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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A train derailed near Parkers Prairie just after 6 a.m. this morning. The Canadian Pacific Railroad train was traveling southeast past the intersection of 150th Street and 555th Avenue when it lost air for its braking system and went into emergency mode, according to the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office. Fourteen cars derailed, some of them completely off the tracks.
The Brandon-Evansville FFA chapter capped off another successful year with an awards banquet on March 19. Parents, advisors, business owners and other residents from the community celebrated the occasion with a social hour, dinner, speaker, Ron Branch, and the awards program. The evening ended on a high note with drawings for door prizes, donated by local businesses. Brandon-Evansville FFA officers included Tim Fenlason (advisor), Adam Fenlason, Kannen Lund, Will Schroeder, Jordan Lund, Katie Kokett, Zach Carlson and Ethan Way. FFA students honored for sales included Kannen Lund, second pl
The good news: The number of car accidents, domestic violence calls and drunk driving arrests in Alexandria dropped in 2012. The bad news: Burglaries skyrocketed, and assaults, felony arrests and drug-related crimes are all on the rise. That's according to Alexandria Police Chief Rick Wyffels, who presented his annual report to the Alexandria City Council Monday night. "Prescription drugs are really on the front burner right now, in an ugly way," said Wyffels. The police department logged another busy year, handling about 14,000 calls for service, which is about the same as 2011, the chief
An idea for the city to buy the Carnegie Library Building in Alexandria has run into a wall. After studying the proposal, which was requested by the Douglas County Historical Society, city staff determined that the building wouldn't meet a city purpose, serve a city function or be fiscally cost effective. The building, which was last used for offices and as a Catholic book store, has been vacant for about 10 years. City Administrator Jim Taddei updated the Alexandria City Council Monday night.
At this time last year, Douglas County residents were walking around in shorts, soaking up the warm sunshine. This year, you'd get frostbite. The temperature difference between this year's March and the previous one is astounding. On March 19, 2012, the temperature hit 75 degrees. On March 19, 2013, the warmest it got was a shivery 13, a temperature difference of 62 degrees. For four glorious days last year, March 16-19, temperatures soared into the mid-70s. For the month, temps hit 60 degrees or higher a dozen times. This March, the warmest it's been was 34 degrees on March 14.
The big blasts of snow we've been getting made me think about skiing, which triggered memories of a fluky-but-true experience I had back in my high school days in Parkers Prairie. Our class took a trip to Sugar Hills Ski Lodge near Grand Rapids. Unlike my friends, I was a total newbie to skiing. As soon as they got their skis, they whooshed off to the big hills, leaving me in a cloud of snow. I was on my own. It took me half an hour just to figure out how to make my skis stay on. They kept falling off every time I moved.
Enough already! That seemed to be the collective mood in Douglas County Monday after another winter storm wrecked routines, closed roads and schools, and froze any notions of spring. This time around, the storm didn't deliver tons of snow. Totals varied widely throughout the county, ranging from two to six inches. But howling winds, some gusting up to 50 miles per hour, created thigh-high drifts across driveways and whiteout conditions in open areas. Schools throughout the area closed Monday.
At this time last year, the newspaper ran a story about the return of spring: brown lawns, bluebirds and 60-degree temperatures. Although there's not a hint of spring right now, here's one sure sign of it: the return of the Echo Press Ice Out Contest. It asks the perennial question: When will the ice melt off Lake L'Homme Dieu? Readers are invited to send their best guess to the newspaper. There's more than bragging rights at stake.
Voting for township elections in Douglas County was light Tuesday since most of the candidates were running unopposed. Eighteen of the 20 townships in Douglas County held elections. Brandon and Miltona townships hold their elections in the fall. Here's a look at the voting results in each of the townships. ALEXANDRIA Both incumbent supervisors, Joel Dahlheimer and Lyle Hammerschmidt, were running unopposed and were re-elected. BELLE RIVER Supervisor Rod Seward and treasurer Vangie Miller were both re-elected.
It was another weird weather weekend in Douglas County. A wintry mix of sleet and big pelting flakes of snow descended on central Minnesota on Saturday afternoon and continued off and on into the evening. Because icy conditions made traveling hazardous, a winter storm warning was posted from Friday night into Saturday night. Parts of Douglas County received about six inches of new snow. Several crashes were reported, along with vehicles sliding into ditches, but none caused serious injuries. The storm lacked the bitterly cold temperatures from earlier this winter but instead created slush