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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ALEXANDRIA, Minn. — A legal clash unfolded in a Douglas County courtroom Friday, Feb. 2, over whether the family of Jacob Wetterling has a right to privacy that should prevent some information in the criminal investigation from being released to the public. In the courtroom, Jerry and Patty Wetterling, the parents of Jacob, the 11-year-old St. Joseph, Minn., boy who was abducted and murdered in 1989, listened intently during the two-hour hearing. Judge Ann Carrott heard from the Wetterlings' attorneys who are trying to keep 168 pages in a 58,000-page casefile private.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn.—A 19-year-old woman who died in an apartment fire in Alexandria on Monday, Jan. 15 has been identified as Shandiin Goodbird of Alexandria. The Midwest Medical Examiner's Office positively identified the woman, according to a news release issued Thursday afternoon by the Alexandria Police Department. A preliminary autopsy indicates that the cause of death was smoke inhalation and carbon monoxide toxicity. Toxicology studies are pending and a final report will follow.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. — A 30-year-old Alexandria man accused in a 2013 fatal stabbing is scheduled for a jury trial on March 5 after pleading not guilty to three murder charges. Kody Lee Klimek entered the pleas in Douglas County District Court on Jan. 4. His was charged in September with two second-degree murder counts — intentional and unintentional — and a third-degree murder charge in connection with the stabbing death of Phillip Altstadt, 28, on June 1, 2013, near the Lincoln Estates apartment complex at Sixth Avenue East and McKay Avenue in Alexandria.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn.—Up until a couple of weeks ago, Douglas County in central Minnesota hadn't had a fatal fire in 15 years. Now, in the space of 11 days, two fires have claimed three lives. Alexandria Fire Chief Jeff Karrow confirmed that a 19-year-old woman died in an apartment fire early Monday, Jan. 15. A name was not released Monday, pending the confirmation of her identity and notification of family members. An autopsy will be performed by the Midwest Medical Examiner's Office in Ramsey on Tuesday.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn.—Bio Corporation, an Alexandria company that provides specimens for dissection in classrooms, was charged with 25 counts of animal cruelty after a hidden-camera video was produced by the animal rights group, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. — State Rep. Mary Franson, R-Alexandria, changed her mind and decided to meet with the Alexandria Area High School Democrats on Wednesday. "I met with the Alexandria High School Democrats, and we had an engaging and productive discussion on the issues of climate change, college affordability and a carbon tax," Franson said Friday, Dec. 22. "I appreciate the assistance of Alexandria High School in helping to facilitate the meeting, and that we were able to meet in an appropriate venue.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. — A request from a group of students — the Alexandria Area High School Democrats — to meet with state Rep. Mary Franson, R-Alexandria, to discuss legislative issues triggered a Twitter exchange that went viral over the weekend. Franson declined the group's request, tweeting that it was "not a legislator's duty to meet with a partisan Democrat group."
An animal rights group has produced a hidden-camera video and sued the Alexandria animal specimen business Bio Corporation, whose owner says he is "not scared at all" about the group's allegations. The video shows workers drowning conscious pigeons in a vat of water, injecting live crayfish with liquid latex dye in order to kill them, and discussing how frozen turtles shipped to the facility sometimes came "back to life" and were refrozen.
PARKERS PRAIRIE, Minn.—The person killed in a two-vehicle crash north of Parkers Prairie Wednesday has been identified as Kenneth Arthur Dunker, 71, of Henning. He was the driver of a 2001 Ford four-door pickup and wasn't wearing a seat belt, according to the State Patrol. The other driver was Marissa Dawn Roden, 22, of Henning. She was driving a 2014 Ford crew pickup south on Highway 29 near mile marker 109 in Elmo Township when she lost control on the icy road, drifted into the northbound lane and struck the 2001 Ford head on, according to the State Patrol.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. — Using e-cigarettes in indoor public spaces may soon be illegal in Alexandria.