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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If you think you're shopping habits don't really matter, that buying items online instead of locally doesn't have an impact, think again. Local stores depend heavily on support from local residents, and every time you decide to order something online from Amazon or shop out of town, it hurts their bottom line. It hurts their ability to pay their workers, keep or add jobs and contribute to the overall economic vitality of the place we call home.
When Michelle Clark was a sixth-grader in Wadena, she was in an omnibus program for gifted students and two career paths held her interest — architecture and the legal system. She soon discovered she didn't like all the math that was involved with architecture, so the scale tipped to the legal field. Mark Hansen, who later became a judge, was one of her teachers and as part of his class, he organized a mock trial, with students taking the parts of a judge, lawyers and others in the courtroom.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn.—A Minnesota judge ruled Thursday, April 19, that all the documents in the investigative file in the Jacob Wetterling case must be released to the public. Patty and Jerry Wetterling, the parents of Jacob Wetterling, who was abducted near the family's St. Joseph home in 1989, filed suit to prevent the release of 168 pages within the 56,373 page file that was compiled by law enforcement during the three-decade long investigation.
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. — State Rep. Mary Franson, R-Alexandria, changed her mind and decided to meet with the Alexandria Area High School Democrats on Wednesday. "I met with the Alexandria High School Democrats, and we had an engaging and productive discussion on the issues of climate change, college affordability and a carbon tax," Franson said Friday, Dec. 22. "I appreciate the assistance of Alexandria High School in helping to facilitate the meeting, and that we were able to meet in an appropriate venue.
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.
Those who believe newspapers are becoming a relic of the past should update their thinking. Survey after survey shows that today's local newspapers are still highly regarded and heavily relied upon for providing information that residents trust and demand.
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. Denise Carol Waldvogel, 47, of Osakis was charged late last year with felony theft by swindle for taking an estimated $42,300 from the Osakis Creamery Association. Her husband, Curtis Dale Waldvogel, 45, was charged with felony credit card fraud on March 1 and two drug-related counts on Feb. 1 — third-degree possession of meth and fifth-degree possession of marijuana.
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.
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.