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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Osakis joined communities throughout the nation on Saturday, Dec. 16 in a special remembrance of those who fought for America's freedoms. It was Wreaths Across America Day. Thousands of wreaths were laid at more than 1,500 cemeteries across the country. In Osakis, volunteers met at the Osakis Veterans Memorial for the second annual Osakis Wreath Across America kickoff ceremony. Seven wreaths, each representing a branch of the military, were placed at the foot of the memorial.
Motorists on Highway 28/Minnesota Avenue East in Glenwood will experience a one-block lane closure of the westbound lane between First Street NE and Highway 29/Franklin Street beginning today, Jan. 2. Eastbound traffic should slow down and eliminate distractions, westbound traffic should seek alternate routes. The two-week closure will be in effect during business hours and will last through Jan. 19.
Douglas County Hospital has seen a recent spike in influenza cases in the region, and as a precautionary measure for patients and staff, the hospital has implemented visitor restrictions. Infection Control Officer Emma von Felden, RN, said, "Only immediate family members should visit patients only if it is necessary. Visitors should be free from any flu-like symptoms including fever, cough, sore throat or diarrhea for a minimum of 24 hours before visiting patients." Von Felden adds that she is thankful to the community for their help in this wellness effort.
Selective TV reminds viewers that CBS/WCCO Channel 7 will go off the air permanently at one minute past midnight this Saturday night, Dec. 30. Selective TV is now providing over-the-air access to CBS/WCCO on Channel 4.1 and The Decades Channel on 4.2. Viewers may have to do a channel re-scan to access the new channels. If your antenna is aligned with the Westport tower near West Union along I-94, you may, depending on your location, have to realign your antenna toward the Selective TV tower, which is located near Garfield.
Plans to build a veterans memorial in Alexandria moved ahead Tuesday. The Alexandria City Council agreed to authorize the use of Legion Park for the first phase of the project, which is estimated to cost $329,000. "This makes this a very special Christmas," Gabe Pipo, chair of the Veterans Memorial Committee, told the council. "It's like a million dollar gift to the veterans."
It may be easier for pedestrians and those with wheelchairs to cross a busy section of Highway 29 between Target and Doolittles Woodfire Grill in south Alexandria. At its meeting Tuesday night, the council approved City Engineer Tim Schoonhoven's request to apply for a state grant for a $106,334 project to build a handicap-accessible sidewalk with signal modifications across Trunk Highway 29 at the intersection of Dakota Street/44th Avenue.
If you don't follow Alexandria's rules for cleaning up your property or removing snow, the city will do it — and put the expense on your property tax bill. At its meeting Tuesday, the Alexandria City Council certified the costs the city incurred for removing snow and cleaning up property for landowners that failed to comply with ordinances. Snow wasn't removed on four parcels of land and six parcels needed clean-up. Also, nine rental property owners failed to meet scheduled rental inspections and their penalties were also certified.
Most people know that the Echo Press publishes a newspaper twice a week. So they know we're busy writing stories, selling ads and taking care of all the other responsibilities in putting out a quality product issue after issue. But there's more to the Echo Press than that. We publish a weekly newspaper, the Osakis Review, along with the weekly Lakeland Shopping Guide. We update the websites of both the Echo Press and the Review on a constant, ongoing basis. The fresh content draws about 1 million pageviews a month.
An update about a plan to build a veterans memorial in Alexandria will be presented at the Alexandria City Council meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 26. A representative from the group that's pursuing the project, Gabe Pipo, is expected to give the latest information.
The city of Alexandria has completed a mandatory Environmental Assessment Worksheet for a proposed development near Lake Andrew. Zavadil Development is proposing to construct 52 townhomes, 10 lake lots for separate sale and the related road and utility improvements along the northwestern shore of Lake Andrew within the city limits. The city of Alexandria is the responsible governmental unit for review of the EAW and is notifying the public that the Environmental Assessment Worksheet is available for review and comment.