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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The two Republican state senators representing Douglas County were satisfied with the outcome of the legislative session. Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen, R-Alexandria, said Senate Republicans held firm on their opposition to Gov. Tim Walz's transportation tax increases, which included a 20-cent gas tax, and instead pushed for a permanent cut in the middle-income tax rate.
Creative Landscape of Alexandria will do the maintenance work at Knute Nelson Ballpark this summer. It submitted the lone quote for the work for $10,100 — a 3 percent increase from last year — and the Alexandria City Council accepted it Monday night. The work includes getting the field ready for more than 100 games throughout the summer. Workers drag the field, chalk the baselines, paint the outfield foul lines and mow, as needed. After the games, workers collect litter from the grandstands and observation decks.
Residents in three Alexandria mobile home parks should feel safer this summer. They now have an approved shelter to go to and an evacuation plan to follow if a tornado or severe thunderstorm threatens. At its meeting Monday night, the Alexandria City Council approved emergency plans for the Hustad, Meadowland Estates and Viking City parks. Two other parks — HiView and Viking Lakes Village — already have on-site shelters.
The Alexandria City Council awarded bids for two big road and sewer projects Monday night — a pedestrian underpass near Woodland Elementary School and underground work to connect service lines to a restroom in the new Veterans Memorial Park that's being built on Broadway and Eighth Avenue. The low bid for the two combined projects was submitted by Ferguson Brothers of Alexandria and came in at $849,111, which was below the estimate of $883,591. With engineering, the total cost of the project will be $976,491.
A Douglas County sheriff’s deputy shot a man in Kensington after a confrontation early Tuesday morning. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office has requested the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension to investigate the officer-involved shooting that took place shortly before 1 a.m. Three Douglas County deputies and a Grant County deputy were at the scene, which involved a “physical altercation” with the man, according to a news release issued by the sheriff’s office.
A Douglas County deputy's decision to fatally shoot a 27-year-old Miltona man two months ago was justified, according to Douglas County Attorney Chad Larson. In a news release issued today, Friday, Larson said that an investigation showed that the victim, Tyler Schmidtbauer, repeatedly disobeyed Deputy Alex Herzberg's orders to put down a shotgun and at one point he raised the shotgun before Herzberg shot him through a door.
Twenty businesses accepted Alexandria Mayor Sara Carlson's "Peace Challenge" last Friday by agreeing to take a stand against domestic abuse and harassment. It wasn't just lip service. They agreed to undertake specific, mandatory tasks, including: • Providing employees with workplace policies regarding domestic abuse and harassment. • Providing employees with training. • Displaying posters, brochures and informational flyers about sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, stalking, and local services that are available.
The National Day of Prayer was observed in Alexandria today, May 2. More than 300 people attended the National Day of Prayer Breakfast that took place at Broadway Ballroom starting at 5:45 a.m. The theme for the 2019 nationwide event is "Love One Another." It comes from the words of Jesus in John 13:34, "Love one another. Just as I have loved you."
How big is the demand for affordable rental housing in Douglas County? Big enough for families to start lining up at 6:30 a.m. when the Douglas County Housing and Redevelopment Authority began to accept "Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher" applications for the first time in nearly three years. Within two hours, 37 people applied for assistance and 20 more applied later that day, according to Shelby Thesing, Section 8 coordinator with the Douglas County HRA.
Drivers going either direction on Interstate 94 between County Road 159/St. John's Road near Collegeville, and Highway 27/County Road 3 near Osakis, will encounter intermittent delays starting this week. Segments along the 45-mile stretch of the interstate will be reduced to a single lane beginning today, Tuesday, April 30, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. The lane closure will occur Mondays through Fridays, from sunrise to sunset, and will be complete in mid-May. The closures are needed while crews repair gravel shoulders along the interstate.