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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Expect extra traffic traffic and slowdowns on the north side of Alexandria Wednesday afternoon, May 9. The Alexandria Technical and Community College will be having its graduation ceremonies at the Runestone Community Center starting at 1 p.m. An expected attendance of 4,000 people will all be traveling on the north side of town between 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. City leaders remind drivers to be aware of traffic slowdowns and stoppages at the intersection of County Road 45, County Road 82 and County Road 22.
More than 125 people took a stroll along Voyager Drive in northwest Alexandria Sunday morning. Their mission: To raise awareness and funds for the fight against multiple sclerosis. The local "Walk MS" has been an annual event in Alexandria for at least a dozen years, according to this year's coordinator, Sandi Domine. "The walk is set up as an awareness event and it's a chance for people who are living with MS to meet others who are living with it and connect with others in the community," Domine said.
Attention ALP Utilities water customers: Starting Monday, ALP will be flushing fire hydrants between 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. over the course of the next four weeks. Fire hydrants are flushed to remove mineral deposits and sediment from the water mains and to ensure proper operation for fire protection.
The process of filling two judge positions in the Seventh District following the retirements of long-time judges Ann Carrott and Douglas Anderson is moving ahead. The Commission on Judicial Selection announced Wednesday it is recommending four candidates to Governor Mark Dayton. Judge Anderson's seat will be chambered at Little Falls in Morrison County while Judge Carrott's seat will be chambered at Alexandria in Douglas County. The four candidates are:
If you're thinking of burning things outside, think again. Almost all of state of Minnesota, including Douglas County, is under a Red Flag Warning issued today, Friday, by the Naitonal Weather Service. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reminds people that the warning means the area is experiencing critical weather conditions ideal for wildfire.
Two special events that have been taking place annually for several years received permits from the Alexandria City Council at its April 23 meeting. The events include: • The Ride of Silence on May 16 at Big Ole Central Park. The worldwide ride on the third Wednesday in May honors those killed or injured in bicycle crashes and encourages drivers to safely share the road with bicyclists. Locally, the ride is organized by Jake Capistrant and Brad and Sue Dumm, and this will be the ninth annual. The Dumms lost their son, Dennis, in a bicycle crash in the Twin Cities in 2009.
With one Minnesota season finally arriving — spring, another one is just getting started — road construction. Earlier this month, the Minnesota Department of Transportation announced that road crews will be working on $1.1 billion in state road and bridge projects across the state. Several projects will impact drivers traveling in and around Douglas County, including: • A $23 million overlay project will take place on I-94 between Evansville and Garfield. The project began last summer and is expected to wrap up this fall.
Speaking to a room full of firefighters from across the state, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minnesota, addressed a topic that's near and dear to their hearts — cancer. Because of their exposure to toxic fumes and carcinogens, firefighters have cancer rates that are much higher than other occupations, Klobuchar noted while speaking at the Minnesota State Fire Department Association's annual meeting in Alexandria Saturday.
The DFL candidate for Minnesota State House in District 12A, Murray Smart of Beardsley, taught Republican incumbent Jeff Backer of Browns Valley in high school. Smart, a retired school counselor who taught social studies for several years in the Beardsley-Browns Valley School, was endorsed by the DFL at the district convention on April 19 in Morris. District 12A includes the counties of Big Stone, Douglas, Grant, Stevens, Traverse and Wilkin. It also includes a portion of Pope County that includes the city of Cyrus.
With the road construction season getting underway, drivers need to be extra alert of their surroundings, other drivers and workers doing their job. That's because the odds of getting into a crash skyrocket. Each year in the U.S., a work zone crash occurs once every 5.4 minutes. Every day, 70 work zone crashes occur that result in at least one injury. Every week, 12 work zone crashes occur that result in at least one fatality.