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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Last week, Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen, R-Alexandria, presented "Erin's Law" — legislation designed to prevent child sexual abuse in Minnesota. The bill, SF 1346, would allow school districts to provide child sexual abuse prevention instruction to students and child sexual abuse prevention training to staff. Erin's Law is named after a childhood sexual assault survivor, Erin Merryn of Illinois. Legislation under the same title is currently in effect in 28 states, and pending in an additional 20 states, including Minnesota.
An owner of Blue Smoke BBQ in Alexandria, which was lost in a fire more than three years ago, is scheduled to go on trial on three felony charges related to the fire. David Galbraith, 27, of Glenwood, entered not guilty pleas in Douglas County District Court on March 9 to first-degree arson, theft by swindle and insurance fraud. Judge Timothy Churchwell scheduled a jury trial for June 12.
A plea agreement in the case of a 42-year-old Sauk Centre woman accused of hitting a 23-month-old toddler with her car while driving drunk in Alexandria was rejected Monday. Becky Lynn Laforge agreed to plead guilty to one of the three charges — criminal vehicular operation of a motor vehicle causing bodily harm while driving with a blood-alcohol level of 0.08 or more within two hours of the crash, which is a gross misdemeanor.
Elections in 18 of Douglas County's 20 townships took place Tuesday and yielded a few surprises — a successful write-in campaign in Hudson Township and new supervisors replacing incumbents in LaGrand and Lund townships. Here's a look at the results: (Elections in Brandon and Miltona townships take place on even-numbered years in November.)
If you live in a township, today — Tuesday, March 14 — is your day to make your voice count at the polls and in township government. Every year Minnesota townships are required to have an annual town meeting. It is held the second Tuesday of March. Many townships, including 18 of the 20 townships in Douglas County, also hold elections in March. (The county's other two townships, Brandon and Miltona, hold their elections in November.) Polling hours vary but will be open until 8 p.m.
A public hearing on an ordinance to ban the drilling of new private wells in Alexandria drew a packed crowd at Monday night's council meeting, along with a stream of concerns and questions. Three people from out of the area who represented well drilling groups opposed the idea. Freeport Mayor Rodney Akenson told the council that people should have the right to decide where they're getting their water. He added that wells aren't causing nitrates to get into the groundwater; the contaminants are only discovered when a new well is drilled.
Off-sale liquor on Sunday? The Alexandria City Council is seeking the public's input on off-sale Sunday liquor sales in the city. Last week, Governor Mark Dayton signed the bill authorizing liquor stores to be open on Sundays — something that hasn't been allowed since Minnesota became a state in 1858. The law takes effect on July 2 and allows sales from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays.
A new city website, a ground lease on the airport, seasonal liquor licenses and other odds and ends were part of the Alexandria City Council's March 13 meeting. Here's a recap of items not reported in other stories about the meeting. New website The council agreed to hire CyberSprout to develop a new website for the city. Located in Alexandria, CyberSprout submitted a proposal of $8,925, to do the work. The amount is based on the approximate number of hours required. It could change slightly.
Two people were injured in all-terrain vehicle accident near Nelson Saturday. Aaron Joseph Salo, 28, of Nelson was driving the ATV near 2014 Homestead Road in Nelson when it overturned at about 5:30 p.m. A 53-year-old passenger, Diane Linda Danner, also of Nelson, was able to return to the residence and got help. Deputies found Salo unconscious near the ATV. He was treated at the scene by North Ambulance and flown by LifeLink to the St. Cloud Hospital where he underwent surgery, according to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. His condition is not known.
An investigation into credit card fraud and swindle in Osakis led to felony drug charges. Denise Carol Waldvogel, 47, of Osakis was charged Dec. 31, 2016 with felony theft by swindle. Her husband, Curtis Dale Waldvogel, 45, was charged with felony credit card fraud on March 1 and two drug-related counts on Feb. 1 — third-degree possession of meth in excess of 10 grams, about one-third of an ounce, and fifth-degree possession of marijuana.