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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Have you voted yet? There's still time. Polls throughout Douglas County will remain open until 8 p.m. tonight. Here is some last-minute voting information: --The Echo Press published a Voters Guide in the October 27 issue with in-depth candidate information for the following contested races - Alexandria City Council, Alexandria School District 206, Douglas County Board, Douglas County Attorney, Minnesota Senate District 11, Minnesota House Districts 11A and 11B, and U.S.
Douglas County residents got their first taste of winter Tuesday. And it was a bitter one. The day started out cold and blustery, with a steady drizzle accompanied by a powerful wind strong enough to nearly knock you over. A peak gust of 61 miles per hour was recorded in Alexandria at 5:14 p.m. The wind was so strong that a high wind advisory was issued for the county. It remained in effect until early Thursday morning. The storm packed a greater punch in other parts of the region.
Here's a chance to make one of your ideas last for generations to come. Name a park. The Alexandria City Council and its park committee are encouraging the public to submit names for a new piece of land that was donated to the city in the 50th Avenue South Park Addition last November. The 56-acre site is located west of the railroad tracks near the proposed site of a new high school. According to the charitable pledge agreement the city made with the landowner, the city must use the property purely for conservation purposes, such as walking paths, cross-county ski trails, environmental lea
The Alexandria City Council recently appointed people to two city committees - arts advisory and cultural inclusiveness. The council formed the arts advisory committee last month.
A new "diaper bank" in Douglas County got off to a rockin' good start Sunday. A first-ever Rock-A-Thon at the Viking Plaza Mall collected 2,500 diapers and more than $600 in donations to help organizers distribute diapers to local organizations that serve families in need. Those attending listened to local musicians and toddlers enjoyed games and activities. Supporters raised awareness toward the cause by sitting in rocking chairs and distributing information from the many display booths that were set up. The diaper bank is the first of its kind in Minnesota and, as reported in the Septemb
More than $230,000 has been trimmed from the cost of the new Alexandria police station, putting the project under budget. At its meeting Monday night, the Alexandria City Council reviewed a set of 21 alternate bids and "value engineering" items that were approved by the city's building committee, design team and its construction management firm, ORB Management. The new police station is being built near the new county jail along 3rd Avenue West and is expected to open next summer. The changes, amounting to $231,769, will cut the cost of the project from the initial $5.33 million that was aw
No one likes paying the fees that come with building a new home or a business. But if you're doing it in Alexandria, you can find some small comfort in this: The fees are a lot cheaper here than in other cities. City Administrator Jim Taddei recently presented the Alexandria City Council with a summary of how Alexandria's building permit fees compare with five other similar-sized cities. Alexandria's fees ranked at rock bottom - about half that of Brainerd's and much lower than the fees in Fergus Falls, Detroit Lakes, Willmar and Bemidji. The summary, calculated by Alexandria Building Offi
Like other growing cities, Alexandria has trouble spots for drivers - places where traffic jams up and accidents frequently happen. The goal of a new Alexandria Area 2030 Transportation Plan is to identify those problem areas and recommend ways to improve safety and traffic flow in the decades ahead. Jack Forslund with WSB and Associates, a member of the team in charge of the plan, updated the Alexandria City Council about its work. The team, which also includes the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) and leaders from Douglas County and the city, started studying local transporta
You may soon be able to drink a little later at Alexandria bars. And one of those places may be a Zorbaz that will be taking over Bug-A-Boo Bay. At its Tuesday meeting, the Alexandria City Council gave preliminary approval to an ordinance that would extend the 1 a.m. bar closing time to 2 a.m. The owners of Bug-A-Boo Bay and Garden Center (Fat Daddy's) requested the change. The later closing was approved on a 3-1 vote with Cindy Bigger, Dave Benson and Owen Miller voting yes, Sara Carlson voting no and Elroy Frank abstaining.
Leaders from at least 15 churches in Alexandria are encouraging residents to attend a "Walk for Life" this Sunday. Their goal: To get people more aware and active in not only stopping abortion but also making sure the health needs of the elderly and disabled are being met. They're hoping to draw a crowd of 1,000 or more. It's been five years since a Walk for Life has taken place in Alexandria.