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 former armored truck driver pleaded guilty in federal court earlier this morning to stealing money from automated teller machines (ATMs) in numerous locations in Minnesota, including Alexandria, and North...
The task was daunting: Write, cast, rehearse and perform six original 10-minute plays in 24 hours. But the group of 40 theater students from Jefferson High School was up to the challenge. They performed their plays at Discovery Middle School on Saturday and received rave reviews. "I thought it was a success," said Jessica Chipman, JHS Theatre advisor about the school's first 24-hour one-act festival called PROJECT 1440. "The whole point was to provide students with the opportunity to do something different."
Students in Alexandria School District 206 outperformed their Minnesota peers in proficiency in the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) reading and math tests. They also outscored the nine regional school districts with similar demographics that the district uses for comparison purposes. The MCA tests measure how students are doing on state academic standards in mathematics and reading.
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The heat is on. Not just the typical warmth of summer but a suffocating, blast-furnace type of heat that cloaks your every pore the second you step outside your air-conditioned house or car. With heat advisories in effect all this week, many residents are forgoing their typical summer routines of lawn work, running, gardening, biking or enjoying the outdoors. It's just too blasted hot. Temperatures have spiked into the 90s for four straight days — 90 degrees last Saturday, followed by highs of 92, 94 and 92.
The Coffee Pot Café in Alexandria was filled to the brim Friday with a touring group of 49 visitors from Venjan, Sweden. Vanjan is a small, isolated village of about 400 people, many of them related to one another, that was settled in 1607, according to Leif Morkfors, a genealogist who has been leading the annual Venjan reunions for five years. "In the past 400 years, 40 people have moved to Venjan," he said. "The rest stayed."
The Echo Press today relaunched its website www.echopress.com with a new, cutting-edge design which focuses on the needs of the site’s consumers and advertisers. Users of the site will notice...
A discussion about Alexandria Housing and Redevelopment Authority's proposed tax levy turned testy at Monday night's city council meeting. The HRA requested to impose a tax levy in 2014 that will not exceed $207,900 or 0.0185 percent of the city's taxable market value. That's the maximum amount allowed under state law. This year's HRA levy was $207,250. HRA Director Jeff Hess said the levy is needed to make up for federal funding cuts.
An August 12 fire at a Lake L'Homme Dieu home remains under investigation but it's likely a cause won't be found because the fire destroyed practically everything. When contacted Tuesday for an update on the fire, Carlos Fire Chief Mike Trinka said the house owned by Dr. Steven Longbotham and his wife, Dr.
A piece of Alexandria's past was unexpectedly uncovered this week. On the storefront of a downtown antique shop. Jeff and Lynelle Lanoue, owners of Past and Present Home Gallery, are in the process of updating the front of the building at 619 Broadway, which is owned by Matt Agrimson. When workers took down the white tin that was covering a long, narrow brick portion of the building above the entrance awning, they were surprised to see a golden yellow sign adorned with the words, "J.C.