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.
- Member for
- 11 months 3 weeks
Senator Bill Ingebrigtsen, R-Alexandria, voted in favor of the Personal Protection Act Thursday. The bill would extend the right to use deadly force for personal protection outside the home to any place where an individual lawfully can be. Ingebrigtsen said the measure was an easy one to support. "When we raise our right hands...to uphold the Constitution, we have to uphold all of the Constitution [and] that includes the right to bear arms." Ingebrigtsen said the act gives the public the opportunity to defend themselves against criminals. The senator said the arguments against the act - t
Two huge projects totaling more than $10 million came before the Alexandria City Council Monday night. Although there were concerns about cost, both projects inched ahead. They include a waterline extention into the "phase 4" annexation area of Alexandria Township; and possible improvements to 50th Avenue. See Wednesday's Echo Press for details about both projects. Also, keep reading the Echo Press for other council topics: honoring resident Steve Pederson for fighting racism; a walk to increase awareness of mental health issues; a second annual duathlon; restroom improvements at Fillmore/
Big things are happening at Bethany. Ecumen, a nonprofit senior housing and services company, is expanding senior living and service offerings in Alexandria. Ecumen Bethany Community recently started a $3 million renovation and expansion project that will improve short-term rehabilitation services and introduce memory care. The project will also expand the short-term rehab dining area and centralize administrative offices on the campus. "We already have an outstanding short-term rehab program, and soon we'll have an enhanced space in which to continue providing the very best services to th
In the space of three hours, six lives were lost in three separate crashes on snowy, slushy roads near Alexandria and Glenwood on Monday. The first crash happened during a heavy snowfall at about 3:05 p.m.
A 54-year-old Benson man was sentenced to five years in prison for setting fire to an antique store in downtown Alexandria. Bernard Michael Drivdahl received the sentence from Judge Ann Carrott in Douglas County District Court on February 15. He pleaded guilty to second-degree arson on October 10, 2011. As part of a plea agreement, other charges were dismissed, including first-degree arson, third-degree burglary and theft. Drivdahl was given credit for the time he's served in jail. The case stems back to October 7, 2010 when the building at 201 6th Avenue East, which housed Off Broadway A
A murder suspect's request to change his plea is delaying the case. Jeffrey Allan Brooks, 52, of Alexandria, was scheduled to be sentenced in Todd County District Court on Monday, February 13. That didn't happen. Instead, a hearing about his motion to withdraw his guilty plea is now set to take place in Todd County District Court on Tuesday, February 28 at 2:30 p.m. Last November, Brooks entered a guilty plea to second-degree murder charges in the death of 51-year-old Diane Fortenberry of Osakis, who was killed on May 20, 2011. However, earlier this month, the case took a twist when Brook
Minnesota's newly drawn legislative districts is likely to draw a common reaction in Douglas County: What?! The lines had been simple before.
More information has been released about a two-vehicle fatal crash that happened at about 6:15 p.m.
The State Patrol has released the names of four people who were killed in a multi-vehicle pileup west of Alexandria on Interstate 94 Monday afternoon. They were four female students from North Dakota State University - Lauren Peterson, 18, of Prior Lake, Jordan Playle, 19, of Elk River, Megan Sample, 18, of Rogers and Danielle Renninger, 18, of Excelsior. The four were reportedly traveling from the Twin Cities on their way back to school. The crash happened at about 3:05 p.m.
Construction in the greater Alexandria area is continuing along its road to recovery. That's according to the Alexandria Building Department's annual report that was presented to the Alexandria City Council Monday night. The department issued 1,214 permits for projects valued at more than $53 million in 2011 - a 4 percent increase from 2010's valuation of $50.1 million when 1,089 permits were issued. The numbers include construction work within the city and its building code administration areas of Hudson, LaGrand and Lake Mary townships. "Over the past decade, construction within the grea