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 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.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. — After 29 days of being held against her will, 15-year-old Jasmine Block escaped and swam across a small rural lake in Grant County, bravely reaching out for help. Jasmine, who went missing on Aug. 8, was hailed as a strong and amazing young woman by Alexandria Police Chief Rick Wyffels during a news conference Wednesday, Sept. 6.
The 97th annual Resorters Golf Tournament is in the history books and it was an especially memorable one for the eight golfers who were crowned champions today, Saturday, at the Alexandria Golf Club. The results of the final matches were: Men's Championship -- Tom Strandemo of Delano defeated Paul Stankey of Eden Prairie, 1-up. Women's Championship -- Sophia Yoemens of Red Wing defeated Alejandra Arellano. Men's Masters -- Dan Elton of Moorhead defeated Norty Blanchard.
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.
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."
An Alexandria, Minn., man was sentenced June 15 for his involvement in a money laundering scheme of more than $2 million. Kenneth Landgaard, 46, who pleaded guilty to the felony charge this past January, was sentenced in federal court in Brooklyn, New York, to 27 months in custody, $45,000 in forfeiture — which Landgaard paid in court — and three years of supervised release.
Motorists on several west central Minnesota highways will soon encounter a quieter form of rumble strips on the roadway. Crews will begin installing sinusoidal centerline rumble strips, or “mumble strips,”...
Traditional business models are being disrupted by changes in technology and customer demand. Meanwhile, the work treadmill is moving faster than ever, driven by globalization, automation, robotics and computerization. How can businesses weather the storm? Meteorologist Paul Douglas provided answers as the featured speaker at the Alexandria Area Economic Development Commission’s Small Business Appreciation Lunch on Tuesday.
The Alexandria Police Department is investigating a bank robbery that was reported at US Bank, 701 Broadway, in Alexandria this morning, Monday. The robbery was reported at about 10:50 a.m., according to Police Chief Rick Wyffels. No one was injured. The investigation is ongoing and the police department expected to issue a news release with more details soon.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. — 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 getting a lot more than that. According to Hoff, when his wife left to get the soup, a man jumped into Hoff’s vehicle and asked him to drive him out of the area for $500. After Hoff refused, the man got out and started running. Police showed up seconds later. Hoff saw the man go into China Buffet and Hoff went around the back of the restaurant and used his phone to record a video.