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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Senate Republicans passed a comprehensive environment and natural resources bill Tuesday, April 23 on a bipartisan vote of 35-32. The omnibus budget bill, authored by Senator Bill Ingebrigtsen, R-Alexandria, continues to place an emphasis on funding Minnesota's critical environment priorities with efforts to tackle both Aquatic Invasive Species and Chronic Wasting Disease. It also calls for increased access and continued funding for state parks.
Alexandria's red-hot residential construction kicked up another notch Monday night. The Alexandria City Council issued a conditional use permit to Keupers, Inc. to build and operate two 35-unit apartment buildings in a general business zone. The Westfield Apartments will be located on the southeast corner of the 41st and 42nd Avenue intersection, about 200 feet southwest of Dakota Street in Heritage Industrial Park near Apol's Harley-Davidson.
A $6.9 million project to build a three-story apartment building in Alexandria with 33 units for low-income and homeless people may get a tax break. At its meeting Monday, the Alexandria City Council agreed to allow tax increment financing for "Central Lakes Apartments II," a partnership between the Alexandria Housing and Redevelopment Authority and D.W. Jones to provide affordable housing.
Two special event permits were issued at Monday's Alexandria City Council meeting:
U.S. soldiers serving overseas frequently find themselves working in all types of weather conditions. Spending so much time outdoors often wreaks havoc on their face and lips. The Todd County Corn and Soybean Growers came to their rescue last month by donating soy-based lip balm to soldiers in Iraq.
New life is coming to the old lumber yard building in Osakis that has stood vacant for years. Marc Moen, owner of Alexandria Auction Service, recently purchased the building, which is located across the street from the Armed Forces Memorial on County Road 3. Moen has updated and remodeled the 10,000 square foot building that he plans to transform into a business plaza that could house a variety of commercial uses.
A presentation about the state's plans for the Highway 27 and Interstate 94 corridor -- including a roundabout -- will take place during the Douglas County Board meeting Tuesday, April 16. The Minnesota Department of Transportation officials will give recommendations about the future of the corridor, starting at about 10 a.m., an hour after the meeting starts. The presentation will take place at the Douglas County Courthouse, 305 8th Ave W. in Alexandria.
Palm Sunday, Jesus Christ's triumphant entrance into Jerusalem, was was re-enacted at Zion Lutheran Church in Alexandria today, April 14. It's part of "History on 3rd" — formerly known as the Passion Drama — that is taking place outside the church along Third Avenue. Five scenes are being presented. The Palm Suday scene will continue through 3 p.m. today. Remaining scenes include: • The Crucifixion — Friday, April 19 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Legislators who represent parts of Douglas County agree that driving while using a cell phone is a problem. However, they differ on what kind of legislation is best for addressing it. Rep. Mary Franson, R-Alexandria, said she's a strong supporter of eliminating distracted driving but added that a bill, House File 50, is not the best approach and leaves several questions unclear. It would prohibit using a cell phone while driving, unless it is in the hands-free mode, but allows exceptions.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation and Minnesota State Patrol is reopening Interstate 94 from Osakis to Moorhead at 7 a.m. Friday. The stretch was under a no-travel advisory for much of Thursday afternoon, and due to several crashes and deteriorating road conditions, it was closed at approximately 5:30 p.m. It remained closed throughout the evening and overnight. Also reopening Friday morning was Highway 10 from Moorhead to Audubon.