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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City and county leaders bundled up on a cold Monday afternoon for an unusual ribbon cutting: The completion of a two-year reconstruction project on Highway 29 in south Alexandria. Officials with the Minnesota Department of Transportation and representatives from Central Specialties, the prime contractor for the project, also joined the celebration. Highlights of the $15 million project include: • Four lane expansion of Highway 29 from Interstate 94 to Douglas County Road 28. • Realignment of County Road 28 near the intersection Highway 29 and County Road 87.
Just like Christmas, there's something magical about the Jingle Bells Telethon. Every year, it's like a beautifully packaged present, filled with surprises, waiting to be opened. I had another great time at this year's event last Saturday. I was there to not only present a $350 check from the Echo Press from our "Most Personable Baby Contest," but to also cover the event by taking photos and video.
Alexandria Mayor Sara Carlson, who is also the president of the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities, supports Gov. Mark Dayton's call for a special session. In a news release issued...
An 80-year-old Osakis man was injured in a rollover on Interstate 94 near Sauk Centre Dec. 14. Eugene Wolf was driving a Ford pickup west on I-94 near milepost 126 at about 10 a.m. when he lost control around a curve and went off the road, according to the State Patrol. The Ford rolled when it entered the right ditch. Conditions were icy at the time of the crash, the State Patrol noted. Wolf, who was wearing a seat belt, was taken to the Sauk Centre Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
A state report estimates it will cost $5.6 million to reduce pollution in Lake Winona to acceptable levels. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is seeking comments about the report that identifies phosphorus as one of the primary contaminants in the lake, and recommends strategies for reducing phosphorus levels. A public meeting will be held to discuss the report Friday, Dec. 16, at 2 p.m. in the Douglas County Public Works building at 526 Willow Drive in Alexandria.
Alexandria residents should see an increase of between 2 and 3 percent in the city's share of their property taxes next year but mainly because of increased property values, not the city's levy. At its meeting Monday night, the Alexandria City Council unanimously approved a 2017 levy increase of 2.75 percent, which is one-quarter of a percent less than the $6.47 million preliminary levy approved in September.
Charter amendments Maybe the second time will be the charm? The Alexandria City Council is again going through the process of amending several sections in its home rule charter — the document that governs all actions and responsibilities of city government. At its Monday meeting, it scheduled a public hearing to amend, by ordinance, 17 sections of the charter, including six that failed to receive unanimous approval in past council meetings dating back to December 2014. The hearing will take place Monday, Jan. 23 at City Hall at 7:15 p.m.
From determining retirement benefits for firefighters to updating personnel policies, the Alexandria City Council addressed a variety of topics at its Monday night meeting. Here are some odds and ends not previously reported in other council stories. Recreation agreement The council agreed to amend a joint powers agreement between the city, Alexandria Township, LaGrand Township and the Alexandria School District with Lakes Area Recreation.
The Echo Press received big news this week: The newspaper won 17 awards in the 2016 Minnesota Newspaper Association's Better Newspaper Contest. The newspaper was notified of individual and newspaper awards in contest categories but won't learn of the specific place in those categories until the Jan. 26 MNA award banquet. The Echo Press won several awards that involve the entire newspaper team, including one of the most coveted awards, General Excellence.
Jerry's Bar and Grill in Alexandria is in the process of being sold. The transaction is still contingent on final approval of the financing. Owners Bill and Gail Murray plan to sell the business to JJ's Alexandria LLC, represented by Jay Johnson and Julie Bigger. The bar, at 530 County Road 22 NW, will reopen as Redbird's Sports Grill. The new owners are applying for an on-sale and Sunday liquor license and a hearing is scheduled to take place at the Alexandria City Council's Monday, Dec. 12 meeting.