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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The Echo Press received big news this week: The newspaper won 17 awards in the 2016 Minnesota Newspaper Association's Better Newspaper Contest. The newspaper was notified of individual and newspaper awards in contest categories but won't learn of the specific place in those categories until the Jan. 26 MNA award banquet. The Echo Press won several awards that involve the entire newspaper team, including one of the most coveted awards, General Excellence.
Jerry's Bar and Grill in Alexandria is in the process of being sold. The transaction is still contingent on final approval of the financing. Owners Bill and Gail Murray plan to sell the business to JJ's Alexandria LLC, represented by Jay Johnson and Julie Bigger. The bar, at 530 County Road 22 NW, will reopen as Redbird's Sports Grill. The new owners are applying for an on-sale and Sunday liquor license and a hearing is scheduled to take place at the Alexandria City Council's Monday, Dec. 12 meeting.
The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will be rolling into Alexandria on Monday, Dec. 12. It will stop at the railroad crossing on Eighth Ave. East and Nokomis Street by the Hubbard Feed Mill at about 11:30 a.m. Musical performers Kelly Prescott and Colin James will sing holiday music from the train between 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. The shows are free. As in year's past, two trains are traveling coast-to-coast under the Holiday Train banner and about 150 shows will take place across Canada and the U.S. in November and December.
News that Minnesota is projected to have a $1.4 billion surplus for the upcoming biennium creates promising opportunities, according to local legislators. They reacted to the Dec. 2 report with guarded optimism and with strong opinions on how the surplus should be used.
While others are making out their Christmas lists, the Alexandria City Council has a wish list of its own — priority issues that it wants the Legislature to address next session. At a special meeting Wednesday, council members met with Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen, R-Alexandria, and Sen. Torrey Westrom, R-Elbow Lake to go over their priorities. At the top of the list — water quality regulations.
When Pearl Harbor was attacked on Dec. 7, 1941, Douglas County residents were reeling with the same kind of emotions that the entire nation was feeling — worry and fear, indignation and uncertainty, patriotism and resolve. That's according to the stories that sprang from the stark black-and-white pages of the Park Region Echo and the Alexandria Citizen News in the issues printed after the attack, which propelled the U.S. into World War II.
Because of the weather, West Central Area and Brandon-Evansville schools are running late today, Wednesday, Dec. 7. A blizzard warning is in effect until 6 a.m. today for counties to...
A 24-year-old Alexandria man was sentenced to five years in prison for having a gun after he was convicted of a prior violent crime — a stabbing that happened in Alexandria in 2013. Joshua James Baumann was sentenced in Stearns County District Court on Dec. 5. He'll start serving the sentence at the St. Cloud Correctional Facility immediately. Baumann received credit for the 170 days he's spent behind bars and was ordered to pay $212 in fines and fees.
The 2016 Impact magazine produced by the Echo Press is now online. To see it, click here. The 80-page publication takes a look at the facets of culture in the...
The results for the Best of the Lakes Area are in! You voted, the results were tabulated and our publication featuring the winners is now online. The 2016 Best of...