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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David Bereit, national director of "40 Days for Life," stopped in Alexandria Wednesday to meet with participants in a vigil to end abortion. "This has been amazing," he said at his Alexandria stop along Broadway near the Planned Parenthood office.
A student dormitory at the Alexandria Technical and Community College is taking shape. Work recently started on the 150-bed facility.
Broadway Medical Center in Alexandria and Sanford Health have agreed to a letter of intent (LOI) - a non-binding first step in a potential merger. Announced Friday, the LOI allows the entities to complete "due diligence," which includes financial, legal and business information that will help validate if joining together is a good decision for both organizations. A timeline of January 1, 2012 has been set for a potential definitive agreement. Broadway Medical Center has 34 providers and more than 100 staff in two locations.
District 206 voters have spoken: Build a new high school in Alexandria. The $65.15 million referendum passed by a wide margin Tuesday, garnering 5,554 "yes" votes (57 percent of the total) against 4,226 "no" votes. The final precinct to report, Precinct 7, which includes the city of Garfield, Brandon Township, Ida Township, Leaf Valley Township and Moe Township, opposed the referendum with 465 "no" votes and 393 "yes" votes. But it wasn't nearly enough to overcome the referendum's big base of support in all five Alexandria wards and the two heavily populated townships of Alexandria and LaGr
The theme of this year's United Way of Pope and Douglas Counties' Chili Feed was "Safari Chili." And many tasty, exotic and spicy hot chili recipes were explored. The big winners of Tuesday's feed, which took place at the Broadway Ballroom in Alexandria, were: People's Choice: 3M's "Sweet Wild Cat Chili." Open Division Winner: Viking Savings Bank's "African Safari Chili," which featured shredded beef and lots of vegetables. Commercial Division Winner: D.
Many types of fees are going up in Alexandria - including building fees. At its meeting Monday night, the Alexandria City Council gave final approval to a wide range of fee adjustments that will take effect in 2012. The council raised the fees to help balance a budget that was ravaged by state aid cuts. Building fee increases were the most controversial. The city is replacing the fees, based on the 1988 Universal Building Code, with the 1997 UBC rates.
Besides fees, the Alexandria City Council acted on a variety of other issues Monday. The council: Agreed to provide tax increment financing (TIF) to the Cowing Terrace development. The project will remove Cowing Robards' rental center building on North Nokomis Street. A 12,000-square foot office, showroom and service facility will be built to support a new dealer and factory-authorized service center for Boomerang Marine and Sports. The project is expected to increase the market value of the land from slightly below $600,000 to $1.14 million.
Many types of fees are going up in Alexandria - including building fees. At its meeting Monday night, the Alexandria City Council gave final approval to a wide range of fee adjustments that will take effect in 2012. The council raised the fees to help balance a budget that was ravaged by state aid cuts. Building fee increases were the most controversial. They will almost double.
Student enrollment in Alexandria School District 206 is up slightly from the school leaders' projections. The newest enrollment numbers for all grade levels, kindergarten through 12th grade, came in at 3,947 students. That's 50 more students than the district ended the 2010-2011 school year with and 57 more than the district projected. The Alexandria School Board briefly discussed the enrollment figures at its meeting Monday night. They acknowledged that the projections were based on conservative estimates. The biggest surprise happened at the 10th through 12th grade levels.
Murder charges were dismissed against a 34-year-old Alexandria man who was awaiting a new trial in the 2004 death of his 4-month-old daughter. The Douglas County Attorney's Office filed a motion on Friday to dismiss the indictment that charged Michael Ray Hansen with murdering his daughter, Avry. In a brief statement, Douglas County Attorney Chad Larson stated, "After careful consideration, the state no longer believes that it can prove the defendant's guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.