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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Members of the Minnesota House of Representatives approved legislation on March 29 that would allow Minnesota to prepare for the implementation of Real ID. Passed by Congress in 2005, the Real ID Act requires stricter identification measures, including a barcode and security devices designed to prevent tampering or counterfeiting of an ID card. Also, Minnesota would share its database of licensed citizens and drivers with other states, including driving records and histories. State Rep. Mary Franson, R-Alexandria, voted in favor of the measure.
State Sen. Torrey Westrom, R-Elbow Lake, is seeking support for a new type of transportation — self-driving vehicles. On Wednesday, March 23, Westrom's autonomous vehicle bill, Transportation Independence for Many (TIM), passed the Senate Committee on Transportation and Public Safety. The bill establishes a state task force that will demonstrate, promote and support autonomous vehicle technology in Minnesota.
Motorists on Highway 29 south of Interstate 94 in Alexandria will encounter intermittent lane closures as crews begin preparing for this year’s I-94 bridge project. Over the next week, crews...
New legislation has been introduced to stiffen the penalties for anyone found guilty of crimes similar to those involving the disappearance and death of 18-year-old Laura Schwendemann of Starbuck.
A 30-year-old Alexandria man who pleaded guilty to felony possession of stolen firearms was sentenced to 23 months in prison. Kenneth Freeland Jamie Morrow Jr. received the sentence from Judge...
Lake L’Homme Dieu’s ice-out date this year was Saturday, March 26 – the earliest ice out date in four years. An unusually warm March made quick work of the ice...
Plans to develop a 17-acre site of land near Target received a green light from the Alexandria City Council Monday night. The “Minnerath Addition” is on partially developed, unplatted land...
It's Easter Sunday and several activities have been taking place in Douglas County throughout the weekend. From appearances of the Easter Bunny to church services and activities, the holiday entertained...
Earlier this month, State Senator Bill Ingebrigtsen, R-Alexandria, and State Representative Paul Anderson, R-Starbuck, introduced “Laura’s Law” to the Legislature. This law would punish individuals who conceal a body or other evidence of a death. Currently, this crime is only punishable by a gross misdemeanor. A suspect in the disapperance of 18-year-old Laura Schwendemann of Starbuck was sentenced under this pentaly and received one year in jail.
Alexandria doesn't roll up its sidewalks in the winter. In fact, the downtown area still gets a lot of business — not like the summer months, of course, but they're still busy. Especially this past winter. The newspaper checked with a dozen downtown businesses to find out what kind of winter they had. Most of them reported decent to good sales and cited a number of reasons why: the mild weather, an improving economy, brisk holiday business, low gas prices and a "shop local" campaign that appears to be paying off. Here are some of their comments: