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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Motorists on Interstate 94 near Highway 29 in Alexandria will encounter intermittent lane closures starting Monday, April 17. Crews will close one lane in each direction while they paint the underside and railing of the new Highway 29 bridge, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. The work is expected to last about one week. Minor delays are possible.
Should people be allowed to park on the grass in Alexandria? The Alexandria Planning Commission will address the issue — and other items — at its meeting on Monday, April 17 at Alexandria City Hall. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. Right now, it's against city code to park on the grass but the commission is considering to ease the restrictions, allowing cars, pickups and recreational vehicles and equipment to park on the grass in side and rear yards.
Some Douglas County residents are wondering why Pope Douglas Solid Waste Management is no longer offering yard waste drop-off services. One reader said it appears that his only option now is to contract — for a fee — to have his current waste service hauler take his yard waste. He's also worried that eliminating the free drop-off service could lead to people trying to illegally get rid of their yard waste by including it in their regular garbage. The Echo Press turned to Pete Olmschied, director of Pope Douglas Solid Waste Management, for answers.
Visitor restrictions due to influenza have been lifted at the Douglas County Hospital. There has been a drop in reported influenza cases in the west central region and according to the Minnesota Department of Health, the influenza season is now over. The hospital will continue to monitor influenza rates weekly and encourages everyone to practice proper hand washing hygiene to prevent future infections, according to Emma Von Felden, Infection Control Officer at Douglas County Hospital.
The Minnesota Senate has passed bipartisan legislation to help state- and county-owned hospitals throughout Minnesota, including Douglas County Hospital. The bill, Senate File 341, would reduce current restrictions on public hospitals, allowing them to invest funds in securities to generate more capital for operations and improvements for their facilities. Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen, R-Alexandria, is a chief author of the bill that was passed April 6. Similar legislation is being sponsored in the House by Mary Franson, R-Alexandria.
Western Minnesota’s 7th District Congressman Collin Peterson is scheduled to be the guest on the live broadcast Your Legislators on Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. on many public television stations across the state. The program will also be available for viewing via Facebook Live on Your Legislator's Facebook page .
The Alexandria Area Community Foundation — a group that has given more than $650,000 to local nonprofits in the past 25 years — has its first executive director. On Thursday, the foundation's board of directors and its consultant, CommunityGiving, announced Kathy Pfeffer will lead the organization. She'll be responsible for overseeing and directing foundation activities, including fundraising and grantmaking.
The possibility of censuring Alexandria City Council member Virgil Batesole won't be done quickly. At Monday's meeting, Alexandria City Administrator Marty Schultz said that he, City Attorney Tom Jacobson and Mayor Sara Carlson are "working through the process" that's included in a Code of Conduct the council approved last year.
Alexandria acts on Sunday liquor sales Consumers are one step closer to having the option of buying off-sale hard liquor in Alexandria on Sundays. At its meeting Monday night, the Alexandria City Council approved a first reading of an ordinance that amends city code to allow the Sunday sales. Right now, only 3.2 beer can be sold off-sale on Sundays.
Alexandria will soon be getting a new logo. At its meeting Monday night, the city council voted to hire Elenberger Creative of Alexandria to develop a logo to replace the existing "Easy To Get To, Hard to Leave" design that has represented Alexandria for decades.