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So you want to be a newspaper editor, here is what you do

By Staff | Jan 21, 2008

Being the editor of a weekly newspaper is a lot of work. However, I also have to admit, it is a lot of fun.

It’s fun because you get to do a lot of interesting things, go to some pretty interesting places, and also talk to a lot of interesting people.

Well, most of the time anyway.

I have had at least one person comment on the title of this column, hinting that it was sort of boring. I guess it might be. But I chose it because I thought I would keep a notebook and then check it to see what went on this week that I could comment on.

This week I will give you a look at what being an editor means.

It means I sent myself on assignment to Fairmont on Friday night to cover a gymnastics meet. It was pretty interesting, and it was fun to see the BEA girls win their first meet of the season.

Saturday I got to visit with some folks at the Legion district meeting, followed by taking some photos of some pretty cute triplets – and their sister.

Saturday night was a return trip to Fairmont to take in a concert. A local band, Red Lipstick was performing at the Red Rock Center for the Arts.

I was impressed, both with the band and with the building. A group in Fairmont sank a lot of money, and an awful lot of hard work in to restoring an old church and making it a fabulous center for the arts.

The band too was awfully good. Every single member of the band has a lot of talent, and so does their guest singer, Bruce Ankeny.

It was a little disappointing that there were not all that many people there on Saturday night, either from Fairmont or Blue Earth; but those who made the effort to go were well rewarded with a night of entertainment. (In case you want to see them live for yourself, they will be in Mankato on Feb. 2 at the Bandana Brewery.)

Sunday I got to eat well, at the Blue Earth Lions Club annual breakfast at the school. Since I was one of the last people there I think they must have loaded up my plate with extra pancakes, sausages and eggs. It was great!

Monday was a very interesting trip to Wells to cover the city council meeting. There was certainly no falling asleep there. From Wells it was on to Waterville to cover the boys game, with the Bucs playing the Bucs.

That was almost too exciting as the local boys won by just one point at the end of the game.

Tuesday I went to Kiwanis and heard a great talk by former editor Kyle MacArthur about his new job as an investigator for the Public Defenders office in Fairmont. It sounded like Kyle really has a passion for his new work.

Also on Tuesday I got the fifty cent tour of the Seneca plant in Blue Earth. It is a very large plant that is a real asset to the community. When the place is at total capacity during corn pack it must really be something to see.

Of course, visitors are not encouraged. Neither is photographing the inside of the plant. That is why you won’t see a lot of pictures of the actual canning equipment or labeling lines with this week’s story about Seneca . . .

Wednesday is spent writing, and Thursday is spent putting the paper together. Luckily for me, there is a great staff already in place at the Register and my job is made much easier because of it.

This week we had nine sports events to cover, which is over one per day average. Next week there are nine again. True, we can’t get to every one of them in person, but we still try to cover them as best we can.

So there is just a little peek in to the life of an editor. Pretty busy schedule, but a lot of fun. Can’t hardly wait to see what will happen this week . . .