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 landlord responsibility ordinance that drew heated debate in Alexandria last fall will get another shot later this month when a revised version will go before the public. At its meeting Monday night, the Alexandria City Council scheduled a public hearing for its March 27 meeting. One of the key changes was to remove the terminology of landlords being "responsible" for tenant behavior — a description that was widely opposed at a public hearing on Nov. 28.
New branding for city? A new logo and design that promotes the city of Alexandria will soon replace the current sunrise, wavy lines and the slogan, "Easy to Get To, Hard to Leave." The Alexandria City Council unanimously agreed Monday night to seek requests for proposals to freshen up the city's branding, which is roughly 19 years old. The current logo has too much detail that isn't suitable for online marketing, converting electronically or to put on clothing, said Communication Coordinator Sara Stadtherr.
Changes to the budget committee, financing for public works vehicles and action against domestic violence were among some of the other business the Alexandria City Council took care of Monday. Here's a closer look at other odds and ends from the meeting: Budget committee The council gave preliminary approval at a previous meeting to add a second council member to the city's budget committee, increasing the total members to four — two council members, the mayor and the city administrator.
A reconstruction project on Alexandria's Broadway in 2014 was a big mess that ripped up the street, disrupted traffic and worried business owners. But the mess paid off. Today, Broadway looks warm and inviting. Pedestrian traffic has increased. Sales are up at many downtown businesses. Car crashes have dropped. And there's a new spirit of cooperation and communication between businesses and city leaders.
A historic Minnesota House vote to legalize the sale of liquor on Sundays drew mixed feelings from local lawmakers. The measure passed by an 85 to 45 margin on Monday, marking the first time in state history that a legislative chamber has passed a bill that would lift the ban. It's been in place since Minnesota became a state in 1858. It will now go before the Senate.
A Verndale man who was missing for three days has been found.
The Osakis School District is now saying that an idea to have girls submit photos of themselves wearing their chosen prom dress in order to attend the April 22 event was "merely a suggestion," not an official action. Interim superintendent Randy Bergquist, who attended the school board's Feb. 13 meeting, said the photo requirement was a discussion item only and nothing was finalized. "The students are not going to have to submit a photo," he told the Alexandria Echo Press. "That doesn't make sense — it's 2017."
Anglers didn't just catch fish at the 11th annual Alexandria Industries' Fishing for the Cure tournament on Smith Lake Saturday. They caught warm rays of sunshine. With temperatures hovering around 50 degrees, participants couldn't believe their good luck. "You couldn't ask for a better day," said Colter Fortenberry of Osakis. "This is not supposed to happen in February." "It turned out pretty incredible," agreed tournament organizer, Robbie Betterman. The tournament drew 926 registrants -- up about 150 anglers from last year.
A proposal by Gov. Mark Dayton to make college and career training more affordable would mean more dollars for students at Alexandria Community and Technical College. Dayton said his "Opportunity Agenda for a Better Minnesota" would expand opportunities for the more than 427,000 higher education students in the state by investing $318 million into college and career training. It would provide tuition relief to 88,800 students through the State Grant Program, and would increase access to campus programs across the state that promote student success, according to Dayton.
Douglas County Hospital has seen a recent spike in influenza cases in the region and as a precautionary measure for patients and staff, it has implemented visitor restrictions. Only immediate family members should visit patients only if it is necessary. Visitors should be free from any flu-like symptoms including fever, cough, sore throat or diarrhea for a minimum of 24 hours before visiting patients.