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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Minnesota's newly drawn legislative districts is likely to draw a common reaction in Douglas County: What?! The lines had been simple before.
More information has been released about a two-vehicle fatal crash that happened at about 6:15 p.m.
The State Patrol has released the names of four people who were killed in a multi-vehicle pileup west of Alexandria on Interstate 94 Monday afternoon. They were four female students from North Dakota State University - Lauren Peterson, 18, of Prior Lake, Jordan Playle, 19, of Elk River, Megan Sample, 18, of Rogers and Danielle Renninger, 18, of Excelsior. The four were reportedly traveling from the Twin Cities on their way back to school. The crash happened at about 3:05 p.m.
Construction in the greater Alexandria area is continuing along its road to recovery. That's according to the Alexandria Building Department's annual report that was presented to the Alexandria City Council Monday night. The department issued 1,214 permits for projects valued at more than $53 million in 2011 - a 4 percent increase from 2010's valuation of $50.1 million when 1,089 permits were issued. The numbers include construction work within the city and its building code administration areas of Hudson, LaGrand and Lake Mary townships. "Over the past decade, construction within the grea
Imagine a new trailhead to the Central Lakes Trail in Alexandria with a covered kiosk, maps and information about the community. You don't have to imagine it - it will soon be in place, thanks to a grant from Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation. It awarded an $8,700 grant to Alexandria Technical and Community College (ATCC) to build a trailhead on the Central Lakes Trails at Big Ole Central Park. The ATCC teamed up with the Alexandria Area Stewards, Central Lakes Trails, the city of Alexandria, Douglas County Parks, Alexandria Hotels and Hospitality, CVB, and Active Living Alexandr
The Alexandria City Council is exploring the idea of enacting a local sales tax. City Administrator Jim Taddei broached the topic at Monday night's council meeting as a way of dealing with cuts in local government aid (LGA). Taddei said that based on information from the state, the city was expecting to receive the same amount of LGA this year that it received last year. However, a recent House research department printout showed Alexandria's projected 2012 LGA at $1,094,247 - $110,700 less than it received in 2011. A city's population is a key factor in determining LGA.
The so-called "man in black" - a suspect in a series of armed bank robberies, including Glenwood State Bank in Alexandria - pleaded not guilty in federal court in St. Paul last Thursday. Mark Edward Wetsch, 49, of Minneapolis has been charged with 13 counts of armed bank robbery for crimes committed between March 9, 2011 and January 3, 2012. The indictment alleges that Wetsch robbed a total of $69,104 from the banks, and in each case, put the lives of others in jeopardy by brandishing a firearm. Wetsch is accused of stealing approximately $3,200 in the Alexandria robbery on December 29.
Construction in the greater Alexandria area is continuing along its road to recovery. That's according to the Alexandria Building Department's annual report that was presented to the Alexandria City Council Monday night. The department issued 1,214 permits for projects valued at more than $53 million in 2011 - a 4 percent increase from 2010's valuation of $50.1 million when 1,089 permits were issued.
$884. That's how much money an average two-worker family in Douglas County would lose, on average, through the end of this year if a federal payroll tax cut isn't extended, according to a new report. The information was released last week by the two U.S.
Hundreds of people in the Douglas County area have healthier mouths, thanks to Caring Hands Dental Clinic in Alexandria. The clinic continues to grow, providing access for dental care and education to area residents who are on Medical Assistance or MinnesotaCare through the Minnesota Health Care Programs, as well as others in need. The clinic operates as a non-profit organization with 501(c)(3) tax status, making most all donations provided tax deductible.