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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A new city website, a ground lease on the airport, seasonal liquor licenses and other odds and ends were part of the Alexandria City Council's March 13 meeting. Here's a recap of items not reported in other stories about the meeting. New website The council agreed to hire CyberSprout to develop a new website for the city. Located in Alexandria, CyberSprout submitted a proposal of $8,925, to do the work. The amount is based on the approximate number of hours required. It could change slightly.
Two people were injured in all-terrain vehicle accident near Nelson Saturday. Aaron Joseph Salo, 28, of Nelson was driving the ATV near 2014 Homestead Road in Nelson when it overturned at about 5:30 p.m. A 53-year-old passenger, Diane Linda Danner, also of Nelson, was able to return to the residence and got help. Deputies found Salo unconscious near the ATV. He was treated at the scene by North Ambulance and flown by LifeLink to the St. Cloud Hospital where he underwent surgery, according to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. His condition is not known.
An investigation into credit card fraud and swindle in Osakis led to felony drug charges. Denise Carol Waldvogel, 47, of Osakis was charged Dec. 31, 2016 with felony theft by swindle. Her husband, Curtis Dale Waldvogel, 45, was charged with felony credit card fraud on March 1 and two drug-related counts on Feb. 1 — third-degree possession of meth in excess of 10 grams, about one-third of an ounce, and fifth-degree possession of marijuana.
Some yards in Douglas County these days look like a nearby twig factory blew up. Sticks and branches are scattered all over the place. That'll happen when you get wind gusts of 50 miles per hour or more. Douglas County was under a wind advisory earlier this week. Bracing winds out of the west gusted to 49 miles per hour on Tuesday and peaked to 52 mph on Wednesday.
Lasting Imprint recently organized a pizza and pool party for area families with children who are affected by congenital heart defects. Eleven families attended the event at Arrowwood Resort in Alexandria, including families of "warriors" — children who are still battling heart defects. They are Kyler Smith, Ashtyn Fielder, Gus Lang, Riese Kluver, Easton Schultz, Brooklyn Getz, Norah Grittner, Wyatt Seidl, Natalia Remley and Brady Meyer. Also, an "angel" family attended in honor of Noah Stich, who passed away in 2012.
An 18-year-old Ashby woman was injured in a one-vehicle crash on Interstate 94 near the Brandon exit Tuesday night. Mackenzie Rayn Ecker was driving a Mercury Sable west on I-94 at about 11:35 p.m. when it went off the left side of the road and struck a median cable barrier, according to the State Patrol. Ecker, who was wearing a seat belt, was transported to the Douglas County Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The Douglas County Sheriff's Office and North Ambulance also responded.
The number of gun permits issued by the Douglas County Sheriff's Office spiked to 700 in 2016. That's more than the combined number of permits, 685, that were issued during a five-year period from 2005 through 2009. It's a trend that's happening statewide.
A level-three sex offender, who has moved in and out of Alexandria several times, is returning to the area. Calvin Maurice Larkins Jr., 24, is being released from a state correctional facility and will be moving to Alexandria on March 13, according to a news release issued by the Alexandria Police Department Monday as part of the state's community notification process regarding sex offenders. Larkins is classified a level-three predatory offender — which is considered to be at the highest risk of reoffending. He will be living on the 700 block of Nokomis Street.
A rear-end crash between two sports utility vehicles in Alexandria sent one person to the hospital Friday afternoon. The crash happened on North Nokomis NE, just north of Voyager Dr. at about 3:45 p.m. One of the vehicles ended up in the ditch off of the driveway to The Meadows townhomes. A man was complaining of head and neck injuries and was transported by North Ambulance to the Douglas County Hospital.
When people hear that a sex offender is moving to their town, alarm bells ring in their heads. Another one? Why are they moving here? Should I be afraid? How can I keep my children safe? With news that a level-three sex offender — considered to be at the highest risk of reoffending — will be moving to Alexandria soon, the Echo Press talked to Alexandria Police Chief Rick Wyffels to answer those questions and more. The numbers