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 message about the Easter season is playing out on Third Avenue East in Alexandria. Zion Lutheran Church is presenting its "History on 3rd," which tells the story of Jesus Christ in five vivid scenes. The first scene, "The Nativity," was portrayed March 23 and told about the birth of Jesus. On March 25, Palm Sunday, the scene changed to show "Jesus' Triumphant Entrance into Jerusalem."
A two-vehicle crash at the intersection of 50th Avenue and Sanibel Drive in south Alexandria Friday sent a 51-year-old passenger to the hospital. The crash happened at about 4:30 p.m. between a pickup and a passenger car. The impact knocked a wheel off the pickup. The passenger was conscious and alert as she was being transferred to the Douglas County Hospital, according to scanner traffic. The Alexandria Police Department, Douglas County Sheriff's Office and North Ambulance responded to the scene. More details will be printed as information becomes available.
A developer will receive a tax break for two projects that will build 141 apartments in Alexandria, most for low-income families. At its meeting Monday, March 26, the council voted to approve the tax increment financing requests from Unique Opportunities, LLC. "This housing will provide much-needed homes to help Alexandria grow and fill the many available jobs in the area," said Samuel Herzog of Unique Opportunities in the tax increment financing application.
Walking across Highway 29 in south Alexandria may soon be safer. At its meeting Monday night, the Alexandria City Council agreed to advertise for bids to provide a handicapped-accessible pedestrian crossing at the intersection of Highway 29 and Dakota Street/ 44th Avenue. City Engineer Tim Schoonhoven said the crossing will "close a critical gap between the sidewalks on the east and west frontage roads and will provide a continuous pedestrian route along both frontage roads and across the freeway to the Holiday Inn."
The Alexandria Police Department has released images of a vehicle that may provide more clues to a fatal hit-and-run that happened in Alexandria on Monday, March 19. Detectives believe that the vehicle was in close proximity to the scene of the crash, which happened at about 10:30 p.m. Anyone with any information about the vehicle in the images or the driver is encouraged to contact the Alexandria Police Department at 320-763-6631.
Motorists driving along Third Avenue East in Alexandria in the next week will see some unusual activity. Zion Lutheran Church is presenting its "History on 3rd," which tells the story of Jesus Christ in five vivid scenes. The first scene, "The Nativity," started today, Friday, and continues until 7 p.m. People can park their cars and walk to the scene, which depicts the birth of Jesus, including three wisemen, Mary, Joseph, the baby Jesus, and a shepherd tending his flock.
Runestone Electric Association in Alexandria is planning major upgrades to its lines, thanks to a jolt in federal funding to rebuild rural electrical systems. The association will receive a $19.5 million loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Utilities Service. The funding will help Runestone Electric improve 36 miles of line and add another four miles of new line, according to Al Haman, manager of operations and engineering for the utility. About 90 percent of the miles are located within Douglas County, he said.
Three projects that have been on the city's "to do" list for years may move ahead at Monday night's Alexandria City Council meeting — a pedestrian crossing on Highway 29, a reconstruction of Agnes Boulevard and paving at the Douglas County Fairgrounds. The council is expected to call for bids to put a pedestrian crossing on Highway 29 between Target and Doolittles Woodfire Grill in south Alexandria. The project would install a handicap-accessible sidewalk with signal modifications.
State Senator Torrey Westrom, R-Elbow Lake, will hold multiple townhall listening sessions on Friday, March 23 and Saturday, March 24 with area residents. On Friday, he will be joined by State Representative Jeff Backer, R-Browns Valley, and on Saturday he will be joined by State Representative Paul Anderson R-Starbuck. The schedule for Friday, March 23: Elbow Lake, 8 to 8:45 a.m. — at Elbow Lake Community Building, Goetzinger Room, 117 Central Ave. Evansville, 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. — at Evansville Care Center, Community Room, 649 State St.
The employee-owned holding company that owns Douglas Machine Inc. and has a minority stake in LGC Douglas Scientific recently acquired Integrated Packaging Machinery, LLC, based in Rockford, Michigan. "This deal is a major step toward realizing our vision and strategy for sustained value creation by adding a proven and highly respected provider of fully integrated packaging lines to our business portfolio," said Jon Ballou, president and CEO of Douglas. "We are excited to work together with IPM's 80-plus employees as fellow owners in our employee stock ownership plan."