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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The Alexandria City Council is exploring the idea of enacting a local sales tax. City Administrator Jim Taddei broached the topic at Monday night's council meeting as a way of dealing with cuts in local government aid (LGA). Taddei said that based on information from the state, the city was expecting to receive the same amount of LGA this year that it received last year. However, a recent House research department printout showed Alexandria's projected 2012 LGA at $1,094,247 - $110,700 less than it received in 2011. A city's population is a key factor in determining LGA.
Construction in the greater Alexandria area is continuing along its road to recovery. That's according to the Alexandria Building Department's annual report that was presented to the Alexandria City Council Monday night. The department issued 1,214 permits for projects valued at more than $53 million in 2011 - a 4 percent increase from 2010's valuation of $50.1 million when 1,089 permits were issued.
$884. That's how much money an average two-worker family in Douglas County would lose, on average, through the end of this year if a federal payroll tax cut isn't extended, according to a new report. The information was released last week by the two U.S.
Hundreds of people in the Douglas County area have healthier mouths, thanks to Caring Hands Dental Clinic in Alexandria. The clinic continues to grow, providing access for dental care and education to area residents who are on Medical Assistance or MinnesotaCare through the Minnesota Health Care Programs, as well as others in need. The clinic operates as a non-profit organization with 501(c)(3) tax status, making most all donations provided tax deductible.
GOP: SANTORUM RIDES BIG WAVE OF SUPPORT Rick Santorum was the clear favorite in the presidential race among Douglas County Republicans at their caucus Tuesday night. In a non-binding straw poll vote, Santorum picked up 209 votes. The next closest candidate was Newt Gingrich with 49 votes, followed by Mitt Romney with 36 and Ron Paul with 27. Santorum prevailed in every county precinct where more than five votes were tallied. The results mirrored the rest of Minnesota.
A fast moving fire destroyed a duplex at 823 Kenwood Street in Alexandria Monday afternoon. Shortly after 1 p.m., a renter in the house woke up, smelled smoke, opened a hallway door and saw flames and smoke. "He did everything right - he got out quickly and called 911," said Alexandria Fire Chief Jeff Karrow. The house is owned by Dean Roering, who also lives in the duplex but was out of town at the time of the fire. Karrow estimated the damage, including personal property that was lost, at between $95,000 and $100,000. The fire is believed to have started in the kitchen and isn't conside
A project to overlay Rosewood Lane - a $360,000 undertaking - will likely be delayed at least another year. At its most recent meeting, the Alexandria City Council received a memo in its information package from Assistant City Administrator Marty Schultz to remove the project from this year's capital improvement plan because of budget concerns. The council hasn't acted on the request yet. At the end of last year, the capital improvement fund had a balance of $1.59 million and now has about $650,000 available for projects. Schultz noted that city staff takes a conservative approach and want
A decision last summer to pump excess storm water into a Garfield wetland is set to land in Douglas County District Court Friday. Lake associations representing Cowdry, Taylor, Stony, Union (CTSU) and Brophy lakes filed notices to appeal the Douglas County Board's pumping decision last August. A hearing between the lake associations and the Douglas County Board, acting as the drainage authority, is set for February 3 at 10:45 a.m. The associations claim that when the city of Garfield, with the county's approval, pumped water down County Road 82 into Ditch 1 on July 8 using two eight-inch pi
When President Obama starting talking about training workers to fill high-tech jobs during his State of the Union message Tuesday night, Kevin Kopischke took a keen interest. But he didn't have to turn up the TV from the couch. All he had to do was lean forward a bit. Kopischke, president of Alexandria Technical and Community College (ATCC), was sitting in the balcony of the U.S. House of Representatives chamber in Washington, D.C. where the president delivered his hour-long speech. U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, who toured the ATCC a year ago, invited Kopischke to attend the event with her.
Attention all Alexandria residents: City leaders want your ideas and input about a sweeping document that will shape the city for decades to come. The city is just beginning to update its comprehensive plan, which was adopted in 1995 and tweaked in 2002 and 2007. It's like a blueprint of the city's future, touching all aspects of the community - demographic trends, natural resources, future land uses, development, housing and neighborhoods, transportation, parks, trails, recreation and more. At Monday night's Alexandria City Council meeting, City Planner Mike Weber invited residents to che