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 decision about a $14,553 mower for the Alexandria Park Department triggered a lengthy debate, a split vote and concerned comments from business people unhappy with the price quoting process. It happened during the Alexandria City Council's May 29 meeting. Park Director Bill Thoennes asked the council to accept a quote of $14,553 from Midwest Machinery for a 2012 John Deere mower. It was the most expensive of the four quotes submitted.
Minnesota firefighters enjoy getting together for conventions like the statewide event Alexandria is hosting next week. But they're also quick to help one another out in a pinch. It happened again last week when a devastating fire tore through the Verso paper mill in Sartell, which is about 70 miles southeast of Alexandria. When Sartell exhausted all of its local resources battling the huge blaze, the state fire marshal activated a statewide mutual aid plan. For Alexandria Assistant Fire Chief Bill Thoennes, that meant contacting fire departments throughout the Lakes Region that he represe
With the final day of filing ticking away, more candidates have emerged for the Douglas County commissioner elections. Because of redistricting, all five seats are up for election this year and all five districts are being contested. The latest candidates to file are Carol Wenner in District 5 (currently represented by Dan Olson), and Bonnie Huettl in District 1 (where Jerry Johnson is the incumbent). Filings end at 4:30 p.m. today. Here's how things stand as of 11:30 a.m.: --District 1 - Johnson and Huettl have filed.
A decision about a $14,553 mower for the Alexandria Park Department triggered a lengthy debate, a split vote and concerned comments from business people unhappy with the price quoting process. It happened during the Alexandria City Council meeting Monday night. Park Director Bill Thoennes asked the council to accept a quote of $14,553 from Midwest Machinery for a 2012 John Deere mower. It was the most expensive of the four quotes submitted.
Two big developments are seeking a little tax help from the city of Alexandria.
And now there are 12. The races for Douglas County commissioner seats are heating up with two more candidates filing in the last few days. The newest contenders are Charlie Meyer and Don Kortie Jr., who both filed for the District 4 seat. The filing period runs through June 5. Because of population changes and redistricting, all five county commissioner seats are up for election this fall and some of their jurisdictions have changed. A primary election will be held on Tuesday, August 14 in districts that draw more than two candidate filings, which has already happened in Districts 2 and 3
An expansion plan is in the works for the Alexandria YMCA. The official start of a $2.5 million YMCA Phase II Expansion Capital Campaign was announced during the Y's recent "Dining Around Douglas" event. Alexandria Area YMCA Executive Director Jeff Bartholomew, along with Jon Ballou, YMCA board chair and capital campaign co-chair, announced the new plan. Ballou and campaign co-chair, Jill Wagner, informed the audience that an 8,000-square foot addition will feature a larger child watch center, multi-purpose space, spinning studio, and improvements to existing outdoor field space. "The incr
Coming soon to a neighborhood near you: The Traveling Tree House, offering all sorts of fun and learning for children throughout the area. The United Way of Douglas and Pope Counties is debuting the Traveling Tree House this summer. It will be staffed by Early Childhood Education professionals who will be taking the bus to outlying communities, offering games, opportunities for learning and reading times. There will also be meals on board to share with the children.
Into each life, a little rain must fall. But does it have to always happen during Rib Fest time? That's what Coni McKay, director of the Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce was thinking when for the second straight year, a deluge of rain fell during the Rib Fest portion of Awake the Lakes on Saturday. This time, however, the organizers were prepared for it.
Two big developments are seeking a little tax help from the city of Alexandria. One would renovate the former bar-restaurant, The Wharf, into Zorbaz on the Lake - a $1.7 million project. The other one calls to build two, three-story 63-unit apartment complexes on the east side of Knute Nelson's Grand Arbor development along Pioneer Road in south Alexandria - a project that would add about $8 million worth of property value. At its meeting Tuesday night, the Alexandria City Council scheduled public hearings to discuss both developments. See Friday's Echo Press for complete details and other