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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With the primary election over, voters can now turn their attention to the general election - and those who are running in local school and city races. The filing period for those positions opened July 31 and closed Tuesday. There will be more than a few local races spicing up the election. The city of Alexandria will have a race for mayor. As announced earlier, Sara Carlson, who is currently serving as a city council member for Ward 2, is seeking the position and she will be opposed by Mark Pederson. Two other Alexandria City Council positions up for election are also being contested.
The final results are finally in for the primary election in Douglas County. Alexandria Ward 1, precinct 1 arrived at the courthouse a few minutes before 11 p.m. and all the votes have been counted. Charlie Meyer is the winner in District 4 and incumbent Paul C. Anderson also advanced but only by 28 votes. In the District 2 race, James Stratton and incumbent Norm Salto prevailed. As reported earlier, the winners in District 3 were incumbent Bev Bales and Jerry Rapp.
Garfield whooped it up Saturday during its annual Summer Celebration. The town was buzzing with activity - a pancake feed, citywide garage sales, parade, pork chop and corn dinner, beer garden, pie and ice cream social, kids' tractor pull and the always popular water ball fights that pitted fire departments throughout the area in a friendly competition to see who had the most accurate aim at blasting water at an overhead target. Rounding out the events were a bean bag tournament at City Park and a dance. Another big celebration over the weekend was the annual Rose City Threshing and Heritag
Today is the primary election -- have you voted yet? Turnout was reported as "very good" at Lake Community Church, which is the polling place for Alexandria Ward 1, precincts 1 and 2. As of 12:30 p.m. today, more than 150 people had voted. Polls will remain open until 8 p.m. throughout Douglas County. Contested local races in the primary include: Douglas County Commissioner District 2 -- Norm Salto, Jim Hafdal and James Stratton. Douglas County Commissioner District 3 -- Bev Bales, David Erickson, Bert Pexsa and Jerry Rapp. Douglas County Commissioner District 4 -- Paul C.
Will a plan to make Alexandria's airport safer by keeping geese away from the runways work or will it be a wild goose chase? The Alexandria City Council voted 4-0 Monday night to give it a try.
Students in Alexandria School District 206 fared well in the latest round of state testing. A glance at the results of Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) reading and math scores reveal that Alexandria School District 206 students continue to outperform their Minnesota peers in proficiency, as well as nine regional school districts with comparable demographics, according to District 206 leaders. "We're celebrating right now," said Julie Critz, director of Teaching and Learning. "As a school system, we are so excited and proud of our students' performance on the 2012 MCA tests.
A new work of art took root in Alexandria Tuesday. It's a colorful, life-sized sculpture called "The Gathering Tree" - the city's first-ever public art creation. The city will host an ice cream social to inaugurate the sculpture. It will take place Thursday, August 23 at 4 p.m. in Big Ole Central Park, where the sculpture is located.
Ben Vangsness of Alexandria accomplished a feat no Resorters Men's Division entrant has done since 2003 - successfully defend their title. He had to knock off Jerry Rose of Sarasota, Florida, the Resorters champion in 1979, 1983 and 2000, to do it. The 24-year-old accountant with CliftonLarsonAllen in Alexandria edged Rose, 54, 2-1 at the Alexandria Golf Course Saturday afternoon. It was the division's closest final match since 2002. Vangsness advanced to the finals after winning a pressure-filled 19-hole match against Dylan Gergen of Mendota Heights in the semis.
Now it's time for the candidates in Douglas County commissioner District 4 to have their say. To help voters reach a more informed decision for the primary election on August 12, the Echo Press mailed questionnaires to the commissioner candidates. Here are the responses for those running in District 4 - Paul C. Anderson, Bill Dropik, Don Kortie Jr. and Charlie Meyer. PAUL C. ANDERSON 1. Please provide background information (occupation, how long you've lived in the area, education, family, etc.). I was raised in Pope County and graduated from Villard High School.
To help voters reach a more informed decision in the primary election on August 14, the Echo Press mailed questionnaires to the Douglas County commissioner candidates. Here are the responses from the four candidates who are running in District 3 - Bev Bales, David Erickson, Bert Pexsa and Jerry Rapp. (Candidates were limited to a 500 word response to five questions.) BEV BALES 1.