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.—The villain who fed a body into a wood chipper in a famous scene from the movie "Fargo" was in Alexandria on Monday, May 21. Actor Peter Stormare and a Swedish film crew visited the Runestone Museum as part of a project researching the Kensington Runestone. Stormare, 64, who is from Kumla, Sweden, also appeared in "The Big Lebowski," "Prison Break," the popular TV series "Longmire" and many other TV and movie roles.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn.—All charges of animal cruelty have been dropped against Bio Corporation, an company here that provides specimens for dissection in classrooms. On April 18, the Alexandria City Attorney's Office dismissed the case, which was prompted after the animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals produced a hidden-camera video that showed pigeons being drowned and crayfish injected with latex dye in order to kill them.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn.—With a steady stream of reports of zebra mussels and other aquatic invasive species getting into lakes, the battle to stop these invaders might look bleak. But there are rays of hope, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Landwehr recently told Forum News Service. He said that efforts to educate boaters, anglers and the general public about zebra mussels are making a difference.
UPDATE: A 15-year-old runaway from Alexandria has been found and is safe. The Douglas County Sheriff's Office issued a news release Friday morning, thanking the public and the media for their cooperation and assistance. On Thursday, the sheriff's office asked for help in finding Dalainah Gustafson of Alexandria, who was last seen at her residence late last Saturday and left sometime during the night. ________________
ALEXANDRIA, Minn.—State Rep. Mary Franson, R-Alexandria, issued an apology Wednesday for a series of Facebook posts that appeared to compare Florida high school students who led the "March for Our Lives" to Hitler Youth. She said that she is committed to "earning the respect of my colleagues and constituents" by being more careful with what she posts on social media, including Holocaust references.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. - The Alexandria Police Department has released images of a vehicle that may provide more clues to a fatal hit-and-run that happened in Alexandria on Monday, March 19. Detectives believe that the vehicle was in close proximity to the scene of the crash, which happened at about 10:30 p.m. Anyone with any information about the vehicle in the images or the driver is encouraged to contact the Alexandria Police Department at 320-763-6631.
ST. CLOUD, Minn.—Sexual abuse of minors by priests in the Diocese of St. Cloud over the course of many years is prompting the diocese to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The diocese made the announcement Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 28, in a news release.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn.—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.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. — 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.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn.—Up until a couple of weeks ago, Douglas County in central Minnesota hadn't had a fatal fire in 15 years. Now, in the space of 11 days, two fires have claimed three lives. Alexandria Fire Chief Jeff Karrow confirmed that a 19-year-old woman died in an apartment fire early Monday, Jan. 15. A name was not released Monday, pending the confirmation of her identity and notification of family members. An autopsy will be performed by the Midwest Medical Examiner's Office in Ramsey on Tuesday.