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 tantalizing array of food, from doughnuts to prime rib, was served up at the Runestone Community Center in Alexandria last Thursday - along with a big helping of economic impact. Henry's Foods in Alexandria hosted its annual Pro Show, an event that's targeted toward vendors and Henry's Foods' customers, not the general public. Henry's Foods is a wholesale distributor of food products, tobacco, disposable items and containers. Its customers include restaurants, bars, cafes, service stations, convenience and grocery stores in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.
Last November, Sergeant Jesse Grabow of the State Patrol was at the right place at the right time to help rescue a driver from a sinking car near Alexandria. On Monday, he was honored with the State Patrol Life Saving Award, along with a fellow trooper, Chris Halder, and a passerby, Aanders Jackson, at an awards ceremony in Eagan. Here's what happened on that chilly afternoon on November 10: Grabow was driving west on Interstate 94 near Alexandria when the car in front of him started to drift off the road. That particular stretch of I-94 splits Lake Latoka, and Grabow could only watch as t
Here's another item that boaters should add to their checklists before heading out on the water: A sticker. The stickers - which are free - explain Minnesota's new rules targeting the spread of aquatic invasive species. The stickers are not required by law - yet. There is no penalty in effect right now, but conservation officers can issue a warning for not displaying the decal. After August 1, 2014, it will be a petty misdemeanor for boaters who fail to display the decal on their watercraft. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) said the stickers, also called decals, are ava
A silent bike ride, airport runway improvements, a new water well and taxi cab increases. Those were just some of the topics that popped up at the Alexandria City Council's three-hour-long meeting on April 23. The council: Approved plans for the third annual "Ride of Silence" for bicyclists in Alexandria. It will take place Wednesday, May 16, starting at 2nd Avenue near Big Ole. The public is invited to join the ride. Bicyclists will meet at 6:30 p.m. and start the silent ride at 7 p.m.
A staff person at Nelson Gables Senior Care in Alexandria admitted stealing money from five clients and has since been fired. Last week, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) released details of its investigation, which concluded that the employee committed financial exploitation of vulnerable adults when she took money out of residents' purses or rooms without their permission. Knute Nelson, which fully cooperated in the investigation, released the following statement: "The safety of our residents is our first priority and we take many steps to ensure their safety every day.
Information has been released about a car-motorcycle crash that injured a Glenwood couple Monday on 3rd Avenue West, near Fairgrounds Road, in Alexandria. Charles Wencl, 60, of Alexandria was driving a 1996 Dodge Neon and after stopping at the stop sign on Fairgrounds Road, he attempted to make a left turn. Wencl pulled out onto County Road 82 and didn't see a motorcycle traveling east on County Road 82, according to the Alexandria Police Department. Steve Lenarz, 53, of Glenwood was driving the 2012 Victory motorcycle and his 51-year-old wife, Holly, was a passenger.
Things are going to be confusing for Alexandria voters this fall. Not only will they be confronted with new candidates in newly drawn legislative districts, they'll also be voting at a different place. The city, which is required to redraw the boundaries of its five wards every 10 years to reflect population shifts, approved the new ward lines at its meeting Monday night. One big change is that because Ward 5 now contains two legislative districts, the ward is now split into two precincts.
Three public hearings dominated a three-hour Alexandria City Council meeting Monday. So many people packed into City Hall that extra chairs were needed. Eight residents raised questions about a massive $8 million waterline extension project the city is doing over a three-year period as part of its phase 4 orderly annexation agreement with Alexandria Township.
Three public hearings dominated a three-hour-long Alexandria City Council meeting Monday night.
Walleye and northern pike may be safe until Mother's Day weekend after all, if discussion in a Senate committee Monday is any indication. Members of the Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee Monday expressed no support for moving the fishing opener to May 5, a week earlier than the traditional Mother's Day opener. A record-warm March prompted a drive to move up this year's fishing opener.