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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Firefighters are teaching it. Kids are talking about it. Families are practicing it. October 7-13 is National Fire Prevention Week - a time when area fire departments bring their safety message into schools, homes and businesses and at fire stations as well. The Osakis Fire Department hosted an open house on Sunday. Children explored the Douglas County Fire Chiefs' Safety House to learn about preventing kitchen fires and how to escape a smoke-filled room.
Alexandria City Council members will meet with Douglas County commissioners tomorrow, Wednesday, to talk about a new way of flowing traffic in and around Highway 29 just south of the Interstate 94 interchange. Officials with the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) will lead the meeting.
A 42-year-old Alexandria man died following a one-vehicle crash on Highway 29 Friday night. Kyle Neitzert was driving his 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix GT2 north, just south of the intersection with County Road 13 at about 10:30 p.m. when he lost control of the vehicle, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. The car went off the road, through a field and into a grove of trees. Neitzert, who was wearing a seat belt, was taken to the Douglas County Hospital, where he died the following day. Memorial services will be held Friday, October 5 at 11 a.m.
Blazing orange. Sun-bright yellow. Deep-dark red. Earthy brown. Glowing gold. Fall officially arrived on the calendar last Saturday but the trees and falling leaves have been signaling the change in seasons for some time now.
The Echo Press is excited to announce its latest publication - Chicz. The premiere issue of the free magazine will appear in newsstands, stores and locations throughout the Alexandria area on October 1. Chicz is targeted to busy women of all ages who are immersed in today's fast-paced world of family and/or work. Featuring full-color photos, graphics and art, the magazine will present timely and lively information about a variety of topics - fashion and beauty, home and garden, and health and fitness. There will also be regularly appearing columns such as "The Real Chicz of Douglas County,
The Constitution took center stage at Alexandria City Park Saturday. The Alexandria Freemasons presented the third annual Constitution Fest with the goal of celebrating what it described as the greatest governmental document ever produced, the U.S. Constitution. The event, also known as Citizenship Day, is observed nationwide on September 17, the day the Constitutional Convention signed the original document in 1787. Activities at City Park began with the Freedom First Riders motorcycle group escorting the U.S.
It was the buzz on Broadway Saturday afternoon: What was that airplane doing flying in low over the Jefferson High School homecoming parade? As it turns out, the plane was part of a homecoming tribute to the late Richard A.
More than 350 people braved a chilly, windy morning on September 8 to help those with heart problems. The 3rd annual Congenital Heart Defect (CHD) Awareness Walk took place at City Park in Alexandria. The two-mile walk raised more than $19,000 for CHD education and support. Organized by Lasting Imprint, this year's walk recognized 15-year-old Conor Allen of Alexandria. He was born with multiple congenital heart defects and spent his first year of life at Children's Hospital.
Remember the 3 percent tax levy increase the Alexandria City Council proposed earlier this month? The fallout on taxpayers won't be as bad. In fact, most city taxpayers should actually see a decrease. That's according to new information reviewed at Monday night's council meeting.
Like just about any job, there are parts of mine that are especially challenging. Especially during the political season. In the 22 years I've been editor, I've come to realize that if both political parties are angry with me, then maybe I'm doing my job. Or maybe there are lessons to be learned. The latest dust-up happened last week over a column about the proposed voter ID amendment written by Echo Press columnist DuWayne Paul.