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 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.
BRANDON, Minn.—The Minnesota State Patrol is asking for the public's help in locating a vehicle involved in a hit-and-run crash near Brandon in west-central Minnesota on Tuesday, Aug. 22, between midnight and 12:30 a.m. The vehicle was believed to be eastbound on Interstate 94, just west of the Brandon exit in an active construction zone when it struck a pedestrian who was walking east in the eastbound traffic lane or shoulder.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. — A 30-year-old Alexandria man who had second-degree murder charges dismissed against him three years ago is back in court facing the same charges. On Tuesday, Sept. 19, Kody Lee Klimek was booked into the Douglas County Jail on two second-degree murder charges — 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 in Alexandria.
OSAKIS, Minn. — Jacob's Lefse Bakeri and Gifts in Osakis will be getting a heaping helping of national recognition this week. The bakery — and its famous potato-based lefse — will be featured as part of a Friday, Sept. 22 episode of the INSP cable TV series, State Plate, hosted by American Idol winner Taylor Hicks. The episode, which spotlights Minnesota's unique cuisine, airs at 7 p.m..
ALEXANDRIA, Minn.—Three men were charged with a total of 12 felonies Thursday for allegedly kidnapping and assaulting a 15-year-old Alexandria girl over a 29-day period until the girl escaped and they were arrested. Thomas Barker, 32, of Carlos, faces six charges, including two counts of kidnapping, two counts of criminal sexual conduct, second-degree assault and false imprisonment. Steven Powers, 20, of Benson, was charged with kidnapping, criminal sexual conduct and false imprisonment.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. — A 15-year-old teen, abducted and then assaulted for 29 days, escaped captivity when she ran for help, knocked on several doors and eventually swimming across a lake to find someone who could help her. Jasmine Block, reunited with her family Tuesday, Sept. 5, is "an amazing young lady with a lot of strength," Alexandria Police Chief Rick Wyffels said during a news conference Wednesday.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. — After 29 days of being held against her will, 15-year-old Jasmine Block escaped and swam across a small rural lake in Grant County, bravely reaching out for help. Jasmine, who went missing on Aug. 8, was hailed as a strong and amazing young woman by Alexandria Police Chief Rick Wyffels during a news conference Wednesday, Sept. 6.
An Osakis couple face felony charges for allegedly leaving methamphetamine paraphernalia in the home they share with their three young children. Jessica Jean Wagner, 28, and Dustin Kalo Wagner, 29, were charged in Douglas County District Court on Aug. 3.