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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Firefighters from throughout the region took to the catwalk Saturday night, all for a good cause -- the Lakes Area Crisis Response Team. They showed their dance moves and interacted with the crowd at the Broadway Ballroom in Alexandria as part of the second annual Firefighter's Runway Competition and Comedy Show. Categories for the runway portion of the night include tight T-shirt, family, chiefs and officers, and bachelors.
Farmers, you have heard about this. Now it is here, on the ground, in Minnesota. The first 100 of a total 400 new Ag Plastic Recycling Dumpsters were delivered Monday morning to the Pope County Fairgrounds in Glenwood. The program, offered by Revolution Plastics, is part of an effort led by a core group of nine central Minnesota counties and the Recycling Association of Minnesota with help from a grant by the MPCA, to recycle Minnesota's agricultural plastics. The nine counties are Stearns, Benton, Sherburne, Pope, Douglas, Otter Tail, Sibley, Nicollet and Le Sueur.
A 63-year-old Alexandria woman was injured in a rollover in Hudson Township shortly before 9 p.m. Monday. Teresa Ann Sward was driving an Oldsmobile Alero north on Highway 29, just north of County Road 4, when the vehicle left the roadway and rolled. She was transported by ambulance to the Douglas County Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Roads were snowy and icy at the time of the crash. The Douglas County Sheriff's Office assisted the State Patrol at the scene.
One person was injured in a crash with a dump truck north of Alexandria Monday night. At about 5:30 p.m., the Alexandria Police Department received a call about the crash between a motor vehicle and a dump truck near the intersection of Highway 29 and South L'Homme Dieu Drive. Officers arrived and attended to the occupants of the vehicles — Michael Bowman, 44, of Elizabeth and Lynn Mensen, 60, of Alexandria.
New state requirements call for the Alexandria Lake Area Sanitary District to install a new treatment process that would cost more than $10 million — much higher than the state's estimate of $5.6 million. That's what Bruce Nelson, district director, told the Alexandria City Council at its meeting Monday night.
Funds for 18th Ave.? A big construction project on 18th Ave., between Broadway and Nokomis, planned for 2019-2020, may be eligible to receive $660,000 in federal funds. At its meeting Monday night, the Alexandria City Council agreed to apply for the funds, which would cover two-thirds of the estimated $990,000 cost.
As she has done every year while serving as Alexandria mayor, Sara Carlson described the city's focus for the upcoming year in a word or two. In the past, she used words such as civility and respect. For 2017, she picked "energize" and "optimism." Speaking at the council's first meeting of the year on Jan. 9, Carlson said the region is very energized and the last election showed that rural cities are optimistic that things will get done this year. Below are some other miscellaneous items from the meeting. Winter Spectacular
A 27-year-old Fargo man was injured in a one-vehicle rollover near Evansville Sunday night. Shahriar Shamim Emil was driving a Honda Accord east on Interstate 94 west of Evansville when he lost control of the vehicle. It went off the road to the right and rolled, according to the State Patrol. Emil, who was wearing a seat belt, was taken to the Douglas County Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Excruciating pain and unexpected kindness. They both came together for me on Christmas Eve. As I was getting ready for bed around midnight on Dec. 23, I felt a sharp ache in my left molar. Knowing it was too late to do anything so late, I consulted Google. It provided a home remedy that amazingly offered some relief — peppermint oil. I put a few drops on a cotton ball, held it against the troubling tooth and the pain receded to a more manageable level.
Parkers Prairie residents will soon decide whether to allow other places other than the city liquor store to sell on-sale liquor. A special election for two split-liquor questions will take place Tuesday, Jan. 10 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Parkers Prairie City Hall. Here's how Question 1 is worded on the ballot: "The city of Parkers Prairie currently owns and operates a municipal liquor store. Shall the Parkers Prairie City Council be allowed to issue private on-sale licenses for the sale of intoxicating liquor to hotels and restaurants, as well as to clubs?"