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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The Alexandria City Council approved an agreement with the Minnesota Department of Transportation to install new air conditioning units in the arrival/departure building at the Alexandria Airport. The state will pay 70 percent of the cost or $8,756 and the city will cover the remaining $3,752. In another airport-related matter, the council accepted a $50,824 bid from Srock Construction to replace wind-damaged doors at the airport's Bellanca building. The entire cost will be covered through insurance.
Next Monday, the Alexandria City Council will consider Knute Nelson's request to operate a daycare center serving 50 children. Knute Nelson, 420 12th Ave. E., is seeking a conditional use permit to put the center in the 800 wing of its campus. It would be adjacent to the diagonal parking area that leads to Lake Street and include a fenced-in outdoor play area.
Counties, cities, townships and school districts throughout the state have set their preliminary maximum property tax levies for next year. In Douglas County, the proposed levies are all over the board, from decreases of 7 percent in Lake Mary Township to increases as high as 22.2 percent for the Alexandria School District. Generally, however, most local levy amounts are lower than what's being proposed elsewhere in the state.
An animal rights group has produced a hidden-camera video and sued the Alexandria animal specimen business Bio Corporation, whose owner says he is "not scared at all" about the group's allegations. The video shows workers drowning conscious pigeons in a vat of water, injecting live crayfish with liquid latex dye in order to kill them, and discussing how frozen turtles shipped to the facility sometimes came "back to life" and were refrozen.
As the legal fight over funding for the Legislature drags on and the 2018 governor's race heats up, Greater Minnesota city leaders are urging lawmakers to keep their focus on the upcoming legislative session. More than 100 other city officials from throughout Greater Minnesota convened in Alexandria this week for the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities' annual two-day fall conference. At the event, coalition members adopted the organization's policy positions and discussed legislative priorities for the 2018 legislative session.
A 23-year-old Alexandria man will serve 30 days in jail after outrunning sheriff's deputies during a chase that began near Nelson and hit speeds of 100 mph. Brandon Lee Cada was sentenced in Douglas County District Court on Nov. 14 after he pleaded guilty to the felony. As part of a plea agreement, two misdemeanor charges, reckless driving and speeding, were dismissed. Cada received credit for the three days he's already spent behind bars. He was placed on supervised probation for three years and ordered to pay $135 in fines and fees.
A co-owner of Blue Smoke BBQ in Alexandria, which was lost in a fire more than four years ago, will serve four months in jail and placed under supervised probation for 20 years. David Galbraith, 28, of Glenwood received the sentence in Douglas County District Court Tuesday after he pleaded guilty to felony theft by swindle, one of three felony charges he faced in connection with the fire. As part of an agreement, the other two charges — conspiring to commit arson and insurance fraud — were dismissed.
A 20-year-old Brandon will serve 204 days in jail for stabbing an 18-year-old man after a Facebook feud led to a fight. Gavin Daniel Johnson was sentenced Tuesday in Douglas County District Court after he pleaded guilty to felony fifth-degree assault while having two or more qualified domestic violence-related crimes within three years. As part of a plea agreement, a felony second-degree assault charge was dismissed.
Rep. Mary Franson, R-Alexandria says that her tweet about transgender people last week had nothing to do with a city council election in Minneapolis that put two transgender candidates into office. On Nov. 8, the morning after the election, Franson tweeted on her personal Twitter account, "A guy who thinks he's a girl is still a guy with a mental condition."
The eastbound lanes of Interstate 94 between Evansville and Garfield are now open to traffic. All eastbound ramps at the Brandon and Garfield interchanges have also reopened, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation, which issued a news release Tuesday morning. Westbound I-94 will remain reduced to a single lane for about one more week as the contractor completes cleanup, striping and guardrail work.