By Jason Sethre
Fillmore County Journal
A few weeks ago, I was blessed with an opportunity write a story about Sam Bahl and Matson Kiehne taking a trip down The Root River.
We intentionally placed that story on the front page, because I keep hearing that people are exhausted with what’s going on in the world and they want to see something positive in the news.
I felt like the story these two young men had to share was compelling for so many reasons. First, they agreed to share their story in the newspaper, because I told them it would help promote our region. Every story we publish in print also ends up on our newspaper website. And, those stories have wings. Some people reading that story will think that would be a lot of fun, seeking to embark on their own adventure in Historic Bluff Country (a.k.a. The Driftless Region).
In addition to publishing this story in the Fillmore County Journal, we will be sharing this same story in the Visit Bluff Country Magazine. For some of our readers who may not be familiar with this magazine, we publish 50,000 copies that are distributed to more than 1,000 locations in 35 counties in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. The Visit Bluff Country Magazine, celebrating 36 years in 2021, promotes tourism to travelers near and far. Our goal with this premier magazine is to encourage people to come and experience life as it should be lived in Historic Bluff Country.
With that said, if any of our readers have a story to share that we could publish in the newspaper and the Visit Bluff Country Magazine, please contact me directly. I want to hear from you. We want to share your story.
Here’s what we’re looking for… stories about hiking, fishing, bicycling, horseback riding, bird-watching, and anything else that would make for a great staycation. Please share your adventures with us, so we can encourage others to explore Historic Bluff Country. What makes a great adventure worth sharing? I think it is often the surprises along the way. Beautiful sunrises or sunsets. The sights and sounds of nature’s surroundings.
If there is anything we have learned from this pandemic, it’s that we have fallen in love with the outdoors more than we may have ever thought possible. The outdoors has become our “safe place” and that has encouraged some healthy habits along the way.
I look forward to hearing about your adventures. You can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.