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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Names have been released in a fatal rollover that happened on Highway 29 near Miltona Tuesday morning. The driver who died at the scene was William K. Omara, 72, of Parkers Prairie, according to the State Patrol. A passenger, Kathleen M. Omara, 70, suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to the Douglas County Hospital. The crash happened on Highway 29 near the intersection with County Road 14 at about 5:20 a.m.
A variety of holiday fun took place in Osakis today, Saturday. Sponsored by the Osakis Area Chamber of Commerce, "Christmas in Osakis" featured activities for the whole family -- cookie decorating, horse-drawn wagon rides, carolers, gift wrapping, business decorations, vendors, hot chocolate and more. Activities took place at the Community Center and in downtown Osakis.
Jeff Karrow is Alexandria’s first paid fire chief. The Alexandria City Council voted unanimously at its Monday meeting to hire Karrow, the fire chief for the last six years, for...
A 55-year-old Garfield woman is suspected of stealing prescription pills from an Alexandria pharmacy where she once worked. Christine Ann Houck was charged in Douglas County District Court Friday with...
A gross misdemeanor charge of interference with a dead body was filed against Nickolas Ryan McArdell of Starbuck Monday. He was the person last seen with Laura Schwendemann, whose body...
The Canadian Pacific (CP) Holiday Train will roll into Alexandria on Sunday, December 13. It will stop at Eighth Avenue and Nokomis Street, the railroad crossing by Hubbard Feed Mill,...
A reader wanted to know about the big trenching project along County Road 82, west of Alexandria. It's part of a major undertaking by Alexandria Light and Power (ALP) to relocate more overhead electric lines underground. Earlier this summer, the city agreed to issue revenue bonds on behalf of ALP to place the lines underground in ALP's western service area, near Lakes Brophy and Cowdry, and near Interstate 94. Residents in the immediate area were notified by ALP via letters. The bonds, totaling $5,385,000, will be used for underground line work over three years, and will be paid back solel
State Representative Mary Franson, R-Alexandria, took an unofficial trip to Cuba on Nov. 11-18. It wasn't a vacation filled with beautiful sights and relaxing fun. Instead, Franson saw poverty-stricken neighborhoods, restaurants with no running water and filthy restrooms, people stuck in government jobs with no opportunity to better themselves, and an oppressive government that doesn't allow people to practice their true Christian faith. Still, the trip — which she paid for by herself without any tax dollars — was well worth it, she said. "I'm glad I went," Franson said.
Minnesota's economy is getting better with strengths in agriculture and food, manufacturing, water technology and health care. That was the message that Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith told the Minnesota Association of Townships during a conference in Alexandria on November 20. Smith discussed key areas where state government can help support economic development that "works for all Minnesotans." The following were Smith's main topics. STATEWIDE INNOVATION Now more than ever, Greater Minnesota economic development will be closely tied to the effective use of new and em
The man who was last seen with Laura Schwendemann of Starbuck will be charged with a gross misdemeanor for concealing the location of her body, which was found in a...