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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It's all systems go for a Viking Speedway car show that will take place on city property west of the Runestone Museum as part of Awake the Lakes. At its meeting Monday night, the Alexandria City Council approved the speedway's request to have the show. It will take place Saturday, May 25 between 8 a.m. and noon. In other action from Monday's meeting not previously reported, the council: Proclaimed May 17, 2013 as George Wendell Sowers Day in Alexandria. Sowers has been on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week for 35 years, keeping KXRA Radio on the air in weather conditions.
Although the crash, the blood and the screams were all fake, the lesson they delivered was all too real. Don't send text messages when you are driving. It could cost a life. Jefferson High School 10th grade students learned about the consequences of distracted driving during a mock car crash staged at the school Wednesday morning. It was sponsored by the Douglas County Safe Communities Coalition.
Look, up in the sky! It's a bird, it's a plane (actually a helicopter), it's...CapX2020 man. Motorists traveling on Interstate 94 west of Alexandria saw the unusual sight of a worker suspended from a tethered line connected to a helicopter last week. Aerial crews have been working on the CapX2020 transmission line between Alexandria and Sauk Centre since May 2. The 345 kilovolt line between Fargo and St. Cloud is designed to improve electrical reliability in the southern Red River Valley and the Fargo, Alexandria and St.
This year's late spring missed making ice-out history by two days. The ice finally vanished on Lake L'Homme Dieu on Monday, May 13. That's just two days shy of the latest ever ice-out recorded by the newspaper: May 15, 1878. The ice has left the lake on May 1 or later just six times in the last 100 years. For long-time anglers in the area, this spring harkens back to 1950 when the ice finally retreated on May 14. The Echo Press has been keeping track of ice-out dates since 1867.
Alexandria received "terrific" news about a watermain extension project it's doing in a newly annexed area west of McKay Avenue. The low bid for the phase four, part one work came in at $5.37 million, nearly $900,000 less than the city's estimate of $6.25 million. The city council unanimously voted to accept the bid at its meeting Monday night. "These are some of the best bids I have ever seen," noted City Engineer Tim Schoonhoven. "It's a terrific bid that the city was very fortunate to get." The bid, submitted by R.L. Larson Excavating of St. Cloud, was one of four received.
With manufacturing providing the backbone of Douglas County's economy, it would be helpful to gaze into a crystal ball to see what the future will hold. Lacking that, there is another tool: a survey called "The State of Manufacturing." Sponosred by Enterprise Minnesota and partners, the survey shows that manufacturers in the state are confident of their firms' futures but still have significant concerns about the economy. One of their top worries is finding enough skilled and experienced workers. And for the first time in the survey's five-year history, health care has tied with fiscal unc
Members of the Alexandria boys and girls golf teams had their hands full last Tuesday, picking up a sea of golf balls on the Geneva Golf Club's driving range. Of course, they were the ones that hit most of them. Because all of the area golf courses have been buried under snow for weeks, the teams were allowed to use the range at Geneva with just one condition: They'd help pick up the balls once the snow finally melted. "It was a good trade for both of us," explained Scott Dirck, a PGA professional who operates a golf academy at Geneva that allows golfers to hit from inside a heated building
More than 85 people, including many men walking gingerly on high heels, took to the streets of Alexandria Tuesday night in a new communitywide effort against sexual assault. Someplace Safe of Douglas County organized the "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes: Men's March to End Sexual Assault and Gender Violence." It partnered with the Lakes Area Professional Women and LifeSTAGE Wealth Management Group, LLC, to present the event as part of National Sexual Assault Awareness Month, "We had a fantastic first year event!" said Susan Keehn, crime victim advocate with Someplace Safe.
A slow bicycle race at the Eco Fair Thursday not only offered a unique competitive challenge, it also provided a peek into new bicycles that will pedal around the trails in Alexandria this summer. Active Living Douglas County's BikeShare program is expanding its fleet of free, green bikes from four to 10, according to Jessica Peterson. "A big part of our mission is getting more people out on bikes," Peterson told onlookers at the second annual Slow Bike Challenge. Just as last year, four adult bicycles are now available, free of charge, at the Central Lakes trail head bike rack at Big Ole P
Here's a bright idea: Recycle those burned-out fluorescent bulbs. Residents and businesses who are customers of Agralite Electric Cooperative, Alexandria Light and Power (ALP) or Runestone Electric Association (REA) may recycle their fluorescent bulbs at Pope/Douglas Solid Waste Management (PDSWM) free of charge. Customers of other power companies are not eligible as recycling is paid for by Agralite, ALP and REA. Pope/Douglas Solid Waste Management manages the program but does not pay any of the fees involved. Businesses with more than 50 bulbs must complete a recycling form or call in ad