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One Moment, Please... 841 names and faces


Mon, Feb 23rd, 2015
Posted in All Commentary

Each week, when we lay out the newspaper, the standing joke in the Journal office is that I always say, “This is going to be a good looking paper.” I can’t help it. I get excited!

And, this reference relates to the fact that we have a lot of good content in the newspaper. I love the process of our team assembling this undefined puzzle every single week. It’s truly remarkable. We are creating something from start to finish. We start with a blank canvas, and we paint the pages with editorial and ads from cover to cover.

So, this past week, I flipped through the pages of the newspaper and I appreciated the fact that we had so many names and faces appearing in the newspaper that I decided to count every single name and face appearing in the February 16, 2015 edition of the Fillmore County Journal.

And, at the end of my head count, I calculated 841 names and faces. Of that total, 102 of those names and faces were found on our sports pages. I was astonished, to be quiet honest. Of our 20,835 population, that means that we had nearly four percent of the county-wide population represented in the newspaper that week.

As the newspaper of record for our coverage area, it is important to make sure we focus on the people of our area. After all, “Where Fillmore County News Comes First” is a staple of our front page masthead.

While I have never historically counted every name and face in our newspaper, this was a perfect moment to help myself and our team understand the magnitude of our weekly responsibilities. We have to make sure every name is spelled correctly, first and last. We have to make sure that our print quality is as perfect as possible, so those photos will last as long as the memories. Everything we do matters to someone. And, unlike other types of jobs, when we make a mistake everyone sees it. There’s a tremendous amount of pressure, and I have to say that we are human so errors are possible.

All things considered, I am proud of our team for many reasons. Whether city council, school board, county council, sports, obituaries, birth notices, engagements, weddings, military service, happy ads, police reports, court reports, recipe columns, commentary, weather art or advertisements, every name and face in our newspaper matters.

Every name and face is attached to a parent, brother, sister, grandparent, great-grandparent, friend, and general acquaint .....
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Correction - Feb. 16 edition of the Fillmore County Journal "Area residents will ‘drop line’ in Lanesboro."

Mon, Feb 23rd, 2015
Posted in All Commentary

In the February 16 edition of the Fillmore County Journal there was an error in the article titled Area residents will ‘drop line’ in Lanesboro. The story about the Memorial Ice Fishing Tournament indicated that Jim and Becky Iverson were spons ..... 
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With the budget, the President calls the shots

By Lee Hamilton

Mon, Feb 23rd, 2015
Posted in All Commentary

It may not be obvious from the news coverage, but a good bit of Congress’s 2015 agenda just landed on Capitol Hill with a thud. I mean this literally. The federal budget that President Obama recently submitted runs to 2,000 pages. This is the ..... 
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New sanctions sabotage negotiations and risk war

By Robert K. Johnson

Mon, Feb 23rd, 2015
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In 2006 Bibi Netanyahu told the Jewish community in Los Angeles, “it’s 1938 and Iran is Germany...racing to arm itself with atomic bombs”, recalls Patrick J. Buchanan, a nationally syndicated columnist for Creators Syndicate, Inc. in an arti ..... 
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Town of Harmony situation

By Cody Hendrickson

Mon, Feb 23rd, 2015
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When I look at all the comments pertaining to the parking situation behind the high school, the so-called disruption of public with the band, and all the other comments I become sick to my stomach. Is that seriously the main thing you have to compla ..... 
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Small towns vs. big boxes

Mon, Feb 23rd, 2015
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I went to high school in Mabel: Cougar Class of 2003. Back then, you could go downtown and get a burger at two or three places, or maybe grab a soda at the former IGA. I distinctly remember my friends and I grabbing marked-down-for-quick-sale quart ..... 
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STANDING GUARD: Tax reform, funding for school maintenance, and mandatory buffer strips

By Jeff Erding

Mon, Feb 16th, 2015
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These issues may appear unrelated, but in reality they are inextricably linked here in Minn. and affect us all in ways some of us seldom think about. Paying for education in Minn. amounts to about half of the annual State General Fund spending, ..... 
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One Moment, Please... A higher education

Mon, Feb 16th, 2015
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The greatest investment in America is human capital. It’s not our products. It’s not our services. It’s what’s between our ears. But it is only as effective as ambition. President Barack Obama thinks that giving graduating high schoo ..... 
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Can we have a regular Congress?

By Lee Hamilton

Mon, Feb 9th, 2015
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You probably didn’t notice, but the Senate passed a milestone a couple of weeks back. Before 2015 was a month old, senators had already had a chance to vote up-or-down on more amendments than they did in all of 2014. This is a promising sign tha ..... 
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