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 pilot who was killed in a small plane crash in rural Parkers Prairie on Wednesday night has been identified as 41-year-old Adam Menze of Ottertail. He was alone in the plane. Gayle Snook, who lives at 59196 County Highway 40 north of Parkers Prairie, reported the crash to the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office at about 6:30 p.m.
Snowy trouble is headed Douglas County's way, according to the National Weather Service. It has issued a blizzard warning for Douglas and eight other counties in west central Minnesota. At 11:35 a.m. this morning, the weather service noted that blizzard conditions are developing rapidly with strong northwest wind gusts of up to 50 miles per hour. The storm pushed into west central Minnesota this morning in the wake of a cold front.
Steinbring Motorcoach in Garfield is tapping into the power of the Internet and social media. It recently launched an application, "Steinbring Motorcoach Inc." that is available through the Apple App Store as well as Google Play and Android Apps. "We believe we are one of the first motorhome dealers to offer a full feature mobile app," said Blake Steinbring, the marketing major/marketing director at Steinbring Motorcoach and owner of Bulldog Advertising. When approached with the idea for an app last fall, Steinbring knew they were onto something big. He spent a few days researching the app
Construction activity in the Alexandria area appears to be hammering out a "new normal" of between $50 and $52 million a year. Last year, the Alexandria Building Department issued 1,030 permits for projects valued at $51.64 million, according to the department head Bruce Jaspersen, who presented his annual report to the Alexandria City Council Monday night. That's a slight drop from 2011's 1,214 permits and $53.03 million worth of construction but more than 2010's $50.7 million.
Snowblowers got a workout in Douglas County Sunday and Monday. More than a foot of snow was reported in parts of the county, including 14 inches in Millerville and 13 inches in Carlos. The heavy snowfall came on top of a wintry mix of sleet and ice, followed by storng wind gusts, making travel treacherous throughout the area. On Sunday afternoon, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) advised no travel in west central Minnesota due to the heavy snow, blowing snow and very poor visibility. MnDOT and the Minnesota State Patrol closed Interstate 94 from Moorhead to Alexandria at 5
When it comes to economic development, cities in rural Minnesota are not getting their fair share compared to metro areas, according to a new partnership. It's trying to give cities like Alexandria a bigger slice of the pie this legislative session. The Alexandria City Council agreed Monday night to pay a $500 membership fee to join the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities Economic Development Partnership Program.
Douglas County's reputation as a leader in the packaging manufacturing industry is shining brighter than ever. Enterprise Minnesota magazine named the county as one of "Five Great Places to be a Manufacturer in Minnesota." The five communities were saluted for taking extra measures to ensure the continued success of their local manufacturers, "and in turn, their schools, families and economies." "I think it's a great honor," Jason Murray, executive director of the Alexandria Area Economic Development Commission, told the Echo Press.
ST. PAUL -- Cities would receive more state money next year if legislators approve Governor Mark Dayton's budget, but after that some could get smaller checks from the Capitol. Dayton proposes adding $80 million next year to the Local Government Aid (LGA) program that primarily helps Greater Minnesota and urban cities, a 19 percent increase.
They're beautiful, strange looking and have the potential to cause a lot of problems. They're called ice heaves or ice ridges and some wicked looking ones are rising up along the east side of Lake Carlos. Carol Ellison, who lives on East Lake Carlos Drive, said the ice heaves are the worst she's seen in at least 12 years. One of the heaves is at least 10 feet high and hasn't hit the shoreline yet.
Three suspects from Alexandria were arrested Friday following a three-month prescription pill sales investigation by the West Central Minnesota Narcotics Task Force and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. Markee Letrell Colquitte, 26, Christopher Anthony Patton, 30, and Katie Jo Colquitte are accused of selling 80 prescription Oxycodone pills to undercover officers in Alexandria. They were charged Monday in Douglas County Court with second and third degree controlled substance crimes and Katie Colquitte was also charged with child endangerment.