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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Do you have a favorite spot in the Alexandria lakes area to go for happy hour? How about to enjoy an ice cream cone? Or to work out? Who do you turn to for financial planning? The Echo Press wants to know where all your favorites are as part of our Readers' Choice "Best of the Lakes Area" contest. The contest was so popular last year that the newspaper is bringing it back again.
A woman who has been a victim of domestic violence finds the courage to leave her abuser and start a new life. Not only does she have to recover from the physical and psychological damage, she also has to worry about her abuser tracking her down through her new home or work address. That's where a statewide address confidentiality program called "Safe at Home" can help.
Cherry Street Books in Alexandria will offer a unique, free event at 7 p.m. tonight, Thursday, August 31. Leaves of Grass – Illuminated is a one-man theatrical performance by Twin Cities actor, Patrick Scully, who summons the spirit of America’s great poet, Walt Whitman.
The public access on Lake Osakis will close on Tuesday, Sept. 5 for several weeks to allow for reconstruction, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The project includes the addition of an aquatic invasive species boat inspection and cleaning area, and new bituminous surfacing for the parking lot. The design also will provide better stormwater management, improve traffic flow, and enhance accessibility, according to the department.
A community neighborhood group has formed in Alexandria to help hurricane-stricken Houston, Texas. At Monday's Alexandria City Council meeting, Sandy Mateer said the group will be at the Runestone Community Center starting at 3 p.m. Tuesday to collect clothes, health and beauty products, shoes, blankets, pillows and other items to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey. "This is the time to help our neighbors," she said. Local volunteers could use food and water while they're collecting and packaging all the items, she added.
Residents will not be allowed to drill new wells in Alexandria. On a 3-2 vote Monday night, the Alexandria City Council approved a final reading of a revised well drilling ordinance that prohibits new private wells. This shouldn't affect many residents, however. Only eight new wells have been drilled in the city since 2011.
A six-week project conducted on North Broadway in Alexandria last summer to draw pedestrians and bicyclists from the Central Lakes Trail into the downtown area was a success, according to City Planner Mike Weber who gave a report to the council Monday night. Cyclists and walkers liked the concept. Drivers — not so much. Still, there were lessons to glean from the project, Weber said. "We learned an awful lot from it," he said.
Motorists travelling between eastbound Interstate 94 and the entrance and exit ramps to Brandon and Garfield will encounter occasional ramp closures over the next month. The intermittent closures will begin today, Monday, Aug. 28, so crews can mill the existing pavement and prepare the roadway for paving, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Ramps will re-open prior to Labor Day weekend, and intermittent closures will begin again on Tuesday, Sept. 4, the department said in an email.
Members of the Alexandria Stormwater Management Committee gained a new view of Lake Winona, the discharge point for the Alexandria Lake Area Sanitary District, on Aug. 15. They, along with Mayor Sara Carlson, City Engineer Tim Schoonhoven and Streets and Stormwater Director Dane Bosl, took a pontoon ride to get a better idea of the development on the lake. They also saw the drain pipes that flow into it, observed the clarity of the water and viewed the spot where the sanitary district's treated water empties into the lake.
An issue that has ignited controversy in Alexandria for six years — whether the city should ban the drilling of new private wells — will rekindle Monday night. At 7:25 p.m., the Alexandria City council will consider the082517. final adoption of an ordinance to prohibit new wells. The issue, which has been tabled twice in the last year, received preliminary approval on a 3-2 vote on July 24.