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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It was hard to tell who was having the most fun at the Alexandria Fire Department's open house Monday — the children, the parents or firefighters. Held in conjunction with Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 9-15, the event included fire station tours, a bouncy house, fingerprinting, pictures with firefighter suits for children and more.
If you run into a problem while bicycling on the Central Lakes Trail near Alexandria, help is just a short pedal away. A new Saris "Cycle Rescue Station" was recently installed next to the kiosk along the trail in Big Ole Central Park. At the self-serve station, bikers can fix a low or flat tire, adjust their seats, brakes and derailleurs, and make other basic repairs. They can also scan a code with their cell phones to get step-by-step maintenance instructions.
COUNCIL SALARIES MAY RISE Alexandria City Council members and the mayor may receive a 10 percent salary increase next year. The council voted 4-1 to give preliminary approval to the increases at its Monday meeting. Salaries haven't increased since 2014. Beginning in 2017, the salaries of the five council members will increase from $6,438 per year to $7,148, while the mayor's pay will increase from $8,431 to $9,274. There is no increase proposed for the following year, 2017-2018.
The Alexandria City Council voted Monday to defer the payment of assessments for two property owners affected by the sewer improvements on Kenwood Dr. As authorized by the state, cities can defer assessments for homestead properties owned by those 65 years of age or older when it would be a hardship for them to make the payments. Back in April, the city adopted income levels for those who could seek a deferment: $23,450 for an individual, $26,800 for a family of two and $30,150 for a family of three.
Alexandria firefighters battled a garage fire at 3805 Hazel Hill Road SE Monday afternoon. When they arrived, flames could be seen from the roof of the garage. According to the...
Fire damaged a home near Garfield Saturday night. A Garfield firefighter reported a house fire at 6491 39th Ave. NW near Garfield at 8:09 p.m. The house was fully engulfed...
Jeff Backer: The state's online health insurance, MNsure, is a disaster. It's driven up insurance rates 40 to 60 percent, wasted $408 million and changed a good system into a horrible one. The Legislature should repeal it. Jay McNamar: MNsure hasn't increased health care costs. It's just a place for people to purchase insurance from one of five plans. They can purchase insurance elsewhere, allowing competition in the market. Insurance companies are responsible for the rate increases.
Silence hides violence. So don't stand by. Stand up and let your voice be heard. That's the message from organizers of the Domestic Abuse Awareness Luncheon. Sponsored by United Communities Advocating Non-Violence and Someplace Safe, the event is from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, at Arrowwood Resort in Alexandria. The speaker for the luncheon is Brittany Schneider, the wife of a Lake City police officer who was shot and killed while responding to a domestic violence call in 2011. Attendees can expect to hear a powerful message.
Crews have been working on both the west side of the Highway 29 bridge over Interstate 94 and the 50th Avenue intersection in south Alexandria. Last week, crews worked on both the bridge deck and the railing. Once the final elements are poured this week, the major bridge work will be complete.
Here's a chance to learn more about state and local candidates who will be on the ballot this November. The League of Women Voters and the American Association of University Women are sponsoring two nights of candidate debates in Douglas County. Here's the schedule: Tuesday, Oct. 18 — Alexandria Technical and Community College in Room 743. The ATCC is also sponsoring this event. 6 p.m. — House District 8B: Republican Mary Franson vs. Democrat Gail Kulp. 7:15 p.m. — Senate Seat District 8: Republican Bill Ingebrigtsen vs. Democrat Shawn Olson.