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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The Alexandria Farmers Market opened for the season on Saturday. It was busy for the first couple of hours; some of the vendors sold all of their products. The market, which is located in Big Ole Central Park on Second Ave., will be open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon through October 28. Starting June 22, it will also be open on Thursdays, from 3 to 6 p.m., and beginning on June 27, it will also be open on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to noon. For more information, visit the market's Facebook page by clicking here.
A few people in Osakis will have sore muscles on Sunday. That's because they hauled away many, many loads of junk on Saturday during the annual Osakis Clean-Up Day.
Another Minnesota fishing season kicks off Saturday when a good chunk of the state's 1.4 million licenses anglers will take to the waters in search of walleyes and northerns. Much of the media attention will be focused on the Greater St. Cloud Area — the host of this year's Governor's Fishing Opener. The Alexandria area will likely throw its line in the water to host the event in 2019, judging from the enthusiastic response shown at a meeting organized by the Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce last month.
With the session deadline looming, Greater Minnesota city leaders held a press conference today to urge legislators to act on taxes, bonding and transportation.
Legislation to help low-income people with car troubles is still alive in the Legislature. State Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen, R-Alexandria, is sponsoring the "Getting to Work Bill" in the Minnesota Legislature. The initial bill called for $1 million in seed money to help get programs similar to the Douglas County Car Care Program up and running or expand successful programs.
Leaders at the Alexandria Technical and Community College are watching developments at the state Legislature with a keen eye. At stake are millions of dollars that could replace the college's leaky roof and its antiquated heating and cooling system. The repairs may or may not be part of a public works bonding bill that's being hashed out by lawmakers. Under Gov. Mark Dayton's proposal, Alex Tech would receive $3.8 million while the Senate's proposal calls for $2.9 million. The college wouldn't get any funds under the House plan announced last week.
Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed a bill authored by Rep. Mary Franson, R-Alexandria, that would have banned Medicaid or any other state-funded health program from funding abortions. When Franson was gathering support for her bill, House File 809, she noted that Minnesota should conform to federal standards and join 33 other states that currently ban taxpayer funded abortions. "My constituents and I do not feel that we should be paying to end the life of an unborn child," said Franson.
Vapor from e-cigarettes. Loud music. Seasonal liquor licenses. The Alexandria City Council is in the process of changing the rules for all three of those topics and wants feedback from residents. At its Monday meeting, the council agreed to schedule a public hearing to consider a local clean indoor air policy that would include the state's regulations of e-cigarettes. It would prohibit the use of e-cigarettes in bars, restaurants, workplaces and other locations in the city.
Get ready for a big road project on Irving Street this summer — one that's taking place sooner than expected. At its meeting Monday, the Alexandria City council accepted a bid of $173,840 from Ferguson Brothers to completely reconstruct the road. It's a joint project between the city, Alexandria Light and Power and Alexandria Lake Area Sanitary District.
At its meeting Monday night, the Alexandria City Council voted to purchase a 1992 International high-pressure sewer jetter truck from Alexandria Lake Area Sanitary District for $15,000. The truck will be used to clean sewer lines. It will upgrade a 1987 jetter in the city's public works department that will be sold. The city hopes to get between $10,000 and $15,000 for the 1987 unit. The following are other odds and ends from the meeting that weren't covered in other stories. Airport funds