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 heat is on. Not just the typical warmth of summer but a suffocating, blast-furnace type of heat that cloaks your every pore the second you step outside your air-conditioned house or car. With heat advisories in effect all this week, many residents are forgoing their typical summer routines of lawn work, running, gardening, biking or enjoying the outdoors. It's just too blasted hot. Temperatures have spiked into the 90s for four straight days — 90 degrees last Saturday, followed by highs of 92, 94 and 92.
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."
The Echo Press today relaunched its website www.echopress.com with a new, cutting-edge design which focuses on the needs of the site’s consumers and advertisers. Users of the site will notice...
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.
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.
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.
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
The congregate dining program that takes place at the Alexandria Senior Center is moving to a new location. Effective September 23, Nutrition Services, Inc.
Since the Echo Press asked readers to share their memories of the Douglas County Fair, I thought I'd put in one of my own. It happened in the mid-1980s.