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Why life in a small town is great

By Staff | Oct 20, 2015

Ah, life at a small town newspaper.

My big city friends think it must be pretty boring. They figure there isn’t much happening in our rural little towns in the Midwest. Thus, there is not much “hard news” for us to write about.

I sometimes wish that were true, but it’s not.

We cover our share of crime and tragedy.

Unfortunately, we are not immune from fatal car accidents, drug abuse, thefts, domestic violence and sex offenders in our nice little communities in Faribault County.

Even murders happen here.

So we write about these things to inform our readers of what is going on.

Of course, there is also a lot of other news. We write about things such as City Council meetings, school activities and the latest sporting events whether they are heartbreaking losses or wonderful victories.

But then, there are also our favorite stories which we get to do. We call them feature stories.

We write about the people in our small towns. We tell the stories of their lives, things they have done, things that have been done to them.

We tell the stories of your friends and neighbors, people you know.

Sometimes it might even be a story about you.

And, every once in a while, we get to tell about something that just plain warms the hearts of our readers as well as our own.

The story by Register reporter Katie Mullaly on page two of this week’s Faribault County Register is a good example of just what I mean.

It tells about two Blue Earth firefighters, Andrew Willner and Brooke Sonnicksen, and how they went above and beyond their work on the Blue Earth Fire Department.

We all know that in a small town, our firemen (and women) are volunteers. They all have regular, full-time jobs, but then they volunteer many, many hours to be trained and then they are on call day and night to go fight fires when needed.

You would think that would be enough of a commitment.

But, Willner and Sonnicksen decided to make a big difference in the life of Blue Earth resident Keith Larson. They made him an honorary fireman and the fire safety officer.

It is a wonderful story that shows what living in a small town is all about.

It shows how folks here care about each other. Not only are our people ready to step up and serve the community by doing things such as volunteering to serve on a fire department, but then they are taking it a step further and serving the community in other ways.

We are blessed to have some great people living in our small towns. And we are even more blessed that they are willing to give up their time and serve on our volunteer fire departments. Seeing these volunteers in action and last week they saw a lot of action, with numerous field fires shows how we have top notch and well-trained personnel on our local fire departments.

Last week was Fire Prevention Week. Locally that celebration included an open house where kids and adults got to check out the fire department and learn all about fire safety up close and personal.

Fire Prevention Week is an excellent chance for us to commend our local firefighters and thank them for all they do. I hope you have an opportunity to say thanks to them as well. More than likely you know some of them, because they are your friends and neighbors.

And a special salute goes out to two of them, Andrew Willner and Brooke Sonnicksen, for going above and beyond the call of duty in such a wonderful way.

Ah, life in a small town.

It’s pretty great. Because the people are.