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 idea for the city to buy the Carnegie Library Building in Alexandria has run into a wall. After studying the proposal, which was requested by the Douglas County Historical Society, city staff determined that the building wouldn't meet a city purpose, serve a city function or be fiscally cost effective. The building, which was last used for offices and as a Catholic book store, has been vacant for about 10 years. City Administrator Jim Taddei updated the Alexandria City Council Monday night.
The big blasts of snow we've been getting made me think about skiing, which triggered memories of a fluky-but-true experience I had back in my high school days in Parkers Prairie. Our class took a trip to Sugar Hills Ski Lodge near Grand Rapids. Unlike my friends, I was a total newbie to skiing. As soon as they got their skis, they whooshed off to the big hills, leaving me in a cloud of snow. I was on my own. It took me half an hour just to figure out how to make my skis stay on. They kept falling off every time I moved.
At this time last year, Douglas County residents were walking around in shorts, soaking up the warm sunshine. This year, you'd get frostbite. The temperature difference between this year's March and the previous one is astounding. On March 19, 2012, the temperature hit 75 degrees. On March 19, 2013, the warmest it got was a shivery 13, a temperature difference of 62 degrees. For four glorious days last year, March 16-19, temperatures soared into the mid-70s. For the month, temps hit 60 degrees or higher a dozen times. This March, the warmest it's been was 34 degrees on March 14.
Enough already! That seemed to be the collective mood in Douglas County Monday after another winter storm wrecked routines, closed roads and schools, and froze any notions of spring. This time around, the storm didn't deliver tons of snow. Totals varied widely throughout the county, ranging from two to six inches. But howling winds, some gusting up to 50 miles per hour, created thigh-high drifts across driveways and whiteout conditions in open areas. Schools throughout the area closed Monday.
At this time last year, the newspaper ran a story about the return of spring: brown lawns, bluebirds and 60-degree temperatures. Although there's not a hint of spring right now, here's one sure sign of it: the return of the Echo Press Ice Out Contest. It asks the perennial question: When will the ice melt off Lake L'Homme Dieu? Readers are invited to send their best guess to the newspaper. There's more than bragging rights at stake.
Voting for township elections in Douglas County was light Tuesday since most of the candidates were running unopposed. Eighteen of the 20 townships in Douglas County held elections. Brandon and Miltona townships hold their elections in the fall. Here's a look at the voting results in each of the townships. ALEXANDRIA Both incumbent supervisors, Joel Dahlheimer and Lyle Hammerschmidt, were running unopposed and were re-elected. BELLE RIVER Supervisor Rod Seward and treasurer Vangie Miller were both re-elected.
It was another weird weather weekend in Douglas County. A wintry mix of sleet and big pelting flakes of snow descended on central Minnesota on Saturday afternoon and continued off and on into the evening. Because icy conditions made traveling hazardous, a winter storm warning was posted from Friday night into Saturday night. Parts of Douglas County received about six inches of new snow. Several crashes were reported, along with vehicles sliding into ditches, but none caused serious injuries. The storm lacked the bitterly cold temperatures from earlier this winter but instead created slush
It's a grand old building filled with more than 100 years of history, but it's been sitting silent and vacant for the last decade. It's the Carnegie Building, once the home of the Douglas County Library, that sits across from Alexandria City Hall on 7th Avenue West. Now, the Douglas County Historical Society (DCHS) wants to make it a vibrant part of the community once again. At an Alexandria City Council meeting Monday night, the historical society asked the city to explore the possibility of buying the historic building. Carol Neumann, DCHS board member, said the DCHS doesn't have the mea
Grassroots government needs a little tending Tuesday. It's township election time. Eighteen of the 20 townships in Douglas County will hold elections and annual meetings Tuesday, March 12. Brandon and Miltona townships hold their elections in the fall but will still have meetings. Here's a look at what voters will find in each of the townships. ALEXANDRIA Two incumbent supervisors, Joel Dahlheimer and Lyle Hammerschmidt, have filed for re-election and face no challengers. Hammerschmidt took over Louis Ross' spot on the board after Ross resigned. Polls will be open from noon to 8 p.m.
The ever-shifting wintry weather is causing a familiar sight in Douglas County: ice dams. They occur when heat leaks into an attic and melts the underside of snow on the roof. If weather conditions are right - an abundance of snow combined with big swings in the temperature - ice dams flourish. Melted snow flows down the roof surface until it reaches a cold spot, like the eaves or soffit.