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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Six friends from Osakis will be going on a bike ride in a couple of weeks. Not just any bike ride. This one will last six days, cover about 468 miles and cut through the entire state of Iowa. It's all for a good cause — Ivy's Legacy Foundation, a Sauk Centre-based nonprofit that provides comfort and support to infants and families in need. The Osakis friends came up with a catchy name for their team: "Pedaling for a Purpose." Members are team leader Adam Saltmarsh, and Cody DeWenter, Shane Massmann, Dacotah Stanek, Kasondra Collins and Kenzie Schmiesing.
The streets of downtown Osakis were a hot rod heaven on Saturday, July 12 People near and far checked out more than 120 vintage vehicles at the 28th annual Roddin' Round the Lake Show-n-Shine car show sponsored by the Central Lakes Cruzers of Osakis. Activities began Friday, July 12 with a social night and customer appreciation feed at NAPA Auto Parts.
Boats from bygone eras sparked memories and conversations at the Legacy of the Lakes Museum's annual Boat and Car Show at Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center's marina Saturday, July 13. The warm day was picture-perfect with bright sunny skies and a gentle ripple on Lake Darling as a steady crowd of people looked over the boats gleaming with varnish and chrome, and brimming with history.
Douglas County dispatch has taken multiple calls of a bull that's on the loose in the south side of the city of Alexandria. The sheriff's office issued a code red alert about the incident at about 7:30 a.m. Sunday, July 14. The black angus bull has two yellow ear tags, which read TNTF381. Anyone with information on who the owner might be should contact the Alexandria Police Department at 320-762-8151.
Make way for another big apartment complex in Alexandria. Kinkead Apartments will be a four-story, 128,000-square-foot facility off of 50th Avenue, south of the Knute Nelson Grand Arbor campus. It will provide 103 units of mixed income housing with one, two or three bedrooms. Twenty percent of the units will be available to those with low to moderate incomes. The $15.5 million project also calls for green space, a dog park, in-room laundry, a fitness center and garages.
The Douglas County Housing and Redevelopment Authority's plan to provide more rental housing options for low-income families hit a wall Monday night. The Alexandria City Council voted 4-0 to deny the HRA's request that would allow it to develop 14.26 acres of land it recently purchased at 1231 North Nokomis NE. The site is located off Northside Drive behind the Habitat for Humanity building. Since the project is in the city limits, state law requires the county HRA to get permission from the city to exercise its powers to develop the land.
Alexandria City Council member Todd Jensen said that making the pedestrian crossing at Third Avenue and Kenwood Street safer needs to be a priority. "That intersection is a death trap," he said at the council's July 8 meeting. "We need to be more vocal with the state before someone dies there." Traffic zips along Third Avenue East at a fast clip — so fast that drivers aren't heeding the yellow crossing signs to yield to pedestrians who are at the crosswalk. One of the signs, in fact, has been knocked over repeatedly by drivers, Jensen said.
The good: Manufacturing executives continue to display extremely high levels of confidence about their company's prospects in the coming year. The bad: A shortage of workers has emerged as the dominant issue that companies say will impact their future growth. The ugly: Seven out of 10 manufacturing executives say it's difficult even finding qualified workers to fill openings at their companies.
Two crashes with injuries happened at the same busy intersection in south Alexandria -- Highway 29 South and Dakota Street near Target -- Wednesday, July 3. The first crash happened shortly before 12:30 p.m. and the second at about 4 p.m. Alexandria police officers responded to both scenes, along with North Ambulance and tow trucks. Both crashes resulted in injuries that required hospital care. Traffic backed up on Highway 29 as emergency responders worked the scenes.
Automobiles from bygone eras revved into the Douglas County Fairgrounds Sunday, June 30. It was the Alexandria Vintage Car Club's 31st annual Vintage Car Show. Despite some early rain in the morning, the show shined with gleaming vehicles that caught the eye of car buffs who came from miles away to either enter their own cars or take in the show.