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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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
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?
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.
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.
Carlos firefighters responded to a fully engulfed barn fire at 7383 39th Avenue NE Wednesday afternoon near the intersection of County Roads 85 and 9 east of the Nordic Trails Golf Course. They initially called for mutual aid from the Miltona Fire Department but cancelled the call a few minutes later after the fire quickly spread through the structure and the roof collapsed, according to Fire Chief Mike Trinka. The barn was mainly used for storage and didn't house any animals or anything of great value.
The next time sirens sound in Alexandria, more people should be able to hear them. At its meeting Monday night, the Alexandria City Council authorized Emergency Management Director Dennis Stark to purchase a new outdoor alert siren that will be located at Highway 29 South and 50th Avenue. The siren will replace an existing one at that location to provide better coverage for that area of the city as it continues to develop, Stark said. The existing siren will be moved to the Douglas County Fairgrounds, where there is no siren. Because the new siren requires only single-phase power, the city
Governor Bill Ingebrigtsen? State Senator Ingebrigtsen, R-Alexandria, is contemplating the idea. His name has been popping up in political circles as a possible contender for challenging DFL Governor Mark Dayton in 2014. When contacted by the Echo Press Tuesday, Ingebrigtsen said he'll make a decision in the next four to six weeks whether to jump into the race. He plans to form a committee to explore the possibility. "I think Minnesota needs a rural choice," he said.
Lake Latoka in Douglas County near Alexandria is joining the growing list of Minnesota lakes that are designated as infested with zebra mussels. Earlier this month, a snorkeler found a 3- or 4-year-old zebra mussel in the lake, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. DNR biologists recently searched the area near the find, but were unable to locate any additional zebra mussels.
"A solid year but more work needs to be done." That's how Elizabeth Wefel, a lobbyist with the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities, summed up the last session of the Minnesota Legislature from the perspective of smaller cities such as Alexandria. In a presentation to the Alexandria City Council Monday, she said a highlight of the legislative session was increasing local government aid (LGA) funding by $80 million, which will be split 50-50 between metro and rural areas. Alexandria will receive $1.46 million in LGA in 2014, 36 percent more than it would have received under the old law ($1.