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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Members of the Alexandria Stormwater Management Committee gained a new view of Lake Winona, the discharge point for the Alexandria Lake Area Sanitary District, on Aug. 15. They, along with Mayor Sara Carlson, City Engineer Tim Schoonhoven and Streets and Stormwater Director Dane Bosl, took a pontoon ride to get a better idea of the development on the lake. They also saw the drain pipes that flow into it, observed the clarity of the water and viewed the spot where the sanitary district's treated water empties into the lake.
An issue that has ignited controversy in Alexandria for six years — whether the city should ban the drilling of new private wells — will rekindle Monday night. At 7:25 p.m., the Alexandria City council will consider the082517. final adoption of an ordinance to prohibit new wells. The issue, which has been tabled twice in the last year, received preliminary approval on a 3-2 vote on July 24.
Businesses in the area should be on the lookout for an advertising scam. The Starbuck Police Department took several reports today, Thursday, of an individual in the area who has already attempted to scam several businesses in Pope County and other counties in Minnesota, according to a crime alert issued by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.
After years of dreaming, planning and fundraising, the new swimming pool in Parkers Prairie is now open. The facility passed a state inspection on Aug. 16, according to Jim Arvidson, co-chair of the pool steering committee. Organizers say they're very close to reaching their fundraising goal for the $1.8 million aquatic center. Any added donations will go toward the future of the pool. An aquatic climbing wall, drop slide a tot slide and other features are expected to be added to the center next summer.
A 27-year-old Osakis man was charged on Aug. 17 with three felonies for allegedly possessing stolen property, damaging property and possessing methamphetamine. Robert Paul Radtke also faces two misdemeanors — tampering with a motor vehicle and another stolen property charge. According to the criminal complaint:
A 49-year-old Alexandria man with a history of committing crimes was ordered to serve more than seven years in prison for possessing more than 50 grams of methamphetamine. Timothy Gerald Brockopp was sentenced in Douglas County District Court on Aug. 10 to 85 months in prison at the St. Cloud correctional facility. He received credit for the 255 days he spent behind bars while his case proceeded through the court.
Two Alexandria men who faced felony charges in connection with an armed confrontation at an Alexandria residence drew different outcomes. Charges against Rashad Dominique Henley, 26, were dismissed while Christopher Dewayne Jones, 26, will serve five years in prison. They were both arrested May 14 after Jones allegedly pointed a shotgun at Henley's girlfriend and another man.
A steady stream of people are having their plates loaded with corn on the cob, pork chops, coleslaw and buns at the Alexandria Fire Hall today, Wednesday. It's the Alexandria Rotary Club and Alexandria Fire Department's 52nd annual Corn and Pork Chop Jubilee. There's still time to enjoy the corn and chops. Serving will continue to 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 ($5 for kids 4 to 12) and proceeds help fund the Rotary Club's donations to numerous local charities.
An experimental temporary island or mini-roundabout at the intersections of Fifth Avenue and Lake Street to slow down traffic will return this fall. The council voted unanimously to once again install the temporary "traffic calming" island for a two-week period during September after school starts.