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Lots to be thankful for this year

By Staff | Nov 20, 2016

We will be celebrating Thanksgiving Day later this week. And, as the name implies, it is a national holiday dedicated to giving thanks.

Of course, the wise guys among us say the thing they are most thankful for on Thanksgiving Day is that it is a day off from work. Or because it is a day they get to eat as much as they want. And then get to sit around and watch NFL football. But, since the Vikings play on Thanksgiving Day, that one item may not be something you will end up being thankful for at the end of the day.

I guess I am thankful for getting Thursday off from work, especially since Thursdays are the day the staff puts the Register together each week. So in order to get Thursday off, we have to get it all done on Wednesday.

I guess it is worth it, but I am really not sure.

There are some things I am thankful for this year, and I like to remember them around Thanksgiving Day.

Topping that list is the fact the Main Street project has come to a close, and hey, it turned out pretty nice. Now the north Main Street bridge and resurfacing project is also coming to a close this week and so the whole long, detoured-filled summer of trying to get from here to there is finally over.

It was great to see an awful lot of people wander around the new streets and sidewalks on Holiday Sampler night and everyone was talking about how nice downtown looks.

And it does.

I am thankful the City Council and its street committee and its economic development authority are all so committed to working towards a renewed downtown. Not only have they invested in the streets and sidewalks, but they are also investing heavily into many of the downtown and non-downtown Blue Earth businesses. I am sure those business owners are also thankful.

And I am thankful that something is finally happening to the Three Sisters buildings, after having written about them for nine years. Even if that something is just fixing them up and cleaning them out, it is making some progress.

Next year at Thanksgiving I plan on being thankful the buildings actually have something nice inside of them, like some new small shops, or offices, and apartments.

Wouldn’t that be great?

Here is another thing I am thankful for that the election is finally over.

I am pretty sure I could not have stood another day of negative ads, nasty campaign rhetoric and people upset with one or both of the candidates. Or worse yet, upset with their friends and relatives.

I am thankful both candidates, other elected officials and our current president, all seem to have put aside the negativity and now say they want the country to come together and stop being so divided.

I will be extremely thankful on Thanksgiving Day 2017 should that turn out to be true.

I am thankful I have a great job, getting paid to do something I really enjoy doing, and that I get to work with a great bunch of fellow employees here at the Register.

Of course, I am also thankful for you, the subscribers, advertisers and readers of this newspaper.

And, I am thankful that the prediction a hundred years ago that radio would kill off newspapers, the one 50 years ago that television would kill off newspapers, and the one 10 years ago that the Internet would do the same thing, have all not come true.

To paraphrase Mark Twain, the reports of our death have been greatly exaggerated.

In addition, I am thankful for living in a very nice small town (and not in a big city), in a pretty terrific state (despite some harsh winter weather), in a great country that lists freedom of the press as one of its top priorities (as well as a host of other freedoms).

Of course, there are all those other things I am thankful for. I am thankful I have a wonderful wife and family, a lot of good friends, good health and not much to really complain about.

Except for those darn Vikings.

I hope on Thursday you take some time to think about all the things you are thankful for.

And, I hope it is a long list.

Thanks for reading us.