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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Fire damaged a home near Garfield Saturday night. A Garfield firefighter reported a house fire at 6491 39th Ave. NW near Garfield at 8:09 p.m. The house was fully engulfed...
Jeff Backer: The state's online health insurance, MNsure, is a disaster. It's driven up insurance rates 40 to 60 percent, wasted $408 million and changed a good system into a horrible one. The Legislature should repeal it. Jay McNamar: MNsure hasn't increased health care costs. It's just a place for people to purchase insurance from one of five plans. They can purchase insurance elsewhere, allowing competition in the market. Insurance companies are responsible for the rate increases.
Silence hides violence. So don't stand by. Stand up and let your voice be heard. That's the message from organizers of the Domestic Abuse Awareness Luncheon. Sponsored by United Communities Advocating Non-Violence and Someplace Safe, the event is from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, at Arrowwood Resort in Alexandria. The speaker for the luncheon is Brittany Schneider, the wife of a Lake City police officer who was shot and killed while responding to a domestic violence call in 2011. Attendees can expect to hear a powerful message.
Crews have been working on both the west side of the Highway 29 bridge over Interstate 94 and the 50th Avenue intersection in south Alexandria. Last week, crews worked on both the bridge deck and the railing. Once the final elements are poured this week, the major bridge work will be complete.
Here's a chance to learn more about state and local candidates who will be on the ballot this November. The League of Women Voters and the American Association of University Women are sponsoring two nights of candidate debates in Douglas County. Here's the schedule: Tuesday, Oct. 18 — Alexandria Technical and Community College in Room 743. The ATCC is also sponsoring this event. 6 p.m. — House District 8B: Republican Mary Franson vs. Democrat Gail Kulp. 7:15 p.m. — Senate Seat District 8: Republican Bill Ingebrigtsen vs. Democrat Shawn Olson.
Representative Mary Franson, R-Alexandria, invites the public to attend a health care meeting in Henning on Monday, Oct. 3 to discuss insurance costs, health care access issues related to MNsure...
A growing need to feed the hungry and keep volunteers safe prompted the Douglas County Outreach Food Shelf to start its fifth expansion. The $143,000 project will create more storage by moving a 24-by-36-foot garage so it connects with the main building. A new connected structure will add 976 square feet and put everything inside on one level. Food shelf volunteers, many of them senior citizens, won't have to venture outside in the snow and ice to get supplies. There will also be a new walk-in freezer, security lighting and new shelving.
The ramps on the west side of the Interstate 94/Highway 29 interchange in Alexandria will close for two weeks beginning Monday, Oct. 3. Crews will reconstruct the entrance ramp from Highway 29 to westbound I-94 and the exit ramp from eastbound I-94 to Highway 29. A detour will direct traffic to the Highway 27/County Road 46 interchange. The ramps on the east side of the interchange will remain open.
A college student is eking by financially, holding down a couple of jobs and living paycheck to paycheck, but making ends meet, when, blam, his car breaks down. Or a medical emergency arises or some other expense strikes out of the blue. Instead of being forced to drop out, however, a student at Alexandria Technical and Community College can get help through a variety of programs and services. Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith learned about those options when she visited the college Friday.
Work this week on the Highway 29 bridge replacement over Interstate 94 in Alexandria will focus on the west half of the intersection of Highway 29 and 50th Avenue. That area was closed to all traffic for reconstruction on Monday. The work is expected to last one week. During that time, businesses will remain accessible using the west frontage road and Dakota Street. Highway 29 will remain open.