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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CITY PROTECTS WATER SUPPLY At its meeting Monday night, the Alexandria City Council gave final approval to an ordinance designed to protect the city's underground water supply. The wellhead protection ordinance establishes standards and prohibited uses within the city's two wellhead protection zones. Zone 1 regulations apply to areas within 200-feet of the public water supply wells and Zone 2 applies to areas within a 1,000 foot radius.
Why aren't more city-owned facilities in Alexandria recycling their garbage? The question popped up at Monday's Alexandria City Council meeting and prompted the tabling of a request to get quotes from garbage companies to haul away the city's refuse. The city's five-year garbage service contract for all city buildings, receptacles in the downtown area and at Big Ole Central Park will expire at the end of the year. Public Works Director Bill Thoennes requested to get quotes for the next five-year contract from all licensed garbage haulers that serve the Alexandria area.
Concrete will soon be installed on the north side of the Runestone Community Center (RCC) between the two rinks to help with drainage. It's being done in conjunction with a new refrigeration building and new dehumidification system that were recently installed at the RCC. The Alexandria City Council approved the idea at its Monday night meeting. The city initially planned to patch the area with asphalt but RCC leaders determined that concrete will hold up better to the runoff from the roof areas.
If you're having trouble with your landline phone service this afternoon, Monday, you're not alone. Century Link phone service went down early this afternoon in the Alexandria area after an...
In honor of the victims who were killed in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, a volunteer group in Alexandria again planted flags in 3M lot next to the...
A two-vehicle crash on Highway 29 in north Alexandria caused multiple injuries Friday afternoon. The two sports utility vehicles collided at about 12:30 p.m. near McDonald's Restaurant. The Alexandria Fire...
I recently came across a policy I put together a few years ago concerning the use of quotes. Although it was intended to serve as a guide for our reporters, it makes some points that readers may find insightful as a kind of behind-the-scenes look into a key element that goes into putting together a story — quotes. Here are the 10 tips: 1. Make sure the quotes are accurate. Repeat back the figures or the wording during the interview to make sure you have it right. Feel free to slow down your source. Tell him or her you want to get it correct.
Get ready for a gangster good time in Osakis. This Saturday, Sept. 10 is the third annual Moonshine Madness. Residents and visitors are invited to step back in time to...
Due to an unexpected issue that came up last night, the overnight closure of I-94 will happen tonight, Thursday. Crews will place the beams for the new bridge between 7...
Two level-three sex offenders are moving to Alexandria later this month. Chad Allen Larson, 35, is being released from a state correctional facility and will move to Alexandria on September 21, according to the Alexandria Police Department (APD). He will be living on the 200 block of 6th Ave. East in Alexandria. Larson has a history of sexual contact with female victims, ages 3 to 7, according to the Minnesota Department of Corrections. The contact included sexual touching, and he also has a history of possessing child pornography.