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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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.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. — Tornado sirens sounded Monday night, July 17, as a severe thunderstorm rumbled through Douglas County. There were several reports of trees and branches that were blown down. Carlos Creek Winery was among the areas hit. So much debris was scattered about, the winery is asking for volunteers to help with cleanup. The work began at 8 a.m. Tuesday.
BRANDON, Minn. — A feud on Facebook led to a stabbing in Brandon Sunday night. At about 11 p.m. on July 2, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office received a call from a resident in Brandon reporting that Bailey Scott Zastrow, 18, had been stabbed in a home. Douglas County sheriff's deputies, North Ambulance and Brandon First Responders were dispatched to the scene, where deputies learned Zastrow had two non-life threatening stab wounds, one to his chest and one on his arm.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn.—Firefighters face something just as dangerous as flames and smoke. Cancer. The International Association of Firefighters estimates that roughly 60 percent of career firefighters will die from cancer. Firefighters are two to three times more likely to be diagnosed with cancer than the general public. By age 60, twice as many firefighters die from cancer than heart attacks, the biggest killer among most Americans. Volunteer firefighters in Douglas County know all about the risks.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. — Alexandria is preparing for an invasion. A tiny beetle about a half-inch long could wipe out the most popular kind of tree in the city, ash trees. The emerald ash borer isn't here yet but it could arrive soon. It's already made deep inroads in Minnesota. Officials in the Twin Cities area are in the process of cutting down 60,000 beetle-infested trees and another 175,000 in private yards in the metro area are threatened.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn.—Former Alexandria resident Lee Urness of Prior Lake — an FBI agent who helped track down the nationwide serial killer who shot famous fashion designer Gianni Versace in 1997 — died Friday, May 19, at age 71. Urness, a 1964 graduate of Alexandria's Jefferson High School, worked as a deputy sheriff and in 1972, he began working at the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. He served as a special agent with the FBI Fugitive Task Force and was a member of the Minnesota Emergency Response Team or SWAT.