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A missing story explanation

May 10, 2011 - Chuck Hunt
Every week I?receive several comments on the current edition of the Faribault County Register. Sometimes they are positive; having to do with appreciation for a story we ran that week. Other times they are critical, dealing with why we did – or did not – run a certain story. We deal in news; not all of it is positive or nice. Some news is bad. That is the way of the world in the newspaper biz. It is also the way of life itself. We all face our share of good times as well as bad news. This week I have been asked by a couple of people why we did not have any story about the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) fining the city of Winnebago $12,000 for violations. Other news organizations have emblazoned the story across the top of their front page. Why are we ignoring it here at the Register? The simple answer is, we are not. We already ran almost that very same story. Last December. That is right, our reporter, Antonio Acosta, learned of the fine back in December and we ran with the story then. It was a thorough piece, detailing exactly what the fine involved. Now, months later, the MPCA has issued its “official” news release and it has been picked up by area media who are running the story. Five months after we had it first. We opted not to run it again. For us, it is old news. So, there you have it. The reason you did not see this story in this week’s edition of the Register.

 
 

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