of the development on the lake. They also saw the drain pipes that flow into it, observed the clarity of the water and viewed the spot where the sanitary district's treated water empties into the lake.
An issue that has ignited controversy in Alexandria for six years — whether the city should ban the drilling of new private wells — will rekindle Monday night. At 7:25 p.m., the Alexandria City council will consider the082517. final adoption of an ordinance to prohibit new wells. The issue, which has been tabled twice in the last year, received preliminary approval on a 3-2 vote on July 24.
Businesses in the area should be on the lookout for an advertising scam. The Starbuck Police Department took several reports today, Thursday, of an individual in the area who has already attempted to scam several businesses in Pope County and other counties in Minnesota, according to a crime alert issued by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.
After years of dreaming, planning and fundraising, the new swimming pool in Parkers Prairie is now open. The facility passed a state inspection on Aug. 16, according to Jim Arvidson, co-chair of the pool steering committee. Organizers say they're very close to reaching their fundraising goal for the $1.8 million aquatic center. Any added donations will go toward the future of the pool. An aquatic climbing wall, drop slide a tot slide and other features are expected to be added to the center next summer.
A 27-year-old Osakis man was charged on Aug. 17 with three felonies for allegedly possessing stolen property, damaging property and possessing methamphetamine. Robert Paul Radtke also faces two misdemeanors — tampering with a motor vehicle and another stolen property charge. According to the criminal complaint:
A 49-year-old Alexandria man with a history of committing crimes was ordered to serve more than seven years in prison for possessing more than 50 grams of methamphetamine. Timothy Gerald Brockopp was sentenced in Douglas County District Court on Aug. 10 to 85 months in prison at the St. Cloud correctional facility. He received credit for the 255 days he spent behind bars while his case proceeded through the court.