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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With winter's arrival, Alexandria city officials are reminding property owners and businesses about the city's sidewalk snow and ice removal policy. The owner or tenant of private property abutting a public sidewalk is responsible for removing all snow and ice within 24 hours after the snow or ice event has ended. (Separate rules apply in the downtown area.) If a public sidewalk is not cleared within that time, public works crews may remove the remaining snow and ice and charge those costs back to the abutting private property.
Affordable workforce housing is a looming issue in Alexandria. It popped up again at Monday's city council meeting when the council took action on a developer's request to build an $11.4 million, 94-unit apartment complex to provide affordable workforce housing for families in Alexandria.
A former general manager of the Osakis Creamery Association who was accused of taking money from the business will serve 60 days in jail and pay $32,269 in restitution. Denise Carol Waldvogel, 48, was sentenced in Douglas County District Court on Tuesday, Nov. 28, after she pleaded guilty to a felony theft charge of taking movable property without consent. As part of a plea agreement, a felony charge of theft by swindle was dismissed.
To the editor: What is the biggest story that the mainstream media has to tell every day? Answer: Everything that they will not talk about. You see only what they want you to see.
Here's good news for dozens of computer users in the area who are frustrated with slow Internet speeds. Fifty households and 16 businesses in Douglas County will benefit from new state broadband grants announced last week. Statewide, the 2017 Border-to-Border grants total $26 million for 39 broadband infrastructure projects that will provide 9,973 households, 2,169 businesses, and 60 community institutions across Minnesota access to reliable, affordable high-speed Internet, according to Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith and the Department of Employment and Economic Development.
A developer wants to build an $11.4 million, 94-unit apartment complex to provide affordable workforce housing for families in Alexandria. The plans were revealed at Monday's Alexandria City Council meeting. Unique Opportunities LLC is proposing to develop "Woodland Heights" in a seven-acre parcel of vacant land near McKay Avenue and Rosewood Lane. About 1.5 of those acres would be used as a nature preserve and walking path.
Bees, butterflies and other pollinators are having a tough time. In the U.S., their population has declined 90 percent in the past two decades. They play a vital role in feeding the world. As they travel from plant to plant, they transfer genetic material that's crucial to the reproduction systems of flowering plants that yield fruits, vegetables and more. Although a new survey this past summer showed that the number of honeybees rose 3 percent in 2017 compared to last year, environmental groups, conservation leaders and agricultural experts are still concerned about their plight.
The Alexandria City Council approved an agreement with the Minnesota Department of Transportation to install new air conditioning units in the arrival/departure building at the Alexandria Airport. The state will pay 70 percent of the cost or $8,756 and the city will cover the remaining $3,752. In another airport-related matter, the council accepted a $50,824 bid from Srock Construction to replace wind-damaged doors at the airport's Bellanca building. The entire cost will be covered through insurance.
Next Monday, the Alexandria City Council will consider Knute Nelson's request to operate a daycare center serving 50 children. Knute Nelson, 420 12th Ave. E., is seeking a conditional use permit to put the center in the 800 wing of its campus. It would be adjacent to the diagonal parking area that leads to Lake Street and include a fenced-in outdoor play area.
Counties, cities, townships and school districts throughout the state have set their preliminary maximum property tax levies for next year. In Douglas County, the proposed levies are all over the board, from decreases of 7 percent in Lake Mary Township to increases as high as 22.2 percent for the Alexandria School District. Generally, however, most local levy amounts are lower than what's being proposed elsewhere in the state.