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 landmark Alexandria building brimming with history will soon serve a new purpose – storing whiskey barrels. The old Wedum Supply building on Nokomis Street was recently sold to Adrian Panther, the owner of Panther Distillery in Osakis, for $90,000. He plans to use the massive space in the historic structure to store 10,000 to 15,000 white oak barrels of whiskey.
The Douglas County Sheriff's Office is advising people to keep children and dogs out of Red Rock Lake northeast of Hoffman. On Thursday, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office Water Patrol received a report of a dog becoming very ill and a second dog becoming ill and later dying after swimming in Red Rock Lake. The symptoms described were consistent with blue algae poisoning, according to the sheriff's office. After discussing the matter with a local DNR conservation officer, the sheriff's office determined that recent weat
GARFIELD, Minn. -- Imagine being a 4-H student who has poured months of hard work into your project but then you’re suddenly told you won’t get the opportunity to show your efforts to others. That’s what happened throughout Minnesota after the state decided to ban bird showings at all fairs this summer because of concerns over the avian flu. But 4-H member Gabby Way of Garfield is taking it all in stride.
The name of a Miltona, Minn., farmer who was killed in a tractor rollover Wednesday night has now been released. He is Richard Charles Mittag, 62. The Douglas County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call of a tractor rollover on Oak Tree Road NE with a man pinned underneath it at about 8 p.m. Upon arrival, emergency responders found that a farm tractor with a front-end loader had rolled over and was upside down. The driver, Mittag, was pinned underneath it. Owners had attempted to upright the tractor and were unsuccessful.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. -- If you think you’ve got a tough job, how would you like cleaning turkey barns that were infected with avian flu? An Alexandria company – Mobile Washer – is up to its elbows in this kind of work. It’s already sanitized more than 40 poultry barns in South Dakota, is just starting to work in North Dakota and will be cleaning Minnesota turkey barns in a week or so.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Four weeks after falling through the ice on a central Minnesota lake with his grandfather, 2-year-old Hayden Minnerath of Alexandria has died. The boy died Monday at Children's Hospital in Minneapolis. Hayden and his grandfather, 50-year-old James Minnerath of Alexandria, were riding across Lake Andrew near Alexandria on March 3 when their Ranger ATV broke through an isolated patch of bad ice.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. -- A man pulled from a central Minnesota lake on Tuesday has died, family members say, while his 2-year-old grandson was hospitalized in critical condition. In a statement issued Wednesday morning, the family said that James Minnerath, 50, of Alexandria, died after after falling through the ice of Lake Andrew near Alexandria.
A search for a 15-year-old female runaway in Alexandria, Minn., led to the arrest of three suspects and the recovery of a stolen vehicle and other stolen property from a local retailer. On Thursday, the Alexandria Police Department, West Central Drug and Violent Crime Task Force and Douglas County Sheriff’s Office conducted an investigation to locate the missing girl. Three adults were arrested and taken into custody for various charges.
A resolution to adopt a prayer policy for Alexandria City Council meetings was voted down 3-2 Monday night. For several years, the council has opened its regular meetings with a prayer offered by local clergy members, but there aren't any rules or policies in place. City Attorney Tom Jacobson recommended the resolution in light of a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision. In the "Town of Greece vs. Galloway," the court generally approved of such prayers but it also noted that they violate the First Amendment if they aren’t used properly, according to Jacobson.
A Douglas County deputy was justified in shooting at a Fargo couple in February, a review has found.