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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Jon Koll, chair of the Douglas County DFL Party, has announced that he's registered as a write-in candidate for House District 12B, which is held by Paul Anderson, R-Starbuck. Before Koll's write-in campaign, Anderson had been running unopposed. Koll is a licensed psychologist with 30 years of experience providing psychological care for children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. He has specialized knowledge in the area of domestic violence and has worked throughout his career with both victims and perpetrators of such violence.
Crews completed the traffic switchover on Highway 29 in south Alexandria this week. The Minnesota Department of Transportation is working on improving the signal timings near I-94, but it will not be a quick process. The signals are all spaced very closely together, and the coordination work could not begin until the permanent signals were activated, which occurred yesterday, according to MnDOT officials.
Editor's note: The following story was written by Philip Drown, a consultant with Brook Street Media in Morris. More than 120 people gathered at the Broadway Ballroom Event Center in Alexandria on Oct. 7 to discuss issues surrounding mental health services in Minnesota and in the five-county region.
I've had a few adventures while running races. I've gone "off course" — a polite term for "got lost" — many times. Once, I missed the start of a race because I lined up in the walkers only line. And for one race, I forgot to pack my shoes. But last Saturday, the Fargo Mini-Marathon took the cake. My wife, even though she was battling bronchitis and an asthma flare-up, signed up for the half-marathon, a 13.1-mile race that I'm still amazed and proud she conquered.
When it comes to the Kensington Runestone, the debate over its authenticity seems to be chiseled in stone: It's either a fraud perpetrated by the farmer who found the stone, or it's real proof that explorers from Norway were here more than 100 years before Columbus. But could there be another story line? An expert on runes, Professor Henrik Williams from Uppsala University in Sweden, will talk about that intriguing possibility and more during two presentations in the Twin Cities on Nov. 1 and Nov. 2.
Midway Mall Cinema 9 in Alexandria is being sold. Cinema Entertainment Corporation (CEC Theatres) in St. Cloud is purchasing Cinema 9 from Tentelino Enterprises. The final paperwork was signed Friday and takes effect Nov. 1, according to John Perino, owner of Tentelino Enterprises. The theater will be closed from Nov.1 to Nov. 3 to make the transition before reopening Nov. 4. Showtimes will be posted on the website, www.cectheatres.com .
Rental registration revoked An owner of residential rental property at 923 Irving Street in Alexandria had his rental registration revoked. The Alexandria City Council took the action against Harvey Jacquin, who initially filed an appeal but later withdrew it after the tenant found another place to live and Jacquin decided to put the property up for sale instead of renting it.
The Alexandria City Council voted 4-1 to hire Alex Rubbish and Recycling to haul away the city's garbage and recyclables for 2017-2021. The company submitted the low quote of $16,692. The quote is double the amount of the last five year contract, 2012-2016, of $8,295. Additional recycling dumpsters were added, along with a recycling services for all city facilities. Batesole voted against the motion. He said the city should have bid the project with the same specifications as the last contract. Squeeky Clean Car Wash
The Alexandria City Council voted Monday to give council members and the mayor 10 percent salary increases next year. Salaries for the five council members will increase from $6,438 to $7,148 while the mayor's pay will rise from $8,431 to $9,274. No increases are proposed from 2017 to 2018. The increased amounts are still below the average salaries of 22 regional center cities with similar populations, noted City Administrator Marty Schultz. The average pay for council members is $6,902 while mayors receive an average of $9,665.
The Alexandria Area Community Foundation has announced its Difference Maker grants for 2016. A total of $30,000 was awarded. The Alexandria Fire Department received $9,000 for training for a hostile event response that was held earlier this month. The course taught a new integrated practice to law enforcement, firefighters, and EMS personnel in a hostile event situation in order to reduce morbidity and mortality.