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Of People, Places and Things: Another year older


Fri, Oct 10th, 2003
Posted in Columnists

In the hurry to meet our daily obligations it is easy to lose track of the milestones that document our progress along the way. Such was the case with the Journal a few weeks ago, when we completed our 18th year of being in business. Birthdays are natural stopping points from which to look back and reflect on past events and to think about what may take place in the future.

The Journals 18th year was significant for a number of reasons.

Firstly, from a technical standpoint, the Journal is now wholly paginated on Macintosh computers and sent electronically to our printer, the LaCrosse Tribune, each week. With Preston now having access to high speed cable modum through Mediacom, we can send the entire contents of the paper to LaCrosse in 30 to 45 minutes. Prior to cable modem, it would have taken us eight to ten hours to do this same task.

This technology eliminates one key step in the printing process, photographing layout sheets to create a printing plate. Now, we can go from electronic to plate. This decreases the chance of errors and increases the quality of the printed product.

Government Coverage

The second thing we have done over the past year is to commit the Journal to increased coverage of government.

In addition to covering county government, which includes among other things the county board and planning & zoning commission, the Journal is also reporting regularly on Fillmore County District Court. In addition to high profile cases, weekly coverage of felony charges and dispositions are a regular feature.

While coverage of county government has always been the Journals bread and butter, we have also increased our coverage of city government in key communities in our distribution area: Harmony, Lanesboro, Preston and Rushford. We may expand our city coverage to other towns in the future, as we have found that many rural cities face common issues and problems.

Story Project

A third area where the Journal is doing something different is in book publishing. You may remember back in January when we asked readers to send in true stories that tell about who we are.

Under the tutelage of editor Bonnie Flaig Prinsen, these stories will soon be printed under the title A Teacher, a Rooster and an Outhouse - the Story Project of F .....
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At Home in the Woods: The Tortoise and the Hare

Fri, Oct 10th, 2003
Posted in Columnists

One can learn a lot about a marriage by watching how a couple works together.   My husband Art and I just finished gathering our winter supply of firewood. At the beginning, we were nervous about our cranky backs because ever ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Perseverance

Fri, Oct 10th, 2003
Posted in Columnists

It began in the early nineteenth century, with a game called Hare and Hounds. One group of runners would create a random trail with small pieces of paper, and the second group of runners would follow in pursuit of the lead group, following the pape ..... 
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The Commute: Culture clash

Fri, Oct 3rd, 2003
Posted in Columnists

I really love humor, and its a nice feeling when someone tells me they laughed at something Ive written. But every once in awhile I crumble under the pressure to be funny. (Admittedly, the pressure comes only from myself.) Some months I sit down to ..... 
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Township Roads: By Hand

Fri, Oct 3rd, 2003
Posted in Columnists

My dad pointed out to me an article in one of the regional farm magazines. The article was about a contest where the contestants picked corn by hand. It was amazing that people still had an urge to do that kind of thing for fun. Any time you have to ..... 
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Another One From Flaherty: The Dormant News

Fri, Oct 3rd, 2003
Posted in Columnists

We have in Flabbergast County a very fine County newspaper in The Dormant News whos slogan is all the news thats fit to print and even some that aint. I thoroughly enjoy reading it and what I find especially interesting are the social items that a ..... 
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Notes from a country kitchen

Fri, Oct 3rd, 2003
Posted in Columnists

Another big day, Thanks for coming to our chicken dinner last Sunday, at Big Spring. I guess we all know that any big dinner at church means a lot of hard work. Some are up at 4:30 a.m. frying chicken and finding enough ovens around the country to ..... 
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Notes from a country kitchen

Fri, Sep 26th, 2003
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Sure was a busy week again. On Monday my daughter Karen came up from Winona. She and Vickie took me out for lunch. The next day on my birthday, Dick and Vannie came down from St. Charles and took me to the Branding Iron for lunch. After our lunch we ..... 
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Prairie Notes: Im making a list

Fri, Sep 26th, 2003
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Grabbing an old notebook to find a clean sheet of paper, I spotted a list dated "summer, 2003." Expert list-maker that I am, I had drawn a vertical line on the left-hand side of the sheet with thick pencil. To the left of that line were tentative com ..... 
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