Al Edenloff has been the editor of the Echo Press since 1990. 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 before being promoted to editor. 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 agreed to issue $2 million in general obligation bonds at its meeting Tuesday night. But the money won't be used to pay for a building or water project. Instead, it's going to refinance bonds from 2004 - a move that's expected to save the city between $80,000 and $85,000. City Administrator Jim Taddei explained that the 2004 bonds carry an interest rate of 3.55 percent.
Biking and walking to the Lake L'Homme Dieu Beach will soon be a lot easier and safer. A new pedestrian bridge was lowered into place at the L'Homme Dieu-Geneva channel Wednesday morning. It's part of a new trail link the Douglas County Board agreed to build that extends the trail north from the beach all the way to Crestwood Drive (County Road 85). The new trail leg extends into other existing trails, including the Birch Avenue trail that connects into the Central Lakes Trail, according to Public Works Director Dave Robley. The steel truss bridge has a wood deck that bikers and walkers wi
Charter Communications' performance in Alexandria over the past decade received mixed reviews from the Alexandria Cable TV Commission. The city's 10-year franchise agreement with Charter is set to expire in July 2012. As part of the ordinance that established the agreement, the Alexandria Cable TV Commission is required to submit a written appraisal of Charter's performance, which was discussed at Tuesday night's Alexandria City Council meeting. The commission doesn't like the fact that Charter doesn't have a local office or local management in Alexandria. The commission conducted a survey
A new option for senior living in Alexandria is off and running. The first residents at Grand Arbor by Knute Nelson, a new lifestyle community for seniors, officially moved in on October 1. "It's beautiful," said Eileen Collins, a spunky 85-year-old who was the first person to move in. "And the people are absolutely the best. You couldn't ask for any nicer people, from the cleaning person to no matter who works here.
Those participating in the Lakes Area Gymnastics (LAG) program have an extra spring in their step lately. The LAG now has an in-ground foam pit. Measuring 16 feet by 16 feet, the pit includes a trampoline system at the bottom and more than 3,000 foam blocks fill the pit. "The pit is used for every age of gymnastics and is a great tool for any sport that requires air and body awareness," said Nichole Boyden, LAG director. To showcase the new pit, LAG is hosting an open house this Saturday, October 15, from 1:30 to 3 p.m.
Charter Communications' performance in Alexandria over the past decade received mixed reviews from the Alexandria Cable TV Commission. The city's 10-year franchise agreement with Charter is set to expire in July 2012. As part of the ordinance that established the agreement, the Alexandria Cable TV Commission is required to submit a written appraisal of Charter's performance, which was discussed at Tuesday night's Alexandria City Council meeting. The commission doesn't like the fact that Charter doesn't have a local office or local management in Alexandria. That's just one concern the commi
Another Alexandrian is appearing in the Norwegian reality TV show, Alt for Norge. Paul Haugen, 53, of Alexandria was a contestant on the show's second season, which was filmed this past spring. He follows in the footsteps of Grant Aaseng, a pastor at Shalom Lutheran Church in Alexandria, who competed in the program's first season, which aired in 2010. The show, whose name means "All for Norway," is built on the premise of introducing Americans of Norwegian descent to their ancestral homeland and people. At the start, 12 contestants compete in a variety of grueling challenges based on Norwe
David Bereit, national director of "40 Days for Life," stopped in Alexandria Wednesday to meet with participants in a vigil to end abortion. "This has been amazing," he said at his Alexandria stop along Broadway near the Planned Parenthood office.
A student dormitory at the Alexandria Technical and Community College is taking shape. Work recently started on the 150-bed facility.
Broadway Medical Center in Alexandria and Sanford Health have agreed to a letter of intent (LOI) - a non-binding first step in a potential merger. Announced Friday, the LOI allows the entities to complete "due diligence," which includes financial, legal and business information that will help validate if joining together is a good decision for both organizations. A timeline of January 1, 2012 has been set for a potential definitive agreement. Broadway Medical Center has 34 providers and more than 100 staff in two locations.