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A confession and my 2-cents worth

By Chuck Hunt - Editor | Apr 11, 2021

Fake news

I have a confession to make. I lied to you last week and I apologize.

I wrote that we had forgotten all about having an April Fool’s Day story in the Faribault County Register for the first time ever.

That was not correct. In fact, it was a downright lie. It was fake news. If Donald Trump was still president, I would probably be receiving a Tweet from him shortly chastising me for printing fake news.

The truth is, we did not forget. We planned all along to not run the April Fool’s story before April 1, but rather have it in the issue that was dated April 6 – and would be hitting the newsstands on April 3.

So, there was a fake news April Fool’s Day story in the Register last week. Maybe you spotted it. Several folks let me know that they had indeed figured out that the April Fool’s Day story was pretty obviously the one about a giant-sized Frosty the Snowman being put up in Frost.

One person let me know that it might not actually be fake news as some folks from Frost really think it is a good idea to have a giant Frosty and that should be done.

So, this fake news might one day become real news. Who knows?

The dead giveaway in the Frosty story was when I mentioned that Larry Anderson, who was quoted in the story many times, was the creator of the very first April Fool’s Day story in the Register many, many years ago.

Recall petition

The stories in the paper lately about a petition to recall a Blue Earth City Council member were all true and not fake.

My opinion is the City Council did what they had to do – and needed to do – when they denied the petition.

While the petitioners had every right to address their feelings about having a recall election and did so in a totally proper and legal way, the council needed to follow the advice of their hired outside attorney and deny the petition on the grounds that the state constitution calls for malfeasance or nonfeasance of an elected official be the reason for a recall election. The attorney did not find that to be the case in this instance and did not feel that a judge in a court would either.

Malfeasance and nonfeasance have to do with illegal activity as a council member, abuse of power or not fulfilling the duties of a council member.

While this issue could still be pursued and end up in court, I, and many others, feel it is time to put this aside and move on to some things a whole lot more positive.

The writer of a letter to the editor in this week’s Register feels otherwise, and he is entitled to his opinion. But for many of us who live in Blue Earth, there are some more important things to get on with.

And if there are those who think John Huisman should be removed from office, there is always a chance to do so at the next election.

COVID shots

I continue to be quite surprised, even shocked, at the number of people who say they do not plan to get a COVID-19 vaccination.

While many of us could not wait to get it, many others say they are not going to.

I have a hard time trying to understand why. I can’t think of any good reason not to.

They say don’t like needles. Or they think it is a government plot. They already had COVID so they don’t need to get a shot. They heard you get sicker from the shot than you do from actual COVID.

Or they feel the whole coronavirus pandemic is just a bunch of fake news.

Hey, the shot is free, is shown to be 90 percent effective, and trust me, it gives you a sense of no longer living in dread that you are going to get sick or make others sick.

So I really encourage you to just do it. Sign up today and get it done.

Spring sports

This week’s Register has a lot of space devoted to preview stories of all the spring sports at Blue Earth Area and United South Central schools.

It was interesting this year to interview the coaches and hear many of them answer questions with the response of “I have no idea.”

With the entire 2020 spring season lost due to COVID-19 mandates, the coaches are dealing with a whole new crop of varsity athletes, some of whom had not played the sport since spring of 2019, two years ago.

Many coaches have no idea who will be their top players or even who will be on the starting rosters. Or who will be the top teams in the area.

It should be an interesting season for spring sports, to say the least.

And as almost every coach said, “We are just happy to be able to get outside and compete this year.”

Good luck to them all.