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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Parkers Prairie residents will soon decide whether to allow other places other than the city liquor store to sell on-sale liquor. A special election for two split-liquor questions will take place Tuesday, Jan. 10 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Parkers Prairie City Hall. Here's how Question 1 is worded on the ballot: "The city of Parkers Prairie currently owns and operates a municipal liquor store. Shall the Parkers Prairie City Council be allowed to issue private on-sale licenses for the sale of intoxicating liquor to hotels and restaurants, as well as to clubs?"
Residents in rural Minnesota are feeling ignored by the Legislature and want action this session, according to a group of city leaders.
Minnesota state parks and trails will host more than 30 candlelight events this winter, including one Lake Carlos State Park this Saturday, January 7. Drop by any time between 6 and 9 p.m. to experience hiking with stars twinkling overhead and candles flickering on snow.
A 20-year-old Kensington man who led officers on a high-speed chase in Alexandria that ended with a crash into a power pole was sentenced in Douglas County District Court on Tuesday, Jan. 3. Colton Scott Armstrong was sentenced to 13 months in the St. Cloud prison on the felony charge of fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle but it was stayed three years, meaning he won't have to serve the time if he stays out of trouble.
A 37-year-old Alexandria man who was charged with eight criminal counts a year ago, including fleeing police officers in a high-speed chase, was sentenced in Douglas County District Court on Dec. 30. Michael Timothy Reiten, also known as Michael Timothy Moen, was sentenced to one year and one day at the St. Cloud prison on the felony fleeing charge. He will serve half of his prison time consecutively to another case he is serving time for, a felony for making threats of violence in 2014, and the remaining prison time will be served concurrently.
Imagine zipping down the road in your new electric car but with one nagging question: Is there a charging station nearby? Soon you won't have to worry as much. The Interstate 94 corridor from Detroit, Mich., to the Minnesota/North Dakota state line is one of 55 routes the Federal Highway Administration has designated nationally to promote alternative fuels and help drivers find vehicle charging stations nationwide. Spanning 35 states and covering 85,000 miles, the new network was created under the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act.
David Battey's last day as a judge was Jan. 3, but he didn't go out with a bang of the gavel. In fact, he never used the gavel during his 22 years as a judge. He kept order with his voice. The Echo Press asked Battey, who is from Alexandria, to reflect back on his career by asking him 10 questions: After serving as a district judge for 22 years, what will you miss most about the job?
A 32-year-old Miltona man who tried to elude police on two separate high-speed chases last summer was sentenced in Douglas County District Court on Dec. 30. Curt Matthew Craven was sentenced to 17 months in the St. Cloud Correctional Facility for each felony conviction of fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle. The sentences were stayed for three years, meaning he won't have to serve the prison time if he stays out of trouble. Judge Ann Carrott also sentenced him to one year in the Douglas County Jail for each crime.
The past year in Douglas County was filled with stunning news, tragedies, triumphs, sad endings and new beginnings. There were election surprises, long-standing businesses closing or changing hands, fires big and small, three tragic drownings, a helicopter crash, an officers-involved shooting, and fatal crashes that cut five lives short. Work began on a $15 million expansion at the Douglas County Hospital while another $15 million project — a two-year effort on Minnesota Highway 29 and Interstate 94 — finally came to an end.
Two people were injured in a two-vehicle crash on an icy road near Garfield Monday night. The Douglas County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call about the crash on County Road 82, just west of County Road 22. Deputies learned that Patricia Dickey, 30, of Evansville was driving a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado west bound on County Road 82 and lost control of the vehicle on very icy roads and began to slide sideways.