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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An effort to kill zebra mussels discovered in Lake Irene and Rose Lake was unsuccessful, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Last fall, DNR biologists investigated two separate cases where boat lifts used in zebra mussel infested lakes had been moved to non-infested waters -- Lake Irene in Douglas County and Rose Lake in Otter Tail County. In both lakes, only juvenile zebra mussels were found in a small, localized area.
It could have been much worse. Randy Gene Bye, 53, of Kensington was driving his Jeep on Highway 27 near Interstate 94 last Thursday afternoon when he collided into the side of a semitrailer. The Jeep ended up partially underneath the trailer. The hood and front end of the vehicle were crumpled, the windshield was smashed and both front tires were flattened. A law enforcement officer on the scene said that it was fortunate that the Jeep struck a jack underneath the trailer.
Sure, the "big" races for president, Congress and state Legislature are grabbing headlines. But voters also have key decisions to make at the local level where they'll select mayor, city council and school board candidates.
A big project is taking shape at the SunOpta Ingredients plant on 3rd Avenue West in Alexandria. Demolition crews used heavy machinery to tear down the front part of the building last week and the site is being prepared for a new 27,000-square-foot warehouse with a 1,000-square-foot attached office. The project is being done in response to a fire that burned down the company's unattached warehouse in January 2011.
Jim and Aimee Masterson were sleeping in their home on West Lake Jessie Drive in southeast Alexandria on October 11 when their neighbor, Mark Meuwissen, banged on their door and told them their shed was on fire. The fire, which happened a little before midnight, is believed to have started from a wood burner. When Alexandria firefighters arrived, the 8-by-10-foot shed was fully engulfed. The shed was a total loss.
Coming soon to a street near you in northwest Alexandria - new overlays. At its meeting Monday night, the Alexandria City Council approved the first step in next year's local street improvement projects, an engineering agreement for the work. The city agreed to pay Widseth Smith Nolting and Associates an estimated $29,960 based on overall project costs of $196,000 for the following projects: --Ridgewood Drive, from County Road 44 to Autumn Drive. --Autumn Drive, from County Road 44 to Ridgewood Drive. --Wood Duck Lake, from Ridgewood Drive to Autumn Drive. --Winter Green Lane, from Sherm
Voters searching for differences between Minnesota Senate candidates in Districts 8 and 12 found plenty to mull over Monday night. The office seekers clashed over the environment, renewable energy, the state budget, health care reform, the effectiveness of the last legislative session and more. The exchanges took place at a legislative candidate forum at the Alexandria Technical and Community College that was sponsored by the Alexandria Area Economic Development Commission and the Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce. About 110 people attended the forum, including the candidates: Repub
A new way of flowing traffic in and around Highway 29 just south of the Interstate 94 interchange is being proposed - a "roundabout" intersection. The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) met with city and county leaders this week to talk about placing the roundabout on Highway 29 South and County Roads 28 (the road to Lake Andrew) and 87 (that leads to Central Specialties and the shooting range). Designed to lower the incidents of crashes, roundabouts direct traffic into a one-way, counter-clockwise flow around a central island.
Once upon a time, there was a huge gathering of everyone in the village who ate bowl after bowl of a magical concoction called chili. One of the chilis, "Satan's Ice Cream," was hotter than a fire-breathing dragon. Others were not too hot or not too cold. They were just right. Some chilis, which were not red in color like the others, contained an unusual blend of spices and ingredients not found in this part of the kingdom. Many of those serving the chili were dressed in flowing garments and had their faces decorated as the fairest in the land.
Are you ready to vote? Residents throughout Douglas County will have some key decisions to make come Election Day, November 6. The purpose of this Voters Guide is to help residents be more prepared when they're handed their ballots. The guide contains questions-and-answers from candidates on the local, state and national level, as well as voting and precinct information. The stakes are high for the 2012 election. Not only will voters cast their ballots for president and U.S.