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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It didn't take long for the Alexandria City Council to have its first testy exchange of 2013. It happened about five minutes into Monday's meeting when council member Virgil Batesole, who frequently clashed with former Mayor Dan Ness, raised objections to the city's long-time practice of having staff sign checks for bills before they are formally approved by the council. Batesole brought up the issue, which he has raised several times in the past, during the discussion of the bills. New Mayor Sara Carlson repeatedly reminded Batesole that the proper time to discuss the issue was during a re
Former Alexandria Township Supervisor Roger Thalman is Alexandria's newest city council member. At its meeting Monday night, the council voted unanimously to appoint Thalman to the Ward 2 position, which was declared vacant earler this month when incumbent Sara Carlson began her duties as newly elected mayor. Thalman was recommended by a committee that included Carlson, council member Dave Benson and City Administrator Jim Taddei. The committee interviewed seven "excellent" candidates for the post, Carlson noted, and it was a difficult decision to make.
Legislators who represent part of Douglas County vowed to work with the other party to accomplish goals that will benefit all Minnesotans. State Representative Jay McNamar, DFL-Elbow Lake for District 12A, began his first term in the Minnesota House, serving the counties of Grant, Wilkin, Big Stone, Stevens, Traverse, and part of Douglas and Pope. "I'm honored and humbled to be our communities' voice in St. Paul," said McNamar.
For the first time in five years, the number of traffic deaths increased in Minnesota. Crashes killed 378 people in the state in 2012, according to preliminary reports from the Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety. In 2011, 368 people died in crashes on Minnesota roads. 2012 was also a deadly year for crashes in Douglas County.
Owners of Wade's Automotive and Repair in downtown Miltona plan to rebuild after a fire badly damaged the shop Tuesday. Karie Eide, wife of owner Wade Eide, thanked all the firefighters who responded to the blaze and said they appreciate all the support they've been receiving from friends and the community. Firefighters from three departments battled the fire at 109 Main Street for about five hours. It's believed to have started when something ignited gasoline that leaked from a pickup truck that was being worked on, according to Al Lange, former Miltona fire chief. When Miltona firemen ve
Newly elected members of the Alexandria City Council took their oath of office Wednesday at City Hall. Mayor Sara Carlson is Alexandria's second female mayor. Dorothy Kobs was the first, winning the position in 1987. Carlson, who has represented Ward 2 for the last nine years, won the mayoral seat by defeating challenger Mark Pederson by a margin of 3,771 votes to 2,216 this past election. The council formed a committee that is screening applicants for the Ward 2 seat.
A 50-year-old Evansville man died in a work-related machinery accident at the Pope Douglas Solid Waste Management (PDSWM) facility Thursday night. Alexandria police officers responded to the scene at 2115 Jefferson Street at about 9 p.m.
A 50-year-old Evansville man died in work-related machinery accident at the Pope Douglas Solid Waste Management facility Thursday night. Alexandria police officers responded to the scene at 2115 Jefferson Street at about 9 p.m.
TOP 10 NEWS STORIES Here are the top 10 news stories of 2012 as determined by the Echo Press editorial staff: 1. Six lives lost in three hours (three crashes in the snow) 2. Zebra mussel battle 3. Political shakeups 4. New school, college housing 5. Health mergers 6. KSAX unplugged 7. Bad fires 8. Rash of robberies/burglaries 9. Leaders move on 10. Weird critters 2012 was a year of new beginnings and tragic endings in Douglas County. The year marked the start of construction on a new Alexandria high school.
They've been called ice flowers, ice ribbons, ice grass and frost flowers. Whatever the name, they are a special sight to see - and one that Gary Bahn of Alexandria captured on camera on Lake Mary on December 17. "I was going out to my fish house that morning, and I had never seen anything like it before on the ice," Bahn said in an e-mail to the Echo Press. "Then, a few days later on ABC's World News with Diane Sawyer, they had a quick blip with pictures of the same thing, taken up at the North Pole.