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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Because of the weather, West Central Area and Brandon-Evansville schools are running late today, Wednesday, Dec. 7. A blizzard warning is in effect until 6 a.m. today for counties to...
A 24-year-old Alexandria man was sentenced to five years in prison for having a gun after he was convicted of a prior violent crime — a stabbing that happened in Alexandria in 2013. Joshua James Baumann was sentenced in Stearns County District Court on Dec. 5. He'll start serving the sentence at the St. Cloud Correctional Facility immediately. Baumann received credit for the 170 days he's spent behind bars and was ordered to pay $212 in fines and fees.
The 2016 Impact magazine produced by the Echo Press is now online. To see it, click here. The 80-page publication takes a look at the facets of culture in the...
The results for the Best of the Lakes Area are in! You voted, the results were tabulated and our publication featuring the winners is now online. The 2016 Best of...
How would Alexandria's new landlord responsibility ordinance work? Here are highlights: Owner responsibility: The owner of a rental property is responsible to ensure those living on the premises are not in violation of these offenses: animal control, noise or nuisance control; disorderly conduct; illegal gambling; prostitution; unlawful sale or possession of drugs; unlawful sale of alcohol; unlawful possession, transportation, sale or use of a weapon. Owners include corporations and partnerships as well as individual owners.
A 48-year-old Alexandria man was arrested Tuesday after a narcotics search warrant was executed by the Douglas County SWAT Team on the 500 block of Sixth Ave. East in Alexandria. Authorities said they found about 77 grams of methamphetamine and more than $20,000 in cash of suspected drug proceeds, along with stolen property. Timothy Brockopp was arrested without incident and is being held at the Douglas County Jail awaiting formal charges.
The Christmas season officially kicked off in Alexandria Friday night with the annual lighting ceremony on North Broadway. The ceremony was part of the Runestone Museum's Christmas in the Fort. Festivities for the free event included appearances by Santa and Mrs. Claus, Erickson's Petting Zoo animals and Christmas carols sang by the Zion Lutheran Church Children's Choir and the Carolers of Alexandria. In addition, the community was invited to vote for a favorite Christmas tree in the second annual Parade of Trees at the museum.
A service of hope and healing will take place in Alexandria on World AIDS Day this Thursday, Dec. 1. It will begin with worship at the First Congregational Church at 221 Seventh Ave. West in Alexandria at 5:30 p.m., followed by a community meal at 6 p.m. All are welcome to attend. The World Health Organization established World AIDS Day in 1988. In 2016, the U.S. Government is using the theme, "Leadership. Commitment. Impact." Follow the AIDS.gov blog for news about World AIDS Day.
Committee assignments were recently determined for state legislators who represent parts of Douglas County. Sen. Torrey Westrom, R-Elbow Lake in District 12, will assume the chairmanship of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Rural Development, and Housing Finance when the Minnesota legislature reconvenes in January. Westrom said that a strong agricultural economy is vital for state and local communities.
A standing-room-only crowd of more than 100 people packed Alexandria City Hall Monday night to talk about a proposed landlord responsibility ordinance that addresses crime and drug problems in rental properties. Seventeen people, most of them rental property owners who strongly opposed the new rules, spoke at a public hearing. The ordinance, which was recommended by the city's legislative committee, sprang from Community Conversation meetings over the slum-like conditions of some rental properties in the city.