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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

By Staff | Sep 16, 2016

I hope you read this week’s edition of the Faribault County Register. Why? Because it is chock-full of information which you need to know about.

Of course, the truth is, I hope you read every issue of the Register. It is how you can keep yourself up-to-date about what is going on around the county.

That is our job, you remember. Writing stories about what your neighbors and local government bodies are doing. We like to have ‘news’ in our ‘news’paper.

I think we succeeded this week.

And, with apologies to Clint Eastwood and his classic ‘spaghetti western’ movie, the news this week could be called the Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

The Good.

This week you can read on page 2 about a brand new fund being created in Blue Earth, but which will serve all of Faribault County.

Called Bucs 4 Hope, it is raising money for helping people and their families that are facing all the issues involved with having a family member dealing with a serious medical issue.

Their goal is to be able to help these families financially during this stressful time in their lives.

And the neat thing? It is all local. Local money being raised and kept here in the county to help our neighbors and friends.

Other good news in this issue of the Register includes a group in Winnebago wanting to spend money on new playground equipment at the city’s West City Park. That news is in the front page story about the City Council meeting in Winnebago, and you need to read past the part about the dead snakes at the meeting first. Dead snakes can go into the bad news category.

In a letter to the editor on page 5 you will learn that the dedicated group called Habitat for Humanity will be holding a dedication of one of their house projects in Blue Earth next Sunday.

That is good news. The group has been working on this particular house for a long time, and has overcome several issues in order to finally get it all done.

It is always good news to report how the people in our county are so willing to help out others.

The Bad.

Things heated up at the Wells City Council meeting last week and it is our job to tell you about it in a front page story.

A group of citizens are unhappy with the job the city administrator is doing and they were at the meeting with a petition asking the City Council to do something about it.

What happened next was strange to say the least. City administrator Robin Leslie is going on medical leave for eight weeks and the council has decided to not meet for the next two months because of it.

That’s bad. I am not sure I have ever heard of a City Council taking a two-month break from meeting and taking care of the city’s business.

That seems like some bad news.

Another bad thing happened last week, and it is noted on page 6.

Our old friend and former colleague at the Register, Richard “Dick” Quaday passed away at the age of 96.

Dick wrote his “Quaday’s Quotes” for the Register for more than 20 years. It sometimes had remembrances of days gone by in Blue Earth and farming, sometimes discussed politics or other current events. And sometimes that was all in the same column.

I wonder what Dick would have written about this current presidential election campaign. I am sure Donald Trump would have given Dick plenty of fodder.

Dick would bring his typewriter-written column in every Monday morning and sit and chat with me for at least an hour. About this, that, and the other thing. I do miss those visits.

He finally retired after he was 90-plus years old. But, he told me several times after that, including just a month or so ago, that he could still pound out a column for me if I needed him to.

The Ugly.

The ugly news is generally our reporting of the happenings in the Faribault County Court system. And the story on page 3 this week is a good example of that.

Some folks have asked us why we report on such things as court cases involving drugs, sex and violence. Or horrible accidents. Why not just concentrate on the happy news?

The simple answer is that all of these things are news. The more complicated answer is that by bringing this to the public’s awareness, perhaps it will help decrease the amount of that kind of thing going on.

And besides, that is our job. Bringing you all the news.

Good, Bad, and Ugly.