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 60-year-old Nelson man was charged with three felony counts of criminal sexual conduct involving a juvenile after a sting by the Pope County Sheriff's Office. Dean Lee Swerman was arrested by the Pope County Sheriff's Office on Aug. 11. According to authorities, Swerman "randomly initiated contact" through social media with someone he believed was a 13-year-old child. The child, however, was actually an undercover Pope County sheriff's deputy. Swerman's communication with the child described sexually explicit behavior and solicited
Construction on the Walmart frontage road — Walmart Drive — from 44th Ave. to Twin Boulevard in Alexandria will begin on or after Wednesday, August 16. The frontage road work will consist of replacing all existing pavement, adding curb and gutter and installing a sidewalk on the side of the road. Additionally, the road will be given a center turn lane and a northbound right turn lane on 44th Ave. will be added. A study showed that about 80 percent of westbound traffic turns north at the intersection.
At its meeting on Monday, August 28, the Alexandria City Council will consider the final adoption of an ordinance which will prohibit the drilling of new private wells. Sara Stadtherr, the city's communications coordinator, sent out a news release to provide clarity to some questions that the city has received about the proposed ordinance. • Existing wells located within the city are allowed to continue to operate. They are allowed to be repaired as needed.
The Alexandria City Council will consider taking final action on ordinances that would clarify the placement of noncommercial signs on city property, loosen the restrictions about parking on the grass and eliminate out-dated rules about public dances. The ordinances will be talked about during the council's next meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 14 at City Hall.
A plea agreement has been reached in the case of a 28-year-old Alexandria man who was accused of supplying heroin that resulted in an overdose that nearly killed a woman in Fergus Falls. Mathias John Turbes III entered a guilty plea in Douglas County District Court last Thursday, Aug. 3, to a felony third-degree controlled substance crime — heroin possession in excess of 3 grams, which is about three-tenths of an ounce. In exchange, another felony charge was dismissed — causing great bodily harm by distributing drugs.
An Osakis couple face felony charges for allegedly leaving methamphetamine paraphernalia in the home they share with their three young children. Jessica Jean Wagner, 28, and Dustin Kalo Wagner, 29, were charged in Douglas County District Court on Aug. 3. The Osakis Police Department obtained a warrant and searched the Wagners' house at 705 Lake Street in Osakis on Aug. 2. The Wagners have three children, aged 4, 6 and 9. According to the criminal complaint: Officers found a syringe on top of a refrigerator that field-tested positive for methamphetamine.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed a report of zebra mussels in Whiskey Lake and later found zebra mussels in connected Chippewa Lake in western Douglas County. Several other connected waters may be added to the state's infested waters list.
Momentum shifted several times in the duel for the Resorters Men's Division championship between Tom Strandemo of Delano and Paul Stankey of Eden Prairie. In the end, just when Stankey was on the brink of stealing the lead by hitting a monster drive from No. 18 with the match deadlocked, Strandemo clinched the title with a deadly accurate chip that left him with a two-foot birdie putt and a 1-up victory.
Daryl Schomer may have to get a bigger trophy case. The St. Cloud golfer won his fourth title in the Resorters Men's Executive Division, knocking out medalist Andy Petersen of Albert Lea, 4-3 Saturday. Schomer saved his best outing for last, playing a nearly flawless round; he bogeyed just one hole and was 3-under par after 15 holes.
Firefighters from Garfield, Brandon and Alexandria battled a house fire in the rain on Sunday. The Garfield Fire Department responded to the call at 10775 Moe Hall Road NW about 6 p.m. A propane grill near the house was on fire and reportedly spread to the house, accordng to communications on the police scanner. Everyone was able to get out of the house safely and the homeowner turned off the power. Brandon firefighters were called in for mutual aid and the Alexandria Fire Department also assisted. The Douglas County Sheriff's Office was also on the scene.