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 35-year-old Long Prairie man accused of using a knife to kill his girlfriend was charged Monday with second-degree murder. Jose Raul Herrera-Torres was charged in Todd County District Court and remains in custody on a $1 million bond, with conditions. The criminal complaint alleges that Herrera-Torres stabbed Dominga Mejia Guerrero, 58, at their home at 451 Todd Street South in Long Prairie on Thursday, July 27.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed a report of zebra mussels in Lake Burgen in Douglas County. Lake Burgen, east of Alexandria, is upstream of Lake Victoria, where zebra mussels were confirmed in 2009. State invasive species specialists investigated an initial report of two zebra mussels and found an abundant population distributed widely across the lake. Signs at lake accesses have been updated to alert boaters to the presence of zebra mussels.
I like to walk, run and bike in the Alexandria lakes area. It's scenic, a great way to relieve stress and it's fun — even if it looks like I'm about to keel over as I'm plodding toward the end of a long run. When I don't get some outside activity after a couple of days, I feel anxious, cooped up, depressed. I miss it that much. But what I don't miss are the things that try to spoil it.
The on-ramp from Highway 114 near Garfield to eastbound Interstate 94 will close to all traffic today, Friday, July 28. The closure is needed because of safety concerns near the merge point onto eastbound I-94, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. The closure will remain in place for the duration of the construction season. All traffic will be detoured to the nearby Highway 27 on-ramp. Other ramps at the I-94/Highway 114 intersection will remain open.
The possibility of Alexandria police officers and Douglas County sheriff's deputies using body cameras is coming more into focus. During an informal work session with the City Council Monday, Police Chief Rick Wyffels recommended moving up the timetable for acquiring body cams from 2019 to 2018. Two years ago, Wyffels said he wanted to hold off getting body cams until the Legislature caught up with the technology and determined guidelines, such as what images could be made public.
A "person of interest" in a Long Prairie homicide has been located and is in custody.
A 40-year-old Clarissa man was sentenced to 28 months in prison for burglarizing a house in Nelson and 13 months in prison for trying to elude officers during a chase in Alexandria last February. Jason Dennis Maloney received the sentence from Judge Ann Carrott in Douglas County District Court as part of an agreement. In exchange for pleading guilty to second-degree burglary and fleeing a police officer, which are both felonies, two other charges were dismissed — fifth-degree drug possession, a felony, and indecent exposure, a misdemeanor.
Overnight closures of Highway 114 at Interstate 94 south of Garfield are scheduled to start Monday, July 31. The highway closures are necessary so crews can remove the eastbound Interstate 94 bridge deck over the roadway, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. The highway will close each night at 9 p.m. and will reopen by 6 a.m. the following morning. The work is expected to take about one week. Detours will direct traffic around the closure. The interstate ramps at Highway 114 and I-94 will remain open.
An issue that's been simmering for years came to a head Monday night when the Alexandria City Council voted to censure Ward 1 council member Virgil Batesole. The action doesn't remove Batesole's authority to vote or speak at meetings, but it's a way for the council to show it does not condone his behavior, which two council members, Todd Jensen and Bobbie Osterberg, described as disrespectful and creating chaos.
If you're interested in dancing, drilling private wells, parking on the grass or holding signs on city property, you should have been at Monday's Alexandria City Council meeting. The council considered ordinance changes involving all four of those topics. An out-dated section of city code regulating dances may soon be rescinded.