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 perfect storm of circumstances last Friday created treacherous road conditions in the area — built-up patches of thick ice ruts that lingered for days around Douglas County. It made for bumpy, slippery patches on several roads, including Interstate 94, County Road 82, Highway 29 and several city streets. The patches were so thick and stuck to the surface that snow plows couldn't scrape them away. Here's what happened, according to Dave Robley, Douglas County highway engineer:
The Alexandria Clinic's locations in Alexandria and Osakis, including Express Care, are closing at 4 p.m. today, Friday, because of the bad weather. People with emergency medical conditions can seek...
Tonight's performance of Footloose at Alexandria Area High School has been rescheduled to 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 19. Tickets/seats from tonight's performance will be honored at the 2 p.m...
Thirty-two organizations across the state — including two that serve Douglas County — will receive a total of $7.1 million to help older Minnesotans remain in their homes rather than move to nursing homes or other more expensive settings. The "Live Well at Home" grants are designed to provide and improve housing for older adults who are homeless or at risk of being so. The grants are administered by the Minnesota Department of Human Services. Grants that will help the Douglas County area include:
The Wake Up Alexandria! program will still take place this morning, Friday, at the Broadway Ballroom at 7:30 a.m.
Because of a blizzard warning that's in place for the area, the Ernie Unruh Christian Service Award/Faith at Work lunch on Friday, Nov. 18 has been postponed. It will be...
A $3 million project to build a three-story, 18-unit apartment building in south Alexandria will receive a tax break. At its meeting Monday night, the Alexandria City Council unanimously approved the tax increment financing request from Lakewood Terrace LLC. It will be the fourth apartment building in the Lakewood Terrace complex, which is located at 3703 South Broadway, south of the Minnesota Eye Institute.
A famous rock and roll guitar player almost became a Forada City Council member. Well, kind of. Here's what happened: For the Nov. 8 election, a position on the Forada City Council was up for grabs because no one filed for it. Whoever received the most write-in votes would be the winner. As it turned out, 11 voters wrote in 11 different names. An absentee ballot contained yet another different write-in candidate.
It was a big night for Republicans in Douglas County. Not a single DFL candidate came close to carrying Douglas County. Many lost by two-to-one margins. Even long-time DFLer Collin Peterson couldn't hold back the county's conservative tidal wave. Douglas County favored his Republican challenger, Dave Hughes, by 6 percentage points in the U.S. House 7th District. Hughes received 11,205 votes to Peterson's 9,960. Peterson prevailed districtwide, however, receiving 53 percent of the vote, with 96 percent of the precincts reporting.
A 3 percent lodging tax added to the bills of guests staying at Alexandria area motels, hotels, resorts and bed and breakfasts may not seem like much, but it's generating a big promotional bang for the area. And it continues to grow. Proceeds from the first eight months of this year are up 46 percent from 2015, mainly because nine new businesses in LaGrand Township joined the membership, including Arrowwood Resort.