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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This week, Karin Anderson has been helping crews fight a wildfire in Yellowstone National Park by serving as a helicopter crew member. It is a long way from her home in Farwell and the Kensington Fire Department she normally serves. But on Nov. 9, Anderson plans to go even farther, traveling to Nairobi, Kenya, as part of a group of about 15 people from Africa Fire Mission. These 15 firefighters from across the country will join forces, using their own money, to spend two weeks in Kenya.
Does your house or rental property need repairs? Help is on the way. The city of Alexandria plans to file a pre-application to the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) Offices for grant funds to be used for rental housing and owner occupied repair. The pre-application for the grant program is proposed to take place inside target areas east of Broadway and near Lake Agnes (see map).
About three dozen people participated in the second annual "Run From the Cops 5K" in Alexandria Saturday. The 3.1 mile run/walk was a fundraiser for the Douglas County Sheriff's Federation. The race started and ended on the west side of the Douglas County Fairgrounds near the Douglas County Watershed building. T-shirts were given to all the participants, and a free-will donation for a hot dog lunch took place after the race. The Douglas County Sheriff's Federation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, non-profit charitable organization.
Motorists on Interstate 94 in Alexandria will encounter an overnight closure Wednesday, Sept. 7, weather permitting. Crews constructing the new Highway 29 bridge over I-94 will place beams over the...
A new local initiative is ripping up and reinventing the old saying, "You can't go home again." It's encouraging people who have left West-Central Minnesota to come back and stay. It also wants to draw more new residents into the region. Developed by the West Central Initiative (WCI), the effort is called "Live Wide Open." The first public meeting to talk about it took place at Alexandria City Hall last Friday and drew about 25 people representing businesses, the chamber of commerce, economic development, elected leaders and others.
A first-ever "Dragonfly Run" for motorcycles and vehicles will take place in Alexandria on Thursday, Sept. 1 in memory of Jill Ellingson of Alexandria who died one year ago. Proceeds from the ride will go to The Dragonfly Foundation, a non-profit corporation dedicated to educating, serving and supporting those touched by mental illness. Its purpose is to support and conduct nonpartisan research, education, and informational activities to increase public awareness of anxiety, depression and suicide, and the prevention of suicide.
Crews are continuing to make good progress on the west half of the Highway 29 bridge over Interstate 94 in Alexandria, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT). Next...
Kenwood Drive in Alexandria is being reconstructed this summer. The Alexandria City Council approved the project months ago. The street is being widened to 24 feet from Minnesota Highway 29 to just north of Second Avenue and sanitary sewer lines are being extended into that area. One part of the project has drawn questions from a few readers: Why is an extension or cut-through being built through the trees west of Kenwood Drive near the intersection with Darling Avenue?
Haley Hinrichs, a 19-year-old college student from Goodhue, representing Goodhue County, was crowned the 63rd Princess Kay of the Milky Way in an evening ceremony at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds,...
The Douglas County Hospital in Alexandria earned a "blue ribbon," the highest award given, from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) for its efforts to vaccinate its health care workers against the flu. It's part of MDH's "FluSafe" program, which celebrated its sixth year. This time around, 91 percent of participating hospitals and nursing homes received a blue, red or white ribbon for their vaccination efforts.