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 Coffee Pot Café in Alexandria was filled to the brim Friday with a touring group of 49 visitors from Venjan, Sweden. Vanjan is a small, isolated village of about 400 people, many of them related to one another, that was settled in 1607, according to Leif Morkfors, a genealogist who has been leading the annual Venjan reunions for five years. "In the past 400 years, 40 people have moved to Venjan," he said. "The rest stayed."
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A discussion about Alexandria Housing and Redevelopment Authority's proposed tax levy turned testy at Monday night's city council meeting. The HRA requested to impose a tax levy in 2014 that will not exceed $207,900 or 0.0185 percent of the city's taxable market value. That's the maximum amount allowed under state law. This year's HRA levy was $207,250. HRA Director Jeff Hess said the levy is needed to make up for federal funding cuts.
A piece of Alexandria's past was unexpectedly uncovered this week. On the storefront of a downtown antique shop. Jeff and Lynelle Lanoue, owners of Past and Present Home Gallery, are in the process of updating the front of the building at 619 Broadway, which is owned by Matt Agrimson. When workers took down the white tin that was covering a long, narrow brick portion of the building above the entrance awning, they were surprised to see a golden yellow sign adorned with the words, "J.C.
An August 12 fire at a Lake L'Homme Dieu home remains under investigation but it's likely a cause won't be found because the fire destroyed practically everything. When contacted Tuesday for an update on the fire, Carlos Fire Chief Mike Trinka said the house owned by Dr. Steven Longbotham and his wife, Dr.
The congregate dining program that takes place at the Alexandria Senior Center is moving to a new location. Effective September 23, Nutrition Services, Inc.
A crash involving four vehicles sent two drivers to the hospital Monday morning. The crash happened at the intersection of Highway 29 and 34th Avenue in Alexandria at about 7:45 a.m. A semi-truck and trailer driven by Michael Rosen, 45, of Benson was stopped at the stop lights in the south-bound lane. Two vehicles, a Chevy Corvette driven by Brian Alvstad, 26, of Alexandria and a Pontiac Grand Prix driven by Ryan Carlson, 28, of Alexandria, collided while attempting to turn west on Highway 27, according to the Alexandria Police Department. After the initial collision, the Corvette veered a
There's a possible source of revenue for the city of Alexandria that's massive but remains untapped. It's tax-exempt property like churches, schools and land owned by government entities and charitable organizations. Should the city impose fees on those properties? At Monday night's meeting, city council member Virgil Batesole said the city should "seriously explore" the idea. "I think we should look into it...what we could collect," he said.
A disturbance in Alexandria Tuesday night resulted in minor injuries, property damage, a chase through backyards and the arrest of two suspects. The incident began at a little after 9 p.m. when Alexandria Police Department responded to the report of a fight/disturbance near 7th Avenue and Jefferson Street. When officers arrived on the scene, they saw a woman running toward them screaming for help.
Heavy machinery is digging deep underground on side streets off Alexandria's busy Broadway. Right now, workers are replacing existing water and sewer lines and adding new infrastructure on 5th and 7th Avenue between Fillmore Street and Broadway. New manholes are also being added. Once that's accomplished and the streets are resurfaced and open by the end of this month, workers will move on to 4th and 6th Avenue, also between Fillmore and Broadway. The project is expected to wrap up in September. Mark Lee Excavating of Alexandria is doing the work.