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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Get ready for a lot of construction in downtown Alexandria later this summer - $763,229 worth. At its meeting Monday night, the Alexandria City Council accepted bids to reconstruct side streets along Broadway and set a public hearing to talk about the cost of redoing two city parking lots - one adjacent to 7th Avenue East and the other on Hawthorne Street and 5th Avenue. Mark Lee Excavating of Alexandria was the low bidder on all three projects. The company's bid for the side street work was $415,884, which will be covered through state aid funds.
A suspect has been arrested in connection with a hit-and-run bicycle crash in Minneapolis last week that killed a 24-year-old woman with close ties to the Hoffman-Kensington area. Minneapolis police arrested Abdirahman Abdi Ali, 24, this morning after he turned himself in. Jessica Hanson, a server at an Uptown bar, was on her way to her boyfriend's house last Wednesday night at about 10:30 p.m.
One after another, 21 marching bands from across Minnesota - and one all the way from Oslo, Norway - wowed a big crowd with their precision, percussion and performances in downtown Alexandria Sunday. The 29th annual Vikingland Band Festival played out under a perfect sunny sky and temperatures in the upper 70s. In the end, the band, 728 Cadets from Elk River, Rogers and Zimmerman shined the brightest, earning its first Grand Champion title with the program, "A Simple Gift." The Mankato 77 Lancers placed second overall and earned its seventh People's Choice award with their program, "Revolut
One after another, 21 marching bands from across Minnesota - and one all the way from Oslo, Norway - wowed a big crowd with their precision, percussion and performances in downtown Alexandria Sunday. The 29th annual Vikingland Band Festival played out under a perfect sunny sky and temperatures in the upper 70s. In the end, the band, 728 Cadets from Elk River, Rogers and Zimmerman shined the brightest, earning its first Grand Champion title with the program, "A Simple Gift." The Mankato 77 Lancers placed second overall and earned its seventh People's Choice award with its program, "Revolutio
The survivor of a rollover crash that killed 19-year-old Landon Lien of Carlos on May 25 faces three counts of criminal vehicular homicide. Jacob Dale, 18, of Alexandria, was charged in Douglas County District Court Friday. The felony counts all involve alcohol - operating a vehicle with negligence while under the influence of alcohol, with an alcohol concentration of 0.08 or more, and having an alcohol concentration of 0.08 or more within two hours of driving. Each charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine. The crash happened at around 2 a.m.
After working as an Echo Press sports reporter for six years, Eric Morken was recently promoted to sports editor. He takes over for Lori Mork, who retired from the position this month after 17 years with the paper. A new sports reporter will be joining the Echo Press sports team soon, which demonstrates the newspaper's continued commitment of providing Douglas County area sports fans with the results, information, features and photos from sporting events throughout the region. "We're fortunate to have a seasoned sports reporter take on the job that Lori was so dedicated to over the years,"
In the debate over the farm bill, there's more at stake than agricultural issues. It contains funding for rural development loans and grants provided through the United States Department of Agriculture. Reducing those dollars would start taking away small town assets, such as nursing homes, hospital expansions, access to affordable housing, wastewater infrastructure and business development, according to St.
Imagine making more money than you expected, spending less than you thought and having more cash at the end of the year than you planned. That's what happened with the city of Alexandria, according to an audit that was approved by the city council Monday night. At the end of 2012, city revenues totaled $7.85 million, about 1.6 percent more than the $7.72 million budgeted, according to the audit conducted by CliftonLarsonAllen. Expenditures, meanwhile, totaled $7.35 million, 7.2 percent less than the $7.92 million budgeted. So the city, which was budgeting for a break-even year, ended with
Helicopters, explosions, a bridge taken out, high wire acts and a plan to stop a bad crash. No, it's not a new blockbuster movie, it's all part of the action that's taking place on Interstate 94 in and around Alexandria this summer. Motorists should be prepared for traffic slow-downs, detours and some unusual sights and sounds.
Accusations and pointed questions were raised at Monday's Alexandria Senior Center Board meeting about the future of the center and its director, Ann Esterberg. Board member Paul Anderson, who is a former Douglas County commissioner, called for Esterberg's resignation, saying that she was responsible for the center's decline in membership and profitability. Anderson said that the center, which recently cashed in a certificate of deposit for $59,200, faces expenses of $5,000 a month and will be forced to close its doors in a few months. He suggested selling the center's portion of the buildi