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 Alexandria man escaped from a mobile home fire early Monday morning and alerted his neighbors in a nearby mobile home so they were also able to get out safely. Mark Anderson, a student at the Alexandria Technical and Community College, had been living in the mobile home in the E7 lot at Viking City (formerly Olson's mobile home park) at 1611 Sixth Ave. East for about two weeks, according to Alexandria Fire Chief Jeff Karrow. Anderson was sleeping in the living room area because he was remodeling the bedroom and bathroom areas. The fire happened shortly before 2:30 a.m.
I've been getting a few calls lately about the newspaper's letter to the editor policy. The calls are about the regular letters, not the paid political letters. We publish our policy from time to time on the Opinion page when space permits but there are some important nuances that are worth explaining.
The two candidates for Alexandria City Council Ward 2 tackled a wide range of issues at a one-hour candidate forum Thursday, Oct. 4 — from enacting stricter tobacco laws to fixing roads to planning the city's future. Some differences of opinions emerged between incumbent Bob Kuhlman and former council member Roger Thalman, such as amending the city's charter.
Candidates running for House District 12B shared their thoughts on partisan gridlock, women's rights, the gas tax, climate change and more Tuesday, Oct. 2. Incumbent Paul Anderson, R-Starbuck, and DFL challenger Ben Schirmers of Sauk Centre squared off during a 75-minute candidate forum hosted by the Alexandria Area League of Women Voters and the Alexandria chapter of the American Association of University Women. Introductions
Those looking for differences in the race for Minnesota House District 8B found them at a candidate forum Tuesday. Incumbent Mary Franson, R-Alexandria, and DFL challenger Gail Kulp of Alexandria clashed over a wide range of topics from health care and unions to taxes and how they run their campaigns.
A group of eight veterans and wives who gathered at Traveler's Inn in Alexandria last week didn't know about the surprise that awaited them. One topic drew them together — the Honor Flight, a life-changing opportunity for World War II and Korean War veterans to fly to Washington, D.C. and tour the memorials that stand in their honor. Two of them had already taken the flight while five others will take the trip this Sunday, Sept. 30, flying out of Fargo and returning the following day.
A 30-year-old man from Bismarck, North Dakota, was charged with felony possession of burglary tools after he was arrested near the Heritage Apartments in Osakis on Sept. 17. The suspect initially told police his name was Erik Rohrich. But after running a criminal check, authorities discovered his real name was Erik Mueller and he was wanted in connection with four outstanding warrants in North Dakota for failing to appear in court on charges involving theft, possession of meth and parole violations, according to Osakis Police Chief Chad Gulbranson.
The public is invited to forums featuring local candidates running for state representative, Alexandria City Council and the Douglas County Board of Commissioners. The Alexandria Area League of Women Voters and Alexandria chapter of the American Association of University Women will sponsor a forum for candidates running for Minnesota House seats 8B and 12B on Tuesday, Oct. 2 at the Alexandria Technical and Community College.
Here's a chance to get to know the candidates running for Minnesota House in Districts 12A and 12B, which include parts of Douglas County. Pioneer Public Television will air two back-to-back debates on Thursday, Sept. 27. The first debate between District 12A candidates Jeff Baker, R-Browns Valley (incumbent) and Murray Smart, DFL-Beardsley (challenger) will begin at 7 p.m. Following at 8 p.m., Minnesota House District 12B incumbent Paul Anderson, R-Starbuck and challenger Ben Schirmers, DFL-Sauk Centre will hold their debate.
The Douglas County Republican headquarters in Alexandria is now open. It is located at 1210 Broadway. Park and use the south entrance door next to the UPS Store. Office hours are from noon to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.