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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Murder charges are being dismissed against a 34-year-old Alexandria man who was awaiting a new trial in the 2004 death of his 4-month-old daughter. The Douglas County Attorney's Office filed a motion today, Friday, to dismiss the indictment that charged Michael Ray Hansen with murdering his daughter, Avry. In a brief statement, Douglas County Attorney Chad Larson stated, "After careful consideration, the state no longer believes that it can prove the defendant's guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
Every heart leaves a lasting imprint. Including a young child's. Those participating in the second annual Congenital Heart Defect (CHD) Walk in Alexandria Saturday morning had that thought running through their minds. Their goal: Raise funds and awareness about the number-one birth defect in the U.S., affecting one out of every 100 babies born. About 280 people participated in the two-mile walk.
A suspect wanted on a felony warrant was apprehended near Miltona Tuesday after a chase and manhunt by law enforcement that spanned nearly 10 hours. Christopher Carman, 46, of Nelson, was apprehended by Douglas County sheriff's deputies at about 5:15 p.m. The incident began at 7:29 a.m. when a deputy tried to pull over Carman's vehicle. Carman had felony warrants out for his arrest and was also driving on a suspended license, according to authorities. Instead of stopping, Carman reportedly sped off and a short pursuit took place.
Besides the budget, the Alexandria City Council acted on a variety of other items Monday. The council: Approved the assessments for the waterline extension project as part of the phase 3, part two orderly annexation agreement in Alexandria Township. Benefiting residents will pay assessments totaling just over $1 million. They'll pay them over a 10-year period at an interest rate of 7 percent. A hearing on the proposed assessments is set for October 11 at 7:15 p.m.
Alexandria is proposing an overall tax levy increase of 4.6 percent next year. The city council set its preliminary 2012 budget and levy Monday night after holding several work sessions and budget discussions about how it could make up for a loss in state local government aid and the state's elimination of the market value homestead credit. Combined, the losses totaled $673,695 - a 36 percent cut from the amount it expected to receive from the state. If the council had decided to replace the lost state aid solely though a tax increase, the levy would have increased 13 percent, according to
Alexandria is proposing an overall tax levy increase of 4.6 percent next year. It set its preliminary 2012 budget and levy Monday night after holding several work sessions and budget discussions about how it could make up for a loss in state local government aid and the elimination of the market value homestead credit.
Drivers on Highway 29 between McKay Avenue and 3rd Avenue in Alexandria may experience delays when a construction project begins Monday, September 12. Motorists will encounter short lane closures, shoulder closures and heavy machinery where crews are working, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT). MnDOT leaders said that crews will ensure the public can access all businesses in the work zone throughout the project. The project includes: Resurfacing the road. Extending the two northbound lanes north of Robert Street. Closing the Lisa Avenue access to Highwa
Even though Americans don't always agree on things - like politics, for instance - most are proud of the country's history and our form of government. Now it's time to celebrate that, right here in Alexandria. Entire families are welcome to enjoy the second annual "Constitution Fest" - a patriotic celebration of the U.S. Constitution. Presented by the Alexandria Freemasons, the event will take place at Alexandria City Park on Saturday, September 17 - U.S. Constitution Day - beginning at 6 p.m. A large tent will be filled with information and displays of the Constitution.
Covering the Douglas County Fair is one of my favorite assignments. It's fun to stroll through the fairgrounds, snapping photos of people enjoying the many sights and sounds of the fair. The entertainment acts are always fun to shoot. Because I'm usually up front near the stage, I have the best seat in the house. And did you know, by the way, that the entertainment acts at the fair are different every single year? That's one of the great things about the fair. There's always something new happening. Taking photos of children is always fun.
Eight-year-old Riese Kluver of Alexandria has undergone six open-heart surgeries and will eventually need a heart transplant. Hazel Heidelberger of Mankato was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome in January 2010. She underwent an open-heart surgery and was unable to come off a heart machine. Sadly, she died 13 days after she was born. Children like Riese and Hazel are the inspiration behind Alexandria's second annual Congenital Heart Disease Awareness Walk. The two-mile walk will take place Saturday, September 10 at Alexandria City Park. Registration is from 8 to 9 a.m.