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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Since the Echo Press asked readers to share their memories of the Douglas County Fair, I thought I'd put in one of my own. It happened in the mid-1980s.
Heavy machinery is digging deep underground on side streets off Alexandria's busy Broadway. Right now, workers are replacing existing water and sewer lines and adding new infrastructure on 5th and 7th Avenue between Fillmore Street and Broadway. New manholes are also being added. Once that's accomplished and the streets are resurfaced and open by the end of this month, workers will move on to 4th and 6th Avenue, also between Fillmore and Broadway. The project is expected to wrap up in September. Mark Lee Excavating of Alexandria is doing the work.
A disturbance in Alexandria Tuesday night resulted in minor injuries, property damage, a chase through backyards and the arrest of two suspects. The incident began at a little after 9 p.m. when Alexandria Police Department responded to the report of a fight/disturbance near 7th Avenue and Jefferson Street. When officers arrived on the scene, they saw a woman running toward them screaming for help.
There's a possible source of revenue for the city of Alexandria that's massive but remains untapped. It's tax-exempt property like churches, schools and land owned by government entities and charitable organizations. Should the city impose fees on those properties? At Monday night's meeting, city council member Virgil Batesole said the city should "seriously explore" the idea. "I think we should look into it...what we could collect," he said.
Good news flowed in with the bond rates the Alexandria City Council approved Monday night to pay for a waterline extension project. Piper Jaffray submitted the lowest interest rate, 2.13 percent, on the $5.49 million general obligation bonds. That's nearly half a percentage point better than the 2.61 percent rate the city's bonding consultant, Springsted, Inc., estimated a few weeks ago. The opportunity to bid sparked keen interest. Fourteen bidders initially signed up and 10 ultimately submitted bids, which are all-time highs for the city, noted Terri Heaton with Springsted.
For the third straight year, a Vangsness stands at the top of the Resorters Golf Tournament's Men's Championship at the Alexandria Golf Club. But this time it's Casey Vangsness, the younger brother of the 2011 and 2012 champion, Ben Vangsness. After edging Jeremy Decko of Scottsdale, Arizona in Saturday's semifinals 3-2, Vangsness of Alexandria toppled medalist Nick Heinen of Edmond, Oklahoma for the crown.
The list of lakes infested with zebra mussels continues to grow. Last week, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) confirmed the presence of zebra mussels in Lake Mary, south of Alexandria. When lake residents reported finding a zebra mussel attached to a rock in the northeast bay, DNR crews searched the area on July 29 and found another adult zebra mussel. "We take reports from the public seriously, and thoroughly investigate every incident," said Joe Eisterhold, DNR northwest region aquatic invasive species specialist.
For the third straight year, a Vangsness stands at the top of the Resorters Golf Tournament's Men's Championship at the Alexandria Golf Club. But this time it's Casey Vansgness, the younger brother of the 2011 and 2012 champion, Ben Vangsness. After edging Jeremy Decko of Scottsdale, Arizona in this morning's semifinals 3-2, Vangsness of Alexandria toppled medalist Nick Heinen of Edmond, Oklahoma for the crown.
One last patch. After that, Highway 29 between Alexandria and Parkers Prairie will be completely resurfaced in 2014, all the way from McKay Avenue to Highway 210. The Minnesota Department of Transportation distributed a news release on Tuesday about the project. Crews will be filling and patching potholes along Highway 29 north of Alexandria over the next two weeks and MnDOT said that motorists may encounter occasional delays. The goal is to maintain a safe surface until the road is resurfaced next summer. "Motorists should expect bumps, smaller holes and cracks even after the road is pat
A proud tradition of great golf, family reunions and exciting competition is in full swing at the Alexandria Golf Course. The 92nd annual Resorters Golf Tournament began with a Pro-Am on Sunday, followed by qualifying rounds and match play in the days that followed. It's the longest running golf competition outside of the metro area in Minnesota, drawing top amateur golfers from throughout the country. They're vying for titles in seven different divisions - men's, women's, executive men's, senior men's, juniors ages 10 to 12, juniors ages 13 to 15 and masters for the more "seasoned" golfers