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 Senator Torrey Westrom, R-Elbow Lake, has co-authored a bipartisan bill that would re-open the Prairie Correctional Facility in Appleton. Currently, Minnesota faces a prison overcrowding issue, placing an increasing burden on the state’s correctional system, Westrom noted. Closed in 2010, the Appleton facility has the potential to house up to 1,600 inmates. Under the legislation, the private facility, managed by Corrections Corporation of America, would be leased to the state for $6 to 8 million annually.
LGC, an international life sciences and measurement company headquartered in London, has acquired a majority stake in Douglas Scientific, a leading laboratory automation company based in Alexandria. The price was undisclosed. Douglas Scientific was previously owned by Kingdom Enterprises, an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) company founded in Alexandria in 1979. It will continue to have a minority interest in the company.
Past and present city leaders, fire department officials, emergency management personnel and other well-wishers gathered at the Alexandria Fire Station on April 1 to congratulate Alexandria Fire Marshal Dennis Stark. The festive occasion, which drew a steady stream of people sharing handshakes and hugs, was a fitting send-off to Stark, who retired on March 31 after serving as fire marshal for 21 years. Stark also logged 17 years with the Alexandria Fire Department, and served as the city's emergency management and Douglas County's emergency management deputy director.
Drivers 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 will construct crossovers just north of I-94 and remove trees and shrubs near the interstate ramps, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT). Once crossovers are complete, concrete barrier will be installed on Highway 29. Crews will begin actual bridge work after the preliminary work is complete. Key components of the 2016 work include:
Weather has delayed construction work on Highway 29 in south Alexandria. Here's the updated schedule that the Minnesota Department of Transportation released today, Tuesday. Beginning next week (instead of this...
Dancing, martial arts, magic and lots of vendor exhibits were on display at the 22nd annual Echo Press Lifestyles Expo at the Viking Plaza Saturday. More than 40 exhibitors were...
Firefighters from Alexandria and Forada battled a shed fire in southeast Alexandria Monday afternoon. The fire was reported to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office shortly before 3 p.m. at the...
The city of Alexandria officially received an honor Tuesday that only 75 other cities in the nation have earned. It was designated as an Age-Friendly Community under criteria established by AARP and the World Health Organization. Membership means that the community's leadership and residents have made the commitment to "actively work toward making their town, city, county or neighborhood a great place for people of all ages," according to AARP (formerly known as the American Association of Retired People).
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.