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. — 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.
OSAKIS, Minn.—An investigation into credit card fraud and embezzlement from a creamery association in the north-central Minnesota town of Osakis has led to felony drug charges with three people charged in the cases.
OSAKIS, Minn. — The Osakis School District is now saying that an idea to have girls submit photos of themselves wearing their chosen prom dress in order to attend the April 22 event was "merely a suggestion," not an official action. Interim superintendent Randy Bergquist, who attended the school board's Feb. 13 meeting, said the photo requirement was a discussion item only and nothing was finalized. "The students are not going to have to submit a photo," he said. "That doesn't make sense — it's 2017."
LONG PRAIRIE, Minn. — A Long Prairie man who was convicted of first degree manslaughter for fatally striking his ex-wife with a shoe hammer was sentenced to 12½ years in prison. Craig Lamont Williams, 49, will serve the time at the St. Cloud Correctional Facility. During a hearing Wednesday, Feb. 1, Judge Douglas Anderson handed out the sentence, which is below the maximum penalty of 15 years, in Todd County District Court. Williams received credit for the three years and 164 days he's spent behind bars while his case was prosecuted.
A 48-year-old Alexandria man was arrested Tuesday after a narcotics search warrant was executed by the Douglas County SWAT Team on the 500 block of Sixth Ave. East in Alexandria. Authorities said they found about 77 grams of methamphetamine and more than $20,000 in cash of suspected drug proceeds, along with stolen property. Timothy Brockopp was arrested without incident and is being held at the Douglas County Jail awaiting formal charges.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. — A perfect storm of circumstances last Friday, Nov. 18, created treacherous road conditions in the area — built-up patches of thick ice ruts that are still lingering around Douglas County. It made for bumpy, slippery patches on several roads, including Interstate 94, County Road 82, Highway 29 and several city streets. The patches were so thick and stuck to the surface that snow plows couldn't scrape them away. Here's what happened, according to Dave Robley, Douglas County highway engineer:
STARBUCK, Minn. -- Five people were injured -- two critically -- in an airboat crash about 6:40 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, in Outlet Creek in Pope County near Starbuck and transported to a Glenwood hospital. The victims, all from Glenwood, are Jason Meulebroeck, 38, Nicolas Gugisberg, 38, Jesse Koob, 37, Isaac Schiffler, 38, and Travis McCrory, 38, according to the Pope County Sheriff's Office.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn.—Alexandria police used a stun gun while arresting a 32-year-old Miltona man over the weekend after authorities say he intentionally rear-ended another vehicle twice, fled from officers and resisted arrest.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn.—A 21-year-old Fargo man who led officers on a foot chase through a Chinese restaurant before his arrest has been sentenced to serve 13 months in prison for fifth-degree possession of heroin. Tyler David Cote was sentenced in Douglas County District Court Aug. 4. He was also sentenced to one year and one day in prison and six months in jail for felony credit card fraud, stemming from the same incident. He pleaded guilty to both charges.