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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Good news flowed in with the bond rates the Alexandria City Council approved Monday night to pay for a waterline extension project. Piper Jaffray submitted the lowest interest rate, 2.13 percent, on the $5.49 million general obligation bonds. That's nearly half a percentage point better than the 2.61 percent rate the city's bonding consultant, Springsted, Inc., estimated a few weeks ago. The opportunity to bid sparked keen interest. Fourteen bidders initially signed up and 10 ultimately submitted bids, which are all-time highs for the city, noted Terri Heaton with Springsted.
The list of lakes infested with zebra mussels continues to grow. Last week, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) confirmed the presence of zebra mussels in Lake Mary, south of Alexandria. When lake residents reported finding a zebra mussel attached to a rock in the northeast bay, DNR crews searched the area on July 29 and found another adult zebra mussel. "We take reports from the public seriously, and thoroughly investigate every incident," said Joe Eisterhold, DNR northwest region aquatic invasive species specialist.
For the third straight year, a Vangsness stands at the top of the Resorters Golf Tournament's Men's Championship at the Alexandria Golf Club. But this time it's Casey Vangsness, the younger brother of the 2011 and 2012 champion, Ben Vangsness. After edging Jeremy Decko of Scottsdale, Arizona in Saturday's semifinals 3-2, Vangsness of Alexandria toppled medalist Nick Heinen of Edmond, Oklahoma for the crown.
For the third straight year, a Vangsness stands at the top of the Resorters Golf Tournament's Men's Championship at the Alexandria Golf Club. But this time it's Casey Vansgness, the younger brother of the 2011 and 2012 champion, Ben Vangsness. After edging Jeremy Decko of Scottsdale, Arizona in this morning's semifinals 3-2, Vangsness of Alexandria toppled medalist Nick Heinen of Edmond, Oklahoma for the crown.
One last patch. After that, Highway 29 between Alexandria and Parkers Prairie will be completely resurfaced in 2014, all the way from McKay Avenue to Highway 210. The Minnesota Department of Transportation distributed a news release on Tuesday about the project. Crews will be filling and patching potholes along Highway 29 north of Alexandria over the next two weeks and MnDOT said that motorists may encounter occasional delays. The goal is to maintain a safe surface until the road is resurfaced next summer. "Motorists should expect bumps, smaller holes and cracks even after the road is pat
A proud tradition of great golf, family reunions and exciting competition is in full swing at the Alexandria Golf Course. The 92nd annual Resorters Golf Tournament began with a Pro-Am on Sunday, followed by qualifying rounds and match play in the days that followed. It's the longest running golf competition outside of the metro area in Minnesota, drawing top amateur golfers from throughout the country. They're vying for titles in seven different divisions - men's, women's, executive men's, senior men's, juniors ages 10 to 12, juniors ages 13 to 15 and masters for the more "seasoned" golfers
Douglas County is among 18 Minnesota counties that have been officially declared as a major disaster area because of storm and flood damage that occurred in June. This makes the county eligible for federal assistance. Heeding the recommendations from Governor Mark Dayton, President Barack Obama declared a major disaster for the following counties: Benton, Big Stone, Douglas, Faribault, Fillmore, Freeborn, Grant, Hennepin, Houston, McLeod, Morrison, Pope, Sibley, Stearns, Stevens, Swift, Traverse and Wilkin. Preliminary damage assessments determined the storms caused $17.8 million in damage
A mini baby boom has been taking place at the Douglas County Hospital (DCH) in the past few days. On July 18, the hospital's Birth Place was "overflowing with new babies," said Eddie Reif, DCH director of community relations and development. There were 14 babies delivered to 12 mothers and a C-section was scheduled later that day. "This is not a record for us but it is certainly very unusual for our numbers to be this high," Reif said.
Although the election is a good 16 months away, Jeff Johnson is hitting the highway, hoping to drum up support for his gubernatorial bid. He stopped in Alexandria Tuesday to talk about his three priorities if elected governor: Creating an improved job and business climate to make the state competitive with Wisconsin and North and South Dakota, which have been "stealing entrepreneurs" from Minnesota, he said. Closing the education gap between white students and those of color. He said the problem is worsening in the state with 10 percent of minority students failing.
The Great Douglas County Get Together, otherwise known as the fair, is celebrating 125 years of history this summer. The Echo Press will once again be in the thick of things, taking tons of photos and videos and putting together expanded coverage special sections about the fair. This year, we're asking readers to add to the fun by sharing their favorite memories of the Douglas County Fair. There's a lot of ground to cover. Those in their 80s may remember what the fair was like back in the late 1930s. What was the food like back then? Were there any rides? How many people turned out?