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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The survivor of a rollover crash that killed 19-year-old Landon Lien of Carlos on May 25 faces three counts of criminal vehicular homicide. Jacob Dale, 18, of Alexandria, was charged in Douglas County District Court Friday. The felony counts all involve alcohol - operating a vehicle with negligence while under the influence of alcohol, with an alcohol concentration of 0.08 or more, and having an alcohol concentration of 0.08 or more within two hours of driving. Each charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine. The crash happened at around 2 a.m.
After working as an Echo Press sports reporter for six years, Eric Morken was recently promoted to sports editor. He takes over for Lori Mork, who retired from the position this month after 17 years with the paper. A new sports reporter will be joining the Echo Press sports team soon, which demonstrates the newspaper's continued commitment of providing Douglas County area sports fans with the results, information, features and photos from sporting events throughout the region. "We're fortunate to have a seasoned sports reporter take on the job that Lori was so dedicated to over the years,"
In the debate over the farm bill, there's more at stake than agricultural issues. It contains funding for rural development loans and grants provided through the United States Department of Agriculture. Reducing those dollars would start taking away small town assets, such as nursing homes, hospital expansions, access to affordable housing, wastewater infrastructure and business development, according to St.
Imagine making more money than you expected, spending less than you thought and having more cash at the end of the year than you planned. That's what happened with the city of Alexandria, according to an audit that was approved by the city council Monday night. At the end of 2012, city revenues totaled $7.85 million, about 1.6 percent more than the $7.72 million budgeted, according to the audit conducted by CliftonLarsonAllen. Expenditures, meanwhile, totaled $7.35 million, 7.2 percent less than the $7.92 million budgeted. So the city, which was budgeting for a break-even year, ended with
Accusations and pointed questions were raised at Monday's Alexandria Senior Center Board meeting about the future of the center and its director, Ann Esterberg. Board member Paul Anderson, who is a former Douglas County commissioner, called for Esterberg's resignation, saying that she was responsible for the center's decline in membership and profitability. Anderson said that the center, which recently cashed in a certificate of deposit for $59,200, faces expenses of $5,000 a month and will be forced to close its doors in a few months. He suggested selling the center's portion of the buildi
Helicopters, explosions, a bridge taken out, high wire acts and a plan to stop a bad crash. No, it's not a new blockbuster movie, it's all part of the action that's taking place on Interstate 94 in and around Alexandria this summer. Motorists should be prepared for traffic slow-downs, detours and some unusual sights and sounds.
Four long-standing employees of the city of Alexandria will be leaving their positions this summer and fall. At its meeting Monday night, the Alexandria City Council approved their applications for the city's new early retirement incentive program. The employees and their proposed date of retirement are City Administrator Jim Taddei (September 20), Liquor Store Manager Carol Lanigan (September 30), Account Technician Roberta Kalina (July 5) and Assistant Manager of Downtown Liquors Jeanne Tvdik (August 10). Taddei has logged 35 years of service with the city. The goal of the incentive prog
The Alexandria City Council voted Tuesday night to pursue a major trail project that would run the length of the city, from 50th Avenue to Lake L'Homme Dieu. The north-south route would roughly follow existing flood board easements. "Unquestionably, this is some of the most beautiful, quiet and scenic land in the city," said City Planner Mike Weber. The project is still in the early preliminary phases.
Alexandria was a double winner in a special racing event that took place last Saturday on the eve of the Indy 500. First, a local company, Alexandria Industries, created the world's longest toy track for the "Hot Wheels World's Best Driver Championship" held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Next, an Alexandria kid won the whole works. Twelve-year-old Christopher Bienusa, a student at Woodland Elementary School who has no connection with Alexandria Industries, was one of four kids, not professional race car drivers, who set a world record in front of a roaring crowd. Staged on the front
Dozens of students leaving the Jefferson High School parking lot were "ticketed" last Thursday for doing something right: Wearing their seat belt. The teens who were caught were rewarded with free music download cards, free Dairy Queen coupons or free Mystery Ride tickets to the Nickelodeon Universe at Mall of America. The "I Got Caught" program is a partnership between the American Automobile Association (AAA), the Minnesota Sheriff's Association and the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association. The goal is to create a positive reinforcement campaign to encourage and reward seat belt use amo