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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Even though a government shutdown has stopped state highway construction in its tracks, Alexandria is going ahead with two street overlay projects totaling $675,000. One project is to overlay Nokomis Street, which also doubles as State Highway 29 North, from 3rd to 6th Avenue. The Alexandria City Council agreed to call for bids on the project at its meeting Monday night.
Neither the heat nor the humidity could sap the strength of those who gathered by the hundreds at Citizens Field in Alexandria Friday. They were there to rally against cancer, support those who are battling the deadly disease as well as to pay tribute to those who fought the fight in the past. The 2011 Douglas County American Cancer Society (ACS) Relay for Life was a success, raising more than $120,000 for cancer research.
Even though a government shutdown has stopped state highway construction in its tracks, Alexandria is going ahead with two street overlay projects totaling $675,000. One project is to overlay Nokomis Street, which also doubles as State Highway 29 North, from 3rd to 6th Avenue. The Alexandria City Council agreed to call for bids on the project at its meeting Monday night. See Wednesday's Echo Press to find out what the other project is, along with other city council news, including the status of its application for a sculpture in Big Ole Central Park; an upcoming 5K/10K run that will help an
A tax abatement request to help build a new eye clinic in Alexandria received a green light Monday night. The Alexandria City Council approved the application from Hoven and Anderson Properties LLP after holding a public hearing that drew no comments from the public. Plans call for a 5,400-square-foot facility, Eye Associates of Alexandria, to be built at 1610 Broadway and Aga Drive, the site of the old China Buffet.
Nineteen marching bands. Around 1,500 musicians.
To boost awareness and help promote the Douglas County Relay for Life, organizers plan to "Paint the Town Purple" next week. They're encouraging businesses to help decorate Alexandria in purple as a way of uniting against cancer. The kick-off will take place Tuesday, July 5 at 6 p.m. at the Big Ole Viking statue on North Broadway with a small ceremony.
A tax abatement request to help build a new eye clinic in Alexandria received a green light Monday night. The Alexandria City Council approved the application from Hoven and Anderson Properties LLP. The clinic will be built at 1610 Broadway and Aga Drive, the site of the old China Buffet - one of the last, large vacant lots along the Broadway corridor. Read Wednesday's Echo Press for more details about the project and find out about other council items, including a city audit, a pending bond sale of $2,475,000, a new way of measuring the city's performance based on citizen surveys and more.
Three people were injured in a two-vehicle crash on Highway 27 about eight miles west of Alexandria Wednesday at about 4:15 p.m. Jacob Lee, 27, of Cottage Grove was driving south on County Road 7 west of Holmes City and, according to the State Patrol, failed to yield to a Lincoln MKS driven by Loralie Bolgrean, 20 of Hoffman, who was eastbound on Highway 27. After the crash, both vehicles came to rest in the southeast ditch of the intersection. Lee, Bolgrean, and a passenger in the Lincoln, Cindy Stark-Bolgrean, 56, of Hoffman all suffered non-life-threatening injuries and were transported
A former Alexandria resident died in an apparent drowning in Daytona Beach, Florida last Thursday, June 16. Mark Howe, 52, was wading in the ocean with two friends when he stumbled, fell and drowned in knee to waist-deep water. He was pronounced dead about an hour later, according to a story printed in the Daytona Beach News-Journal. The incident happened near the Zelda Boulevard beach approach in Daytona Beach.
More than 650 motorcycle riders enjoyed a rumbling good time in Alexandria over the weekend. Alexandria hosted the 22nd annual Minnesota State Harley Owners Group (HOG) Rally. Organizers were hoping to draw about 500 motorcycle drivers into town and were pleasantly surprised when registrations quickly exceeded that mark. "It went really well," said DeWayne Nelson, 2011 rally coordinator. "It definitely exceeded our expectations." One of the rally's highlights was a parade of motorcycles that cruised along Alexandria's Broadway on Saturday.