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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A 22-year-old Minneapolis man suffered minor injuries in a rollover east of Alexandria Saturday afternoon. Abdirahman Shukri Gama was driving a Kia Rio west on Interstate 94 about three miles east of Alexandria at about 1:15 p.m. He told the State Patrol that he was worried about a truck approaching from the rear, so he moved to the left lane, lost control, went on to the shoulder, over corrected to the right lane and went into the ditch, causing it to roll, according to the crash report.
The State Patrol has corrected a report about a fatal crash near Deer Creek on Feb. 5, stating that all three people involved are from Wadena.
A crowd of about 250 people attended the Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce annual banquet at the Holiday Inn on Jan. 30. Todd Emmons, director at Innovative Builders, Erectors, Developers in Alexandria, was honored with the 2016 Friend of the Chamber award. It's presented annually to a person who has gone beyond expectations, giving of their time, talents, finances or influence to benefit the Chamber and its membership.
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency lists cases in Douglas County among the 43 enforcement cases statewide in the fourth quarter of 2016. Penalties from all 43 cases, in 24 counties throughout Minnesota in the fourth quarter, totaled just under $260,000. In all of 2016, the MPCA completed 146 cases, totaling $1,173,948. The local cases included: • Budget Septic Service, Alexandria, for subsurface septic treatment system violations, $4,100. • Bob Anderson Construction LLC, Evansville, for stormwater violations, $1,750.
The case of a 42-year-old Sauk Centre woman charged with hitting a 23-month-old toddler with her car while driving drunk in Alexandria on April 23, 2016, is scheduled to go before a jury. A hearing for Becky Laforge took place in Douglas County District Court on Jan. 31 and the trial was set for March 6. Laforge was initially charged with six counts. Three charges were dismissed — two felony counts of criminal vehicular operation causing "great bodily harm" and a misdemeanor of driving a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.
A candlelight event set for this Saturday, Feb. 4 at Lake Carlos State Park has been canceled because of icy and rutted trail conditions. "We have to think about visitor/participant safety," said Ben Eckhoff, area naturalist for the park. "With the event being at night, this is a major concern. We don’t like to cancel events, but unfortunately we believe this is the best decision." Even though there is not an event on the park's calendar in March, it will try and hold one if the conditions allow, Eckhoff said.
A Long Prairie man who was convicted of first degree manslaughter for fatally striking his ex-wife with a shoe hammer was sentenced to 12 and a half years in prison Wednesday. Craig Lamont Williams, 49, will serve the time at the St. Cloud Correctional Facility. Judge Douglas Anderson handed out the sentence, which is below the maximum penalty of 15 years, in Todd County District Court. Williams received credit for the three years and 164 days he's spent behind bars while his case was prosecuted.
A Starbuck woman was injured in a one-vehicle rollover south of Alexandria on Tuesday afternoon. The Minnesota State Patrol said Michaela Hippe, 19, sustained non-life-threatening injuries in the crash. The patrol said Ford Explorer was southbound on Highway 29 near Douglas County Road 88 at 3:48 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 31, when Hippe slowed down for stopped traffic and lost control. The Explorer left the road and rolled into the west ditch. Hippe was taken to the hospital for treatment, according to the State Patrol. A passenger, Elvis Wood, 21, was not listed as injured in the State Patrol report. North Ambulance and the Douglas County Sheriff's Office responded.
The Echo Press picked up 17 awards from the Minnesota Newspaper Association at the annual awards banquet and convention in Bloomington Jan. 25-27. The honors cut across all categories — reporting, advertising, design, editorial writing, photography and more. All the awards are given point values and the Echo Press ended up with the second highest point total in the state, finishing closely behind another Forum Communications Company publication, the Detroit Lakes Tribune, which received the coveted Mills Trophy for the seventh time.
So many memories. So many pranks and jokes shared with coworkers. So many listeners who will miss him. Dennis Anhalt, KXRA Radio news director and a host of the popular Open Line talk show, is retiring after spending nearly 30 years at the station. Well, kind of. He'll still appear on Open Line and he'll fill in for Joe Korkowski, the new news director, when needed.