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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Grassroots government needs a little tending Tuesday. It's township election time. Eighteen of the 20 townships in Douglas County will hold elections and annual meetings Tuesday, March 12. Brandon and Miltona townships hold their elections in the fall but will still have meetings. Here's a look at what voters will find in each of the townships. ALEXANDRIA Two incumbent supervisors, Joel Dahlheimer and Lyle Hammerschmidt, have filed for re-election and face no challengers. Hammerschmidt took over Louis Ross' spot on the board after Ross resigned. Polls will be open from noon to 8 p.m.
The ever-shifting wintry weather is causing a familiar sight in Douglas County: ice dams. They occur when heat leaks into an attic and melts the underside of snow on the roof. If weather conditions are right - an abundance of snow combined with big swings in the temperature - ice dams flourish. Melted snow flows down the roof surface until it reaches a cold spot, like the eaves or soffit.
They're small pins, only about an inch tall, but they deliver a powerful message about domestic abuse. Those who wear them have pledged to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women and children. About 50 members of the community attended a kick-off event for White Ribbon Month on Friday organized by United Communities Advocating Non-Violence (UCAN). They heard from Rick Golden, a member of the men's action subcommittee of UCAN.
A dollar may not seem like much. But pooling together those dollars from everyone throughout the community for a month can make a big difference in the lives of other people. That's the goal of a new March campaign launched by the United Way of Pope and Douglas Counties. It's called "Change a Lot." United Way is teaming up with Tom's Food Pride, Marthaler Chevrolet, Elden's Fresh Foods, and Pete's County Market The businesses are asking people to donate a dollar to the United Way as they're buying their groceries at the checkout counter.
A winter storm is causing some cancellations in Douglas County. Because of the current and projected weather and road conditions, the following Alexandria School District 206 activities are cancelled: --Discovery Middle School 8th and 9th grade bands and the DMS Jazz Band Concert scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
Sympathy and words of support for those who worked with Karen Simmons flowed into the Douglas County Library this week. So much so that library staff set up a memorial area on the end of the front desk where Simmons spent a lot of time helping readers.
It was hard to tell who was more excited Friday: Douglas Machine leaders who escorted U.S.
Fires caused more than $750,000 worth of damage in the Alexandria area last year. Local firefighters prevented nearly $1 million more from going up in smoke. The numbers were presented at Monday's Alexandria City Council meeting by Fire Chief Jeff Karrow. His annual report shows that the department responded to a total of 219 calls in 2012, the most in at least five years. The 30 members of the all-volunteer department serve not only Alexandria but also the outlying townships of Alexandria, Carlos, Hudson, Holmes City, Ida, LaGrand and Lake Mary. The department's service area covers 135 s
Karen Simmons, 62, of Glenwood, the director of the Douglas County Library, died in a two-vehicle crash near Glenwood Monday morning. The broadside collision happened on Highway 29 and Pope County Road 28 north of Glen-wood at about 7:45 a.m., according to the State Patrol. Simmons was driving a 2013 Nissan Maxima. The other driver involved was Haley Klimek, 19, of Lowry. She suffered minor injuries, according to the State Patrol.
Douglas County residents were treated to a visual treat Tuesday morning. Sundogs added a pallet of bright color to the sunrise. Several Echo Press readers e-mailed us photos of the phenomena. What exactly are sundogs? They're bright splotches of light on the horizon that look like false suns.