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 21-year-old Alexandria man was charged with two felonies – motor vehicle theft and first-degree criminal damage to property – after he reportedly drove through a wall at Alexandria Light...
The contractor for the Interstate 94/Highway 29 project in south Alexandria plans to begin work on the west side of the Highway 29/50th Avenue intersection on Monday, Sept. 26, according...
Alexandria and Osakis are looking a little brighter these days. New light-emitting diode (LED) streetlights are being installed in both cities. Coincidentally, the conversion to the more energy-efficient lights began about the same time last week — but through entirely different sources of funding. The lights in Alexandria are part of a new Guaranteed Energy Saving Project (GESP), developed by Apex Area Solutions and approved by the Alexandria City Council earlier this summer.
Is it OK to feed the ducks and geese at Alexandria's Noonan Park? It's a question that readers have asked more than a few times over the years. Right now, the answer is yes. People can feed ducks, geese, even pelicans at Noonan Park, according to Bill Thoennes, director of parks and facilities for the city. "It's OK to feed them," he said. "We just ask that you pick up your bags and other trash when you are done."
The Alexandria Fire Department has been awarded an Assistance to Firefighters Grant in the amount of $85,500. Philip Drown of Philip Drown Consulting along with Pat Conroy, Senior Funding Specialists with Widseth Smith Nolting, collaborated with the Alexandria Fire Department and Fire Chief Jeff Karrow on the grant application, helping the fire department obtain the funds necessary to purchase new personal protective equipment.
In honor of the victims who were killed in the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, a volunteer group in Alexandria again planted flags in the 3M lot next to the Cenex gas station, adjacent to Highway 29 South. Each flag represents one of the 2,977 victims who lost their lives that day and were formed to represent the Pentagon and the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center that were struck by hijacked airplanes. The effort, called the "9-11 Never Forget Project," was organized by the West Central Conservative Coalition (WCCC).
CITY PROTECTS WATER SUPPLY At its meeting Monday night, the Alexandria City Council gave final approval to an ordinance designed to protect the city's underground water supply. The wellhead protection ordinance establishes standards and prohibited uses within the city's two wellhead protection zones. Zone 1 regulations apply to areas within 200-feet of the public water supply wells and Zone 2 applies to areas within a 1,000 foot radius.
Why aren't more city-owned facilities in Alexandria recycling their garbage? The question popped up at Monday's Alexandria City Council meeting and prompted the tabling of a request to get quotes from garbage companies to haul away the city's refuse. The city's five-year garbage service contract for all city buildings, receptacles in the downtown area and at Big Ole Central Park will expire at the end of the year. Public Works Director Bill Thoennes requested to get quotes for the next five-year contract from all licensed garbage haulers that serve the Alexandria area.
Concrete will soon be installed on the north side of the Runestone Community Center (RCC) between the two rinks to help with drainage. It's being done in conjunction with a new refrigeration building and new dehumidification system that were recently installed at the RCC. The Alexandria City Council approved the idea at its Monday night meeting. The city initially planned to patch the area with asphalt but RCC leaders determined that concrete will hold up better to the runoff from the roof areas.
If you're having trouble with your landline phone service this afternoon, Monday, you're not alone. Century Link phone service went down early this afternoon in the Alexandria area after an...