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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Students in Alexandria School District 206 fared well in the latest round of state testing. A glance at the results of Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) reading and math scores reveal that Alexandria School District 206 students continue to outperform their Minnesota peers in proficiency, as well as nine regional school districts with comparable demographics, according to District 206 leaders. "We're celebrating right now," said Julie Critz, director of Teaching and Learning. "As a school system, we are so excited and proud of our students' performance on the 2012 MCA tests.
A new work of art took root in Alexandria Tuesday. It's a colorful, life-sized sculpture called "The Gathering Tree" - the city's first-ever public art creation. The city will host an ice cream social to inaugurate the sculpture. It will take place Thursday, August 23 at 4 p.m. in Big Ole Central Park, where the sculpture is located.
Ben Vangsness of Alexandria accomplished a feat no Resorters Men's Division entrant has done since 2003 - successfully defend their title. He had to knock off Jerry Rose of Sarasota, Florida, the Resorters champion in 1979, 1983 and 2000, to do it. The 24-year-old accountant with CliftonLarsonAllen in Alexandria edged Rose, 54, 2-1 at the Alexandria Golf Course Saturday afternoon. It was the division's closest final match since 2002. Vangsness advanced to the finals after winning a pressure-filled 19-hole match against Dylan Gergen of Mendota Heights in the semis.
Now it's time for the candidates in Douglas County commissioner District 4 to have their say. To help voters reach a more informed decision for the primary election on August 12, the Echo Press mailed questionnaires to the commissioner candidates. Here are the responses for those running in District 4 - Paul C. Anderson, Bill Dropik, Don Kortie Jr. and Charlie Meyer. PAUL C. ANDERSON 1. Please provide background information (occupation, how long you've lived in the area, education, family, etc.). I was raised in Pope County and graduated from Villard High School.
To help voters reach a more informed decision in the primary election on August 14, the Echo Press mailed questionnaires to the Douglas County commissioner candidates. Here are the responses from the four candidates who are running in District 3 - Bev Bales, David Erickson, Bert Pexsa and Jerry Rapp. (Candidates were limited to a 500 word response to five questions.) BEV BALES 1.
A development large enough to accommodate a small city is moving ahead in southeast Alexandria across from the new high school near Lake Burgen. Not everyone is welcoming it with open arms. Residents living near the lake are worried about the magnitude of the development and its impact on the lake. LBR Properties is pursuing the development known as Stonemanor.
To help voters reach a more informed decision in the primary election on August 14, the Echo Press mailed questionnaires to the Douglas County commissioner candidates. Districts 2, 3 and 4 will hold primaries because more than two candidates have filed for the position. The two top vote-getters in each district will appear on the ballot this November. This series will start with responses from the candidates in District 2: Jim Hafdal, Norm Salto and James Stratton. District 3 will be profiled on August 1 and District 4 responses will be printed on August 3.
A Zorbaz restaurant is one step closer to opening out of the old Wharf site in north Alexandria. At its meeting Monday night, the Alexandria City Council voted 4-1 to create a tax increment financing (TIF) district for the Zorbaz development at 2710 North Nokomis Street and to approve the TIF plan for it. Zorbaz On the Lake, a pizza and Mexican food chain, will use the tax break to completely renovate the 4,400-square-foot building, which was gutted by a fire 12 years ago. The project is expected to cost between $1.5 and $1.7 million.
The show will go on - even though the TV station that was broadcasting it has ceased operations. The annual Jingle Bells telethon, hosted by the Alexandria Jaycees, is a tradition that has positively impacted families in the Alexandria area for more than 60 years. It's helped those who receive food and toys during the holiday season when they have little means to provide basic necessities for their families.
A year-long dispute about a decision to pump stormwater out of Garfield into a ditch that flows into area lakes has been resolved, at least for now. The Cowdry, Taylor, Stony and Union (CTSU) Lakes Association, Lake Brophy Association and the Douglas County Board reached an agreement at a court-ordered mediation hearing on July 9. It allows the city of Garfield to pump stormwater into Ditch 1 and puts in place 11 conditions for doing so. The agreement amends an order issued by the Douglas County commissioners on July 12, 2011, which allowed Garfield to use the outlet into Douglas County Dit