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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Do you have questions about a long-range master plan for the Douglas County Fairgrounds? Here are some answers, as provided by Mike Weber, city planner for Alexandria. What is a...
Big things are happening at the Runestone Community Center (RCC). The Alexandria City Council authorized major energy upgrades at the RCC earlier this summer, along with energy saving improvements at City Hall, both city liquor stores, street lights and more. It's all part of a $5.6 million Guaranteed Energy Saving Project (GESP), developed by Apex Area Solutions.
Reed Heidelberger, city of Alexandria assessor, was named to hold a seat on the Minnesota State Board of Assessors in St. Michael. He was selected to the prestigious board on July 26.
Imagine a Douglas County Fairgrounds with these features: An enclosed fieldhouse for athletic training and year-round events. A new parkway network with on-street parking, shade trees and trails. An event center to host car shows and indoor equestrian events. A private development area that could include a restaurant, hotel and conference center. And if the Viking Speedway someday decides to move the racetrack or cease operations, the grandstands would stay and the area could be used for a new flexible-use field and additional fair space.
Executive Men's defending champion Daryl Schomer of St. Cloud and medalist Dave Carothers of Buffalo didn't let a little wind or tough opponents slow them down. They both advanced by fairly comfortable margins, finishing their matches in 14 and 15 holes, respectively. Jeff Johnson of Chaska, the division's 2014 champion, didn't have such an easy time of it, but he also survived, winning the field's longest match of the day, a 21-hole thriller.
One former champion remains in the hunt for the Senior Men's Division crown: Steve Herzog of Alexandria, who is seeking his third title in the division and his sixth overall Resorters' trophy. Herzog escaped the clutches of Alexandria's Dave Dilley who took the grueling match to three extra holes. Jon Empanger of Chaska, a three-time champion in the division, was ousted by Jim Arnold of Plymouth, and Jeff Pederson, the 2014 titlist, was downed by Alexandria's Scott Marriott.
A new master plan will create a vision for the Douglas County Fairgrounds for many years to come. The planning group is asking for public feedback. Residents can add their input at the Alexandria Planning Commission meeting on Monday, August 15 at 7:20 p.m. at Alexandria City Hall, 704 Broadway. "Hearing from people who live, work and love the community is important as we dream about the future in our planning for the Douglas County Fairgrounds," said Mike Weber, Alexandria Community Development director.
Crews are making "excellent progress" on the east side ramps at the interchange of I-94 and Highway 29 in south Alexandria, according to officials with the Minnesota Department of Transportation...
The public access on Big Chippewa Lake near Brandon will temporarily close on August 2-3 to allow crews from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to rebuild the ramp...
The percentage of Alexandria Public Schools’ students who scored "proficient" on state reading, math and science tests compared favorably overall to statewide averages for all grades tested in spring 2016,...