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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All four of the Alexandria area women who were competing at the Boston Marathon today are OK after two bombs reportedly exploded near the finish line of race. Preliminary reports say that two people were killed and at least 100 injured by the blasts. The explosions occurred in a sidewalk area at about 1:45 p.m.(Central Standard Time), about two hours after the first finishers crossed the line.
An effort to revive the long-vacant Carnegie Library Building is continuing, even after the Alexandria City Council backed away from buying the building. At the request of RayMar Associates, LLC, owners of the RayMar Building/Carnegie Library at 117 7th Avenue West, the Douglas County Historical Society Board recently met with a RayMar representative. They explored options for using the building to best benefit DCHS, according to Carol Neumann, board member. "This meeting has rekindled the society's enthusiasm," she said.
Is it a new tool that Alexandria could use to help pay for much-needed street projects? Or is it a way for the city to burden residents with another fee? The Alexandria City Council grappled with the idea at its meeting Monday night. On a 3-2 vote, it agreed to support proposed legislation that would allow cities to establish municipal street improvement districts. This would give cities the option of collecting fees from property owners within a district to fund projects specifically for street maintenance, construction, reconstruction and street upgrades. It could even get money from ta
The Minnesota House bonding bill released this week (see above story) contains good news for those in the Douglas County region, according to Representative Jay McNamar, DFL-Elbow Lake. "This bill will help improve local infrastructure, put people back to work, and give a boost to the state economy," said McNamar, who represents District 12A, which includes part of Douglas County.
On the morning after the Alexandria City Council supported a new idea to pay for street projects, the Douglas County Board also talked about the need for more transportation funding. The board approved a resolution that encourages the Legislature to enact a law that brings adequate funding to Minnesota's statewide transportation system. The county's resolution notes that the overall transportation and transit funding gap for Minnesota exceeds $2.1 billion per year for the next 20 years. Right now, most transportation funding comes from user fees. The resolution states that a wheelage fee a
Today's mix of rain and sleet is causing slippery road conditions and limited visibility in the Douglas County area. There have been several reports of crashes, and vehicles sliding into the ditch. Two semis, for example, collided on Interstate 94 about five miles east of Alexandria this morning. No serious injuries have been reported. Douglas County remains under a winter storm warning until 7 p.m.
The Ribfest is back. At its meeting Monday night, the Alexandria City Council approved plans for the Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce's Ribfest during Awake the Lakes on Memorial Day weekend, May 24-27. The Chamber board voted to cancel the event late last year because of financial and staffing concerns.
A couple of signs that the local economy is bouncing back popped up at Monday night's Alexandria City Council meeting. FORCE America, Inc., a leading supplier of systems and components for highway trucks and other mobile markets, unveiled plans for a $3 million expansion in the city's industrial park. And a new restaurant, Blue Smoke BBQ, plans to open this summer at 403 3rd Avenue East. FORCE America is applying for tax increment financing (TIF) to help build a 45,000-square-foot facility on Iowa Street near VariTech Industries, one of its subsidiaries.
If you think tobacco problems have been snuffed out, think again. Tobacco continues to be the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the U.S.
In the space of a month, Jack Baumann of Alexandria lost his wife, Arlene, to heart problems and then his three dogs and home to a house fire. The house, a Civil War-era log home that had been extensively remodeled, went up in flames last Wednesday. There wasn't much of anything left - a few photos, some coins and something the family was very grateful for, the urn containing Arlene's ashes. Authorities suspect that the fire started from a wood burning stove or a fault in the electrical system. In an interview Monday with the Echo Press, Baumann said he checked the stove before leaving to