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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The Alexandria City Council has flipped the switch on a $1 million project to improve the city's electrical system. At its meeting Monday night, the council called for bids on the electrical distribution line project, as requested by Alexandria Light and Power (ALP). Once a bid is approved, work will begin as soon as the ground thaws and be completed this summer. The project contains four main areas, according to Scott Deitz, ALP operations manager: --The main portion of construction will take an existing overhead line that runs along 50th Avenue and place it underground.
Fire destroyed a barn west of Brandon Saturday. The Douglas County Sheriff's Office received a report of the fire at 10:43 a.m. and the barn was fully engulfed in flames when deputies and firefighters arrived at the scene at 6709 County Road 15 NW. The property is owned by Donald and Leila Buse of Brandon. The barn appears to be a total loss. Fire departments from Brandon, Evansville and Garfield battled the blaze. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
It was a bitterly cold weekend in Douglas County. Not just your typical Minnesota January cold, but the teeth-chattering, bone-numbing, freeze-your-skin-off variety that snowbirds living in Arizona would smile warmly about. The cold spell hit quickly on Saturday, dropping the temperature from a balmy 35 degrees all the way down to 4-below zero in a matter of hours. It was compounded by brisk winds of 50 miles per hour or more.
Owners and managers of local bars with electronic pulltabs say that the games are slowly catching on, but they're more excited about electronic bingo. They're also wondering why more bars haven't plugged in to electronic gaming yet. Right now, only 120 bars out of thousands across Minnesota offer E-pulltabs, including three in the Douglas County area -- Herby's Bar and Grill in Carlos, Garden Center in Alexandria and Bull Frog's Bar and Grill in Hoffman. "To be honest, I'm surprised that more bars don't have them," said Chris Hanson with Herby's.
The Alexandria YMCA's fundraising campaign for a major expansion project is off and running. The J.A. Wedum Foundation in Minneapolis recently awarded a $500,000 matching grant to the YMCA to help build an 8,000-square-foot addition, which will bring the total square footage of the facility to 64,000 square feet. On January 1, the YMCA re-engaged its "Continue the Dream" capital campaign to raise the remaining dollars to meet the phase II expansion goal of $2.5 million.
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Can something be exhausting and exhilarating at the same time? Frustrating yet fulfilling? Puff you up with pride while deflating you with defeat? Yes. At least that's what I found out while competing in the Rock 'n Roll Las Vegas Half Marathon on December 2. It was 13.1 miles that I'll never forget, the most grueling physical and mental challenge I'd ever faced. I thought I was ready for it. Although I didn't follow a training schedule, I'd been running all year long to prepare.
A Garfield man was recently found guilty of constructing a road through a federally protected wetland on his own property. Based on evidence presented during a two-day bench trial last August, Judge Leo I. Brisbois issued a written order on January 4 convicting James Bosek of one misdemeanor count of filling a wetland that was subject to a federal easement under the National Wildlife Refuge System Act. The road is located on the eastern edge of Bosek's property in Douglas County. The property is subject to a perpetual easement that the U.S.
Editor's note: A story in last Friday's Echo Press contained comments from local representatives Jay McNamar and Mary Franson as they began a new session. Here's more from Torrey Westrom and Paul Anderson. State legislators who represent Douglas County plan to be watchdogs for taxes and agriculture in the new session that began last Tuesday. "It's a humbling experience to walk into that chamber, raise my right hand, and to realize that I am here because my fellow citizens sent me here to represent them," said District 12 Senator Torrey Westrom, R- Elbow Lake.
It didn't take long for the Alexandria City Council to have its first testy exchange of 2013. It happened about five minutes into Monday's meeting when council member Virgil Batesole, who frequently clashed with former Mayor Dan Ness, raised objections to the city's long-time practice of having staff sign checks for bills before they are formally approved by the council. Batesole brought up the issue, which he has raised several times in the past, during the discussion of the bills. New Mayor Sara Carlson repeatedly reminded Batesole that the proper time to discuss the issue was during a re