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.—Douglas County Sheriff's Deputy Ben Jarvi had just finished his shift on water patrol and put the truck and boat away when his night took a detour Saturday. Now in his squad car on his way to help with enforcement at a street dance in Kensington, a call crackled over his radio at 9:17 p.m: A passerby reported seeing a car plunge into Lake Latoka from a closed section of Interstate 94 near mile marker 100 west of Alexandria.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn.—The villain who fed a body into a wood chipper in a famous scene from the movie "Fargo" was in Alexandria on Monday, May 21. Actor Peter Stormare and a Swedish film crew visited the Runestone Museum as part of a project researching the Kensington Runestone. Stormare, 64, who is from Kumla, Sweden, also appeared in "The Big Lebowski," "Prison Break," the popular TV series "Longmire" and many other TV and movie roles.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn.—All charges of animal cruelty have been dropped against Bio Corporation, an company here that provides specimens for dissection in classrooms. On April 18, the Alexandria City Attorney's Office dismissed the case, which was prompted after the animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals produced a hidden-camera video that showed pigeons being drowned and crayfish injected with latex dye in order to kill them.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn.—A Minnesota judge ruled Thursday that all the documents in the investigative file in the Jacob Wetterling case must be released to the public. Patty and Jerry Wetterling, the parents of Jacob Wetterling, who was abducted near the family's St. Joseph home in 1989, filed suit to prevent the release of 168 pages within the 56,373 page file that was compiled by law enforcement during the three-decade long investigation.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn.—With a steady stream of reports of zebra mussels and other aquatic invasive species getting into lakes, the battle to stop these invaders might look bleak. But there are rays of hope, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Landwehr recently told Forum News Service. He said that efforts to educate boaters, anglers and the general public about zebra mussels are making a difference.
UPDATE: A 15-year-old runaway from Alexandria has been found and is safe. The Douglas County Sheriff's Office issued a news release Friday morning, thanking the public and the media for their cooperation and assistance. On Thursday, the sheriff's office asked for help in finding Dalainah Gustafson of Alexandria, who was last seen at her residence late last Saturday and left sometime during the night. ________________
ALEXANDRIA, Minn.—State Rep. Mary Franson, R-Alexandria, issued an apology Wednesday for a series of Facebook posts that appeared to compare Florida high school students who led the "March for Our Lives" to Hitler Youth. She said that she is committed to "earning the respect of my colleagues and constituents" by being more careful with what she posts on social media, including Holocaust references.
ST. CLOUD, Minn.—Sexual abuse of minors by priests in the Diocese of St. Cloud over the course of many years is prompting the diocese to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The diocese made the announcement Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 28, in a news release.
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.