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 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.
Long-time Judge David R. Battey of Alexandria is retiring. The Commission on Judicial Selection announced the vacancy in Minnesota’s Seventh Judicial District Court today, Tuesday, as a first step in...
More details have been released about a three-vehicle crash that left two people dead and closed down Interstate 94 between Osakis and Alexandria early Tuesday morning. The crash involved a...
The developers of a $3 million, 18-unit apartment building in south Alexandria are pursuing a tax break from the city. At its meeting Monday night, the Alexandria City Council scheduled a public hearing to consider the tax increment financing request from Lakewood Terrace, LLC. It will take place at the council's Nov. 14 meeting. The new four-story, 14,000-square foot facility would be built at 3703 South Broadway in front of Lakewood Terrace's three other buildings.
Outpatient support for those coping with mental illness is on the way. The Alexandria City Council issued a conditional use permit Monday to Lakeland Mental Health to build a mental health facility on the south side of 34th Ave. East, across the street from the Legacy apartments. It would provide outpatient behavioral health services. The site plan shows parking for 50 vehicles and a 12,000-square-foot building with room for future expansion. The building will blend into a wooded area that offers a therapeutic environment for patients and staff.
The Alexandria City Council is proposing to increase the city levy 2.8 percent next year. The council unanimously approved the action Monday night. The levy is still preliminary and could be reduced, but not increased, after a public "truth in taxation" hearing on Monday, Dec. 12. Even if the overall levy slightly increases, most homeowners should see a small decrease of about 2.4 percent in the city's portion of their property taxes because more property is coming into the city, increasing the city's tax base.
The city of Alexandria is no longer just dipping a toe into the waters of social media. It plans to dive in. As part of its strategic plan, it's trying to market the city and increase communication with the public through its website, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other social media. To forge ahead, however, the council has enacted a new social media policy.