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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BRANDON, Minn.—The Minnesota State Patrol is asking for the public's help in locating a vehicle involved in a hit-and-run crash near Brandon in west-central Minnesota on Tuesday, Aug. 22, between midnight and 12:30 a.m. The vehicle was believed to be eastbound on Interstate 94, just west of the Brandon exit in an active construction zone when it struck a pedestrian who was walking east in the eastbound traffic lane or shoulder.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. — A 30-year-old Alexandria man who had second-degree murder charges dismissed against him three years ago is back in court facing the same charges. On Tuesday, Sept. 19, Kody Lee Klimek was booked into the Douglas County Jail on two second-degree murder charges — 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 in Alexandria.
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. — 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.
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.
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.
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.