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Happy birthday, Lincoln Daily News!

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[JAN. 27, 2006]  Today LDN celebrates its sixth year in publication. When the editor revealed that fact, it came as quite a shock. Time passes quickly, and this birthday just snuck up on us. I think we'll celebrate it quietly, reflect much and just work hard to get today's labors done.

LDN began with specific ideas and goals about reporting the news in Logan County. The founders shared a belief that the stories of Logan County citizens were worth being told in an unbiased fashion, with a predilection for truth, without added negativity, for the sole purpose of telling the stories without added vain sensationalism aimed at promoting ourselves.

LDN still holds that faith today.

Looking back over six years of archives, we have done thousands of stories about businesses and government and people and have sought to tell the unvarnished truth, get the facts straight, spell names correctly and uplift the community. While we have made a few mistakes, taken a few missteps, we believe that overall our body of work has remained faithful to these goals and earned the trust of our devoted readership in Lincoln, Logan County and across the world.

As publisher I want to praise the devotion of the tiny staff that makes LDN possible. While other news organizations operate with huge budgets, large numbers of personnel and worldwide resources, LDN has done the task for six years out of a tiny office, on a shoestring budget, reliant over the years only on the skills of a few reporters, a talented editor who slavishly works to bring the important news of Logan County, and a quiet-spirited, dedicated copy editor who catches our mistakes, corrects our punctuation and grammar, and makes us all sound good. Thanks for all the hard work, the unsung achievements and all the long hours without extravagant reward.

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As publisher I also want to thank our faithful advertisers and those who have worked to sell ads for LDN over the years. LDN is solely supported by advertising. We don't sell subscriptions, all obituaries are free, and no parent organization with deep pockets pays our way.

Looking to the future, LDN will continue to faithfully tell the stories of the Logan County citizenry, city and county government, and businesses, with an optimistic bent toward hope and truth.

I can make the promise that as advertising revenues increase, so shall our coverage of events and peoples increase. If you know businesses that should be advertising in LDN, please speak to them on our behalf. As readers, your encouragement and promotion of LDN is the key. Potential advertisers need to know that you want to see their ad in LDN. Please also thank those sponsors who think enough of you, the reader, to include their ads in LDN.

In the near future we are planning to bring more public access and public voice to LDN. We feel it is important that LDN include the thoughts and interactions of the citizens of the county on a daily basis and so have spent time preparing a new section called Interactive LDN.

Thank you for reading. Happy birthday, LDN!


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