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Thursday, August 17, 2017 9:05 AM
We are emphasizing the importance of your community newspaper by subtraction — a front page devoid of news — this week as part of a statewide “whiteout” campaign in honor of the 150th anniversary of the Minnesota Newspaper Association, of which we are members. It’s a not-so-subtle reminder of all that you would lose if your local newspaper ceased to exist.
  • In Minnesota, we understand the importance of a free press. It’s hard to forget in our state – Minnesotans are among the most engaged citizens in the country. Last year we again ranked first in the nation in voter turnout. Minnesotans volunteer at the second highest rate in the country. And we usually look to our local newspapers as the first stop for the information we need.
  • We are emphasizing the importance of your community newspaper by subtraction — a front page devoid of news — this week as part of a statewide “whiteout” campaign in honor of the 150th anniversary of the Minnesota Newspaper Association, of which we are members. It’s a not-so-subtle reminder of all that you would lose if your local newspaper ceased to exist.
  • No lakes, but water quality even more important to Bluff Country
    We may not have the bodies of water that make up the Land of 10,000 Lakes, but water is still important in our region of Minnesota, which features bluffs, springs, caves and many streams. These unique geographic features, including sinkholes and disappearing rivers, components of karst geology, also create challenges to keep our water clean.

  • We may not have the bodies of water that make up the Land of 10,000 Lakes, but water is still important in our region of Minnesota, which features bluffs, springs, caves and many streams. These unique geographic features, including sinkholes and disappearing rivers, components of karst geology, also create challenges to keep our water clean.
  • My wife and I experienced a good example of a random act of kindness and paying it forward when we volunteered at Historic Forestville for the old-fashioned Fourth of July celebration earlier this month. We each manned a stand for a few hours on the grounds near the field for old-time baseball. One stand had popcorn and peanuts and another had rock candy.
  • Two years ago, I ended my column about the transition of this newspaper to new ownership with this thought: “I may have plans now, but I’ve learned over the years that nothing in life is predictable.”

    That is one of the few times I really knew what I was writing about. Today, I’m announcing that I’m back as sole owner of the Bluff Country Newspaper Group. Due to various reasons, things just didn’t work out and the transition to gradually transfer ownership reversed course a while ago. 

  • Who needs Fitbit when natural  step motivator is by your side?
    I’ve found something that motivates me more than a Fitbit to get my recommended steps in each day. It’s all natural, provides forceful reminders to get moving and even adds emotional benefits to daily walks.

  • Our towns may be ‘cool’ even if their community newspapers aren’t
    A list of “the 15 coolest towns in Minnesota you’ve probably never heard of” created quite a bit of excitement among area residents recently because three local communities were named. Spring Valley came in at No. 7, Chatfield was 12th and Rushford was 13th.

  • Local news reaches far in modern media environment
    It’s better than being featured in a tweet of President Trump, Kingsland Superintendent John McDonald told me last week about one of our news stories featured in a tweet of Vince Bertram.

  • Walking into darkness sheds  light on value of dedication
    I am often the first one in the office on weekdays except Monday and Tuesday when I come in early, just not early enough to be first. However, several weeks ago I walked into a dark building Monday morning during my usual arrival time. Even more unusual — there was no explanation for the lack of activity.

  • People in small communities  need to support each other
     A fellow newspaper publisher recently wrote a column about a business on the main street of his town turning down an ad for his special section on graduation because the business owner said he only advertises for special occasions, adding, “It’s not our job to support the local newspaper.” The comments to the sales rep made the publisher’s “blood boil,” he wrote.
  • Adventurous running friend  ends journey of lifetime too soon
    Reggie Oeltjen’s life was full of adventures. His final one — the Border to Border at 65 run cut short due to his death — was the adventure of a lifetime.
  • Luck plays a part in all of our lives, even if we won’t admit it plays a part
    A trap shooting team member at a local high school attributed his perfect score in a recent competition to luck when he was interviewed by one of our reporters. He was being modest as it isn’t an easy accomplishment since it had never been done in the history of the team. It appears he may also have been looking out for the team as he also mentioned in the interview that trap shooting at the high school level is a team sport, not an individual sport.
  • Minnesota should follow Edina’s lead in restricting access to tobacco
    Minnesota has always been a leader in enacting policies to attempt to curb smoking. In 1975, Minnesota became the first state to restrict smoking in most public spaces with the Minnesota Clean Indoor Air Act. In 2007, smoking restrictions were extended to all public places, including bars, bowling alleys and entire restaurants, with the Freedom to Breathe Act.
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