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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A hearing in Douglas County District Court involving the pending recount between Mary Franson and Bob Cunniff in the race for Minnesota House District 8B has been delayed a day. When Douglas County election officials were going over the canvassing results last week to prepare for the 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.
The search is on for who will be the new Ward 2 Alexandria City Council member. Incumbent Sara Carlson will be leaving the post on January 2 to serve as Alexandria mayor as a result of her election win. At Tuesday's Alexandria City Council meeting, council member Owen Miller made a motion to advertise the opening, encourage interested residents in Ward 2 to apply and to form a committee that will consider all the applicants and make a recommendation to the council. The committee will include Carlson, City Administrator Jim Taddei and Ward 4 council member Dave Benson. Council member Virgil
A project to build a 24-unit townhome development for low to moderate income families will receive a tax break from the city of Alexandria. At its meeting Tuesday night, the city council voted 3-2 to approve a tax increment financing (TIF) request for Deer Ridge Townhomes. The Alexandria Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA) and a private developer, DW Jones Inc. of Walker, are partners in the $4.2 million project. The vote came with controversy.
Veterans come from all walks of life. They're ordinary people living ordinary lives who are asked to do extraordinary things for their country. Their acts of bravery and sacrifice to preserve American freedoms should never be taken for granted. That was part of the message Major General Gerald E. Lang with the Minnesota Army National Guard delivered in Alexandria on Sunday, Veterans Day. Lang, who lives in Sauk Rapids, is the assistant deputy commanding general for the U.S. Army Materiel Command at its headquarters at the Redstone Army Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama.
Your one vote can make a difference. That's one of the lessons that can be learned from Tuesday's election. In the Minnesota House District 8B race, Incumbent Republican Mary Franson of Alexandria defeated DFLer Bob Cunniff of Alexandria, 10,652 to 10,651. Cunniff carried Douglas County's 17 precincts but Franson picked up enough support in the other 37 districts to win re-election, barring any changes that could occur in a recount (see related story). Other state Legislature winners included Republican Bill Ingebrigtsen in Senate District 8, Republican Torrey Westrom in Senate District 12
Two challengers defeated incumbents in Douglas County commissioner races Tuesday. In District 2, Jim Stratton edged Norm Salto by a margin of 2,109 to 1,867, and in District 4, Charlie Meyer prevailed over Paul C.
The Alexandria City Council will have a new look when it convenes in 2013. Sara Carlson, who has been serving as Ward 2's council member, will be the new mayor. She defeated Mark Pederson in Tuesday's election by a margin of 3,771 votes to 2,216. Incumbent Mayor Dan Ness is stepping down from the council. "I'm very excited and happy and ready to continue the work of the city," she said Wednesday. Carlson believes her nine years of experience on the council was a key factor in her victory.
The talk of the election in Douglas County today will likely be the outcome of the Minnesota House District 8B race.
After months of campaigning and cajoling, candidates running for political office could only wait for the results to come in Tuesday. Polls were still open when this issue of the Echo Press went to press Tuesday morning. Complete election results will be printed in Friday's newspaper. Douglas County residents can also find up-to-the-minute results on www.echopress.com .
It isn't your typical landscaping project. Because the customer's property is on an island on Lake Brophy west of Alexandria, Grand Designs Landscaping is using a barge to transport supplies to the job. Ferguson Brothers is providing the equipment to load the landscaping materials and Custom Boardwalk is supplying the barge. Crews were loading up the 12-by-40-foot barge with materials all last week, making several trips from the Lake Brophy public access out to the property. A temporary ramp was built on the property owner's hillside to make the work go easier. Grand Designs worked with D