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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State Rep. Mary Franson, R-Alexandria, announced Tuesday that she will seek re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2018.
It's time for grassroots politics to start growing. Caucuses will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 6. Precinct caucuses mark the beginning of the 2018 election in Minnesota. They are meetings run by the state's political parties where the candidate endorsement process begins, delegates are selected, and goals and values — called party platforms — may be set.
Alexandria leaders presented their case to key state legislators Thursday for getting a $4.4 million bond to help pay for an $8.8 million expansion of the Runestone Community Center. Members from the Senate's Capital Investment Committee, including its vice chairman, Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen, R-Alexandria, toured the center, learned about its history, asked questions and found out why the project is needed.
A developer is requesting tax assistance for two projects that would build 141 apartments in Alexandria, most of them for low-income families. The public will have a chance to express their opinions during two hearings on March 26. The Alexandria City Council scheduled the hearings Monday at the request of the Alexandria Area Economic Development Commission. Unique Opportunities, LLC is proposing two affordable workforce housing projects, which the developer says hinge on whether they receive tax increment financing.
The Alexandria City Council is taking steps to make sure all sidewalks, ramps and traffic signals in the city comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. At its meeting Monday night, the council approved a transition plan to make the improvements. The plan is required for all public entities with more than 50 employees who are slated to receive federal funding through the Transportation Improvement Plan.
The Alexandria City Council will be advertising for bids for the 2018 local street improvement projects. Streets that will be milled and overlayed include Will-O-Bee Lane, Royal Drive, Royal Court, Nevada Street SW, Darling Avenue E, Elmwood Drive, Carlson Boulevard, Irving Place, Lakepark Place, Lakepark Avenue, Darling Place, Victor Street, Seventh Avenue and Eighth Avenue. Reclaim and repaved streets include Basswood Lane, Conifer Avenue, Geneva Drive and Glacier Avenue. Bids will be opened on Feb. 20.
By Alyssa Ma, Brookeville, MD
Here's a way to give a lasting tribute to those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces: Purchase a space to display their name on granite tablets that will adorn Alexandria's new Veterans Memorial Park. Organizers are trying to raise $334,000 to cover the first phase of the project, which will place the memorial in the grassy area of Legion Park at the corner of Broadway and Eighth Avenue, east of Viking Towers and north of the horseshoe pits.
A developer's request for tax increment financing will come before the Alexandria City Council Monday night. Unique Opportunities, LLC wants to build an $11.4 million, 94-unit apartment complex, "Woodland Heights" on vacant land near McKay Avenue and Rosewood Lane. It would provide affordable workforce housing for families in Alexandria. The council is expected to schedule a public hearing on the financing request. It won't make a decision whether to approve the application.
A 19-year-old woman who died in an apartment fire in Alexandria on Monday, Jan. 15 has been identified as Shandiin Goodbird of Alexandria. The Midwest Medical Examiner's Office positively identified the woman, according to a news release issued Thursday afternoon by the Alexandria Police Department. A preliminary autopsy indicates that the cause of death was smoke inhalation and carbon monoxide toxicity. Toxicology studies are pending and a final report will follow.