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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Here's a way to give a lasting tribute to those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces: Purchase a space to display their name on granite tablets that will adorn Alexandria's new Veterans Memorial Park. Organizers are trying to raise $334,000 to cover the first phase of the project, which will place the memorial in the grassy area of Legion Park at the corner of Broadway and Eighth Avenue, east of Viking Towers and north of the horseshoe pits.
A developer's request for tax increment financing will come before the Alexandria City Council Monday night. Unique Opportunities, LLC wants to build an $11.4 million, 94-unit apartment complex, "Woodland Heights" on vacant land near McKay Avenue and Rosewood Lane. It would provide affordable workforce housing for families in Alexandria. The council is expected to schedule a public hearing on the financing request. It won't make a decision whether to approve the application.
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.
A 30-year-old Alexandria man accused in a 2013 fatal stabbing is scheduled for a jury trial on March 5 after pleading not guilty to three murder charges. Kody Lee Klimek entered the pleas in Douglas County District Court on Jan. 4. His was charged in September with two second-degree murder counts — 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 at Sixth Avenue East and McKay Avenue in Alexandria.
Up until a couple of weeks ago, Douglas County hadn’t had a fatal fire in 15 years. Now, in the space of 11 days, two fires have claimed three lives.
The funeral for James "Jimmy" Chandler Jr., who died in a mobile home park fire on Jan. 5, will take place Wednesday, Jan. 17 at the Viking City Mobile Home Park at 1 p.m. Chandler and his girlfriend, Rose Couillard, who both lived in the mobile home park, died in the fire, which was determined to be accidental.
Bio Corporation, an Alexandria company that provides specimens for dissection in classrooms, was charged with 25 counts of animal cruelty after a hidden-camera video was produced by the animal rights group, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. The misdemeanor charges, filed by the Alexandria City Attorney's Office on Dec. 29, accuse the company of drowning five pigeons and injecting 20 live crayfish with latex dye in order to kill them. Under state law, it's a crime to "willfully instigate or in any way further any act of cruelty to any animal or animals."
Minnewaska schools are running two hours late today because of the weather. No other districts in the Douglas County area were running late as of 7 a.m.
A 27-year-old man was injured when his car crashed into a light pole in Alexandria Tuesday morning. Justin Aaberg of Alexandria was driving a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu north on Maple Street at about 6:30 a.m. when he made a wide turn to go east on Third Avenue, swerved back to the right and struck the light pole, according to the State Patrol. Aaberg, who was not wearing a seat belt, was taken to the Douglas County Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The Alexandria Police Department assisted at the crash scene.