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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Fire destroyed a garage near Nelson early Saturday morning. At 5:17 a.m., the Douglas County Sheriff's Office received a report of a garage on fire at the Miles Lynch residence on Homestead Road NE. A neighbor noticed the fire from across the road and called 911. Fire Departments from Carlos and Alexandria responded to assist. The detached garage structure was a total loss, and two vehicles parked nearby were heavily damaged, according to the sheriff's office. The fire is believed to have started from a heat lamp inside the garage.
The SunOpta plant in Alexandria may soon receive a surge in job applications. The company, which makes natural food snacks, announced this week that it will close its roasting facility in Wahpeton, North Dakota, next year. SunOpta is encouraging the 35 employees who will be out of work to apply for positions at its facilities in Crookston and Alexandria. In Alexandria, SunOpta employs about 200 people, according to the Alexandria Area Economic Development Commission.
State Rep. Mary Franson, R-Alexandria, issued the following statement Wednesday morning in response to Lt. Governor Tina Smith’s appointment to the U.S. Senate.
Homeowners in Alexandria can expect a slight decrease or increase in the city portion of their tax bills next year, depending on their property values. Following a "truth in taxation" hearing Monday night, the Alexandria City Council approved a 2018 levy of $6,725,676, a 4.01 percent increase from this year's levy. The levy matches the amount the council approved back in September. No one from the public spoke at the hearing. Besides city staff, the media, the council and the mayor, only four people from the public were there.
A new roof, a new public restroom, and a used Zamboni At its meeting Monday night, the Alexandria City Council approved a list of priority items in its 2018 capital improvement fund that total $637,500. It's been setting aside money for years to pay for projects, which include: • $75,000 to replace the roof at City Hall. • $125,000 to build a restroom at Big Ole Central Park. • $450,000 to reconstruct the parking lot at the Runestone Community Center at the Fairgrounds ($150,000 will be funded through the stormwater utility fund).
Looking for a loan to help buy your first home? The city of Alexandria may have an option. At its meeting Monday night, the Alexandria City Council agreed to once again apply for funding under the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency's "Minnesota City Participation Program" to assist first-time home buyers. In 2017, local lenders such as Bremer Bank and Wells Fargo home Mortgage helped four first-time homebuyers purchase existing homes in the city by accessing $540,335 through the program.
The Parkers Prairie Liquor Store has shut down its bar — at least temporarily — and the fate of the city-owned store is in the hands of the Parkers Prairie City Council. A decision about its future could eventually go before the voters.
An oversized load carrying a large boiler moved slowly through downtown Alexandria Friday morning. A semi equipped with 20 axels and a flatbed that extended 350 feet pulled the heavy load over County Road 82 and onto 3rd Avenue East at about 11:30 a.m. Traffic was routed slowly through the area while the hauling was taking place. Douglas County Public Works Director Dave Robley issued the loading permit for the operation -- the largest one he's ever issued. He said the gross weight of the boiler was 885,000 pounds.
The public will soon have a chance to speak their mind about Alexandria's proposed 2018 budget and levy. A "truth in taxation" hearing will take place at 7:15 p.m. at the Alexandria City Council meeting on Monday, Dec. 12. The city is proposing a levy of $6,725,676, a 4.01 percent increase from this year's levy. City officials stress, however, that most taxpayers will not face a 4 percent jump in taxes. That's because growth and new building activity increased the city's overall tax base by 4.45 percent, which softens the impact.
A Todd County jury found a Long Prairie man guilty of intentional second-degree murder of his girlfriend, Dominga Mejia Guerrero. The jury verdict on Nov. 30 showed they didn't believe Jose Raul Herrera-Torres's claim that he acted in self-defense when Guerrero was stabbed to death on July 27 in the couple's home at 451 Todd St. S. in Long Prairie. Her body was found about 8 p.m. that night by another person who lived at the residence and called police.