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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Visitor restrictions due to influenza have been lifted at the Douglas County Hospital. There has been a drop in reported influenza cases in the west central region and according to the Minnesota Department of Health, the influenza season is now over. The hospital will continue to monitor influenza rates weekly and encourages everyone to practice proper hand washing hygiene to prevent future infections, according to Emma Von Felden, Infection Control Officer at Douglas County Hospital.
The Minnesota Senate has passed bipartisan legislation to help state- and county-owned hospitals throughout Minnesota, including Douglas County Hospital. The bill, Senate File 341, would reduce current restrictions on public hospitals, allowing them to invest funds in securities to generate more capital for operations and improvements for their facilities. Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen, R-Alexandria, is a chief author of the bill that was passed April 6. Similar legislation is being sponsored in the House by Mary Franson, R-Alexandria.
Western Minnesota’s 7th District Congressman Collin Peterson is scheduled to be the guest on the live broadcast Your Legislators on Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. on many public television stations across the state. The program will also be available for viewing via Facebook Live on Your Legislator's Facebook page .
The Alexandria Area Community Foundation — a group that has given more than $650,000 to local nonprofits in the past 25 years — has its first executive director. On Thursday, the foundation's board of directors and its consultant, CommunityGiving, announced Kathy Pfeffer will lead the organization. She'll be responsible for overseeing and directing foundation activities, including fundraising and grantmaking.
The possibility of censuring Alexandria City Council member Virgil Batesole won't be done quickly. At Monday's meeting, Alexandria City Administrator Marty Schultz said that he, City Attorney Tom Jacobson and Mayor Sara Carlson are "working through the process" that's included in a Code of Conduct the council approved last year.
Alexandria acts on Sunday liquor sales Consumers are one step closer to having the option of buying off-sale hard liquor in Alexandria on Sundays. At its meeting Monday night, the Alexandria City Council approved a first reading of an ordinance that amends city code to allow the Sunday sales. Right now, only 3.2 beer can be sold off-sale on Sundays.
Alexandria will soon be getting a new logo. At its meeting Monday night, the city council voted to hire Elenberger Creative of Alexandria to develop a logo to replace the existing "Easy To Get To, Hard to Leave" design that has represented Alexandria for decades.
Minnesota state law now allows liquor stores to be open Sunday, but the details of how it will work in Alexandria will be discussed Monday. Sunday liquor sales is one of the agenda items for the Monday, April 10, Alexandria City Council meeting that begins at 7 p.m. at City Hall. A public hearing will take place at 7:30 p.m. to get comments about the new state law that allows liquor to be sold on Sundays between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. The council will consider amending City Code Chapter 3 that regulates beer and liquor licensing so it will conform to the new law.
Information about a tuition-free, K-12 online public school will be offered in Alexandria on Wednesday, April 12, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Holiday Inn. The "virtual" school is called Minnesota Connections Academy. The Carter family of Alexandria says the concept has worked well for them.
The popular outdoor Passion Drama organized by Zion and Good Shepherd Lutheran churches in Alexandria will be shown in a new light this Easter season. The traditional guided tours of 12 scenes depicting the life of Jesus from birth to his ascension will no longer be presented. Instead, five vivid scenes will be shown along Third Avenue on the following dates and times: • The Nativity — Friday, April 7, from 4 to 7 p.m. • The Triumphant Entrance into Jerusalem — Palm Sunday, April 9, from 2 to 5 p.m.