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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A new roof, a new public restroom, and a used Zamboni At its meeting Monday night, the Alexandria City Council approved a list of priority items in its 2018 capital improvement fund that total $637,500. It's been setting aside money for years to pay for projects, which include: • $75,000 to replace the roof at City Hall. • $125,000 to build a restroom at Big Ole Central Park. • $450,000 to reconstruct the parking lot at the Runestone Community Center at the Fairgrounds ($150,000 will be funded through the stormwater utility fund).
Looking for a loan to help buy your first home? The city of Alexandria may have an option. At its meeting Monday night, the Alexandria City Council agreed to once again apply for funding under the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency's "Minnesota City Participation Program" to assist first-time home buyers. In 2017, local lenders such as Bremer Bank and Wells Fargo home Mortgage helped four first-time homebuyers purchase existing homes in the city by accessing $540,335 through the program.
The Parkers Prairie Liquor Store has shut down its bar — at least temporarily — and the fate of the city-owned store is in the hands of the Parkers Prairie City Council. A decision about its future could eventually go before the voters.
An oversized load carrying a large boiler moved slowly through downtown Alexandria Friday morning. A semi equipped with 20 axels and a flatbed that extended 350 feet pulled the heavy load over County Road 82 and onto 3rd Avenue East at about 11:30 a.m. Traffic was routed slowly through the area while the hauling was taking place. Douglas County Public Works Director Dave Robley issued the loading permit for the operation -- the largest one he's ever issued. He said the gross weight of the boiler was 885,000 pounds.
The public will soon have a chance to speak their mind about Alexandria's proposed 2018 budget and levy. A "truth in taxation" hearing will take place at 7:15 p.m. at the Alexandria City Council meeting on Monday, Dec. 12. The city is proposing a levy of $6,725,676, a 4.01 percent increase from this year's levy. City officials stress, however, that most taxpayers will not face a 4 percent jump in taxes. That's because growth and new building activity increased the city's overall tax base by 4.45 percent, which softens the impact.
A Todd County jury found a Long Prairie man guilty of intentional second-degree murder of his girlfriend, Dominga Mejia Guerrero. The jury verdict on Nov. 30 showed they didn't believe Jose Raul Herrera-Torres's claim that he acted in self-defense when Guerrero was stabbed to death on July 27 in the couple's home at 451 Todd St. S. in Long Prairie. Her body was found about 8 p.m. that night by another person who lived at the residence and called police.
With winter's arrival, Alexandria city officials are reminding property owners and businesses about the city's sidewalk snow and ice removal policy. The owner or tenant of private property abutting a public sidewalk is responsible for removing all snow and ice within 24 hours after the snow or ice event has ended. (Separate rules apply in the downtown area.) If a public sidewalk is not cleared within that time, public works crews may remove the remaining snow and ice and charge those costs back to the abutting private property.
Affordable workforce housing is a looming issue in Alexandria. It popped up again at Monday's city council meeting when the council took action on a developer's request to build an $11.4 million, 94-unit apartment complex to provide affordable workforce housing for families in Alexandria.
A former general manager of the Osakis Creamery Association who was accused of taking money from the business will serve 60 days in jail and pay $32,269 in restitution. Denise Carol Waldvogel, 48, was sentenced in Douglas County District Court on Tuesday, Nov. 28, after she pleaded guilty to a felony theft charge of taking movable property without consent. As part of a plea agreement, a felony charge of theft by swindle was dismissed.
To the editor: What is the biggest story that the mainstream media has to tell every day? Answer: Everything that they will not talk about. You see only what they want you to see.