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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Charges have been dismissed against a 30-year-old Minneapolis man who was arrested after authorities linked him to a pot growing operation in Garfield two years ago. Ronald Lee Hott was charged in February 2016 with four felony level marijuana crimes — two in the first degree (one for excess of 50 kilograms of marijuana and the other for 25 kilograms), one in the second degree and one in the third degree.
The 80-year-old Alexandria man believed to have suffered a medical emergency while driving west on County Road 87 early Thursday morning has died. According to the Alex Air Apparatus Facebook page, Vern Wieberdink, the company's founder and president, died Thursday after he was airlifted to the St. Cloud Hospital by Life Link III..
With a steady stream of reports of zebra mussels and other aquatic invasive species getting into lakes, the battle to stop these invaders might look bleak. But there are rays of hope, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Landwehr said a stop at the Echo Press office this past week. He said that efforts to educate boaters, anglers and the general public about zebra mussels are making a difference.
When the snow finally melts, the Minnesota Department of Transportation will begin its transition away from snowplow operations by conducting aerial mapping in west-central Minnesota, including the Evansville area. The transportation department plans to conduct aerial mapping at six locations, including Interstate 94 between Evansville and the north Grant County line.
The Alexandria Charter Commission wants to meet with the city council to review past recommendations that were made but not approved. Because many of the commission members have changed, the commission wants to review possible amendments to the charter with the council. The discussion will take place during a work session. At the Alexandria City Council meeting Monday, March 26, the council voted to find a mutually acceptable date for the meeting.
The timing seemed right for Judge Ann Carrott of Alexandria to announce her retirement. "I've been doing this for over 10 years and my husband has been retired that entire time," she told the Echo Press. "It's just time — a good transition time." Carrott's retirement is effective on June 8. The Commission on Judicial Selection officially announced the vacancy in the Seventh Judicial District last month and is starting the process of recommending a replacement. Interviews for the seat will take place April 25.
I'm not a very good homeowner. I don't paint. I don't do wallpaper. I'm not handy at fixing things. And carpentry work? You don't want to see me with anything that could cut or bruise. I mow the lawn but I don't like it. I can think of about a thousand better ways to spend a sunny summer afternoon. So in short, I fail at home maintenance. And, of course, that can bite you back later when something suddenly stops working — like a water softener, a dishwasher, an ice maker, a washing machine, or that lawn mower.
To ensure the safety of participants, the Alexandria YMCA Bunny Run on Saturday, March 31, has been cancelled due to predicted, uncontrollable winter weather conditions.
A 15-year-old runaway from Alexandria has been found and is safe.
Most people believe that the chances of having their identity stolen is microscopic. Until it happens to them. Identity thieves don't just target rich people or big corporations. They'll go after the average Joe or Jill as well. Sadly, the chances of becoming a victim are on the rise. A 2017 Identity Fraud Study, released by Javelin Strategy and Research, found that $16 billion was stolen from 15.4 million U.S. consumers in 2016, compared with $15.3 billion and 13.1 million victims a year earlier. In the past six years identity thieves have stolen over $107 billion.