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Try not to be a pain in the neck

I have a pain in the neck. Please note that I said I HAVE a pain in the neck, not that I AM a pain in the neck. Although there are many who might feel the second phrase is pretty true, as well. The pain in my neck became bad enough to make me decide to go to the doctor and then on to ...

Sad day for folks in Minn Lake

Since I have been involved in the newspaper biz all of my adult life, it is always a sad thing when I see a newspaper cease to exist. So, it was some sad news last week when we learned that our fellow Faribault County publisher, Don Kain, decided to stop putting out the weekly Minnesota Lake ...

Zooming to a newspaper meeting

I zoomed to a meeting last week. I wasn’t late. I did not speed in my car to get to it. No traffic ticket was necessary. I went by way of Zoom. It was a Zoom meeting. It was not my first one. You have probably been to at least one, also, in this past year. Zoom, of course, is a form of ...

Our words can be very powerful

The response to a recent incident of a letter sent to KBEW radio concerning some of the programming they air, and the brouhaha it caused, has been interesting to watch, to say the least. The letter was signed by a group of local folks who wanted a certain program removed from the airways. And ...

Will the game and ads be ‘super’?

It is true confession time. I have always thought of myself as not being a big TV watcher. Sure, I have watched TV all of my life, I must confess. I remember when my parents first brought home that new color TV, even though not all of the TV shows were in color. Yes, really. Many were in ...

‘If I had a million dollars, I’d be…’

I have confessed before that I don’t understand money. Particularly big money. And, that is perhaps because that as a newspaper editor for many years, my income has been modest. Comfortable, yet modest. Perhaps my feelings about money come from my parents, who also had modest incomes. My ...

Staying off the OML slippery slope

I was mildly surprised the other morning when the subject of the Minnesota Open Meeting Law (OML) popped up at the Blue Earth Economic Development Authority (EDA) meeting. It was a pleasant surprise. As a newspaper editor for more than four decades, the Open Meeting Law is something near ...

Time for a Cheer here, a Jeer there

Once again, it is time to give out a few Cheers and Jeers. I’m sure you knew it was coming one of these weeks. A Jeer goes out to President Donald J. Trump and to all of those rioters who stormed the Nation’s Capitol Building last week. I am pretty sure we have never given out a Jeer to ...

Making my New Year’s resolutions

I don’t usually make New Year’s resolutions. OK, the truth is that I pretty much never make New Year’s resolutions. But, this year is different. Different in so many ways, I hardly know where to start. So I think this is the year where I will give it a try. Here goes. • This year I ...

It’s a different Top 10 list in 2020

This week’s edition of the Faribault County Register includes our annual Top 10 News Stories of the Year. We do this every year, in the last issue of the Register of the year. I know what you are thinking. “What if the biggest story of the year happens during the last week of the year? ...