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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Small acts of kindness can inspire people to make a big difference in the lives of others. That's the philosophy behind the Snow Angels in Alexandria. The effort began about three years ago when a local man noticed that a few elderly people in Alexandria were being fined for not removing snow and ice from their sidewalks. Their driveways were also clogged with snow. Most of them were disabled or not physically strong enough to shovel.
Are you missing a telescope or a piece of art? Authorities may have found it. Last month, the Alexandria Police Department released a couple dozen photos showing items that were recovered after they were stolen from storage units and construction trailers in the area. Several people stepped forward to claim some of the items but many are still at the police department or sheriff's office, waiting to be returned to their rightful owners.
Carol Mihalchick, founder and former owner of Just Like Grandma's Boutique and Tea Room in Osakis, passed away on Monday, Jan. 30, at her home in Osakis. She was 74. Mihalchick opened Just Like Grandma's in 1985 and it quickly became a well-known tourist destination. As the business grew and additional buildings were added, carloads of women and busloads of visitors traveled to Osakis to the business, which also included a bed and breakfast.
A 22-year-old Minneapolis man suffered minor injuries in a rollover east of Alexandria Saturday afternoon. Abdirahman Shukri Gama was driving a Kia Rio west on Interstate 94 about three miles east of Alexandria at about 1:15 p.m. He told the State Patrol that he was worried about a truck approaching from the rear, so he moved to the left lane, lost control, went on to the shoulder, over corrected to the right lane and went into the ditch, causing it to roll, according to the crash report.
The State Patrol has corrected a report about a fatal crash near Deer Creek on Feb. 5, stating that all three people involved are from Wadena.
A crowd of about 250 people attended the Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce annual banquet at the Holiday Inn on Jan. 30. Todd Emmons, director at Innovative Builders, Erectors, Developers in Alexandria, was honored with the 2016 Friend of the Chamber award. It's presented annually to a person who has gone beyond expectations, giving of their time, talents, finances or influence to benefit the Chamber and its membership.
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency lists cases in Douglas County among the 43 enforcement cases statewide in the fourth quarter of 2016. Penalties from all 43 cases, in 24 counties throughout Minnesota in the fourth quarter, totaled just under $260,000. In all of 2016, the MPCA completed 146 cases, totaling $1,173,948. The local cases included: • Budget Septic Service, Alexandria, for subsurface septic treatment system violations, $4,100. • Bob Anderson Construction LLC, Evansville, for stormwater violations, $1,750.
The case of a 42-year-old Sauk Centre woman charged with hitting a 23-month-old toddler with her car while driving drunk in Alexandria on April 23, 2016, is scheduled to go before a jury. A hearing for Becky Laforge took place in Douglas County District Court on Jan. 31 and the trial was set for March 6. Laforge was initially charged with six counts. Three charges were dismissed — two felony counts of criminal vehicular operation causing "great bodily harm" and a misdemeanor of driving a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.
A candlelight event set for this Saturday, Feb. 4 at Lake Carlos State Park has been canceled because of icy and rutted trail conditions. "We have to think about visitor/participant safety," said Ben Eckhoff, area naturalist for the park. "With the event being at night, this is a major concern. We don’t like to cancel events, but unfortunately we believe this is the best decision." Even though there is not an event on the park's calendar in March, it will try and hold one if the conditions allow, Eckhoff said.
A Long Prairie man who was convicted of first degree manslaughter for fatally striking his ex-wife with a shoe hammer was sentenced to 12 and a half years in prison Wednesday. Craig Lamont Williams, 49, will serve the time at the St. Cloud Correctional Facility. Judge Douglas Anderson handed out the sentence, which is below the maximum penalty of 15 years, in Todd County District Court. Williams received credit for the three years and 164 days he's spent behind bars while his case was prosecuted.