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. — 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.
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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.
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."
LONG PRAIRIE, Minn. — A Long Prairie man who was convicted of first degree manslaughter for fatally striking his ex-wife with a shoe hammer was sentenced to 12½ years in prison. Craig Lamont Williams, 49, will serve the time at the St. Cloud Correctional Facility. During a hearing Wednesday, Feb. 1, Judge Douglas Anderson handed out the sentence, which is below the maximum penalty of 15 years, in Todd County District Court. Williams received credit for the three years and 164 days he's spent behind bars while his case was prosecuted.
OSAKIS, Minn. -- An alleged bullying incident at Osakis High School in mid-January remains under investigation by the school district and the county attorney’s office. The incident happened in an industrial technology class at the central Minnesota school near Alexandria.
ALEXANDRIA — An armed robbery and assault was reported at Subway, 902 Broadway in Alexandria, Sunday night. At around 8:30 p.m., an unknown white male entered the back door of Subway brandishing what appeared to be a hand gun, according to the Alexandria Police Department. The suspect, at gunpoint, ordered the employee who was working to open the till and remove the cash.
A Douglas County Sheriff's deputy was shot and two suspects were found dead Monday night in an incident that began with a report of a suspicious vehicle. The sheriff's office received a call about the vehicle, parked in a driveway just off 50th Avenue in Hudson Township, at 9:17 p.m. Monday. A deputy responded and made contact with the two people inside the vehicle. One of the occupants fired a gun at the deputy, striking him in the chest, according to the sheriff's office.