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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Lasting Imprint recently organized a pizza and pool party for area families with children who are affected by congenital heart defects. Eleven families attended the event at Arrowwood Resort in Alexandria, including families of "warriors" — children who are still battling heart defects. They are Kyler Smith, Ashtyn Fielder, Gus Lang, Riese Kluver, Easton Schultz, Brooklyn Getz, Norah Grittner, Wyatt Seidl, Natalia Remley and Brady Meyer. Also, an "angel" family attended in honor of Noah Stich, who passed away in 2012.
An 18-year-old Ashby woman was injured in a one-vehicle crash on Interstate 94 near the Brandon exit Tuesday night. Mackenzie Rayn Ecker was driving a Mercury Sable west on I-94 at about 11:35 p.m. when it went off the left side of the road and struck a median cable barrier, according to the State Patrol. Ecker, who was wearing a seat belt, was transported to the Douglas County Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The Douglas County Sheriff's Office and North Ambulance also responded.
The number of gun permits issued by the Douglas County Sheriff's Office spiked to 700 in 2016. That's more than the combined number of permits, 685, that were issued during a five-year period from 2005 through 2009. It's a trend that's happening statewide.
A level-three sex offender, who has moved in and out of Alexandria several times, is returning to the area. Calvin Maurice Larkins Jr., 24, is being released from a state correctional facility and will be moving to Alexandria on March 13, according to a news release issued by the Alexandria Police Department Monday as part of the state's community notification process regarding sex offenders. Larkins is classified a level-three predatory offender — which is considered to be at the highest risk of reoffending. He will be living on the 700 block of Nokomis Street.
A rear-end crash between two sports utility vehicles in Alexandria sent one person to the hospital Friday afternoon. The crash happened on North Nokomis NE, just north of Voyager Dr. at about 3:45 p.m. One of the vehicles ended up in the ditch off of the driveway to The Meadows townhomes. A man was complaining of head and neck injuries and was transported by North Ambulance to the Douglas County Hospital.
When people hear that a sex offender is moving to their town, alarm bells ring in their heads. Another one? Why are they moving here? Should I be afraid? How can I keep my children safe? With news that a level-three sex offender — considered to be at the highest risk of reoffending — will be moving to Alexandria soon, the Echo Press talked to Alexandria Police Chief Rick Wyffels to answer those questions and more. The numbers
Even though the weather hasn't been warm lately, it's still a good time to start thinking about spring — and when the ice will melt away on Lake L'Homme Dieu in Alexandria. The Echo Press' annual Ice Out Contest is off and running. Official spotters from the newspaper will determine when the ice is essentially gone from the lake. The person who comes closest to guessing that date will receive a $50 gift certificate from Elden's Fresh Foods. In case of a tie, a drawing will be held to determine the winner.
College students are hungry. But with their budgets stretched thin by the cost of going to school, many don't have enough money to pay for regular meals. Alexandria Technical and Community College has come up with a way to help: Campus Cupboard, a food shelf for students. Staff at the college had been talking about the student hunger problem for some time.
Dancing, a fitness demonstration, hypnosis and lots of vendor exhibits added up to fun and excitement at the 23nd annual Echo Press Lifestyles Expo at the Viking Plaza Saturday, Feb. 25. More than 50 exhibitors were at the mall, showcasing their products and services at the free event. It offered fun for all ages, plus specials on new subscriptions and renewals to the newspaper. The event was co-sponsored by Cub Foods, Cub Pharmacy and Viking Plaza.
A landlord responsibility ordinance that drew heated debate in Alexandria last fall will get another shot later this month when a revised version will go before the public. At its meeting Monday night, the Alexandria City Council scheduled a public hearing for its March 27 meeting. One of the key changes was to remove the terminology of landlords being "responsible" for tenant behavior — a description that was widely opposed at a public hearing on Nov. 28.