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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Remember the 3 percent tax levy increase the Alexandria City Council proposed earlier this month? The fallout on taxpayers won't be as bad. In fact, most city taxpayers should actually see a decrease. That's according to new information reviewed at Monday night's council meeting.
Like just about any job, there are parts of mine that are especially challenging. Especially during the political season. In the 22 years I've been editor, I've come to realize that if both political parties are angry with me, then maybe I'm doing my job. Or maybe there are lessons to be learned. The latest dust-up happened last week over a column about the proposed voter ID amendment written by Echo Press columnist DuWayne Paul.
Is Alexandria one of the prettiest painted places in America?
Jefferson High School has spirit, how 'bout you? The school geared up for homecoming week with a coronation ceremony Monday morning coordinated by the Jefferson High School Student Council. Seniors Shelby Iverson and Kyle Blank were crowned queen and king. They'll reign over a homecoming week that's filled with a variety of activities to promote school pride and fun. All the events will lead up to a homecoming parade that's set to begin at noon this Saturday.
A pair of Legislative Candidate Forums will be taking place in Alexandria this fall. The goal is to provide Douglas County area residents with the opportunity to meet and learn about the Minnesota House and Senate candidates vying to represent the area. These candidate forums are non-partisan and are being designed as an educational opportunity for local voters. They are being organized by the Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce and Alexandria Area Economic Development Commission (AAEDC) and will be hosted by Alexandria Technical and Community College (ATCC). Two events are scheduled
Motorcycle crashes are taking a heavy toll in Minnesota this year. Through the month of August, the number of motorcycle drivers killed in the state hit 40 for the year - compared to 29 rider deaths at this time last year. On August 30, two motorcycle drivers, one from West Union, were killed in a head-on collision in Benton County about 10 miles northeast of St.
The Alexandria School Board is narrowing in on the search for a new leader for District 206. On Monday, it named the six finalists who will be considered for the position of superintendent of schools. The candidates, all of whom have significant experience in public education and administration in Minnesota, were drawn from a "strong field" of 35 applicants, according to board members. "The board went through a very involved process, carefully examining every application that we received," said board chair Dean Anderson.
When Alexandria city leaders first started going over budget requests this summer, the numbers added up to a 22 percent tax levy increase for next year. After several budget committee meetings and work sessions, the Alexandria City Council approved a 2013 preliminary tax levy increase of 3.09 percent Monday night. Two budget items were beyond the control of the council - a $43,769 increase in Alexandria Lakes Area Sanitary District's (ALASD) budget to provide services in newly annexed areas of the city and a $15,056 increase in the firefighters' retirement benefits, noted City Administrator
More information has been released about a motorcyle accident that happened near Farwell Saturday afternoon. The Douglas County Sheriff's Office received several 911 calls about a car/motorcycle crash on Douglas County Road 7 near the Pope County line at 2:36 p.m. Witnesses reported that Curtis Nolan Osborn, 59, of Wahpeton, North Dakota was traveling south when he crossed the centerline and struck the front of a northbound car driven by Debra Kay Nygaard, 50, of Farwell. Osborn and his motorcycle ended up in the ditch.
Service members and their families have a whole new level of support in Alexandria and in Douglas County. Governor Mark Dayton recently presented the county and the city official certification as "Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Networks." "It was a long process taking over a year, involving many entities," said Douglas County Commissioner Bev Bales, who headed the process for Douglas County. In addition to city and county leaders, others also came on board, including committee members, veterans service organizations, medical, education and faith-based groups, and also local government entities su