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 race in Minnesota House District 8B is still razor thin following a state-ordered recount in Douglas County Wednesday morning. After ballots from all 17 precincts were recounted, Republican incumbent Mary Franson and DFL challenger Bob Cunniff each picked up one additional vote. The recount will now switch to the other county in the district, Otter Tail, where ballots will be scrutinized tomorrow. When votes were tallied on election night, Franson held a one-vote lead.
If you think recounting ballots from an election would be a fairly simple process, think again. The rules and procedures are detailed and complex. The Minnesota Secretary of State's recount plan for the Mary Franson/Bob Cunniff recount in House District 8B fills six pages. Here's a look at the plan: Recount scope The votes cast at the November 6, 2012 State General Election for the office of State Representative District 8B for Mary Franson and Bob Cunniff in Douglas and Otter Tail counties and for the office of State Senator District 20 for Mike Dudley and Kevin L.
A state-ordered recount is underway for the race between Minnesota House 8B candidates, Mary Franson, R-Alexandria, and Bob Cunniff, DFL-Alexandria. The process began in Douglas County this morning and will proceed in Otter Tail County tomorrow. In Douglas County, the recount was moving along swiftly, according to election officials and attorneys for the candidates. They predicted that the results should be available this afternoon. Only a couple of ballots had been challenged. After the election, Franson held a one-vote lead.
Another recount will take place in Douglas County -- this one for the Douglas County Commissioner District 5 race between incumbent Dan Olson and Carol Wenner. Olson appeared to be the winner on election night by a slim 18-vote margin, 1,534 to 1,516. The race for House District 8B between incumbent Republican Mary Franson and DFLer Bob Cunniff was even closer, with Franson winning by one vote. When local election officials were certifying the results, they came across errors, a total of 35 over-votes, in three polling places in the city of Alexandria - Ward 1, precinct 2, Ward 3, and Ward
A 3 percent lodging tax in Alexandria is generating big bucks for promoting the local tourism scene. Through the first nine months of this year, the tax has raised more than $200,000 and is on track to eclipse last year's record-breaking mark of $237,153 by 4 percent. Sara Stadtherr, executive director of Alexandria Hotel and Hospitality (AHH) - the organization that collects and oversees the proceeds - went over the numbers with the Alexandria City Council at its meeting Monday night. The lodging tax is added on to the bills paid by guests staying at 598 rooms at 15 local lodging establish
Those walking along the Central Lakes Trail near Big Ole Central Park may have been wondering what's up with the skinny new building that started to take shape there earlier this summer. It's a new shelter kiosk trailhead - the first of its kind to be constructed on the 55 miles of the Central Lakes Trail. On Tuesday, the key players in the project gathered to celebrate the near completion of the project. The kiosk will not only provide shelter and a safe entry point onto the trail but many other conveniences as well, including bicycle racks, a free "Green Bike" check-out program, benches,
Have you ever been deflated by that little voice in your head that tells you you're "too old" to do something? Drown out that voice with some Bruce Springsteen music, or at least follow his lead. His passion for music, combined with his energy, focus and sense of fun make him an ageless wonder. I had the chance to see The Boss at the Xcel in St. Paul earlier this month on his Wrecking Ball tour. Wow!
The discarding of 35 ballots from three Alexandria precincts where errors occurred on Election Day has padded House District 8B candidate Mary Franson's lead over Bob Cunniff to 11. The Douglas County Canvassing Board removed the ballots at random last Wednesday, to abide by District Judge David Battey's ruling yesterday. Of the ballots removed, 22 were for Cunniff, 12 were for Franson and one was not marked. Subtracting those votes from the district-wide totals gives Franson an 11-vote edge, 10,640 to 10,629.
State House District 8B candidate Mary Franson won a legal decision involving her one-vote victory over Bob Cunniff. On Tuesday, Judge Dave Battey granted Franson's request to declare that "obvious errors" had occurred in the election, which will trigger a process Franson favored: Removing 35 votes at random from the three precincts in Alexandria where the mistakes occurred. Battey ordered the Douglas County Canvassing Board to inspect the ballots and returns of the affected precincts and correct the error in accordance with Minnesota statutes by removing the ballots before a pending recount
A judge is expected to make a decision today concerning the one-vote election win of Mary Franson over Bob Cunniff in Minnesota House District 8B. When Douglas County election officials were going over the canvassing results last week to prepare for an automatic recount, they noticed that 32 voters in Alexandria Wards 1 and 5 were given ballots that allowed them to vote in the Franson-Cunniff race when they were supposed to be voting in the neighboring House District 12B race. In addition, in Alexandria Ward 3, there were three more ballots cast than there were signatures on the voting roste