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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Carl Vaagenes, chief executive officer at Alomere Health in Alexandria, recently received a state award for his efforts in improving health care. He was the recipient of one of 11 awards presented by the Minnesota Hospital Association May 31 that honored innovative programs and outstanding leaders in health care. Awards were given for extraordinary achievement in categories ranging from advocacy on behalf of hospitals and volunteerism to innovation and improvement in patient care and patient safety.
For the fourth time, the city of Alexandria is seeking state funds to add a third ice rink at the Runestone Community Center. At its meeting Monday, the Alexandria City Council unanimously voted to submit an application to the Minnesota Department of Management and Budget requesting the expansion to be included in the state Legislature's 2020 bonding bill. The deadline for applying for the grant is June 14. As it did for the 2018 bonding bill, the city will work with local legislators and the state budget department to try to get matching funds.
Alexandria firefighters will soon have new equipment that could save lives. The council authorized Fire Chief Jeff Karrow to get quotes for a battery-powered "Jaws of Life" tool to pry open doors of vehicles damaged in crashes or to rescue people trapped inside a residence. Firefighters use the extrication equipment about 30 times a year. The "eDraulic" rescue system, which would include a cutter, spreader and ram, is expected to cost about $32,000. It would replace existing equipment.
The flashing yellow light that warns drivers on Alexandria's Nokomis Street to stop for pedestrians in the Noonan Park crosswalk is not being noticed enough, according to Alexandria City Council member Roger Thalman. At Monday's Alexandria City Council meeting, he asked City Engineer Tim Schonhooven to see if there are other options such as a red light, a crossarm or better signs. "It looks like an accident waiting to happen," Thalman said. Schoonhoven said he would look into it and make a recommendation to the council.
Four suspects who were arrested in Alexandria June 4 after a drug investigation now face felony charges. The suspects, who were charged in Douglas County District Court June 6, include: Derrek Valicenti, 36, of Alexandria; Germane Flemons, 38, of Chicago; Delores Ellzey, 36, of Chicago; and Joe Herdman, 31, of Henning.
As part of National Get Outdoors Day this Saturday, June 8, Lake Carlos State Park is offering free access to the park and several activities to explore. No vehicle passes will be required to get into the park. "We are hoping to see lots of new faces, along with the many regulars," said Ben Eckhoff, area naturalist for the park. "Our goal is to get everyone outside and the weather looks to be helping make that easier." Here are some of the activities: Yoga at the Park, 10 to 11 a.m.
A candidate with an extensive military background, Joel A. Novak of Alexandria, recently announced that he will be running as a Republican for U.S. representative in Minnesota's 7th Congressional District in 2020. The incumbent is Collin Peterson, DFL-Detroit Lakes, who has held the office since his election in 1990. Novak has lived in western Minnesota his whole life, 58 years. He said he's running for many reasons, but two stand out:
Four people were arrested and drugs with a street value of more than $15,000 were seized in Alexandria Tuesday, June 4. The Douglas County SWAT team obtained a warrant to search a residence on the 2100 block of Fillmore Street in Alexandria. This was the result of an ongoing investigation by the West Central Minnesota Drug and Violent Crime Task Force into the sale of drugs, according to the Alexandria Police Department. Investigators found heroin, methamphetamine and other drugs. The four adults are in custody pending formal charging for drug-related offenses.
An Alexandria man was taken to the hospital after a five-vehicle crash in a construction zone on Interstate 94 Monday morning, June 3. Mark John Trumm, 62, was transported by ambulance to Alomere Health with non-life-threatening injuries, according to the State Patrol.
A new public dock, "Rotary Pier," was installed this month on the south shore of Lake Agnes near Big Ole Central Park. The Alexandria Rotary Club spearheaded the project, donating $17,737 to the city of Alexandria. Rotary members said they're excited to provide this amenity to the residents and visitors of Alexandria. There will be no cost to the city other than maintenance and putting the dock in and out.