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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An annual holiday tradition once again made Christmas brighter for hundreds of families in the Douglas County area. By the time the final tally was made late Saturday night, the Alexandria Jaycees were able to raise more than $92,000 during the 63rd annual Jingle Bells Telethon. Although they fell short of the monetary goal, organizers considered the event a success because of what took place Sunday. More than 200 volunteers showed up at H.
Alexandria is one sip closer to allowing Alexandria bars to serve alcohol until 2 a.m. At its meeting Monday night, the city council unanimously approved a preliminary first reading of an ordinance amendment that would permit the later last call. Two restaurants in the city requested it - Garden Center and Bug-A-Boo Bay. The council scheduled a public hearing to get input from residents and other liquor license holders in the city. It will take place during the council's next meeting on Tuesday, December 27.
Alexandria is one sip closer to allowing Alexandria bars to serve alcohol until 2 a.m. At its meeting Monday night, the city council unanimously approved a preliminary first reading of an ordinance amendment that would permit the later last call. Two restaurants in the city requested it - Garden Center and Bug-A-Boo Bay. Read more about the council's decision in Wednesday's Echo Press. Also read complete council coverage on other topics, including: --How students from Alexandria Technical and Community College are among the finalists for designing a logo for the U.S.S.
The Minnesota Board of Firefighter Training and Education (MBFTE) notified Minnesota's 790 fire departments of their 2012 training reimbursement grants. The statewide grant total exceeds $2 million. Fourteen fire departments in the Douglas County area received grants totaling $34,118. They included Alexandria - $3,157, Brandon - $2,139, Carlos - $2,546, Evansville - $2,546, Forada - $2,444, Garfield - $2,241, Glenwood - $3,055, Hoffman - $2,444, Kensington - $2,750, Leaf Valley - $1,731, Millerville - $2,241, Miltona - $2,241, Osakis - $2,037 and Parkers Prairie - $2,546. "These grants ben
Because of a recent decision by the Obama administration, the controversial Keystone XL pipeline project will be delayed at least a year while a repeat study is done on its environmental impact. The decision came after opponents demonstrated in August and September and again last month at the White House. The Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL) of Minnesota joined the 8,000 to 12,000 people from every state in the country and Canada as they surrounded the White House. Marchers carried signs that read, "If you build it, it will leak" and chanted, "Barack Obama, yes, you can stop the pipeline." Nati
Douglas County employees taking a smoke break outside their offices will soon have to find a new place to puff - or just plain quit. Beginning on January 1, 2012, all of Douglas County's grounds and properties will be entirely tobacco-free. The initiative includes the elimination of designated outdoor areas where employees and visitors are currently permitted to use tobacco products.
Huh? How come the value of my home dropped so low yet my taxes are going up? What will I do - I was thinking of selling my house but I can't if it's only worth this much. Those are some of the reactions Douglas County property owners have had after opening their proposed property tax statements in the past few days. The "truth in taxation" statements are especially confusing this year because of a change the state Legislature made in the homestead market value credit. What used to be paid by the state as a credit must now be paid by all taxpayers in Douglas County.
The Alexandria City Council approved the city's 2012 budget and tax levy after holding a public hearing Monday night. A few adjustments were made from the preliminary budget set in September but the overall budget remained at just over $10.2 million - a 4.3 percent increase from this year. The total certified tax levy is $5.5 million - a 4.57 percent increase. Council member Virgil Batesole voted against it.
Should Alexandria bars be allowed to serve alcohol until 2 a.m.? The Alexandria City Council is once again mulling over the idea. At Monday night's Alexandria City Council meeting, Charlie Meyer, owner of Garden Center Lanes, and John Timmerman, owner of Bug-A-Boo Bay, requested to extend the time they're allowed to serve alcohol from the current 1 a.m. cutoff to 2 a.m. With a 5-0 vote, the council directed city staff to present a draft of an ordinance for its December 12 meeting that would allow the later last call. Public comment about the idea will also be accepted at the meeting.
Should Alexandria bars be allowed to serve alcohol until 2 a.m.? The Alexandria City Council is once again mulling over the idea. At Monday night's Alexandria City Council meeting, Charlie Meyer, owner of Garden Center Lanes, and John Timmerman, owner of Bug-A-Boo Bay, requested to extend the time they're allowed to serve alcohol from the current 1 a.m. cutoff to 2 a.m. Read Wednesday's Echo Press for complete details on the 2 a.m.