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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Several contested races for mayor and city councils, along with write-in votes, added spice to the ballots in Douglas County on Tuesday, In Carlos, a write-in campaign for Jason Thimmesh for mayor made things interesting. Thimmesh, who sits on the city council, collected 115 votes but fell short of defeating the lone candidate who filed for the office, Daniel Plowman, who received 128 votes.
Incumbent Republicans won by wide margins in state Senate and House races in Douglas County Tuesday. In Senate District 8, Bill Ingebrigtsen, R-Alexandria, defeated Shawn Olson, DFL-Alexandria, with 69 percent of the vote. Districtwide, Ingebrigtsen received 66 percent of the vote to win his fourth term.
Once again a telephone scam is trying to swindle utility customers across the country, including residents and businesses in Alexandria. The scam involves telephone callers claiming to be from a utility company and then employing a variety of techniques to defraud customers. Some threaten customers with disconnecting electric service to their home or business if they don't make a payment immediately.
This is November, right? Douglas County residents might be pondering that after a surprise "heat wave" in the past week delivered temperatures in the 50s, 60s, and then all the way up to 73 degrees on Saturday. The weather was so summer-like, it prompted Scott and Brayden Steidl to go waterskiing on Lake Miltona. They included a one word headline with the photo they emailed to the Echo Press: "Unbelievable!" Saturday's peak was an oddity — 29 degrees higher than the normal high for Nov. 5 and the first time November temperatures have hit the 70s since 2008.
Welcome to Election Night! This is the place to get the latest information about local races in Douglas County. Results will be updated as the ballots are brought into the...
Early voting was a popular option in Douglas County this election. As of 5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 7, the Douglas County Courthouse accepted a total of 3,868 early ballots,...
Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon is reminding Minnesotans about the resources available to all eligible voters as they head to the polls and vote on Election Day, November 8...
At the request of readers, the Echo Press Voter's Guide that was published in the Oct. 26 Echo Press is now online. For information on the Douglas County Board races,...
The process of filling the position of retiring Seventh District Judge Dave Battey moved ahead Friday. The Commission on Judicial Selection announced it's recommending three candidates to Governor Mark Dayton for consideration to fill the vacancy that will be chambered in Alexandria. They include:
After a long construction season, Highway 29 in south Alexandria is now officially open to all traffic. Minnesota Department of Transportation leaders noted today, Friday, that all four lanes are...