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 all-terrain vehicle (ATV) fell though the ice on Lake Mary over the weekend, serving as a reminder that not all ice conditions are safe. At 7:43 a.m. on Sunday,...
A 29-year-old Minneapolis man faces four felony charges involving the attempted manufacturing and selling of marijuana after authorities uncovered a pot growing operation in Garfield Wednesday. Ronald Lee Hott was charged in Douglas County District Court Friday with the controlled substance crimes – two in the first degree (one for excess of 50 kilos and the other for 25 kilos of marijuana), one in the second degree (in excess of 5 kilos) and one in the third degree (in excess of 5 kilos). Bond was placed at $200,000. His next court appearance is set for March 7.
It's almost time to participate in a grassroots event that will shape the presidential election and political platforms. Caucuses will take place throughout Minnesota next Tuesday, March 1, starting at 7 p.m. The caucuses take on added importance this year because new straw poll voting laws take effect. Votes cast by caucus participants will be binding on delegates who will nominate state, congressional, and presidential candidates.
With Wednesday bringing bright sunshine and temperatures in the upper 30s, coats came off at St. Mary's School playground in Alexandria. The mild weather is also an ideal time to start guessing when the ice will come off Lake L'Homme Dieu. It's time for the Echo Press' annual Ice Out Contest. Official spotters from the newspaper will determine when the ice is essentially gone from the lake. The person who comes closest to guessing that date will receive a $50 gift certificate from Elden's Fresh Foods.
Alexandria leaders recently learned that the city is the 75th community in the nation to receive the AARP’s designation as an Age-Friendly Community. Membership means that the community’s leadership and residents have made the commitment to “actively work toward making their town, city, county or neighborhood a great place for people of all ages,” according to the AARP (formerly known as the American Association of Retired People).
If you get a phone call or message from someone claiming to be from the IRS who is threatening a lawsuit, don't fall for it. It's a scam. A very popular scam. So much so that it tops the IRS' annual "Dirty Dozen" list of tax scams for the 2016 filing season. The IRS has seen a surge of these phone scams as scam artists threaten police arrest, deportation, license revocation and other things. The IRS reminds taxpayers to guard against all sorts of con games that arise during any filing season.
A two-vehicle broadside crash near Deer Creek in Otter Tail County resulted in serious injuries this morning. Gerald Barthel, 77, of Perham was driving a Chevrolet Silverado north on Highway 106 and Joshua Weekley, 20, of Bertha was driving east on Otter Tail County Road 52. Weekley, according to the State Patrol, failed to stop at the sign and hit the Silverado on the passenger side. Both vehicles came to a stop in a field on the northeast side of the intersection.
A $9.6 million project to build a four-story, 80-room Holiday Inn Express Hotel in south Alexandria, along with a new public road and infrastucture, will receive a tax break of...
Alexandria police officers arrested a 19-year-old Alexandria man after a chase Tuesday morning. The incident began at about 9:30 a.m. when the suspect was seen driving a white four-door vehicle...
State Rep. Mary Franson, R-Alexandria, has announced her intention to seek re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2016. Franson, the chair of the House Select Committee on Affordable...