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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More than 110 firefighters, first responders and law enforcement students and officers searched a wide, rural area southeast of Forada Friday afternoon, looking for any clues to find an 18-year-old...
Work to transform the site of the old Jefferson High School in Alexandria is moving right along. The building was demolished this past summer and since then, the focus has shifted to the second and final phase of the project—getting the site ready for future development. This includes demolishing the accessory buildings, such as the grandstands, ticket booth and running track, along with grading and seeding the site, according to Tom Wacholz, president of ORB Management. "The plan is to make it presentable for the neighborhood and potential buyers," Wacholz said.
Accolades for Alexandria's John Hawkes continue to roll in. He will be presented with the "North Star Award of Excellence" during the sixth annual Twin Cities Film Festival (TCFF), October 21-31. The honor includes a retrospective of Hawkes' acting career, from his first roles in the 1980s to critically acclaimed portrayals in The Perfect Storm, Winter's Bone, Lincoln and The Sessions. Hawkes, a 1977 graduate of Jefferson High School in Alexandria, also stars in the centerpiece indie film of this year's TCFF — Too Late. He plays the role of private investigator Mel Sampson, who is ta
People working together for the common good — not laws — can play the biggest role in closing the gap of getting skilled workers to fill high-tech manufacturing jobs. That was one of the lessons the Center of the American Experiment learned from a public meeting in Alexandria last Wednesday. The center, a Minneapolis-based think tank, selected Alexandria to lead off a dozen informal town meetings because of its track record of success. Alexandria is a thriving regional manufacturing hub, creating 18 percent of local jobs, noted Ron Eibensteiner, a Minneapolis-based venture capit
What is the best way of dealing with someone who starts firing a gun inside a school or a business? Nineteen people from law enforcement, schools, and businesses learned about the most effective strategies during an active shooter response training course at Alexandria Technical and Community College Friday. It was part of the ALICE Training Institute, an acronym for the key steps in reacting to a shooter: Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate. Those attending learned skills that bridge the gap between the time a violent event begins and law enforcement arrives. One big lesson: The
Three people were honored for their efforts in making the Douglas County community more aware of domestic violence and how to prevent it. During the Domestic Abuse Awareness Luncheon on October 14, Alexandria Mayor Sara Carlson presented the Mayor's Peace Awards to Clara and Chuck Pogose, and Chuck Nettestad. Clara, a domestic violence survivor, was the speaker at the 2013 Taking Steps Against Domestic Violence Walk in Alexandria.
Craft beer drinkers can clink their mugs to this: Alexandria may soon have its first brewery/tap room. Copper Trail Brewing Company's applied for a conditional use permit, which was recommended for approval by the Alexandria Planning Commission Monday night.
Work has started to build a greenhouse/agriculture education center at Alexandria Area High School (AAHS). The project has been in development for about a year and was part of the original community vision for the high school project. Five complete bids and one incomplete bid were submitted to the district.
A 27-year-old Alexandria man pleaded guilty to two of the seven charges filed against him that stemmed from an alleged assault and high-speed chase in Alexandria on August 24. Alton Antonio Howard entered the pleas on October 8 in Douglas County District Court, admitting that he fled from a police officer, a felony, and committed fifth-degree assault, a misdemeanor. He is also charged with felony second-degree assault, fourth-degree assault, which is a gross misdemeanor, and misdemeanor charges of fourth-degree criminal damage to property, obstruction of the legal process and reckless drivin
The Echo Press and the Lakes Area Humane Society (LAHS) in Alexandria present this week’s “Pet of the Week” – Goblin. Goblin, a Basset Hound/Lab blend, is 6 to 7...