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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An omnibus hearing will take place next Thursday for a 28-year-old Alexandria man who is charged with committing a string of residential burglaries. Cody Eugene Pedersen faces 20 counts involving burglary, criminal damage to property, child endangerment and contributing to the delinquency of a child. The charges stem from five burglaries that were reported in the North Darling and Scenic Heights area in northeast Alexandria on March 1 and February 17. The child endangerment charges stem from the accusation that Pedersen brought his girlfriend's 10-year-old son along with him while he broke
Representatives of three western Twin Cities lakes - Lotus, Bavaria and Christmas - have filed a lawsuit against the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. They are seeking action to prevent the spread of zebra mussels with claims DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr has not established a statewide program to prevent and curb the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS) as Minnesota statutes require. According to the suit, the city of Chanhassen is also a defendant because "it effectively allows its land to be used in the spread of zebra mussels into Lotus Lake." An April 4 court date for the
The race for the District 12A House seat is getting crowded. On Monday, Elbow Lake Mayor Jay McNamar announced that he is seeking the DFL endorsement He joins two other DFL candidates who are vying for the endorsement - Tamy Reese of Morris and Matthew Fredericks, a student at the University of Minnesota Morris. One Republican candidate has emerged - Scott Dutcher of Brandon. They are all vying for a seat that opened after long-time Representative Torrey Westrom, R-Elbow Lake, announced that he is seeking the District 12 Senate seat. JAY MCNAMAR HOUSE DISTRICT 12A McNamar said he is
Wow, what a weekend - if you like an early spring served up with balmy, summer-like temperatures. After basking in 60-degree temps earlier in the week, Alexandria residents were treated to highs of 75 degrees on Friday and Saturday, and a 76-degree record-busting day on Sunday, according to Accuweather.com. The temperatures were more than twice as mild than the normal highs this time of year, typically the mid-30s. KSAX-TV Meteorologist Mark Anthony summed up the weather scene as "surreal." "As temperatures hit the 70s and even the lower 80s around the state, my wife and I saw people in sh
Ah, spring! The return of brown lawns, robins, bluebirds, 60-degree temperatures and the Echo Press Ice Out Contest. When will the ice melt off Lake L'Homme Dieu? Readers are invited to send their best guess to the newspaper. There's more than bragging rights at stake.
A 43-year-old Brandon woman died after her vehicle veered off County Road 7 and collided with a power pole north of Brandon Thursday afternoon at about 2 p.m. Cherryl Kay Martell was the only occupant of the vehicle, according to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. She was treated at the scene by the Brandon First Responders and North Ambulance personnel and then air-lifted by LifeLink helicopter to St. Cloud Hospital.
An idea to impose a local sales tax in Alexandria is scrapped for now. At its meeting Monday night, the Alexandria City Council heeded the recommendation of its legislative committee to not pursue the tax. Last month, the council decided to explore the idea as a way of dealing with cuts in local government aid (LGA). The council was worried about a House research department report that showed Alexandria stood to lose $110,700 in LGA this year. City Administrator Jim Taddei estimated that a 2 percent local sales tax would generate an estimated $7 million per year in Alexandria.
An idea to impose a local sales tax in Alexandria is scrapped for now. At its meeting Monday night, the Alexandria City Council heeded the recommendation of its legislative committee to not pursue the tax. Last month, the council decided to explore the idea as a way of dealing with cuts in local government aid (LGA). Read Wednesday's Echo Press to see what changed the council's mind. Also find out about other items on the council's agenda: --Redistricting Alexandria's five wards to reflect population shifts. --Help for soldiers seeking jobs after deployment. --A local support program fo
I found out on Facebook that I lost my coffee cup before I even knew it was missing. Behold the power of social media. Here's what happened: I have a habit of carrying my coffee mug with me at work and I often inadvertently abandon it on other people's desks, in the production area, in the back room, etc. Last week, as I do a few times a day, I checked out the Echo Press' Facebook page and I would have spit out my coffee - if I would've had my cup. Some clever person in our production department had posted a photo of my "orphaned" coffee cup.
Minnesota's manufacturers remain confident in their firms' futures, as solid revenue, profitability and capital expenditure projections hold steady for the second year in a row. That's according to The State of Manufacturing - a major survey research project sponsored by Enterprise Minnesota and partners. "The value of manufacturing to a healthy economy cannot be stated strongly enough," said Enterprise Minnesota President and CEO Bob Kill. "We saw manufacturing lead the way through the economic recovery in 2011 and the 2012 State of Manufacturing poll results validate that.