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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Republicans from Douglas and Otter Tail counties in Minnesota Senate District 8 held their endorsement convention in Miltona on April 7. Rep. Mary Franson, R-Alexandria, was unanimously endorsed for a fifth term in District 8B. Also endorsed by Otter Tail County Republicans from District 8A was Rep. Bud Nornes, who prevailed over a challenger by a vote of 25 to 2. Nornes is seeking his 12th term in office. Todd Jensen of Alexandria, who serves on the Alexandria City Council, was elected as Senate District 8 Chair.
A new bill would help breweries, wineries and distilleries throughout the country — including Carlos Creek Winery. U.S. Sen. Tina Smith, R-Minnesota, visited the winery on April 4 and talked to owners Tami and Kim Bredeson about the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act. It aims to reduce excise taxes, compliance burdens and regulations. The craft beer, winery and distillery industries continue to blossom. There are more than 5,300 breweries, 8,000 wineries and 800 distilleries across the country.
An Osakis woman was sentenced April 4 in Douglas County District Court for leaving methamphetamine paraphernalia, including needles, a pipe and syringes, near her children. Jessica Jean Wagner, 28, who entered a guilty plea, was ordered to serve 60 days in jail and placed on supervised probation for five years. She received credit for the 40 days she spent behind bars while her case proceeded.
The former manager of the Osakis VFW Post faces two felony theft charges for allegedly taking money from the post's ATM machine for her own personal use. Michelle Renee Manders, 39, was charged in Todd County District Court on April 3 with theft of more than $5,000 and theft of more than $1,000. She is scheduled to appear in court on April 23. On Jan. 25, the Osakis Police Department contacted the Todd County Sheriff's Office about a report of theft from the Osakis VFW and Manders was identified as the suspect, according to court documents.
Fifteen months before Travis Pennig of Alexandria was struck and killed by a vehicle while he was walking along 34th Avenue, a resident contacted the city of Alexandria about the possibility of installing a sidewalk on the street. No one knew it at the time, of course, but if Pennig would have been walking on a sidewalk, he likely wouldn't have been hit on March 19.
A problem that's plagued Alexandria for years — a lack of public restrooms in the downtown area — will soon be resolved for a cheaper price tag than the city envisioned. At its meeting Monday night, the Alexandria City Council accepted a low bid of $96,800 from Tradesmen Construction of Alexandria to build restrooms at Big Ole Central Park. The bid, one of four submitted, was well below the city's estimate of $125,000.
Alexandria and Douglas County have reached an agreement with SunOpta regarding its property tax appeal. The food processing company filed petitions seeking lower assessments for taxes on its properties at 601 Third Ave. West and 3915 Minnesota St. At a Monday meeting, City Administrator Marty Schultz told the council that under the agreement, SunOpta will receive a 5 percent reduction in the market value of both properties for taxes payable in 2017 and 2018. This is down from the 15 percent reduction SunOpta was demanding.
Two big city projects in Alexandria may get the final green light on Monday, April 9. The Alexandria City Council is expected to award bids to build public restrooms at Big Ole Central Park and repair the City Hall roof. The estimated cost of the restrooms is $125,000 while the roofing work estimate is $80,000.
Charges have been dismissed against a 30-year-old Minneapolis man who was arrested after authorities linked him to a pot growing operation in Garfield two years ago. Ronald Lee Hott was charged in February 2016 with four felony level marijuana crimes — two in the first degree (one for excess of 50 kilograms of marijuana and the other for 25 kilograms), one in the second degree and one in the third degree.
The 80-year-old Alexandria man believed to have suffered a medical emergency while driving west on County Road 87 early Thursday morning has died. According to the Alex Air Apparatus Facebook page, Vern Wieberdink, the company's founder and president, died Thursday after he was airlifted to the St. Cloud Hospital by Life Link III..