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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New improvements are in the works for the Central Lakes Trail in Osakis. Dan Wessell from the Osakis Area Chamber of Commerce revealed the plans to the city council at its Jan. 3 meeting. One of the ideas is a bicycle repair station where bikers could make basic repairs and maintenance, such as fixing a flat tire, adjusting the brakes and derailleurs or filling a low tire.
If you've had something stolen out of a storage unit lately, the Alexandria Police Department may have it. As part of a long investigation of stolen property, police recently recovered several stolen items. They're asking people to look at the items in hopes they will be able to return the property to the rightful owners.
Drinking straight whiskey may not be everyone's cup of tea. That's why Panther Distillery in Osakis plans to offer something new — a cocktail room where customers can sample the distillery's whiskey and moonshine mixed with soft drinks. Owner Adrian Panther requested and received preliminary approval from the Osakis City Council at its Jan. 3 meeting for the new cocktail room. The council will ask City Clerk Angela Jacobson, who has been out on leave, to write the ordinance that would allow the cocktail room.
Help is on the way for nearly 300 households and 39 businesses in Douglas County that are frustrated with slow, unreliable Internet connections. On Wednesday, Lt. Gov. Tina Smith and the Department of Employment and Economic Development announced grants totaling $34 million for 42 broadband infrastructure projects statewide. Two grants were approved in the Douglas County area.
Voters in Parkers Prairie overwhelmingly approved two split liquor questions in a special election on Jan. 10. The first question asked whether the Parkers Prairie City Council should be allowed to issue private, on-sale licenses for the sale of intoxicating liquor to hotels, restaurants and clubs. Out of 102 votes cast, 83 people voted "yes" and 19 voted "no." The second question asked whether the council should be allowed to issue on-sale licenses to restaurants, clubs and hotels for the sale of intoxicating liquor at retail on Sundays.
Residents in rural Minnesota are feeling ignored by the Legislature and want action this session, according to a group of city leaders.
Firefighters from throughout the region took to the catwalk Saturday night, all for a good cause -- the Lakes Area Crisis Response Team. They showed their dance moves and interacted with the crowd at the Broadway Ballroom in Alexandria as part of the second annual Firefighter's Runway Competition and Comedy Show. Categories for the runway portion of the night include tight T-shirt, family, chiefs and officers, and bachelors.
Farmers, you have heard about this. Now it is here, on the ground, in Minnesota. The first 100 of a total 400 new Ag Plastic Recycling Dumpsters were delivered Monday morning to the Pope County Fairgrounds in Glenwood. The program, offered by Revolution Plastics, is part of an effort led by a core group of nine central Minnesota counties and the Recycling Association of Minnesota with help from a grant by the MPCA, to recycle Minnesota's agricultural plastics. The nine counties are Stearns, Benton, Sherburne, Pope, Douglas, Otter Tail, Sibley, Nicollet and Le Sueur.
A 63-year-old Alexandria woman was injured in a rollover in Hudson Township shortly before 9 p.m. Monday. Teresa Ann Sward was driving an Oldsmobile Alero north on Highway 29, just north of County Road 4, when the vehicle left the roadway and rolled. She was transported by ambulance to the Douglas County Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Roads were snowy and icy at the time of the crash. The Douglas County Sheriff's Office assisted the State Patrol at the scene.
One person was injured in a crash with a dump truck north of Alexandria Monday night. At about 5:30 p.m., the Alexandria Police Department received a call about the crash between a motor vehicle and a dump truck near the intersection of Highway 29 and South L'Homme Dieu Drive. Officers arrived and attended to the occupants of the vehicles — Michael Bowman, 44, of Elizabeth and Lynn Mensen, 60, of Alexandria.