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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Alexandria was a double winner in a special racing event that took place last Saturday on the eve of the Indy 500. First, a local company, Alexandria Industries, created the world's longest toy track for the "Hot Wheels World's Best Driver Championship" held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Next, an Alexandria kid won the whole works. Twelve-year-old Christopher Bienusa, a student at Woodland Elementary School who has no connection with Alexandria Industries, was one of four kids, not professional race car drivers, who set a world record in front of a roaring crowd. Staged on the front
Dozens of students leaving the Jefferson High School parking lot were "ticketed" last Thursday for doing something right: Wearing their seat belt. The teens who were caught were rewarded with free music download cards, free Dairy Queen coupons or free Mystery Ride tickets to the Nickelodeon Universe at Mall of America. The "I Got Caught" program is a partnership between the American Automobile Association (AAA), the Minnesota Sheriff's Association and the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association. The goal is to create a positive reinforcement campaign to encourage and reward seat belt use amo
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) recently recognized Denman Braun from the Alexandria Lake Area Sanitary District for maintaining a perfect record of compliance with the plant's wastewater treatment permit during 2012. Three other wastewater treatment facilities in Douglas County were honored as well.
The Alexandria City Council approved a request to provide tax increment financing (TIF) for FORCE America. The tax break will help the company build a 45,000 square foot manufacturing facility for its property on Iowa Street near Varitech Industries, one of its subsidiaries. The project is expected to increase the market value of the property from $278,700 to more than $3 million. The TIF will generate about $67,000 per year for nine years.
Changes are coming to the south entrance into Alexandria - $18.85 million worth of changes. At its meeting Tuesday night, the Alexandria City Council agreed to participate with the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) on two parts of the project: replacing the signal lights at the Highway 29/50th Avenue intersection and building a new alignment that will add a left turn lane on 50th Avenue between Highway 29 and Twin Boulevard. Because city streets comprise two of the four legs of the intersection, the city agreed to pay one-half of the costs of the signals.
This won't come as a shocker but State Representative Jay McNamar of Elbow Lake, the sole DFLer representing parts of Douglas County, had an entirely different view of the just-completed session than his Republican counterparts. He noted that the session finished on time with a balanced budget that makes critical investments in education, property tax relief and job creation. McNamar, who represents District 12A, said that the Legislature made great progress for Minnesota. "After a decade of just making cuts and shifting funds around, I'm proud to say the Legislature put forward a balanced
Now that the session is over, Republican leaders have been using the word "over" over and over again to describe the actions of the DFL-controlled Legislature. As in over-taxing, over-spending and overreach. That's the assessment of Minnesota Senate Minority Leader David Hann of Eden Prairie and the two Republican senators who represent Douglas County -- Bill Ingebrigtsen of Alexandria and Torrey Westrom of Elbow Lake. They stopped at the Echo Press last Thursday to offer their take on the session, which adjourned May 20. Hann said the tax bill the DFLers approved will hit everyone, includ
"By the time we're through, the lakes will be awake," predicted a member of the band, Contention, that played during Rib Fest Saturday night. The music was among many highlights of this year's Awake the Lakes - Alexandria's kick-off to the summer season hosted by the Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce and main sponsors, Massman Automation Designs and Elden's Fresh Foods. The weather, with overcast skies, temperatures in the upper 50s and a brisk wind, wasn't exactly summery, but organizers were very pleased with how things went. "The good news is that it did not rain," said Coni McKa
When I found out that the world's longest Hot Wheels track is being built for a special race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this week, it took me back in time to those oh-so-long-ago days when I was a kid who couldn't get enough of those shiny, snazzy toy cars. If I remember right, they were about a buck apiece in the early 1970s, not cheap, but affordable for a kid on a modest allowance or one who could cajole his parents into buying one every now and then, especially at Christmas. I built up quite the collection.
If you receive an unusual e-mail from Walmart, beware. It could be a scam. The Alexandria Police Department and the Alexandria Walmart have received numerous phone calls from residents about e-mails they've received from Walmart, sometimes misspelled as Wall-Mart, regarding purchases made on their account. The e-mail lists purchases for such items at TVs and home appliances. The shipping addresses are for places all over the Unites States. Walmart and the Alexandria Police Department believe that these e-mails are a phishing scam.