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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Editor's note: The following is a collection of news briefs from Forum Communication Company newspapers in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.
A 12-year-old Alexandria girl's efforts to help others will be spotlighted on the KSTP-TV program, "On the Road with Jason Davis." The show about Emersyn Harris will air this Sunday, September 8 at 10:30 p.m. and will be broadcast again on September 9 at 11 a.m. The segment is called "Smiles" and highlights the 7th grader's ability to brighten the day of patients at Douglas County Hospital.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation invites the public to attend a town hall in Alexandria on transportation issues this Friday, September 6. The meeting will take place from 1:30 to...
After a summer vacation that seemed too short for many students and too long for many parents, children in Alexandria School District 206 returned to classrooms on Tuesday. This school year will mark the last one at Jefferson High School. Students will start the 2014 school year at the new Alexandria Area High School. Here are some dates to keep in mind during the 2013-2014 school year: September 25 -- two-hour late start, K-12. October 17-18 -- fall break. November 27-29 -- Thanksgiving break. December 23-January 1 -- winter break.
A former armored truck driver pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday to stealing money from automated teller machines (ATMs) in numerous locations in Minnesota, including Alexandria, and North Dakota. Christopher James Diestler, 31, of Fergus Falls, pleaded guilty to one count of bank larceny. Diestler, who was indicted on July 16, 2013, entered his plea before United States District Chief Judge Michael J. Davis.
Here's good news for those who appreciate local arts and for those struggling to find a place they can call home. The Alexandria Area Community Foundation just awarded $80,000 in "Difference Maker" grants that will help both those causes.
A former armored truck driver pleaded guilty in federal court earlier this morning to stealing money from automated teller machines (ATMs) in numerous locations in Minnesota, including Alexandria, and North...
The task was daunting: Write, cast, rehearse and perform six original 10-minute plays in 24 hours. But the group of 40 theater students from Jefferson High School was up to the challenge. They performed their plays at Discovery Middle School on Saturday and received rave reviews. "I thought it was a success," said Jessica Chipman, JHS Theatre advisor about the school's first 24-hour one-act festival called PROJECT 1440. "The whole point was to provide students with the opportunity to do something different."
Students in Alexandria School District 206 outperformed their Minnesota peers in proficiency in the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) reading and math tests. They also outscored the nine regional school districts with similar demographics that the district uses for comparison purposes. The MCA tests measure how students are doing on state academic standards in mathematics and reading.
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