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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It was hard to tell who was more excited Friday: Douglas Machine leaders who escorted U.S.
Fires caused more than $750,000 worth of damage in the Alexandria area last year. Local firefighters prevented nearly $1 million more from going up in smoke. The numbers were presented at Monday's Alexandria City Council meeting by Fire Chief Jeff Karrow. His annual report shows that the department responded to a total of 219 calls in 2012, the most in at least five years. The 30 members of the all-volunteer department serve not only Alexandria but also the outlying townships of Alexandria, Carlos, Hudson, Holmes City, Ida, LaGrand and Lake Mary. The department's service area covers 135 s
Karen Simmons, 62, of Glenwood, the director of the Douglas County Library, died in a two-vehicle crash near Glenwood Monday morning. The broadside collision happened on Highway 29 and Pope County Road 28 north of Glen-wood at about 7:45 a.m., according to the State Patrol. Simmons was driving a 2013 Nissan Maxima. The other driver involved was Haley Klimek, 19, of Lowry. She suffered minor injuries, according to the State Patrol.
Douglas County residents were treated to a visual treat Tuesday morning. Sundogs added a pallet of bright color to the sunrise. Several Echo Press readers e-mailed us photos of the phenomena. What exactly are sundogs? They're bright splotches of light on the horizon that look like false suns.
The pilot who was killed in a small plane crash in rural Parkers Prairie on Wednesday night has been identified as 41-year-old Adam Menze of Ottertail. He was alone in the plane. Gayle Snook, who lives at 59196 County Highway 40 north of Parkers Prairie, reported the crash to the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office at about 6:30 p.m.
Snowy trouble is headed Douglas County's way, according to the National Weather Service. It has issued a blizzard warning for Douglas and eight other counties in west central Minnesota. At 11:35 a.m. this morning, the weather service noted that blizzard conditions are developing rapidly with strong northwest wind gusts of up to 50 miles per hour. The storm pushed into west central Minnesota this morning in the wake of a cold front.
Construction activity in the Alexandria area appears to be hammering out a "new normal" of between $50 and $52 million a year. Last year, the Alexandria Building Department issued 1,030 permits for projects valued at $51.64 million, according to the department head Bruce Jaspersen, who presented his annual report to the Alexandria City Council Monday night. That's a slight drop from 2011's 1,214 permits and $53.03 million worth of construction but more than 2010's $50.7 million.
Steinbring Motorcoach in Garfield is tapping into the power of the Internet and social media. It recently launched an application, "Steinbring Motorcoach Inc." that is available through the Apple App Store as well as Google Play and Android Apps. "We believe we are one of the first motorhome dealers to offer a full feature mobile app," said Blake Steinbring, the marketing major/marketing director at Steinbring Motorcoach and owner of Bulldog Advertising. When approached with the idea for an app last fall, Steinbring knew they were onto something big. He spent a few days researching the app
Snowblowers got a workout in Douglas County Sunday and Monday. More than a foot of snow was reported in parts of the county, including 14 inches in Millerville and 13 inches in Carlos. The heavy snowfall came on top of a wintry mix of sleet and ice, followed by storng wind gusts, making travel treacherous throughout the area. On Sunday afternoon, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) advised no travel in west central Minnesota due to the heavy snow, blowing snow and very poor visibility. MnDOT and the Minnesota State Patrol closed Interstate 94 from Moorhead to Alexandria at 5
When it comes to economic development, cities in rural Minnesota are not getting their fair share compared to metro areas, according to a new partnership. It's trying to give cities like Alexandria a bigger slice of the pie this legislative session. The Alexandria City Council agreed Monday night to pay a $500 membership fee to join the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities Economic Development Partnership Program.