In just one month I have met so many great people I didn't know
before that I wonder if the well will ever run dry. I do know this:
The amount of interesting, informational and positive stories in our
community is as plentiful as the stars on a clear night. All one has
to do is look up.
My responsibility is to be concerned with local
news, excluding local government and related issues, and I thought
that was going to be a breeze. In fact, I made a list of interesting
stories that I intended to do to fill in my hours of obligation as
managing editor of the LDN. Wrong again.
From ribbon-cuts, to businesses expanding or changing hands,
organizations helping others, talk of making things better and
numerous other good, positive stories all have bounded into my
e-mails, making my need to "dig" for stories almost unnecessary.
It's all there to be told. All these stories need is a messenger,
and that is what I like to consider my job. I am taking your
information and then telling it to everyone else who cares to know.
I am the town crier, only I live and work in the age of electronic
I have had my frustrating moments. Sometimes I feel like I am
walking into the middle of a movie theater when I cover a story. I
have missed a great deal of important information and I am vague on
the cast of characters. I wish I could yell out to stop this movie
called local life and request it start over, but that can't happen.
Life and issues and people continue to move on, and it is my job to
catch up and not everyone else's to slow down and wait for me.
I have been fortunate that Jan Youngquist, editor-in-chief, has
had my back. She has been able to fill in the holes in my reports
and tie in past information that I just don't know to make some of
my reports coherent to all of you. I am appreciative of her
continued support as well as publisher Jim Youngquist's continual
patience and encouragement that even an old man appreciates.
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I am proud that we have our Close Up page off and running. In a
way Close Up is a page out of an old-time, small-town weekly paper.
It tells us about us and leaves the outside world for outside
sources to report. I can see the page expanding to several times a
week as more and more of you realize that what's important to you
and your church and your organization is important to all of us at
LDN. All we need to help is for you to tell us about what is going
on, and we will do the rest.
I do intend to write some of those special stories that have
waited too long for an audience. I will work harder to tell you
about more of the amazing people and organizations in our community
as my experience and time management get better.
I still have an incredible amount to learn, and I can only
promise that I will try as hard as I can to catch up with the staff
at LDN. I look forward to the day when I don't say "oops" anymore,
but I believe that is in a distant moment in time right now.
I do know this. I am not a journalist, I am a storyteller trying
hard to do both as well as I can. As I drive the streets and talk to
all of you, I know that I must continue to work harder. You and your
stories have been there for so long waiting for someone to tell that
you almost have given up. Please don't.
The staff at LDN is now seven and growing. It allows us to say to
you that we can promise to be your messengers: your town criers. You
have waited long enough.
[By MIKE FAK]
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