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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Things are going to be confusing for Alexandria voters this fall. Not only will they be confronted with new candidates in newly drawn legislative districts, they'll also be voting at a different place. The city, which is required to redraw the boundaries of its five wards every 10 years to reflect population shifts, approved the new ward lines at its meeting Monday night. One big change is that because Ward 5 now contains two legislative districts, the ward is now split into two precincts.
Three public hearings dominated a three-hour Alexandria City Council meeting Monday. So many people packed into City Hall that extra chairs were needed. Eight residents raised questions about a massive $8 million waterline extension project the city is doing over a three-year period as part of its phase 4 orderly annexation agreement with Alexandria Township.
Three public hearings dominated a three-hour-long Alexandria City Council meeting Monday night.
Walleye and northern pike may be safe until Mother's Day weekend after all, if discussion in a Senate committee Monday is any indication. Members of the Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee Monday expressed no support for moving the fishing opener to May 5, a week earlier than the traditional Mother's Day opener. A record-warm March prompted a drive to move up this year's fishing opener.
Besides hearing from Alexandria Police Chief Rick Wyffels, the Alexandria City Council acted on several other items at Monday's meeting. The council: Approved a request from Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce to close 2nd Avenue to accommodate Awake the Lakes events on Memorial Day weekend, May 26-28.
Every month, the Alexandria Fire Department invites police officers to a simple meal during their training. They're sharing more than food.
Out of the ashes of a fire that destroyed its main building, comes a new beginning for Recycled Plastics Inc. (RPI) in Garfield. By last Thursday, the company had replaced the inventory that was lost in the March 14 blaze and moved to another building on its site along County Road 82, according to owner Clair Angland. "We're up and running again," Angland said in an interview with the newspaper last week.
There's road work ahead - more than $1 billon of it. The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) announced its 2012 construction program Thursday consisting of 316 projects around the state with a total construction cost of $1.1 billion. In and around the Douglas County area, drivers can expect to see crews working on eight state road and bridge projects. One of the more visible projects will be resurfacing three miles of the main drag through Alexandria - Highway 29, which turns into Broadway, from 50th Avenue all the way to 8th Avenue. The $2 million project is designed to improve
Alexandria needs more police officers to keep the community and other officers safe. That's what Police Chief Rick Wyffels told the Alexandria City Council while giving his annual report Monday night.
Alexandria needs more police officers to keep the community and other officers safe. That's what Police Chief Rick Wyffels told the Alexandria City Council while giving his annual report Monday night. The chief listed budget cuts and officer staffing as the department's biggest challenges. Wyffels noted that the police budget has been frozen for four years, even after the city added significant population through two annexations.