Al Edenloff has been the editor of the Echo Press since 1990. 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 before being promoted to editor. 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 fire destroyed a shed at 607 5th Avenue East in Alexandria at about 12:30 p.m. Thursday. When firefighters arrived at the scene, flames were spreading quickly throughout the small structure, sending thick clouds of black smoke into the air. The fast-moving blaze took down overhead powerlines, setting off sparks of electricity as the lines popped and snapped.
Alexandria continues to flex its economic development muscle. City representatives on the Alexandria Area Economic Development Commission (AAEDC), Kevin Kopischke and Corliss Stark, presented the commission's annual report to the city council at its meeting Monday. Kopischke noted that the AAEDC is celebrating its 20th year and its mission remains the same: driving the economic wealth and stability of the community. Alexandria's "pull factor" - a measure of a community's ability to draw customers to its retail industry - is impressive, according to Kopischke. Pull factors are determined by
I ran in a 5K race in Fargo last weekend. Notice I said "ran" instead of "competed" because that's a more accurate description of what took place. Actually "ran" isn't quite the right word either. "Jogged" is more fitting. But even though my time - just over 37 minutes to complete 3.2 miles - wasn't the speediest, I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I'm not a seasoned runner. This was only the second 5K I've participated in. But I do like to jog every now and then to burn off some stress, enjoy the outdoors and to take a break from sitting on the couch.
Despite challenging economic times, economic development in Alexandria and the Douglas County area is flying high. The trend was reflected in a recent report by Site Selection magazine on the 2009 top "micropolitans," which ranks communities based upon the number of qualifying significant commercial construction/expansion projects. The Alexandria micropolitan statistical area (MSA) was ranked as the fastest growing MSA in Minnesota and tied for the position of 17th fastest growing MSA in the United States. Achieving a highly ranked micropolitan status is a feather in the community's cap, ac
Knute Nelson's plans to build a 139-unit senior living campus rolled smoothly ahead at Monday night's Alexandria City Council meeting. Other noteworthy topics - a change order for the police station project, an overlay bid that was well over the city's estimate, the pothole problem at the post office and more. The new campus - a planned unit development known as Grand Arbor - will be located along Pioneer Road (County Road 106) and 50th Avenue.
Knute Nelson's plans to build a 139-unit senior living campus for independent living, memory care and assisted living rolled smoothly ahead Monday night. After a public hearing on the project didn't raise any objections, the Alexandria City Council approved the nursing home's bond and revenue note application to finance the $27 million project. "This is a very exciting project," noted Mayor Dan Ness. The process of issuing housing development bonds is known as "pass-through financing" and won't affect the city's tax levy, noted Jason Murray, director of the Alexandria Area Economic Developm
Five people suffered minor injuries in a two-vehicle crash near Garfield Sunday. The accident happened at about 5:30 p.m. at the intersection of County Roads 8 and 40, two miles south of Garfield.
The life of a Douglas County sheriff's deputy who was killed in the line of duty nearly 32 years ago was remembered on Saturday, May 15. As part of Law Enforcement Memorial Day, Senator Bill Ingebrigtsen of Alexandria addressed the Minnesota Senate about the life and death of Curt Felt. Felt was shot and killed on June 29, 1978 while transporting a prisoner from the Douglas County Courthouse. The shooter, a convicted drunk driver, had appeared in court for sentencing.
About 700 students from Alexandria Technical College should be wearing shades after Friday. Armed with degrees, their future looks bright. Graduation ceremonies were held in the morning for the law enforcement students and later that evening for the rest of the student body. The number of graduates is up slightly from last year, according to Eric Karlstad, director of student success at the ATC. Enrollment this past year set a record, which boosts the prospects of even larger graduating classes in the next year or two, Karlstad added. Enrollment in the college's law enforcement and medica
As the wrecking ball slammed into it again and again, you could feel the ground rumble from several feet away. Alexandria's old sewer plant along 3rd Avenue West was demolished Wednesday. It wasn't easy work.