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.—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.
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."
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. -- A fisherman’s body was pulled from Lake Andrew two miles south of Alexandria on Monday night. The victim has been identified as 61-year-old Glenn Charles Steffen of...
ALEXANDRIA — Marlien Lohrman of Alexandria was enjoying a quiet Memorial Day weekend at home when she received a phone call from her old boss at the Gladys Porter Zoo...
ALEXANDRIA — A suspect who was arrested Monday after police chased him through a restaurant now faces more legal trouble. He allegedly gave the Alexandria police officers a false name,...
ALEXANDRIA — Judd Hoff of nearby Glenwood and his wife happened to be parked by China Buffet when the chase happened. All he wanted was soup but he ended up...
ALEXANDRIA — A 21-year-old Starbuck man was sentenced to one year in jail for interfering with the body of Laura Schwendemann, who was found dead in a Forada cornfield on...