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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Just like the trees turning to their fall colors, students throughout Douglas County are turning their attention back to the books. Tuesday was the first day of school. In Alexandria School District 206, about 4,000 students made the transition. The district has a long history of academic and athletic achievements.
Back in July 1962, Shannon and Erma Hazen of Sterling, Nebraska were coming back from a family vacation up North when they drove through Alexandria. Their son wanted to get in some more fishing and when they saw a fisherman along the road casting into Lake Victoria, they pulled over and asked him if there were any places nearby to camp. The fisherman told them there was a nice spot just down the road, the Broken Arrow Resort. The Hazens bit, and they've been coming back ever since.
An armed robbery was reported at Premiere Video at 307 North Nokomis Street in Alexandria just before midnight Wednesday. Alexandria police officers responded to a 911 call and were told an employee who was closing up for the night was robbed at gunpoint. There were no physical injuries to the victim, according to police. An undisclosed amount of cash was taken. The suspect is described as a white male younger than 30 years of age and between 5 feet and 5 and a half feet tall.
Don Roesner of Alexandria didn't know what was killing his raspberries. Or his hostas. Or the tomatoes, potatoes and rhubarb in his garden. He showed agricultural experts photos of the scraggly maple tree and wilted flowers in his yard. There were some theories but no clear-cut answers. A likely suspect emerged: It had to be something in the water from Lake Victoria.
Three Alexandria police officers thought they were just doing their job when they responded to a house fire on August 17. But their actions likely saved the lives of two people, according to Police Chief Rick Wyffels and Fire Chief Jeff Karrow who presented awards to Sergeant Chad Schroeder and officers Anthony Golden and Ryan Cook at Monday night's Alexandria City Council meeting. Schroeder was on routine patrol the night of the fire shortly before midnight when he spotted a slight haze in the air above 3rd Avenue, said Wyffels while retelling the events to the council. At first, Schroeder
Now it's time for the candidates in Douglas County Commissioner District 5 to answer a few questions. To help readers reach a more informed decision on Election Day, the Echo Press sent questionnaires to all the candidates who are running for Douglas County commissioner. The responses for the districts that held a primary on August 14, Districts 2, 3 and 4, have already been published.
To help readers reach a more informed decision on Election Day, the Echo Press sent questionnaires to all the candidates who are running for Douglas County commissioner. The responses for the districts that held a primary on August 14, Districts 2, 3 and 4, have already been published. The newspaper will now be printing the responses from the other two districts, beginning with the District 1 race between challenger Bonnie Huettl and incumbent Jerry Johnson. Candidates were limited to a 500-word response to five questions selected by the newspaper.
Wow, what a fair! Picture-perfect, sunny weather - not too hot, not too cold - helped boost attendance to the Douglas County Fair. But the turnout likely fell short of a record breaker. The numbers are still being tallied, but it appears the four-day total attendance will be up just slightly from last year's 45,000 - shy of the 50,000 the fair organizers were hoping for. But they're still very happy with how things went at the annual county gathering, which dates back to 1888. "Everybody was smiling this year - the vendors, the concessionaires, the fair-goers," said Dale Buchholz, secreta
Alexandria firefighters responded to two house fires within three blocks of each other in three days. The first fire happened at 520 5th Avenue East near Lake Street shortly before midnight on Friday. Alexandria police officers responded to the scene and found the outside of the home near the porch area engulfed in flames and smoke. The officers kicked down a door and rescued two people who were sleeping inside, a tenant, Jordan Palm, and his guest, Rachel Bones, according to Alexandria Fire Chief Jeff Karrow. The home, valued at about $120,000, is owned by David Prchal.
Changes may be made soon in the Alexandria's nuisance ordinance. At its meeting Monday night, the Alexandria City Council gave preliminary approval to an amendment that would allow the city to take quicker action against violators. City Attorney Tom Jacobson said the current ordinance gives violators 10 days to fix the problem while the changes would allow the city to take swift action, setting the time on the notice of violation, which is then posted, served or mailed. The changes were modeled at the League of Minnesota Cities' recommendations and the city of St.