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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Minnesota state law now allows liquor stores to be open Sunday, but the details of how it will work in Alexandria will be discussed Monday. Sunday liquor sales is one of the agenda items for the Monday, April 10, Alexandria City Council meeting that begins at 7 p.m. at City Hall. A public hearing will take place at 7:30 p.m. to get comments about the new state law that allows liquor to be sold on Sundays between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. The council will consider amending City Code Chapter 3 that regulates beer and liquor licensing so it will conform to the new law.
Information about a tuition-free, K-12 online public school will be offered in Alexandria on Wednesday, April 12, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Holiday Inn. The "virtual" school is called Minnesota Connections Academy. The Carter family of Alexandria says the concept has worked well for them.
The popular outdoor Passion Drama organized by Zion and Good Shepherd Lutheran churches in Alexandria will be shown in a new light this Easter season. The traditional guided tours of 12 scenes depicting the life of Jesus from birth to his ascension will no longer be presented. Instead, five vivid scenes will be shown along Third Avenue on the following dates and times: • The Nativity — Friday, April 7, from 4 to 7 p.m. • The Triumphant Entrance into Jerusalem — Palm Sunday, April 9, from 2 to 5 p.m.
Although road construction is jokingly described as Minnesota's "other season," it poses dangers that are no laughing matter. Each year in Minnesota, an average of seven people die in work zone crashes, and 753 fatal or serious injury crashes occur, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. As part of National Work Zone Awareness Week, April 3-7, transportation leaders are urging drivers to take extra precautions while encountering road construction.
The phrase "eating one's words" took on new meaning at the Edible Book Festival in Alexandria Saturday. A contest asked book readers to come up with creative ways to portray a book, using a specific title, scene, character or pun using food items that were entirely edible. The Douglas County Library in Alexandria organized the second annual event, which was open to all ages and skill levels. The edible entries didn't necessarily have to taste good, but they did need to show some ingenuity.
No foolin' — the ice officially left Lake L'Homme Dieu in Alexandria on Saturday, April 1. It's an early ice-out date. In the past 20 years, the ice has disappeared earlier on only three occasions — March 26, 2016; March 25, 2012 and March 25, 2000. It's a full two weeks earlier than nine other ice-outs in the last 20 years.
Drivers traveling on Interstate 94 near the Highway 27/Osakis interchange may encounter delays as both directions of the interstate will intermittently close overnight beginning Monday, April 3 through Wednesday, April 5. The closures will begin at 9 p.m. each night, and all lanes of I-94 will open by 6 a.m. the following day, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Traffic will be detoured up and down the I-94/Highway 27 interchange ramps while the I-94 lanes beneath the Highway 27 bridge are closed.
Spring burning restrictions will begin on Monday, April 3 for Douglas, Pope, Grant, Stevens, Traverse, Wilkin, Otter Tail and Wadena Counties. Regular burning permits will not be issued until green-up occurs in the vegetation, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Variances may be approved for agricultural purposes or natural resource management on a case-by-case basis by DNR Forestry, fire chiefs who have been given authority, or county sheriff's offices that manage their open burning system.
Why do mothers-in-law get slammed so much? They're the subject of bad jokes, the villains in countless TV sitcoms and movies, and often stereotyped as domineering, attention-demanding monsters. Nothing could be further from the truth for my mother-in-law, Leona "Lee" Schneider. Sadly, Leona passed away on March 11 at the age of 82. I was hoping to have at least another decade of talking, laughing, eating and reminiscing with her but it was not meant to be. I'll miss her, dang it.
Lance Allen Daniels, 37, of rural Villard was charged in Pope County District Court with interference with privacy against a minor under 18 and being a felon in possession of a firearm. On March 24, the Pope County Sheriff's Office investigated a complaint of an adult male watching a minor in the shower through an inconspicuous hole. Deputies executed a search warrant at Daniels' residence and were able to locate a hole in the bathroom shower. During the investigation, it was also determined Daniels was in possession several firearms, according to the sheriff's office.